A unique boutique luxury ski chalet in Chatel, France.
Chalet Cannelle is a spacious 200 year old Abondance cowshed and farmhouse in Châtel, lovingly renovated to a luxury catered ski chalet for winter and a B&B or Chambre d'hôte for the summer. The original features coupled with a contemporary interior makes an exceptional mountain chalet with a welcoming home-from-home atmosphere.
Uniquely designed with vintage pieces and original artwork, Chalet Cannelle has an alpine style without the usual mountain kitsch. Much of what you find in the chalet has been created or upcycled by us, making Chalet Cannelle super special and just that little bit different. Don't take our word for it, see what our guests think in their reviews. Being an owner run chalet, you can trust that what you read is what you get.
The spacious open plan living area invites you to find your own cosy spot. The lounge has 3 large sofas and comfy vintage leather armchairs to settle in with a glass of wine or a book. The double height ceiling with exposed beams reminds you of the barn this once was, while the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the glorious Mont de Grange and the Abondance valley.
The large dining table is next to the open kitchen, giving you the chef's table experience every night. This is where Andy spends the day, making pasta, ice cream and all manner of creations for you to enjoy. All the meals we serve are made from scratch with the very best of ingredients.
The chalet has 5 bedrooms with 2 more currently being created for winter 2019. Each bedroom is an individually styled inviting retreat with everything you would expect for a luxury stay; fine quality Egyptian cotton bed linen on super comfy beds, sumptuous towels, gorgeous toiletries & bathrobes. The bathrooms have a mix of walk-in showers and baths to suit everyone.
Chalet Cannelle provides you with perfect spot to relax after an active day in the mountains of the Portes du Soleil - be it in winter with snow-capped peaks, log fire & hot tub or in the summer, with the alpine air filled with distant cow bells.
Most of the guests that stay at Chalet Cannelle in Winter come to ski or snowboard the excellent pistes of the Portes du Soleil without giving a second thought to other snow activities in the area. Chatel is well suited to those who fancy a holiday in the French Alps during winter without skiing or snowboarding and it can be as active or as relaxing as you would like.
Guided snow shoe walks spotting the wild animals and a stop for lunch is a great way to experience the alps without hurtling yourself down the mountain! Chatel has beautiful pool and wellbeing facilities with jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms as well as spa treatments and a gym.
Chalet Cannelle is available all day to our guests and the lounge with mountain views is just the spot to curl up and get lost in a good book with a hot chocolate. And of course, there is the private hot tub in the garden.
We love everything about food. Growing it, rearing it, picking it, sourcing it, preparing it, eating it.
The style of dining at Chalet Cannelle is 'chef's table'. The open plan kitchen & dining space allow you to see what is being created for the evening's meal. Everything is made from scratch so expect to see fresh pasta or pastry being rolled, bread being kneaded or ice cream being churned.
Sourcing the ingredients we want to cook with takes much of our time but that effort ensures the quality and provenance of the ingredients meet our standards. We have farmers we trust and only use free range French animal products.
The Chalet Cannelle free range chickens wander where they please and provide eggs for breakfast. Even in the winter, there will be food on the table that we have grown organically in the chalet garden.
Describing a cooking ethos can be quite difficult in a few words. We like to say that the dishes we serve you are cooking without cheating; we make pretty much everything from scratch with real ingredients. That includes our stocks, sauces, pastry, pasta, ice creams and sorbets. We don't cut corners and if the best tasting pork takes 26 hours to cook, then we take 26 hours to cook it.
We serve a varied menu for your stay, from contemporary French and Italian dishes to shared banquet style dining for a Thai feast. Our inspiration comes from our travels and adventures in other countries and we love to share experiences with our guests. If you would like a sample menu, please get in touch.
Our aim is to serve fresh, satisfying and occasionally indulgent food...after all, you are on holiday! We always consider the nutritional value of our dishes and ensure they are some of the tastiest meals you will eat. We prepare vegetarian and gluten-free / dairy free meals with the same dedication and creativity as we do our other dishes.
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Chalet Cannelle is located in a peaceful hamlet on the edge of the Châtel Ski resort in the Portes du Soleil, linking with Avoriaz and Morzine, close to Montreux & Evian and 90 minutes drive from Geneva airport and city.
We provide a chauffeur-in / chauffeur-out service to and from a lift of your choice. This means you don't have to start and finish each day of your ski holiday with the same route and there is no waiting for a bus! There are 5 ski lifts to choose from.
The Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski resorts in the world, with 650km of pistes spanning both Switzerland & France. Châtel has an enviable position in the ski domain being right in the centre, making touring to Morzine & Les Gets in France as well as the Swiss resorts an easy ski day. The terrain is suitable for skiers and boarders of all abilities and being a snow sure resort, holds a fantastic snow record.
Close to Avoriaz (2 fast ski lifts) as well as the lesser known resorts of Torgon & Champoussin (locals secret!), Châtel offers a vast choice of tree lined runs and off piste powder under the amazing pinnacles of the Dents du Midi. With 5 different ski lifts in easy access and access to the resorts of Morzine and Les Gets, there is plenty to explore during your stay.
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