“Gorgeous refurbed old farmhouse in a traditional Alpine village in Portes du Soleil, available by the room or as a whole chalet for 20-24”
The rooms vary quite a bit in size, but are all priced the same (based on a per person rate). Some are big doubles, some are triples with 3 single beds or a double and a single (useful for a family), and one is a quadruple. A couple are quite tight doubles or twins with not much space around the bed. Ask for the best room available when booking - see details of all rooms here.
La Ferme du Lac Vert used to be a dairy farm, and Lucy has tastefully picked up on this with her interior design. There are cow-skin rugs, cow-print cushions and bright cartoon cow pictures that she painted herself. Even the toiletries are Cowshed! But it's very tasteful, and perfectly combined with traditional touches such as mahogany antique beds and wardrobes, plus cosy faux-fur throws tossed over the beds. We loved the quirky Ottoman lanterns, and armchairs re-upholstered in Swiss army blankets.
While the rooms are old-style and wood-panelled, ensuite bathrooms are gleaming and contemporary, with shiny chrome and grey slate tiles. Most have showers over baths, but Fondulay and Cote D'Abroz have showers only, while Pleney has a roll-top bath and a separate shower. Cosy robes and slippers are just the thing to wrap up in on a snowy evening, plus there's underfloor heating to keep you snug.
The chalet chef, Chiefy, is a genuine talent, and was a quarter-finalist on Masterchef 2006. In winter, all stays are half board, including afternoon tea. Evening meals are highly sociable, creative 5-course affairs, including a full cheese board. You begin with elaborate canapés - one day we had miniature steak tartares; another, curious but highly moreish molecular-style blobs of exploding Bloody Mary. The main courses ranged from melting braised shoulder of lamb to perfect pan-fried duck breasts with roasted butternut squash and cherry sauce. All were excellent.
Breakfasts combine porridge or hot muesli with a choice of hot dish - perhaps a full English, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, or grilled tortilla with peppers, feta cheese and braised fava beans. There are also heaps of pastries, a wide choice of cereals and an endless array of herbal teas and freshly ground coffee.
On the chef’s night off, try excellent nearby restaurants. L’Etale in the centre of Morzine serves good Savoyard dishes, and Chez Etienne, a hotel in Montriond, has a classical French menu. Staff can recommend mountain restaurants for lunches.
In the summer you can book B&B or half-board stays. There's often a pop-up restaurant celebrating seasonal and locally sourced produce in surprise tasting menu format - choose between 5 or 8 courses. Otherwise, evening meals have 4 courses, and the emphasis is on lighter salads, delicious BBQs and giant fruit salads. Note breakfasts are Continental and there's no afternoon tea or evening aperitifs/wine.
The chalet is probably not ideal for toddlers, but children of all ages are very welcome and there is a 20% discount for kids under 13. It is a big, roomy property with lots of space for children to play, including a TV lounge with a range of family DVDs.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Pleney is a double room with space for a baby cot. Cote D'Abroz has a double bed and a single bed. Montriond, Vache and Nantaux have a double or kingsize bed, a single bed and space for a baby cot. Ardent has a kingsize bed and 2 single beds. Lapin has 3 single beds and space for a baby cot. If you are hiring out the chalet for exclusive use, you can add 4 rollaway beds into the mix.
Childcare can easily be arranged with local English-speaking crèches or nannies
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Catering can be arranged accordingly - early teas, or lighter options if children are old enough to join the grown-ups