Vallée d'Abondance

The Abondance valley comprises all the smaller villages located outside Chatel and Abondance. These villages generally all have some shops and services and function all year round. Further away from the slopes but nearer to Thonon and lake Geneva, we have a great selection of more traditional farms in this area.


Abondance has all the charms of a traditional Savoyard village, with the advantage of being just a 20 minute drive from Thonon and the beaches of lake Geneva and 10 minutes from the ski slopes of Chatel. Abondance is famous for its cheese and for its medieval abbey which includes a church, cloisters and religious art museum. There are hardly any 'high rise' buildings in the village and most of the properties for sale here are typical Savoyard chalets or farms. There are a couple of hotels, restaurants and bars in the village centre which are open all year round, as well as a couple of small food shops.



Bonnevaux sits at the bottom Le Col de Corbier and just off the main road which runs through the Abondance valley.


La Chapelle d'Abondance

La Chapelle d'Abondance lies halfway between the village of Abondance and Chatel. The village is stretched out over a couple of kilometres, which means that there isn't a real 'town centre'. There are however loads of hotels, restaurants and shops as well as direct access to the slopes of the Portes du Soleil. Like Abondance, the style of the architecture is on the whole typically Savoyard , yet there are more 'high rise' apartment blocks, particularly at the foot of the ski lifts. If you are looking to buy a ski-in, ski-out apartment at a reasonable price (compared to Chatel or Morzine) then La Chapelle is the place for you.



Chatel is the 'capital' of the Abondance valley. It is similar in size to the town of Morzine and sits just on the other side of Avoriaz from Morzine. It is a buzzing hub of shops and restaurants during the winter months, with a free ski bus service which connects all the surrounding hamlets with the main cable car situated right in the centre of the village and the other ski lifts of Pré-La-Joux and Petit chatel. The lifts give you direct access to the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil or the French side through Avoriaz, making Chatel a great starting point for a days skiing.There has been loads of building in Chatel in the past 10 years meaning that there is a great choice of new chalets as well as the more traditional farms. The farms here are fabulous with a real Swiss influence. The border with Switzerland is of course situated just at the outskirts of the town at the Pas de Morgins.
In summer there are loads of activities and events around the lac de Vonnes and of course the lifts are running for bikers and walkers. The transfer time to Chatel is slightly longer from Geneva than to Morzine (around an hour and a half) but offers the same variety of services and activities.



Chevenoz is a ten minute drive from Abondance and a 20 minute drive from Chatel. It is situated even further towards lake Geneva than Vacheresse, therefore has the advantage that it is nearer to Thonon and Evian but is further away from the ski slopes of Les Portes du Soleil. The village centre is small and there are no real shops. The views however and the setting is superb and you can find a very reasonable farm or chalet in a calm setting away from the ski crowds.



Vacheresse is a five minute drive from Abondance and a 15 minute drive from Chatel. It is situated further down the valley towards lake Geneva and so does not benefit from having its own ski slopes. The village sits on a sunny south facing plateau and there is a selection of new buildings mixed in with the more traditional chalets.