Welcome to our website. All the information you might need about our 6-bedroom mountain chalet is available by clicking on the tabs on the left. Please note, we manage the bookings ourselves.
So please ignore any approaches from other parties purporting to represent us (however official-sounding they are). If you are approached by someone offering you a last-minute cancellation, at prices and on terms that sound too good to be true (e.g. allowing you to cancel up to one day before arrival, with a full return of your payments), we assure you that you are not dealing with anyone respresenting us. So, ignore firstname.lastname@example.org and any other such hoaxsters and fraudsters asking you to pay your deposit to some bank account in Poland. We are English and have French and English banks accounts, as you will see elsewhere on our website. If you are in any doubt, please call us on +44 7968 123470.
So, having got that out of the way, let’s carry on with telling you about our chalet. It consists of a 60 sq.m. 2-bedroom apartment on the ground floor (the white-walled parts you seen in the picture below) and a large (250+ sq.m.) 6-bedroom section that we call ‘the chalet’ or ‘main chalet’, since it makes up about 80% of the floorspace of the whole building. There is a door between them, just off the entrance hall, so it is easy to combine them for one group of 16 people. We do not let out the ground-floor apartment on its own, other than in summer (June to September). So, our chalet sleeps 12 (main chalet) – or 16 (if you book the chalet and apartment together).
Rates? Our rates and availability can be found on our Reservations page. If you want to know how much the chalet and apartment cost together, then simply multiply the rate for the main chalet by 1.25x (125%) and you will have worked out the cost for the whole chalet, including the 2-bedroom (sleeps 4) apartment.
During the summer months (June to September) we rent out the apartment through the Tourist Office or directly ourselves. The rate per week is €750, including towels and sheets.
Only the main chalet has access to the spa rooms (sauna, Jacuzzi, shower etc) and the laundry room.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call us or e-mail us on the contact details also on the left.
It’s been ages since I posted on our website. A few things have changed since I last posted in 2015, namely:
- we no longer let out the ground-floor apartment in winter, as we like to keep it for ourselves. In special circumstances, we will let the chalet and the apartment together in winter, but never the apartment on its own
- we let the apartment in summer through the Tourist Office reservation team at les Contamines. You can email them your enquiry using email@example.com. Alternatively, please call them on +33 450 470 510. Their English is perfect, so you don’t need to brush up on your French before taking the plunge.
- we’re constantly upgrading the chalet, adding new mattresses, new pillows, new decorations etc and, possibly also, we’ll replace the visitors’ book which new legs last year and went walks. Why anyone would want to take someone else’s visitors’ book is beyond me
- we still don’t make the jacuzzi available in the summer, so please don’t ask us to
- Les Contamines is also making improvements, one step at a time. The new cable car cabins are a joy to behold, as is the new, super-fast chairlift up Buche Croisee.
- the restaurant at Buche Croisee is brilliant; much better following its renovation
- some new apartment blocks have sprouted, with new, small restaurants one the ground floor
- the bus that whips around the village all day is now free
- the summer season is still as busy as the winter, with a choir festival being a particular favourite in August
- the link with St Gervais/Combloux/Le Bettex/Megeve is still mooted, but since it’s only a 10-min drive the other way (down the valley) to the St Gervais lift system, we’re not sure what all the bother is about
- les Contamines continues to be the resort of choice for the cognoscenti!
We’ve just been informed, today, of the latest scam in the world of holiday property rentals.
A potential French customer, who had made several enquiries on a HomeAway-owned website called Homelidays (we’d never heard of it, being more familiar with HomeAway and Abritel) for chalets in the Alps for the New Year period. He received an email from someone purporting to be the owner of our chalet, offering our chalet for the same week (New Year has been booked for months at Chalet Kiana). It was only when said gentleman (aka fraudster) requested that the deposit be paid to an account in Poland, that the suspicions of potential French customer (who happens to be a journalist!) were raised. He then, very sensibly, called the tourist office in Les Contamines, who of course know that Chalet Kiana is not owned by Poles. The tourist office then called us to let us know.
So we’ll find out who this fraudster is and we’ll make sure everyone knows, as we’d hate our legitimate guests to be hassled by other families arriving at the same time, thinking they’d paid their deposit (and, no doubt, the rest too!) only to find that they’d paid it to some fraudster.
HomeAway and Holiday Rentals have long been overzealous (we thought) on their security, making it a right pain to get into our section of their site, but clearly they haven’t made it as difficult for the hackers to find the email addresses and other details, such as desired weeks and locations, as clearly this is how said fraudster has approached canny French journalist!