Rustic Mountain Paradise, winter catering included, tucked away in a quiet idillic hideaway 5kms from Morzine. If peace, quiet and tranquility is what you are looking for after a long day on the slopes this is the place for you!
A secluded mountain hideaway, tucked away on the outskirts of Morzine, complete with hot tub, sauna and log fire, for 10 people (extra 30e per night/per person over 8 people). This winter, we’re focusing on week-long (min 5 night) bookings for the entire chalet (Sat to Sat) – but is available on a self-catered basis throughout the rest of the year – May to November.
Winter prices are inclusive of a continental breakfast on 6 mornings and a delicious home-cooked 3 course meal with good wine in the winter, for 4 evenings to suit you.
Chalet Gilbert has been a place for friends and family to relax in cosy, sumptuous surroundings for many years. It is now being offered for others to enjoy in the same way – very much as a home from home. It is bookable either in its entirety for larger groups, or by individual room off peak or for last minute bookings.
The chalet is managed by two great Chalet Hosts who will give you a warm welcome and make sure you’re looked after very well. . Breakfast each morning and a sumptuous 3 course dinner (including good wine) four nights of the week is included in the cost of your booking and are served at the large communal dining table. (N.B. A local tourist tax of 0.65 Euro per guest per night will be payable on departure)
The chalet sleeps 10 people. Please note extra supplement of 30e per person per night over 8 people, including catering.
This new “flexi-deal” will allow guests the flexibility of choosing the four nights in the week they’d like to eat in the chalet and which nights they’d like to eat out (or even have a very big lunch!).
On these nights, guests have the choice of dinner at the local Auberge which offers fantastic French cuisine or to travel to one of the numerous restaurants in Morzine or elsewhere. There’s also a little takeway pizza shack in the village which offers delicious pizzas at very reasonable prices. We can advise on where to go.
In the spirit of trust and flexibility, the chalet operates an honesty bar policy. Just record what you consume in the Honesty Book and settle up at the end of your stay. Guests can sample the finest malt whiskies from the “Malt Wall”, a wide range of spirits or some fabulous wines, all at very reasonable prices. Alternatively, you are very welcome to bring their own drinks or duty free purchases instead.
Approximately 5kms and on the outskirts of Morzine, Essert Romand is a charming little French village surrounded by mountains and beautiful views.
Beautiful open fire
Bus stop very close at the end of lane
5km to nearest slope
The chalet was built relatively recently in 2006/7 but has a rustic air to it given the timber used was recycled from a 200 year old Austrian chalet. But unlike old chalets, it has the benefit of under floor heating to make it very cosy in the winter. However, with the large log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub, guests should never feel the cold!
There are four bedrooms, three upstairs, one en suite on the ground floor plus a self-contained lower ground flat (where the Chalet Hosts live); a spacious living room with sofas and chairs in front of the fire, and a large oak dining table that seats 8-10 people comfortably (and up to about 12 if extended to its full 3m). The Chalet Hosts work within the spacious well equipped kitchen next to the lounge. This is a working kitchen, and therefore cooking for guests is a preferred option so guests can relax and look forward to a delicious dinner in the evening. There is a pantry which has a washing machine and tumble dryer should guests need to do any laundry while staying. The back door gives access to a rear terrace which looks out onto the forest behind the house and has a secluded hot tub with great views of the surrounding mountains. There is also a stone barbecue for summer months with what some guests have described as “the best barbecue view in the Alps”. We couldn’t possibly comment.
Also on the main floor downstairs there is a small toilet and double doors which give access to a large balcony with lovely views of the mountains. There is a cast iron and glass table on the balcony which was made by a local artisan. It gets a lot of sun in the morning for al fresco breakfasts and has the evening shade for dinners on summer evenings, again with spectacular sunset views of the surrounding mountains. Of course it’s a little chilly in winter but a good refuge for banished smokers.
On the upper floor there is a shared bathroom with a large overhead shower and double wash hand basins. The original owner who built the chalet was a bit of a craftsman and you can see some of his handywork on the wood finishes here and around the rest of the chalet. There are plenty of towels and bed linen for all.
Finally, on the lower floor there is a cosy boot room for hanging wet clothes and a boot heater to ensure ski boots are dry and warm each morning. Guests are welcome to use the sauna which is accessible from the boot room
Interaction with guests
Chalet Gilbert is very lucky to have two superb Chalet Hosts who are very discrete and live downstairs in a separate apartment with it’s own access. However, they will be on-hand during the mornings to make breakfast and in the evenings to cook you a 3 course delicious dinner. Good quality wine included! The Chalet Hosts will be happy to advise on the best areas to ski or give you a few tasting tips on the malt whiskies.
Other things to note
There are plenty of things to do whatever time of year you choose to come – in the middle of winter or in the long hot summers. The place is a lot quieter during the inter-season periods in late Spring and Autumn, but therefore very peaceful and pleasant for hikes and cycling. Enquire about special deals during these periods or if you'd like to organise a group trip for cycling, golf or even yoga.
Main activities include:
•Skiing / Snow Boarding
Skiing is exceptionally good and extensive in Portes du Soleil and at 650km is, they claim, the largest ski area in the world and even larger than Les Trois Vallees. Although Essert-Romand itself is relatively low (about 950m), the purpose built (ugly but camouflaged) Avoriaz is much higher and has skiing well into April. When the snow conditions are good however, you can ski through nice Alpine ski lined runs and nip into Switzerland for lunch via the picturesque Chatel (no passport needed!). You can even ski back to the chalet door off-piste if you do a day at La Grande Terche and head through Graydon village which is buried under snow all winter. The lift system is very modern indeed and works on the basis of a magnetic card that you can charge up with credits. You can choose to charge up one of the numerous spare cards in the chalet or buy one for about 3 Euros. If you’re hiring skis, boots or a board, suggest you go to the Caribou ski hire shop. The friendly owner, Michel (former French ski team trainer!) and his team will be on hand to help you with your needs
Hiking is very extensive in and around the area and we have some good maps in the chalet of the Morzine and Samoens valleys that can be borrowed. Options range from long walks to peaks, ridge walks or something altogether more gentle. The views are stunning wherever you go. Between mid June and mid September the lifts are working and you can get a head start on your hike! Graydon village up behind the chalet is a great starting point to leave your car and you can finish with a glass of wine in the little Auberge there – a local favourite in the evenings. Similarly, Lac des Mines D’or (Gold Mine Lake) is stunning and you can walk up the Col de Cou in 2 hours to be on the Swiss border and then return for a drink or lunch in the farm. Both these walks can be done in the off-season without lifts. Non-skiers may want to try “racqette” or trekking in snow shoes. Two pairs are in the chalet and can be borred by guests.
We have two mountain bikes which guests are welcome to borrow. Les Gets next door to Morzine is the European mountain biking mecca and was home to the World Championship in 2004. It has tracks that are graded in difficulty – just like ski pistes. In the summer months the lifts operate and if you’re lazy, you can take your bike up on the lift and cycle back down. Off season, a lovely cycle is to take the riverside path up from Morzine to Mines D’Or and then freewheel all the way back down the gentle slope. Or a shorter trip is just to cycle to Morzine and then follow the path by the river through the trees which leaves from the open air swimming pool and goes back down to Essert Romand (but be warned, you have a little climb at the end!). There are numerous shops for hiring bikes but again we suggest Carabou.
Not great in the winter as the course is under 1m of snow, but in the summer months there is the hilly and picturesque Les Gets Golf Course (18 truss!). It is nice and short, with fir trees lining the fairways, has little lakes and ponds and has views over snow-capped Mont Blanc. Hiring a buggy is recommended as the hills are fairly steep! Despite the fact that a million people have skied and boarded over it all winter, it is in great nick. Other options are the 9 Hole Avoriaz Golf Course or if you want to go up market, Evian Golf Course, home of the European Women’s Championship, is only 30 mins away.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you may wish to try a bit of paragliding. Again, Morzine is a bit of a Mecca for the sport and you’ll normally see the sky littered with “parapentes” all summer. Lauren – who is quite mad but great fun - and Francoise his wife are a lovely couple who run the “Morzine Parapente” shop in Club Piou Piou. You can take a week long course and be flying solo from day 3. Or, if you just want to try it out, tri a tandem flight or “bi-place” for about 75 Euro. Well worth it and they’ll take kids of most ages.
Morzine is very much an all year round resort although is quieter in spring and autumn. However, the outdoor enthusiast can have a field day with white water rafting, quad biking, canyoning, mountain boarding, luge and lots more.
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 10AM
Smoking indoors is strictly prohibited. We’d also ask that guests be courteous of each other when it comes to noise late at night or early in the morning. Otherwise, please treat Chalet Gilbert as your home from home and enjoy the tranquility of silence in a beautiful mountain setting.
Strictly no parties
The kitchen is unavailable for guest use unless rented on a self catering basis