Chalet Tapia Description
Chalet Tapia is a brand new duplex apartment just past the church in a silent corner of the old village of Val d’Isère. It is a couple of hundred metres from the Savonnette drag lifts where you will probably start your day, and half that from the edge of the nursery slopes where you will probably end it, though the free and frequent ski buses to Le Fornet and La Daille also stop nearby.
The gorgeous wood and granite sitting-dining room, with its open-plan kitchen, log fire, Smart TV, work station and french windows to the terrace, is on the ground floor (behind the trees in our photo), while the four bedrooms are downstairs, also on the ground floor (because the house is built into a slope).
One of the bedrooms has a double bed and a bath with rain-head shower, the others all have the choice between large twin beds or enormous doubles and have showers. Three bedrooms have large sliding windows which let in tons of light and give access to the terrace (which may look very enticing in our photos, taken in April, but possibly won’t at -20º under ten feet of snow in January! Still, always useful for chilling one’s G&T…). The fourth bedroom has a window but no view.
Square footage becomes more and more precious as one nears the village centre and the slopes, so unsurprisingly our architect was not as profligate with space as he has been in some of his less well-situated creations. You won’t be inviting too many friends around for an evening of Scottish country dancing. But if you’d like to stay in a beautifully appointed chalet for eight, perfectly situated for the slopes, the shops, the fleshpots and the church, not necessarily in that order, Chalet Tapia will not disappoint.
This chalet is not suitable for wheelchair-users.