Welcome to Collett's Mountain Holidays
21 years as a genuine walking holiday specialist
Thank you for your interest in Collett’s Mountain Holidays. We are an independent, ABTA-bonded holiday specialist, providing plain-sailing and memorable holidays for walkers and alpine enthusiasts and – in winter – to skiers and snowshoers. We started 21 years ago in the Italian Dolomites with one alpine chalet, hosted by me and my wife, Dee. Now we are the UK’s genuine specialist for walking holidays, offering a unique and flexible centre-based walking holiday formula in the following magical mountain destinations. Walking is the main attraction (you choose day to day whether to self-guide or join free daily group walks at moderate or high level or do a mix of both) but we also offer flower walks, painting strolls, cycling tours, WW1 Walks and more.
Italian Dolomites – world’s most beautiful mountains?
Austrian Alps – Zugspitz Arena – the Tirol meets the Bavarian Alps
Austrian Alps – Hohe Tauern National Park – the rooftops of Austria in central Europe’s largest National Park
Picos de Europa – step back in time in Northern Spain’s coastal gems
Pyrenees – Western Europe’s last great wilderness including Ordesa Canyon & Monte Perdido
Other Collett’s holidays include an exciting range of self-guided and group trail walking holidays:
Hut to Hut – unforgettable self guiding holidays in the Dolomites, Austrian Alps & Pyrenees
Camino de Santiago – self-guided coastal hill walking from San Sebastian to Guernika, Northern Spain
Hike the GR11 – 5 consecutive stages of a world-renowned mountain trail
Pyrenean Peaks – peaks and passes for stronger walkers
Our reputation is not only built on our local knowledge and the quality of our destinations and walks, but also on the character and contribution of our painstakingly‐recruited hosts and walkers, who 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 free, optional and unforgettable walks of all grades and (3) to pass on their local knowledge enthusiastically and constructively. Here in our UK office, most of us have lived and worked in our destinations – myself included. We use our first-hand knowledge to ensure your booking experience is a reassuring pleasure. The most common request from the guests who stay with us year after year is to keep it personal. Their wish is our command. Wherever you choose to go, we are sure you will share our appreciation of the magnificence and charm that awaits you on a Collett’s mountain holiday. We look forward to seeing you in the mountains soon.
Call us on 01799 513331 if you require help, information or advice.
Collett’s Mountain Holidays
3a Market Hill
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, which is also why Lisa currently 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. They live near Cambridge, proud parents of Elsie and 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 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 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 di Santiago, a work currently in progress. As a Spanish speaker, Kelly now co-manages our holidays in Andalucia, the Picos de Europa, the Pyrenees and the Camino de Santiago, whilst also being responsible for Collett’s in Austria. Many of you will have met 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
Another wonderful holiday with Colletts. This was our second holiday in Corvaro but our first time in Chalet Angelo and we were very pleased with both the location and the facilities.
The staff make the holiday: they are so welcoming and have everything so well organised. The hosts (skiing) were brilliant as usual and, given that(Read more...)
We have stayed with the company before. We would be reluctant to book with anyone else as we find the whole experience with Collett's outstanding
The entire experience with Collett's is second to none, I find it difficult to put into words just how wonderful everything is. We are made to feel so very welcome and quickly feel we are(Read more...)
This is the 5th time I've stayed at Chalet Angelo but the 1st time I travelled alone! I was slightly apprehensive but I needn't have worried, the staff and other guests made me feel very welcome. The guided ski days are the main attraction for me and I wasn't disappointed. Many thanks Colletts once again for a brilliant ski holiday, I'll be back.
As always, the Colletts' Team excelled themselves - great company, great guiding (and even great driving skills on a snowy return journey!). Thanks to all of you - both in Arabba and back in Saffron Walden.
Sue, my wife, and I have just returned from a week’s holiday in Ciasa Roch, Corvara. We both had a terrific time and Petra and Erica the owners of the B&B were simply terrific as were Dani, Cameron, Alex and Danny from Collett’s.
We have in fact now re-booked Ciasa Roch for Christmas along with 6 friends as we just simply loved the (Read more...)
We stayed at chalet Brigitte on b&b basis
Great idea enabling us to casually socialise with staff & guests.found staff very helpful & flexible especially with regard to skiing itineraries based on weather /snow & guests abilities
A fantastic holiday from start to finish, stunning scenery,super skiing & guiding, fabulous food, wine & company. Our appetite is whetted for the ski safari next.
Everyone I speak to is friendly, helpful and well informed.
We had a VERY snowy trip from Corvara on our departure and we thought our driver was superb and told him so.
Dinner at Grand Fanes was very good. We all very much enjoyed the salad bar each evening. A number of us couldn't manage four courses so had just a starter or ju(Read more...)
Could I ask that you please send on my sincere thanks to Tom personally and all the team for another splendid holiday in Corvara. This is our 10th trip with Collett's and we have enjoyed this as much as ever made all the more special given a three year gap. It is a delight to be able to ski such a lovely area we know so well with all (Read more...)
I've been using Collett's for 8 years now, always at Haus Valentin, and every single holiday has been brilliant without fail.
Special mention to the staff at Haus Valentin who as usual were exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and they were a a real credit to themselves and an asset to Collett's.
Third time with Collett's after a few years' break and it was as great an experience as I remember from 2 previous holidays in the Dolomites. Thanks to all the staff who looked after us so well - not only the Collett's hosts in resort, but also the support staff with whom I corresponded before the trip. Also thanks too to the staff of(Read more...)
Have travelled with Collett's before and hope to do so again. The experience of being a client of Collett's is excellent and I will continue to recommend you!
Fantastic holiday thanks. We booked at a late date for Badia, so chalet rooms were not available, but the Hotel Melodia was excellent. We walked more than snow-shoed, and found excellent information from the local tourist office which highlighted the fact that there are many trails suitable for walking with or without “Yak-Tracks” in (Read more...)
The Collett's team at Haus Valentin were very professional, very hard-working, and very nice people. They (seemingly) effortlessly made the place and the activities enjoyable, safe and entertaining. Haus Valentin was comfortable, warm and clean; and the food at breakfast and dinner was fresh and varied. The location, whilst off the ma(Read more...)
The best skiing in 20 years. Superb slopes with incredible scenery. The ski safari gave tremendous variety of locations over a wide area of the Italian Dolomites and introduced us to new friends. Accommodation varied in standard from pleasant rifuggios up on the mountains to good hotels. Evening meals varied from good to superb. (Read more...)
Another great ski holiday with Colletts!
Many thanks to Cam, Dani and the whole team at Corvara for making our holiday simply amazing. From start to finish their attentiveness and knowledge made sure that everything ran smoothly from timely transfers, arranging lift passes, providing local knowledge/recommendations to arranging great(Read more...)
We consisted of a group of 19, with 8 adults and 11 children aged 7-17, spread across 3 adjacent chalets in Arabba. The holiday was perfect in all ways. The Collett's staff were wonderful, an asset to your company- always really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, seemed to love their job.
The location of the chalets was perfect, a(Read more...)
Yes, but is is a shame that Ryanair have changed their flight times so we were unable to get the free transfer. Luckily you kindly arranged new transfers.
We had a great skiing holiday with Collett's last year and this made us want to return.
Your staff are a real asset, nothing was too much trouble and they were great with our (Read more...)
As Angelo was booked, we were unsure where best to stay (in Corvara or Badia), the guy in the office was really helpful on the phone. Chalet staff were all wonderful, very welcoming!
Would have preferred dinner a little later (7.30 or 8pm) as sometimes a rush when you only get back at 5.30 and office hour is 6pm and dinner 7pm. Als(Read more...)
The holiday was fantastic and chalet & ski-ing amazing. The guiding (which we didn't technically have!) was also top quality and a new standard has been set by Jack who located and arranged our skis, ready for us to jump on to, by the time we emerged from our lunch stop. This was despite 3 of us interchanging skis then placing them in(Read more...)
Another wonderful holiday at Chalet Angelo in Corvara!...............it's like a home away from home.
Wonderful service, great hospitality, lovely food and such a friendly atmosphere.
Thank you Team Angelo..............I'll be back!
Skiing in the Dolomites has exceeded expectations. This was our second year with Collett's. The whole package is excellently executed - a good standard of accommodation at Chalet Angelo, great food from Brendon and the outstanding team led by Mike and Emma.