It’s Friday, 5pm, time to hit the road from Geneva to Saint Gervais-les-Bains. An hour and a few minutes later, you can park your car in a tiny parking lot, 5 minutes away from the village. Because it’s winter, the last minutes of your trip is spent on a snow quad, driven by the concierge and available whenever needed.
Final destination: Chalet F’Net, a hidden treasure near Mont Blanc in France, surrounded by private woodland. In summer, you can walk 400m from the parking lot to reach the chalet.
You can feel the magic of this place as soon as you arrive. No wi-fi. No need to. We mean it.
Listening to the chimney crackle, you will cuddle up by the wood fire and contemplate how beautifully the chalet is decorated. Two double bedrooms, one of which, is a master bedroom suite, are available, in case you’d like to come with friends or your family. If you are looking for a romantic and unusual getaway, you will find yourself in need to disconnect… and reconnect with nature (or yourself?).
Anjana and David designed (and actually restored) this place for nature lovers. It’s a haven of peace. Everything seems so relative seen from above. And the Chalet F’Net looks so close to the sky. The owners are what we like to call “design adventurers”: they first choose a bucolic setting, then develop a concept under the name chillderness.
This chalet, with its authentic decor – old-world wood and furs – is their latest project. The concept chillderness gave already birth to a contemporary restored Welsh mountain barn – the red kite barn – and the red kite tree tents in the UK.
Lucky for us the Chalet is so close to Geneva.
On-demand, Savoyard specialties can be cooked right under your nose in a spacious and modern kitchen and served on a Big wooden table. While savoring your tartiflette and the freshness of the salad, time loses its meaning. The snow is shining, you can see it from where you are seated in the living room, and here you are, ready for a night walk, deep into the white forest. The air is so pure, the surroundings are enchanting. A perfect way to digest as well.
Back in your new home sweet home, you feel invigorated. Your bedroom is upstairs, under the roof. It smells of a wooden fire. There is a free-standing copper bath in the Chalet but maybe you would want to go (outside) for the wood-clad hot tub!
Saint Gervais-les-Bains is a 5-minute drive from the Chalet F’Net; stop by the Maison des Alpes to enjoy a few local products. Taste the smoked raclette, a Big treat. The sweet note: chocolate and fresh raspberry moelleux, homemade of course.
During your stay at the Chalet F’Net, the nights are always sweet. Waking up is also a pleasure. The bedding is of incredible comfort. The silence feels like freedom. Nature finally has a lot to say when you know how to listen to it.
Meanwhile, the iPhone must remain at the bottom of the suitcase…
Route de Prarion 1711, 74170 Saint Gervais-les-bains
From 375€ Summer week-end (price may vary depending on the season)
Don’t hesitate to contact Anjana and David for any booking request