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Highest Ski-in Ski-out Catered Ski Chalet in Resort

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Chalet in Chinaillon / Le Grand Bornand, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Be The First On The Slopes Each Morning And The Last To Watch The Sunset

Cosy log fires, authentic local style, magnificent views, delicious cuisine and top class service - all of this in the highest ski-in ski-out chalet on our mountain, only an hour from Geneva.

La Ferme du Soleil is truly one of a kind, set in a gem of a French resort. Our many returning guests love the chalet for the unrivalled access to the pistes and the ageless character that La Ferme du Soleil exudes.

With an excellent snow record the skiing options are diverse. Undulating blues for the beginners, some of the steepest blacks in France for the pros and untouched off-piste for the adventurous. The mountain has lovely family-owned restaurants; there really is something for everyone in Le Grand Bornand, right on our doorstep.

We can help you organise a ski-teacher to come to the door to give a private lesson for the beginners. And, for the adventurous, a guide to take you ski-touring over the mountains or para-gliding.

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Property Manager
Anthony Gilbert
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Anthony Gilbert

The property was bought in 1998. It is owned by Veroni Gilbert. Veroni lives with her husband in Oxfordshire and she and her family come to the chalet several times a year.

Over the past 18 years La Ferme du Soleil slowly developed from a family holiday home to a house which everybody can enjoy for their holiday.

Anthony Gilbert purchased this chalet in 1998

Why Anthony Gilbert chose Le Grand-Bornand

I was first attracted to the property because it was totally unique!

I visited it in the summer and was blown away by its stunning location. Wild flowers and dairy cows dotted the hills, and the sound of bells that gently jingled round their necks were just wonderful.

In the winter, I discovered that it was the perfect ski location for families yet there were black runs capable of challenging most skiers all in a family-friendly environment.

Chose the right week and there are almost no queues. Wonderful.

What makes this chalet unique

The best thing about the property is its location. In winter we are ski-in, ski-out and it is downhill to the lifts to take you up!

We are the highest habitable house in the resort and reap many benefits from that.

We are in the middle of all the fun in the day and can pop out for a 'quick ski', do a couple of runs and be back within half an hour!

It also makes it easy to be the first on the lifts each morning. To be the only one at the top of the mountain, carving into the virgin snow is breathtaking!

There is also something magical about being up there in the evenings when all the other skiers have returned to their chalets in the valley below. It is utterly peaceful.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Le Grand-Bornand in Haute-Savoie

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 08:30
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We are ski-in/ski-out so you need to get to the house after 4pm but before the ski lifts close. It is possible but bit difficult for non-skiers.
  • We can usually help you organise that a ski teacher comes to the house for a ski lesson to get people started.
  • Minimum of 4 people. Email us about discounts e.g. 20% for under 12 and a fixed chalet price, if you want to be one party.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Writer's Retreat with underfloor heated en-suite Master suite with underfloor heated en-suite Yellow Room with twin bed en-suite Yellow room with double bed en-suite Downstairs Bedroom and Bunk room share bathroom Red Double room separate bathroom
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Writer's Retreat with 1 double bed Master suite with 1 double or twin beds Red Room with 1 double Yellow Room with twin beds Yellow room with 1 double Downstairs Bedroom with 1 double or twin beds Bunk Room with 1 set of bunks
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Veranda
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: During the winter the outside space is the ski resort! We have plenty of space for snowman making, igloo construction, snow tunnel digging and sledging in the evening when the resort has closed. We also upkeep an ice table beside the chalet. Perfect for picnics, drinking mulled wine and enjoying the view, or a romantic candle lit evening drink whilst the sun goes down. During the summer we are surrounded by wild flowers and dairy cows! There is an abundance of wildlife and the landscape provides many beautiful walks or routes for mountain biking. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Also a warm laundry room suitable for drying damp ski clothes. Separate boot room near front door. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided. They are changed once a weekly unless otherwise requested. The chalet is given a big clean on changeover days but all bins are emptied and bathrooms checked daily. Other: A large balcony lines the main living area and is perfectly situated to enjoy the spectacular sunset over the mountains with a sundowner! The Writer's Retreat has a kitchenette and can be used as a self contained flat within the chalet.


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average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

Magical stay

  • 5 of 5

What a magical week at La Ferme du Soleil with so much snow -

perfect conditions! Rob and Lou looked after us so well – they were fun to spend time with and were very knowledgeable about the local area - nothing was too much trouble for them and their cooking was not only delicious but always beautifully presented.

The chalet is beautiful, full of interesting features and is very spacious. The temperature dropped to -18C one night but the chalet was still warm - I loved the log fires.

The best thing about the chalet is the unbeatable location. Situated high up the mountain, away from the crowds, it is so peaceful and with stunning views of the mountains and down to the village of Le Chinaillon. At the same time it is totally accessible. Ski-in, ski-out and if you don't feel like skiing there are lovely mountain restaurants just a short walk away. My favourites are La Taverne and for a special occasion L'Auberge du Croix. There are no less than 6 restaurants within walking distance of the chalet! Its also easy to reach the quaint small town of Le Grand Bornand, either by going down in the gondola (10 minute walk from the chalet) or a good ski down with a choice of green and red runs. We popped down there for the Wednesday market and a cup of coffee and also paid a visit to the beautiful church.

Le Chinaillon is a friendly resort and covers a considerable area for a good week's skiing. The village itself is lovely with some great restaurants and boutiques. Also worth visiting is the tiny church in the old village and the cheese shop, at the back of which you can visit the Abondance cows during the Winter months. They are the ones who produce the milk for the wonderful local reblochon cheese – a delicacy!

Thank you Rob and Lou for a brilliant and memorable week! I plan to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical stay at La Ferme du Soleil

  • 5 of 5

The most magical week! such a beautiful chalet - warm (despite the -18C temperature outside one night), cosy log fires burning and with Veroni's artistic touches all round the chalet it was a joy to spend time there. We enjoyed amazing food cooked by Rob and Lou. Nothing was too much trouble for them - a truly great couple!

I love the peace and quiet at La Ferme being high up in the mountains and the views from the chalet are simply breathtaking. A great joy to be able ski to and from the front door.

Le Chinaillon is a friendly resort and has plenty of good restaurants within walking/skiing distance from the chalet. My favourites are La Taverne and for a real treat go to L'Auberge du Croix.

We had fun skiing down to Le Grand Bornand for the Wednesday morning market and a coffee. We also popped in to see the magnificent church in Grand Bornand. Then it was lovely to get away from the hustle and bustle of this small, quaint town and return to the peace of La Ferme du Soleil

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just lovely

  • 4 of 5

A lovely, welcoming, cosy home. Amazing location and fantastic service from Rob and Lou. Cannot fault it. Would definitely recommend and return.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Above it all

  • 5 of 5

Superbly positioned chalet half-way up the mountain with stunning views to the west of receding ranges and ever-changing sunsets. Cars left far below, peace reigns. Wonderful open living area on top floor to eat, to chat and to find a corner for yourself. Skied straight out to serene blues and challenging blacks. Skied straight back to Rob and Lou’s entertaining hospitality and ever-tempting food. Great place to get away from it all and relax.

Ski hire and lift passes really easy to organise on arrival.

Will return.

Gavan & Anne

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent - warm, delicious

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay, with amazing host, soft sheets, relaxing baths and a library of books. It's truly blissful to be nestled in rugs next to the crackling fire while reading from the library of fascinating books. The perfect remedy after a hard day of skiing in excellent conditions - ideal.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A blissful, peaceful week on the piste!

  • 5 of 5

What an utterly charming chalet. There are so many wonderful touches and the house feels both spacious and cosy with the vast wood fire in the centre of the living area and the breathtaking 360 views over the mountains. The location is totally perfect for the getting those first lifts and being on the mountain before the crowds - not to mention being able to ski straight back in and miss out the faff of having to traipse or get buses back into town.

Rob and Lou were fantastic hosts - their culinary expertise really shone and their local knowledge (Cross Country Skiing and Husky rides!) was so helpful.

Highly recommend for a relaxing break!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Les Gettiers
Nearest Ski
Outside the door - le Grand Bornand.

Special interest holidays:

We do not currently organise any special interest holidays at the chalet. However in previous spring and summer months we have hosted a variety of special weeks. Including a choir, a flute school, painting weeks, weddings etc.


Most guests fly to Geneva airport which is about 1 hour 15 minutes away from Chinaillon. We don't provide airport transfers but we can provide guests with local taxi numbers.

It is possible to get a public bus from Geneva airport via Annecy to Le Grand Bornand.

If you would like to see timetables please let us know and we can send you the latest version.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £72 - 136 per person per night

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
We always run our weeks from Sunday to Sunday.
In winter, guests are asked to arrive at the resort by 4 pm so they can make it up the lift before it closes! Luggage is brought up by skidoo. Staff will greet you from 4pm onwards.
Guests are requested to leave the chalet by 9 am on their last day.

Notes on prices: OwnersDirect does not cater for our pricing as our prices depend on the size of the party and how many children (12 years and under) there are. There are different prices by week and by season. is the best place to check prices and availability.

Manager'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.