La Grange au Merle

Châtel - Petit Chatel, Portes du Soleil, France: catered, sleeps 10/14 Luxury traditional catered chalet sleeping 14 guests. Fully catered with concierge and chauffeur service. Professional childcare options.

La Grange au Merle

A traditional spacious farm chalet in the picturesque village of Châtel, La Grange au Merle is a retreat full of warmth, comfort and style. It is lovingly renovated to enhance all the original character with the addition of modern comforts and a luxurious finish. 

The heart of the chalet is the open plan living space which opens onto a south facing balcony overlooking stunning mountain scenery. With a roaring fire, cocktail bar and dedicated TV snug/playroom there is something for everyone. 

Six tastefully decorated ensuite bedrooms accommodate up to 14 guests (including a family suite). Many of the bedrooms have direct access to the balcony or garden terrace where there are enclosed gardens, an outdoor hot tub and an enchanting childrens playhouse. 

We pride ourselves in catering for both friends and familys seeking a holiday which provides plenty of action and indulgent quality time. For children we offer fun and adventurous childcare options in the care of professional nannies. 

For the adults, the carnozet can be found in the cave under the chalet with an enticing selection of wines waiting to be savoured. Perfect for an evening after a day in the beautiful Portes du Soleil ski domain. 

During winter months La Grange au Merle offers fully catered accommodation with professional Chef, Chalet Manager and Chauffeur. During summer the chalet is available as a self catered property. 

At a glance
  • 6 bedrooms, accommodating up to 14 guests
  • Fully catered for 6 days a week during winter
  • In resort chauffeur service
  • Concierge and daily housekeeping
  • Sauna
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • WiFi, TV, DVD, i-device connections
  • Sonos throughout 
  • Log burning fireplace 
  • Library
  • Carnozet
  • Laundry facilities
  • Safe enclosed gardens
  • Double garage and additional parking 
  • A full range of additional services including family focused childcare packages



Traditional architecture and stylish interiors define La Grange au Merle. Specifically designed with guests in mind it offers a perfect chalet package. 

The roaring fire, hot tub and sauna for relaxation; fantastic food and wine served by friendly staff and amazing south facing views are just a few of the highlights. 

  • 6 tastefully decorated ensuite bedrooms (two bedrooms consisting of a family suite)
  • Egyptian cotton bedlinen, fluffy towels, robes and toiletries create individual retreats
  • The bright and spacious open plan living space offers
    • - south facing wrap around balcony with stunning mountain views
    • - a traditional log burning fireplace
    • - inviting lounge seating looking over the landscape
    • - a cocktail bar and seating area, perfect for pre-dinner drinks
    • - dining table comforatbly seating 12, on which to enjoy gourmet food and wine
  • childrens seating area for early dinners
  • modern kitchen
  • TV snug/playroom with games, books, toys and DVDs 
  • library stocked with books and magazines
  • carnozet full of interesting wines to explore 
  • sauna for easing muscles after a day on the slopes
  • outdoor hot-tub in which to relax and admire the view 
  • BBQ and outdoor terrace for sunnier days
  • enclosed gardens with wooden playhouse
  • covered double garage



bar,  barbecue,  boot dryers,  cot/highchair,  games room,  garden,  hot tub (outdoor),  iPod docking station,  laundry facilities,  open fireplace,  private parking (covered),  private parking (open),  satellite/cable TV,  sauna,  terrace,  wifi (free in-room),  wifi (free public area),  wifi/internet access


Mouthwatering meals are created by your dedicated chef and served with paired sparkling, white and red wines. 

Breakfast - A hot breakfast to set you up for a day on the pistes

Afternoon Tea - homemade goodies served with steaming tea, coffee or vin chaud

Pre-Dinner - canapés with pre-dinner drinks

Dinner - A gourmet four course meal served with wines. 

Children - Early home cooked wholesome dinners can be provided for children



The Service

The Chalet is hosted by a dedicated Chef and Chalet Manager serving gourmet food and selected wines. 

Services included in the price
  • 6 Hot breakfasts, afternoon teas, drinks and canapes and a four course meal for the adults.
  • 6 Hot breakfasts, afternoon teas, wholesome early dinners for the children if requested 
  • Wide selection of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks. Each evening a paired menu is served 
  • Concierge service arranging restaurants, events and logistics
  • In resort Chauffeur service with private minibus
Additional services 
  • Ski hire
  • Ski pass
  • Airport transfers
  • Wine tasting
  • Premium wines
  • Professional childcare packages
  • Babysitting on the staff night off
  • Activities as desired 


Resort & location information:

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Resort name: Châtel - Petit Chatel

Ski area: Portes du Soleil Country: France Amenities: bars and restaurants,  bob luge,  bowling,  cash withdrawal facility,  childcare,  cinema,  cross country skiing,  dog sled rides,  fantasicable,  fishing,  free shuttle bus,  hairdressers,  high altitude restaurants,  horse drawn skiing,  horse driven sleigh rides,  huski dogs,  ice diving,  ice fishing,  ice rink,  lake,  massage,  night skiing,  nightclub,  off piste guiding,  paragliding,  parapenting,  ski jouring,  ski school,  ski touring,  skiing,  skiing/snowboarding,  sledging pistes,  snow kiting,  snowboard school,  supermarket,  swimming pool (outdoor),  torch lit descents,  tourist office
tel: UK - 01312855645
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Guest reviews:

Review posted online by GeorgeW

"Had a great family gathering (7 Adults + 8 Children) staying here for a weeks Skiing

As a very large spacious chalet, it did not feel crowded, combining the luxury of a boutique hotel (with its own DriverHostess& Chef) with the relaxing feeling of a 2nd home. The log fire and the hot tub were great, with an amazing snug bedroom hidden away up in the roof!

We were a very mixed group of beginners right through to off-piste Skiers⛷and Snowboarders, and Chatel had a huge variety of slopes to keep us all entertained. The mountain restaurants were fab, full of character and lovely food.

As a keen hillwalker, it would be interesting to visit in the Summer to see/feel the contrast in the village & mountains.

Would definitely love to come back to this amazing place"
07 Jun 18

Review posted online by SAChichLondon

"Perfect luxury chalet for a week away from the world! Utterly spoilt with fabulous chef, chalet staff, own driver and a sauna every night! Rooms delightful and every need catered for, from home made bath salts, fluffy robes, slippers and afternoon cake! Ski hire and passes delivered to the door made the whole week hassle free. The skiing was fabulous and the chalet was such a lovely place to come home to every night. Chatel is a delightful town and the chef's night off forced us to try its delights. Six adults, nine children, no fights and lots of laughs! The only downside was the required diet once home from all the delicious food." 07 Jun 18

Review posted online by S. April 2018

"Upon arrival we were immediately made welcome and instinctively knew this holiday was going to be amazing.

The chalet itself is stunning, kept to very high standard and absolutely immaculate. The food was outstanding, one hot breakfast dish along with the continental choice every morning, there was a delicious cake waiting for us everyday, and then the children would be fed earlier than the adults which really worked well. The adults food was amazing, the pre dinner canapés and fizz were a delight and each course as stunning as the next.

Coming out of the chalet and getting to the slopes was a breeze thanks to our dedicated driver. He recommended certain runs and helped the children in and out of their ski boots and skis. After a tiring day skiing the driver would arrive punctually helping us get our skis in, loading the children into the car and unloading the other side. This made our holiday run exceptionally smoothly.

To summarise, the service and attention from all staff went beyond our expectations and was most greatly received. They helped to make a truly exceptional holiday experience"
07 Jun 18

Review posted online by Stephanie

"This ski chalet is second to none. Not only is the chalet beautifully refurbished with great facilities but the hosts could not have been better.

I would highly recommend this chalet."
10 Sep 17

Review posted online by The ski family

"It was so easy to book this chalet, the owner responds immediately, takes care of the ski hire, ski passes, transfers etc etc. You arrive at the chalet and everything is ready. The standard of chalet is first class, an absolute winner." 10 Sep 17

Review posted online by Dan

"A real luxury ski experience for me and my family - first time we have stayed in a catered chalet and we are converts! Fantastic food, delicious and hearty breakfast and a too-inviting afternoon tea awaiting after a day's skiing." 10 Sep 17

Luxurious cozy chalet with a 4 star chef

"We stayed at La Grange au Merle for 6 days over New Year with another couple. We all (including our 7- and 9-year-old children) didn’t want to leave. The location is awesome, close but not too close to the center of Châtel with a magic view of the mountains on the other side of the valley. Picture postcard perfect.

We were really looked after. Upon our arrival skis and boots were fitted in the boot room of the chalet and ski passes had been arranged.

The chalet itself is immaculate. Newly refurbished with lots of lovely touches that make it a warm, cozy home away from home. The owners clearly have an eye for the finer details and know what's required.
The beds are excellent with Egyptian cotton linens that make it so easy to get a great night's sleep. For downtime, there is a jacuzzi outside and a sauna inside, they are wonderful additions that add to the relaxation. In the beautiful living area with a vaulted ceiling is a large dining table for long evening dinners. In an adjoining snug the children played games or watch TV without disturbing the others.

The chef's years at alBulli clearly paid off and the hostess kept us and the chalet in top shape.
It's also so nice that there's an ample supply of tea, coffee, wine and beer to enjoy as you like.

Overall a great place to stay, somewhere we highly recommend and we can't wait to come again."
Bernadette 25 Jan 17

Review posted online by Galbraith

"A very peaceful location, with excellent views from all the rooms and balconies. Very comfortable, with a lovely little bar (a little too nice for some). The ski hire folks came to the chalet and fitted us on-site, and came to collect at the end of the trip. No queueing in ski shops for us, and no lugging the kids equipment around!

The free ski bus stops at the property, and delivers to the Super Chatel lift.
This provides access to the vast Portes de Soleil ski area, with a huge amount of choice available for all levels. We signed our kids up to the British Alpine Ski School for lessons with British instructors in the morning, and then happily spent the afternoon with the kids, easily reaching Morzine, for example. They were particularly keen on "The Stash" with it's jumps and bumps in the woods. They were novices when we arrived, but were confident on some of the black runs by the end of the week.

The runs were surprisingly very quiet, especially considering it was Easter (barring the odd bottleneck here and there) but I'm told this is because most of the big British tour groups don't use Chatel as a base. As a result, the village retains a small town atmosphere and does not feel overrun."
06 Nov 16