Chalet Kobi – a Chamonix B&B
Our Chamonix B&B chalet is run in high season (winter, summer) as a casual fun place to stay for people who love animals and making new friends. We are based in the Les Bossons area, which is part of the Chamonix commune, and we are 2.5km from town centre.
Our chalet has great views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Aiguilles from the living room. We are a 3 minute walk to the bus and train station of Les Bossons (part of the Chamonix commune) and a few minutes bus ride to Chamonix centre skiing at Le Brèvent or at the lovely Les Houches ski area, which boasts a World Cup men’s downhill meet called the Khandahar.
We endeavour to provide a clean, safe and fun place to stay. We hope to serve as your home away from home adventure base for enjoying the activities in and around Chamonix. We are a place where you might meet like-minded travellers, skiers and mountain folk. Feel free to ask us for advice about the region or your sport. These are all things which will help to make your trip an adventure holiday to remember.
If you do not love animals or if you seek a fancy or luxury B&B experience please look elsewhere. 🙂
Closest ski lift stations to us are Les Houches, the Aiguille du Midi and the Brévent-Flégère ski area. These are 5-7 minutes away by car or on the Chambus (free with your ski pass). The Grands Montets ski area in Argentiere and the Domaine de Balme in Le Tour / Vallorcine are 20 minutes up the valley towards the Swiss border. We also have easy access to the Tunnel du Mont Blanc and the beautiful ski area of Courmayeur Italy.
What’s included ?
The price for a room at our Chamonix B&B includes your private bedroom equipped with clean bedding and bath towels.
We are happy to provide a cold breakfast for you of items of your choice such as organic cereal, seasonal fruit or bread, milk or nut or soya milk and organic juice. We can source gluten free items if required.
Arrivals accepted between 16h-23h and Departures by 10h.
We also provide free ADSL wi-fi internet access and shared use of the common areas (living room, kitchen, dining room, bathrooms, WCs). We have French TNT and Sky Freeview UK television stations.
You may use the kitchen to prepare meals. We have a small guest fridge and cupboard space for your use . Sometimes we may all decide to prepare an evening meal together.
In summer you are welcome to use our gas grill and outdoor patio and enjoy a meal while watching the sunset against the Mont Blanc massif. The patio is also a lovely place to practice yoga outdoors.
Note that there are no private toilet facilities at our chalet. We have 2 bath/shower rooms and 2 separate WCs which are shared with others in the chalet.
There are laundry facilities available to our guests including an electric dryer and clothes horses for wet clothes.
Pets pets pets !
We love animals. We have 2 cats and 3 friendly girl dogs who hang out in the chalet and like to play – they are treated as a part of our family and are affectionate and well-behaved. Most people who meet them really enjoy their company. If you also love the company of dogs and cats, you will feel at home here.
We hope our guests will be courteous and caring about the facilities, other guests and most of all towards our pets. You are welcome to hang out and chat with us after your day on the hill, or to hole up in your room watching Netflix … we won’t judge 🙂
If you are not comfortable living with animals, or not comfortable sharing common areas and being friendly with other guests, then this is probably not the right place for you.
A few rules of play
Our house is strictly non-smoking. We really mean that. If you smoke and you go outside, please do not toss your cigarette butts around our garden or road or into nearby fields – we find that really rude and it’s terrible for the mountain environment. We can provide you something to hold them before they go into the bin.
We recycle and compost and ask that you also do this while in our chalet. Please rinse and flatten containers before recycling. We have a compost bin for food scraps.
Muddy boots, ski storage and ski boots go in designated areas.
Please place your scraped dishes in the dish washer and hand-wash any pots or pans for others to use if you are not the last one making dinner. The dish washer is normally run after dinner.
Our bath and kitchen towels are for drying clean people- and are not for clearing dirt off of you or your belongings. We do have cleaning rags or sponges if you need to clean mud off of something – please ask!
Vegetarian vegan gluten free food allergies ?
A good grocery / health food store with organic food as well as various non-animal proteins for vegans and vegetarians as well as supplies for the lactose or gluten intolerant is a 5 minute drive or bus ride away in Les Houches. It is conveniently just down the street from the closest largest and cheapest conventional grocery in the valley.
There are a couple of pans which we keep as “vegetables only” and the wooden chopping boards are not to be used for meat products. Gen is a vegan so there is no trouble understanding your needs !
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We are fortunate to be walking distance to two really excellent family-run restaurants – the Hotel Aiguille du Midi which is mentioned by the prestigious Michelin Guide yet is very reasonably priced and Le Tremplin which offers very good traditional Savoyarde dishes including excellent quality cheese fondues made with local mushrooms or tomatoes.
Les Bossons Sports Activities
The Les Gaillands rock climbing area set near 2 beautiful lakes, with a summer Adventure Park in the tree tops makes a beautiful destination via a walk through the woods – you can reach it in 10-15 minutes from the house depending on your walking speed.
For mountain runners and hikers, the same trail that leads to Les Gaillands (and is part of the Tour du Mont Blanc and the famous UTMB trail races) also goes uphill. Go to the Park Merlet animal park or all the way to the top of the Brèvent if you are ambitious. It also leads along the valley to the Les Houches train station or the Christ Roi statue in Les Houches.
There are hiking paths departing near the house on the Mont Blanc side of the valley leading to Les Pyramides and La Jonction above that at 2589m altitude – this is the same trail where the first people to ascend Mont Blanc departed in the 1786 and is the last rocky spur before the Glacier des Bossons. Did we forget to mention – our house has a great view of the lowest glacier in Europe. In summer a small lift runs to 1400m to help you with an easy start to this demanding hike.
A few minutes away in Les Houches there is an indoor climbing gym and in town centre there is a sports complex with swimming pool.
Oh yeah. We have mountains. We are surrounded by them. The Aiguilles Rouges are on one side of the house, and the Mont Blanc massif is on the other.