We are a married couple, Jeff and Anne, with 12 years experience of chalet hosting in the French Alps. Before becoming addicted to life in the mountains, Jeff was an IT consultant and trainer, while Anne was a further education teacher.
We founded our Coco business in 2003 when we realised life was way too short, and so quit the rat race. We dabbled in a few things before deciding to take a gap year (if our kids can do it then why not?) and we enjoyed our first ski season so much that it has become a way of life. We love the snow, the mountains and skiing with passion; chalet hosting enables us to live the dream. We have numerous testimonials from past guests and students and feel well qualified to show others how to do it.
We offer a very personal service and open our home to our students. Many have become friends and when we hear afterwards they've landed a job, well... it's what it's all about, isn't it?
Our courses are held on the stunning Cleddau Estuary in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, West Wales. The Pembrokeshire National Park is a spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild inland hills, and a sanctuary for wildlife. There are wonderful opportunities for walking, surfing, boating, bird & seal watching, or just sitting on a beach if you wish to extend your stay.
These are examples of feedback from guests in our chalets;
Thanks for taking such great care of us, especially as a long season comes to a close!
G'day mate! Great week, great snow, great company, great food.
You run a super-slick operation - amazing
You have truly surpassed all other chalet hosts - come visit us in India!
We've enjoyed the challenges of the Arab Prince and sorry about the 3-legged camels!?
If you could bottle what you've got, we'd buy a case
Back to the diet now
Hostesses with the mostesses
Fabulous food - as good as my Mum cooks
You really have this chalet hosting down to a fine art, don't you?
The best vin chaud on the mountain
There was a young couple from Beau
Thank you both for helping to make our first time in 3 Valleys an amazing one. Love and kisses.
I'm writing this dressed as a penguin... but regardless how chilly it's been outside,
This is Black Leader to Mission Control...
Food and everything was top-notch... surpassed all expectations. We had a blast!
If only I could take you both back to my house in London.
And here's a few comments from recent students,
... a huge thank you to you both - I don't think I would of done it without your course and your help. It was perfect and made those first few weeks easier and a lot less daunting. Had an absolutely brilliant time and really enjoyed my season and I'm so glad I've done it....
... has inspired me and given me the confidence to apply...
... I didn't realise how easy it is to follow a recipe - IF YOU READ IT !!...
... great hands-on realistic experience...
... delivers everything as stated on the tin!
... this course is distinct from others... (with its) attention to organisation, planning, hosting etc rather than just cooking.
... the day running the chalet was an invaluable experience...
... very realistic chalet hosting experience...
... wicked food... keeps it all simple...
... showed me how easy it all is providing you get organised... and thanks for all your CV help...
... feel ready to run my own chalet...
... I would recommend this course to anyone going to do a season in a heartbeat!
... quite intensive... covered a lot... feel 100x more confident now... can't wait for my first guests
... Simply one of the best course I've been on - a must do for people who are serious about working effectively and efficiently as chalet hosts.
Delivered by experienced people still doing the job for real and such a bonus being UK based, great value for money, thanks to Anne and Jeff.
... just got an email from The Lodge, and i've got the job!!! So excited!! Huge thanks for the course and the reference, wouldn't of been able to do it without you.
... definitely feel a lot happpier ... in applying [for a job] as a chalet host
... I got the job in Andorra! I am very happy... flying out next Saturday
... originally I was a little nervous... now infinitely more confident... and really excited!!
... have been offered the job with Le Ski!!! ... I couldn't have done it without all your help!
... now feel VERY confident as a chalet host...
... really good fun - hard work but good fun!!
... the Bible is brilliant...
... I was immediately made to feel very welcome and almost felt like part of the family...
... we [now] have the tools & skills to be blooming brilliant chalet hosts...
... very good value for money - should charge more!!
... excellent pace... in a relaxed environment.
... gold mines of all things ski hosting.
... awesome course! ... I have never learnt so much in a single week ... I am confident I can run a chalet!
... full of funny stories and has really got me excited about my season.
... course was really intensive but we covered loads of ground.
... fantastic week, learnt loads and eaten even more!
... going to be super-organised now. Brilliant week!
... you were very flexible & helpful. I didn't know how to cut up a mushroom!
... you show a real passion for ski chalet hosting, which you pass on in your brilliant enthusiastic tuition.
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