mountain action, alpine relaxation


Cross country skiing or Nordic skiing as it can also be called is hugely popular in the Savoy region of France and in particular around Fontaines, Nave. World class cross country ski trails are on the doorstep of Chalet Savoie Faire and all runs are well marked. Not for nothing do the Nordic ski trails around this beautiful area have a worldwide reputation amongst those in the know!

The cross country ski trails of Naves are situated on the sunny side of the Beaufortain and offer an amazing 43km of traditional and skating pistes over two plains.There are pistes and trails available for all levels including beginners to this fast growing sport.

Ski and boot hire is available in the village of Grands Naves and Nikki and Hugh can help organise all your equipment hire.

Indeed Naves is home to the Maison de la Montagne, the areas cross country skiing centre. Here you can not only hire all the necessary equipment but also area access badges. Knowledgeable, English speaking, local guides can also be booked with prior notice.

After a good work out on the cross country trails why not enjoy the benefits of the local thermal springs or ask Nikki to arrange a relaxing massage ensuring that you’re in good shape for the following days exertions!

At the end of a day on the Nordic pistes there can be no better way of relaxing than returning to Chalet Savoie Faire and all the warmth, comfort and luxury it offers. Enjoy an aperitif in front of the fire before dining in the stunning vaulted dining room. This former Savoyard barn has been lovingly restored by Hugh into a luxury mountain bed and breakfast.


Clothing, cooking & antiques in the Alps.

  Many people hate shopping, for those of you who don't know me, l'm certainly not one of them! Over the years many of our guests have asked me to take them shopping because they love what they see at Chalet Savoie Faire and can imagine some of those pieces in...

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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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Candied orange sticks

Candied orange sticks are such a fancy treat after a wonderful meal over the festive season. They also make beautiful Christmas gifts, wrapped in cellophane with a big ribbon. l like to make batches of these early December, using a mixture of lemon, grapefruit and...

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Einkorn wheat & roasted vegetable salad

A crunchy & delicious salad, keeping your energy levels up for a hard day skiing or hiking up the mountains. Hugh and l eat this quite often, the wheat has a chewy consistency and mixed with the herbs & vegetables gives a perfect balance of filling your tummy...

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Yoga, Cooking and Snow Shoeing Package

The three things l love to do during the winter months made me think it would be a great idea to package it up as a mini break after the excess indulgence at Christmas and New Year. This is for everyone, all ages, all levels and sizes, this is about YOU and...

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Butternut pumpkin, apple & curry soup

A seriously great Sunday evening soup, the snow if falling, wind howling, rain pelting down the window, it doesn't matter, this soup is going to make you warm inside. A big orange bowl of warmth, served with home made bread (see my cheats soda bread blog) and a slab...

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