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Life in Chalet Morzine (Chez Pascal) actually began in 1967 when Thierry’s Grandfather, Pascal, decided to build the chalet as an annexe to his very successful Hotel les Cimes.
Pascal Rodriguez, Thierry’s grandfather, was born in Spain, just outside Madrid. One of 15 children the Spanish family escaped over the French Spanish border in 1929 and settled in Nimes in the south of France. Eager to make his fortune, Pascal left Nimes at the age of 15 and arrived in Morzine. He met and married Marie Rosset, who is part of a large Morzine family and they had one son, Jean-Claude. For the time they were real entrepreneurs and built their own hotel, the Hotel Les Cimes, which was incredibly popular and successful.
Pascal, a self taught excellent chef and hotelier, became a very important person in Morzine and instigated many events to attract tourists to Morzine. Due to the success of the hotel, he needed more space for himself and Marie and also a few extra rooms for the hotel. With this in mind, he built the Chalet Chez Pascal (today, Chalet Morzine) and the top floor of the chalet served as an extra annexe when needed.
Like history?You can view more historic images of Morzine and the Rodriguez family in our ‘Morzine, a time gone by…’ photo gallery
We took over the chalet in 2002 and have gradually renovated it to the beautiful chalet it is today. We have managed to retain original beams, the original fireplace, the marble staircase and many other features whilst modernising bathrooms and bedrooms to bring it up to the luxurious standard our guests enjoy.
As a family we ‘live in’; in a separate apartment underneath. It allows us to lead a family life in a beautiful property in a fantastic location, all whilst being on site for our business and guests.
A tribute Pascal passed away in April 2009 at the ripe old age of 90. We hope we are carrying on the family tradition well and doing him and the chalet justice xx