We absolutely loved staying at Matthieu’s chalet this summer. Matthieu made us feel very excited about every aspect of our stay, reassuring us with every detail we wanted to know, and writing in English when my French started to falter. Since he couldn’t be at the chalet to welcome us, his lovely cleaner showed us round and walked us to the village centre to show us the friendly little grocery shop which sells wonderful artisan-style baguettes, great cheese and all the basics. The walk takes just 10 minutes with two small children. There's also a tourist office (speaking very little English!), and there's a sweet little green and old church. Don't miss the thin, crispy pizzas made to order by friendly guy in the tiny roadside cabin nearby and opposite the entrance to an impressive gorge with walkways that hug the rock.
The chalet itself is very attractive and comfortable. The first floor balcony gives the most fantastic view of snow-capped Mont Blanc. The main living area is open plan, with a smart, well equipped kitchen area, a large dining table and a cosy sitting area. It's all beautifully furnished with a modern feel combined with nice antique touches. The fact that the downstairs bedroom is right next to a children’s bedroom with two beds was really handy as we didn't have to go far for waking children.
There’s a nice little patio out the back with a large table, and although the grass area belonging just to the chalet is very small, the children are allowed to run around the whole meadow-like area behind the house, which is also the site for a couple of other chalets, though the nearest is an unoccupied old barn.
You can tell the chalet has only recently been refurbished in some places, and there are a few details that still need attention, but overall it’s smart, tastefully decorated and very practical. The only disappointment was that the video machine wouldn't work, so we had to watch films on our iPad - the chalet's wi-fi came in particularly handy!
The chalet is situated near the very top end of the old part of the village of Vieux Servoz, which is really delightful. The other chalets have lots of old-world charm and character and most have a pretty vegetable garden out front. The village at the end of the road so there's very little traffic. Just up the lane are the remnants of an old bread oven, and there are the village’s original animal troughs all over the place, still in wonderful condition.
There are some super walks directly from the old village, and in any case the chalet is just 15 minutes from just about anywhere you’d want to go in the Chamonix area. There’s a small Carrefour supermarket less than 10 minutes away by car in Les Houches and plenty of bigger ones nearby too.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay so much we have already been talking about returning next year.