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Bridge at the Chateau Des Comtes De Challes, French Alps

25th Jun - 4th Jul 2020

10 days from £1,499pp

Join First for Bridge at the ever-popular Chateau des Comtes de Challes in the Rhone Alps where a full programme of Bridge is complimented by wine tasting in the Chateau cellars and excursions to both Lyon and Annecy.
  • Bridge directed by Mark Hooper and hosted by Rob & Rosa Richardson
  • Flights included from London Heathrow. Manchester & Bristol available at a supplement.
  • 9 nights at the stunning Château des Comtes de Challes half board with quality wine & coffee with dinner
  • Situated in the Rhone Alps with stunning views over the valley and mountain peaks
  • Included excursions to Chambery on market day and the thermal town of Aix-les-Bain
  • Included wine tasting in the hotel's wine cellar

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Bridge at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes

This First for Bridge holiday is both something special and a little unique. The 15th century Chateau des Comtes de Challes is situated in the Rhone Alps, with stunning views over the valley and mountain peaks from its terraces – making this a very popular holiday with our guests.

A short 10 minute walk will take you into the centre of Challes-les-Eaux, which is a spa and resort town situated in the valley of the Bauges close to Chambery. Here you can take a bath in the sulphur rich waters of the thermal baths or chance your luck at the casino, or take a leisurely walk through the park or around the lake. There is a small selection of shops in the typical French town that include a patisserie, boulangerie, tabac, bank & supermarket and a couple of cafes and pizzeria.

There are many beautiful walks in this region and Monsieur Treves, a former member of the French Olympic Ski Team, is more than happy to advise. It is also famous for its wine and the Chateau’s sommelier will introduce you to its grand selection of wines on a tour of the cellars with a tasting of 3 different wines. We play bridge in the Granier Room in the Orangerie which can accommodate up to 20 tables.

Included to enhance your holiday:

  • A visit to Chambery where you can shop on market day and have a guided tour of this historical old town with its cathedral and narrow alleyways, Piedmont-inspired mansions and picturesque squares.
  • An excursion to the thermal town of Aix-les-Bains. As well as having time to spend in the port and you will have an included boat trip on Lake Bourget to Hautecombe Abbey where we take a audio guided tour.
  • Wine tasting in the chateau cellars
You can also join a popular optional tour to Annecy, “The Venice of the Alps” with its old town crossed by numerous canals, situated on the banks of Lake Annecy with its medieval arcades, bridges and flower-decked quays.

Your Accommodation

Château des Comtes de Challes

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Overview
The stunning 15th century Château des Comtes de Challes is situated amongst over two hectares of beautiful grounds offering luxurious rooms, a charming atmosphere and a peaceful location. The chateau has been lovingly restored, retaining much of its traditional charming features - which will no doubt inspire your own creativity during your stay. A short 10-minute walk will take you into the centre of Challes-les-Eaux, which is a spa and resort town situated in the valley of the Bauges close to Chambery. 
Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Delicious traditional and local cuisine is freshly prepared by the hotel chef on a daily basis and there is an on-site pool and spa if you fancy a little pampering during your stay. Breakfast is usually taken in the Summer Garden or on the terraces. It is continental with a wonderful range of French pastries, croissants, pain au chocolat and breads, cereals, cheeses, and cold meats, fruits and juices and honey from the hotels own hives. Scrambled egg is served from 08.00 am. The chateau can arrange optional light lunches, which are usually pre-bookable, and a limited option of snacks and sandwiches during the day.
Room Facilities & Amenities
All the bedrooms are individually designed 'charm rooms' offering the following:
  • TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Full tiled bathroom with bath with shower attachment or walk-in shower
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry service
  • Air-conditioning