“Chic ski-in/ski-out hotel (or chalet rental for up to 23) on the edge of charming Les Gets, a typically French resort”
The 7 rooms are opulent and lavishly furnished - most have kingsize or twin beds and their own living area with sofas and a writing desk. One is smaller, with just a queensize bed. Another is dubbed the 'Family Suite', and has a kingsize bed on the main floor, another on a mezzanine, plus a single bed and space for a rollaway bed or baby cot (both kingsize beds can be twinned). You can rent the chalet exclusively for 23 people.
The look throughout is traditional; Louis-XIV style chairs and tables, great swags of curtains, and rich, brocaded bed covers and curtain ropes. Bathrooms have gleaming chrome fittings and tubs with showers over them.
Attention to detail is impressive. Bathrobes and slippers are provided and there's a generous stash of Jo Malone and Penhaligon toiletries, as well as the hotel’s own handmade essential-oil sea salts specially formulated to ease aching ski legs. Beds are dreamily comfortable with Hypnos mattresses, thick lambswool covers and crisp linens. There's plenty of hanging space for ski clobber, a full pillow menu, and each room has a Nespresso machine plus a supply of your favourite teas (you're asked before your stay). There's even a welcome pouch, containing suntan lotion to your preferred SPF level, a piste map and a goggles wipe.
Ferme de Montagne's food is fabulous. The dining room resembles a restaurant, with guests at their own table rather than communal, chalet-style dining around one large table. Dishes are intricate and elaborate, perfectly plated works of art, with everything made in-house and locally sourced as far as possible - gorgeous cheeses and meat are supplied by a dairy farmer down the road in St Jean d’Aulps.
Dinner is included in your room rate and there's loads of variety. Three times a week the menu is à la carte (with lots of choice), there's a brasserie menu once a week, and a full-blown 7-course tasting menu twice a week. Standout dishes during our stay included pan-fired cod with fennel puree and melting, slow-roasted pork belly with pickled pear and black pudding. The wine is a treat, too; Henry the owner is a keen wine enthusiast and the choice of bottles is extensive. All alcohol costs extra, though, so be careful when ordering!
Chef’s night off is usually Wednesday, when we'd advise heading to La Perla in the centre of Les Gets for traditional Savoyard dishes (10 minutes' walk). Les Coppeaux is good too; top organic steaks with a good accompanying wine list.
Breakfasts at the chalet are a cold buffet (pastries, local charcuterie and cheeses, homemade granola and compotes), plus 2 hot specials (the likes of eggs Benedict and smoked salmon on a dill potato cake) or a full English. And after a day on the slopes, you'll be delighted to find afternoon tea laid out in the library when you return - perhaps fresh scones, chocolate tart and lemon drizzle or pistachio cake.
This is principally a beautiful chalet hotel for adults. However, it allocates 5-7 weeks each winter (normally school holidays) for families and they are well looked after - early dinners are offered for young ones, and staff will help parents look after their offspring, assisting with dressing in the morning, carrying their skis and supervising them in the hot tub. Children under 16 get a 15% discount.
Outside Family Weeks, only teenagers are accepted.
One room has 2 kingsize/twin beds, one on a mezzanine sleeping area, plus an additional single bed and space for a rollaway bed or baby cot. Other rooms (except the smallest room) can each fit 1 rollaway bed or baby cot.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking