Splendid isolation just minutes from village life and mountain fun
If you want the flexibility of self-catering accommodation with the option to have someone else do the cooking now and again, in the heart of the mountains, don’t look any further. Aravis apartment is part of an old farmhouse, Ferme le Grand Essert, in the pretty village of Entremont. Meet the owners over welcome drinks in the conservatory, and if you don’t fancy cooking, Carole, a keen cook, is happy to serve up delicious dinners in the cellar dining room. In this cosy property, with its large, tree-fenced garden, you’ll feel like you’re miles from anywhere, but in fact it’s just a short walk into the village of Entremont, where you’ll find a bakery and restaurant. The village is situated between the ski stations of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, so you’re close to all the mountain action, but with a sauna, jacuzzi and summer swimming pool on your doorstep, you might find it difficult to tear yourself away! Larger parties (up to 15) can rent Aravis with the next door Bourne apartment, which sleeps 8.
Cosy farmhouse offers rustic living with 21st century luxury
Totally refurbished for summer 2013, Aravis apartment offers traditional Savoyard style with a luxurious finish. Sleeping six adults and one child in four en suite bedrooms (all with televisions), the accommodation is set over two floors, so might not be ideal for those with young children. The living room, with its dining area and kitchen is set under the eaves on the top floor, offering stunning mountain views from the balcony. As befits an ancient farmhouse, the decor is very natural, with plenty of wood and quality soft furnishings. The shared sauna is on the first floor, and the jacuzzi out of doors on the ground floor, and in the winter, the wood burner in the communal conservatory keeps this space cosy every evening - it’s a great place to relax over a drink. In the summer, the heated pool is available for shared use in the large sunny garden - sunbeds, barbecue, chairs and tables are provided. The pool is not fenced in, but has an electrically powered safety cover for when the pool isn't being used.
Great skiing is just the start of the winter mountain adventure
Situated between the two ski stations of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, you can discover somewhere new every day. The areas are linked by a single ski pass, covering more than 220km of pistes and 95 lifts. Cross-country skiers have a choice of trails on the Glieres plateau, scene of the Resistance campaign in World War II. There is plenty to do for non-skiers too - try horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, paragliding or hot air ballooning or just relax in the heated indoor/outdoor pools at La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, as the snow-covered mountains tower above you. Then it’s back to your apartment for a delicious dinner and a drink around the fire. Life doesn’t get much better ...
Go wild in the mountains or relax by the pool - you’re spoilt for choice
A large sunny garden, swimming pool and stunning mountain views - you just might not want to leave, but with a fabulous mountain playground on all sides, it would be a shame not to explore it. There are plenty of hiking and mountain bike trails, and if you prefer, the ski lifts will whisk you up to higher ground so that you don’t have to put in the hard work! Pack a picnic of some local bread and cheese, or eat al fresco at the mountain restaurants, which offer good food and spectacular views. Thrill seekers can try paragliding, canyoning, climbing, via ferrata or white-water rafting, and at the end of the day you can reflect on the days fun over a cold beer or an ice cream in the sunny garden at Ferme le Grand Essert.
Mountain fun, lakeside beaches and a medieval town just minutes away
On the edge of the pretty riverside village of Entremont and surrounded by majestic mountains, it’s hard to believe your apartment at Ferme le Grand Essert is just 40 minutes from Geneva airport.The bustling villages of La Clusaz, St-Jean-de-Sixt and Le Grand Bornand are all just a few minutes drive away, and their weekly markets are ideal for picking up fresh local produce such as Reblochon cheese and local meats. Thônes, just 15 minutes away, has a couple of larger supermarkets. The medieval lakeside town of Annecy is just 30 minutes away by car and is a must for a day out, whatever the season, with its unique mix of restaurants, shops and museums. In the summer it’s a great place for golf and watersports, or hire a boat and explore some of the quiet lakeside beaches. At Easter, you could even ski in the morning and be swimming in the lake in the afternoon!
“We live here in our very private paradise all year round, enjoying all the seasons. Nestled in the heart of the Aravis mountains, we’re just 40 minutes from Geneva, and a few minutes away from the telecabines of Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz. Fly in in the morning and you can be skiing by 11am!
Our listed Savoyard farmhouse is one of the most important old buildings in the local area. The stone in the kitchen dates from the 15th century, and the village of Entremont has a fascinating history dating back to 1154.
Before we moved to Entremont, I used to run a B&B in Burgundy (“L’ange Souriant” in the village of Flavigny sur Ozerain). When we were looking for our home in the Alps, I wanted something pretty, upmarket, chic and close to the airport. The villages of Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz ticked all the boxes, and when we discovered our beautiful farmhouse in 2011, we bought it straight away.
We will provide you with something very special and personal. We try to keep standards high, offering a quality service.
We are very keen on French cooking and good wine, and hope to demonstrate this at our “table d'hôtes”.
Together with my son Martin and husband Bruno, I would love to welcome you at the farmhouse so that you can discover this beautiful location and accommodation for yourselves.
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