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My Escape To Chalet Savoie Faire

Drive to Chalet Savoie Faire French countryside
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Sometimes planning in advance pays off….really pays off where you have unbelievable accommodations. I really feel like I lucked out with a particular awesome stay in the French countryside during a recent trip to France and have to state for the record that I paid for my accommodation and was not asked to write a review.  I would return in a heartbeat because it  was so unique. The name? Chalet Savoie Faire.

Chalet Savoie Faire

Chalet Savoie Faire

Chalet Savoie Faire

When I told my friends Aileen and Ronan who live in Switzerland that I was interested in visiting the French Alps, they suggested Chalet Savoie Faire as they had stayed there for a wedding.

After flying into Lyon and visiting Chambery and Albertville, I drove to Fontaine Naves, about 50 minutes east of Annecy. I arrived in time for dinner with Nikki and Hugh, the owners, and another guest from New Zealand. They took 5 years to renovate a 1900s farmhouse into a beautifully decorated chalet that can be booked as a B&B, self catered or fully catered stay. For my stay I had a few dinners and one picnic lunch with Nikki and Hugh. All breakfasts were included.

The Accommodations

Their chalet is truly in the French countryside and getting there requires a car and heading up some mountains. It can accommodate up to 8 people and it has everything. When I say “everything” I really mean it. It’s equipped with everything you need and more: a kitchen with a fridge, oven, gas burners, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, music, movies, comfy sofas and as Nikki writes, “beds you won’t want to get out of” (so true).

When you walk through the home, you will no doubt do what I did and say out loud, “Wow!” Room after room is so beautifully done with many items picked up at “brocantes” (flea markets, garage sales). The furnishings are first class and the surroundings were truly relaxing. I enjoyed sitting out on one of the MANY terraces before dinner.

Chalet Savoie Faire

On the terrace at Chalet Savoie Faire

The Food

Chalet Savoie Faire French Countryside

Picnic with Hugh and Nikki from Chalet Savoie Faire

And then there’s the food. Nikki’s background is in the hospitality industry and she is an amazing chef. She prepared delicious breakfasts (fresh raspberries picked nearby, home made yogurt, granola, and warm muffins, cafe au lait, etc, etc.)  and I got to indulge in them on the balcony.  A creative, healthy picnic was prepared for lunch and the 3 course gourmet dinners were absolutely delicious. Nikki also holds cooking classes, but sadly I didn’t have time to do one.

Chalet Savoie Faire

Chalet Savoie Faire Breakfast

The Activities In The Area

Nikki and Hugh were so helpful in suggesting things to do and even provided me with hiking poles for my trek up to Le Refuge du Nant du Beurre and Le Grand Cretet. It was one of the best hiking experiences I’ve ever had. I just wish I had stayed longer. 

The only thing I really heard during the day were the faint sounds of cow bells. It is pretty much as peaceful an area as you can get. You want to get away and relax? Do it here. You want to get some fresh air and perhaps ski, bike, or hike? Do it here. You’re in the French countryside with famous mountains and resorts such as Les Trois Vallées, Meribel and Courchevel near by.

I will be back, for the hiking, the food, the surroundings, and the accommodations. I hate to use the word “service” because Nikki and Hugh’s friendliness and effort to make my stay PERFECT was more than “service”.  You are so well taken care of and they are constantly asking if everything is OK (it was..more than OK).

Chalet Savoie Faire:  Fontaines-Naves  La Lachere  73260  France  Tel: +33 (0)771 605 048

Note: This is not a sponsored stay. I paid for my accommodation booking directly with Nikki.

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  • Peta Kaplan
    August 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I love France too. Luckily my husband is a Frenchman and we have been often, but even so, there are so many areas and places still to discover.

    Wow this looks just gorgeous. I particularly like the photo of the terrace at the chalet and the photo of the beautiful breakfast. Perfection. Lucky you!!


    • Jan
      August 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      It was truly a beautiful place! You’re so fortunate to have married a Frenchman…more trips to France!

  • Bola
    August 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

    What a great escape! Hope to see this part of the world someday.

    • Jan
      August 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

      It’s becoming one of my favourite places in France because it’s so beautiful.

  • Jackie Smith
    August 15, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I appreciate your disclaimer that you paid for your accommodation (I did the same thing in this week’s post). I am finding that often times the gushing reviews of places where stays have been provided leave me wondering how accurate ‘the opinions are strictly my own’ are. . .and I much prefer those reviews based on paid stays. (And that way you can report the good and bad without hesitation.) This looks like our kind of place; thanks for the tip!!

    • Jan
      August 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      You’re welcome. I like to review great places where I have paid. I feel the places deserve the recognition!

  • Kay Dougherty
    August 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I have not had the urge to go to France for several years but you have started making me want to return! I experience very rude treatment my last time in France and punished them by taking my business elsewhere (take that!) But the level of care you received tells me it’s time for a new area and a new attitude (from me)!

    • Jan
      August 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Sorry to hear about your rude treatment. Oddly enough, Hugh is Irish and Nikki is Australian but I think this is a coincidence! I have met many nice French people and hopefully you’ll encounter more if you return!

  • noel
    August 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, this is definitely unique and what wonderful hosts, I would have also enjoyed an extra day just for the cooking class.

    • Jan
      August 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Yes, and my stay was MUCH too short!

  • Rossana
    August 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    What a great spot, looks like a ski chalet. The view from that terrace must be spectacular!

    • Jan
      August 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Yes the view was beautiful. I can only imagine how nice it would be in winter!

  • Jane
    August 16, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Hi Janice
    Great article – loved the food. We are currently house sitting in a small village outside Toulouse and enjoying every moment of it. So totally understand your love of France.

    • Jan
      August 16, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thank you for your comment and subscribing. I know you’ll enjoy every moment! Hope you get a chance to get to Carcassonne. It’s a beautiful medieval fortress.

  • The GypsyNesters
    August 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, no wonder you wanted to write about Chalet Savoie Faire. The Breakfast alone looks worth the trip.

    • Jan
      August 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      All the food was great…. All natural ingredients.

  • Tracey
    August 17, 2016 at 2:33 am

    I was the “New Zealander” in this post and I can attest to everything positive written about Nikki & Hugh, and Chalet Savoie Faire. I too paid for my stay, a whole week of bliss that ended way too soon, and will return for all the reasons you want to return. This place is a beautiful gem set in a spectacular landscape.

    • Jan
      August 17, 2016 at 7:38 am

      So nice to hear from you! Yes, Chalet Savoie Faire is truly a gem!

  • Marcelle
    August 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Seems you found a little gem of a place. Love the terrace and the food and scenery……..

    • Jan
      August 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, and I hope to go back….sooner, than later!

  • Irene S. Levine
    August 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    What a bucolic place! A lucky find! Thanks so much for sharing. Perhaps next time we visit Lyon, we can experience Chalet Savoie Faire.

    • Jan
      August 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Yes it really was and I’m heading back there sooner than later!