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.


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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Yoga retreats with Maria

Yoga Retreats with Maria Come and join us at Chalet Savoie Faire, where Maria and I will be hosting the first yoga retreats for 2019. Open your mind, recharge the soul and step into the New Year with a renewed zest for life. Maria is a fully qualified yoga instructor,...

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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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Carrot & ginger cake

Carrot & ginger cake serves 8 Ingredients 250g SR flour 220g brown sugar 1 tsp freshly grated ginger 200ml sunflower oil 200g carrots, grated 1/2 tsp bi carb soda 1 tsp baking powder 3 eggs, separated 110g walnuts, crushed 1/2 tsp cinnamon  zest and juice of half an...

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Pumpkin pancakes with a butter sage sauce

I love Autumn, the colours, the seasonal foods, the rich smells of the forest floors and pumpkins! In our village, just about everyone grows pumpkins, all shapes, sizes and colours. They sit ripening on window sills, on outdoor furniture and we use them to decorate...

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