Stayed with 2 other families in this gorgeous chalet! I highly highly recommend. Martha was excellent to deal with. Chris the property manager was responsive and great. The place is gorgeous, well situated, and comfortable. Beds comfortable. Lots of nice touches to make our staff even better than we thought. Close to bus, train.. Nothing negative to say.
Chalet La foret is lovely in every way. The chalet is spacious and can accomodate a large party and nicely decorated. The kitchen is well appointed. There is a fire place on the ground floor/kitchen that gives it a real chalet feel.
There are a sauna and hot tub outside.
Martha and her husband are charming hosts and can refer a guide Neil who is very good for glacier walking.
The joy of Chalet La Foret is that it combines a secluded green haven with ready access to everything Chamonix has to offer. The chalet itself is beautifully presented and equipped with the very best throughout; indeed attention to detail and excellent taste are very much Martha's hallmark. We particularly enjoyed the 'spa' facilities - the hot tub and wonderful woodland sauna. The Mazot is warm and comfortable for a couple looking for a little seclusion away from the main party. What you see on the very helpful Chalet La Foret website is precisely what you get.
Martha was wonderfully flexible and patient while we vacillated over our arrangements. Based on site she offered excellent advice and support throughout our holiday; indeed nothing proved too much trouble.
This is a tranquil location and a really comfortable chalet for an active group that is relatively self-contained and enjoys exploring; it would not suit those that require everything immediately on their doorstep. Given the beautiful setting we can see it has excellent potential for a summer visit - and we hope to be booking again.
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I can now see why most of the other reviewers are returning visitors to Chalet La Foret. I am almost reluctant to write too exuberant a review in case the chalet gets all booked up before I get my 2016 booking in!
For me, there are two things which make it stand out from your typical self-catered alpine chalet.
Firstly, Martha is an absolute delight to deal with. From the moment we contacted her to enquire about the chalet, she has replied to every email promptly and made us feel like no question/request is too big or small. Just one example - when I emailed to ask if they had weighing scales for baking in the chalet, she replied by asking me if I liked this particular model and that she would purchase it if we did. We really got the sense that Martha and Nick genuinely cared about all the little details to ensure that we had a good holiday. Also, Martha and Nick clearly have good relationships with other business owners in the area which meant that we benefitted from their recommendations for a ski guide (Neil Hitchings was fantastic!) and airport transfers. After a bad experience with another chalet last year, we loved having trustworthy and excellent chalet owners to liaise with.
Secondly, the chalet is absolutely beautiful and furnished tastefully and luxuriously. From the fairy lights to the lovely bed linen to the le creuset crockery to the cow print cushions. I particularly loved the herringbone throw and will shortly be ordering it from my local John Lewis! It's almost a shame we spent so much time skiing and didn't just spend the whole week relaxing in the chalet. The hot tub and sauna were also big plus points for us.
Downsides - the two downstairs bedrooms were small and not at all sound-proofed from one another (but I wonder if this could be addressed by covering up the gap in the door between the two rooms). The room with the bunk beds also didn't have any hanging facilities (even some coat hooks would have been nice). Also, compared to other places we have stayed in before, the chalet felt a bit isolated. Which is part of the charm, but it meant it was more difficult to just pop to the shop or to the boulangerie for a breakfast croissant.
Four generations of our family spent a wonderful Christmas at the Chalet La Foret. The chalet is in a brilliant location, close to the Flegere ski lift, Chamonix town centre and the main road that runs through the valley, with stunning views from the garden and forest walks all around.
The chalet is very luxurious (awesome hot tub, sauna, very comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, etc) but also very homely. Everything was provided for our 10 month old baby which was absolutely fantastic.
Nick and Martha are great hosts and strike the perfect balance between being welcoming and friendly and letting you have the space and peace to make yourself truly at home.
We really didn't want to leave and would definitely come again.