The homeward piste takes you to the door; the cable car, opposite, sweeps you to the peaks. The chalet is named after its magnificent central fireplace… on one side gleaming leather sofas, on the other, red dining chairs at a long table. Everything feels generous here: great beams span the chalet’s length, windows look up to the cliffs of the Hauts Forts, high ceilings give a sense of space. There’s a reading room on the mezzanine above the living area with books, internet, antique globe and worn leather armchairs, and a small bar made of English oak by a carpenter friend. Bedrooms are Alpine-swish and themed: there’s the Toy Room’ for families, the ‘English Room’ that sports a bowler hat. The carpets are sisal, one room’s four-poster is veiled in muslin and the bathrooms have luxury bathrobes and shower heads as big as plates. The chef produces the best of country cooking, and Paul and Francesca can organise everything, including torchlight descents. There’s massage, a sauna, a hot tub outside, DVDs to cheer wet days – even an in-house crèche. A great spot for families.