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Review 1974: Solalp SA, Chalet La Remise

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Review by Cheryl from Switzerland

3bed/2bath chalet in Crans Montana, Valais


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When

Jan-Feb 2006, 2 weeks

Location

Fabulous location for skiers. 50M walk to the piste, 1 min run down to cable car, Grand Signal. Ski school is at the top of the Grand Signal lift. Easy ski run down to the chalet to come home.

There is a small road in front of the house. There are only 2 chalet type apartment buildings at the end of this road.

Nearby Amenities

On our first day we walked down to Montana for lemon tarts and tea. Very easy pleasant walk. You could also run down the piste and be down in the village in a few minutes.

A car is recommended for carting groceries. It is a 5 minute drive to the shops. Walking to the Migros or Coop takes about 15 minutes. Walking back it is all uphill, so with bags etc, allow 20-30 minutes.

The House/Apartment

This was a large chalet, with garage. There is a small one bed room apartment, on the ground floor level next to the garage, that is permanently rented out. We saw this person just once the whole time we were there. We didn't hear him at all. We felt like we were living in a single family chalet.

Garden

Wonderful garden. Nice area to sit outside in summer, complete with large outdoor grill.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furnishing is rather spartan and old. The living/dining area is very spacious. The big plus was the large fireplace. Having a blazing fire made the room very cosy. Poor lighting but good stereo system.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

3 bedrooms. Two of the rooms had 2 twin beds and the third bedroom had a small double bed. This bed felt like a futon. My husband thought sleeping on was similar to spending the night on the floor. We all have waterbeds at home so it took some time to get used to such a hard bed.

2 Bathrooms. One with a spa bath and toilet, the other with shower and toilet. One guest toilet on the living room level.

Kitchen

The kitchen is minimally equipped. For cooking basic meals it was fine. We used the fireplace several times to grill. There was a fondue pot. Dishwasher and microwave in kitchen. The kitchen is open to the living room.

Problems or Bonuses

We had some small visitors in the kitchen while we were sleeping. We discovered some chocolate that we had left out on the bench on the floor the following morning, complete with little teeth indentations. Mice in the house!

The upstairs floor is made of wood and in some places very creaky. The floor in the bathroom with the shower needs repairing. Soundproofing from upstairs to downstairs was very good. If the TV was on downstairs you couldn't hear it from upstairs. However, the insulation from bedroom to bedroom upstairs was very poor.

The cleaniless of the chalet was minimal. There were lots of cobwebs on the overhead beams, and the jets in the spa bath looked as they hadn't been cleaned for years. I went out and bought a strong cleaning agent and scrubbed them with a toothbrush. This worked wonders.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I was disappointed with the agency. One person told me there were washing facilites and another said there were absolutely none. I packed enough clothes for 2 weeks thinking I could not wash! It turned out there was a washing machine and dryer (both coin operated) inside a laundry in the gargage. This was even stated clearly on the house rules that they gave us when they handed us the keys.

I also thought the way they handled the mouse problem was very poor. If they had known about the mice, which they admitted to, they should have had the pest man come by before the rental season begun.

Price: 5000.00 SFr for 2 weeks (allow 30.- per person for sheets and towels)

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Only if you enjoy having mice in your chalet. We contacted the agency and they said it is normal to have mice in houses in the mountains. They did bring some rat poison, (however I think our visitors had become to immune to this) but refused to give us a discount when I requested one.

Things to do in this area

In winter skiing is the thing to do. South facing slopes, so it is also a spot to go in January or February. Lots of wonderful wide intermediate slopes. There are about 300 snow cannons there in the event of bad snow conditions. Very good lift/cable car infra-structure. One of the connecting chair lifts was rather old and slow but this is due to be replaced next season. Night skiing on Friday nights. Lots of organized activities. Two of our daughters (17 and 12 years) had a great week with the Montana ski school (friendly, compentent and helpful ski teachers). On Thursdays they go for the whole day excursion and lunch together with the other classes in a mountain hut.

Restaurants: Restaurant Belle La Lui has a wonderful terrace and reasonable food. We ate lunch here numerous times and found the food to be consistently good, though not cheap. I can highly recommend the fondue.

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