Le «1898»
Summer Winter (active)

The alpine chalet "1898" in the hamlet of Désert d'en Haut

Alpine chalet in the heart of mountain activities

This alpine chalet is an enchantment. At an altitude of 1748 m and in perfect calm, ideally situated on the slopes of a large ski area of 160 km up to 2750 m altitude, the "1898" is nestled in the hamlet of Désert d'en Haut in the Valmeinier 1800 resort. When we discovered it, it looked like a "pile of stones" abandoned since 1974. Rebuilt in 2017 with great care, it combines traditional architecture and aesthetic quality with the principles of circular economy and the latest insulation techniques. The stones from the ruin were recovered and admirably rested one by one and by hand by Denis and his team, while Sébastien prepared the carpentry and two carpenter brothers, the roof. From the mason to the plumber, all of them are craftsmen of the valley, possessing a precise and unique knowledge. Their work led to the official classification of the chalet in the 4-star category.

Spacious and comfortable, this chalet of 120 m2 accommodates up to 10 people. Skier or not, in winter as in summer, this mountain setting will offer you many possibilities to recharge your batteries.

The " 1898 " is a large separate mountain pasture chalet in a hamlet ideally situated for skiing and hiking in the Neuvache valley. In winter it benefits from direct access to the slopes of the Valmeinier/Valloire ski resort. The view is magnificent all year round.

Very quiet, tastefully furnished and comfortable, it is located at 450 m (8 minutes walk) from the amenities of Valmeinier 1800. Entirely renovated with care in 2017, it is organized on 3 levels with two large bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a wood stove, hammam, very comfortable mattresses ... and with very sunny terraces and balcony.


120 m²
10 persons
3 rooms, 1 mezzanine
2 bathrooms
1 hammam
Balcony and 2 terraces

- Sheets/duvets included
- Household linen and towels provided
- End-of-stay cleaning included
- Internet - 4G WiFi

This chalet is unfortunately not accessible
to people with reduced mobility and
is not recommended for small children

Non-smoking rental
Animals not allowed


Bedroom 1
- 1 bed (160x200 m) or 2 beds (each 80x200 m)
- Table
Bedroom 2
- 1 bed (160x200 m) and 1 bed (80x200 m) or 3 beds (each 80x200 m)


- Sofa bed
- Video monitor
- DVD-player
- Hi-Fi
- Bookshelf


- Bench
Dining room and living room
- Sofa, armchair
- Coffee table
- Wood burning stove
- Dining table with 8 chairs
- Cooker with oven and induction plate
- Microwave oven
- Dishwasher
- Refrigerator with freezer
- Coffee machine and Nespresso machine
- Raclette equipment
- Full cooking equipment
Bathroom 1
- Two washbasins
- Italian shower
Terrace and balcony


Bedroom 3
- 4 beds (each 80x200 m)
Dining room with kitchen
- Table, bench and chairs
- Microwave oven
- Oven with induction plate
- Refrigerator
Bathroom 2
- Bathtub (75x170 cm)
- Shower cabin / Hammam
- Washbasin
- WC
Laundry room
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Ironing board
- Baby equipment
Shadowy terrace
- Garden furniture

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Direct motorway access. Valmeinier is 660 km from Paris, 200 km from Lyon and 130 km from Turin. Exit no. 29 St-Michel-de-Maurienne off the A43 motorway is 16 km from Valmeinier 1800. Park in the resort car park just after passing below the ski bridge. Then walk 400 m to the chalet by the ski slope (see map).


The St-Michel/Valloire train station, 16 km from the chalet, is served by the TGV during the winter season. From the Lyon airport the journey takes 1.45 hours. Trains to St-Michel/Valloire depart from the main stations in Turin, Geneva and Chambéry. Some include a change-over in Modane or St-Jean de Maurienne for a regional train (TER) to St-Michel/Valloire.

Modane and St-Jean de Maurienne train stations are 30 km from the chalet. You can rent a car at the stations. Even simpler: You can take a taxi or shuttle bus to Valmeinier from both St-Jean de Maurienne and St-Michel/Valloire train stations (www.altibus.com). If travelling by taxi: get out at the ski bridge. If travelling by bus: get out at “Maison de Valmeinier”. Then it is a 400 m walk (see map).


Arrival by airplane and then by car or train / Winter

The nearest airports are Chambéry/Aix-les-Bains (110 km), Turin Caselle (135 km), Lyon Saint-Exupéry (180 km) and Geneva TPG (190 km). Each airport has car rental facilities (then follow instructions as per “Access by car / Winter”). It is also possible to take a direct TGV express train from Lyon/Airport to Saint-Michel-Valloire on weekends (then follow instructions as per “Access by train / Winter”). 

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