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The shutdown hit its trade over the first part of this winter’s ski season, but the border reopening has galvanised the company into peak hospitality mode.
Tucked between Geneva and Mont Blanc the business is the largest chalet operator in the picturesque Alpine resort of Les Gets in the Haute Savoie region of south eastern France.
“Like many others, I have written to President Macron to outline exactly why closing the border with the UK was a bad decision and to explain how much it has impacted French businesses,” said Chalets1066 managing director Mark Nathan.
“It has definitely been a hard battle but we feel that we have at least been heard – now it’s time for a British invasion of France.”
Border closures provoked an angry backlash among some skiers and snowboarders, many of them furious with the introduction of what they regarded as over-the-top measures.
“Many people are understandably angry about missing their ski holidays in France and are even saying they will boycott the country in the future,” added Nathan.
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“We would just like to say that everyone here in Les Gets wants nothing more than to welcome the British back to France.
“This was a decision by the French Government but it’s the businesses here, small and large, that have been the worst affected.
“It seems very unfair that people would decide not to visit on that basis. Fortunately for us, we have many loyal customers that come back year after year and they are booked and ready to go. It’s a huge relief”.
Chalet1066 operates 40 chalets in Les Gets, a long-time favourite with British snow lovers that’s an hour’s drive from Geneva airport.
Chalets are available and start from €1,895 (£1,584) for seven nights, catering for eight people.
Chalet Lunar, a five- bedroom property that sleeps 11, is available from January 15 for €3,300 (£2,758) for seven nights. Just a few metres from the slopes it comes with its own hot tub.
There’s limited availability left over the February school holiday dates but currently Chalet Ferme des Amis, sleeping up to 11, is available for €4,930 (£4,420) for seven nights.
All prices are on a self-catering basis, excluding travel. Extras including chef services, meal deliveries, airport transfers and ski passes can be booked with Chalets1066.
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