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Beautifully restored ancient farmhouse in rustic pretty hamlet
Low season: £695pp; Mid: £745pp; Peak: from £895pp fully catered on a room-by-room basis all weeks

Samoens, Grand Massif
Sleeps: 10 + 4

 

Reves De Montagne Exterior Shot In Summer
Reves De Montagne Exterior Shot In Summer
Reves De Montagne Living Room With Wooden Sleigh Table
Reves De Montagne Bedroom With Antique Dressing Table
Reves De Montagne Bedroom With Steps Up To Balcony
Reves De Montagne Hot Tub With Snowy View
Reves De Montagne Bedrom With Small Sofa
Reves De Montagne Exterior Shot In The Snow At Night
Reves De Montagne Outdoor Hot Tub In The Summer
Reves De Montagne Designer Bath With Double Sinks
Reves De Montagne Bathroom With Pretty View
Reves De Montagne Wide View Of Living Area
Reves De Montagne Summer Pool With View
Reves De Montagne Shower Room With Dressing Robes
Summer Decking At Reves De Montagne Chalet
Reves De Montagne Exterior Shot In SummerReves De Montagne Living Room With Wooden Sleigh TableReves De Montagne Bedroom With Antique Dressing TableReves De Montagne Bedroom With Steps Up To BalconyReves De Montagne Hot Tub With Snowy ViewReves De Montagne Bedrom With Small SofaReves De Montagne Exterior Shot In The Snow At NightReves De Montagne Outdoor Hot Tub In The SummerReves De Montagne Designer Bath With Double SinksReves De Montagne Bathroom With Pretty ViewReves De Montagne Wide View Of Living AreaReves De Montagne Summer Pool With ViewReves De Montagne Shower Room With Dressing RobesSummer Decking At Reves De Montagne Chalet

The Farmhouse has just changed operators for the 2017-18 season and switched its name, from Reves de Montagne. As a result, it has almost halved its prices and is now super-flexible because it is bookable by the room for most weeks, not just peak weeks. It is still, also, genuinely one of the very best appointed chalets in the Alps — a beautifully restored farmhouse near the charming Medieval town of Samoens in the Grand Massif. It has gorgeous, cosy interiors, luxuriously spacious bedrooms, a huge outside hot tub (one of the hugest I have sipped Champagne in, in fact),  a stunning living space around a fire as well as access to the fabulous Grand Massif ski domain. Now with the reduced prices, it really is a chalet that is hard to beat.

The Farmhouse is a traditional French mountain farmhouse dating back to 1746. The owners spent six years carefully restoring it from a dilapidated building and pouring their passion into the property. The result of this labour of love is a stunning ski chalet which has real soul and heritage but also every modern amenity and creature comfort. It is a beautiful blend of ancient beams and timbers, and modern chic.

The bedrooms in this luxury ski chalet are among the very best I have slept in. All have balconies and all are en suite with a bath and separate shower — some of the baths being designer or roll-top. The bedding is superb, with luxurious down pillows and crisp bedlinen, punctuated by a different colour theme in each room, from emerald green to ruby red or deer-motif throws and cushions. There would be no bedroom envy here; each room is utterly gorgeous.

On the first floor there is the most spacious bedroom, a family suite with two rooms – the main one is set up as a super king but can easily be made into twins; the other has two single beds. Bedroom 2 is a double which can again be made into twin beds and can also have another single bed within the room. Bedrooms 3 & 4 are doubles with super king beds, that can be twin. Bedroom 5 is the second family suite with a main room (super king zip plus space for another bed/cot) and a second bedroom with two single beds.

The food in this fully catered ski chalet was quite superb under its previous owners and the new operators aim to maintain similarly high standards. When I stayed I dined on three courses of the most fabulous, intensely flavoured dishes that were sheer works of art. There was cured salmon with watercress puree and horseradish cream, a divine supreme of corn-fed chicken with truffle and brioche stuffing served with hazlenut leeks, and a dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream. It all struck the perfect balance of being light, too, leaving me grinning with delight rather than groaning.

Breakfasts were lavish affairs too, with piles of pastries, freshly baked bread, home-made jams, cereals and creamy yogurts, together with a hot option such as French bacon, tomatoes and eggs or pancakes. Homemade cookies or cakes are on offer when you come down off the slopes, together with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and herbal infusions.

In the evening aperitifs and canapés are served by the fire and dinner is a four course feast – starter, main, dessert and cheese courses. It is accompanied by a selection of excellent, complimentary French and Italian wines.

The Farmhouse has the biggest hot-tub I have seen — an outdoor eight-seater on a huge terrace off the lounge area with views across the valley. In-house massages and beauty treatments can also be laid on for an extra fee.

This family-friendly ski chalet is excellent for children. Two of the bedrooms are family suites with small rooms off them for little ones. There are kids’ DVDs, facepainting kits and board games, plus The Farmhouse is in a lovely, safe, quiet hamlet with no traffic and with a huge garden outside which can be made into a toboggan run and is perfect for building snowmen. The chalet also offers separate early teas served at 6pm using home-made, fresh quality ingredients designed to be nutritious as well as appealing to the younger palate. Additional childcare can be organised too.

The spaciousness, the fantastic rooms and the quiet, genuinely French feel of the village.

The chalet is not ski in/ski out and is a distance from the slopes, but the on-call in-resort transport totally puts paid to that.

LOCATION

This luxury ski chalet is located in a tranquil, beautiful and unforgettable spot on a sunny plateau with 360 degree mountain views. It is only a five minute chauffeured drive to the Morillon ski lift and nine minutes to the Samoens ski lift and historical town centre. Both are pretty villages within the Grand Massif ski area, France’s fourth largest resort. Samoëns itself is particularly lovely, packed with Savoyard charm and dating back to the 13th century. It has a Gothic church and medieval square and is the only ski resort in France to be listed as a historical and artistic monument, no less – so you can experience French culture and history, as well as excellent skiing!

GETTING THERE

Geneva is only 1 hour away and the chalet can organise airport transfers.

AT A GLANCE
  • Bedrooms: 7, inc 2 family suites with 2 bedrooms each
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Available Summer and Winter
  • Location:
  • Jacuzzi hot-tub
  • Wifi
  • Bootwarmers
  • 360 degree Log Fire
  • Parking
  • Saturday changeover
EXTRAS

A cinema and separate games room. The 18m2 cinema room has a huge, comfy sofa to relax on while you watch your favourite movie on Netflix or Apple TV on 160cm HD tv or play X-box. The 22m2 games room has a stylish pool table and table football. Snug area with Xbox and games. HD television in lounge with British FreeSat. In-chalet massages and beauty treatments can be arranged on request. 

MY TOP TIP

Don’t miss the 15km blue run called Cascades from Flaine to Sixt — the longest blue in the French Alps. Stop for lunch half way down at the Gîte de Gers, which involves hitching an exhilarating tow from a skidoo.

GUESTBOOK
[Please note: these quotes are from guests who stayed under the previous management — testimonials will be supplied for the 17/18 season as soon as we have them.]

 

“Thank you for an absolutely fantastic holiday which was truly special from start to finish. The food was delicious, the service way beyond expectations and the chalet itself is just so much more beautiful in real life than the photos do justice to.”

“A stunningly beautiful chalet, in a fantastic mountain area. The food from the chef was amazing plus the warm welcome, level of service and attention to detail we received from our fantastic hosts were second to none! I cannot recommend it enough and cannot wait to go back!!”

“It’s a fantastic chalet – amazing food, awesome atmosphere! It looks incredible, hands down the best place I’ve ever stayed in. I felt like a rock star the whole weekend we were there!”

ENQUIRIES

If you would like to make an enquiry or a booking of this luxury ski chalet, please telephone –  +44 (0)7772 853996 or click here to send me a message.

Remember, I have visited all the chalets we feature so can give you totally unbiased, independent advice on all of them. The prices I quote are also the list prices quoted by the chalets themselves, so there is no advantage in going to the chalets direct.