A tour of downtown Villard-Reculas

23rd January 2013, by Chris Gill

Villard-Reculas NOT on Wednesday, which was mainly cloudy

Villard-Reculas NOT on Wednesday, which was mainly cloudy

Wednesday brought cloud and snow to the Alpe-d’Huez area, creating the perfect opportunity to explore the minute satellite village of Villard-Reculas in the company of Michael Baldwin, year-round resident and owner-operator of La Source, a 200-year-old stone barn converted into a charming catered chalet.

In the course of touring the densely built village, in the middle of the day, we encountered one pedestrian, three cats and one moving vehicle. If you’re looking for a ski resort that is nothing like a typical ski resort, this place is for you.

La Source, too, is extraordinary. The seven bedrooms, practically all with ensuite bathroom, are adequate in size and stylishly furnished. But it’s the living room that is compelling – a lovely, spacious, stone-vaulted room at the bottom of the house opening on to a terrace (complete with hot tub) giving knockout views across a deep valley to snowy peaks beyond. It is warmly and charmingly furnished with armchairs and sofas, and a wood-burning stove.

Chef Andy has the use of a professional kitchen installed a few years back by Michael as part of a small extension, and produced from it a splendid lunch of excellent tartiflette and abundant trimmings. Chalet guests can expect to be very well fed, I reckon.

The forecast for Thursday is better, and we have the slopes of another satellite, Auris, on the agenda.

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