A bit about the chalets
Both chalets are new builds although in the style of old traditional Savoyard chalets with authentic lauze roofs (thick slabs of irregular slate that have to be hammered into place). They were built between 2006/7 by an English builder and his team who has lived here for over 20 years. The chalets have been welcoming guests since 2007.
Chalets Merlo and Pecchio are situated in the unspoilt village of Le Miroir, a small hamlet within the commune of Ste Foy. Both chalets enjoy wonderful clear views across the Tarentaise Valley and Mont Pourri. They are ideally situated for skiing, being within a 10 and 20 minute drive of 5 different ski resorts - Ste Foy, Val d’Isere and Tignes, Les Arcs and La Plagne and La Rosiere.
They are also popular during the summer months with the stunning views, perfect temperatures, beautiful flowers and wildlife right on the doorstep. Italy is very close over the Petit St Bernard pass which opens up after the winter snow. We are right on the doorstep of some of the famous Tour de France routes and the race often passes close by.
The world outside our door, Ste Foy & Le Miroir
There are dozens of hamlets that make up the commune of Ste Foy and Le Miroir (the mirror) is a protected site. The origin of the name is debatable: some say it is a derivative of mourir (to die) reflecting the terrible epidemics and plagues that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages. However, it is nicer to think that the beauty of this village, whose windows reflect the midday sun, earned it its pretty name. Le Miroir is renowned for it’s colonnaded chalets, an attractive architectural feature with practical origins. The use of such columns originated in the Italian Aosta valley, an hour’s drive from the chalets, over the Petit St Bernard Pass. They support the roof overhang, which provides a covered area allowing dry air to circulate in the hay loft or wood store. Such chalets can also be seen in the neighbouring hamlets of La Mazure, Montalbert, Le Baptieu, La Thuile, and Bonconseil (now Sainte Foy ski resort).
The ski resort of Ste Foy sits high above the main village (Ste Foy Chef Lieu) at 1550m above sea level and is the ’ newest’ in France and has only been operating since 1992. The resort is based around an old farming hamlet (Bonconseil), some of which survives as chalet accommodation. Most of the village has been built recently, but in a sympathetic style using wood and stone. Accommodation consists of self-catered apartments (from studios to 4 or 5 bedrooms) and private chalets. There are two spas in the resort, both with swimming pools, jacuzzis, and saunas, as well as massage and beauty treatments. There are five ski shops, two bars, three restaurants and a small supermarket, but the resort is still growing with new apartments and chalets being developed in the ‘Bataillette’ sector.
Sainte Foy, Tarentaise, France
5 world class resorts within 20 minutes so snow is guaranteed. Superb food, spectacular panoramic views of the whole valley and 5 star accommodation.