Autumn is officially here, and we’re enjoying glorious weather here in the alps, with lots of sunshine and blue skies. We’re not quite ready to put on our winter woolies yet, but it wont’ be long I am sure until we have our first frosts and snow fall.
We have nearly all our staff in place and we’ll be making Christmas Puddings, Cakes and Mincemeat soon ready for our Christmas Guests. Then, a trip back to the UK in November for British supplies such as tea bags, porridge oats, baked beans and Christmas Crackers. Every year we come back with a fully loaded bus of goodies!
It has been a busy few months in Chalet Juliette with the renovations almost complete.
We have renovated two bedrooms and two bathrooms this summer. We’ve done some before and after shots, so you can see the transformation.
In the bathrooms, we have new floor and wall tiles, and a new bathroom suite to include a large walk in shower. We provide fluffy bathrobes and slippers, l’occitane toiletries and don’t forget a complimentary half hour massage, which really helps to ease those tired aching muscles.
Bathroom Before Renovations
Bathroom after Renovations
Bathroom after Renovations
In the bedrooms, we have taken out the step, to make just one level, which has made the rooms more spacious. The walls have been decorated, there is a new parquet floor, and we are fitting new curtains. We have chosen 100% pure wool fabric in a Scottish style Tartan, to make the rooms warm and cosy, the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy day on the slopes.
Bedroom Before Renovations
Bedrooom Ater Renovations
Tartan Fabric 100% wool
The wall in the lounge which cracked this winter due to the pressure of the snow on the roof has been fixed. The weight must have been something to cause such damage.
The lounge/dining rooms area was totally remodelled two years ago. There’s a gorgeous contemporary wood-burner which revolves and comfy sofas with fur cushions. Just imagine sitting back and feeling the glow of the fire, whilst sipping a chilled glass of bubbly.
We have a great team working in the chalet. A lovely Kiwi/British couple, one being an experienced chef and my husband Bertrand will also be working in the chalet, running the dinner service. He is looking forward to preparing mouthwatering French cuisine with English twists!
Bertrand loves nothing more than talking about cheese, so if there is a cheese you would like to try, just let us know. (just don’t pick Camembert)!
He has been on a number of cookery courses this summer. You won’t want to miss his salted caramel chocolate truffles, they are to die for.
Also featuring, will be Pain Perdu, with a berry compote and vanilla ice cream, which was a big hit at a dinner party recently.
We’re trying out lots of recipes in the coming weeks, and also choosing our wines, who said that work had to be a chore!
Carli and John are returning to Chalet Jamais Bleu. Their season hardly got going last year, due to John getting injured on the slopes. They have been cooking in Scotland this summer and can’t wait to come back.
Chalet Jamais Bleu
We have also decided, because of the changes in regulations, to trial chalet Dahu as a self catered chalet. We are offering some optional extras, to include a daily bread delivery service, a drinks delivery service (wine, beer and soft drinks) plus catering options in the evening to include a Raclette night and two course dinners starting from 16 Euros per person, so if the extra cooking and work is putting you off, you can get some help with this. We know that many of you love a catered chalet and who wouldn’t want to be cooked for and looked after, but if you know of anyone this would appeal to, please let them know.
Also, to comply with French employment laws, we are planning on giving our very hard working staff one full day off and one half day off a week, which means that in our catered chalets there will be two self service breakfasts in the week.
Well, that’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated with what we have planned for this winter in the coming months. The weeks are booking up quickly, so do get in touch if you would like to book, or have any questions.
Hear what some of our guests from last year thought about the chalet
Chalet Juliette is a wonderful place to stay, right on the slopes
The layout of the Chalet is great, we particularly liked that you could all sit at the table together or all sit on sofa’s together as a group to play games of an evening – we didn’t find many chalets which offered this when we were looking around.
Every bedroom, toilet, and communal space has been upgraded to a fantastic level. It felt like we were staying in a boutique 5 star hotel! The open plan living space was just the perfect setting for our group to unwind after a big day on the slopes.
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