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La Datcha

Seasonal, Annual & Long Term Winter Bookings Preferred – Please Enquire 

Guest Testimonials…


“The place is wonderful in summer and should be even better in winter… we were very happy to spend 2 weeks at La Datcha”

August 2018 & 2019 – Gregory R (France)


“Our family enjoyed a very comfortable week in LaDatcha. We found the chalet to be an authentic, original mountain house, with very old, massive timbers, elegantly furnished with some modern touches, many antique aspects, and stunning woven fabrics covering large pillows, from kilim and tribal rugs. A wonderful fireplace dominated the upper story, the living area, and there was plenty of firewood. There is a walking path quite near the chalet, and a Nordic ski trail as well. The views of mountains from every room were splendid.

Megève is a short car ride, with grocery stores, great restaurants and bars. We drove to St. Gervais des Bains for views of Mont Blanc, a great lunch, and an afternoon in the thermal baths.

We highly recommend a stay in this beautiful home.”

January 2019 – Maureen G. (USA)


“Pasamos el fin de año y unos días en enero en La Datcha.

Es una casa fantástica y muy cómoda. Tiene 5 habitaciones y 4 baños completos, perfecto para nuestra familia con niños. Un salón precioso con unas vistas muy bonitas, decorado con mucho gusto y muy acogedor. Y en la planta baja había otro salón comodísimo para los niños!

La entrada fue perfecta, nos esperamos hasta que llegamos y nos ayudaron con todo lo que necesitamos.

Una casa muy recomendable.”

January 2018 – Guests from Barcelona (Spain)


“A beautifully appointed and furnished chalet in a nicely isolated location. Very comfortable and easy to enjoy, beautiful 70s kitchen and furniture. Most of all, is the patina of the wood, its scent and the airy but intimate living spaces. A great experience. Thank you!”

Jan 2019 – Tommaso C (United Kingdom)


Description & Overview

5 Bedroom chalet in Megève, Haute Savoie

“La Datcha is a rare gem – a beautiful marriage of rustic charm and modern mid-century design in Megève. Like a Bond villain’s secret lair, the chalet’s 200 year old wood is cosy, yet dramatic, and is the perfect hideaway after a day in the mountains.”

The property is located on the elegant Route de la Cote 2000 and is conveniently located within 5 minutes drive of the Mont d’Arbois and Rochebrune ski slopes. The ski bus also stops outside the property. There is also direct access to a cross country ski run towards the back of the property.

This very special home provides accommodation for a maximum of 8 guests, across a choice of 6 bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms, including the romantic mazot bedroom. 

This chalet d’alpage was dismantled from a nearby pass and faithfully reassembled in the 1960s. New owners from Geneva renovated and redecorated it to the highest specifications in the late 1970s with the celebrated Parisian interior decorator, Gerard Gallet, in keeping with its authentic nature. A guest house was added in the 1990s with the aid of Megeve’s famous architect, Alexander Lamblin, and its interior is by the office of Richard Rogers. Its surrounding landscape was created by the well known gardener, Camille Muller. The ensemble is charmingly and comfortable decorated and while being ‘modern’, it is completely faithful to its rustic origin.

Although perfectly maintained and renovated over the years where necessary, it has not been updated to modern specification. It has, however, been carefully looked after and is in full working order. The wooden structure is at least 200 years old and the interior is a comfortable and charming private home with a very special feel. It is rented to no more than 8 careful guests and considerate children.

It is much loved by creative people, and only those who understand its beauty and authentic mountain charm should consider it. It is ideal for cross country skiers as it is on the cross country ski trail, and within convenient proximity to all Megeve’s ski pistes by car or frequent ski bus. etc

The main reception area is on the first floor and features a beautiful fireplace, dining area and an authentic Italian 70’s “Formica” kitchen. These rooms feature plenty of warm design details and mid-century pieces, to create a fun space for family and friends to enjoy.

There are five bedrooms in the main house, including a master bedroom ensuite bathroom, two further double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a Bunk bedroom sleeping 4 and another bunk bedroom sleeping 2, with an adjoining shower room. The charming mazot contains further accommodation for 2 people, a simple kitchen / dining area and a shower room.

Parking: There is secure outdoor parking, behind an electric barrier for up to 3 cars in front of the property.


Chalet Capacity

La Datcha can comfortably sleep 8 guests – while the chalet has a larger capacity, we limit guest numbers to prevent any accelerated wear and tear to the chalet.


  • Master Bedroom: double bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2: double bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 3: double bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4: bunk bed room, sleeps 4. Adjoining shower room
  • Bedroom 5: bunk bed room, sleeps 2. Adjoining shower room
  • Bedroom 6: twin bedroom, sleeps 2, located in the charming mazot (upon special request)

Other Rooms

  • Living Room: dramatic open plan room with open fireplace
  • Kitchen: well equipped kitchen with American fridge / freezer
  • TV room/Snug: large basement games room with sofas, kitchen and WC.




Reaching the chalet 

Distance from Geneva Airport: Approximately 90km (1.5hrs)

Distance from Paris (by road): Approximately 600km (6hrs+)

Distance from London (by road): Approximately 1,000km (12hrs+ including Eurotunnel)

If reaching La Datcha by private jet, Annemasse, Annecy and Megève’s Altiport are all within close proximity.

La Datcha is located on the Route de la Cote 2000 and is approximately 2.9km from the centre of Megève village

Getting Around 

Mégève village centre is around 3 – 5 km (10 mins) drive depending on which road you take.

Ski Bus: The Ski bus leaves from outside the chalet – the stop is on the ‘Ligne 2’ route going between ‘Megeve – Cote 2000 – Jaillet’.

Skiing: Approximate time to Mont d’Arbois lifts – 5 mins by car or 10 mins by ski bus.

Chalet Location 

La Datcha Megeve Alps Chalet

Greeting Service

The chalet housekeeper will meet you at the property, to explain all the house functions and will be available to answer any questions you might have. If possible, she will also visit a further few times during the week, to provide some light cleaning. 

Vehicle Access

For bookings between November – April… The road on the Cote 2000 may be ploughed 2 – 3 times daily but it is always a good idea to arrive prepared for heavy snow conditions. It is legal requirement in the French Alps to come equipped with snow chains that specifically fit you vehicle.

Other Things to Note: 

La Datcha is a self-catered stay.

Home Truths: the general chalet equipment and bathrooms are of 1970’s specification. See photographs or please feel free to ask questions. The chalet is very popular with our guests but may not suit those looking for something more modern !

Housekeeping Service: The owner provides a basic complimentary cleaning service (2 – 3 visits, between 2 – 3 hrs). It is possible to request supplementary cleaning hours directly with the housekeeper on arrival (at additional tarif).

Included: Meet & Greet | Bed Linen & Towels | Welcome Basket | Firewood | Kitchen & Bathroom Essentials – toiletries, dishwasher tablets etc… | Local Assistance | Local Taxes & Utilities | Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Cleaning Before & After Stay | Ski Tuition & Equipment Discounts

Pet Policy: Sorry, pets are strictly forbidden!

Rates & Availability

MOUNTAIN PEOPLE are the sole agents of La Datcha – we manage all 3rd party listings (airbnb, HomeAway etc) but can offer you best rates direct.

La Datcha is available to rent all year round… Email or give us a call for any further information

Changeover day for the chalet is Saturday… However please ask if you’d like a different arrival day as we can sometimes be flexible

Security Deposit amount is €2,500 (or £2,500) – Payable by Bank Transfer before arrival or by French cheque on arrival

The chalet capacity is 8… We unfortunately cannot allow larger groups to stay. 

Rental payments can be paid in 2 instalments – a 50% deposit is required at the time of booking, the 50% balance will be due 60 days before arrival.

Seasonal Rentals will be considered: Ski Season 2020 = €60,000 EUR; Yearly Rental = €75,000 EUR


WINTER 2020 ❄️

Check-In Check-Out Rate Availability
21 Dec 2019 28 Dec 2019  €6,000 Available
28 Dec 2019 04 Jan 2020  €6,000 Available
05 Jan 2020 12 Jan 2020  €3,000 Available
12 Jan 2020 19 Jan 2020  €3,000 Available
19 Jan 2020 26 Jan 2020  €3,000 Available
26 Jan 2020 02 Feb 2020  €3,000 Available
02 Feb 2020 09 Feb 2020  €3,000 Available
09 Feb 2020 15 Feb 2020  €4,500 Available
15 Feb 2020 22 Feb 2020  €6,000 Available
22 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020  €6,000 Available
29 Feb 2020 07 Mar 2020  €5,000 Available
07 Mar 2020 14 Mar 2020  €3,000 Available
14 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020  €3,000 Available
21 Mar 2020 28 Mar 2020  €3,000 Available
28 Mar 2020 04 Apr 2020  €3,000 Available
04 Apr 2020 11 Apr 2020  €3,000 Available
11 Apr 2020 18 Apr 2020  €3,000 Available


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