This characterful 19th-century chalet near Mont Blanc conjures up the romance of a bygone era, when movie stars in Aran sweaters relaxed by the fire after a day on the slopes...
Surrounded in private woodland, Chalet F'Net boasts spectacular views towards the Chaîne des Aravis and easy access to the Saint Gervais ski lifts. A wonderful chalet rental near Mont Blanc in France, perfect for a romantic getaway or family ski vacation.
- Beautifully restored chalet d'alpage
- Sleeps 6
- 2 double bedrooms
- Available catered or self-catered
This 19th-century chalet d’alpage was recently renovated by David and Anjana Devoy, best-known for their Curved House project in Clapham, London, featured on the TV show, Grand Designs. They have brought the same sense of passion and style to this project. The chalet has been featured in Marie Claire Maison, Grazie and Biba, as well as on French design show, La maison.
Saint Gervais-les-Bains is one of the most elegant resort towns in the French Alps, evoking memories of Audrey Hepburn drinking kir royales in Charade or perhaps David Niven racing an open-top car in calfskin gloves round switchback turns.
A RETREAT DE LUXE
The outside of the chalet has been sensitively restored with antique Alpine timbers and stonework. Inside, old world wood and furs, stoves and bathtubs have been given a quirky modern spin, while retaining their romantic charm.
The cabin has two bedrooms, one in the former hayloft with a free-standing copper bath, and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor. There’s also a wood-clad hot tub, perfect for romantic winter evenings.
The chalet has a bio-ethanol fireplace in the master bedroom suite, a revolving wood-burning stove and additional heating, including underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. Amenities include a hairdryer, iron and board, linens and towels.
The kitchen has a Nespresso capsule coffee maker, double Miele oven, refrigerator, gas hob and toaster, with a selection of basic pantry items. The dining area has a monumental wooden table.
There is a growing selection of books and games and DVDs, as well as a television with DVD player on which to play these films. Please be advised that there is no television network and intermittent internet in the cabin, though 3G works reasonably well.
CONCIERGE AND CATERING
The cabin is managed by a concierge, who lives in a small, picturesque mazot, or mini-chalet, adjacent to the property. Your concierge can help with luggage and provisions.
You can enjoy simple but tasty meals cooked to order by your on-site concierge. Simply let us know you would like catering when you make your booking.
Around the chalet in St Gervais, there is excellent skiing, adventures to be had and delicious dining in local restaurants. We have prepared a list of things to do, including skiing and much more besides.
Location and getting there
The chalet is located above the village of Saint Gervais-les-Bains, close to Chamonix and only 15 minutes’ drive from the A40 autoroute.
During deep winter, snow chains are highly recommended for the journey from St Gervais to the car park below the chalet.
You are welcome to walk or sledge the remaining 400m up and down the hill to the chalet. Your host can help you with luggage.