Our Guest Book Comments… Cannot make this many up! 😉
(To book please email: Darren@mountainbikebreaks.com
Dean Harris and the Birmingham crew – September 2016
Have been late summer mountain biking in the Alps for more than a decade now and after a third stay with Darren, I have to say that this place trumps all.
Facilities are great with hot tub, tool shop to (re) build bikes, plus, superb accomodation, great food, fantastic views, and more, but what really makes this place so great is the host’s attention to detail. Nothing is ever too much trouble and he raises the bar in terms of ensuring you have the best possible experience. Heinz the dog provides the ‘home from home’ feeling whilst Luke & Grace ensure you’re never hungry or without assistance. The local trails are stunning with the full spectrum of bike parks in Chatel and Morgins nearby to wild exposed high mountain trails and deep loamy forest single track. Superb! No other word for it.
Sean Turner – August 2016
Summer or Winter Darren and his staff never seem to disappoint at Chalet LDV – which is why I’ve been quite a few times now – once you find somewhere this good it’s worth sticking with. This time was a summer trip with my wife and some good friends to do a bit of everything – some road cycling, whitewater rafting, horse-riding (both kindly arranged for us by Darren), a bit of walking and even caught up with Le Tour this year over in Morzine – though in the pouring rain – Darren can organise just about everything for you but, even with Chatels ‘micro-climate’, the weather is something even he can’t control 😉 Grace and Luke kept us happily fed and watered all week and it’s a testament to Darren that he always manages to attract such great staff as I’ve met a few over the years and they’ve all been good. We will be back in the winter for more!
Dave from Nottingham – July 2015
Just returned from a mountain biking trip with a group of friends. Having stayed here 3 years ago we knew that the service would be of an excellent standard .Our host Darren with Olly & Abi made our stay a most pleasurable experience. Views across the valley through the new glass wall are breathtaking. We are looking at booking our 3rd stay but not leaving it so long this time.If you want a chalet with that extra special something then this is the place to book.
Gary Langford – July 2013
Hope you are well, thought I’d drop you a line to thank you for making our holiday so special. I can honestly say that in all the years I’ve been mountain biking I had the best experience by far when we stayed with you in July. The trails are fantastic, Chatel is stunning and the holiday you provided was first class. The chalet is superb, the meals excellent ( big shout to Marcella ) I could not find fault with anything. Big thanks to yourself for guiding us to places we would never have found ( still not much for the climbs, but so worth it for the downhills after!! ) The only problem I have now is persuading the wife that I need to go again next year!
Craig Martin, Dean and Ian from Swindon – July 2013/2014/2016/2017
Myself and a couple of friends have just returned from a fully catered week, staying with Darren in Chalet Lac de Vonnes. Upon our evening arrival Darren greeted us with his huge friendly smile and dinner. After a lovely 3 course meal (all the meals throughout the week were excellent), we unloaded the bikes/bags and relaxed on the balcony with the other guests. The chalet has a very warm/open/friendly feel about it, being lovely and clean. With the chalet holding about 8-9 people it was never too crammed or busy. The location is excellent within Chatel, just opposite a lovely lake and only a couple of minutes ride/walk into the center. From the center you get the bus to the lifts, or ride cross country to the main lift (20 minutes ride). The area is breath taking, the views are amazing with crisp clean air. We had 4 days with Darren guiding us around the cross country routes, as we didn’t want to spend all our time on downhill runs. The areas he took us too were great rides in the mountains, but even more impressive was that he knew areas that were almost untouched by the masses, so lots of alpine single tracks were ridden. I know a lot of people don’t want do XC, i would let this put you off as the rides were well worth it, with Darren always giving easy and cheeky (hard) routes throughout the days. All in all the holiday surpassed our expectations, and that’s why he books up so fast, we have been home about 1 week and already we are sorting our next holiday with him. To sum it up: Stunning views, stunning Chatel, excellent food, very friendly/helpful staff. We are about to re-book. so why wouldn’t you go to Chalet Lac de Vonnes with Darren and his staff.
Mike Welsh and Jay from Warrington – July 2013
I have just recently returned from a week at Chalet Lac de Vonnes (Mountainbike Breaks) and i am very happy to say it was brilliant. Waking up in the morning you realize just how amazing the Alps are. The location is fantastic, the lake across the road is very picturesque and your only a few minutes walk from a beautiful town. As for the chalet itself – the view from the balcony is something else. The place is spotless, the beds are comfy, the breakfasts are more than enough and there is not enough i can say about the evening meals. The chalet girls cook fantastic food and the cake….its worth going just to try the Carrot Cake. Its to die for. Then there is the hot tub, the workshop to build and service your bikes (you will need this). And if you having a day off there is a Table Tennis Table in there as well. You could not want for anymore. Then there is the mountain biking. Awesome pretty much covers that! I could go on and on here about all sorts. Chatel is beautiful. The buses are free. Darren is so helpful. The whole set up is just perfect. I have used a lot of companies all over the world for this sort of thing and Mountainbike Breaks is up there in the top 3.
Lucy Brain – July 2013/2014
Just wanted to say thanks for a great week and fairly sure I’ll be back next year! (You are now booked in ;-))
Gary Gough – July 2012
Just returned from a weeks mountain biking with 5 friends and would like to congratulate Darren and his staff on providing a 5 star service. The chalet is outstanding with all the home comforts you could wish for and views to die for !! The food was fantastic provided by Marcelle,and always had a vegeterian option . The guided mountain bike tours provided by Darren where excellent with special attention placed on providing different options on every route for the varied rider abilities. Safety was always a priority. All in all I think the whole set up is fantastic and will be returning with my family.
Tom Veitch from Edinburgh – July 2012
…….The guided mountain biking! Having been to the area before, I was not sure how much use of the guided mountain biking we would actually take up, as we had our own plans for what we wanted to do based on previous experience. All the guiding was led by Darren, a thoroughly nice guy, who extremely knowledgable and is fully SMBLA qualified etc, who you will soon realise is vastly over qualified and experienced at leading groups. He managed to lead groups of up to 9 riders of quite varied abilities, and keep everyone extremely happy. We quickly realised the guided option was far superior to our own efforts, and would highly recommend you speak to Darren who will be able to tailor something suitable for any level of mountain biker. He managed to combine little bits of everything into the guided rides, meaning big smiles on tired faces. I don’t say this lightly, but Monday the 23rd July 2012 encompassed 42 miles and the best day on a bike I’ve ever had bar none! 6 Stars!
Paul Carrington – July 2012/New Year 2013/2014
Just to say a big thank you to Darren for a brilliant week in Chatel, the accommodation is top notch, location is perfect. Also a big thanks to Marcela for looking after us with brilliant food through out our stay. I would strongly recommend a holiday with Alpine Breaks/MountainBikeBreaks as they say ‘Breath your on holiday!’
Mark Jones and boys from Wales – June 2012
Having snowboarded in Chatel in 2000, I had no hesitation in returning to this lovely resort for my first MTB group expedition. We entered the 2012 PPDS and so Chatel is an obvious starting point for the event. Darren @ Alpinbreaks .com was a fantastic (internet) find, as his experience and knowledge as a guide set him apart from other chalet breaks. The property on arrival did not disappoint either. It is well located and comfortably furnished. Food was excellent and varied. It is well suited to a group booking with 4 large separated bedrooms to sleep 8 persons on 2 floor levels. There is a secure basement/bike store workshop area which is ideal for ski equipment / bikes. Great!
Shane Bolster – Cork, Ireland – July 2011
This was our first mountain bike holiday and it was what we expected plus much much more! From the beginning the service we received was excellent and far exceeded our expectations. From the food, chalet, hot tub, drink and bike guidance around the area we could not have asked for more. Very friendly atmosphere and very good facilities for storing and maintaning our bikes which we brought with us. We had a great time and thanks to Darren and Marcella for making this a holiday we will need to do again and again.
John Wilcox – VTT Portes du Soleil – June 2011
Just wanted to thank you for a great weekend in Chatel. Over the years, I have experienced a number of Chalet based skiing holidays and was intrigued to see how it would work on two wheels. Suffice to say, it exceeded all my expectations. The Location, the set up, the quality, the service, and your attention to detail were spot on. The ride on Saturday including the lunch, swim in the lake and great trails will rank, for me, as one of the most enjoyable days in the saddle. I will return.
Jan Bushell and the Firemen from Wales – July 2011/June 2012
Cheers Darren we had a fantastic break. We almost missed our flight back to UK but even if we had it wouldn’t have dampened a fab trip, the last day was awsome! Loving the photos, so thanks once again for your hospitality, route finding & being an all round good guy!
Paul Baker, Kinghams Restaurant, Shere, Surrey – June 2011
Darren went out of his way to make this one of the best MB breaks we have had. His local knowledge of the mountain was excellent and his guiding down tracks that we would never have found will stay with me for a long time. Every detail was catered for in a fun and professional manner. If anyone wants a MB holiday Chatel is the place to go, we have stayed in Morzine before but Chatel beats it. A great family run business with delicious food and very drinkable wine. Thank you Darren.
Phil and the Canadian Gang – August 2010
Thanks Darren and Tracey for housing our group of Canadian demanding Cross Country ‘dirtbags’! I was a little skeptical of the ‘inclusiveness’ of this Fully Catered package, but you guys did not disappoint! The airport pickup was a huge bonus. Accommodations were spot on and service was great. I don’t think I was hungry or thirsty all week. Darren played guide for us on a few days and showed us some of the best singletrack trails in the PDS region! We will definitely be back — a week was not enough to explore all the trails here. This was like an all-inclusive vacation for Mountain Bikers!
Sean Turner, the Guys from Manchester & Edinburgh July 2010/Jan 2011/Jan 2014
“I can’t possibly recommend this place highly enough – we go away biking every year and this has been the best set-up yet. Darren and Tracy have a superb set-up here and were perfect hosts to our group of nine hairy arsed mountain bikers. They really do go out of their way to make sure you have a good trip. The Chalet is comfortable, clean and well-equipped, with great food and only a short wander into the village to the nearest bar. Darren is as much into his biking as we all are and as a result he knows where to go, has the place set-up for bike cleaning/maintenance and was happy to come out and show us around the trails at whatever level of biking we fancied. We liked the place so much we are going to come back and give it a go in the winter for a skiing/boarding holiday. My only worry with putting a glowing reference on here is that when we come to book again they will be full. Thanks again to you both”
Ian Gardner, ‘Teachers’ from Wales – August 2009/July 2010/Aug 2011/2012
Thanks for a great week with Darren and Tracy (Alpinebreaks) at Chalet Lac Du Vonnes. Our party of 5 had a fantastic weeks mountain biking from the Chalet, the perfect position to explore the Portes Du Soleil mountain bike area. Chatel is an unspoilt village which does not have the man made feel of Morzine and Les Gets and it certainly doesn’t have the lift queues. As for the Chalet, Darren and Tracy were the perfect host and hostess, always friendly and welcoming with nothing to much trouble for them. The food was excellent all week and wine was also free flowing with every evening meal. The location of the Chalet in Chatel was fantastic, just 10 min walk from the centre of the village and opposite the stunning lake. Views from the balcony were also breathtaking. The Chalet was kept spotless by Tracy all week despite the best efforts of five men after a days mountain biking. I would recommend this Chalet to anyone in both the summer and winter seasons (I’ve skied this area three times and its fantastic) and the group of us will definitely visit again in the future. Thanks again for a fantastic week.
Alan O’Riordan and the Guys from Shropshire, August 2009
It’s no mean feat keeping 5 hairy men fed, “watered” and occupied with superb XC and Downhill Mountain Biking, but you passed with flying colours! Many thanks for being such flexible hosts and for helping to make our 2009 holiday the best yet.
Mike, Amanda, Christopher & Stephen John Family, August 2009
Thanks for a Fab Holiday, we had been struggling to find holidays that would keep our two teenage sons occupied.
We have taken them as far as Sydney & Brisbane (bodyboarding & surfing) but they announced after the first day in Chatel that this was the best holiday that they had ever had ! Thanks to Darren for the fabulous Mountain Bike guiding and thanks to Tracy for making us so welcome in a fabulous chalet.” Darren is now a legend in our househould (even though he had a small “off” and got slightly injured) I can thoroughly reccommend this as a “Family Holiday” Many Thanks, Mike & Amanda.
Steve Wass, Trevor and Paul, July 2009/July 2010/July 2012
Just a short note to say thanks to one of the most enjoyable mountain bike holidays. You both work together like clock work to give your guests the best time & as for the cooking, we all would recommend highly. Thanks again, we are sure we will see you again in the very near future.
Guy Hadfield, July 2009/July 2010/Jul 2011/June 2012/July 2013/June 2014
I would just like to say a Big Thank you for the great break. Having been around a few different resorts in France, I found the trails and guiding you provided to be far better than any other could offer. The chalet and food was also superb….Nice one!
Rory Chisolm, June 2009/June 2010/Jun 2011/Jun 2012
The perfect hosts who made us most incredibly welcome, which added to the whole experience. Both Jamie and myself have spent alot of time in European resorts, chalets and other accommodation and rated your genuine hospitality and set up as the top of the pack!
Tim and Justin, ‘The Fireman!’, July 2008/2009/2010/2011/2012
“Thank you Darren and Tracy for an awesome holiday. We had an amazing Summer holiday Mountain Biking in Chatel and neighbouring valleys. The routes are well marked and cater for all abilities. Darren and Tracy made our stay all the more enjoyable for thier hospitality and taking us out guiding us around the mountains and suggesting various routes. The views are breathtaking!” Justin – 2011 – Darren just a quick note to thank you for looking after us again, it’s been a fab trip. We’re already planning a trip for 2012.
Pip, James and the boys from Manor Farm, July 2008 and 2009
“Thank you both very much for making our holiday go so very well, from smooth transfer to warm welcome and great guiding. The boys thoroughly enjoyed thier biking and are already talking about Chatel 09 ! Thank you once again for giving us such a comfortable place to collapse and wonderful view from the balcony to rememeber.”
Guy Cobbe and the Gang, July 2007 & Aug 2007 & July 2008
“Came with a group of 6 mates and was made most welcome by Darren and Tracy. Was on the Fully Catered Package and the food was first class. The Chalet was clean and homely and Darren and Tracy always on hand if we needed anything. A great base for anyone to come Mountain Biking.”
Simon Jones, July 2007
“Just returned from a long weekend at Chalet Lac de Vonnes. Spent 3 fabulous days Mountain Biking which was superbly guided by Darren. The chalet was fabulous and we well looked after by Darren and Tracy. I would certainly recommend this company for both Summer and Winter breaks. Thanks alot and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Simon”
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