“Stunning location with sublime views. A haven of peace just a stone’s throw from Meribel”
The Last Chalet in the Village
Winter snow piles deep in the gardens, the seasons come and go, and the only external sound is the morning’s bird song. Many of our guests put skiing in second place within days of arriving, just to enjoy the peace and comfort of the chalet.
In spring, summer and autumn, whilst deer graze in the meadows, we laze around at the Jacuzzi, on one of the sun-decks or on the garden swings, and just occasionally, we put boots on for a hike in the woodland trails where the forest meets our garden.
Chalet Iona feels a thousand miles from the stress of real life but only a 4-minute drive from the Olympic Express telecabine taking you to heart of the world’s largest ski area.
Chalet Iona sleeps 12 (plus two infants) and combined with Chalets India and William can accomodate a maximum of 24 guests. All stays provide breakfast, dinner, drinks and a dedicated 24hr chalet staff.
Welcome to Chalet Iona!
Le Villard, Meribel-les Allues
The Meribel valley is home to a score of villages and hamlets, collectively known as Meribel, and grouped in to 5 neighbourhoods - Meribel-Les Allues (1100m), Meribel-Village (1400m), Meribel-Centre (1500m), Meribel-Les Hauts (1600m) and Meribel-Mottaret (1700m).
Le Villard (1200m) sits above Les Allues on a sunny balcony, with its pastures and meadows overlooking the Bozel valley.
Considered to have the finest views in the Valley, it lies on the edge of the Foret des Allues, a rich and diverse mountain forest maintained by the National Forests Office.
The village is hundreds of years old, with its chapel dating to 1645. It is rich with farming history and one of the village's 4 fresh water sources is located immediately in front of the chalet. The town's ancient bread-oven, stoked-up once a month in olden times is also right next to the chalet.
The village is now one of the choice areas to live for those who work in the valley, and its properties have long been reserved only for "those in the know"
Meribel and the 3 valleys ski area
The 3 valleys is the world’s largest ski area.
Comprising of eight interlinking ski resorts and a score of towns, villages and hamlets, groomed pistes cover 650km of trails amongst an abundance of off-piste skiing from low and mid-altitude forest to high alpine glaciers.
183 ski-lifts transport 260000 skiers per hour across the signature-resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, leading the world in snow-sure winter sport.
Meribel lies at the heart of the 3 Valleys. The architecture reflects its history: an economy once based around dairy farming and fruit growing, the lower part of valley is full of villages perching in sunny pastures, many with their communal bread ovens, chapels and water troughs carefully preserved. For centuries, shepherds moved their flocks higher and higher as winter melted away in spring and early summer.
When skiing started in the 1930s, however, the high altitude and north facing slopes transformed the pastures’ uses. Where sheep graze in summer, millions of skiers now pound the pistes, many of which follow the contours carved out by centuries of farming.
Care has been taken to see that new buildings remain true to the valley’s history: stone buildings, clad with local wood and slate roofs, making Meribel one of the few French ski-resorts to retain all of its historic allure.
Come to enjoy Meribel - at the heart of the 3 Valleys and where innovative winter sport meets tradition and heritage.