IN THE SUMMER
relax in the heart of the Savoie
AN ABANDONED BARN TRANSFORMED INTO A STUNNING LUXURY MOUNTAIN LODGE
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!
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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Poires au vin et cassis Serves 8 Ingredients 8 pear William, medium size 4 cups red wine 200ml creme de cassis 100g sugar 2 cinnamon sticks Method Combine the wine, a third of the creme de cassis, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a large heavy based saucepan. Bring to the...read more
Hazelnut & Orange Roulade Serves 8 Ingredients 6 egg whites 1 pinch salt 325g caster sugar 30g cornflour 1 tsp white wine vinegar 150g ground hazelnuts Filling 300ml double cream 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tbsp caster sugar 3 oranges, skinless segments Garnish 50g...read more
Fava grass pea dip Ingredients 200g grass peas (or split yellow peas, soaked for 4 hours) 1 red onion, diced 1/2 lemon zest and juice 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil cracked black pepper flaked sea salt Method Rinse the peas and place in a large saucepan, cover with...read more
Fresh cherry cake with milled linseed Serves 8 Ingredients 140g SR flour ( or Gluten free flour) 90g butter, melted 1 egg 4 tbsp milk 50g brown sugar a pinch of ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 300g fresh cherries Topping 30g GF flour 25g brown sugar 35g butter 2 tbsp milled...read more
Susan and David had been told about our little piece of paradise, a friend who had celebrated a birthday at Chalet Savoie Faire a few months previous to them starting to look for a venue. They gave me a call and l invited them up for afternoon tea, little was l to...read more
Roasted cauliflower & hazelnut salad Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower, broken into small florets 6 tbsp olive oil Curry powder 2 sticks of celery, diced 40g Hazelnuts or flaked almonds 50g Pomegranate seeds 1 tsp grain mustard 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil...read more
Last week we hosted a beautiful vegetarian wedding at Chalet Savoie Faire and since then many of the wedding guests have been asking for the recipes. So this is for you, enjoy! This is a super easy and very tasty salad, it's colourful contrast looks great on any...read more
I've always loved the fresh, simple flavours of Greek cuisine, the tastes are real and each mouthful is a memorable experience. Every year we visit Greece and I spend pleasurable hours in the local shops, pouring over the organic produce, filling my suitcase with...read more