The cow-belled Vallée d’Abondance envelops this smart and pretty pine chalet, the result of years of your hosts’ dynamic energy. Oak floors, soft shapes and high ceilings hug reclaimed furniture and works by other members of this creative family – and other artists, whose pieces are temporarily exhibited and for sale. Warmth comes from a Finnish stove and solar panels – an eco-lover’s dream and you’ll find blissful relaxation 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. Or you can book a Karmaway chef to create superb and socially-conscious haute cuisine meals especially for you. Bedrooms have stunning views too, and dreamy bathrooms; gaze to mountains you climbed, snow-shoed or skied that day. If more of an adrenaline-rush is needed you can ice-dive, heli-ski or paraglide. And if you need a tad more relaxation, some serious spa pampering can easily be arranged. This is Alpine heaven -just over an hour’s drive from Geneva (where you can be met from the airport) and close to Evian and Lake Geneva.