Millésime is a vogue new chalet which pushes the boundaries of chalet development in Niseko. With a super-contemporary staggered block form as viewed from the outside, the interior is a modern-retro furnished spectacle. Millésime – for those like us who needed translation – is the French word for vintage. Read on to find out the reason for the name.
Lower Hirafu – Chalet
Millésime is one of the most avant garde and out there chalets in Niseko.
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Sleeps: 6 guests (6 max)
Mt Yotei views
All en suite bedrooms
Walk to restaurants and cafés
Walk to bars
Walk to onsens
Walk to groceries
On free village shuttle route
Guest ski lift shuttle
Millésime is so named for the meticulously curated and individually selected Timothy Oulton furniture, artwork and fittings. Oulton was born into an antique family business, and when he took over the reins he repositioned it to reproduce antique-inspired furniture using traditional handcraftsmanship – albeit design to fit in with modern architecture and needs.
This chalet isn’t like anything else in Niseko. Almost all of the chalets and condominiums built in Niseko over the past 10 years are furnished with largely modern furniture and décor. Millésime will appeal to people who are inspired by design and architecture that pushes the boundaries and dares to create something out of the ordinary.
The top building block of the three is the living and dining space – built high and oriented to take in the view of picturesque volcano Mt Yotei through a huge picture frame window almost the entire size of the south facing wall. There is also a powder room on this floor alongside a staircase spiraling to the lower levels. Two bedrooms occupy the whole of the middle floor, both with ensuite bathrooms. The third bedroom is in the concrete ground floor block, also with ensuite bathroom.
COMFORT / CONVENIENCE
• Private entrance
• Air conditioning
• Mt Yotei views
• Forest views
• Village views
• Ski storage
• Drying room
• Washing machine and clothes dryer
INTERNET / ENTERTAINMENT
• High-speed WiFi
• Apple TV
• Streaming media service
KITCHEN / DINING
• Dining table
• Coffee/tea/milk/sugar on arrival
• Rice cooker
• Cooking utensils
• Dishwashing liquid
• Dishwasher detergent
• Highchair (see “Extras” below)
• Western bedding
• En suites x 3
• Cot (see “Extras” below)
• Rain shower
• Bath tub
• Japanese washlet toilet
• Body soap, shampoo and conditioner
• Hair dryer
SETTING / ATMOSPHERE
Millésime is located in a charming little valley just alongside the Hirafu Lower Village, just 500m from the Ace Family Lift. Its secluded setting means it enjoys a pristine natural atmosphere with babbling creek nearby, while enjoying all the amenity and convenience of being in the village. Just a short walk up an undercover flight of stairs takes you to the ring road circling Hirafu, from where you can catch the free village shuttle bus to the lifts or any restaurant or shop in the village.
LIFTS / TRANSPORT
The free local village shuttle stop is 1 minute’s uphill walk from Millésime. If you want to beat the rush, a 500 metre or a 15-minute walk from the property will get you to the closest lift, the Family Quad. Alternatively, hiring a rental car is made convenient with a covered car port. Another option for getting around if you’re not confident in driving in snow, just give the property management a call, to arrange a shuttle to and from the ski lifts once a day.
RESTAURANTS / BARS
There are also a dozen or more bars and restaurants within an easy walk, including a rustic little izakaya called Ebisutei, and the world-famous Fridge Door bar – where you have to crouch down to pass through the 1m-high bar fridge door to get inside. So Japanese and so illustrative of the quirky Niseko attraction. Jump on the shuttle bus which runs until last lifts at 9pm and you can access any other restaurant in the village – Hirafu is your oyster!
Need to Know
- Extra futon/bedding: ¥5000 pp/night
(not charged for children 6 years and under)
- Cot/highchair set: ¥5000/stay
- Special discount: 10% off for 10+ nights
- Minimum nights:
Peak: 5 (Dec 21-Jan 5 / Jan 25-Feb 1)
Shoulder: 4 (Dec 14-20 / Jan 6-24 / Feb 2-29)
Low: 2 (up to Dec 13 / from Mar 1)
- Check-in time: 4pm
- Check-out time: 10am
- We offer the best rates online
- Rates include government tax and services (some other websites add this at the end)
- Rates quoted in Yen (JPY)
- 50% deposit due at booking
- 50% balance due 60 days before arrival
- Pay by credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
- See our full terms and conditions
Please note all information provided is representative and subject to change. If there are features or services that are imperative to your stay, please contact us before booking.