Make yourself at home in this traditional French Alps 4 star chalet, a short walk from village
- Slopes 6 km, Village 600 m
- Ski bus 100 m
- Large open fire
- Terraces, play area
- Magnificent views
About Chalet La Vielle Ferme ...
As the name suggests, luxurious Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme is a traditional farmhouse that has been stylishly modernised, with great attention to detail, whilst retaining its Alpine charm.
The chalet is in an amazing spot, with stunning views across Manigod valley. Families will feel instantly welcome, especially those with young children, with the enclosed terrace and a flat grassed area ideal for football. Inside, old wood and exposed stone have been retained, and modern touches added to ensure that you have everything you need for a care-free holiday in the Alps, all year round.
In Manigod, just a five-minute walk, you can enjoy freshly baked croissants and bread from the local boulangerie or savour some fresh, local dishes, such as raclette and fondue, in the popular Val Sulens restaurant.
Less than an hour from Geneva, the Aravis region is a great base for holidays all year round. Check availability now, to make sure you don't miss out on your chance to visit La Vieille Ferme.
The chalet has easy access to the main road, via a large tarmac driveway, which is regularly cleared of snow. The chalet itself, unlike many in the vicinity, has the advantage of being set above the road (accessed by external stairs) and guests can enjoy fabulous views of the mountains from the spacious top terraces at the front and smaller terrace at the back.
The property ...
You'll fall in love with this beautiful old farmhouse when you book it for your holiday in the Alps.
Spacious rooms, a fabulous entrance hall and incredible views, are just some of the features that make it special.
Geared for comfort and cosiness, the open plan living area on the upper floor has a cheerful open fire and there are plush furnishings and homely touches throughout. It also has WiFi, TV, DVD, table tennis, and lots more home-from-home features. The large kitchen has everything you need to cook for a crowd. There are also two bedrooms - a twin and a double, which opens on to a terrace - as well as a bathroom on this floor.
There are two more bedrooms, again a twin and a double room, on the lower floor, with another large bathroom and a separate toilet.
About the area ...
In winter, Chalet La Vieille Ferme is at the heart of a huge ski area to enjoy with a fabulous snow record.
Manigod, La Clusaz and Grand Bornand share a single Aravis Ski pass that provides 220km of skiing and 95 lifts with slopes suitable for all levels including extensive off-piste areas. You can be on the La Clusaz pistes in under 10 mins by car. Alternatively, the ski bus stops just outside the chalet.
Cross-country skiers will find plenty of trails, and non-skiers will love the heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, ice skating rink and cinema in La Clusaz, as well as sledging, show-shoe walking, dog-sledding and sleigh rides.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in summer too, ranging from mountain biking, Alpine walking and horse riding through to mountaineering, climbing and paragliding. There are also high-wire forest adventure centres for the whole family to enjoy.
With such a vast expanse of tracks, trails, paths and sky across fragrant meadows, you'll never run out of fresh challenges.
Whatever the season, medieval Annecy with its pretty network of canals and picturesque lake is just 30 minutes away. Soak up the carnival atmosphere, browse the quaint shops and markets or try out one of the many international-standard golf courses.
The lake itself has some fabulous beaches and offers kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing and fishing for water-lovers. And what a backdrop! There's much more to explore in the region besides. No matter which outdoor activities you're into, you're sure to have a fantastic holiday at any time of the year.
If you'd like to spend some time exploring the beautiful Aravis region from Chalet La Vieille Ferme, check our calendar to see when it is available - when you've chosen your dates, we can hold them for 24 hours while you make your plans. But don't wait too long - this is a very popular property with our guests.
“Beautiful chalet in a fantastic location”
— Jasmin S.
“A truly perfect stay that makes you want to come back in summer or winter”
— Barbara B.
“A blissful week!”
— Sandra F.
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Manigod - La Clusaz
Set in one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, the village of Manigod is a mountain secret that is a delight to discover.
With its own ski area linking into the famed La Clusaz ski resort, Manigod offers fabulous skiing in winter and world class cycling in the summer.
Beautiful chalets are dotted around the mountains, restaurants range from local auberges to Michelin starred, and you can buy locally made pottery and cheeses fresh from the farm.
- Ski slopes
- 6 km
- Ski bus stop
- 100 m
- Town centre
- 600 m
- 7 km
The OVO Network Review
Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme is a beautifully converted farmhouse sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms.
We love the homely feel of this old building in the beautiful village of Manigod, just a short drive from the ski slopes at Croix Fry. it's the perfect choice for a family group, with various areas for adults to relax, and for children to play.
The chalet has four bedrooms - two twin rooms and two double rooms - and two separate bathrooms.
One of the highlights of this cosy property is the outside areas. Doors open from the living room onto a wide covered balcony, where you can enjoy an apero before dinner.
There's also a terrace off one of the bedrooms - why not have breakfast in the sunshine?
There's also a beautifully sunny enclosed deck outside the main entrance, where children can play safely and adults can soak up the sun. There's a covered dining area here too, for long lazy lunches.
In the summer, the lower lawn is great for ball games, and in the winter is a great place for a snowball fight!
It's clear that this is a much-loved family home, and we're sure it will be a great place where guests will feel at home and make lots of holiday memories.
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From the owner
Nick & Rachel
Our chalet, 'CHALET OVO LA VIEILLE FERME' is over 200 years old, and was lovingly restored by my husband, Nick 15 years ago. After various modifications over the years, both inside and out, it has become a perfect family getaway all year-round.
The determination of Nick and the architects to retain as much of the original material as possible means you get all the comforts and luxury of a modern chalet with the atmosphere and warmth of a much more historic building. Everyone who has every stayed there loves it.
It's a happy place and the sort of place you instantly relax in, as soon as you open the doors.
The exterior was remodelled to provide a very large, safe, terrace for small babies and toddlers to play, immediately outside the main entrance. There are of course, sun loungers for adults, and table and chairs for summer dining.
There is a barbecue that gets a lot of use at the height of summer. This terrace is also a major play area in the winter - perfect for children to run around and play in the snow.
There is also a lower, grassy terrace, now used for badminton or football by our boys and their friends in the summer. Around the back of the chalet, the master bedroom opens up onto a further terrace where we escape for quiet reading if the children are playing in the front.
There is one more terrace just below, which we use for hanging out the washing and table tennis! I think one of the great things about the chalet is that there are these different spaces outside to either play or sit and relax if you feel like hanging around and not going out anywhere. Very restorative for both adults and children.
But, energy levels restored, we love getting out and about and making the most of what the Alps has to offer. We all ski in the winter of course and fell the chalet gives us the best of both worlds - easy access to the slopes, but an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy ski station.
We are a 10-minute drive from the nearest ski area, Croix Fry. This is the base for Ecole de Ski Francais and most lessons start here if you choose that particular ski school (although there are others which operate from La Clusaz)
Croix Fry is a great place for children to learn, with nursery slopes and an extensive area of blues and gentle reds. Perfect for family skiing and close enough to the chalet to be able to have more flexible days if you have children of different ages.
For example, if you have older children who are taking lessons and a toddler or baby, you can join them for lunch or a play on the sledges, and easily nip back to the chalet with the toddler/baby when they've had enough.You also have access from here to the wonderful Etale and Merdassier mountains for more adventurous skiing.
When you have exhausted these areas, you have the option of driving on to La Clusaz or Grand Bornand where you can enjoy exploring more of the Col des Aravis. We tend to do a mixture of self-catering and eating out when we are at the chalet.
You can get all your shopping done in Thônes, as there is an easily accessible supermarket. There are also some restaurants where you will get a good local meal.
For more choice, go to La Clusaz! One of our favourite restaurants is Le Bercail, which is half way down L'Aiguille, the mountain central to La Clusaz. You can ski down to it for lunch during the day or drive up to a plateau above it in the winter evenings and someone will come and bring you down by snowmobile if you don't fancy the walk.
In summer, it's easy enough to park and walk down to it. The owners, Veronique and Boris are delightful - you always get a warm welcome, great service and delicious food.
In the summer, we usually head down to Talloires, a village by the edge of Lake Annecy , where there is a special 'beach' area.
This is a fantastic place for all ages.
It's basically a huge grassy area at the edge of the lake with trees to shelter under from the heat and a café or restaurant and toilet/shower facilities. Life guards supervise the lake area, which is fabulous for swimming/diving/pedalos/water skiing or dinghy sailing.
There is a shallow but large paddling pool built into the grass area for the younger ones, which is big enough for inflatable toys and safe enough for the smallest of toddlers. We take picnics and meet friends and spend the entire day there.
Older children can play volley ball and table tennis and even learn to scuba dive. For the more adventurous, there is paragliding too.
We may also visit the two very good swimming pools nearby: one in La Clusaz which has both an indoor and an outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is heated all year round so even during the ski season, if you can brave the cold on your shoulders, you can enjoy a soak outside while looking up at snow-covered mountains.
Before children we used to do a lot of walking of course in the area but even with children if you are keen walkers you can still find something to suit. Ours love taking the telecabine from La Clusaz up to the top of Beau Regard, having an ice cream or a pasta lunch in one of the restaurants up there, watching the crazy mountain bikers hurtling down past us and then walking slowly back down again.
There is a small fromagerie en route where you can stop and buy some local cheese for a quick casse-croute.
In La Clusaz itself there is a great little outdoor sports area for children, with a pool for bumper boats, a little quad bike track, 2 bouncy castles and a track for young mountain bikers. This is excellent for children under 8 and the best way to enjoy it is to buy a card from the office which you top up with credit and gives you a better deal for all the rides.There are other stations nearby which offer similar activities, including more serious quad biking for older children and adults.
The local tourist offices in La Clusaz, Thônes and Manigod provide full details of everything there is to do in the area, but apart from the main sporting activities, other favourites of ours are visits to nearby caves, the beautiful Gorge du Fier, driving to Annecy for the day (about 30-40 minutes' drive), visits to one of the milking farms and a local museum of taxidermy where they have an extensive collection of wildlife (stuffed) and presented in a scene representing the mountains as opposed to glass boxes. It's not everyone's cup of tea but our children love it!
Rachel and Nick Speed
Who is the owner?
OVO Network is the official booking partner for Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme.
Your booking will be made directly with Nick & Rachel, who will also take and hold your payment until your arrival.
“Beautiful chalet in a fantastic location”
Beautiful chalet in a fantastic location. Nice welcome by Steve, the manager of the chalet, and overall very uncomplicated communication. We felt very comfortable.
“A truly perfect stay that makes you want to come back in summer or winter”
This chalet is superb, with a magnificent view. Spacious enough to sleep 8 without feeling like you're on top of each other, lots of storage space. A large terrace for outdoor lunch or aperitifs with a view of the mountains. And the icing on the cake, Lo Garajo (concept café) just across the road. Ideal for a coffee or a drink after a walk. A truly perfect stay that makes you want to come back in summer or winter.
“A blissful week!”
Beautiful chalet, very well equipped.
A blissful week!