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Spacious Property In Traditional French Village Surrounded By Mountains

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 162 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Chalet in Abondance, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Peaceful Location, Village Centre 1 Minute Walk, Skiing 8 Mins Away By Car Or Foot

Chalet Alys is situated in the centre of the ancient and charming mountain village of Abondance. Summer and winter the mountain views from every window of the Chalet and Apartment are breath-taking. It is centrally located only 1 min from the shops and bars but very quiet with very little traffic and street noise. The road is only used by residents and the school during school hours. The property has a garden and four balconies for enjoying outdoor meals in summer and a hot chocolate in the crisp air in winter. The garden is secure for your children or pets and the staircases are safe for younger children with supervision. There is a downstairs bedroom and bathroom if anyone in your group has mobility challenges. The majority of our neighbours live in Abondance all year round and are friendly and welcoming to visitors which are important for Abondance. Our property host is French and speaks excellent English to help when needed or ask questions. In winter you can enjoy walking and cross country skiing straight from the Chalet door and skiing downhill a few minutes’ walk or drive/bus away. In summer, walking, cycling, history, tree top adventures, cheese making, markets and Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) at Evian des Bain, awaits you. The village has shops, bars, restaurants, ski station, ESF and bus which are all just a 1 minute walk from the chalet.

Chalet Alys was renovated in 2012 and was awarded 4* by the Haute Savoie Tourtism board.

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Martin Chapman
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Martin Chapman

We are Jackie and Martin and our young adult son and daughter. We live in the Cotswolds and enjoy village life. Jackie is a University Professor and Martin runs his own business. We decided to buy Chalet Alys to create a contemporary space inside a traditional chalet. We love visiting Abondance and spend about 10 weeks a year there summer and winter. We hope to share our lovely home in the mountains with like minded people.

Martin Chapman purchased this chalet in 2011

Why Martin Chapman chose Abondance

Martin and I found Abondance and Chalet Alys in the summer of 2011 when we spent a week touring around the Haute Savoie looking for a place to call home. We have skiied in Chatel and the Portes du Soliel several times and knew we could rely on it to provide for our skiing and holiday needs and those of our friends and family.

Finding Abondance was the best part of that trip. In Chalet Alys we found our project and in Abondance we found a traditional, charming, warm French village. Our neighbours, the shop owners and the artisans we have worked with are warm, generous and encouraging people. We love that you can ski for a morning, walk along the River Dranse summer and winter, pop out to the Place du Village for a coffee or beer and always the sun seems to shine.

As time has passed and we have explored the area more we find new treasures close to Abondance such as Saint Jean d'Aulps, Aigle and the surrounding village ski stations in Switzerland, Lake Leman, Lac Des Plagne and Refuge des Tinderet.

What makes this chalet unique

In the Chalet you will enjoy a spacious home with two large communal rooms for gathering over breakfast and in the evenings to share the days events. The large log fire keeps you cosy and the underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms is a real treat. All bedrooms are en suite and have great views of the surrounding mountains. There are also areas to find the peace and quiet you sometimes need on a busy group holiday such as the snug landing, the many balconies and of course your own confortable rooms.

The garden is safe, spacious and secure to enjoy outdoor dining, ball games and in winter building snow men.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mrs W March 2012:Just spent a week at Chalet Alys in Abondance and had an amazing time, the chalet was very comfortable, wonderful open fire and a well equipped kitchen. Abondance is a fantastic place to stay a true French village with a good selection of places to eat and an amazing bakery. This is a place to stay even after all the snow has gone.

Mrs G March 2012:The village is delightful, and everyone was very friendly. I recommend the Poellee at Le Petit Bistrot just down the road, but go with a big appetite!
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Abondance, France

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 162 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Bunkbeds. Has own large bathroom with bath and shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Zip & link bed so can be two single beds. Own bathroom.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Zip & link bed so can be two singles. Own bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Mezzanine with bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Chalet Alys: Prices include cleaning at the end if your holiday, bed linen and towels, logs for the fire, wifi and all heating costs. There are NO additional costs. We require a €500 refundable deposit in case of damage. Chalet Alys is absolutely Non-Smoking. You may not smoke inside or in the garden or on the balconies of the property. Please go for a walk if you wish to smoke. If there is evidence of smoking at the property your deposit will NOT be returned. We have an agent in Abondance who speaks French and English and can help you if needed. Outside: The Chalet have both front and rear balconies which capture the sunrises and the sunsets. The rear balcony is an ideal breakfast terraces in summer with tables and chairs available for this purpose. The garden is flat, mostly lawn with outdoor rattan furniture. The garden is secure if you have children or pets. The chalet is situated on a quiet road serving residents and the primary school and traffic is limited.


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Spacious Property In Traditional French Village Surrounded By Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday at Chalet Alys. It was so well equipped, a real home from home experience. There were 8 of us to cater for and we enjoyed cooking in the beautiful kitchen which had everything that you needed. Perfectly situated, seconds from the village and haymaking in the fields at the back. Super for morning runs with our dogs! We would love to return!

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful relaxing and interesting holi

  • 5 of 5

Excellent, clean, spacious and comfortable 5 star accommodation,nestled in a scenic back drop, quiet and peaceful yet seconds away from bakeries, restaurants and bars.

The bedrooms were spacious, clean and comfortable with luxurious en suite facilities. The kitchen and dining facilities left nothing to be desired and the lounge was perfect for relaxing and accommodated many people comfortably. It was nice to sit out in the garden in the evening.

Abondance was close to many towns on lake Geneva by bus or car and with ski lifts close by to take you to the mountains for walking or mountain biking. I can only imagine how good it will be in the ski season. The weekend market and the Music festival added something special to the experience.

I especially liked the clean & spacious accommodation,the picturesque town, the mountain scenery and fresh bread & croissants for breakfast each day

I can't think of anything I did not enjoy during my week in Chalet alys it was wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: 09/09/2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab Chalet

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Chalet Alys in Abondance a couple of weeks ago. The Alps in summer are amazing, Abondance in particular has lots to offer summer visitors. The chalet was luxurious, well appointed and very centrally located for local shops and restaurants, and in winter right near the ski lift. We would certainly go back to the same chalet. Thanks, a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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an 'abundance' of good things

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully renovated chalet, quality finishings, gorgeous bathrooms!

Situated in a delightful village, ideal spot for exploring both the mountains and Lake Geneva. lots of good bars and restaurants within walking distance.

In summer great area for walking (and downhill cycling!)

Pretty chalets, lovely scenery, cows with bells... 'the hills are alive!'...

Would love to go back when it's all covered in snow.

  • Review Submitted: 27/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Chalet Alys was so relaxing, very comfortable, everything you would need for a long or short stay, making it all very easy - underfloor heating so never cold, bedroom and bathroom excellent (there is also a downstairs bedroom/bathroom), kitchen, dining, lounge all excellent. Boot room/drying room made it so easy with rear access so did not have to drip through the house, so could just take off the wet gear and leave it to dry in the lovely warm area. There is also a garden at the rear and side and car parking. Great to be able to step outside and there you were, in the valley, trees on the mountainside above you, snow everywhere. Listing description accurate, property clean and well maintained, excellent customer service. First thing in the morning, off to the bread shop for fresh croissant and bread for the day - 5 min walk. So near the heart of the village and yet so peaceful. Ski lift a walk away - workers there so helpful when trying to get on lift with a toddler! Market on Sunday morning in centre of village, locals so friendly, easy to shop and find what you wanted, places to eat out in village, play area to take toddler too. Some of the pathways or lack of could be a bit difficult with a pushchair, but all in all - Magic.

  • Review Submitted: 24/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife, one year old son and I stayed as guests of the owners with some other family. The chalet was lovely with excellent facilities - especially the bathrooms and the kitchen was also very well equipped. Abondance is a quiet village and it was nice to not be in a noisy ski resort. That said, skiing was only a short drive away and there were even a small number of slopes in the village which were useful to get re-accustomed to skiing after a break of a few years. We then ventured out onto the main areas of porte-du-soleil which had excellent skiing and plenty of route options so we could push ourselves in the mornings and then take easier routes home when tired. It is accessible by transfer buses from Geneva if you prefer not to hire a car and there are ski buses to access the resorts.

  • Review Submitted: 23/08/2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
27 Kilometres
Thonon les Bains (Lake Leman/Geneva)
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Thonon les Bains
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
900 Metres
Nearest Beach
27 Kilometres
Evian or Thonon Les Bains lakeside
Car: recommended


Lake Leman (Lake Geneva) is a 30 min drive down the mountain. At Thonon les Bain and Evian les Bain you will find lakeside access to swimming, water sports, promenades and waterside restaurants and cafés. The ferry will take you along the lake and over to Lausanne and other Swiss lakeside towns and resorts.


The nearest airport is Geneva 70 km and 90 mins drive away. Car hire is available at the airport and buses run twice a day between Geneva Airport and Abondance through the bus company Altibus. Taxi transfers run regularly to the airport. Driving time from Calais to Abondance is 9.5 hours. A car is not essential as the ski bus runs regularly between Abondance and Chatel and most things you will need are available in Abondance. A car offers independence in getting to the lifts promptly.



-to Thonon les Bain and Lake Leman 30 min by car/bus

-to la Chapelle d'Abondance 8 mins car/bus

-to Chatel resort centre 15 mins by car/bus

Further Details:

Abondance is a great ski destination for families and beginner skiers and those wishing a quiet more relaxed place to stay and who are happy to drive the 15-20 minutes to access the Portes du Soleil. In summer you can hike, hire Mountain bikes, explore the history of the Abbey all in the village Abondance has 2 small supermarkets, bakery and butchers, several restaurants, bars and ski hire or outdoor shops, 2 banks, a doctor and a vet. It also has tennis courts and a tree top adventure park. A large new indoor/outdoor pool and spa in Chalet is an easy 15 min drive away for a jacuzzi and a swim.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chalet in Abondance, France

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season New Year 2018/19
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
Early Ski Season 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 8 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
Half Term High Season 2019
9 Feb 2019 - 8 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
Mid Ski Season 2019
9 Mar 2019 - 20 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$941.82
Pet Fee AU$23.55

Booking Notes:
Confirmation of booking is made by email and payment of the rental deposit of E600 Chalet Alys or E150 Apartment Alys by bank transfer. The balance and refundable deposit is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Please let us know if any damage or breakages occur. The deposit is refunded seven days following departure and following inspection.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time 3pm and departure time 10am. Early arrival and late check out may be available upon request 7 days prior to arrival.

Notes on prices:
Chalet Alys: Prices include cleaning at the end if your holiday, bed linen and towels, logs for the fire, wifi and all heating costs. There are NO additional costs. We require a €500 refundable deposit in case of damage.

Apartment Alys: Prices include all heating, electricity and wifi. We require a refundable deposit of €300 in case of damage. Any additional cleaning required following your departure will be deducted from your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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