Chalet La Vieille Ferme, catered chalet in St Gervais,

Chalet in St Gervais with Log fire, Wi-Fi, Airport Transfers available, Satellite / Cable TV, DVD, Parking Available

Chalet 2213

Catered, Sleeps 10 - 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Facilities: Log fire, Wi-Fi, Airport Transfers available, Satellite / Cable TV, DVD, Parking Available, BBQ, Cot Available, Balcony / Terrace, Cross Country Skiing

Suitable for: Short breaks

Location type: Mountains, Village, Ski resort

La Vieille Ferme is an authentic savoyard farmhouse, originally built in 1860, beautifully restored and modernised to add comfort to its' natural charm and warmth. Situated overlooking the spa village of St.Gervais, there is a stunning view of the Mont Blanc and the Chaine des Fizz.

There is ample parking and a large south facing garden which is ideal for relaxing, painting or just admiring the view. The terrace in front of the farmhouse is a suntrap, even in the middle of winter. Wake up to the summit silhouetted by the rising sun. Watch through binoculars as intrepid climbers arrive at the very top of Mont Blanc.

Skiing accommodation:
The farmhouse sleeps up to 10 guests in four bedrooms, including twins, doubles and family rooms; all the bedrooms have their own bathroom or shower room. A very large living room looks out over St Gervais and gives onto a balcony that runs round the south and east sides of the farm. Guests spend hours, winter and summer, just gazing at the ever changing face of the Mont Blanc which seems to rise up out of the bottom of the garden. We have a separate dining room with a wood burning stove which is overlooked by two cosy mezzanines where one can relax with a book from our library or listen to music.

Catered Ski Chalet:
Marie herself does the cooking. She serves a three course evening meal from a rich variety of menus, from the best of the renowned Savoie specialities, to dishes that have their origins all over the world. The wine included with supper is the result of much dedicated and selfless research on Jeremy's part, and is much appreciated by all our guests. The only complaints we seem to get are that guests go away slightly larger than when they arrive, even after all that exercise and fresh air! However, Marie's cooking is one of the many reasons why these same guests return again…and again…

Whether as a base for your winter skiing and snow-shoeing holidays, summer walking, or just long weekend breaks, the chalet is superbly positioned, not only for it's proximity to an incredible array of skiing areas but also for some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. And if you have never seen the mountains in autumn, it could be that you have missed out on one of nature's most spectacular sights. The leaves turning stunning fiery colours, set against a backdrop of the mountain tops powdered with the first snows of winter, all bathed in the crystal light of the Alps.

General information

Property type Chalet
Catered Catered
Holiday theme Walking holiday, Sight-seeing, Cycling holiday, Summer holidays, Ski Holidays
Suitability notes

We supply our own Geneva Airport transfers.
If driving down, we are a very easy 8 hours from Calais, with autoroute the whole way apart from the last 11 kms.

Accommodation information

Bedrooms

4 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 10 people

Bathrooms

4 bathrooms

Dining room

Seats 12

Living room

Seats 12

On-site facilities

Entertainment Satellite / Cable TV, DVD, Television
Communications & IT Internet access, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Leisure Table tennis
Heating Log fire, Central heating
Household Cot Available, Hairdryer, Towels/linen provided

You don't have to worry at all about oven, microwave etc as we do all the catering for you!

Parking Parking Available
Other facilities Airport Transfers available, Balcony / Terrace, Garden, BBQ, Panoramic views, Cross Country Skiing

We specialise in short breaks and long weekend skiing trips out of high season, with a minimum stay of three nights. We have no set arrival and departure days, it is just depends on our availability. An early flight to Geneva and an evening departure should ensure five and half days skiing for a five night stay! We can pre-organise any ski equipment hire at preferential rates and ski passes can be booked online and delivered to us for safe keeping, so you waste the minimum amount of valuable skiing time when you get here!

Car is not necessary

About St Gervais

St Gervais forms part of the EVASION MONT BLANC ski area, with 430 kms of pistes spread over a huge geographic area that includes Megève, Combloux, Les Contamines, and La Giettaz.

This is a huge domain, but is very far from being a mass-tourism resort; this is definitely an area that has yet to be 'discovered'. Out of high season, (school holidays!), you can easily find you have the slopes and the lifts practically to yourselves- the pistes have been beautifully groomed just for you! The lift staff, mostly drawn from the local village communities, are friendly and helpful, making this, all in all, a very special place to ski. People who have discovered this area do not then want to go and ski anywhere else. This is traditional skiing at it's best.

The St.Gervais-Bettex ski area is seamlessly linked to the Megève Mont D'Arbois slopes and thus offers a huge skiing domain. (Ski Megève without the queues to and from the lifts through the centre of Megève.) Beginners are very well catered for with an excellent local ski school, and many green and blue trails, (and not just short runs either ). Intermediate skiers will find paradise, being able to ski for miles and miles on beautiful blue and red runs. Expert skiers will not be disappointed; there are many challenging runs, including one of the most daunting black runs in the Alps, the famous 'Chamois' off the shoulder of the Mont Joly, as well as some excellent off-piste. This (unfortunately!) is where Chamonix comes to ski on snowy days.

Our ski area is excellent for all weather conditions. The wide open spaces of the Mont Joux, Mont Joly and Les Contamines are a delight on a sunny day, whereas the tree lined slopes of the Mont Rosset and Princess give you magical visibility in snow storms and flat light conditions. There is no hesitation about venturing onto the mountain on even the snowiest of days- few people around, fantastic new snow and good visibility! Magic!

Combloux: classic skiing through pine forests on well groomed slopes- a superb day away from the crowds
St Nicolas-de-Véroce: well worth the detour to ski down to this charming Alpine village with it's Baroque church and stupendous view of Mont Blanc.

Les Contamines at the top of the valley: more excellent skiing with its wide, open slopes above the treeline. It is particularly good in early and late season, usually with excellent spring snow.

Be original, take the Tramway du Mont Blanc from the centre of St. Gervais up to the Col du Voza and ski all day in Les Houches.

Other Winter Activities:
One tends to forget that alpine skiing is not the only activity in winter. St Gervais Mont Blanc is a fabulous site for the rapidly growing sport of ski-touring with many safe trails in and above the tree line. Our local ski hire shop can kit you out with all the necessary equipment.

For the more adventurous, we can arrange guides to take you off the beaten track. The same applies for snow-shoeing. There is also an ice skating ring in St. Gervais.

Take a tandem paragliding flight from the Mont-Joux with an instructor- see the slopes from a new angle!

And why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating "après-ski" spa session at the 'Thermes', the well known spa centre in Le Fayet from where St Gervais derives it's 'Les-Bains' name.

Activities near St Gervais

Walking and Hiking:
The Mont Blanc region provides arguably some of the best walking in the world and Jeremy cannot wait to introduce you to the area. There are walks for all levels and all weather conditions, from low valley scenic ambles, to easy access high mountain hikes. Our location in St Gervais puts us at the very heart of this massive walking area; within a thirty minute drive of the chalet, we have not only the granite of the Mont Blanc massif, but also the limestone of the Grand Massif and Aravis ranges and the sedimentary rock of the Val Montjoie. This gives us not only a huge amount of walks to choose from, but also vastly different rock formations; we can put together a program of walks for you where every single day is totally different. Come and stay with us for a week and we can organise a program of totally contrasting walks that will leave you with a lasting impression of this fabulous area!

Local sports activities

Within 15 minutes: Mountain biking, Swimming, Horse riding, Climbing, Sports centre, Fishing, Cycling, Flying, Skiing, Golf, Walking, Tennis

Walking
Our location in St Gervais puts us at the very heart of this massive walking area; within a thirty minute drive of the chalet, we have not only the granite of the Mont Blanc massif, but also the limestone of the Grand Massif and Aravis ranges and the sedimentary rock of the Val Montjoie. This gives us not only a huge amount of walks to choose from, but also vastly different rock formations; we can put together a program of walks for you where every single day is totally different. Come and stay with us for a week and we can organise a program of totally contrasting walks that will leave you with a lasting impression of this fabulous area!

Paragliding
Come and experience a tandem paragliding flight either in winter or summer. Your first ride on the wind is a totally unforgettable experience. Our local Paragliding school, A2L Parapente, is run by Sam Sperber, who not only has well over 15000 flights under his wing, but was also winner of the tandem Coupe de France 2008.If you are already qualified and have your own wing, our region is one of the Mecca's of Paragliding in France. There are many official take off and landing sites run by the local municipalities with help from the FFVL (Féderation Francaise de Vol Libre), from where you can take full advantage of the thermals, riding round the peaks of the massif. We can organise a tandem flight to introduce you to the unique topography and flying conditions of the area to enable you to fly to the best of your ability. Contact us for more details and we will work out a program for you

Mountain Biking
The Mont Blanc region is a mountain biking paradise. And now that we have the new Diamant Vert circuits, this is a brilliant place for beginners, novices, or just plain lazy bikers like Jeremy who want the thrills without all the hard work.

Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata was originally conceived in Italy and was widely used in the Dolomites during the First World War to enable non-mountain troops to gain ascendancy over the enemy.Literally translated as 'Iron Way', today's Via Ferrata are sections of rock equipped with a fixed safety cable (to which you are permanently attached) and, where necessary, metal hand and footholds; this equipment enables people with little or no previous experience of rock climbing to encounter all the sensations of that sport. There are a number of Via Ferrata within an hour's drive of the chalet, ranging from relatively easy if it is your first time, to difficult. All the safety gear you need ( harness, 2 rope sections with carabiners and shock absorber, and a helmet) can be rented locally.

White Water Rafting
If you have never experienced this before, whitewater rafting is a must for all the family (from 7 yrs old) to try.

Other Options: Golf, Glacier Walking and lots lots more ...

Local leisure activities

Within 15 minutes: Food shop, Restaurant, Shopping

Great for Walking holiday, Sight-seeing, Cycling holiday, Summer holidays, Ski Holidays

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For your convenience, all prices above are, (and payments can be made) in £'s sterling.
please contact us for sole- occupancy prices
10% reduction on second week
Single room supplement: 40% on basic cost
For children sharing a room with 2 adults: 8-15 yrs old inclusive, 35% off adult price
Under 16 yrs old (two or more sharing a room): 10% off adult price
B&B is available out of season at £40 per person per night

Prices include
chalet accommodation as described on this web site
half board accommodation for six nights a week, including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, 3 course dinner with wine, bed and breakfast for one night
linen, towels and cleaning
all local taxes

Prices do not include
travel to the chalet, lift passes (winter and summer)
additional days, entrance fees
personal insurance, equipment hire
transfers to and from Geneva airport, (but we can supply these)
transfers to and from Le Fayet Railway station, guided excursions
personal laundry

No smoking in the chalet.

All holidays officially start at 4 p.m. on the day of arrival, and end at 10 a.m. on the departure day

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