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Relax at a secluded chalet in the mountains

Breathe in the fresh air, immerse yourself in nature, recharge your batteries and escape from everyday life. The mountains are the perfect place to get away and refocus on the essentials, far from the pollution and hustle and bustle of big cities.

The French Alps offer an ideal setting for an unusual stay in the peace and quiet of nature, where you can disconnect from the daily routine.

And to make the most of the benefits of the mountains, there’s nothing better than spending time in a remote Alpine chalet.

To help you choose the right mountain hideout, we have narrowed down our top seven secluded chalets, where you can feel as if you are miles from anywhere. Read on to discover them…

Chalet Capieu, Manigod-La Clusaz

A visit to Chalet Capieu in Manigod

For an unusual holiday in the heart of nature that is sporty, lively and relaxing, Chalet Capieu is the right place for you.


Its privileged location on the Merdassier slopes means you can enjoy all the excitement of the area while appreciating the peace and quiet of the mountains.

When the slopes are open, you will be able to access the whole ski area of La Clusaz/Grand Bornand right from your chalet.

Non-skiers can head into the village to take advantage of all the events and activities going on there. The tourist office organises many events in Merdassier and the surrounding area in both summer and winter.

You will also find many restaurants, bars, a supermarket to stock up on food and sports shops where you can hire your equipment – all the amenities you need to make your stay a success!

And when night falls, the lifts stop running and the holidaymakers head back to the resort, you will have the mountain all to yourself!

The property

Although off the beaten track, Chalet Capieu boasts all the amenities you’ll need during your stay. You’ll find:

  • A large dining room where you can get together and eat as if you were in a restaurant.
  • An outdoor jacuzzi with a panoramic view of the mountains.
  • A fireplace to warm up after a day on the slopes.
  • A barbecue, perfect for when the weather is fine.
  • A ski room with a heated boot rack so that you’ll be ready to go the next day.
  • A television and board games to share fun evenings with family and friends.
  • Many other facilities: washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, baby cot, iron and raclette machine. Everything you need is here!

“A place of unspeakable fullness – ideal for recharging your batteries”

— Morgane F. JUNE 2020

Chalet Victorina, La Giettaz 

A visit to Chalet Victorina in La Giettaz

Now let’s head for La Giettaz, where the fabulously secluded Chalet Victorina is located. Set in the middle of the woods, this property enjoys an ideal location for holidaymakers looking to disconnect and discover the pleasures of the mountains.


Whatever the season, there are plenty of activities to try from this chalet. 

In winter, you’re just a few minutes from the main ski lifts in Le Plan. These take you straight to the largest ski domains in the French Alps. From here, you can get to the Espace Diamant, with its 200km of slopes, the resort of La Clusaz, which has 120 km of pistes or the whole Évasion Mont-Blanc area which includes Megève, Saint-Gervais, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce and Les Contamines.

If you’d like to try something different, you can also arrange snowshoeing, go sledging, build the biggest snowmen, have a snowball fight or even meet a dog sled team. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

In summer, a host of activities await you. You can try climbing, the summer toboggan, go on picnic trips, explore the trails that start at the chalet, organise a mountain bike ride or simply enjoy the 360° view from the top of the ski lifts.

Inhale the fresh mountain air, eat breakfast on the sunny terrace, bask in the sun on the sunbeds and enjoy the panorama on the Aravis range from the large windows of the chalet. All good ways to recharge your batteries in the mountains and escape, right?

The property

And the magic doesn’t stop there… As soon as you enter this chalet, you will find a comforting and warm retreat befitting its setting. The owners have used natural and raw materials, with a combination of wood and slate in each room. The result is a peaceful and serene atmosphere, in harmony with its environment.

It’s a wonderful place for a holiday that’s out of the ordinary.

“Chalet Victorina is beautiful, very cosy and very well equipped, we feel so good here and the fact that it is isolated allows us to really feel like we are on holiday […] Wed love to come back.”

— Stephanie D. JAN 2023

Chalet Minnetonka, La Clusaz 

A visit to Chalet Minnetonka in La Clusaz © OVO Network

Let’s go back to La Clusaz and meet Mélanie and Grégory, the owners of Chalet Minnetonka.

Hidden in the middle of fir trees, this chalet is the ideal location for holidaymakers looking for a unique, relaxing stay in the mountains. Set on its own at the top of a private road, it offers a dream setting to city dwellers in need of greenery and calm.

From the rental property, there are plenty of outdoor activities to make the most of the mountains. If you stay at Chalet Minnetonka in summer, you can hike in the Aravis pass, discover mountain biking, go paragliding or test your limits with a climbing session.

In winter, you can try all kinds of winter sports – sledging, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowshoeing, there is something for everyone!

At the end of a busy day, you can relax in the chalet’s Nordic hot tub, warm up by the fire on the comfortable sofas, or enjoy a barbecue on the sunny terrace.

If you feel at all lonely during your stay, don’t worry! The chalet is just 5km from the nearest town. In just a few minutes, you can drive into the centre of La Clusaz where you can enjoy a packed programme of activities and events. However, we have a feeling that you will quickly miss the peace and quiet of your chalet…

There’s nothing better than having the mountains, the forest and the marmots as your only neighbours, is there?

Chalet Les Brévins, Manigod 

A visit to Chalet Les Brévins in Manigod © OVO Network

Are you looking for a mountain getaway where you can enjoy plenty of activities as well as time to relax? A place to avoid the hustle and bustle of modern resorts? A place where you can disconnect from everyday life and spend some quality time with your family or friends? If so, Chalet Les Brévins is the ideal holiday destination for you.


As the last house on a mountain road, Chalet Les Brévins is the ideal place to recharge your batteries and enjoy everything the mountains have to offer.

Surrounded by fields and meadows, you can also enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities from the chalet. Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, exploring the flora and fauna, sledging… you’ll never be bored!

In fact, the owners of the site provide sledges and snowshoes so that you don’t have to worry about anything when you arrive.

The property

And that’s not all. Chalet Les Brévins also has all the facilities and equipment you need for your stay.

You will find three large living areas which you can share with friends and family – a large living room with a fireplace and television, a dining area and a modern kitchen. There’s also a relaxation and entertainment area with a billiard table, a bar and a steam room, plus an outdoor area with a spa overlooking the Étale mountain.

There are three terraces: the “aperitif terrace” overlooking the Aiguille de Manigod, the “dining terrace” and the “evening terrace” which overlooks La Tournette.

Almost all of the bedrooms have their own bathroom as well as a balcony where you can enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, well-being or luxury, it’s all waiting for you at Chalet Les Brévins.

“We loved the peace and quiet, the beauty of the landscape and the comfort of the chalet. Everything you need for your stay is provided.”

— Jean-Claude M. august 2019

Chalet Manoe, Manigod

A visit to Chalet Manoe in Manigod © OVO Network

Enjoying a particularly quiet location, in a secluded spot on the edge of the splendid Manigod valley, Chalet Manoe promises you a totally relaxing stay.

Far from the hustle and bustle of the big winter sports resorts, this idyllic place invites you to disconnect from your daily life and focus on what really matters – time with your loved ones.

The property

The owners of Chalet Manoe have made sure you have everything you need so that you and your family and friends can have the perfect holiday. You will find:

  • A large outdoor swimming pool where you can cool off in summer.
  • A spa and a sauna, which are very welcome after a day hiking in the mountains.
  • A lovely garden where you may be visited by some of the area’s wild animals.
  • A vast terrace with floor cushions and deckchairs, ideal for sunbathing during the day or watching the stars at night (with light pollution close to zero, you won’t find a better planetarium than here).
  • A TV area on the mezzanine floor, where teenagers can enjoy some privacy.
  • A large open-plan room with a sleek kitchen, a large dining table and comfortable sofas where you can get together around the fire.

All this with a backdrop of mountains as far as the eye can see. It’s magical!

In fact, it’s so calm that you’ll find it hard to believe you are only 4km from the village of Manigod!

The activities

There are also plenty of activities you can do around the chalet to make your stay even more memorable. Downhill or cross-country skiing, sledging, snowshoeing and dog sledding in winter, and climbing, hiking, mountain biking or rafting in the summer. Each season offers its own surprises.

It’s a place to make the most of the mountains and recharge your batteries before returning to reality.

“Chalet Manoe is an exceptional location, surrounded by nature. No noise pollution, a breathtaking view, wild animals visiting you on the terrace…”

— Nadia U. july 2020

Chalet Happyview, Le Grand Bornand 

A visit to Chalet Happyview in Le Grand Bornand © OVO Network

Chalet Happyview also benefits from a wonderful location for a rejuvenating stay in the heart of the mountains.

This property, sitting above Le Grand Bornand, is the highest point of the hill on which it is built. The only neighbours are the mountains, the forest, the chamois and the marmots, so you’ll feel like you are completely cut off from the world…

The property

Chalet Happyview may be secluded, but there’s no way you’ll be bored here! The owners have equipped their rental property with all the amenities and facilities necessary to make your holiday a success. You will find :

  • A wellness area with a sauna and a heated and sheltered swimming pool (available all year round).
  • A gym equipped with, among other things, a treadmill and an elliptical machine.
  • A large terrace where you can enjoy an aperitif on a warm summer evening.
  • Large windows that fill the living areas with light and frame the unique panorama of the Aravis mountains.
  • A home cinema for family film evenings (don’t forget the popcorn!)
  • A large open-plan kitchen.
  • Cosy and comfortable bedrooms.
  • A warm living room with seating arranged around a three-sided fireplace.
  • A video game corner where older children can have fun.
  • Various extra equipment such as a washing machine, a dryer, baby equipment, board games and a swing.

This superb chalet also has 8 bedrooms with 11 beds, and can accommodate a maximum of 23 people. So why not share this away-from-it-all holiday with your friends and family? The more the merrier, right?

The activities

For those who want to get out and about, there are plenty of activities in the area around the chalet. Try hiking, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, golf, via ferrata, canyoning, rafting, assault courses and picnics in summer and snowshoeing, paragliding, ice climbing and skiing (Nordic, alpine or cross-country) in winter.

“This place is just magical …”

— Laura N. oct. 2022

Chalet Morclan, Manigod-La Clusaz

A visit to Chalet Morclan in Manigod © OVO Network

Chalet Morclan is an absolute paradise for nature lovers. Built on top of a ridge, away from it all, it is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday away from normal life.

With comfortable beds, lovely bathrooms, a large terrace, luxury facilities (jacuzzi, board games, trampoline and table tennis) and great views from every window, there is no better place to spend time with family and friends in such a unique setting.

This property is THE place to fully relish the joys of the mountains. Whatever time of year you visit, the region is full of places and activities to discover.

In summer, you can enjoy the many hiking and mountain bike trails around the property, or organise picnics and explore the mountain flora and fauna. Adrenaline junkies can test their limits with paragliding, canyoning, climbing, or rafting, just a few kilometres from the chalet.

In winter, when the snow covers the mountains, it’s time to bring out skis, sledges and snowshoes. The area around the chalet is a great playground for winter sports enthusiasts and snowshoe walkers. Everyone can find something that suits them!

So, are you ready to get away from it all in this wonderful, natural setting?

“A perfect stay in paradise. The silence, the view, the comfort. Here you can get away from it all!”

— Jeremy C. sept. 2020

What do you need to consider?

If you’re looking for a property that ticks all of these boxes: 

  • A place with breathtaking views.
  • A place that is quiet and peaceful, away from the noise, pollution and stress of the city.
  • A place where you can reconnect with nature.
  • A place where there is plenty to do in summer and winter.
  • A place to escape from the daily routine.
  • A place to share some magical moments with friends and family.

So now you know where to go! Chalet Happyview, Chalet Victorina, Chalet Manoe or Chalet Les Brévins will meet your expectations perfectly. They are ideal for an unusual stay, far from everything and everyone.

Not to mention Chalet Morclan, Chalet Minnetonka, Chalet Capieu or Chalet Sisar (which we discuss in this article), all of which offer a unique experience in the heart of nature.

If you’d like to explore some other types of properties that we work with, check out these guides below:

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