L'Ancienne Fromagerie is a unique and beautiful character house that forms part of the old nineteenth century cheese dairy. The property has been entirely renovated, featured as a 'cosy, well-restored, traditional' chalet in the 2013 Where to Ski and Snowboard Guide Book. It is light and spacious throughout; with a generous 83m2 of accommodation cleverly laid out over 3 floors. It comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms sleeping 9 people.
Ideally situated, it is just 200m from the historic village center and its shops, cafe bars and restaurants. In winter the free ski bus is a 5 minutes walk away, which takes you directly to the Grand Massif Express lift in just a few minutes.
The house has original exposed beams throughout; it has been tastefully and thoughtfully refurbished with contemporary and traditional touches. On the entrance level there is an open plan lounge and dining area with a double sofa bed, large table with ample seating and wonderful views of the village and mountains. It is equipped with free wif fi, flat screen TV with over 160 channels including English channels, DVD player, iphone/ipad speaker dock and a selection of DVD's,board games, books and maps. A large wood burner provides a focal point in the living area and there is heating throughout the house.
The new fully equipped kitchen area has plenty of work space, wide range of utensils and crockery, appliances including a electric ceramic hob, integrated dishwasher, microwave, fridge and fan oven.
On the lower floor is the utility/drying room housing the freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. A cot, high chair and safety gate are also available.
Stairs lead off the living area to the lower and upper floors. The lower floor has a large family bedroom with double bed, bunk beds and its own hand basin. There is also a bathroom on this level with a shower, hand basin, toilet and heated towel rail.
Upstairs are a further two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and the other with twin beds and a further pull out full sized single bed. Both rooms have velux windows, providing ample natural light and wonderful views.
There is also a second bathroom equipped with bath and integrated shower, hand basin and toilet. The sofa bed in the living area provides additional sleeping flexibility. Hairdryers are provided
The accommodation has off-road parking for two cars and outside secure storage for equipment such as bikes and skis. To the side of the property there is a terrace for outside dining equipped with table and chairs, BBQ and is ideal for relaxing and soaking up the alpine atmosphere of the village.
Our prices include meeting at the accommodation with keys and information, provision of linen and towels with beds made prior to arrival and end of stay cleaning. A welcome basket including tea, coffee, milk, homemade cake and a bottle of wine together with a selection of Molton Brown toiletries in each bathroom is provided. There is also a starter pack of washing up liquid, bin liners, washing powder and cleaning products. Log are provided for the wood burner, local tourist taxes and in resort manager, who will be on hand to assist and recommend activities, restaurants, babysitting services, taxi services, as well as providing catering options, delivered to the chalet.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva International Airport 80 km, Nearest railway: Cluses Railway station 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
This cosy chalet has a great village location. Samoens ski resort in winter, in summer close to lakes, walking, Sixt national park, 1 hour from Annecy, Geneva, 40 minutes from Chamonix.
Ideally situated, it is just 200m from the historic village centre (located in square O:7 of the Samoens Village Map) and it's shops, café bars and restaurants. In winter the free ski bus is a few minutes walk away, which takes you directly to the Grand Massif Express lift.
The accommodation has off road parking for two/three cars and ample secure storage for equipment such as bikes and skis. To the side of the property there is a south facing terrace /garden for outside dining equipped with table and chairs, parasol, relaxers and BBQ, ideal for relaxing and soaking up the alpine atmosphere of the village.
Ski: Samoens is part of the Grand Massif, one of the largest ski areas in Europe. It is made up of Flaine, Morillon, Les Carroz, Sixt and Samoens. It offers extensive skiing and snowboarding, with an excellent snow record which is one of the best in the Alps. The super fast gondola from Samoens, takes you from the village straight up to Samoens 1600 ski resort in just 8 minutes. This delivers you straight into the heart of Samoens own extensive ski area, which joins you with over 260km and 144 pistes.
L'Ancienne Fromagerie is situated in the French Alps, in the medieval village of Samoens. One of the prettiest villages in France, and is the only winter and summer sports resort in France to be listed as a 'Monument Historique'. Ideally situated, it is just 200m from the historic village centre where you can find the boulangerie for fresh bread, croissants and cakes, supermarkets for stocking up on essentials and a wide selection of specialist shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. In winter the free ski bus is a few minutes walk away, which takes you directly to the Grand Massif Express lift.
The area provides spectacular scenery, mountains. including mountain lakes, botanical garden, national parks and provides the centre for almost every outdoor activity imaginable, for all ages, summer or winter.
It is close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy, and day trips can be taken to Chamonix, Annecy or perhaps Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe or Mont Blanc the highest mountain.
Samoëns is only 1 hour from Geneva International Airport, 540 miles from Calais, 20 minutes drive from the motorway exit , and the TGV train station at Cluses.
The Grand Massif is the 4th largest ski-linked area in France. It rises up to an altitude of 2500m. Surrounded by grandiose scenery, the Grand Massif affords a truly breath-taking panoramic view of the French side of the Mont Blanc mountain range. The 5 linked resorts - Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt - are remarkably diverse.
During the summer, the weather is usually in the high 20s - perfect for swimming, walking, cycling, rafting, or visiting neighbouring towns and lakes in France, Switzerland or Italy.
The location is brilliant and right from the chalet door step are routes for road cycling, mountain biking and hill/mountain walking.
Try the challenging Col du Joux Plan cycle ride or one of the many rides on http://www.mapmyride.com/fr/samoens-rhone-alpes
or perhaps walking into Switzerland from the chalet. Leave the car behind and take to the mountains and stay in one of the many refuges and break the walk, easily accessible from the chalet.
A mountain bikers paradise, hundreds of miles of well signposted cycle paths, and a wide of range of length and difficulty. In the high season it is possible to take bikes up the mountains on chairlifts and to cycle down.
Samoens' outdoor leisure complex is situated an easy walk along a footpath next to the river. The leisure centre has two beautiful lakes for fishing and boating, football pitches, 6 tennis courts, basketball/skate park, play park for children, archery and a golf driving range into the lake!
Two large swimming pools (one for 'swimming' and the other for 'playing'), an infant's pool and a 60m water slide (tennis, swimming and archery are payable).
Also within the leisure complex is the Tarzan-style "Indiana Park" forest park, which consists of climbing rope ladders, crossing suspended bridges between trees then whizzing down zip lines! There are different courses based on age and ability.
The market is one of the largest in the Haute Savoie and well worth a stroll around on Wednesday mornings, selling everything from speciality food, wine, clothes and gifts.
Other Activities: Via Ferrata, climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, walking, horse-riding, paragliding, waterfalls, gorges, mountain lakes, archery, tennis, rafting, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating
Golf: 7 Courses within 1 hours drive. The 18 hole Golf courses at Les Carroz and Les Gets boasts fantastic views, and uncrowded fairways. Other golfing challenges in the area include an 18 hole course at Les Gets, a 9 hole course at Avoriaz, and a practice range at Samoëns with a driving range over water and a putting green.
Ski: The free ski bus is a few minutes' walk from the chalet, which takes you directly to the high speed Grand Massif Express gondola, which takes just 8 minutes to reach Samoens 1600 and the extensive ski of the Grand Massif, with 144 of pistes and over 260 km of skiing. Samoens connects to the Flaine ski area and its renowned bowl and the pretty tree lined resorts of Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt. The impressive ski area has a choice of challenging blacks, red, blue and gentle green runs to satisfy all skiing levels, including the famous 14km Les Cascades blue run from Flaine.
Places of interest in Samoens
- The Dairy, Frutiere de Samoëns: Visit the gallery and see cheese manufacture, the maturing cellar, drying room, film projection, and sale of local products.
- La Jaysinia Botanic Garden: Alpine garden created in 1906 by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay, on 3.5 acres of land. Houses more than 8000 varieties of Alpine flora from around the world, together with waterfalls, castle ruins from the Xll century, and a chapel from the XVlll century.
- Clos Parchet Living museum: Visit this old farm and discover the history of the families from Samoëns.