Pure Alps - Samoens, France - Catered Ski Chalet

Pure Alps

Samoens, Grand Massif, France: bed & breakfast, self catered or catered, sleeps 10/14 Contemporary design spacious chalet, outdoor hot-tub, 5 ensuite bedrooms, 'child-free' weeks available, friendly relaxed vibe.

Pure Alps

We believe in the restorative powers of moutains, and we'd love to share our favourite bits of alpine magic with you.  Whether its adrenaline-filled black runs, or cruising the blues between hot-chocolate stops, we reckon there's nothing better for feeling truly alive. And in the summer, its the mountains have a real 'away from it all' vibe too.  Something that recharges the batteries and sets you up for another few months in the day job.  

(But since you're checking out chalet holiday, we're guessing you know all that and have already gotten the mountain-bug!) 


During the ski season, we operate as a catered chalet service (bookable by the room, or as a whole chalet).  

In the peak summer season of July & August, the chalet is available as 'whole chalet' self-catering rental (although we're happy to provide a catering service as an optional extra).  

At other times, we take B&B bookings on a room by room basis.  


We're in the hamlet of L'Etelley, found between Samoëns and Morillon.  

Its a short 2, 3 or 4 minute drive to either Morillon, Vercland or the Grand Massif Express ski lifts - choose which suits you best.  We do a drop off & pick up at both ends of the day.



Open Plan Living Space
  • large open plan living space on the ground floor of the chalet.
  • four sets of sliding doors
  • lots of natural light.
  • dining tables seating upto 14
  • designer lampshades
  • contemporary sofas
  • 1950s design classic fireside chairs
  • library corner
  • guitar and bodhrán 
  • games (ranging from 'Cards Against Humanity' to connect 4)


Four enourmous ensuite triple bedrooms on first flooor
  • High ceilings reaching up into the roof apex
  • Access to the balcony
  • Views of the mountains in one direciton, or forest in the other.
  • Each room is made up with a double and a single bed

A further standard double bedroom is on the ground floor, better suited for those with reduced mobility.  The ensuite there is a wet-room, with level access floor.

All our mattresses and bed linens are new this year.  Rooms are comfortably furnished & decorated with pieces we've restored or repurposed, and some that we've collected on our travels over the years.  We do love a big fluffy towel, so there's plenty of those too.  

Ensuite bathrooms

All the ensuites have a thermostatic-controlled Hansgrohe shower (with a fixed head as well as a moveable shower head), wall-mounted WC, hand basin, and a heated towel-rail.  Note there are no actual 'baths', aside from the hot-tub!


During the summer, the chalet is available as a self-catered rental, so we figured you'd be interested to see what's on offer.  Its been designed to be spacious and airy, with plenty of counter-top space, and storage in drawers underneath.

The big appliances are all newly installed in 2016:
  • an induction hob
  • electric oven
  • microwave
  • fridge-freezer
  • dishwasher (who wants to do the dishes when they're on holiday?)

Smaller appliances include:
  • Moulinex high powered juicer
  • Magimix food processor
  • Kenwood mixer
  • slow-cookers
  • spiralizer
  • raclette & hot-rock
  • yoghurt maker

There's a decent array of saucepans, frying-pans, chopping boards, sharp knives, cheese graters etc.  

For serving up the fruits of the chef's labours, there's simple elegant white crockery, quality viners cutlery, together with wine glasses, champagne flutes and tumblers.

Current Promotions for Pure Alps:

Christmas Early Bird Offer

Dates: 23 Dec 17 - 30 Dec 17 £500 discount off Christmas sole occupancy booking, if confirmed by 31st August.  

Upto 12 people: regular price of £7,150 less £500 discount = £6,650

Upto 14 people: regular price of £8,125 less £500 discount = £7,625

New Year early bird discount

Dates: 30 Dec 17 - 06 Jan 18 £500 discount off listed sole occupancy price, when booking confirmed by 31st August 2017.

Peak February early bird discount

Dates: 18 Feb 18 - 25 Feb 18 £500 discount from listed price for any sole occupancy booking confirmed by 31st August 2017


barbecue,  bicycles for hire,  boot dryers,  cot/highchair,  garden,  hot tub (outdoor),  iPod docking station,  laundry facilities,  private parking (open),  terrace,  wifi/internet access,  wood burning stove



All the goodies are laid out for you to choose
  • warm croissants & baguettes
  • a variety of jams & marmalades
  • boiled eggs
  • ham
  • cheese
  • yoghurts
  • cornflakes, branflakes, granolas
  • apples & oranges
  • coffee & tea
  • orange & apple juices

We do keep a stock of frosties and coco-pops for the kids, but we'll check with parents first before putting them out, in case you're trying to avoid the sugary-snacks.

Afternoon tea & cake

Home made cakes, scones and buns. Favourites from our taster-testers included
  • lemon drizzle cake
  • red velvet cupcakes,
  • old-fashioned scones with jam and cream
  • coffee cake


We provide a three course dinner, followed by coffee, six nights of the week.  Chef's night off is usually Tuesday.

Usually kicks off with aperos at 7pm, and sitting down to eat at 7:30pm

There's three courses, followed by coffee (including de-caff if the regular stuff keeps you awake). We usually start the week with a local dish, and finish with an international flavour (apparently you can get 'cheesed out' in the mountains). Favourites so far include 
  • tartiflette
  • boeuf-bourguignon,
  • raclette cheese & hot-rock grilled meats
  • parma-ham wrapped chicken breasts stuff with feta & tapenade
  • thai red curry
And of course, wine is included :)

Our cooking style is more relaxed Jamie Oliver style than fine-dining. Its hearty fare for sharing, and plenty of it. You need a good re-fuelling after a day on the mountain.



We do a daily drop off and pick up to and from a local lift (you choose between Vercland, the Grand Massif Express or Morillon).  Get together with your chalet mates and decide on a time that suits you all.  (If you really can't agree - the ski bus stop is ony a minute away on foot).

We can help with recommendations for lessons & ski-hire with our local partners.

Resort & location information:

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Resort name: Samoens

Ski area: Grand Massif Country: France Amenities: accrobranche,  adventure park,  bars and restaurants,  beauticians,  bus station,  bus stop,  canoeing,  canyoning,  cash withdrawal facility,  childcare,  cinema,  cross country skiing,  cycling,  doctor,  dog sled rides,  fishing,  fitness centre,  free shuttle bus,  freelance catering,  golf,  hairdressers,  heliskiing,  high altitude restaurants,  high ropes course,  hiking,  horse driven sleigh rides,  horse riding,  huski dogs,  ice fall climbing,  ice rink,  lake,  massage,  mini golf,  mountain biking,  mountaineering,  off piste guiding,  paragliding,  parapenting,  pilates classes,  rafting,  ski school,  ski touring,  skidoo safaris,  skiing,  skiing/snowboarding,  sledging pistes,  snow mobiling,  snowboard school,  snowshoe walking,  spa,  supermarket,  swimming pool (indoor),  swimming pool (outdoor),  tennis,  toboganning,  torch lit descents,  tourist office,  via ferrata,  yoga classes
mob: France - 0673314272
skype: Jayne.Hilditch
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twitter: @JayneHilditch
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Guest reviews:

Review posted online by Jenny S.

"I stayed in Jayne and Sid's beautiful new chalet for a week with a group of friends for the Tour de France. The chalet has been lovingly built and fitted out, and it shows - the décor is modern but comfortable, with lots of personal touches. The bedrooms are large and the beds comfy, each with their own en suite (and lovely rainfall showers!) There's also an accessible bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor.

The chalet is well positioned for the lifts up from Morillion and Samoens, so great for summer walking as well as the ski season. We did some really nice walks that were easily accessible by foot or a short drive - along the Giffre river, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, up the Col de Joux Plane and through the forest into Samoens town centre. It's a good base for seeing the whole of the Giffre valley, which is stunning, though you will need a car to make the most of it.

We took the catered option for the week and the food was excellent. A range of local fare and some dishes from further afield if you get fed up of cheese - Thai curry anyone?

Jayne and Sid are very friendly hosts, but they'll let you get on with your own thing too. We'll definitely be going back in the winter!"
12 Aug 16

Review posted online by Lauren W.

"This new, family run chalet is situated in a beautiful setting with breathtaking views and is still in very close proximity to amenities - in Morillion and Samoens. Our group of six shared the chalet with another group of four (plus an 18mnth old) and there was plenty of room for us all - both private and communal. Our hosts, Jayne and Sid, were easy and laid back and helped to create a comfortable environment in which the two groups got to know each other and meal times were full of chatter and fun. The meals themselves were generous and hearty - and with many of the produce either grown in their own vegetable garden, or sourced from local farmers.

Our room was large and comfortable - with the best pillows I have had the pleasure of sleeping on! The shower had great pressure and plenty of hot water - no matter how many guests were using water at the same time.

Despite it being summer, we used the hot tub on some of the cooler evenings after long, hot walks up the mountains - and then enjoyed socialising around the cosy fire pit.

Overall, this was a great visit and we will definitely be back - to enjoy the home grown produce, friendly hospitality and beautiful surroundings!"
12 Aug 16

Review posted online by Paul O.

"Had a wonderful 5 nights with Jayne & Sid in their new chalet. Great hosts & showed us some of the best sites around Samoens. Their hospitality was exceptional with the added benefits of a fire pit BBQ & hot tub!" 12 Aug 16

Review posted online by Harry M

"We had a wonderful time at Pure Alps. The chalet is very comfortable, with great food and lots of space to relax. The Grand Massif has loads to offer which is great as we were a group of mixed ability. The (very long) Cascades run is particularly beautiful and worth doing if it's open. There are also lots of nice shops and restaurants in nearby Samoens.

Highly recommended."
12 Aug 16

Review posted online by Rodric J

"Fantastic chalet. Beautiful area, lovely hosts, great food. Awesome." 02 Jul 16

Review posted online by Clare L

"We stayed at Jayne and Sid's beautiful chalet between 15th - 18th February, Jayne had really helped us out of a difficult situation as the chalet we had booked, via Air BNB, cancelled our booking 3 weeks before our trip! Zig Zag recommended Jayne's chalet and our group of 9 couldn't have been happier!

The chalet is in a great location just 5 mins drive from the lift near La Reposette restaurant, up to Samoens 1600. It's incredibly spacious, warm, modern and clean. Jayne has also put some lovely touches to the chalet which makes it feel very homely. It has all the mod cons, oven, microwave, dish washer etc and plenty of space for parking.

Jayne is also very helpful, it's super easy to find, however we did get lost (!) and Jayne came and met us at the local supermarket and guided us back to the chalet, which was 5 mins away!

We definitely would stay again, Jayne is incredibly friendly and leaves you to get on with your holiday, but is on hand when you need her for anything."
02 Jul 16

Review posted online by Stefan A

"We had a lovely stay in this fabulously spacious new chalet. Jayne and Sid were very welcoming relaxed hosts. The food and wine flowed, the living area was very comfortable for relaxing in the evening - and for our 'whiteout stay-at-home day'. Plans for additions to the chalet sound exciting too: sauna and cinema room in the basement! We'll be back to enjoy the great ski area and this impressive chalet." 02 Jul 16

Review posted online by Ruth K

"It is hard to describe just how perfect the balance is between the warmth and sparkle of Jayne and Sid's welcome, and the stylish mid-century chic of the chalet they have lovingly designed and curated. Everything has been thought through so carefully - from the kitchen equipment (we self-catered), the quality mattresses and bed linen, the bounteous provision of hot water in luxurious showers, and the chest full of games and puzzles. Not to mention the book shelves so full of intriguing literature that you could almost curl up on the sofa with a large glass of vino and forget to venture forth into the beautiful surrounds.

The chalet is HUGE. As a lively party of 14 we much enjoyed the living space (plenty of room for playing the cereal packet game and building human pyramids, oh yes), and easily fitted around the huge tables for our meals. Jayne couldn't have been more helpful - adjusting the bed layout etc to match our idiosyncratic requirements, and furnishing us with all sorts of useful tips for local shopping, eating, ski hire etc. Jayne's eye for design has ensured a chalet that feels exquisite, but is also totally practical, even with a hoard of children in tow. I shall stop gushing now because otherwise you'll all be booking and we'll never get to return.

Morillon and Samoens between them had an array of fun Easter activities to join in with, and both offer a beautiful, old-fashioned alpine charm. The skiing was fun - varied and plenty for everyone of all levels. I'd love to come back in the summer and see the 'other alps'."
02 Jul 16

Review posted online by John B

"Relaxing and rejuvenating. Jayne and Sid our hosts were welcoming and laid back, creating a warm and open atmosphere for our stay. Our room was really spacious and quiet with a great en-suite. The whole chalet was beautifully furnished in a contemporary style with all the mod cons. The area was beautiful, we were mostly walking as it was spring but we loved the out of season feel and the scenery was stunning. Can't recommend it highly enough!" 02 Jul 16