Charming La Clusaz chalet with breathtaking views over Manigod valley
Chalet Chenavray is a charming traditional style chalet with all the modern conveniences you need to make your Alpine holiday perfect. Set over three floors, the accommodation is arranged so that the ground floor is a self-contained apartment, ideal for a couple who are looking for a little bit of privacy. Spacious balconies, a deck and a terrace mean everyone can find their place in the sun, and there’s covered parking for two cars, so even in the winter your car is snow-free and ready to go. This La Clusaz chalet is just five minutes by car from Manigod village, where you can pick up fresh bread from the boulangerie or enjoy a locally-sourced meal at Val Sulens restaurant, which also does takeaway food.
Get together with friends, or find a sunny spot to soak up the sun
A lot of care has gone into furnishing Chalet Chenavray so that 12 adults can enjoy each other’s company without falling over each other. The chalet has five comfortable bedrooms and four bathrooms, and there’s a self-contained apartment on the ground floor, for a couple who want a little more privacy. After an energetic day skiing or walking in the mountains, it’s great to come home to the log fire, or perhaps ease those aching limbs in the sauna before sharing your memories of the day over a fondue and a bottle of wine. In the summer, the balcony is the perfect spot for that first cup of tea in the morning, or to soak up the last of the sun as it sinks down behind the mountains.
You’ll be spoilt for choice, with more than 200km of pistes just minutes away
With the ski bus stopping just 30m from your door, and the nearest lifts just 5km away at the Croix Fry sector of the La Clusaz pistes (altitude 1500m), you’ll waste no time getting to the pistes. A single Aravis ski pass gives you access to the 95 lifts and 220km of runs which link La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, and there are plenty of mountain restaurants where you can meet up with friends for lunch. The nearby Beauregard plateau is a great choice for cross-country skiing and snow-shoe walking. Non-skiers can go ice-skating or swimming in La Clusaz, where the heated indoor and outdoor pools are open all year round - there’s nothing better than floating in the steaming outdoor pool while the snow-covered mountains tower above you!
From mountain hikes to white-water rafting, there’s no end to summer action
Your stay at Chalet Chenavray can be as energetic or relaxing as you make it. Walking in the mountains is a pleasure, and all the hard work is done for you if you take the cable car to the top and come down at your own pace! The Gliéres plateau, scene of the Resistance’s campaign against the German army in World War II, is a great place for a picnic. Adrenalin junkies can try paragliding, canyoning, climbing, mountain-biking or white-water rafting - just some of the activities on offer within a few miles of Manigod. Via ferrata is a great family day out, with children as young as eight able to explore the mountains on iron walkways, secured to a harness. After a strenuous day, you’ll be glad to get back to your chalet for a barbecue on the sunny terrace.
Outdoor action, water sports or chic boutiques - there’s so much choice
Chalet Chenavray sits above the friendly village of Manigod, in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps. Basic provisions can be picked up in the village, just five minutes drive away, and there are more shops and restaurants in La Clusaz, where the tourism office organises a regular programme of events for residents and visitors all year round. The medieval lakeside town of Annecy is just 30 minutes away by car and is a great place for a day out, whatever the season, with its unique mix of restaurants, shops and museums. In the summer it’s a great place for water sports, or hire a boat and explore some of the quiet lakeside beaches. Whatever you do, you can be sure of a holiday you’ll never forget.
“We first visited the Haute Savoie area with our children about 25 years ago. At that time we used to tour with our caravan, accompanied by friends and their children in their caravans. On many occasions we ended up staying close to the Manigod area for our main holiday. In fact my son and his friend telephoned for their GCE results from the lakeside at Menthon and we celebrated with friends and children by a dinner on the evening cruise down the lake, one of life’s unforgettable memories.
Our friends bought a house here and we subsequently stayed with them, always longing for our own chalet. Then one Christmas we found one in our price range and subsequently refurbished both outside and inside to as you see the chalet today. We have tried to incorporate modern bathrooms but retain some of the old world charm.
We have wonderful unsurpassed views of the Manigod valley of which we never tire, both during the winter and summer we can spend hours just looking at “our garden” Top of our list are the magnificent colours of the autumn, and seeing the cows and goats being brought down to their winter pastures from the high plateau.
We feel our chalet is a home from home. Our family enjoy the fun of sking, raquettes, tobogganing, ice skating which the winter affords and the sauna is in high demand for those aching limbs after the first ski downhills. The family learnt to ski here at Croix Fry which is about 6 mins away from the chalet and now enjoy the plethora of runs available which cater for all abilities. In fact our granddaughter (4)is just starting to learn to ski. My husband loves sitting on the balcony on a clear evening and watches the stars (wrapped up warm of course) – you seem to feel as one with nature.
In the summer again we love sitting on the veranda and view watch. We plant the geraniums and lovingly tend them and enoy them cascading over the balcony. The family also visit in the summer and love the stunning walks to the high mountains and contrastingly the activities of the lake at Menthon and Tailloires. Cycle rides around the lake are a new venture which we have enjoyed. We all love our visits to Annecy and we never tire of walking around the old town, stopping for a coffee, or perhaps an ice cream, we are spoilt for choice for restaurants but love the shellfish restaurant as you enter the old town.
My wife loves the shops and Saturday market in Thones, if she buys any more knick knacks !!!!!!!!! Our favourite treat is a coffee and cake in the Patisserie in the arcades in Thones.
Another favourite visit of ours is to the Resistance museum just outside Thones. We love going to the Plateau de Gliers and walking around the historic pathway, you realise what brave men and women these people where. We usually take a picnic and spend the day there, although there are restaurants who do a good plat du jour on the plateau.
To sum up we just relax when we are here, it is a cliché but we have the best of both worlds, winter wonderland and summer pastimes in a chalet which has all the modern comforts in a rural community. ”