The cow-belled Vallée d’Abondance envelops this pretty pine chalet, the result of years of your hosts’ creative energy. Oak floors, soft shapes and high ceilings hug reclaimed furniture and works by other members of this arty family. Warmth comes from a Finnish stove and solar panels – an eco-lover’s dream and you still find bliss in the hot tub (along with spectacular views). Expect cultured chat in the intimate dining room and Suzie’s range-cooked local and organic food. Bedrooms have stunning views too, and dreamy bathrooms; gaze to mountains you climbed, snow-shoed or skied that day. Heavenly.