Our stay at Chalet Bartavelle was superb from start to finish. Even with a delayed outgoing flight, Jerry and Bettina were still there to welcome us and cook our meal. Jerry is an exceptional chef and really went out of his way to accommodate us - from transfers to resort to arranging additional lessons, to putting up with us staring at him whilst cooking every night! The food really is exquisite!! Afternoon tea after a day on the slopes was heaven. The chalet itself is decorated to a very high standard and all rooms, including the lounge area, were warm and inviting. I would personally say the mezzanine sleeping area is perfect for children / small people as the ceiling is rather low but still a way to accommodate for a larger group. The bus into Meribel was a 3-4 minute walk from the chalet and then a 10/15 minute journey - very easy, even with snowboard in tow. Jerry gave all the group advice and information for local attractions, for families and none skiers and those looking for after ski drinks! I can't recommend this place enough - thank you for an extremely memorable week!
Staying at Chalet Bartavelle makes for a top-notch ski vacation! Our group included three couples and one single, all in our early 70's and mostly retired.
From arranging transportation from GVA airport, to renting skis and obtaining ski passes, to chauffeuring us to and from the mountain, to stocking up on our favorite libations, Jerry and Bettina Mant are most gracious hosts.
If you do not care about exquisitely prepared meals, go somewhere else.
The meals were a gourmet's delight -- breakfasts were great!, dinners even greater!! Starting with cocktail hour, appetizers such as shrimp in rice wine, fish sauce, lime juice, and finely cut shallots, carrots and cilantro, to dinner appetizers with grilled Belgium lettuce, prosciutto, deep-fried quails' eggs (small -- minimal cholesterol), herring and Caesar's dressing, followed by a main course of Guinea fowl stuffed with chestnuts and walnuts with Madiera sauce, deep-fried parsnip curls, lentils, spinach, spices -- you get the idea! Every night is an adventure.
One week was not enough to fully explore the Trois Vallees, and CB is definitely our choice of a place to stay when we return.
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Admittedly we were lucky - a family of 4 staying in this very comfortable chalet for 10.
It's very conveniently located to the Meribel/3 Vallees ski area - 5 mins by car to the main Meribel ski lifts where there was ample cheap parking all day - we had a car which gave us flex but Jerry also provides transport drop-off and pick-up. Public bus also available.
We were made very welcome by the owner - the chalet as mentioned is warm, welcoming and comfortable. Bedrooms standard ski chalet size but beds and linen good quality.
Boot room/boot warmers great.
Best bit was Jerry's cooking - he clearly has an excellent CV and we thoroughly enjoyed both the excellent breakfasts and brilliant upmarket restaurant style suppers and good quality wines - our kids are not known for their epicurean adventures but for the most part lapped it all up!
Only things to greedily suggest for improvement - 1. being coffee snobs an espresso maker would be good and 2. steps up to chalet could be challenging for little kids and those not so young.
But we had a great time very much in part to our stay at Bartavelle - thanks!
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What a lovely place to stay. I agree with everything that has been mentioned before - the cosy chalet, the most amazing food and wine, fantastic ski area - but what makes this holiday so special is the subtle extras that could so easily be missed. The skis already loaded into the minibus at the start of the day, a wonderfully comfy bed, large soft towels, Jerry still smiling when we arrive late at the pickup point at the end of the day, a cup of tea appearing at the end of Dinner for the 'teapot'. A very special holiday.
We just spent a magnificent week at Chalet Bartavelle. To say the least. We joined close friends for a week of skiing. Our skiing abilities varied greatly. Jerry and Bettina are extraordinary hosts. The Chalet is charming and comfortable. And the food! Ooo la la the food. Jerry is an amazing chef, completely amazing. We were all astonished, and we are no easy crowd. Indeed, I come on TripAdvisor to see what is good bad and ugly, and never write recommendations. But I am this time - Come to Meribel, for the skiing, the food, the relaxation and the beauty.