For years the Dutch owners rented mountain apartments themselves. Their experiences (and irritations) were a source of inspiration when they built their chalet.
Therefore, you’ll find a well-equipped chalet that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with proper beds. Two bathrooms, one at the first floor, one at the second floor. One bedroom has a sloping ceiling; two bedrooms have large windows opening to the balcony. No bunk beds, no sleeping sofa’s.
The living room is spacious and bright, with stunning views on several ‘four thousanders’. The wood for the fireplace is piled outside. The chalet has WiFi, a Smart TV, a DVD player and audio set, as well as good reading light to sit with a book by the fire place. The kitchen is well equipped with pots and pans, sharp knives, plenty of plates and cutlery to ask the neighbours over for dinner. The kitchen has a hob, dishwasher and fridge with small freezer compartment. The washing machine and dryer are in the technical room in the back of the house. There is under floor heating throughout the chalet. Outside are a BBQ, dining tables and benches as well as deck chairs, and plenty of wood for fireplace and BBQ.
Above the chalet is a shared parking place for one or two cars and stairs leading down to the chalet’s front door.
The chalet is for rent throughout the year on a weekly basis, from Saterday to Saturday. See for prices and practicalities the contact page.
The chalet has 270 degrees spectacular views. From the Rhone valley on the left, the broad valley of the “Hérens” in front, to the Grand Dixence dam on the right, and dotted with the white peaks of ‘four thousanders’ like the Dent Blanche, Cervin (Matterhorn) and Dent d’Hérens.
In winter time the ski area of the Four Valleys, les Quatre Vallees, offers the full range of challenges for all kinds of skiers: easy for newbies and kids, to off-piste tracks for diehards. The chalet is located only two steps away from the slope of Les Masses, with a chairlift leading you into the Four Valleys Ski circus. With sufficient snow one can ski (unprepared) in and out or walk in only 3 minutes directly to the slope.
The area is famous for beautiful hiking. From easy walks along the ‘bisses’, to adventurous mountain climbing.
Les Masses was originally a place with some hunting cabins and a cowshed and by now has only low-rise buildings. It has no real city centre, but a good restaurant and a supermarket. Both about 8 minutes walk.
The supermarket has all fresh necessities like bread, local cheeses, vegetables, beer, wine, a limited range of meat (and much more upon request). You’ll find larger supermarkets approx. 3 km uphill in Les Collons 1800, or 3 km downhill in the authentic village of Hérémence.
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THERE and AROUND
The winter ski-bus (free) to Thyon goes twice in the morning, and twice in the afternoon. In summer there is a not so frequent connection by bus with Sion.
The trip will take around 9 hrs from Calais (860 km) or around 10 hrs from Utrecht (980 km). Take the highway exit at Sion Est, direction Val d’Hérens. From Sion, it is only a 20-minute drive up the mountain. You can travel by plane with a direct flight from most international European airports to Geneva Cointrin. Trains leave twice an hour from the airport to Sion (train ride takes 2 hours with beautiful views of lake Geneva) or you could rent a car. In winter you’ll need snow chains.
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