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
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.
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.
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.
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.