“Thank you for a fabulous week, arranging the snow to come just in time. You have created a wonderful chalet and have got all the details so right. Just perfect.”
Gorgeously converted private farmhouse in Morzine
Low season: £795pp; Mid: £795pp: Peak: £14,000 whole chalet only
Summer: £70 per person per night B&B; £450pp per week B&B: £2,900 whole chalet self-catered
Morzine, Portes du Soleil
This gorgeous Morzine chalet would get my vote on the orange sheepskin rugs alone! Orange is my favourite colour, and the rugs stylishly adorn several of the designer white dining chairs.
But there are heaps of fab touches throughout the chalet, including in the huge, individually decorated bedrooms and the cute little balcony.
It’s also named after Margot the owners’ dog, which is another plus, and is located just five minutes across the bridge from the centre of Morzine. A real gem of a chalet.
This luxury ski chalet is a beautifully converted farmhouse and it has an eclectic mix of styles, combining gorgeous contemporary touches such as bright orange pops of colour with traditional materials such as the honeyed, reclaimed wood of the old barn. There is a luxurious, chic feel throughout, especially at the top of the house where you find the ultimate velvet sofa designed specially for the chalet, plus a sophisticated dining area with designer chairs.
La Ferme de Margot has five bedrooms, including doubles and twins that can be zipped together to create superkings. Some have their own dressing room, others have an in-room bath or separate ensuite shower or bathroom, but all are luxuriously appointed and are plentifully stocked with Cowshed toiletries.
Some have views of the Pleney mountain too, while others have views of the pretty woods at the back of the chalet, and each is furnished with a stylish blend of old and new furniture including upcycled old wardrobes which came with the house and doors made from old original doors. Stylish and dramatic Farrow & Ball paintwork predominates.
NB The below floor plans don’t include the ground floor, which consists of Bedroom 5 with dressing room, Boot room, and study.
The food at La Ferme de Margot is delicious, plentiful and home-cooked rather than fancy fine dining. Breakfast consists of a hot special every day, plus choice of cereals, fresh bread from the local bakery, croissants, fruit, and mini smoothies. Afternoon tea at this fully catered chalet consists of a choice of yummy home-made cakes, and dinner starts with canapés every evening and prosecco/G&T/wine or beer. It consists of a three-course meal with cheese at the end.
Dishes might include home made soups and tarts for starters, pork stroganoff with three mustards or grilled chicken breast with paysan vegetables for mains, while puds are homemade and include crumbles, walnut tart and sticky toffee pudding. A different cheese is offered each night, with a different wine to match it. An excellent standard of house wine is included each night in the price but the chalet has an à la carte list if guests would like to upgrade.
La Ferme de Margot does not have an outdoor hot tub or sauna but there is a pool complex just a few minutes’ walk from the chalet which has steam and sauna facilities. When the ski chalet is booked out exclusively the guests are offered two complimentary massages between them. There is a lovely team of therapists who come to the chalet with heated beds.
The chalet is probably not ideal for toddlers but stair gates, high chairs and cots can be arranged. Early teas can be arranged too, and there is a separate TV room for the children to play in. But it is probably best suited to teenagers or children over 8 years. It has a large smart TV, with Netflix etc. Childcare and babysitting can be arranged in advance, at extra cost.
The best thing is the personal service offered by the owners themselves, Jane and Steve, who run it between them. They love the chalet, they have lovingly converted it, and their passion is infectious. The styling throughout is a real high too, and the handy location for the nearest lift and the centre of town.
The lack of spa facilities, although all-important post-ski massages can be easily laid on. Some might not like the slightly vertiginous walk across the footbridge to the Super Morzine lift.
This Morzine chalet is located on the quiet side of Morzine in a very French neighbourhood and just seven minutes’ walk along the flat and across the foot bridge from the Super Morzine lift. In-resort transport is not included, but it is not really needed for getting to either the Pleney lift for the nursery slopes or the Ardent lift for a quick route up to the Swiss side.There is a bus which runs in both directions less than a minute away from the chalet.
Geneva is the nearest airport, just 1 hr 15 minutes away. Transfers are usually excluded from the price, but they can be arranged by the chalet.