Stomp up the hill to the Plancerts lift – or get dropped off by the concierge – and swoosh down the Megève pistes. Later (snow permitting), ski back to the door. At 1200m, this characterful old chalet sits in high pastures above St Gervais. The views from the hot tub are spectacular.
You’ll need snow tyres in winter as the road is steep and winding. Indeed, the concierge (who lives in the mazot on site) picks you up to negotiate the final track. Your reward: a charmingly executed, eco-friendly restoration that mixes old and/or reclaimed with the best of new. Rustic open-tread stairs connect the three floors, from the big master bedroom at ground level, to the living room above – with a rotating log-burner – to the romantic bed and bath under the eaves where hay was once stored. In summer, donkeys, cows, goats and sheep come to graze the pastures.
Take time out from the digital age. Instead of TV there are books, games, DVDs and a piano to play (it’s tuned!). You can eat and drink in St Gervais, or chop, chat and stir in the sociable kitchen. Catering is possible, especially in ski season.