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

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


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.

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Property Manager
Anthony Gilbert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 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 Le Grand-Bornand

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.


Le Grand-Bornand Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
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.


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Highest Ski-in Ski-out Catered Ski Chalet in Resort
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Above it all

  • 5 of 5

Superbly positioned chalet half-way up the mountain with stunning views to the west of receding ranges and ever-changing sunsets. Cars left far below, peace reigns. Wonderful open living area on top floor to eat, to chat and to find a corner for yourself. Skied straight out to serene blues and challenging blacks. Skied straight back to Rob and Lou’s entertaining hospitality and ever-tempting food. Great place to get away from it all and relax.

Ski hire and lift passes really easy to organise on arrival.

Will return.

Gavan & Anne

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent - warm, delicious

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay, with amazing host, soft sheets, relaxing baths and a library of books. It's truly blissful to be nestled in rugs next to the crackling fire while reading from the library of fascinating books. The perfect remedy after a hard day of skiing in excellent conditions - ideal.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A blissful, peaceful week on the piste!

  • 5 of 5

What an utterly charming chalet. There are so many wonderful touches and the house feels both spacious and cosy with the vast wood fire in the centre of the living area and the breathtaking 360 views over the mountains. The location is totally perfect for the getting those first lifts and being on the mountain before the crowds - not to mention being able to ski straight back in and miss out the faff of having to traipse or get buses back into town.

Rob and Lou were fantastic hosts - their culinary expertise really shone and their local knowledge (Cross Country Skiing and Husky rides!) was so helpful.

Highly recommend for a relaxing break!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Fantastic, cosy chalet in special location

  • 5 of 5

The chalet is a wonderfully cosy and comfortable place to return after a day's skiing. It is truly ski-in, ski-out: you can ski right from the door-step! The living room with a large open-fire and lots of communal seating is a great space to spend the evening. It is well located on a quiet spot on the mountain and has exceptional panoramic views. The chalet hosts were super friendly and the meals and snacks were so good we didn't ever feel the need to leave!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ski in/out Mountain chalet in the French Alps

  • 5 of 5

Our mountain secret, as a family we have been visiting for the last 20 years.

A charming traditional savoyard chalet set high up on the piste above Chinaillon in the Grand Bornand region of France.

Just over an hour from Geneva .

Cosy alpine themed bedrooms all ensuite , the a large sitting room based around a central open fire , with stunning views over the valley and distant mountains.

Fully catered you are looked after by the delightful hosts

Rob and Lou .

Wonderful piste side restaurants for lunch serving everything from Local diots, cheese tartiflette to crepes.

Great skiing for all family and friends.

See you next season!!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning ski in/out chalet

  • 5 of 5

I just got back from an amazing week at this wonderful chalet and had the most perfect stay.

The chalet is at the top of the resort with amazing views over the valley. It is easily accessible and you ski in and out everyday which is terrific. There is a tasty restaurant less than 100m away which we had lunch at but generally we stayed in the chalet in the evenings because it is so cosy and the food was so good.

Rob and Lou were the best hosts, they know so much about the resort and can give you really helpful tips for things to do. They also prepared delicious meals (breakfast, teatime cake and supper) for our group of 12 and catered for all dietary requirements.

The resort has a great range of pistes for all levels and it isn't overcrowded like some other resorts and it has lots of things to do if you don't want to do normal skiing. We went to the nordic ski course which I had never tried before but it was great!

I would definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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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.


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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $1.39 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. 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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