Gabrielle, sleeps 12-16, Les Menuires

A lovely chalet with a hot tub in a truly unbeatable ski in/out location

Overview

Chalet Gabrielle is one of the Des Bruyeres chalets in Les Menuires. The location of these chalets really has to be seen to be believed. They are ski in, ski out and opposite the gondola. The ski school is very close by, as is the small selection of shops and bars. We love these chalets, they are the perfect choice for keen skiers or families looking for immediate access to the amazing skiing on offer.

The chalet itself sleeps 12-16 guests in 6 rooms, 2 of which are family suites that sleep an extra two guests. The property has a lovely living room and a hot tub on the terrace.

What's included in catering

6 x evening meals, 7 x breakfasts and 6 x afternoon tea

Our opinion

We love these chalets, finding this location at this price is never an easy thing. Add the hot tub to the mix and you have a very popular chalet!

Gabrielle
Catered accommodation only
Saturday to Saturday
Ski In, Ski Out
All en suite
Fireplace

Excellent Catering

Designed by professional chefs ….. delivered by highly trained chalet hosts

The menu has been devised by award winning catering and events company – Vanilla Catering (www.vanillacatering.co.uk) – their directors know what a catered chalet is all about having spent several years running one and their head chef and his team have brought a touch of professionalism to the menu design and the training of our staff in resort.

In today’s economic climate, the cost of eating out in resort has increased but guests have no need to do this except on the chalet couple’s day off  ….. the breakfast table is loaded with as much as you can eat and when you return from skiing there is another loaded afternoon tea table so you leave well stocked up for your day’s skiing and an expensive lunch is not necessary as you can eat your fill when you come back.

The breakfast has got to be one of the best in the Alps!  Famous for a fantastic traditional full English breakfast, available every day except for the chalet hosts day off – proper back bacon and traditional Irish sausages Heinz Baked Beans imported from the UK go together with the eggs cooked to order, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread to ensure our guests are served the ‘real McCoy’. But of course it isn’t just the cooked option – also served is freshly baked French bread (sourced from the same suppliers as the local bakeries, but baked in the chalet to ensure it is always warm and fresh!), jams and spreads, cereals, muesli, natural yoghurt, fresh fruit – and of course orange juice, tea and coffee.

And when you return from skiing, afternoon tea will satisfy those hunger pangs with more freshly baked French bread and freshly home-made cake in plentiful supply – not limited to one piece per person so no need to make sure you’re first back from the slopes!  For those who prefer the low-carb option, apples and oranges are available in the fruit bowl. Afternoon tea is served by your chalet hosts so fresh supplies are readily available whenever you return and the service continues throughout.

Wine
Bottled wine is served which is of a good standard – a choice of red, white and rose served throughout the evening meal. Additional bottles can be purchased at any other time via the minibar at good prices and offering a large upgrade wine list for pre-ordering additional wines for your holiday at wholesale prices.

Dietary Requirements
Special dietary requirements can be catered for – including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose-free, nut-free and child menus with many products imported from England to suit the tastes of the British kids.  For some special dietary requirements there is a small supplement to cover the additional cost and complexity of the requirement. Supplements are currently:

  • Adult meals for children under 13 who have paid a child price – £100 (children must then eat at the adult meal time).
  • Vegetarian, no red meat, no fish, no pork, no lamb – free of charge.
  • Diabetic – £10 supplement.
  • Gluten free – £15 supplement.
  • Dairy free – £20 supplement.
  • Vegan (Dairy Free Vegetarian) – £25 supplement.
  • No alcohol – non-alcoholic drink alternatives are provided with the evening meal for the person who does not drink – free of charge

Chalet Day Off
On the chalet couple’s day off (one day in the middle of the week), a buffet breakfast will be available for you to help yourselves – the only day of the week when the Full English option is not available.  The resort managers and other chalet staff will be around to make sure you have all you need and to clear up and set the table for afternoon tea – although your chalet couple are away for the day, the resort managers will be available if you need anything.  In the evening, you can try out one of the local restaurants – there are various menus in the chalets and your hosts can help you make your choice and book you a table.

The chalet menus are not fancy and complicated – they are based on normal home cooked food but with the professional touch of Vanilla’s excellent chef.

Some Examples of Our Menu 

Starters:

  • Spinach and Cream Cheese Roulade
  • Red Onion Tarte Tatin with Goats Cheese
  • Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad
  • Potato and Chorizo Frittata
  • Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
  • Warm Avocado and Bacon Salad with Parmesan Croutons

Main Courses:

  • Braised Rump Steak with Smoked Bacon and Onions with Champ Potatoes
  • Roast Lamb and Mint Gravy
  • Pork in Cider
  • Lamb and Apricot Tagine with Coriander Couscous and Moroccan Salad
  • Pork Stroganoff
  • Chicken in Creamy Mustard and Tarragon Sauce

Desserts:

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with Sticky Toffee Sauce
  • Lemon Posset with Stem Ginger Shortbread
  • Chocolate Orange Tart
  • Apple and Cinnamon Crumble
  • Profiteroles
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Cheescake

Afternoon Tea Cakes:

  • Victoria Sponge
  • Double Chocolate Brownies
  • Cherry Bakewell Tart
  • Ginger Flapjacks
  • Iced Carrot Cake
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • White Chocolate and Orange Cake

All of our meals are 100% home-made and cakes are freshly made every day.

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