Welcome to Collett's
Your perfect mountain escape – in every way
Thank you for your interest in Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You have found a genuine walking holiday specialist in its 22nd year of providing the perfect alpine escape. Our holidays range from the adventurous and dramatic, to the tranquil and idyllic. Our destinations are in Europe’s most beautiful mountains and each one is a springboard for a sublime walking holiday. In Summer 2018, over 70% of our guests had booked with us before.
Still managed by our founders, Tom & Dee Collett, we are dedicated to the quality and success of every holiday, from initial enquiry to the moment you set off back for home. We love the human touch and when you enquire or book, you can expect (1) the first-hand knowledge of someone who has probably lived and worked in the destination that takes your fancy (2) the attention to detail that will ensure the booking process is an informative and reassuring pleasure.
Then comes the mountain holiday of a lifetime punctuated not only by our local knowledge and the sheer beauty of our walks and destinations, but also the character and contribution of our painstakingly‐recruited hosts and walkers. These outstanding people set us apart from the rest; they don’t wear uniforms or sell excursions. They are simply on hand (1) to make you feel welcome and supported, (2) to organise and host walks of a lifetime and (3) to pass on their local knowledge enthusiastically and constructively. The most common request from the guests who stay with us year after year is to keep it personal – and their wish is our command.
We look forward to seeing you in the mountains soon.
Summer alpine walking holidays – our unique and flexible formula
Italian Dolomites – world’s most beautiful mountains?
Austrian Alps – Zugspitz Arena – the Tyrol meets the Bavarian Alps
Austrian Alps – Hohe Tauern National Park – walk in the heartland of Austria
Wildflower Rambles – discover rare and celebrated species
Pyrenean Peaks – peaks and high passes for stronger walkers
Collett’s Classics – handpicked favourites for moderate walkers
Hike the GR11 – 5 consecutive stages of a celebrated trail at its most dramatic
Ordesa National Park Explorer – sheer mountain splendour for moderate walkers
The Picos de Europa
Wildflower Rambles – discover rare and celebrated species
Peaks & Passes – peaks and high passes for stronger walkers
Collett’s Classics – handpicked favourites for moderate walkers
Twin Centre Explorer – Explore both the northern and southern sides of the National Park
Skiing & Snowshoeing – magical winter holidays in the Dolomites
Yorkshire Dales – our gorgeous guest house in Wensleydale
Call us on 01799 513331 if you require help, information or advice.
Thank you for your interest in us. We might specialise in summer walking holidays and winter snowshoeing & skiing holidays, but our offices are in gently-undulating Essex. More precisely, we are in the market square of the charming town of Saffron Walden and it is from here that a team of people pull the strings that define our reputation and the quality of our unique holidays.
Nearly every member of our management team has lived and worked in one or more of our destinations, fallen in love with it and then come to join us on a full-time basis. Rest assured that, whoever you communicate with, we will provide the highest levels of personal service and attention to detail from your initial enquiry, through to the end of an unforgettable holiday.
Tom & Dee Collett
Tom and Dee founded Collett’s Mountain Holidays in 1997. They met in the Dolomites in 1995 when Tom employed Dee to work for the small ski chalet specialist he was running at the time. They married in 2002 and now have three daughters. As Managing Director, Tom is actively involved in all aspects of Collett’s, both in the UK and abroad, notably in the Dolomites, where he has many friends. Dee has overseen our office procedures since the outset. She now comes to the office three days a week. Having recently overseen the installation of a new bookings system, her main priority is the administration of our bookings, ultimately ensuring that the various aspects that comprise a plain-sailing and successful booking are all taken care of. The picture of Tom, Dee, Daisy, Martha and Georgie was taken in the Dolomites above Badia at the recent wedding of another colleague, Phil Melia…
Phil is one of four directors at Collett’s. He joined us in our very first summer season in 1998, originally as our resort artist in the Dolomites. He then did eight consecutive summer seasons based in the Dolomites, making him a real authority on the area. In 2012 Phil married his long-time girlfriend, Kamila, in Corvara. They met in the Dolomites when Kamila came to work for Collett’s in Summer 2000. Like everyone at our UK office, Phil is involved across the board. However, his key responsibility is the recruitment and training of our seasonal staff, arguably the most important role of all. He spends hours poring over applications, chatting with candidates, seeking out that special ‘something’ that makes them the right person for the job. Those of you who have holidayed with us will know how utterly effective Phil has been in this role.
Viv has been with us since 2001 and has been the mainstay of our office during that period. Her interest in the Dolomites was nurtured primarily by her friendship with Tom & Dee Collett and then by two Collett’s walking holidays in the late 1990’s. Soon after she joined Collett’s with responsibility for the administration of our bookings. After that, she gallantly tried one of our skiing holidays, but decided to stick to the walking! As many of you already know, she ensures the booking process is plainsailing, pleasurable and trouble-free, taking outstandingly good care of all aspects of our bookings day in day out, whether it concerns your accommodation, car hire, ferries, airport transfers, holiday insurance or payments.
Sam has worked for Collett’s since Summer 2000 when he joined us as a Via Ferrata organiser whilst still at university. On completing a degree in Photography, Sam came on board full time, splitting his time between the UK and the Dolomites, where he was our Resort Manager. Sam has taken on many responsibilities, notably in sales, advertising, marketing and IT. We turn to Sam when a computer fails or the broadband goes down. Sam has contributed significantly to the design and production of our brochures, website, online activity, advertisements and promotional material, not to mention our ‘Ideas & Information’ files, which are so pivotal to our walking holidays. In July 2011 he got married in Sicily to Jennifer (Jen), a former Collett’s walks organiser. In February 2014, they had a son, Max, who is now a regular visitor to our offices In Saffron Walden, which are short walk away from their home.
Lisa joined Collett’s in Summer 2002 as a Walk Organiser based at Haus Valentin in Badia. After doing Summer 2003 and 2004, she became full time in October 2005. She split her time between the Dolomites and the UK, taking on seasonal roles such as Chalet Host, Via Ferrata Organiser and Resort Manager, then returning to the UK to administer sales and bookings in the off-season. She knows every nook and cranny both here at our UK office and also out in the Dolomites. With Lisa’s fluent German, she has nurtured many of our key supplier relationships in the Dolomites, which has helped us to acquire attractive accommodation and to develop our winter business. Since October 2008 Lisa has been permanently based in the UK, looking after sales and managing contracts and relationships with our suppliers in Italy. In July 2010 she married Pete, a former Collett’s Via Ferrata organiser. They live near Cambridge, proud parents of Elsie and Jacob. Lisa now works on a part time basis.
Pete joined us in late 2014 after working for 5 years at TrailFinders in Cambridge. Pete started working for us during the summer in the Dolomites in 2004, he has walked and climbed extensively in the Dolomites which lead him to join us for three winter seasons on skis and snowshoes… It was during their seasons working in the Dolomites where Pete met Lisa… In July 2010 Lisa and Pete married. A keen road cyclist, Pete now enjoys ultra endurance multi-day bike races, and recently competed in the ‘Trans Dolomitics Way’, a 1000km unsupported race across the length and breadth of the Dolomites. Pete & Lisa now live just outside Cambridge, and are proud parents to Elsie & Jacob.
Tony & Jane Stirland
Tony and Jane set up and developed our holidays in the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa which we launched in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Prior to joining Collett’s they both had successful office jobs – Tony as a corporate lawyer in London and then Leeds; Jane as an Environmental Consultant. In 2005, they both decided to quit the ‘rat race’ and set off in search of somewhere to set up a walking business. They fell in love with the Pyrenees and the rest is history. Tony is now our Commercial Director, responsible for all things financial. They know both the Pyrenees and Picos inside out, so if you have any questions about either, they will almost certainly have the answer.
Kelly first joined Collett’s in the summer of 2010 as a Walk Organiser in the Spanish Pyrenees. She loved the area and we loved Kelly! Unsurprisingly, she returned the following year as our Resort Manager in Panticosa. Then we tempted her to the Dolomites for Summer 2013. She joined us full time in January 2014. She was immediately given the task of overseeing our first season in the Zugspitz Arena in the Austrian Alps. She excelled in this role and it was a considerable success. Then we asked her to develop our interests, concerning self guided walking on the Camino de Santiago, and Hut to Hut in the Austrian Alps and French Pyrenees. Kelly co-manages our holidays in the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees, whilst also being responsible for Collett’s in Austria, Andalucia and the Camino de Santiago. Many of you will have met and walked with Kelly in the mountains and will therefore know how dedicated she is to ensuring every holiday is a complete success.
Jenny Allan joined us in September 2014. She became a friend of Tom and Dee Collett’s through the local village pub about eight years ago. Along with her husband, Doug, she is a keen walker and inevitably took great interest in Tom and Dee’s line of work. Soon they had visited most of our destinations as genuine holidaymakers in both summer and winter. They also became familiar faces at our B&B in Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales. And when Jenny relinquished her stressful job at a city bank, Tom had her in his sights for our sales and administration team here in Saffron Walden. The rest is history and Collett’s is delighted to have Jenny on board, ably assisted by her handsome labrador, Fogerty, one of three office dogs at Collett’s.
In pictures – Collett's Mountain Holidays
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in Corvara in the Bracun self cratering apartment. We had a fabulous time throughout. The apartment was first rate and the owner Marcus could not have been more helpful. It was great to be able to walk just across the road for office hour at Chalet Roch, and our wonderful (Read more...)
We had a wonderful week with Collett's at Corvara. Best skiing ever! The Collett's team were fantastic - really made the week. The food was good - the new venue was very nice. Office hour was spot on and offered a good choice of activities for all levels every day. Having snow shoeing as well as skiing was a massive plus.
Thanks (Read more...)
We had a great ski week in the Dolomites with Collett's. We flew into Venice, via Zurich, from the USA and it was easy to meet the group at the airport for the bus transfer. We stayed in a lovely self-catering apartment which was a 3-minute walk to the lifts. Having the ski guides were a plus in that the area is very large and we neve(Read more...)
This was our first holiday with Collett's and we were very impressed from the moment we arrived and throughout the holiday.
The staff were so nice and helpful, the food was excellent, and the guided skiing was a real bonus...the best skiing holiday we've ever had.
A big thank you to all the team at Chalet Angelo :-)
We have just returned from our third ski trip to Corvara and can highly recommend your company to anyone without any reservations at all. Standard is excellent in all areas of your services. We are looking forward to booking our next trip for 2020.
As on my two previous visits to the Angelo, everything was really excellent. The staff couldn't have been nicer, and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were all so helpful and also good fun. Cat's food was excellent: there was a very varied week's menu with very tasty and plentiful food. Breakfasts excellent too and a great cho(Read more...)
We had a great week in Chalet Angelo, very enthusiastic and good team... Kat's cooking was excellent. Looking forward to the next trip.
Martin and I enjoyed another 5* holiday in the Dolomites. Our first stay in Angelo and we loved it. Everything about it was superb, you staff, in spite of having to deal with several staff changes at short notice hit the ground running and the service was fantastic. The food was tremendous. Your staff are always there in abundance wit(Read more...)
A great skiing holiday at Chalet Angelo.
I particularly want to complement Collett's on staff at the chalet. They were unfailingly pleasant and helpful and lead us on some great ski trips.
Kat needs a specific mention as the food during the week I was there was first class. Dinners especially were plentiful, imaginative and (Read more...)
I had another amazing week in Chalet Angelo in Corvara.
The staff (completely new from last year) were so helpful and work really well as a team.
Everything about the chalet and the people is great.
Ps: can you please fix the gaggia coffee machine!!
Wonderful stay at Chalet Angelo. For the first time this year we joined the guided skiing days which were fabulous - thanks to Ali and Darcy for showing us the area!
Just wanted to say how much all of the Whiskards enjoyed Haus Valentin. A brilliant introduction to skiing for our sons with a very friendly ski school. Amazing scenery, fantastic array of runs and wonderful weather too. Tim thoroughly enjoyed his snow shoeing experience and walking, expertly facilitated by various members of staff. (Read more...)
Thanks to all the amazing staff in Haus Valentin in Badia - all of you looked after us "Big and Little Troublemakers" so well - our family and friends group of 13 people with an age range from age 4 to age 81 all had a fabulous week in the beautiful sunshine and tremendously enjoyed all the things Alta Badia had to offer. We had skier(Read more...)
Thank you for creating the perfect week of skiing for our family. The Dolamites are a fabulous setting but the quality of the ski hosts in Arraba and the ski days they arranged, turned a memorable week into what the children felt was the best ski holiday ever. The hosts were thoughtful, fun and went the extra mile to meet everyone's (Read more...)
We came on a hut to hut walking holiday last summer with Collett’s and enjoyed it so much we decided to come back for a ski holiday with our teenage boys and so glad we did....
What a great team: Greg, Sandy, Ali and John were the best hosts ever, fantastic ski guiding - different everyday, covered hundreds of kms during the week. (Read more...)
A great week at Haus Valentin, the staff made it. They were all excellent, knowledgeable, helpful, pleasant, and worked so well as a team. We very much enjoyed their organised days out especially as it was our first time in the Dolomites.
Admittedly we were blessed with near-perfect snow and weather conditions, but much of the success of this skiing holiday in the stunning beauty of the Dolomites lies at the door of Collett's in recruiting a delightful set of staff, providing good, well-priced accommodation with excellent food, and organizing "social skiing" which we (Read more...)
The staff at Haus Valentin, Justin, Olly, Millie, James and Jim, did an excellent job looking after us. They were good company, had plenty of patience, and nothing was too much trouble for them. They made our holiday very enjoyable.
As a couple of staff members were quite new, overall knowledge was excellent, but always outstanding from more experienced staff.
Ski Day in Kronplatz should be limited to just a mini bus group, so that access to the main Kronplatz area is only one lift. Going by ski bus transfer leads to lots of lifts up to the main ski area and a(Read more...)
This per-departure admin was faultless and personal so no issues...the proverbial breath of fresh air and glad to see that some people can get it right!
Your team at the airport and attendance to and at resort were really good despite having had a long inbound journey due to heavy snow. Dinner at Hotel Malita was always something t(Read more...)
Your team were very accommodating and added considerably to our stay. They are a credit to you company.
We have traveled with you for 6 consecutive years now and are totally bought into your service model.
You have a unique concept and delivery which is reflected in the level of your repeat business!
We have travelled with you previously - you are the only company we are aware of that provides the mix of skiing and snowshoe walking that we enjoy, and the staff and guests are great company.
I just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday I had recently with Collett's. Not only is the whole concept of a Ski Safari such a brilliant idea, but Collett's go the extra mile in every way to make it an outstanding experience.
The 2nd night's accommodation was unreachable due to adverse weather conditions (lifts and ski runs clos(Read more...)
What an amazing place! We have just returned from a fabulous week in Badia, staying at Haus Valentin where we were royally looked after by Justin, Alex, James, Ollie & Millie. The food was exceptional & the winter walking great! We will be back....soon! Thank you so much.
A great week at Chalet Angelo skiing and snow-shoeing. The team at the chalet are welcoming, knowledgeable and great fun, and Cat's cooking is superb. Can't praise them enough. Scenery is stunning, and the good variety of guided snow-shoeing made it a memorable holiday. Thanks to all!
Fabulous ski holiday in Corvara 20-27 January
We were an extended family group of varying ski ability and age, a return visit for us, and we all had a fantastic week. We very much enjoyed the ski itineraries organised by Greg and Sandy who had excellent knowledge of the pistes and rifugios. They were also great company, had immense (Read more...)
Thanks to Clare, Ben and Robin for an excellent week and for the hard work of them and all your staff in getting us out of the resort after heavy snowfalls on the last couple of days.
We have just returned from another great week at Ciasa Roch in Corvara. We have to commend you on the recruitment of your teams as once again they were so efficient and friendly and helped to make the week such a great experience. Greg, Sandy, Ali and John worked so well as a team but were also delightful individuals. Petra and her(Read more...)