Having spent many wonderful family holidays in the French Alps both in the winter and the summer, our dream was to one day buy our very own property and be able to share our love of the mountains.
Early in 2016 after returning from our annual ski trip we sat down over a cuppa (well..that’s not completely true as I always prefer a G&T) and decided to follow our dream and go property hunting.
Our wish list was for a property, which was in the heart of the French Alps, within easy reach of an extensive ski area, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts in the summer, excellent transport links, breathtaking views, community spirit, ideal for all ages and all located in a village which had retained its rustic charm. I know you must thinking “you don’t ask for much” but let me tell you, it was fate, we found what we were looking for and our dream became a reality and ‘Notre Reve (Our dream) Apartment’ was found in the beautiful Savoyard village of Montchavin La Plagne in the Residence Le Chalet De Montchavin.
As a family of 4, if you don’t count the 2 cats and Monty our Parson Russell Terrier ( short for Montchavin) and with over 15 years experience in the travel industry, I know only too well how expensive family holidays are especially in the school holidays. Our priority has always been to be able to provide an accommodation, which is a home from home, excellent for families, whilst being affordable. Our prices are competitive and excellent value for money, which will leave more pennies for you to create memorable experiences and adventures, after all isn’t that what life is about?
In 2020 we had an itch we couldn’t scratch and started to talk about the possibility of purchasing another property due to the success of Notre Reve, should we take the leap of faith and add a new addition to the family? We agreed that there was nowhere that would match what Montchavin had to offer and the investment that was and is still happening in this beautiful village. With a small budget we dipped our pinkies in the property market again.
With only a short time to find somewhere it was looking less and less likely we would find somewhere until the last viewing which had us divided. A one bedroom apartment which was not fit for purpose but could we, should we take on a complete renovation…of course us Wilkies love a challenge and my goodness what a challenge, who could have known that Covid was around the corner just after we signed on the dotted line.
To project manage with a local builder ( now a friend ) across the water was not easy but 18 long months later and a family dash whilst travel restrictions allowed we opened up bookings for Notre Bijou ( Our Gem ) for the 2021/2022 ski season.
We are thrilled to be able to share our cosy apartments with guests and have personally decorated them ourselves with love, care and attention to detail.. always helps to have a decorator as a husband..and any excuse for me to go shopping! All we ask is for you to enjoy yourselves, look after each other and our apartments.
Have a wonderful stay, immerse yourself in French culture, enjoy the mountain air, the spectacular scenery, the views of Mont Blanc, the Vin Chauds in the mountain huts, the smell of the meadows, the adrenaline rushes, the sound of the cow bells, and last but certainly not least enjoy making memories and snow angels together.
Zoe, Andrew, Sam and Millie-Mae x