Chalet Isabella

Verchaix en Haut, Haute-Savoie
+33 (0)4 50 47 98 07

Bright and airy ski chalet in the French Alps. Ski in winter, hike in summer and return to a hot tub, swimming pool and delicious meals


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Sara Jane and Jimmy have done a fantastic job renovating their 17th-century farmhouse and are eager to share their passion for the mountains with their guests. Although there are modern chalets nearby, none obscure the lovely views of the valley below and a ski area on the other side.

The chalet is catered in winter with the option of self-catering or B&B in summer. Sara Jane is an enthusiastic cook and serves meals around a long table in the atmospheric dining room next to the log fire, or out on the deck with views of mountain peaks. Drive five minutes to Samoëns for restaurants and a supermarket.

The Grand Massif is the highest ski area in the Haute Savoie, and Jimmy will happily transport you to ski lifts and pick you up afterwards. There’s a jacuzzi in the garden and a swimming pool. In summer there are glorious walks in alpine meadows, or mountain biking.

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We think you'll love

  • The magnificent views
  • The ancient farmhouse, with its old furniture and fascinating history
  • The warm welcome and helpful local knowledge
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You should know

  • There are steep steps up to the bedrooms
  • You need a car to go to the shops or it would be a long walk back uphill


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Please ask for catered pricing. Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from €321
Weekly price
from €2250
1 Chalet for 10
From €3215 bedrooms


The owners have done such a tasteful job on the renovation of this ancient building. I love the beautiful quirky interior, the mixture of old savoyard furniture, comfy seating and modern colour palette. The stunning view is quite exceptional as is the welcome that you will get from Sara Jane and Jimmy.

Suzie, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's a five-minute drive down a long, winding and fairly steep road to the village of Samoëns, with its medieval town square, Gothic church and a number of bars, restaurants and shops. It’s part of the Grand Massif ski domain, with links across to Flaine (high altitude ski resort). Many organised mountain activities take place both in the village and the valley below and walks around the property are spectacular. For cyclists, the Col de Joux Plane climb crosses from Samoens to Morzine.

Local points of interest from Sara Jane Coleman

  • Use local maps, walk up the hill and hike into the forest follow the map to the top the mountain and arrive at Le Col de Joux Plain. Lunch in the restaurant there see all the way across the Grand Massif with amazing view of Mont Blanc. 2.5 hr up 2 back.
  • Explore the fantastic Sixt Fer Chevel nature reserve. See the stunning waterfalls. Walk to Le Bout de Monde ( end of the world ) You often see Bouquentins and Chamois
  • Have a day at Lac Bleu in Morillon - Sunbath on the sandy beach, swim in the mountain river fed lake. Go on the high wire adventure line through the pine trees.
  • Wednesday morning explore Samoens Market. Lots of Local food stalls selling cheeses -cold meats - fruits - Hot roast chickens. Plus clothes, hats, bags and jewellery.
  • Spend the day at the open air pool in Samoens. 3 different size pools for all ages and a big fun slide. Surrounded by an garden for picnics and games. Great cafe get there early for a free sunbed. Ps Boys need speedos.
  • White water rafting down the Giffre river is the best fun on any type of day ! Then Hire bikes either road - mountain or electric and ride through the valley.


Sara Jane Coleman

Sara Jane and Jimmy live with their children in an apartment at the top of Chalet Isabella. They first fell in love with the Alps in Austria where they worked as ski instructors for over ten years before moving to France in 2004. They are genuinely passionate about the mountains, their chalet, cooking and giving their guests a great time. They have renovated the farmhouse, Chalet Isabella from top to bottom between seasons, creating a warm and relaxing alpine retreat, and also found the time to renovate the barn, originally built around 1767, into the bijoux two-bedroom chalet, La Grange 1767.