Bridge at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes, Savoy, France

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27 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019
Duration: 9 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 19040
With: Nigel Durie


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Back by demand – we return to the delightful Chateau des Comtes de Challes in the French Alps

With: Nigel & Pauline Durie

After six very successful bridge holidays at the lovely Chateau des Comtes de Challes, we are pleased to return for our seventh visit to this beautiful and relaxing region. Situated in the Rhone Alps with stunning views over the valley and mountain peaks, from its terraces where you can relax and also enjoy the outdoor swimming pool.

This 15th century chateau has been lovingly restored to reflect its history with the period fireplace and exposed beams in the dining room, and the stone columns and flooring haven’t budged. The Family Treves is proud to welcome you to their chateau. Monsieur Treves, a former member of the French Olympic Ski Team loves to advise you about the wonderful walking trails in this region, and the hotel sommelier will introduce you to its grand selection of wines on a tour of the cellars of the chateau, where you will taste 3 different wines of Savoy.

INCLUDED - an excursion 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.

INCLUDED - an excursion to the thermal town of Aix-les-Bains. As well as having time to spend in the town you will have an included boat trip on beautiful Lake Bourget to Hautecombe Abbey where we take an audio guided tour.

INCLUDED - a wine tasting in chateau cellars.

During all our previous visits our guests were delighted with the fine dining on the chateau terraces - and voted this the highlight of the holiday! The gourmet restaurant serves delicious traditional and regional cuisine inspired by the best produce available in the region. Each dish is given special care to continue the notable reputation of the establishment.

We play bridge in the Granier Room in the Orangerie which can accommodate up to 15 tables.

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 the hotel staff would be delighted to assist you with suggestions for walks and trails. We include a visit to delightful Chambery, on Saturday which is market day. There will be leisure time to browse and explore this quaint old town after a guided tour where you will hear all about its long rich history. Enjoy an excursion to the thermal town of Aix-les-Bains. As well as having time to spend in the town you will have an included boat trip on Lake Bourget to Hautecombe Abbey where we take a guided tour.

A popular optional tour is a visit 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.

Visit Perouges, a lovely medieval walled town that is one of the most beautiful in France and the setting of many historical films.


During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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Includes flights with BA from Heathrow to Geneva & transfers. Regional flights available at a supplement..


Prices excluding flights also available - call 01473 660802 for further details.


Twin Room: £1449 per person
Single supplement: £220
Suite supplement: £50 per suite per night


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return flights
  • Return Transfers from Geneva Airport
  • 9 nights in a “Charm“ room at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes
  • Half board including quality wine and coffee with dinner
  • The services of an experienced EBU bridge director and host
  • Excursion to Chambery on market day to include guided tour of old town
  • Excursion to Aix-les-Bains, including boat trip and guided tour of Hautecombe Abbey
  • Wine tasting in the XVth Chateau Cellar with the hotel sommelier
  • Porterage
  • Free WIFI throughout


Lunches; drinks and meals other than those specified, travel insurance and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.

Chateau des Comtes de Challes, Savoy, France

The Chateau Comtes de Challes is situated in Challes-les-Eaux in the Rhone Alps. This original 15th century chateau has been lovingly restored with pride and many original historic features.


All of our rooms are “charm rooms” and are of character, with each room being individually designed, and 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

*Please note that English speaking channels are limited.

Suites are available at an upgrade of £50 per suite per day. These can vary in size and facilities but are larger and usually include a four poster bed and fireplace, and some have hydro baths and minibars.


During our previous visits our guests were delighted with the fine dining on the chateau terraces. In response to feedback from guests from our previous visits to the chateau and the outstanding French cuisine the chef produces, we will have a couple of days where the main session of bridge will start at 4:45 pm, giving time for a leisurely dinner starting at 8pm. Other days we will eat at 18:30 pm and start bridge at 19:45 hours.

Dinner is a set 3 course meal with wine and coffee included. There is a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian dish for your main. It is important to choose your main dish in advance as the chef goes to the market every morning to buy fresh ingredients for the menu of the day and uses local products from the region.

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.


The hotel consists of 3 buildings situated close to each other: the main chateau, the Demeure du Parc and the Orangerie. Important - there is only one lift which is situated in the building Demeure du Parc, and there are some ground floor rooms in the Orangerie. Other rooms in the main chateau and the Orangerie are accessed by steps (1 or 2 floors). Therefore it is very important you advise us if you have any walking difficulties so we can arrange for you to have a suitable room. The access around the chateau on the ground floor is excellent, flat with ramps to all areas and easy access to bridge room. The Chateau has 2 disabled rooms.