We visited Chalet Gove in Lessach, just outside Tamsweg, in February 2012 (half term week) with our 4 children (1-12 yrs) and our babysitter.
Chalet Gove is a "home from home" experience with a touch of luxury and delicious home cooked food. Alan & Maria are perfect hosts who were very welcoming, with a 'can do' attitude showing flexibility, friendliness and genuine concern. Breakfasts were plentiful; eggs to order, porridge freshly made, cereals, toast, fruit and bread rolls. The 3-course dinners each night were varied and suited adults and children alike, they were well prepared and delicious and the wine was very acceptable (coming from my husband who is an expert!!). The daily home-made cakes were different each day and again, just perfect! Great for filling a hole after skiing all day whilst waiting for our dinner! (Although I'm sure I put weight on during the week as I couldn't help but eat all the food offered!)
The accommodation is spacious, light, and well presented, giving a large lounge with TV, Wii, stereo etc, a large dining room, boot room and good sized en-suite bedrooms (and cleaned everyday). The beds were very comfortable and ours was a huge bed (needed when the kids climbed in). We had 2 rooms for 7 people and we had plenty of space to move round the beds and furniture. The en-suite shower rooms are pure luxury; heated floors, heated towel rail and a wonderful powershower with a seat, music and lights! Just what was needed after a day's skiing!
The children's favourite part was the jacuzzi bath and sauna, we managed to squeeze 4 kids and an adult into the '2 person jacuzzi bath' and they had a great time.
Alan & Maria helped us to organise all the ski equipment hire, ski passes and children's lessons on our first day which enabled us to get straight out on the slopes quickly.
Alan did a fantastic job as being a Ski Guide for a couple of days for us which was very helpful as we hadn't skied this resort before and he showed us different slopes and lifts.
Chalet Gove is in a small village, but it does have it's own slope and T-Bar lift which we did use twice, but we also used the bottom of the slope for sledging.
Alan & Maria offer transport to and from the local slopes (there are 3 resorts nearby) but we had our own transport and stuck to Fanningberg, where the children were having their lessons. Fanningberg is a family resort and suited us perfectly and the snow was plentiful. The children really enjoyed their ski school and they were in small groups which made their experience alot more enjoyable than they have had before (having been in groups of 10-15 previously). Having skied in several other resorts, we found this resort relatively quiet, which was great that we had no queues for the lifts and we weren't on packed slopes. A couple of times they had to close the top chairlifts due to the wind and snow, but the lower T-Bar was kept open.
We had lunch everyday at 'the Rucksack' which was at the bottom of the slopes and offered a good variety of food at very reasonable prices (they even allowed adults to order from the kids menu) as we didn't want large portions.
Tamsweg is the nearest town (about 5 kms away) which is very picturesque and offered the essentials and some lovely shops and restaurants.
We also met a lovely family who were staying there at the same time (Hopewell/Hughes) who were back for their 2nd stay! Steve, I hope you remember the "chess challenge" Freya set you!
I would highly recommend Chalet Gove and the ski resort to anyone, families, couple or singles! And we are already looking forward to going back next year! Thank you very much Alan & Maria, we had a superb time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Gove is a converted large Austrian farmhouse providing catered ski, Summer and walking group holidays. Chalet Gove provides a mix of modern and traditional accommodation in a warm and cosy atmosphere. Spacious bedrooms with modern en-suites (heated towel rail, underfloor heating and super shower unit). Close to 4 fantastic ski areas and walking and cycling from our doorstep plus many more winter and summer activities. We are here to provide you with all the help you need to enjoy a wonderful holiday. ... more less