The Ski Chalet in a Chocolate Box Swiss Village
Chalet Roc d'Orsay looks over to the snow capped mountains at 3000 metres heigh opposite you and then down the 1300 metres across the Rhone valley and to Mont Blanc in the far distance. Every day gives a different vista with the change in weather bringing a new view from the chaise longue by the large window at the front of the chalet.
Chalet Roc d'Orsay was completely rennovated 5 years ago. We bought the property for its magnificent views and that it is 5 minutes drive from the main ski lift in Villars sur Ollon, 10 minutes walk away from local shops and just 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Geneva airport.
Villars is situated at 1400 metres in the French speaking part of Swiss Alps, with a small, typical traditional Swiss village feel (population about 5000). There are around 270 km of pistes for all skiing and snowboarding abilities that link over to the slopes of Gryon and to Les Diablerets, Isenau and Glacier 3000. There is also a snow park called '1984' that allows freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The village has many smart shops and restaurants, also a big sports complex, a luxury spa and two world famous Swiss boarding schools, Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and Aiglon College.
Oh, for the keen golfers, the Villars Golf Course could be a fabulous challenge! 18 holes, Par 70, Altitude 1600m!
We gutted the entire inside of the chalet and replaced everything on the top 2 floors. The walls, ceiling and floors are lined with antique treated solid pine wood. All the furniture was carefully chosen by ourselves, most of them are made to measure and in a traditional Swiss style.
The middle floor is the main living floor. It has an open plan kitchen with all modern fittings, a breakfast bar and a hand made long wooden dining table for ten people. In the centre is a fireplace with glass surround to supplement the central heating. On the other side of the fireplace is the comfortable living area. There is a seperate study on this floor too. We have installed 2 large flat screen TVs with UK satellite access. A little yet bright and airy WC is by the entrance behind the sliding door.
The top floor has 3 bedrooms. The Master suite has a large bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and a satellite TV for prolonged relaxation. There is also a fireplace in this suite. However we don't recommend you to leave the fire unattended at any time nor go to bed with the fire on. This applies to the living room fireplace too.
The main guest bedroom has a queen size bed. Both Master suite and this guest bedroom have French doors to the balcony giving spectacular views down the valley. We like to enjoy our breakfast there with a book.
The smaller guest bedroom has a "cave like" hand painted Swiss single bed built into the wall and will sleep 2 (when you pull out the bed hidden under the cave bed). This room is designed for accommodating kids. The second bathroom on this floor serves both guest rooms.
Below these 2 floors at ground level there are utility room (with laundry facilities) and boiler room.
A newly refurbished self-contained apartment (1 large living/dining room, 1 queen bedroom, sauna + shower + wc, 1 kitchenette) is also on the ground floor. In order to facilitate the members' holiday stay, we are in the process of looking for a tenant /caretaker to occupy it. Before it materialises, if you have a larger party therefore wish to occupy all 3 floors, please feel free to check with us to see if it is still available for your dates.
Roc d'Orsay is a very typical Swiss ski chalet, most rooms are rather cosy by American standard. If you are used to large space and very high ceilings, you'd better tune yourself into Swiss measurement prior to arrival :-)
It is approached up a flight of steps from the car parking area below and is in a quiet residential area. There are few other chalets around but none that impair our privacy.
We use the chalet all year round for its access to skiing but also for summer recreation in Villars and easy access to the many mountain walks in the area.
We have loved as much being in the chalet, hiking and skiing up the mountains, as driving down to the lake side towns such as Montreux and Vevey (20mins and 25mins respectively). If you fancy a longer ride, another 15 mins will take you to the famous town of Lausanne where the head quarter of the Olympic Committee situates. People call this stretch of the Lake Geneva the "Swiss Riviera"! (We have specially uploaded few photos of the stunning lake views we took for you to get a feel of it)
Ah, of course, by the lake there is another 18 hole golf course - the immaculately landscaped & maintained Par 72 Montreux Golf Club!
Whenever we are asked by our friends regards to what to do and where to go in this area, we always say, the golden tip is, please don't come here for less than a week. There are so many varieties of things to do and to experience, one simply cannot go through them in just a few days! We haven't even start to mention the Chocolate Train, the Golden Pass railway to Les Rochers-de-Naye, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lavaux' 830 hectares /30km of terraced vineyards... (one photo attached)
Chalet Roc d'Orsay is our own home. It was a lifestyle investment. Now, through the 3RD HOME, we open it for the first time to other like-minded people around the world. We hope you will get to experience what we have experienced and enjoy what we have enjoyed! Meanwhile, we humbly ask you to take good care of our mountain home as if it was your own.
Basic housekeeping rules:
- strictly no pets
- strictly no smoking, no lighting the candles
- strictly no shoes indoors
- please ONLY use bottled water for the coffee makers
Single Family Home with 2 levels
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2100 square feet
Queen, Queen, and Twin
6 guests maximum
Geneva Airport - GVA
1 hour 20 mins by car, or 1 hour 50mins by train
Panoramic view of the mountains and valleys of the Swiss & French Alps
Activities of Interest
- Snow Skiing
- Wine Country
- Altitude 1600m Villars Golf Course
- Museums and art galleries in the historical town of Montreux & Vevey
- Summer hiking and autumn foliage in the Alps
Places of Interest
- 270 km ski pistes including Oct - May glacier ski in Diablerets
- Stunning promenade along the Swiss Riviera by Lake Geneva
- The Chocolate Train and the Golden Pass railway to Les Rochers-de-Naye
- Aigle and Chillon Castles
- Terraced vineyards in Lavaux
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- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- High Speed Internet
- Multiple TVs
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo