The diffuse light of a contemporary chandelier spills onto the white walls of this stylish chalet. Circled by wintry snows or May’s wild flowers, in a hamlet just outside Chatel, the lovely old farmhouse has balconies for big windows and stunning views, pine-cosy sleeping quarters, a kids’ dorm with its own TV, and a toy-filled mezzanine. Delicious treats (eggs from the hens, truffled pecorino, Lake Geneva trout) flow from the kitchen or the terrace’s wood-fired oven. Gather for log fires and nightcaps around the three-beam coffee table as you discuss the exploits of the day. Once in you won’t want to leave.