The first thing to note about Chalet Deffert is how close it is to the Pleney lifts which serve the Morzine pistes, including those leading over into Les Gets. Just look at either the TripAdvisor photo or the snowy equivalent on the Riders Refuge website and the majority if the right of the picture is dominated by the nearest slopes (Red "Le Stade" and Blue "Piste B").
You're basically less than 100 from both a cable car and chairlift to start your day. You're also about the same from the ESF school (including Piou Piou "nursery" and Children's Garden) and nursery slopes. And when skiing isn't on your agenda, you're about the same distance from the centre of town, with even more restaurants, cafes and bars than those on your doorstep.
I cannot think of a better location. In fact, I've looked and I believe it is easily the best located chalet in Morzine.
The chalet itself is over 4 floors, with two bedrooms, ideal for children sharing, on the top (2nd) floor and three on the first floor. In the basement is another bedroom, next to the sauna; though the main function of the basement is the kit/drying room to stack skis and dry jackets etc (including 12 pair boot dryer).
On the ground floor is the living room and kitchen/dining area. The living room looks small in the photos and was my greatest concern before our visit. However, its bigger and certainly more practical than it looks and was very comfortable for 3 families.
And so to the dining room. As we did at 19:00 every night (except Wednesday) to be treated by our chalet hosts, Greg and Suz, to a delicious 3 course meal with wine. With Greg and Suz having offered to feed the children at 18:00, it was great to relax with great food, wine and company to plan for the next day.
This was my first experience of a catered chalet and after such excellent service I find it hard to believe that I could go back to self catering or hotels.
The support by Jono and Jill also made booking and planning really easy; answering my many questions in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Transfers from Geneva were also hassle free.
All in all, great service and support from the Riders Refuge team, with a great chalet (Deffert) in an unbelievable location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Riders Refuge we provide quality catered chalet holidays. Chalet Les Pisteis centrally located for the perfect winter or summer holiday. During your stay you'll enjoy excellent wine and delicious home cooking plus we offer free return transfers from Geneva airport. ... more less