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Highest Ski-in Ski-out Catered Ski Chalet in Resort

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Chalet in Chinaillon / Le Grand Bornand, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Be The First On The Slopes Each Morning And The Last To Watch The Sunset

Cosy log fires, authentic local style, magnificent views, delicious cuisine and top class service - all of this in the highest ski-in ski-out chalet on our mountain, only an hour from Geneva.

La Ferme du Soleil is truly one of a kind, set in a gem of a French resort. Our many returning guests love the chalet for the unrivalled access to the pistes and the ageless character that La Ferme du Soleil exudes.

With an excellent snow record the skiing options are diverse. Undulating blues for the beginners, some of the steepest blacks in France for the pros and untouched off-piste for the adventurous. Our central location also offers non-skiers an array of activities to enjoy. There really is something for everyone in Le Grand Bornand, right on our doorstep.

More Details

Property Manager
Anthony Gilbert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Anthony Gilbert

The property was bought in 1998. It is owned by Veroni Gilbert. Veroni lives with her husband in Oxfordshire and she and her family come to the chalet several times a year.

Over the past 18 years La Ferme du Soleil slowly developed from a family holiday home to a house which everybody can enjoy for their holiday.

Anthony Gilbert purchased this chalet in 1998

Why Anthony Gilbert chose Aravis ski area

I was first attracted to the property because it was totally unique!

I visited it in the summer and was blown away by its stunning location. Wild flowers and dairy cows dotted the hills, and the sound of bells that gently jingled round their necks were just wonderful.

In the winter, I discovered that it was the perfect ski location for families yet there were black runs capable of challenging most skiers all in a family-friendly environment.

Chose the right week and there are almost no queues. Wonderful.

What makes this chalet unique

The best thing about the property is its location. In winter we are ski-in, ski-out and it is downhill to the lifts to take you up!

We are the highest habitable house in the resort and reap many benefits from that.

We are in the middle of all the fun in the day and can pop out for a 'quick ski', do a couple of runs and be back within half an hour!

It also makes it easy to be the first on the lifts each morning. To be the only one at the top of the mountain, carving into the virgin snow is breathtaking!

There is also something magical about being up there in the evenings when all the other skiers have returned to their chalets in the valley below. It is utterly peaceful.

Map

Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Les Gettiers
Nearest Ski
Outside the door - le Grand Bornand.

Special interest holidays:

We do not currently organise any special interest holidays at the chalet. However in previous spring and summer months we have hosted a variety of special weeks. Including a choir, a flute school, painting weeks, weddings etc.

Travel:

Most guests fly to Geneva airport which is about 1 hour 15 minutes away from Chinaillon. We don't provide airport transfers but we can provide guests with local taxi numbers.

It is possible to get a public bus from Geneva airport via Annecy to Le Grand Bornand.

If you would like to see timetables please let us know and we can send you the latest version.

Amenities

Le Grand-Bornand Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Writer's Retreat with underfloor heated en-suite Master suite with underfloor heated en-suite Yellow Room with twin bed en-suite Yellow room with double bed en-suite Downstairs Bedroom and Bunk room share bathroom Red Double room separate bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Writer's Retreat with 1 double bed Master suite with 1 double or twin beds Red Room with 1 double Yellow Room with twin beds Yellow room with 1 double Downstairs Bedroom with 1 double or twin beds Bunk Room with 1 set of bunks
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Outside: During the winter the outside space is the ski resort! We have plenty of space for snowman making, igloo construction, snow tunnel digging and sledging in the evening when the resort has closed. We also upkeep an ice table beside the chalet. Perfect for picnics, drinking mulled wine and enjoying the view, or a romantic candle lit evening drink whilst the sun goes down. During the summer we are surrounded by wild flowers and dairy cows! There is an abundance of wildlife and the landscape provides many beautiful walks or routes for mountain biking. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Also a warm laundry room suitable for drying damp ski clothes. Separate boot room near front door. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided. They are changed once a weekly unless otherwise requested. The chalet is given a big clean on changeover days but all bins are emptied and bathrooms checked daily. Other: A large balcony lines the main living area and is perfectly situated to enjoy the spectacular sunset over the mountains with a sundowner! The Writer's Retreat has a kitchenette and can be used as a self contained flat within the chalet.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

Just the most special place. A stunning chalet run by the most delightful, friendly, staff. Delicious food, great skiing, gorgeous surround. Took my tiny children here for their first ever ski. Ski instructors came straight to the door and the ability to pop home on ski's whenever they were tired was more than valuable. Just loved every aspect of our holiday. Thank you La Ferme.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Cannot more highly recommend this little piece of heaven. Everything was perfect. My family and I enjoyed our stay very, very much. Let's just say that we are all of mixed skiing abilities and it's the first skiing holiday I've been on where I was able to join the more proficient skiers at all the lovely restaurants in the Alps. On previous ski holidays, I've found that I haven't been able to do so as I was not a confident enough skier but here there are plenty of green and blue run options to get all over the mountains. Having said that, the more proficient skiers in our group had the best time on some very challenging runs and off-piste! The accommodation is absolutely wonderful and Rob and Lu are truly amazing hosts who did a fantastic job of taking care of us with delicious meals, warm fires and lots of tips of places to explore!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Cannot more highly recommend this little piece of heaven. Everything was perfect. My family and I enjoyed our stay very, very much. Let's just say that we are all of mixed skiing abilities and it's the first skiing holiday I've been on where I was able to join the more proficient skiers at all the lovely restaurants in the Alps. On previous ski holidays, I've found that I haven't been able to do so as I was not a confident enough skier but here there are plenty of green and blue run options to get all over the mountains. Having said that, the more proficient skiers in our group had the best time on some very challenging runs and off-piste! The accommodation is absolutely perfect in every way and Rob and Lu are truly amazing hosts who did a fantastic job of taking care of us with delicious meals, warm fires and lots of tips of places to explore!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Best Skiing Holiday ever, by some distance

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was excellent, 5 star, a beautiful chalet in the mountains. Spacious, warm and charming. After a day on the slopes it was a pleasure to come home to a soaking hot bath and a very comfortable bedroom, had the best weeks' sleep ever.

Perfect location - this must be one of the secrets of the Alps. Although the ski facilities are great and cater for all levels of skiers, the slopes were not packed full of people like we have experienced at other ski resorts. There are also loads of restaurants where you can rest and take in the most sublime views.

Rob and Lu were great hosts and gave us loads of tips of where to go and what to see, they know the area very well! They prepared top class meals - every meal was different and both breakfast and evening meals were something to look forward to. Afternoon tea was a delight for those wanting to replenish their energy levels. Yum! Highly recommended - was a perfect, relaxing week!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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abingdon, oxfordshire, uk
5

large house, great location,perfect for ski lovers

  • 5 of 5

The property is very large and comfortable, very well located with easy access to the lifts and pistes. We were 3 families with children and grandparents, a total of 14 and we had plenty of space to relax in private, we had own bathrooms and even own access in and out of the house. The views are spectacular and the hosts were wonderful: warm and welcoming, great cooks and always available to help us with any needs, from directions and tips on where to go and what to do, to receiving us every afternoon with tea and a wonderful cake. The dinner was superb and abundant and breakfast was very varied and delicious.

The children were served dinner earlier which meant they could go to sleep before us so we could relax and enjoy the delicious menu after a selection of canapés and drinks. The sitting room area is large but cosy with a great fireplace in the cetre of the room, a quiet cinema area and large dining room. A large balcony and wonderful views.

There were plenty of pistes with a variety of levels, the children learnt to ski in only a couple of days and by the end of our stay they were skiing with us. The instructors from the ESF were very dedicated and professional and the children achieved one and two stars in only 5 days!

We are already thinking when we could return and we are all raving about the place and the hosts. We would recommend La Ferme Du Soleil to friends and family, and to anyone wishing to have a wonderful holiday in the most beautiful place and with the most welcoming and professional hosts.

Toby Pejkovic

Oxfordshire, UK

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

A week enjoying La Ferme

  • 5 of 5

We had a glorious week at La Ferme. The house is stylishly furnished and decorated, the position relative to the ski runs is exceptional, and the views from the sitting room (and most of the bedrooms) spectacular. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Our hosts Rob and Louise could not have been more friendly and welcoming. As well as being extremely good cooks, they are a fund of information, and their capabilities are wide-ranging (Rob repaired my ailing ski-boots to give them a new lease of life). We could not have enjoyed ourselves more

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $1.32 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
We always run our weeks from Sunday to Sunday.
In winter, guests are asked to arrive at the resort by 4 pm so they can make it up the lift before it closes! Luggage is brought up by skidoo. Staff will greet you from 4pm onwards.
Guests are requested to leave the chalet by 9 am on their last day.

Notes on prices: OwnersDirect does not cater for our pricing as our prices depend on the size of the party and how many children (12 years and under) there are. There are different prices by week and by season. www.lafermedusoleil.com is the best place to check prices and availability.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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