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…Chalet le Pré Catin (EN)

Le Pré Catin seen by the newpaper “Dauphiné Libéré”
Chalet le Pré Catin in summer

The chalet Le Pré Catin fits perfectly into the village of Bonneval-sur-Arc, classified one of the prettiest of France.

Better yet, the Pré Catin is sometimes chosen by the press to symbolize Bonneval-sur-Arc and we are proud of it!

Space and volumes, qualities of materials, fidelity to the Savoyard spirit are the concepts that guided its transformation, realized by the architect Pierre-Emmanuel Le Prisé, to guarantee your comfort.

The Pre-Catin is divided into 3 apartments.

6, 7 or 8 persons, rentals can be made alone or jointly, for a total capacity of 21 people.

At the chalet entrance, you’ll dispose of a laundry room shared with the 3 apartments, equipped with a washing machine and a tumble dryer.
A ski room is located under the south terrace.
Access to the cottage is easy and clear of snow from the main street of Bonneval.
The chalet is though set back from this street which guarantees an absolute nocturnal silence.
Shops are nearby, the snow area for children and beginners sits at 100 m, the access to other slopes stay at 200 m, the day nursery lays at the foot of the cottage.


 

…Pré-Catin 1 (EN)

You will love this apartment, completely renovated in a contemporary spirit offering a quiet preserved quality environment.

A living room overlooking a kitchen

It’s a 5 room of about 116 sqm with modern and smart comfort with high quality services that can accommodate 8 people.

Dominique et Nathalie have well managed its interior design : It is ranked 4 stars ★★★★ in furnished tourism category.

On the ground floor, a room with a 160 cm bed, its bathroom and its private toilet;

A lounge area with fireplace insert opening through large windows on a terrace to the west, a fully equipped contemporary kitchen and dining area overlooking a large terrace facing south;

A second bedroom with four 90 cm bunk beds; independent toilets; a bathroom with bath and double sink;

A third room with a 160cm bed, its bathroom and its private toilet.

On the floor a room with two 90 cm beds.

Furniture, decoration, appliances, crockery, bedding, … are new and of first quality.

Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Rental type Apartment
Minimun duration 7 nights
Approval 4 stars ★★★★

 

Pré-Catin 1, amenities Prices & availability Guestbook

…Pré-Catin 2 (EN)

You will love the space that characterizes this duplex flat of about 125 m², here in the chalet Le Pré Catin. It offers 7 sleeps and a refined, cozy, warm comfort and quality services. It is the flat of Dominique and Catherine who managed to preserve the authenticity of the historic apartment of their friends Daniel and Josiane, who lived there at the time when the Pre-Catin was a restaurant.

A fireplace, a sofa, an armchair, a coffee table

At the round floor :

  • An entrance,
  • A shower room (shower, sink, toilet).

Upstairs :

  • A living room composed of
    • A kitchen with fridge-freezer, ceramic hob with traditional electric oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, filter and Nespresso coffee machines, toaster, food processor, fondue and raclette devices, etc.
    • A dining area with a table, benches and chairs for 10 people,
    • A living room with a fireplace, a sofa and armchairs. This living room opens to the south on a balcony.
  • A large master bedroom with a 160cm bed, cupboards,
  • A bathroom with bath and sink,
  • Independent toilet,

In mezzanine :

  • 3 beds 90 cm
  • in the extension a room with 2 beds 90 cm
  • a TV lounge area with a sofa.

 

Sleeps 7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Rental type Apartment
Minimal duration 7 nights
Approval 3 stars ★★★
Pré-Catin 2, amenities Prices & availability Guestbook

…Pré-Catin 3 (EN)

This 60 m2 duplex apartment of 6 beds, decorated with a lot of charm awaits you here in Bonneval-sur-Arc. It is pampered by Cecile and Pierre Emmanuel. “PEL”, is the architect who renovated the Pré Catin chalet.

A coffee table, armchairs, a fireplace, a French window

On the ground floor, at the entrance, a room for children receiving 4 individual beds in twice 2-bunk beds; a bathroom (bath and sink), separate toilets.
Upstairs, a living room with a kitchen equipped with a fridge-freezer, ceramic hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, etc. a dining area, a living room with a stone fireplace, a TV with CD player, a couch (not part of the sleeping capacity of the housing), armchairs. This living room opens to the south on a balcony with a small table and three chairs.
Above the kitchen, perches the double open mezzanine bedroom on the living space. Pets are allowed.

Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Rental type Apartment
Minimal duration 7 nights in season
2 nights out of season
Approval 3 stars ★★★
Pré-Catin 3, amenities Prices & availability Guestbook

…Bonneval-sur-Arc (EN)

 

In Savoie, in the heart of the Vanoise National Park and classified one of the most beautiful villages in France, Bonneval-sur-Arc is one of the only ones in the Alps that kept its charm and authenticity.

Church and flagstone
The village in winter

We offer 5 rentals in 2 chalets close one to the other in the heart of the resort. You can regant several apartments if you are numerous!

Le Pré-Catin chalet

A typical Savoyard chalet under the snow

The Pré-Catin chalet fits perfectly in the classified village of Bonneval-sur-Arc. Space and volumes, qualities of materials, fidelity to the Savoyard spirit are the concepts that guided its transformation, realized by the architect Pierre-Emmanuel Le Prisé, to guarantee your comfort.

The Pre-Catin is divided into three apartments.

6, 7 or 8 persons. You can rent one or several flats for a total capacity of 21 people.

 

Michka chalet :

An architect's chalet under the snow

This architect’s chalet is exceptional for its aesthetic qualities combining the traditional materials of the site (stone, larch and slate) and its great comfort. Its large bay windows facing south ensure maximum sunshine and unobstructed views of the mountain and the surrounding landscape. The contemporary and refined interior decoration has been realized by favoring the same materials as outside for a greater aesthetic coherence.

In this chalet, two luxury apartments of 6 and 9 people can be rented alone or together, for a total capacity of 15 people.

 


Location :

Both chalets are located at : Le Pré Catin, 73480 Bonneval-sur-Arc, France

 

 


Shops and services

  • The day nursery « Les p’tits chabottes » is in the immediate vicinity
  • A grocery store and a cash machine are 100 m away
  • A bakery and a butcher’s shop are 600 m away.
  • Two cheese factories and local products are 500 and 700 m away.
  • You will find all kinds of restaurants in Bonneval-sur-Arc

More info on the map below (the chalets are at #87 and #90)

A map of the village


Transports

By train :

The nearest station is at Modane. This station is served by direct trains from

  • Paris Gare de Lyon
  • Lyon Part-Dieu
  • Milano Porta Garibaldi
  • Chambery

Then, take the M12 Bus up to Bonneval-sur-Arc

By bus :

You can travel by bus throughout the valley. Some are free of chage. You’ll find all informations in the complete guide to mobility

By car :

By car, make sure you have set your GPS on Bonneval-sur-Arc. There is another Bonneval in Savoie, 160 km from Bonneval-sur-Arc.
BEWARE OF YOUR GPS do not go through Albertville – Val d’Isere: In winter, the Iseran pass is closed.
* If you are coming from Chambéry, take the A41 / A43 motorway and follow the direction Turin-Milan to exit 30 “Modane, Haute-Maurienne-Vanoise”
* If you are coming from Grenoble, take the A41 motorway, follow the direction Chambéry until the A43 Turin-Milan junction, then exit 30 “Modane, Haute-Maurienne-Vanoise”
* If you are coming from Briançon or Turin, take the A32 motorway and follow the direction Frejus / Bardonecchia and take the Frejus tunnel. In winter, the Mont Cenis pass is closed.
Then follow the direction “Haute-Maurienne-Vanoise” to Bonneval-sur-Arc

In winter, snow tires and/or snow chains are always recommended and often required. If your engine is diesel, make a full complement of “cold weather diesel” at Sollières or Lanslebourg or the Bonneval-sur-Arc gas station, it is commonly -20 ° C at night.



Bonneval sur Arc in summer


Bonneval sur Arc in fall


See also the blog

…Ski Bonneval-sur-Arc (EN)

Shadow on powder snow from a skier on a chairlift


Alpine skiing
Bonneval-sur-Arc is a village-resort, classified in the “most beautiful villages of France”. This is where the film “Belle and Sebastian” was shot. We lodged with us some members of the production.
From the very beginner to the freeride enthusiast, everyone can get happy here. We are far from the factory-resorts. there is no waiting at the ski lifts, even during the highest season.
The chairlift start is 200 m walk, the easiest slopes 100 m.A village under the snow

 

The resort altitude vary between 1850 and 3000 meters above sea level. From the top of the chairlift “Le 3000”, 1150 meters of elevation await your ski tips.
Our guests come for the authenticity of the village or its cheese factory, the blue slopes at 3000 or the off-piste area, the blue sky of Maurienne or the flare in the evening, the view of the wild mountain or the restaurant at the Ecot hamlet. Anyway, you come back. Thank you !

A map of ski lifts and ski slopes

The ski resort is open from mid-December to the end of April.
Snow is always good, including early and late in the season. It is quite often the most snowy resort in France; Check out the skiinfo snow history page on the skiinfo website.

A graduated curve in cm

Lift rates are here.
If you want to register your children at the ski school or find an instructor to escort you off-piste, see the website of the French Ski School (ESF).
Cards of the Mille Bornes game
With a 6 days package or more, you access, with the bus, to 350 kms of alpin slopes and 200 Km of cross-country tracks in the 6 resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise valley.

A map of ski resorts
Haute Maurienne Vanoise Ski Area

Cross-country skiing

For cross-country skiing, it’s in Bessans, by the link track “Sallanches-Fauvettes” (3Km) or by car or with the bus.
For you, 133 Km of traced tracks in classic and skating at 1750 m of altitude. It is a high place of Biathlon.

A map of cross-country ski trails


Ski rental
Claim that you reside at the Pré Catin or Michka chalet and get a 15% discount on ski rental at Moulin Sports Skimium, the shop just in front of the chalets.

A shop under the snow

 


Weather


Bonneval sur Arc in winter

 

Pré Catin story

A typical Savoyard chalet under the snow

We wrote – who said “romanticized?” – the history of the Pré-Catin. A story of gold, love, friendship and mineral water to read below.

The Dan epoch

The chalet Le Pré Catin story is first of all that of Daniel.

A speaking man
Dan in 2018

It all started in the 19th century. In summer, Bessaners make hay in Savoy, in winter, they are coachmen in Paris. The tradition continues, Bessaners of the 20th century will be taxi drivers in Paris suburbs.
Little Dan lives in Paris. He makes friends with the son of a colleague of his father who comes from Haute-Maurienne and finds himself spending his summers in Bessans with the grandparents of the friend. The ancients teach him the mountains, the flavors of Savoyard cuisine, the happiness of the great outdoors. Dan is a good student.
Later, the young Dan studied the resistance of materials in Paris, made the revolution in 1968, lyed low for a while in the city, worked as an expert in a ministry, was bored.
The young adult Daniel learns that Bonneval-sur-Arc is looking for a cook for Criou, the altitude restaurant on the slopes of the ski resort which, in 1975, reached the age of reason: 7 years old. The call of the summits is too great, Dan resigns from the public service and takes up the challenge.
Dan will make the Criou refuge a Mecca for gastronomy and culture. In terms of gastronomy, it is the best restaurant in Bonneval-sur-Arc. The mayor does not hesitate to take the officials by skidoo to dinner at Le Criou. In terms of culture, it is the highest cinema in France (2100 m a.s.l.). People come to see the arthouse films in the chairlift, they leave late at night by sliding on the track which brings back to the village on skis, in sledges or … on garbage bags. Children enjoy it. They would still love it, but it is now prohibited, it’s allegedly too dangerous.
It was around this time that Dan met Josiane. Josiane works in a leisure center in Italy and comes to Le Criou one evening with friends. The warm atmosphere of the place and – why hide it – the larch liqueur, bring hearts closer and Josiane is embarked on the adventure. Regularly, she comes to join Dan who picks her up when the train stop at the border. It’s not a train station, but it’s closer to Bonneval-sur-Arc and more fun to get down there, under the very noses of customs officials, than at Modane train station like other travelers. She ends up settling in Le Criou for better and for worse. Especially the best.
Years go by, Dan and Josiane begin to have experience and the mayor asks them to set up an inn in the village. The resort lacks restaurants. Beyond 50 covers, it is possible to obtain subsidies. Fifty is a lot, but Dan is up for it.
The town hall offers a location next to the former CAF chalet.

An old chalet, a mountain
Former CAF chalet

CAF agrees on the condition that Dan takes care of destroying the old chalet which is in ruins.

It is said that Dan would have financed his chalet with the legendary gold bowling balls that he would have found in the rubble and that he would have sold twice the price of gold, the delicacy of the carvings, especially those of the jack would have amazed a Marseille collector. If you have the opportunity to visit the old port, ask a fisherman the question, he will be inexhaustible on the subject.

Dan brings down the ruin but the CAF president changing every year, each new president believes himself a duty to raise the stakes. After two presidencies, the price of the land became exorbitant. Having demonstrated that the Alps record of the price per square meter was reached, the mayor of Bonneval-sur-Arc brings the CAF to reason. The work can begin.

The plans are drawn by an architect. Dan is in charge of the work with 5 masons from Bonneval hired for the occasion.
The work began in May 1981. The chalet was “off snow, off air” after 6 months.
The stones are chosen and picked up in the mountain and then lowered into a dumper, as all bonnevalers did at the time. Dan held a lot with it, they are mounted by a sixth mason, Italian, like dry stone walls.
The frame, is made with huge larch trunks, recovered at the foot of an avalanche lower in the valley.
The tiles are made with terracotta parefeuilles from Provence. All the tilers take Dan for a fool: The parefeuilles are porous, perfect by the pools, but in a restaurant? Dan will lay them himself and saturate them with linseed oil and turpentine.
The Lauzes come from the demolition of a military building in Italy. We are in 1981, but already in sustainable development: recycled, local, natural materials. Dan is ahead of his time.
The result is superb.

A typical Savoyard chalet
Chalet le Pré Catin in winter

The first customers of the restaurant were welcomed in February 1982.
From the first year, success was there. Dan cooks authentic food with real bits of Dan’s heart in it. For teatime, gourmands flock from across the valley for Josiane muffins. All the gastronomic guides applaud. Le Pré Catin even obtains a Michelin guide bibendum. In winter, it’s full of skiers, midday, afternoon tea and evening. In summer, it is even more crowded, several services are done.
Out of season, Dan manages the vacation rentals of his neighbors. In some ways, Anne skies today in her footsteps.
50 place settings is heavy. Dan, over the years, begins to run out of steam and Josiane threatens to plan a muffin lockout. The couple are looking to sell their business. No one is interested except the promoters. “Sell my soul to concrete builder? Never,” says Dan. “Do you want me to show you how I made Molotov cocktails in ’68?” Dan is angry. “Do you know the difference between a paving stone from Saint-Germain-des-Près and a flagstone from the Alps? Go your way!”

Stanis’ chalet

A man smoking a pipe by the sea
Stanis in 2005

Let’s go back a little bit,

The year is 1994. Stanis, an old sea dog, asks friends for the details of an architect. They recommend PL, a young Breton architect. Stanis asks him for advice on his bathroom. PL is not thrilled but it is a lean period and contracts infrequent.
PL procrastinate, wait, postpone, but ultimately, the proof of the architect is in the drawing, Stanis’ bathroom is drawn the night before the day he undertook to return the project. PL arrives on time, Stanis is late. PL who does not like whiskey but who is polite, gulp two scotches offered by his wife. At the presentation of PL’s project, Stanis is enthusiastic, “A boat cabin ! It’s all I love. Deal !”. As a deposit, Stanis gives PL two mallards, “from his hunt in Sologne”. PL throw both of them to Cecile who does not want them, the two ducks being neither plucked nor emptied. PL then launch them to his mother-in-law.
The finished bathroom is magnificent.
Stanis then offered PL to restore his family home in North Brittany, a former granite fisherman’s house on an island cut off from the world 12 hours a day. Watching the angers of the ocean from a construction site creates links. A magic project according to PL. Stanis likes and then entrusts PL with the realization of his house in Rennes and then of his office.

At the turn of the century, Stanis asked PL for advice on buying a chalet on a mountain that resembles a desert island: Bonneval-sur-Arc. A first chalet is planned but PL does not like it. Stanis finds a second one.
An appointment is made at the Auberge du Pré-Catin. Stanis who has not lost his old habits is late. Dan receives him in the tea room. It’s their first meeting. Dan and PL are said to have had more than tea that day.
PL likes the chalet, Stanis buys it. PL writes the plans for René who is in charge of the works on site. PL and Stanis come to the interseason to renovate the chalet. They are the best customers of the Auberge du Pré-Catin. Dan is watching for their arrival. “Are you coming for the soup?” The three make the perfect pair. They quickly become friends.

The PL era

Two men sitting
Dan and PL

We are in 2003. The PL mission at Stanis is coming to an end but Dan and Josiane have retirement plans, as we saw above. They wish to plant roses in Normandy. PL goes to see their house in Cotentin, carries out two renovation plans, but Dan and Josiane must first sell their inn.
There is only one buyer: a property developer who intends to force the walls outwards and cut the hostel into small pieces to fit 50 beds. In short, a promoter offers Dan without blushing to cut up his baby. Dan sees a red rag.
There remains the phone a friend: PL and Cécile call Dominique and Catherine who seem interested. It does not drag: 15 days later they are on site and are won. They pick up another couple of friends, with whom they will buy the Pré-Catin and transform it into a holiday chalet. There is even a fourth couple on the case. PL initially plans 4 apartments but ends up with a project for only 3. There is land and the fourth one will be built slightly larger, if not much larger. It will be the chalet Michka but that’s another story.
The Pré-Catin renovation project is ready. To simplify a little, let’s say that the tea room will become apartment 3 (PC3), Dan’s apartment PC2, the restaurant PC1, the kitchen of the hostel will serve the common. The idea is to keep the soul of the inn. Dan and Josiane sign the sale.
The team that renovated Stanis’s chalet is kept for the Pré-Catin. Everyone is already run in. The transformation will be carried out in 6 months. the only one that doesn’t get used to it is Santos the dog : for years he will run to Stanis’ every time he wants to go home !

Except for the dog, everyone is happy. The three families meet at the chalet several times a year to ski or hike, sing in the summer and dance in the fall, eat diots or chocolate fondues, drink mineral water from the Alps or blueberries juice, playing with words or cards, remaking the world or staining the walls.

When they are not there, you are lucky to be able to stay in this historic monument. We welcome you here: Click on the buttons “Pré Catin 1, 2 ou 3”.

Pré Catin 1 pour 8 personnes Pré Catin 2 pour 7 personnes Pré Catin 3 pour 6 personnes

The chalet Pré Catin 1 – 8 persons Pré Catin 2 – 7 persons Pré Catin 3 – 6 persons The village Ski Story

 

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