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.


Sweet potato, cheddar & chive scones

Sweet potato, cheddar and chive scones makes 14 Ingredients 450g spelt flour 1 tsp himalayan salt 6 tsp baking powder 100g unsalted butter 200g sweet potato, grated 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated 1 bunch chives, chopped roughly 120ml cold almond milk (or normal if...

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Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte  Serves 8 - Vegan recipe Ingredients Base 240g hazelnuts grounded 80g dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 1 hour, then drain and chop 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp cacao powder pinch salt Filling 60ml golden syrup ( or maple syrup) 120g cacao powder...

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Yoga retreats with Maria

Yoga Retreat with Maria Come and join us at Chalet Savoie Faire, where Maria and I will be hosting the second yoga retreat for 2019. Open your mind, recharge the soul and step into March with a renewed zest for life. Maria is a fully qualified yoga instructor, with 8...

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Pumpkin & cashew nut spread

  Pumpkin & cashew nut spread 500g Butternut pumpkin, skin removed and chopped roughly 1 tbsp olive oil plus 1 extra 1 tsp curry powder 2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly 1 tsp honey 1/2 cup cashew nuts pinch salt & ground black pepper 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt (optional if...

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Beetroot gnocchi with a spinach pesto

Beetroot gnocchi & spinach pesto Serves 6 Ingredients 100g Spinach leaves, stems removed and blanched in boiling water, drained 1 cup basil leaves 40g pine nuts, toasted 2 cloves garlic, crushed Sea salt and cracked black pepper 35g parmesan, finely grated plus extra...

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Rosemary, thyme and Parmesan seeded knots

Rosemary, thyme & Parmesan seeded knots Makes three knots Ingredients 250ml warm water 5g dried yeast 1 tbsp caster sugar 375g plain flour 150g Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1 tsp salt 1/4 cup Rosemary leaves, finely chopped 1/4 Thyme leaves Seed topping 2 tsp salt...

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