Winter reviews

Clare G, March ’18

Fabulous stay in the Haute Tarentaise / Sainte Foy

“Two families (4 adults, 6 kids aged 4-10) stayed on a catered basis for a week’s skiing. The chalet is very well located, 15 minutes’ drive from Sainte Foy station and Villaroger for Les Arcs, as well as being 10 minutes from Bourg Saint Maurice for supermarkets etc. Madison and Ben looked after us incredibly well. Don’t be afraid of staying out of the resort – the pick up/drop off arrangements were very smooth and it was never a problem to collect us (or some of us) when we were ready to return to the chalet. In fact, taking out an ‘early group’ to ski school and leaving the rest in the chalet to have a more leisurely start to the day suited us well. Sainte Foy itself was perfect for a week’s skiing for intermediates and great for two little learners. When the snow was good, we had some amazing off piste skiing which was accessible even for kids and the uninitiated. The Chalet itself comfortably accommodated us all. Good sized rooms, a nice mezzanine for the kids, clean throughout and warm. Really can’t fault it at all. The food provided was delicious and Madison did a great job of catering for the kids. We would certainly return.”

Jon L, March ’18

Brilliant Chalet for skiing Sainte Foy Tarentaise

“For a young family this was the perfect accommodation with the perfect hosts for skiing in Sainte-Foy Tarentaise. Ben & Maddison were brilliant hosts and the morning minibus ride right up to the ski class meeting point in the morning was, to be honest, better than being in resort. Nothing was too much trouble, including getting the children fed early on a few nights and taking some of the group onward to Les Arcs after a Sainte-Foy drop-off. The chalet is very well appointed, modern, clean and well maintained. The bathrooms in particular are of a very high standard. The food was superb, as were the house wines. Relaxing in front of the wood burner after dinner was lovely. Always enjoyed breakfast with a great cooked option which we always took advantage of. Brilliant hosts and the smart option if you’re not worried about being in resort or you want to experience Les Arcs, Tignes, Sainte-Foy and even Les Rossieres all in one skiing holiday!”

John C, February ’18

Best Holiday Ever

“On leaving my 12 year old daughter turned to me and said it was the best holiday she had ever had and I think I would agree! From start to finish Ben and Maddison could not do enough for us from keeping 6 children happily fed everyday to providing high class dinner with quality wine for the adults. The whole atmosphere was so relaxed it felt like you were staying with good friends rather than ‘hosts’. We skied in Sainte Foy which even though it’s small is perfect for children of different abilities to hone their skills, but because of Chalet Mathilde’s ideal position Ben is happy to drive you to a great choice of different resorts. The chalet is extremely well presented and was lovely to come back to after a long days skiing. Ben and Maddison went out of their way to make us feel at home and we would highly recommend them and their chalet to anyone looking for a great ski holiday.”

Peter F, January ’18

Fantastic stay in Alpine Vista

“Brilliant stay in Chalet Mathilde. The chalet is in a perfect location to choose between the 6-7 local ski areas, which was perfect for us as some resorts shut during the week due to heavy snow and Ben and Maddison were extremely accommodating driving us to and from the different resorts when we wanted. The chalet itself had everything we needed, great food, delicious cakes after skiing, and comfortable and warm. Ben and Maddison were fantastic hosts – would thoroughly recommend to others!”

Sam P, January ’18

Beautiful chalet with very accommodating hosts!

“We were slightly apprehensive about not actually being in a ski resort but Ben and Maddison were so accommodating and relaxed with their hosting that our trips too and from the slopes were painless. Excellent food, in particular cakes and a informal yet professional style from our hosts meant we had a fabulous stay. I thorough recommend the Chalet Malithde experience to everyone.”

Harris V, December ’17

Christmas holiday in Ben and Maddison’s Chalet!

“Many thanks Ben & Maddison for hosting us with our family in your beautiful chalet. We really enjoy our stay, with all your little attention, such as the Christmas tree, la bûche de noël, chimneyfire.. when we arrived. The Chalet location is just perfect, we were less than 25 mins driving from the ski resort Tignes, Val d’Isère and Les Arcs. The Chalet is really spacious (actually more spacious than we were expected), There is 4 large bathroom and a balcony in the master bedroom at the 1st floor. Ben and Maddison were very helpful from all our questions prior to our arrival until the end and even after we left, as we forgot a necklace and they posted it to us. This will remain a memorable week for all our family thanks to this unique host. We look forward to be back soon :)”

Ken W, November ’17

Fantastic Holiday

“The chalet is brilliant and well run and very spacious. The hosts Ben and Maddison are lovely people and supplied our every need. The food was lovely and the transport to the slopes every morning was great. We are returning again this year six adults and four children. We can’t wait.”

Jan C, April ’17

An amazing holiday, really comfortable chalet and great hosts. Nothing too much trouble.

“We had a fabulous 11 night stay at chalet Mathilde. The chalet has 5 good size bedrooms, with comfortable beds and luxury bath or shower rooms. The lounge dinning area is very nicely furnished and is the perfect size, the kids also enjoyed the TV snug on the mezzanine. There a table tennis in the garage and we enjoyed several sunny evenings on the delightful garden patio. Our stay was made very special by the relaxed but attentive hospitality of Ben and Madison. The food was delicious; personalised breakfasts, the most amazing cakes for afternoon tea and so many lovely 3 course dinners, each day giving us another “favourite dish’. Ben and Madison are very hospitable and accommodating. All our diatary requirements and meal time requests were catered for perfectly with no fuss. We also took advantage of Madisons excellent massage service. The chalet is in a great location for both winter and summer sports. During our spring sking holiday we really enjoyed skiing in 4 different local ski resorts, all reached in comfort within 30mins, (the closest only 10mins) courtersy of the extremely flexible minibus service offered by Ben. Overall we had a great holiday and are so pleased with it we are booking again for next year!”

Bob O, March ’17

Choice of Resorts

“Eight of us had a great week based at Chalet Mathilde skiing the various ski resorts with easy access from the chalet. This was not the first time that several of us had stayed at this chalet, in fact it was the third time for three of us. We wouldn’t have returned if we hadn’t been satisfied before! The chalet is very comfortable, the food is excellent and the shuttle service to and from skiing works like a dream. Ben and Maddison are such good hosts.”

Mike B, March ’17

Excellent food and very comfortable accommodation

“Highly organised hosts, Madison and Ben, efficiently provide very friendly service together with excellently prepared and tasty food. Full cooked breakfast, tea time cake/biscuits and a three course evening meal with choices of quality wine. Chalet is comfortable and warm, especially with log fire on in the evening. Chalet ideally situated to easily access multi ski areas.”

Martyn, February ’17

“Ben and Maddison are the perfect hosts, they made us feel very welcome on our first skiing experience. They guided us from the start with ski hire and lessons and advised us about the different ski resorts in the area. Chalet Mathilde is lovely and we went with the catered option. The meals were great and we came home to cake and coffee every evening and a chat about our day. Ben drove us to the ski resort daily and picked us when we were finished and they were always accommodating. The log burner kept the chalet cosy and warm and was always made up ready to go when we returned from the slopes. We would definitely recommend staying at Chalet Mathilde, Ben and Maddison made our first skiing trip a holiday to remember.”

Chris M, February ’17

Perfect base for ski-ing in Sainte Foy

“Our family party of 11 enjoyed a brilliant week here – comfortable chalet with plenty of bathrooms/showers and wonderful care from our chalet hosts. Excellent cooking, special meal times and menus for our little ones, daily minibus lifts to and from the slopes, table tennis in the basement, real fire … and Sainte Foy is the best family ski resort we know of.”

Amanda M, January ’17

“We have just returned from another fab week at Alpine Vista. Nothing was too much trouble for Ben and Maddison and the freshly prepared breakfast and evening meals fantastic. The chalet is fab for 8-10 people and there is always plenty of hot water!! The chalet is perfect if you want to ski a number of the best resorts (all less than 30 mins away) during your week in the French Alps. Ben drove us to Les Arcs, Tignes, St Foy and La Rosiere (didn’t manage to fit in Val d-Isere) and he was there at the end of the day to take us home to late afternoon homemade cake and fresh coffee. A fantastic week again. Thanks Ben & Maddison.”

Maggie J, January ’17

“Third visit to Chalet Mathilde, never fails to impress beautiful well equipped and home from home accommodation matched with exceptional hosting from Ben and Maddison who ensure an unrivalled experience to meet all needs in a relaxed and hospitable style that ensures a wonderful holiday for all is guaranteed as well as a few extra pounds gained !! The food is exquisite . Thank you both hope to see you again soon.”

Christina P, December ’16

Best Christmas ever!

“Just returned from the best Christmas ever. From the moment we arrived Ben and Maddison made us feel incredibly welcome. The chalet was clean, warm and cosy with a log burner which Ben set up every day ready to light. The four bathrooms and six toilets were all very clean and modern. The beds very comfy with bright white linen. In our opinion the chalet was 5* and nothing was too much trouble. The food was simply amazing and all freshly prepared. Ben and Maddison would check with us every morning to make sure everyone was catered for. They were very flexible about dinner times and if we wanted to feed the children separately that was fine.  Christmas dinner was one we’ll never forget, a fantastic traditional feast.  Every morning we fuelled ourselves with warm croissants and a huge cooked breakfast, preparing us for a day on the slopes. Ben and Maddison were also happy to get supplies for us for when we wanted to take a picnic.  Everyday when we returned from the slopes a delicious homemade cake would be waiting for us. The logistics worked perfectly with Ben dropping us at the funicular every morning and he was always there waiting for us when we had finished for the day. The location of the chalet gives you so many options for skiing even if there isn’t much snow! Les Arcs 2000, 1950, 1800, Tignes and Sainte Foy so not being in the middle of a resort is a great benefit and also means we never had to trudge more than 20 yards with tired kids and armfuls of skis. Ben and Maddison are lovely people who made us all feel so welcome. They were attentive and discrete, by the end of the week we were all very fond of them, especially the children.  We would book again without hesitation. 

Les S, March ’16

Forget Ski In Ski Out this is Perfect

“This is the second year in a row we’ve stayed with Ben & Maddison, the two hosts who do a fantastic job at looking after us. Perfect location for Les Arcs and really comfortable chalet with plenty of room to relax and entertain. Great food each day, lovely atmosphere about the place, and even on their day off they take you into Bourg in the morning so you can get to the slopes and pick you up in the afternoon. Both Ben and Maddison made us feel really welcome and joined in with the kids, I can’t recommend this chalet highly enough.”

Charlotte G, February ’16

“Just back from a fabulous week staying at chalet mathilde. Wonderful chalet, slept so well all week in the most comfortable if beds and the showers were amazing. Ben and Maddison were the perfect hosts, nothing was too much hassle, the food was top notch and all members of the party were catered for perfectly (including picky children). We are already planning our return!”

Tracy M, New Year ’16

“This was the best catered chalet we have had in 7 years. Fantastic property, beautifully renovated and furnished. Our hosts were top class. Their food, transportation, and attention to the needs of our large two family group couldn’t be beaten. A great New Year in a great location.”

Emma G, February ’15

“For those that might be put off by lack of ski to door – don’t be!! Minibus service was very efficient and eliminated walking with skis. Chalet very comfortable and the hospitality provided by Ben and Maddison was excellent. Intend to book for next year if we can!”

Anne and Jim, February ’15

“Just brilliant! Super chalet, accommodated 10 comfortably, particularly with teenagers as there are two lounges, one on the ground floor and the other on a mezzanine above. The rooms are lovely and clean and the beds really comfy.

Ben and Maddison are perfect chalet hosts, so kind and helped us out hugely on their day off when one of our party had a serious injury. Their food is amazing and they catered really well for dietary requirements. Ben is brilliant at advising on different ski areas and when to go to which one, so even in Feb half term we were able to ski on empty slopes. Ben drives you there and back each day so actually being away from the main ski area is an advantage as you get to ski in places you would otherwise miss.

Mum Jackie who deals with the booking is really helpful and responsive too.

We would go back at the drop of a hat. Thank you Ben and Maddison!”

Carole, February ’15

“We have just returned from a fabulous half term break staying at Chalet Mathilde. Whilst obviously not a ski in ski out chalet each of Les Arcs, St Foye and Rosiere is only a 10 minute drive away and we were able to pick our ski location depending on the weather and our expectations of the queues (and Ben’s advice on how to avoid them, which was invaluable). It was great to enjoy all 3 resorts in just a week, which we would never have done had we been located in one of them. Ben’s drop off and collect service made the whole process painless. The chalet was immaculately clean and tidy and very comfortable. Ben and Maddison were great hosts (nothing was too much trouble) and they produced some wonderful breakfasts, cakes and evening meals.”

Nic, January 2015

“We’ve just returned from Chalet Mathilde after a wonderful week’s holiday. The chalet is immaculate – the design, finish and furniture in the property is excellent, probably the best we’ve experienced in years of staying in alpine chalets. Very comfortable, very clean and very relaxing! The chalet is set back from the road that runs alongside the Isère river and is only a few kilometres from multiple ski resorts. The chalet isn’t in a village – which could be a problem if you haven’t got your own car. We didn’t – but our hosts, Ben and Maddison ran us around very happily so it caused us no issues. In fact, Ben and Maddison took great care of us: they didn’t crowd us but just made us feel very welcome. The cooking in general and breakfast and cakes in particular were excellent. In summary, a great choice: we’d happily return here in summer or winter: there is so much to do in the area and this chalet is as good as it gets.”

Caroline, January 2015

“Just back from an Amazing week staying at Chalet Mathilde. The chalet is perfect in every way – clean, beautifully decorated, plenty of bathrooms and hot water. Ben and Maddison made us feel so welcome. We were on a family holiday with 6 adults and 3 children aged 10, 7 and 1 and Ben and Maddison really looked after us all. We all thoroughly enjoyed the delicous 3 course meals and cake. We only skied Les Arcs since there is so much ski-ing there but there is easy access to La Plagne and other resorts. I would definately love to go back.”

Amanda, New Year 2015

“We have just returned from a wonderful stay at Chalet Mathilde (Alpine Vista) this New Year – all thanks to the fabulous hospitality provided by Ben and Maddison. The chalet is one of the best we have stayed in in terms of comfort and quality and is located only 10 minutes from Bourg St Maurice Train Station. We were lucky enough to have plenty of snow and skied 6 resorts all located within 10-25 minutes of the chalet (Les Arcs, Val D-Isere, Ste Foy, La Rosiere and even crossed the border into Italy!) over the 6 days thanks to the minibus service provided by Ben. A fab holiday and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommended it to anyone looking a fully catered chalet in a beautiful part of France. Thanks again Ben and Maddison.”

Bob, December 2014

“We decided to return to Chalet Mathilde as we enjoyed our first visit so much. The standards are just as high as they were when the chalet first opened for business. 

The location of the chalet really paid dividends because of the lack of snow in some resorts during the week before Christmas. Instead of being stuck somewhere with limited skiing we were able to enjoy the best skiing in the region within 25 minutes drive in the Chalet minibus.
The food was really good with much thought and care given to preparation and presentation. Well done Maddison and Ben! Keep it up!”

Robbie G, March 2014

“Had a great week at Chalet Mathilde last week – by far and away the most comfortable accommodation that I’ve stayed in on a ski holiday.  Extremely refreshing to have access to so many ski resorts from one location. The hosts are happy to drive you wherever and whenever you like, so it couldn’t be more convenient.  Food was absolutely top notch, and the Chalet hosts were extremely friendly and helpful.”

Ray C, January 2014

“Just to say our stay in Chalet Matilde was excellent.  Amazing food, brilliant service and a wonderful chalet.  It is true the Chalet is a couple of miles from the slopes but Ben drives and collects you as you wish making what would seem a big negative quite a positive.  And each night you come into a newly baked cake  biscuits and coffee.  Yes a good deal all round…”  (New Year 2014)

Jane D, January 2014

“We spent a lovely week at Chalet Mathilde the week before Xmas. A party of seven, some novice, some experienced skiers. We arrived in two groups on consecutive days late in the evening, on both occasions and were welcomed with a lovely hot supper. The food over the whole week was excellent, the lemon drizzle cake was my particular favourite. Ben and Maddison, our hosts, were very friendly and made us feel welcome and at home. Ben was very helpful giving advice to the novice and experienced skiers alike as to where best to ski, he also booked a table for us at a local restaurant, took us and picked us up, brilliant night! The chalet is lovely, we couldn’t fault it. We would definitely recommend it and will be back.”

Sam, April 2013

“Myself and 7 family members recently spent a week in this great chalet. The location was perfect and offered the opportunity to ski in several different resorts ( we chose Ste Foy station and Les Arcs). A short drive in the morning and we were at the chair-lifts and ready to start the day. Being mid-April, we were lucky enough to have some lovely weather, so took the opportunity of a few hikes up into the mountains, straight from the chalet door. The views were spectacular as expected. An excellent time of year to visit!

Overall this is an excellent chalet for people looking to explore the Alps, and a refreshing change from the usual resort-based holidays.”

  Howard, April 2013

“I was one of the first nine people to use this chalet after its total refurbishment and can really recommend it for anyone looking for really good accommodation with excellent cooking and a good friendly welcome. Don’t be put off by the distance to Bourg as the availability of the minibus ensures there is no problem in getting directly to the various lifts without the often usual trudge!”

 Bob, March 2013

“We were a group of nine adults and the first guests to stay in this chalet. The chalet was really lovely. Tastefully decorated and furnished. Very welcoming after a day on the slopes with cakes and a log fire to come home to. The food and wine was excellent. The hosts Ben and Isaac looked after us very well transporting us to the funicular every morning and meeting us for the return in the evening.
The chalet is in the valley overlooking the river about 10 minutes drive from Bourg St Maurice and within easy reach of several large ski areas including Les Arcs. We were up on the slopes first thing without any walking or queuing after a super breakfast. I would recommend this chalet to anyone with the exception of those looking for a resort location.”


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2 Comments to Winter reviews

  1. Anne and Jim
    26 February 2015 16:00

    Just brilliant! Super chalet, accommodated 10 comfortably, particularly with teenagers as there are two lounges, one on the ground floor and the other on a mezzanine above. The rooms are lovely and clean and the beds really comfy.

    Ben and Maddison are perfect chalet hosts, so kind and helped us out hugely on their day off when one of our party had a serious injury. Their food is amazing and they catered really well for dietary requirements. Ben is brilliant at advising on different ski areas and when to go to which one, so even in Feb half term we were able to ski on empty slopes. Ben drives you there and back each day so actually being away from the main ski area is an advantage as you get to ski in places you would otherwise miss.

    Mum Jackie who deals with the booking is really helpful and responsive too.

    We would go back at the drop of a hat. Thank you Ben and Maddison!

  2. Les Sayers
    31 March 2016 12:03

    Our second visit to the chalet and the reason we came back was Ben & Maddison, great hosts and great location, thanks for everything guys.


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