Sunday, 10 November 2013

Chalet Le Cabri: a new Morzine retreat

Chalet Le Cabri and Tane Le Chien. With snow.
I'm lucky. One of my best mates runs a chalet business in the French Alps. I know, it's tough, but someone has to go and see her.

Angela and Damian always look after us when we go over there and now their company, Morzine Retreats, is launching a brand new chalet.

Chalet Le Cabri has spectacular views across the valley.

The view. Not bad, eh?

This humble abode awaits.
It's 600 metres from the centre of Morzine - a bustling town packed with bars, restaurants and shops - which is part of the Portes du Soleil region in the Haute Savoie.

The ski bus stops right outside. If everyone wants vin chaud at lunchtime, pas de problem. But for those that drive, the chalet has ample parking.

There are five luxe bedrooms, all en suite. The massive open plan living and dining space has an open plan kitchen. All very sociable.

The style is the best of traditional alpine with a modern twist. Gone are the cottage cheese textured plaster walls. In comes a palette of slate grey and natural wood, with modern fittings, luxury soft furnishings and contemporary appliances.

Handsome beast, isn't it?
As you'd expect, Le Cabri will have all mod cons: wifi, iMac, satellite TV, outdoor jacuzzi. You get the picture.

I'm particularly looking forward to the rotating feature log burner. With underfloor heating, the place will be toasty warm. I'll add more pictures of the interior once they're available.

But why this post? Because they've always looked after us, year in, year out. So we want to give a bit back and help promote the new Chalet.

We want everyone we know who's thinking about a ski holiday to consider Chalet Le Cabri. I want Angela and Damian to have a rip roaring first season. 

Eight weeks are already booked out. It's started snowing already. The season is going to be amazing. Think about spending a week in Chalet Le Cabri.

Le parking. Le view.
Full details are on the Morzine Retreats website.

Say hello, ask questions and follow news updates via their Facebook page.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

BUPA 10,000 May 27

Before the race last year

Cast your mind back to this time last year. We were getting excited about the Olympics and I was training for the BUPA 10,000 to fundraise for the Alzhemier's Society.

Running round central London on part of the marathon route was pretty amazing, made all the more fun by the company of Wonder Woman and Captain America en route. Despite high temperatures (25 degrees by 10am) I got round in just over 1 hour 6 minutes. Determined to get closer to my personal best of 62 minutes, I registered for 2013 straight after the race.

This year, I am running for the Friends of Della and Don. It's a tiny charity, and a very personal one. Della is a director working for Nature Publishing Group, who are members of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, my employer since July 2012.

Della and Don were caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami while on holiday in Sri Lanka in 2004. They were rescued by a fisherman from the local village. Since then, they've established a small charity to help the village rebuild and look after themselves. It's their way of saying thank you for the care they were shown. If you've seen the movie The Impossible, you'll have a sense of the devastation and catastrophe that hit all the coastal communities affected by the tsunami. There's some pretty powerful pictures on the Friends of Della and Don's website as well.

This is how your money can help
The thread of human kindness runs through their story. It's something the past Chair, Toby Green, believed ALPSP should support. We raised over £800 for them at our annual conference last September, which provided a boat for fishing village.

It's not often you get a sense of how support for charities can directly help in such a specific and targeted way. It's something that runs through ALPSP's veins: the idea of a supporting network and community of people helping each other out.

That's a good enough reason for me to proudly run for FODAD. I've set my sights on raising enough money for half a boat for the village. Can you help? Whatever you can manage, we'll be hugely grateful. Donate here.