our catered chalet in St Gervais

Winter skiing holidays in the Alps La Vieille Ferme is an authentic savoyard farmhouse, originally built in 1860, beautifully restored and modernised to add comfort to its' natural charm and warmth. Situated overlooking the spa village of St.Gervais, there is a stunning view of the Mont Blanc and the Chaine des Fizz.

There is ample parking and a large south facing garden which is ideal for relaxing, painting or just admiring the view. The terrace in front of the farmhouse is a suntrap, even in the middle of winter. Wake up to the summit silhouetted by the rising sun. Watch through binoculars as intrepid climbers arrive at the very top of Mont Blanc.

Marie herself does the cooking. She serves a three course evening meal from a rich variety of menus, from the best of the renowned Savoie specialities, to dishes that have their origins all over the world. The wine included with supper is the result of much dedicated and selfless research on Jeremy's part, and is much appreciated by all our guests. The only complaints we seem to get are that guests go away slightly larger than when they arrive, even after all that exercise and fresh air! However, Marie's cooking is one of the many reasons why these same guests return again…and again…

Whether as a base for your winter skiing and snow-shoeing holidays, summer walking, or just long weekend breaks, the chalet is superbly positioned, not only for it's proximity to an incredible array of skiing areas but also for some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. And if you have never seen the mountains in autumn, it could be that you have missed out on one of nature's most spectacular sights. The leaves turning stunning fiery colours, set against a backdrop of the mountain tops powdered with the first snows of winter, all bathed in the crystal light of the Alps.

walking and skiing accommodation

The farmhouse sleeps up to 10 guests in twin, double and family rooms; all the bedrooms have their own bathroom. A very large living room looks out over St Gervais and gives onto a balcony that runs round the south and east sides of the farm. Guests spend hours, winter and summer, just gazing at the ever changing face of the Mont Blanc which seems to rise up out of the bottom of the garden. We have a separate dining room with a wood burning stove which is overlooked by two cosy mezzanines where one can relax with a book from our library or listen to music. There is also a television room with satellite TV. To view some pictures of the interior of our chalet, please click here .

your hosts

Ski hosts

Jeremy and Marie own La Vieille Ferme and live here all year round; they are dedicated to meeting the needs and requirements of their guests and ensuring that a good time is had by all. "We are very proud of our home and incredibly enthusiastic about the Mont Blanc region in which we live. We consider ourselves immensely privileged to spend our lives in this area of outstanding natural beauty, and to be able to take advantage of many of the sporting activities that go with the mountains. Our aim is simple: to impart our love of the mountains with our guests, to try and pass on what we feel, and to share the comfort, good food and relaxed atmosphere of our wonderful home." Marie is French and Jeremy is English, which combination we think gives us an openness to cultures and ideas (except during France/England Grand Slam matches), that makes the ambiance convivial and welcoming.

Jeremy is a great walking enthusiast and photographer and loves to share his knowledge of this area which he has been walking for more than twenty years. He also likes the challenge of new sports- most recently paragliding and mountain biking. Marie has known the valley all her life, is an excellent cook and a very good skier.

Their greatest pleasure will be to help you discover the wonders of the area in winter and in summer!

travel to St Gervais

By plane: we can provide Geneva Airport transfers or we recommend Rhino Car Hire who provide up to 10% discount for all of our clients; contact us for details how to claim the discount. There are low-cost flights from all over the UK to Geneva, which makes weekend breaks more than just a possibility. Don't forget to check the prices of the major carriers as well- they are now increasingly competitive.

walking & hiking

By train: you can catch a Eurostar from Waterloo to Paris and connect with the overnight sleeper to St. Gervais/Le Fayet. We, of course, will come and pick you up from the station.

Driving: the Autoroute Blanche ends at St. Gervais/Le Fayet so it is motorway all the way from Calais, (approx. 8 hours drive). And if you don't want to drive all the way but still want to have the freedom and flexibility of your own transport, it is very easy to hire a car at Geneva airport. Do please contact us for a recommendation.

Out of school holidays, we do special long weekend breaks. You can leave the office on Thursday evening and be back on Monday morning, refreshed, bronzed, having spent all weekend in the high mountain air!