Chalet Balaena is in the 18th Century hamlet of Le Chinaillon, which is part of Le Grand Bornand, a genuine French Alpine village about 40 minutes from Annecy and one hour from Geneva, Switzerland. The apartment on the ground floor is available for rental.
The traditional wooden chalet was built 25 years ago and enjoys one of the finest mountain views in the area as well as a very quiet location. The chalet is privately owned by Wink Lorch who is passionate about the mountains and enjoys them all year round.
Exceptionally during Winter 2015/16 we are offering rentals on a weekly holiday basis. See booking/price details.
The apartment is normally available only for long-term or seasonal lets – please get in touch if you are interested for 2016 onwards.
The spacious apartment on the lower floor is fitted with comfort and holiday convenience in mind. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it accommodates 4 – 6 people with a comfortable sofa bed in the living area. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is ample storage areas. The apartment has doors out to its own private garden, a rarity for rental accommodation in the area. Good Wi-Fi is offered. Off-road parking in the large driveway.
Chalet Balaena makes a great base for a winter holiday in a quiet location but easy distance to the heart of a resort. The extensive local Chinaillon lifts are reached in 3 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot and the linked area provides skiing and snowboarding for all standards. Cross-country ski trails and snow-shoe paths start on the doorstep. The nearby resort of La Clusaz is just 20 minutes’ drive with many major resorts including Chamonix, Val d’Isère, Tignes and Courchevel only 1- 2 hours away by car. You’ll find that Chinaillon is a much more reasonably-priced resort to live in than many of the top names. For a week-long holiday the apartment is spacious enough for up to 6 people.
On a seasonal basis, the rental apartment is ideal for up to 4 people on a full-time basis, with space for 2 more occasional vistors. Read more information about Winter in Chinaillon.
Spring, Summer and Autumn
Chalet Balaena is located on an extensive network of walking paths many of which are also suitable for Mountain Bikes. In addition, the area offers many Summer activities, and the proximity of the beautiful city of Annecy with its spectacular lake is a particular bonus. Out of the main summer season in July and August (which are much quieter than the winter season), the area is a haven of peace, quiet and beauty. Read more on our summer mountain rentals page.
Facilities in the local area
Le Chinaillon has a small supermarket, two bakers, several delicatessens, plus souvenir shops, sports and clothes boutiques. There is a tourist office, with postal facilities. Several restaurants offer local specialities along with International and French menus. All are reached on foot in 10 minutes, or by car in a couple of minutes. They are open during the Winter Ski season (mid-December to end April), and in July & August. Le Chinaillon has a Sunday morning market in July/August. Le Grand Bornand (10 minutes’ drive) has a weekly produce Market on Wednesdays with shops and restaurants open all year round. For an even greater choice, Thônes and Annecy are easily reached by road. More details on the Grand Bornand village website.
Check our Location page for a map. Chalet Balaena is around one hour by road from Geneva International Airport. It is 45 minutes’ from Annecy railway station. It takes about 6 hours to drive from Central Paris and about 8 hours from the Channel ports.
The apartment is normally only available for long-term lets or seasonal rental.
Winter 2015/16 is currently available for weekly holiday bookings. See booking/price details.