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Ancienne Fromagerie, a unique chalet, beautifully renovated in central Samoens

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Chalet in Samoens, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Village Location - 5 Minute flat walk to shops and restaurants

L' Ancienne Fromagerie – Samoens Character conversion property, a stone's throw from the medieval square. A unique and beautiful character property that forms part of the old nineteenth century cheese dairy.

See 5* Tripadviser reviews

"cosy well restored traditional" - Where to Ski and Snowboard Guide

The chalet has been entirely renovated. It is light and spacious throughout; with a generous 83m2 of accommodation cleverly laid out over 3 floors, perfect for two families sharing as each floor has its own bathroom. It comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms sleeping 9 people.

Ideally situated, just a few minutes walk to the village centre where you can find the boulangerie, supermarket and a wide selection of specialist shops, bars and restaurants. In winter the free ski bus is a 5-6 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 savoyard touches.

A wood burning stove provides a focal point in the open plan living area while electric heating throughout maintains a background temperature. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and over 160 TV channels including English channels.

More Details

Jayne Walpole
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

About Jayne Walpole

We first visited Samoens in 2006 and loved it so much we bought our chalet here. We live in the UK and have been coming here ever since at all times of the year. Living in Cambridgeshire below sea level, Samoens is our mountain retreat!

Our family love it, both in winter for the skiing, ice skating and sledging, in summer for the outdoor pool, lakes, adventure parks, rafting, hiking and climbing mountain and road biking. Walking in the spring and autumn is particularly beautiful – from alpine meadows to autumn colour.

We welcome you to stay in our lovely chalet.

Jayne & Richard

Jayne Walpole purchased this chalet in 2007

Why Jayne Walpole chose Samoëns

We fell in love with the wonderful alpine village centre with its traditional shops, bars and restaurants. We are proud of our chalet, the original Fromagerie or ‘Fruiterie’ as it would have been known in Samoens, dating back to 1888, and were delighted when we found it featured in the Where to Ski and Snowboard 2013 Guide, quoted as ‘cosy well restored traditional'. We never want to go back to the UK at the end of our visits, but it gives us a lot of pleasure when so many guests have also thoroughly enjoyed staying at the chalet.

What makes this chalet unique

The history of the chalet makes it feel special and everyone in Samoens knows the Ancienne Fromagerie or 'Fruiterie', the adjacent road has been named after it.

Location - just walking out of door and within minutes be in the historic and lovely centre of Samoens, to its many bars and restaurants, supermarkets, wide variety of specialist food shops and the ski bus stop without using a car.

The botanical gardens is a favourite, with a walk along the river and around the lakes, or exploring further up the surrounding mountains.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We enjoyed your lovely, comfy and homely chalet as much as we enjoyed the skiing and that was a lot! Samoens is charming too." Treble family & friends March 2014

“Me and my family loved this beautiful chalet. The town of Samoens is amazing. The skiing is great, to food was spectacular. We hope to visit again. PS The mountain hill is amazing, I loved running up it every day.” Paige, Aged 10 & family, Toronto, Canada. March 2014

“A lovely, traditional style chalet. We had a great time, Bethan and Lucas were there when we arrived and were very welcoming and pleasant. The cake was delicious and bottle of wine very welcome....one of many we consumed during the week. It was a nice little touch on arrival. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and we thought it had very nice decor - traditional and pretty but not in a too fussy way. The large number of board games and playing cards were good, we cooked two nights and had great craic playing various games. There was plenty of information contained in the file on the coffee table about accessing everything in the village for someone who had never been there before. Bethan had given us her details if we needed to know anything but as some of us had been to Samoens before we were fine. We would consider renting the Fromagerie again and would recommend it." Eakin, Belfast. March 2014. Posted on Tripadviser 5*Rating

“Very cozy chalet in Samoens. We were very happy staying at "La Fromagerie",the chalet is very nicely decorated and provides everything you need. The wood burner is a lovely feature. The bedrooms are also very pleasant.It was really good to be so near the historic village and just a few minutes car ride to the nearest ski lift. We would recommend La Fromagerie as an excellent mountain getaway.” Florence, Spain. February 2014. Posted on Tripadviser 5* Rating

“Positively Perfect Chalet for a Family holiday. This beautiful chalet is full of character and so comfortable we didn't want to come home. All the original exposed beams give it charm and atmosphere. It heats up quickly and stays warm. Excellent inventory of equipment, games and dvd's and perfect for our extended family holiday with a Mum Dad two small children and two grandmothers. Everyone had their own space. Enjoyed it so much really want to go back there. Situated in a charming village with short walk to the ski bus which takes 10 minutes to the Grand Massif Express. Lovely shops and interesting history, and stunning scenery. “ Jolliffe, Ayrshire, Scotland January 2014 Posted on Tripadviser 5* Rating

“It was an excellent stay here in this wonderful chalet. It felt ever so homely, there was so much to do. Plenty of games and plenty of books. We wish to stay here again it was lovely. The mountain view was delightful to wake up to, to see the lovely snowy trees every single morning. Samoens is a wonderful town with amazing chalets, but this one is by far the best we have been too." Weston family. Cheshire Feb 2014
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Samoëns in Haute-Savoie

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom on the upper floor is equipped with a bath with a shower over, hand basin, toilet and fully tiled throughout. The bathroom on the lower level has a shower, hand basin and toilet and heated towel rail. 3 hairdryers provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds and an additional full-sized single bed available Bedroom 3 -with double bed and full sized bunk beds direct access to an outside area with steps up to the ground level via a glazed door.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The spacious accommodation is perfect for two families sharing and cosy enough for smaller groups, for those who are looking for something a little bit unique and historic. Child friendly with safety gate, highchair and travel cot provided. Sledges, wide selection of board games and DVDs. Welcome hamper. Logs provided for wood burner. Towels and linen provided with beds made prior to your arrival and end of stay cleaning. Private parking. A flexible catering option is also available. Outside: Outside there is a south facing balcony, terrace and a small garden enclosed by a stone wall. This provides an ideal seating area to relax and soak up the mountain air. Patio table, chairs, relaxers and parasol are provided together with a barbecue. Private off road parking for 2-3 cars Shed for secure storage for bikes / pushchairs / skis etc Sledges, boules, tennis rackets and table tennis bats provided. Utility Room: There is also a laundry/ drying room, with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board, drying rack and storage space. Cot, high chair and safety gate are also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We include the following - Towels and linen provided - End of stay cleaning - Beds made on arrival - Welcome basket - Logs - Molton Brown toiletries - In resort manager


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Ancienne Fromagerie, a unique chalet, beautifully renovated in central Samoens
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Ideal facilities and location - lovely!

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Jayne & Richard, the owners of this lovely chalet, could not be more helpful - really easy to book, lots of information about the chalet and the area before we arrived, great directions and efficient booking. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. My husband and I are now looking forward to our 3rd visit!

Our next visit, coming up in January 2017, will be our 2nd winter trip and will again be an ideal venue for us to meet up with family and share the fun of the Alps and the comforts of lovely chalet with them. Our earlier summer visit in 2011 introduced us to the beautiful countryside the property enjoys along with the chalet itself which is ideally located and equipped for both winter and summer holidays.

The chalet continues to be beautifully presented and last January we were able to enjoy using the extensively refurbished kitchen, perfect for serving hot soup and warm bread following a trip to the slopes (or if you feel really inspired you could easily cook gourmet food for 9 hungry mouths – every kitchen utensils and equipment!). However, it's also great to have so many restaurants, bars, a wonderful pâtisserie and boulangerie within walking distance in the town and the deli’s only minutes walk away for delicious croissants for breakfast.

Proving you're "never too old to learn" my husband is insisting he will have some sking lesson to celebrate his 70th birthday whilst we are there this coming January!!!! However, if he does change his mind the chalet is located on the flat, with no hills but has fantastic views of mountains and traditional chalets from the windows!

Thanks again for giving us great memories and good times to look forward to.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Les Gets
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Cluses at 20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
800 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
68 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Samoëns is only 1 hour drive from Geneva International Airport., 540 miles from Calais, 20 minutes drive from the motorway exit and the TGV train station at Cluses.

Nearest Airport : Geneva at 80 Kilometres

Nearest Ferry : Calais at 700 Kilometres

Nearest Train : Cluses at 20 Kilometres

Nearest Motorway : Cluses at 20 Kilometres

Nearest Bar : Samoens at 200 Metres

Nearest Ski : Samoens at 800 Metres

Nearest Golf : Les Gets 20 Kilometres

Nearest Restaurant : Samoens


From the chalet:

-Giffre river – 10 minutes’ walk

-Lac aux Dames & Outdoor leisure centre– 30 minutes’ walk

-Via Ferrata / Gorges des Tines - 5 km

-Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Natural Reserve - 7 km

-Rouget Waterfall (Cascade du Rouget), 10 km

-Chamonix - 80 km

-Annecy – 88 km

-Les Gets – 24 km

-Lake Geneva / Thonon-les-Bains - 60 km

-Évian-les-Bains – 68 km

-Italian border (Mont Blanc tunnel) – 70 km

-Switzerland (via Chatel) – 70 km

Further Details

One of the prettiest villages in France, Samoens is the only winter and summer sports resort in France to be listed as a ’Monument Historique’. 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 Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe or Mont Blanc the highest mountain.

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. Why not try the challenging col du joux plan cycle ride or one of the many rides 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 infants pool and a 60m water slide.

There is a the Tarzan-style "Indiana Park" forest park, which consists of climbing rope ladders, crossing suspended bridges between trees then whizzing down zip lines!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
• To make a secure booking we require a deposit, 25% of the total fee together with a completed booking form within three to five days.
• You will receive an email confirming the booking.
• The remainder of the booking fee will be due eight weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday, together with a Damage deposit of £300.
• If the booking is made within eight weeks of your intended holiday then all of the booking fee is due

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Our prices include
- meeting at the accommodation with keys and information
- provision of linen and towels
- beds made prior to arrival
- end of stay cleaning
- welcome basket
- selection of Molton Brown toiletries in each bathroom.
- logs for the wood burner
- local tourist taxes
- in resort manager will be on hand for recommendations for activities, airport transfers, restaurants, catering and taxi services.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.