Set at the foot of the Grand Rousses near Alpe d’Huez in the heart of the Oisans region and the French Alps, Le Château d’Oz is owned and run by Andy and Gill. We live here all year round, know the area well, and welcome sharing our passion for the region with new and returning guests on holiday.
In winter come and enjoy our fully catered chalet holidays. You can see fresh snow and the dramatic mountains from your window. Feel the sun on your face and the clean, crisp air of the Alps. Stand on top of a mountain and gaze across France before carving down the groomed pistes to a mountain restaurant.
Our delicious home-cooked food is much appreciated by our guests on holiday and we love to produce French and Italian classics carefully updated for the modern palate. We are happy to accommodate most special diets. We have AOC quality house wines as well as an interesting fine wine list and a selection of whiskies and brandies.
Our accommodation is huge compared with most chalets; the suites, all en-suite, typically consist of a bed/sitting room with a kitchen and a bathroom, in all around 35m²/375sq feet.
The skiing in Alpe d’Huez has great facilities for beginners and experts and we will guide you as to the best places to go, depending on your experience and the conditions. We often ski with our guests for a more personal holiday experience. You can find out where the locals ski on empty slopes, even in the peak weeks.
In Summer the mountains offer a chance to explore on foot or by bike. On the roads the famous cols are waiting to be conquered; on the mountainside the mountain bike trails are signposts to adventure. Some are steep and some are long but all take your breath away with the dramatic landscapes.
You will (probably) never score a goal at Wembley or serve an ace at Wimbledon but you can test yourself on the Glandon, Croix de Fer, and Galibier; they are right on our doorstep. The fearsome climb up the 21 bends to Alpe d’Huez is an easy 15 minutes away; a nice warm up. Marco Pantani did it in 37m 38s, though he wasn’t on holiday, how about you?
Mountain bikers have one of the biggest areas of the Alps to explore with cross country trails open from June; the lifts run in July and August and give access to dramatic and challenging descents. There is also lots of relaxed cycling for families and days out, touring or watching the great events like the Tour de France, the Dauphiné and other cycle sportives.
Walkers have Les Ecrins National Park, the Plateau d’Emparis and fantastic mountain scenery to explore. Several GR routes cross the area and there are great walks directly from the door; you can be in the wilderness in minutes.
If you are planning a holiday tour in your car, the mountain roads are a delight to drive and the views are well worth stopping for. How about a picnic or a nice lunch in a little chalet-restaurant lost in the high meadows of the Alps.
Our apartment-suites are available for catered, half-board holidays, B&B and self-catering. They can be combined in any number to accommodate a single traveller, couples, families and groups of 16 in spacious comfort, 32 maximum.