Chalet L'Essentiel

4 star ski chalet for 8 in French Alps - sauna, great view

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Kick back and relax after an active day in the mountains at this fabulous ski chalet

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Quick Facts

  • Manigod - La Clusaz
  • Chalet
  • Slopes 4 km, Village 2 km
  • Ski Bus 200 m
  • Two sitting areas, woodburner
  • Sunny terraces and flat garden
  • Outdoor sauna
  • Lots of light, magnificent views
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Full Property Details

  • Rate: €1,690 to €4,190 per week
  • Location: Manigod - La Clusaz
  • Type: Chalet
  • Altitude in metres: 1100 m
  • Outlook: South-East
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Official classification: 4
  • Animals not welcome


  • Main rooms: 6
  • Number of bedrooms: 4
  • Number of double beds: 3
  • Number of single beds: 2
  • Bath/shower rooms: 2
  • Bath(s): 1
  • Shower(s): 1
  • Separate toilet(s): 3
  • Floor area: 150 m2
  • Open-plan kitchen
  • Number of floors: 3
  • Dining seating for: 8
  • Mezzanine

Getting Around

  • Parking spaces available: 4
  • Distance to the town centre: 2 km
  • Distance to the ski slopes: 4 km
  • Distance to the bus stop: 200 m


  • Sauna
  • Fireplace
  • Ski store
  • Boot warming rack
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony


  • Oven: Fan-assisted
  • Hob: Induction
  • Dining seating for: 8
  • Place settings for: 12
  • Baby's high chair
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Raclette set
  • Fondue set


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Hair Dryer


  • Baby's cot


  • Children's garden toys
  • Outdoor dining table for: 8
  • BBQ: Charcoal
  • Parasol
  • Outdoor dining seating for: 8
  • Garden chairs/sun loungers: 4
  • Garden surface area: 1200 m2
  • Terrace


  • Board games
  • Indoor children's games
  • French TV
  • Wii console
  • Total TV screens: 1
  • French satellite
  • DVD player


  • Wood burning stove
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Iron
  • Boot warming rack
  • Internet access
  • Free WiFi internet

Local places of interest / Within easy reach

  • Lake
  • River
  • Village
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Open view
  • Lakeside: 25 km
  • Supermarket: 10 km

Activities nearby

  • Cinema
  • Night club
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Heritage sites
  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Horse riding
  • Road biking
  • Sailing
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Adventure park
  • Mountain biking
  • Water sports
  • Windsurfing

Inclusions & Restrictions

  • Linen provided
  • Bath mats provided
  • Bath towels provided
  • Hand towels provided
  • Tea towels provided
  • Elec, heat, water provided
  • Firewood provided
  • Available catered (by prior arrangement)
  • Car recommended
  • Non-smoking rental

Please Note

Important: there are several flights of stairs at this property inside and out, some of which have open treads.

Please note: as the chalet is the owner's main residence, his cat will be present during your stay. 

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About Chalet L'Essentiel ...

This lovely detached chalet clings to the side of the hill overlooking the stunning Aravis peaks near the charming village of Manigod.

It's just 4km from the village, where you will find an excellent bakery, a popular restaurant and in the summer, a weekly market where you can pick up local produce. There is also a regular programme of events and festivals where you can enjoy a taste of mountain life.

There is plenty of parking for up to four cars and lots of outside areas where you can enjoy the breathtaking views and soak up the sun, whatever the time of year. You will even be able to admire the view from the warmth of your private outdoor sauna!

Children will appreciate the area of flat lawn just outside the chalet - great for ball games in the summer and building snowmen in the winter!

The property ...

Set over three floors, this unusual south-facing 4 star chalet has been cleverly designed to make the most of the great views and the Alpine sunlight.

Entry is on the top floor, and there is lots of space for hanging up your coats and outdoor gear. The bedroom on this floor has twin beds and there's also a gallery sitting room with a sofa, comfy chairs and a flat screen TV - a great place for kids and teenagers to hang out when they need their own space.

The main living area is downstairs, and has beautiful views across the Manigod valley. The open plan kitchen has a dining table and access to a wooden terrace where you can all get together for a barbecue after building up an appetite in the great outdoors. But if the weather isn't perfect, there's another dining table inside, as well as the main sitting room and woodburning stove, where you can still admire the views. There's also a double bedroom on this floor and a bathroom with a separate toilet.

Go downstairs again to find two more bedrooms - these south-facing double rooms both open on to the garden. They share another bathroom with shower and separate toilet, and there's also a laundry room on this floor. This is a great chalet for two families wanting to spend time together, but with their own space. However, very young children may find the open-tread stairs a challenge. 

About the area ...

Chalet L'Essentiel is just 4km from the Croix Fry ski station in Manigod, where you will find free parking, an ESF ski school base, and a choice of bars and restaurants.

It's an ideal area for beginners, but those with more experience can explore a bit further afield. Your Aravis ski pass includes the whole of the La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand area, and with the ski bus stopping just 200m from the chalet, getting to the lifts is easy.

Cross-country skiers will find plenty of trails to choose from on the nearby Beauregard plateau, and non-skiers are not forgotten, with a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, ice skating rink and cinema, as well as sledging, snow-shoe walking, dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Back at the chalet, soothe your sore muscles in the warmth of the outdoor sauna with stunning views over the mountains.

In the summer, why not start your day with breakfast on the terrace at Chalet L'Essentiel, listen to the tinkling of the cowbells and admire the fantastic views - you'll find it hard to tear yourself away.

But there is so much to discover in the La Clusaz area. There's no shortage of walks, from mountain trails to hiking on the beautiful Gliéres plateau, the scene of the Resistance's campaign in World War II. Adrenalin junkies can try paragliding, canyoning, climbing, mountain-biking or white-water rafting - just some of the activities on offer within a few miles of Manigod.

Via ferrata is a great family day out, with children as young as eight able to explore the mountains on iron walkways, secured to a harness. For a very special day, try donkey trekking - the donkeys will even carry the picnic! If you fancy a quieter day, just soak up the sun at Chalet L'Essentiel - you'll find the terrace in front of the mazot or outhouse is a real suntrap - while the little ones enjoy themselves in the garden with the trampoline and the sandbox.

What's next? 

If you can already picture yourself and your friends enjoying a holiday at Chalet L'Essentiel, check you holiday dates against our calendar - we can hold them for you for 24 hours if you need some time to make plans. But don't leave it too long, you don't want to miss your chance!

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Manigod - La Clusaz

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From the Owner

The chalet contributes to this quest for "L'Essentiel" - everything you need to enjoy the present moment

We were looking for a site in the fabulous Aravis mountains, and in particular in Manigod, as the place is magical, where we could build our home.

After a lot of persistence we found it, on the sunny side of the valley. Among other things, we were looking for a great view and a quiet location - essential when you lead busy lives. This place ticked all our boxes and we realised how lucky we were to be able to live our lives in such an environment. 

Within this setting, our challenge then was to build our dream chalet, focusing on the living spaces while respecting the local area and using modern building techniques.All this while respecting the environment. The equation was set and we were going to do our best to resolve it.

Among the ingredients were a bold architect and knowledge of how to use the terrain, a penchant for efficient building techniques and no lack of courage in the choice of plans and designers. Consultation from the design to the delivery with all the local craftsmen. Particular care choosing the materials and  respecting tradition. The result was our family chalet. 

Using the traditional post and beam construction with large areas of rough-hewn wood outside and brushed wood inside, all topped with a double shingle roof. The generous space is spread over three floors following the natural slope of the land. Large picture windows make the most of the south/south-west orientation. The result is a warm house in winter, and in summer, over-heating is avoided thanks to the overhanging roof. The feeling of height created by the ceilings is accentuated by the natural environment and the views, which change every day - La Tournette and the summits of the Aravis mountains.

This habitat is like a cocoon for us, where nothing is overdone. That's why we think the chalet contributes well to this quest for "L'Essentiel" - everything you need to enjoy the present moment. 

Our modern way of life brought us to share our living space. We hope that this special place, based on good sense and expertise, will allow others to share in its knowledge. 

Brice, Tanguy & Damien Parret (from Manigod!)

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Guest Reviews

“We had a super holiday”

The chalet is very well maintained and the view is magnificent. We particularly appreciated the management of the chalet. The ski station at Croix Fry is great for families. Many thanks to Damien for his welcome and his help.

Farah E. - 07/01/2017


We had a great holiday with the family, in an exceptional place and a chalet no less exceptional. Everything was perfect and we had just one complaint - that time passes too quickly here! Our only regret was having to leave. Congratulations on this wonderful place which really deserves its name. And how could we forget the wonderful cat, Bidouille, which we loved as much as the chalet.

Bernard B. - 30/07/2016

“A dream holiday”

A really beautiful and well thought-out chalet where you will find everything you need. All this with an amazing view in a superb area: a dream holiday. And as if that wasn't enough, there's a cat!

Manuel R. - 16/07/2016

“We loved it !!”

What can we say? One week at Chalet Essentiel was enough to recharge our batteries for several weeks! Comfort, views, space, the garden, peace ... it was all there. The chalet reflects the owner - organised, welcoming and zen!

Fred H. - 09/07/2016

“A breathtaking view and setting”

A luxury chalet, a real haven. A dream week in total peace and quiet.

Laurence D. - 02/07/2016

“Big thanks from the whole family”

Chalet l'Essentiel is a real gift for the soul!

Mette W. - 25/06/2016

“The chalet was perfect”

We, our daughters, and our friends really enjoyed this week. The chalet is perfect, particularly the sauna. Thank you for the warm welcome.

Beate A. - 26/03/2016

“A perfect stay in Haute-Savoie”

We had the best view over the mountains and the deers ! Plenty of snow too. The chalet was very comfortable. All this made our stay a complete success.

Brigitte Q. - 27/02/2016

“An amazing panoramic view! ”

We particularly enjoyed the living area and the light-filled chalet and the amazing view. In Manigod we got a wonderful welcome at the bakery and at the cafe restaurant.

Christine S. - 19/12/2015

“Thank you for a fantastic stay”

The chalet is so comfortable and of an excellent standard.

Paul M. - 22/08/2015

“A stunning holiday in a perfectly quiet location.”

The chalet is ideally located, comfortable and has an exceptional view. The owners are welcoming and have thought of everything. The area is amazing: hiking, biking, villages ...

Cécile B. - 01/08/2015

“Magnificent - don't hesitate to book.”

We found here our lost paradise. There is an amazing light around here, especially in the morning. The Confins valley is especially beautiful. Everything here brings us back to... what's "essential"! This property has everything you need for a super holiday.

Jean-Christophe S. - 25/07/2015

“We had an amazing stay.”

We were expecting a lot from this place, but we received even more: this chalet is a real marvel, wonderfully decorated and with breath taking views. Manigod valley is a real heaven with many activities around. We spent amazing holidays here. Thank you Damien and good luck.

Julio P. - 18/07/2015

“Amazing location”

Chalet L'Essentiel is a must for those that are looking for the peace and tranquility of the Haute Savoie region but also for those that are seeking adrenalin and fun. Activities for all age groups are a short drive away but the chalet is well positioned away from the crowds. I have no hesitation in recommending Chalet L'Essentiel. The property itself is wonderful. It comes with all of the equipment a big group could want. The views from the chalet are breathtaking. My family and I spent many an evening taking in the wonderful vistas while enjoying the food and wine the region has to offer. Damien made our stay easy and enjoyable. He was avaliable whenever we required his assistance and he was more than happy to recommend restaurants and activities to keep my family entertained. I cannot speak highly enough of this chalet and the owner. We hope to be return to Chalet L'Essentiel in the future. Highly recommended!

Tim S. - 27/06/2015

“Simply Essential!”

We’ve spent several holidays at this superb chalet in summer, autumn and winter and the south-facing location overlooking the village of Manigod is a sight we never tire of.
The large terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the panorama of La Tournette and the green fields, dotted with chalets and farms.
At the heart of this light-filled chalet, we quickly got warm around the woodburner after hikes around the area.
Every time we visited we enjoyed the peace and quiet, with no annoying traffic, knowing that we could let the children play outside safely.
This is a chalet where you can live well, ideally located between the village Manigod and La Croix Fry, and where nature is a delight.
We look forward to returning.

Isabelle R. - 04/04/2015

“A very lovely holiday”

A very welcoming chalet where we felt at home, with superb panoramic views and more …
Lovely rooms with every comfort, where we could relax after great days on the slopes.
Access to the La Clusaz ski fields was easy thanks to the nearby ski bus.
We look forward to making regular pilgrimages …

Marylène J. - 14/03/2015

“Luxury and simplicity!”

We spent a lovely holiday in this comfortable, spacious and well-equipped chalet, with a superb view of the mountains, thanks to the lovely big windows.
The location is peaceful, quiet and full of light. We loved the terrace and the large garden. It is not far to the ski station by car or ski bus. We enjoyed a simple relaxing holiday, rich with nature, comfort and authenticity. Thank you to the owner!

Valérie V. - 16/08/2014

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Why Manigod?

Set in one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, the village of Manigod is a mountain secret that is a delight to discover. With its own ski area linking into the famed La Clusaz ski resort, Manigod offers fabulous skiing in winter and world class cycling in the summer.

Beautiful chalets are dotted around the mountains, restaurants range from local auberges to Michelin starred, and you can buy locally made pottery and cheeses fresh from the farm.

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