Our Story

from ruin to sanctuary

An Independent Chalet in La Rosière

Our History

Adriana and Charles Volkers moved to the French Alps in 1991 in order to turn a ruined farmhouse into a legacy that would last generations. With magic on the horizon they relocated from Wiltshire with two young children, camping out to oversee the ruin’s transformation. The finest local craftsmen led the restoration. After many years of love, Chalet Rosière was born. This independent chalet in La Rosière is a stunning fusion of Savoyard craftsmanship and sustainable elegance thanks to their hard work and vision.

Husband and wife Philip and Alex Volkers now run Chalet Rosière. Philip and Alex, ex-fashion photographer and ex-model, left London for Chalet Rosière in 2015. Metropolitan life was crushing them. After recovering quickly thanks to Chalet Rosière’s magical setting, they realised it had to be shared with other weary and battle-worn souls. Discerning explorers now head to this independent chalet in La Rosière for luxury ski holidays, and extreme skiing and mountain yoga experiences.

Our Chalet

Chalet Rosière sleeps twelve in six gorgeous bedrooms. They’re the best of boutique ski accommodation. Our mix of beloved antiques, art and travellers’ curiosities combine to create an Explorers’ Club in the Alps. This truly unique independent chalet in La Rosière has a heated boot room, yoga studio, treatment room, meditation tipi, and an outdoor sauna and Jacuzzi with sunset mountain views.

Our Mission

We’re on a mission to turn Chalet Rosière into a sustainable sanctuary of eco-luxury.

Our low-impact approach implements permaculture, composting, recycling, conscious consumption and tree planting to enable us to work in harmony with our local environment. To find out more about this aspect of our independent chalet in La Rosière, email contact@chaletrosiere.fr.

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Meet Your Hosts

Philip and Alex live in Les Laix all year round and will be on hand to help with anything you may require during your stay.

Philip Volkers

Manager

Philip is a professional photographer and an Olympus ambassador. He studied Religion and Philosophy at SOAS and is drawn to the observation of mass gatherings of every kind. Philip grew up in Les Laix, speaks French, and knows the local area back to front. Philip is a speed demon and a keen skier. Expect high octane camaraderie from Philip.

Alex Volkers

Manager

Ex-model Alex Volkers to write and recently received an LLM in International Economic Law from SOAS. She is fascinated by the connection between primary resource extraction and social and environmental degradation. She is committed to making Chalet Rosière an off-grid centre of eco-luxury that benefits the local community.

 

The rooms are delux, the fires roar, and it's blissfully peaceful being tucked away behind a traditional french village with lovely forests to disappear into. This is the kind of place you can spend a week at and not ski! Though the skiing is great and caters for all levels. Chalet Rosiere has been built on foundations of love and charm, and at the end of the day there is nowhere you would rather be than with your feet up in the bubbling hot tub soaking up the 180 degree mountain vista and sipping a cold beer. Get me back!
Venetia Dearden ~ PhotographerHappy Adventurer

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