“If home is the smoke and bright lights of the city, there are few places on earth that rejuvenate the spirit as Chalet Iona does"
The Main Chalet Iona
The property is, in fact, 3 buildings, set in its own orchard and surrounded by meadows and forest.
The main chalet sleeps 12 guests in its 2 master rooms and 4 twin or double guest rooms. Each has its own bath or shower room, and each bedroom has its own style, be it with art deco or Biedermeier furniture, or with a nod to the seasons or the passions of the owners' family.
There is plenty of room for cots and roll-out beds in the master bedrooms, and parties up to 14 could happily be accomodated.
Upstairs is a large open-plan 700 square foot breakfast and dining room, with ceiling-to-floor east-facing panoramic windows, and a 20ft handmade oak banqueting table which dines up to 22. There is a chimney and sofa corner with a 42in flatscreen TV for those who can’t wait until the end of dinner. Breakfast can be taken as a group or on the breakfast balcony in the morning sun.
The kitchen is equipped with everything and anything a large group would need, with a 6ft professional range, 2 ovens, 6 hobs and a 3 fridges. Fondue and half-moon raclette sets, Smeg mixers, kettle and toaster. Denby chinawear and crystal glassware.
The floor below is an open-plan 600 square ft lounge, with panoramic 3-sided windows capturing both the early morning sun and summer sunset, a further fireplace, art deco furniture, chesterfield sofas, a drinks bar and games, 75inch smart TV, video and an eclectically stocked book library (full Harry Potter series in English and French, Dickens, Bronte, Austin, Hardy collections, Modern classics, Steinbeck, Zola, Moliere, Stendhal, biographies etc). Both Kitchen, dining and lounge rooms are equipped with Marantz/ATC sound systems.
This lounge leads to one of the property’s many sun decks and BBQ areas.
Master Bedroom 1. 300 sq ft with a 6ft wide Super kingsize bed, flatscreen television and en-suite bath/shower/wc. deep pile carpet and choice of down or allergy free pillows.
Master bedroom 2. 320 sq ft with en-suite showeroom, ample storage space, flatscreen TV and choice of pillows.
Bedroom 3-6: Each has its own bath or shower room, satellite TV. Down and allergy free pillows.
The Little Chalet India (La maison des amis)
The ground floor is open-plan with a spacious lounge area, well-equipped kitchen and central fireplace and chimney. Upstairs is an open plan, open bathroom, intimate space for close friends and family.
Furthermore, for groups of 20, we are able to open Chalet William with it's commanding views of the valley. Chalet William has a large kitchen and dining area, and three independant bedrooms (two large and one small.) Guests in Chalet William can take their breakfasts at Chalet Iona and meals for the whole group are taken at Chalet Iona.
Gardens, Decks, Jacuzzis and stuff
The chalet is surrounded by apple, pear plum and cherry trees, as well as Silver birch and the native evergreens.
There is enough apple and pear to make us cider and perry for the whole year, and Autumn guests are welcome to pick as much as they can eat.
There are 3 barbeque areas and sundecks, a badminton court, jacuzzi,, garden swings, hidden wine cellar and a treehouse.
The third building, as old as the village, is vacant but makes the most fabulous summer playhouse for children, surrounded by old carts from the last century and apple trees.