Snow or no snow, for family ski-ing or recharging parental batteries, Ferme du Ciel is a spectacular mountain chalet in the breathtaking Grand Massif of the Haute Savoie Alps, available on an exclusive, fully catered basis or by the room as a boutique B&B. Samoëns a magnet for skiers and boarders but the incredible house itself and stunning Alpine scenery make Andrew and Su Lyell's ‘farm in the sky' the ultimate antidote to the daily grind all year round. Plus, the nanny on request and easy 1 hour transfer time from Geneva Airport adds to the ease of a family break.
After a winter running a ski chalet in Chamonix, Andrew and Su scoured the French Alps to find the perfect setting to start a new life and fell in love with Ferme du Ciel. Leaving behind hectic lives in the UK, their mission was to create somewhere to where worries and stresses melt away while being pampered in the lap of luxury and the result is a fabulous retreat for frazzled parents, families and good friends!
The couple have transformed the 350-year old Savoyard Barn with a savvy blend of traditional and modern styling. The exposed beams give it soul, whilst the sleek glass and stainless steel finishes give it contemporary gloss. The heart of the home is a stunning two-storey open plan living dining area, with floor to ceiling windows to gaze on the magnificent peaks and, although wonderfully spacious, the roaring fire and big squashy sofas ensure a comfy and cosy place to relax and enjoy time together. When youngsters need a distraction, there's a separate snug with state of the art home entertainment including a huge plasma TV, Sky, Xbox 3, Wi Fi and DVD library, plus each bedroom has Sky TV, DVD and CD players, an Ipod dock and Wi Fi.
Spread over 3 floors, Ferme du Ciel has plenty of room for up to 18 guests, featuring 5 generously proportioned bedroom suites and a family suite. Each one is individually and tastefully styled, with an indulgent spa-style en-suite bathroom, complete with walk in rain shower, Molton Brown toiletries, fluffy towels and robes. For après ski or simply après toddler (!), the sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi and pool are just the thing. Plus a revitalising massage or reflexology treatment can be arranged in guest's rooms, plus a nanny can be arranged on request throughout the ski season to guarantee relaxation. Outside, a wide enclosed balcony is a fabulous spot for admiring the views and the chalet also has a 150²m lawned garden, not forgetting the winter wonderland of snow fun and flower strewn spring meadows on the doorstep.
Su and Andrew believe that no one should have to worry about the cooking, so the catering is exceptional. From hearty breakfasts and home baked cakes for afternoon tea, to Champagne and canapés followed by superb three course feasts and varied children's menus, it's well worth working up an appetite!
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family suite which has a large bedroom with king size bed and space for a cot, a mezzanine children's bedroom with twin beds, and an ensuite with bath and rain shower. It is perfect for parents with 2-3 children.
Please Note: Prices are based on a group of 2 adults, 1 infant and 2 children aged 3-6 years. Older children will be charged extra, for more information please email email@example.com. The weekly price includes, breakfast and afternoon tea for 7 days, pre dinner drinks, canapes and a 4 course evening meal with wine and coffee on 6 evenings (earlier 2 course childrens dinner provided) and in resort transfers.
Unlike some Alpine destinations, getting to Ferme du Ciel is a breeze, with Samoëns just an hour's drive from Geneva airport on easy to navigate roads. The picturesque village is located close to the Grand Massif ski slopes, with spectacular views of mighty Mont Blanc and the Giffre Valley from the chalet. There are numerous bars and restaurants to choose from and the owners will happily provide recommendations to suit ever taste.
The winter sports are an obvious attraction, with over 265km of easily accessible pistes, a reliable record for snow and pleasantly milder temperatures. Private transfers are available to and from the Grand Massif Express gondola but with youngsters in tow, there's also endless fun to be had building snow men in the garden, going ice skating and taking a sleigh ride in the village, taking the chalet's snow sleds to the children's toboggan run and going on a dog sled or snow mobile adventure.
For summer holidays, Ferme du Ciel has a whole new appeal, surrounding by the lush flower strewn Alpine meadows, with chalet balconies festooned in colourful blooms and piercing blue sky days regularly hitting temperatures into the 30's. The spectacular scenery makes the hiking second to none and a pack donkey can even be arranged to carry the picnic! There are waterslides at the local swimming pool, tours of the village on the SeptiTrain and nearby IndianaParc features high and low rope adventure courses for all ages.
Day trips which are only an hour's drive from Ferme du Ciel include Annecy, known as The Venice of France, the medieval village of Yvoire on Lake Geneva and the bustling Alpine resort of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc.
Nearest GP: Samoens village (5 mins). Nearest A&E: Cluses (25 minutes)