Chalet Cristal Morillon Gîte
Rue Michel Collin, Verchaix, France
Welcome to Chalet Cristal Morillon
Chalet Cristal Morillon is a beautiful chalet with a hot tub, in its own large garden in the middle of the Grand Massif area of the Northern French Alps. It’s less than one hour from Geneva or an easy eight hour drive from Calais.
It's a cycling mecca with the start of the Col de Joux Plane 2 km from the chalet and the Col de Ramaz / Col de l'Encranaz around 10 km. Slightly further afield, but easily rideable on a day out is the Col de Columbière.
Mountain bikers are equally well catered for with fantastic natural, technically challenging single track in the valley itself. In peak summer season the ski lifts are open daily. Out of season, one of the local mountain bike shops runs minibus uplifts to key points.
Chalet Cristal is traditional on the outside and comtemporary on the inside. The chalet is surrounded by hedges on all sides making the garden very private and providing ample off-road parking for three - four cars.
The chalet sleeps nine people in four bedrooms, two of which (a double and a king) are ensuite. The other two bedrooms, which are a twin and a triple share a family bathroom. There is a further bedroom in the separate, self-contained, ground floor apartment. The apartment also has a sofa bed and Z bed, sleeping up to 13 people in total. Booking the chalet and apartment together is perfect for larger family groups; it gives grandparents or parents of very young children the opportunity for their own space whilst still being very much part of the holiday.
Please note that we never rent the chalet and apartment to separate groups of guests so you will always have the whole property to yourself.
The location is wonderful all year round. If only part of your group are cyclists then there's more than enough activities to keep everyone else happy ranging from adventure sports like parapenting, white water rafting, caving, rock climbing etc all the way through to visits to stunning gardens and medieval towns like Anney and Yvoire. Hikes in the area range from gentle strolls along the river to multi-day adventures. Many of the refuges are relatively easily accessible and make for a great overnight adventure for children from 4 upwards.
Check In/Out Times
Check in from 17:00
Check out by 10:00
We try and accommodate early check in where possible. At the very least you will be able to leave bags (and bikes) safely in the boot room if you arrive early / leave later.
Changeover day is normally Sunday, but we can of course be flexible, particularly in off peak season and can also offer short breaks. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Please note that the chalet is not a traditional 'gîte' as we don't live on site. We have an excellent local managing agent who will handle check in and check out and cleaning etc.
Prices are for rental of the chalet on a self-catered basis and include:
* Beds made prior to arrival
* Towels provided
* Welcome hamper of food and drinks
* Complimentary toiletries
* Firewood (in winter)
* Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin liners and cleaning products provided
* Complimentary end of stay cleaning
Chalet Cristal is self catering.
There are a number of freelance chefs in the valley, who can cater at the chalet for a special occasion. There's also an excellent meal delivery service too as well as superb delicatessens and specialist food shops in the valley as well as a great bakery round the corner.
Spacious double aspect, fully-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, oven, new induction hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, fondue set, raclette / hot stone grill, Nespresso machine, kettle, filter coffee maker, cafetiere, toaster, electric hand whisk and hand blender, and a wide range of baking dishes and trays and cook books.
Large open plan living and dining area with a lovely wood burning stove, TV and DVD player with built in surround sound system including UK freeview channels and seating for up to ten people.
The living area is incredibly bright and sunny with south and east facing windows and two sets of double doors giving access to the south facing balcony and east facing verandah with views of the slopes above Morillon and the mountains of Criou and Buet.
The chalet is child friendly with a cot, folding bed, high chair, stair gates, cutlery, plates, bowls and cups all provided. There is a wide selection of DVDs, games and puzzles suitable for pre-school children upwards.
Double bedroom with ensuite shower room faces west with beautiful sunset views over the Marcelly.
South-facing master bedroom with 160 cm wide bed and ensuite bathroom.
South-facing triple bedroom (three single beds) with TV/DVD player, which is perfect for children or teenagers
Large twin facing north with beautiful views of La Bourgeoise and the Joux Plane.
Large family bathroom with bath and shower and a separate washing machine / drying room under the eaves.
The bedrooms are all chalet style with some sloping ceilings and exposed beams; all bedrooms have ample storage space, a mirror, hairdryer and reading / bedside lights.
The garden area is mainly grass and extends around three sides of the chalet and is fenced, making it ideal for youngsters to play safely.
There are a number of large trees which provide welcome shade in the summer and there are lovely views of the slopes above Morillon, Mont Buet and the Marcelly.
Hammock, two sun loungers and a seating area comprising a large three seater sofa, two large armchairs, all with cushions, and a low table as well as a 3 m parasol are all provided. There's also a large square table and parasol, seating eight, for al fresco dining as well as a charcoal BBQ and a brazier for late summer / early autumn evenings, when it starts getting a little bit chilly. For those looking for a bit more activity there's a swing, a slackline and a badminton set.
On the first floor covered verandah there is a table seating six, which is a perfect any time of year or day, but particularly in the morning as the sun rises and a bench and two armchairs, two stools. and a hammock chair.
Last, but by no means least, is a large, seven seater Canadian Spa hot tub, which is available all year round.
Chalet Cristal is within a 5 - 10 mins walk of bars, shops, restaurants, bakeries, a very well stocked small supermarket and a butchers. The nearest boulangerie is less than 5 mins walk. A larger supermarket is a couple of minutes drive away.
It's a 5 mins walk to the stunning Lac Bleu, which offers cross country skiing in winter and swimming, zip wires, trampolines, mini golf, volleyball and a fantastic new pump track in the summer. Lac Bleu is next to the River Giffre which is great for white water rafting.
Samoëns, the main town in the valley is a 5 min drive or a lovely bike ride along the river path through the trees.
Les Gets is a 20 min drive and Chamonix is 45 mins away.
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Chalet Cristal Morillon
122, Rue Michel Collin, Verchaix, Haute-Savoie, 74440
- Contact number: 00447920464988
- Owners Website: http://chaletcristalmorillon.com
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Bicycles Only
- On Premises Parking
- Locked Garage
- Ideal for Walking
- Scenic Location
- Famous Sites Nearby
- Routes Available
- Bike Rental
- Baby Facilities
- Central Heating
- Washing Machine
- Free Wi-fi
- Luggage Store
- BBQ Area
- Self catering
- Family Friendly
- Hot Tub
- Private Bathroom
- Bed Linen Provided
- Lounge Area
- Outside Space
- Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
Grand Tour Day - Col de Joux Plane, Col de l'Encranaz, Col de la Ramaz
A reasonably big day out, taking in three classic climbs, all of which have featured in the Tour.
To the end of the world (almost) and back again
A short route to the head of the valley and back again, taking in a few of the hamlets. The Giffr