“Gorgeous refurbed old farmhouse, available by the room or as a whole (for 20-24), and a smaller sister chalet in a traditional Alpine village”
English owners Rob and Lucy Mundell spent a year restoring the near-derelict building, after winning a ski competition to Morzine and falling in love with the area. Later, they did up another smaller chalet next door called La Petite Ferme, which appeals to those after some extra privacy. Both chalets have access to a hot tub - perfect for soothing those achey legs after skiing. This really is Alpine living at its finest.
- Beautiful, chalet-chic interiors - exposed wooden beams, antique furniture, vintage lampstands, squishy velvet sofas - plus an alfresco hot tub with knockout snowy views
- Lovely, relaxed and friendly staff who are passionate about the mountains
- The food. Restaurant-quality, experimental dishes based on classic French food with a modern twist. 5-course dinners in the winter, light and healthy in the summer
- Nicholas, the helpful Swiss ski concierge, who can organise ski hire, lift passes and private guides
- Excellent value for money and a flexible set-up, with a choice of weekly or short breaks in winter, and nightly B&B or H/B rates in summer
- Quite a difference in size between the rooms in the main chalet, yet the pp rate is the same throughout. Ask for the biggest and best room available when booking, ideally Pleney, 'the honeymoon suite'
- Full pre-payment in advance of stay, and there's a minimum stay of 7 nights (Sunday-Sunday) in peak ski season
- A sociable 'shared chalet' feel rather than a hotel feel - guests dine together around a long oak table; stay in La Petite Ferme if mingling is not your thing
- Half board rates only include 6 evening meals, so you'll need to eat out on the other night
- The giant living area is TV-free, so no big screening sessions, and no TVs in the bedrooms either. There is a TV lounge but it is small. Great for kids to escape to, though
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Our top tips
- Alpine Chalet
- 11 rooms and 1 separate chalet
- Half-board in winter, meal plans in summer, restaurants nearby
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
- Laundry Service
The rooms in the main chalet 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.
If you're after some more privacy, choose Petite Ferme: the cosy little sister chalet located away from the main building. It has 3 ensuite bedrooms, with 1 on the ground floor and 2 on the upper floor, and can sleep 6 - good for families or couple friends. There's a a lounge with a log burner, and a kitchen for knocking up snacks. It's usually rented half board, but self-catering is available on request at certain times.
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.
- Cots Available
- Underfloor heating
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 (and 6 dinners). 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.
- Children's meals
- Communal dining
- Half board
- In house cook
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- Skiing: the chalet is 5 minutes’ drive from the Ardent ski lift, which whisks guests up into the mighty Portes du Soleil. This is one of the biggest ski areas in the world, with 650km of slopes, and offers something for everyone, from the total beginner to the gnarly black-run skier or hardened off-pister. Nicholas, the chalet's ski concierge, can organise everything for you (lift passes, ski hire, ski school, guides etc)
- When your muscles are aching, head back to the chalet for afternoon tea and a restorative soak in the alfresco hot tub
- In the summer, go boating on Lac Vert, hike through alpine pastures and up the mountains (many of the chair lifts are still open), or try mountaineering, rock climbing and white-water rafting. Golf courses are close, too
- Road cycling is popular, and keen cyclists can attempt some challenging Tour de France climbs nearby
- Go shopping in Morzine, a year-round resort. Or head further afield to cosmopolitan Geneva
- Visit the historic spa towns of Yvoire, Thonon and Evian. Yvoire is a particularly pretty medieval village with lovely (if pricey) shops and restaurants, located right beside Lake Geneva
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Shopping / markets
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
La Petite Ferme is a good option for families as it sleeps 6 and is located away from the main chalet so noise won't carry. If you decide to stay in the main house, 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
- High chairs
- Baby cots
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
Kids Activities on site:
- DVD library with family films
Kids Activities nearby:
- Nursery slopes for ski/boarding lessons
- Day care
- An ice rink
- Treetop adventure park
- Horse riding
La Ferme du Lac Vert sits on a quiet, winding lane leading up the mountain from Montriond, a small village on the edge of Morzine in the Portes du Soleil, France. It is just down from Lac Vert, a beautiful green lake after which the chalet is named, and surrounded by ramshackle old farm buildings and chalets.
Fly into Geneva (86km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
The chalet is approx 1 hour 15 minutes' drive from Geneva airport. Airport transfers can be arranged or you can hire a car or take a taxi.
Cluses is the nearest train station, 30 minutes away. The chalet will do free pick-ups from there.
A car is advised for exploring in the summer but not necessary in the winter, when daily transfers to the ski slopes are laid on and included in the price. If arriving via Geneva airport, it’s worth picking up your hire car on the Swiss side of the border, as you’ll find it easier - and probably cheaper - to explore both countries. See our car rental recommendations. Note that you’ll need a vignette (annual permit) to drive on Swiss motorways. You can park for free in the village.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to France and getting around
- Geneva 86.0 km GVA
- Beach 40.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km