This chalet is just 7 years old, situated right beside Chalet Renard, just a short stroll from the centre of the attractive village of Les Coches - a prime location to explore the whole of the Paradiski - La Plagne and Les Arcs linked ski area.
It has been built in the traditional Savoyard style, with lots of exposed beams and generous use of wood and stone, which has made it a most attractive building. There are wonderful views towards Mont Blanc from the rear of the chalet and it is in a perfect location, as you can ski or board from and to the door (snow conditions permitting).
The chalet is spacious, light and airy. There is large lounge/dining room with a lovely, open fire in the corner. There are sliding doors onto a large south facing terrace. Chalet Castor has a WiFi connection.
There is a sauna on the ground floor of Chalet Renard (next door), which guests from Castor & Renard share.
Note: Chalet Castor is located right next door to Chalet Renard so together they could be used for a group of 28-34 people.
The chalet sleeps up to 20 in 8 bedrooms which are configured as follows:
- Bedroom 1 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite
- Bedroom 2 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite (can hold 3rd bed)
- Bedroom 3 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite (can hold 3rd bed)
- Bedroom 4 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite
- Bedroom 5 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite
- Bedroom 6 - Triple, 3 single beds, full en-suite
- Bedroom 7 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite (can hold 3rd bed)
- Bedroom 8 - Twin, 2 single beds, full en-suite
The chalet is let on a catered basis and includes the services of a chalet host. A breakfast of fresh bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, jams, juices and hot drinks will set you up for the day. On your return from the slopes you will be greeted with afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes or biscuits, with local breads and jam. Each evening you will be treated to a fantastic 3 course meal, served with a choice of wines, followed by a cheese board and rounded off with coffee and chocolates.
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Families & Kids
You’ll need to book your own childcare, when staying here. There is a great choice of childcare options in La Plagne from full-time nanny services to the odd night of babysitting. In addition, during the winter season, many of the ski-schools operate creche services. Booking in advance is always recommended and strongly advised for the school holiday periods.
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You can organise all your airport transfers through the chalet company as part of your holiday package.
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You can organise all our ski and snowboard hire in advance through the chalet company as part of your package.
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Instructors & Lessons
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.
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Guides & Tours
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover La Plagne whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.
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The two villages of Montchavin Les Coches are situated at the far left edge of the piste map and are as close as a person can stay to the Vanoise Express to Les Arcs, skiers aiming to get the most out of their Paradiski lift pass often set up camp here. To access the main ski areas of La Plagne involves a four lift connection to Bellecote from which you can get to Plagne Centre, Champagny and the right side of the map. This multitude of lift connections that you have to start your day with are the price you pay for residing at low altitude but you get some compensation on your way home after a long day when those four lifts are replaced by one long beautiful run from 2340m to your 1250m home.
Rustic Montchavin situated at 1250m rivals Champagny for La Plagne’s lowest village, it is however, North facing and so keeps its snow much longer than southern facing Champagny.
There are restaurants in Les Coches with terraces for afternoon beers and menus covering Savoyard specialities to crepes and Les Coches Pizzaria with takeaway and free delivery. In Montchavin you have your pick of restaurants serving traditional menus on piste or in the village such as quaint Le Dos Rond, or La Ferme de Cesar priding themselves on swift lunch service or family friendly Restaurant Le Chaudron with menu and activities for children.
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The Vanoise National park is on the doorstep and you can see Mont Blanc from teh higest parts of resort on a clear day.
Things to Do Nearby
Montchavin has won awards for the standard of its child care services, there is a choice of ski schools plus the chance to try all manner of other activities, from Nordic skiing, telemarking, paragliding, ice skating and quad biking.
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The nearest golf clubs to La Plagne are in neighbouring Les Arcs, Meribel, Courchevel or Tignes
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The judicious positioning of snow cannons make it possible to ski into Montchavin late into the season, if at any point it does become impossible there is a cable car that runs to nearby purpose built Les Coches which at 1450m retains its snow longer and affords access all season to Montchavin.
Also see: Ski Areas in La Plagne, France
Les Coches contains all the basics for your stay including grocery shop and bakery, tabac and ski hire shops. There are a couple of bars in Les Coches offering an après atmosphere, pub The Last One being the liveliest and forming the heart of Les Coches nightlife. For everything else you need to head down the hill to Montchavin. In the evening Montchavin’s limited nightlife revolves around a few lively bars and its own L’Oxygen nightclub. Please note that there is no access to the other La Plagne villages after the lifts close except by a long car journey so if you’re after a more lively nightlife Montchavin may not be the village for you.
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Location: Montchavin / Les Coches
Catering Basis: Catered
Property Style: Chalet
Run By: Agent/Operator
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional & Modern mix
Sleeps: Sleeps 20+
Bedrooms: 8 bedroom
Bookings For: Lift Passes | Ski / Snowboard Hire | Transfers
Catering: Half-board | Afternoon tea | Breakfast
Access: Ski to door
Room: Balcony | Central-heating | Open fire | Ski / Boot Room | Underfloor Heating
Car-parking: Parking on street | Public car-park (outdoor)
Families & Kids: Equipment Rental
Entertainment: CD player | DVD Player | Games available | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet | X-box
Spa & Fitness: Hot-Tub / Jacuzzi
View: Mountain view
Open Seasons: Spring | Winter