IN THE SUMMER

relax in the heart of the Savoie

AN ABANDONED BARN TRANSFORMED INTO A STUNNING LUXURY MOUNTAIN LODGE

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps is Chalet Savoie Faire. A lovingly restored Savoyard barn offering luxury accommodation with the option for bed and breakfast, full board or self catered.

From the enormous floor to ceiling picture windows Chalet Savoie Faire offers glorious views across the valleys and peaks of the Tarentaise Valley, the picturesque ski resort of Valmorel and the world famous Tour de France climb – the Col de la Madeleine.

Chalet Savoie Faire is the perfect destination for an activity break with a good dose of relaxation thrown in. Choose from the multitude of activities available on the doorstep such as mountain biking, ski touring, Nordic skiing, road cycling and hiking. And when the mountains have worn you out there are many ways to relax in or close to this luxury, mountain bed and breakfast.

Relaxation means different things to different people but Nikki and Hugh are sure that they can offer you whatever it takes to unwind and prepare yourself for the next day’s activities. Whether your idea of relaxation is a massage and a visit to the local steam rooms or a vin chaud in front of an open fire it can be arranged for you.

The spa town of La Léchère is close to the chalet and offers the opportunity to relax and make the most of the vast range of treatments offered. La Léchère spa is unusual as it uses thermal water from the nearby thermal springs. A wide range of treatments is available from reflexology and facials to massages and steam rooms. Perfect after a long day on the mountain or in the saddle!

We can also arrange for a masseur/masseuse to come to Chalet Savoie Faire if requested in advance of your stay.
Alternatively, if you or one of your party would prefer to spend the whole stay at Chalet Savoie Faire relaxing this can be easily arranged.  Why not book onto one of Nikki’s cookery courses and choose from a range of courses from vegetarian to local Savoyard dishes. Nikki also shares her extensive knowledge of the local area by taking you on gentle walks to discover what the mountains have to offer for the foodie – from mushrooms to local farms producing the local delicious cheeses.

Local French markets are always a treat to visit and there are excellent twice weekly markets in the valley which are definitely worth spending a morning browsing around.

There are many local towns worth visiting within easy striking distance of Chalet Savoie Faire, including the not to be missed lake town of Annecy as well as Bourg St Maurice, Aime, Albertville, Moûtiers and Chambery. These historic alpine towns are fascinating to explore at any time of the year and have much to offer in any season. Nikki can advise you on the best days to visit and have a look at our Calendar to see what’s on in the area.

So however you like your relaxation, be it tackling the famous local Cols on a bike, ski touring the vast and beautiful surrounding backcountry, improving your cookery skills in a specially designed teaching kitchen, enjoying gourmet meals in a quiet village location with stunning views or skiing Les Trois Vallées look no further than Chalet Savoie Faire.

The warmest of welcomes is waiting for you at Nikki and Hugh’s beautifully restored 1900’s Savoyard farmhouse in Fontaine, Naves.
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SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Sweet potato & barley salad

A great summer recipe to fill your table with goodness, sweet potato is full of flavour, especially when it's served simply. The combination of roasted sweet potatoes and the chewy crunch of barley works well. I like to eat a bowl of this salad for lunch but it's also...

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Tour de France – Taste le tour

Well it's that time of year yet again, the super fit mad men take to the roads, travelling all over France's beautiful country side. We know there are so many of you in Australia that stay up all night and watch stage by stage, you don't need to be crazy about cycling...

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Peach tart

I had obviously bought too many peaches at the market last week, not sure what it is, the smell, the colour or the look of them - l can never resit from filling  my basket. Once home and they look so gorgeous in a crystal bowl, sitting in the middle of my dining table...

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Almond crumbed Camembert

Almond crumbed Camembert Serves 8 Ingredients 2 Camembert cheeses 1 egg, beaten 4 tbsp plain flour 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs 3 tbsp flaked almonds Salt & pepper oil for shallow frying 1 cup home made plumb jam   Method Cut the Camembert into quarters and then...

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Spinach Roulade

This is a recipe l have used for many years, whether it be served as individual an entree or on a platter to share at a summer picnic. It's always a sure winner in looks and taste, the filling can be changed to suit your taste but l would encourage using farm fresh...

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Lemon, lime & ginger cheesecake

I can taste the zing just thinking about this recipe, the lime, the organic candied ginger mixed with lemon is a great combination for a summer treat. It's another simple one that will take a whole 25 minutes to get it into the fridge, winning over family, friends and...

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