Chalet Tolar
/ 11 reviews

Chalet Tolar

Spacious 5* ski chalet for 14 with hot tub

Ref: OVO1655
  • 14
  • 5
  • 5
  • 200
  • Yes

“Great chalet, well located”

 — Alain M.

“Perfect chalet with great service”

 — Yann D.

“We enjoyed it very much”

 — Paul R.

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  • Hot tub spa
  • Cool for kids
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace
  • Wine cellar
  • Apple TV
  • More


  • Free WiFi
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Firewood provided
  • Animals welcome
  • Non-smoking rental
  • Car recommended
  • More
  • Check-in: after 16h00
  • Check-out: before 10h00

Full list of features, inclusions, activities, nearby points of interest and special conditions:

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Book 8 weeks or more before your arrival date and pay only 25% to secure your booking.

The full amount of your rental is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date


Free cancellation if you cancel 6 months or more before your arrival date
· 8 weeks to 6 months before arrival: 25% fee applies
· Less than 8 weeks before arrival: no refund

We recommend that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover any costs associated with the potential cancellation or curtailment of your trip.

Please Note

Please note: There is a short steep section of road just before you reach / just as you leave the chalet. To clear this section and to be able to move around the resort safely you need winter tyres and /or snow chains (and know how to use them). 

If you are flying in and picking up a hire car, please check that chains or winter tyres are included before you set off.

IMPORTANT : although the property is pet friendly, you will have to pay an extra fee of 100 euros on arrival for cleaning purpose if you bring your pet.

Every stay includes



Local tips & concierge

Local tips & concierge

Linen & towels

Linen & towels

Sparkling cleaning

Sparkling cleaning


Le Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand is an idyllic Alpine village which happens to be surrounded by some great skiing and in summer, a superb mountain playground.

There are none of the huge hotel complexes you'll find in other ski resorts – just a friendly welcome all year round.

Families are particularly welcome, with a great programme of activities to keep kids of all ages busy and happy.

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Getting around

Ski slopes
1.2 km
Ski school
1.2 km
Ski bus stop
100 m
Town centre
1.1 km
1.1 km
Public bus stop
100 m

The OVO Network Review

Chalet Tolar is a short walk away from Chinaillon, and it's just two stops on the ski bus to the pistes. The chalet is surrounded by stunning views (especially from the hot tub), and has some cool family rooms too!

This 200m2 chalet has five bedrooms, and three bathrooms to accommodate 14 guests over two floors. (The third floor hasn't been developed yet, at the moment it houses the laundry room and a table tennis table, table football and a dart board which guests are welcome to use.)

Chalet Tolar is ideal for those who want to spread out and relax with families and friends. It's close enough to the pistes and village of Chinaillon for non-skiing guests to enjoy either a 10-minute walk or a short bus ride into the village, or, to link up with the green run up onto the ski fields while the skiers are out enjoying the fun on the hillside. Everyone could even meet up for lunch!

The 40m2 lounge area on the main communal floor is comfortable, spacious and wrapped around the fireplace. It's also open plan so the chef need never feel left out.

Food prep or an apero around the breakfast bar can get every evening off to a good start!

We especially love that two of the five bedrooms have extra beds so families of four, friends or cousins can share. Two of the bedrooms are en suite, and there are a couple of extra independent WCs too.

Another bedroom has a comfy sofa with a second TV and room for kids to play with toys. Chalet Tolar has gained our Cool 4 Kids Extra status.

The outdoor space is equally as important as the indoors at Chalet Tolar, with a gorgeous hot tub set into the bank, a flat garden, a sun trap terrace with dining table, and stunning views in every direction.

The chalet could be a great spot for cyclists, and climbers too - the Via Ferrata at Chinaillon boasts fantastic views across the Aravis and beyond. The Col de la Colombiere is legendary in cycling circles.

Plus there is plenty of space to store kit securely at the chalet.

Chalet Tolar won't suit guests who demand en suite facilities just yet; the owners do plan to develop the third floor eventually.

There's also a steep bank off the edge of the flat garden, which parents of youngsters would need to keep an eye on.

Don't just take our word for it, check out the photos and imagine your family and friends at this great location.

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“A great choice for family holidays in the French Alps”

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From the owner


James & Harriet

44 Bookings • Since 2019

We built Chalet Tolar (originally called Chalet Etoile) in 2008, when our three children were small. We dreamt of a classic wooden chalet in the snow, a place we could call home, and where we could ski, make friends, spend time with family.

We have made some fantastic friends both local and other chalet owners, and since 2008 have loved returning as often as we can both in winter and summer.We started our chalet hunt in Switzerland, then the Les Portes du Soleil, and finally, on the recommendation of friends, we came to Le Grand Bornand.

From the first moment we drove into the village, we knew we had found a very special place. A few weeks later we got a call about a new chalet that was about to be built.

We flew over, looked at a square of grass and the rest is history. We love spending time in the chalet and exploring the mountains – we never get bored of all it has to offer. In Autumn the walks are magnificent.

In summer the blue skies, alpine pastures full of the sound of cow bells, walks, markets, cycling and lazy days by Lake Annecy.

In winter… wow, the warm and welcoming chalet covered in snow, twinkling lights, and of course the skiing. After a hard days skiing we return to a warm and cosy chalet full of fun and laughter, the perfect environment for relaxing in front of the fire with a drink or two… What more could we/you want?

We had a few basic requirements from any chalet we bought, we looked for a chalet that would:• sleep 10 people (2 families of five) comfortably without feeling on top of each other.• be within walking distance of shops and restaurants and the pistes• be light, airy and spacious, while also being cosy and warm• have a garden, or at least a big terrace• have a BIG view• an open plan ground floor that was the social hub of the chalet (I don’t like to be hidden in a small kitchen when all the fun is going on elsewhere!)When it came to furnishing the chalet, comfort and space were a priority (we had spent too many holidays in rental houses with uncomfortable beds, poorly equipped kitchens, no hi-fi let alone Wi-Fi etc.) we wanted our chalet to be extremely comfortable, with all the facilities we would expect at home.Chalet Tolar ticks all the boxes, and now with the addition in 2019 of a hot tub it is, in our view, perfect.

We struggle with a constant dilemma; we want to tell everyone and shout from the rooftops about how wonderful the Aravis area is. The wonderful skiing in Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz, the Snowpark, the often empty slopes, the wonderful locals we have met, the fact that you can still buy a burger and chips on the mountain for less than 10 euros, the summers, the biking, Lake Annecy and so much more… But then we stop and think about the peace and tranquillity, the lack of queues, the friendly bars and restaurants, the lack of big tour groups, the wonderful skiing, the friendly locals …… and we say nothing! It is our secret.

Two of our children have been to Whistler to train as ski instructors. Our fear was that they would come back thinking Le Grand Bornand was not quite up to the dizzy heights of one of the worlds premier ski resorts… but we shouldn’t have worried, they love it even more than before.From the first day we arrived at chalet Tolar with my sister and her family, the chalet has been full of fun and laughter, friends, family and wonderful memories.If you would like to try a ski holiday in a traditional village with a heart (and more cows than people) where local traditions and modern life exist in harmony, we would love to welcome you to Chalet Tolar.To avoid any confusion on the internet or anywhere else, our chalet has been known for 10 years as Chalet Etoile. Why Tolar? That is a good question.

We recently changed the name to Chalet Tolar.

The Tolar piste is our favourite! Each morning we head up the Floria lift and a decision must be made, which way to go, the shout is usually “Tolar”, and off we go.… Our children have been known to challenge each other to the “No Turn Tolar” – not to be recommended!

Harriet, James, Izzy, Ted and George.

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Who is the owner?

OVO Network is the official booking partner for Chalet Tolar.

Your booking will be made directly with James & Harriet, who will also take and hold your payment until your arrival.

Guest reviews

“Great chalet, well located”

Great chalet, well located, pleasant for a quiet week, near the shuttle that drops off at the foot of the slopes, well-equipped kitchen with a food processor and a large oven (which heats up a bit too much) and a hood a bit low for tall people. Plenty of games for young and old (ping-pong, darts, board games, DVDs in English, etc.). Mike is helpful and available nearby in case of problems. Perfect for a week with friends.

— Alain M. Feb 2024

“Perfect chalet with great service”

Great chalet well located, and perfect service with Mike!!

— Yann D. Feb 2024

“We enjoyed it very much”

Great location and very well equipped. A perfect venue for families and friends. The manager, Mike, was super friendly and efficient in dealing with any queries.

— Paul R. Aug 2023

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