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La Ferme du Soleil - Chalet in Haute-Savoie

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Les Gettiers, 74450 Le Grand Bornand, Haute-Savoie
Rhône Valley - Alps, France

Max Gilbert

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Ski to the door of this idyllic alpine chalet; a blazing log fire and a Savoyard meal await. The setting is a dream all year round

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Eco ski-ing, a flute school, ukulele players - this place is unique! A hamlet of four old wooden houses (two chalets, two farm buildings) is high up, impossibly pretty, detached from the bustling world, with views to lift spirits and a deep silence in which to contemplate such beauty. Ski-in, ski-out doesn't get much better than this, but non-skiers will be just as content so it suits mixed ability family get-togethers. Tea and cake will be waiting as you walk in the door, and dinners are convivial and delicious. And how about this: an early morning ski randonnée? Set off (very quietly so you don't disturb the wildlife) with Jean-Francois the guide, with skins on your skis, a lamp on your head and breakfast on your back. Climb to the top of virgin peaks, spot golden eagles or a bearded vulture then enjoy a well-deserved outdoor breakfast before a super ski home. La Ferme du Soleil overlooks the small ski resort of Chinaillon, one of the best preserved villages in the Haute Savoie – the word 'idyll' really does apply. Big, cosy, beautiful, open and convivial – another dream realised.

  • Ski domain: Massif des Aravis.
  • Kit hire: 500m from chalet.
  • Distance to lifts: Ski in-Ski out.
  • Getting to the lifts: Ski in-Ski out.
  • Getting from the airport: Shuttle bus or taxi from Geneva airport.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Max Gilbert:

Local points of interest from
Max Gilbert:

  • Far from the madding crowds above the clouds but only just over an hour from Geneva.
  • Arrive by ski, baggage and stores brought by skidoo...downhill sking for all abilities right from the doorstep.
  • Veroni's collection of Alpine coats inspired by the flowers around the chalet and created for life around the chalet are available.
  • Doorstep eco skiing; set off with a guide on your skis for le petit dejeuner on top of the mountain.
  • Rural dairy farming community with cows with bells; the home of reblochon cheese making.
  • Quint essential french market in le Grand Bornand every wednesday with a variety of craft stools, locally made charcuterie and cheeses and alpine clothing.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"I absolutely love this chalet. The location is perfect with stunning mountain views out of every window. It is right in the middle of the resort so you are in the thick of it during the day but as soon as the lifts close at 5pm you are left alone on the mountain which brings an enormous sense of peace and tranquillity. Highlights are the variety of great food served in the evenings and the fantastic view of the sunset from the chalets main balcony every evening. "
March 2014
"This is a beautiful rustic chalet on the piste with exceptional views and real charm. The chalet hosts were skilled cooks and we were very well looked after. The somewhat remote position is amply compensated by the advantages of being away from the village. Very good for parties who all know each other well and make their own entertainment. "
March 2014
"La Ferme du Soleil is the loveliest ski chalet I have stayed in - cosy, generous, inviting. The main room is dominated by an open fire you can lounge around and has plenty of inviting sofas, nooks & crannies for afternoon games of chess and bananagrams whilst enjoying delicious cake after a day on the slopes. The hosts were fantastic, friendly, relaxed and excellent cooks. The bedrooms are charming and beds comfortable. What more could you ask for?!"
January 2014
"The only drawback of La Ferme is having to leave its charm and tranquility to tackle the slopes. Never has the temptation to stay at home on a skiing holiday been so great! La ferme is, quite simply, sublime. "
January 2014
"My husband, family and I visited the chalet and had a wonderful few days holiday. The position of the chalet was perfect, with great views and away from the crowds! The food was delicious, interesting menus and presented beautifully. We couldn't fault the service and found the hosts were helpful and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation had a rustic charm which we loved - clean and tidy and all the facilities that we needed. I would highly recommend this chalet for anyone looking for a special place to stay."
January 2014
"A lovely week on the slopes of La Grand Bornand in the tranquil and unique surroundings of La Ferme du Soleil. The glorious chalet is bettered only by the lovely welcome and exquisite service offered by our attentive hosts. If you are looking for a relaxing week of skiing with great food and fantastic company, then this is the chalet for you."
January 2014
"A fantastic chalet high up in a small French ski resort... ski in ski out accommodation doesn't get better than this - nor closer to the slopes! Run by a charming chalet hosts who cooked fabulous food for us all week, and ensured tea and cake was waiting as we walked/skied in the door after a hard day on the mountain! Will definitely be going back again."
March 2013
"I write to you on a very rainy day in the Alps, but do not be disappointed as the rain brings with it a new spectacle and mood with every blink of an eye. Above me is broken cloud with the threat that the sun may shine her fingers upon us and below me is lovely fluffy cloud caressing the side of every alp as it makes its way to pastures new. I wonder if this is how the gods lived on Mount Olympus!! I thank you kindly for accommodating us, my spirit is refreshed and my soul is charged. Steven"
July 2011

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  • 1 Chalet for 14
Price:(i) £680 to£750 per person per week

Fully catered chalet.

Booking info:

Minimum seven nights. See self-catering page for summer prices.


Fully catered chalet.


May to early June; Nov to early Dec.


Les Gettiers, 74450 Le Grand Bornand, Haute-Savoie

Chalet 1 Chalet
4 doubles, 1 twin; 1 double & 1 bunk sharing bathroom.
Price: (i) £ 680 to £ 750 per person per week

Max Gilbert

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+44 (0)7881 950400(mobile)