Enjoy this fabulous French Alps chalet, its games room, spa and wine bar
- Slopes 6 km, Village 3.4 km
- Car recommended
- Indoor swim spa and sauna
- Home cinema and games room
- Wine-tasting room and terrace
Experience luxury at this 5 star chalet...
If you are looking for a large place to unwind with extra facilities around every corner on every floor then look no further!
This spacious renovated farmhouse can welcome groups of up to 15 people, (10 adults and 2 babies maximum), spread over 4 floors and 330m2 of floor space. The property boasts a family suite for four people (a double bedroom an adjoining bunk room and an en suite shower room) three other double en suite bedrooms, a double bedroom next to the shower room in the ground floor spa area, and a top floor dormitory/ play space for up to six children.
The property is in Villard sur Thônes, not too far from St Jean de Sixt, gateway to Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz. Gran Shan will appeal to family groups and groups of friends or colleagues, to sport fanatics and those who prefer a more pampered holiday experience all year round. Kids are well catered for - in fact, it's difficult to try and think of a group who would not enjoy staying at this property, unless only a property on the piste will do!
The owners have lovingly and painstakingly restored and cleaned up this old farmhouse. Many of the original doors, shutters and wooden walls of the original building have been reclaimed and repurposed, local craftsmen have carefully and seamlessly blended in repairs and newer materials materials where necessary. The owners have carefully thought through the needs of their future guests and reconfigured the interior of the farm to maximise the potential for enjoyment for their guests.
At the same time the owners have stamped their own personalities on the property, while respecting the main structure of this traditional Savoyard farm building. The results of all of their efforts are spectacular! The beautifully displayed collection of old tools and farm equipment discovered during the renovation project has pride of place overlooking the main communal space, and would be a credit to any Savoyard museum. Rather than throw out all traces of the farm buildings origins, the owners have cleaned things up and displayed them instead. Clever use of lighting creates atmosphere and ambience throughout, and emphasises the beautiful structure of the building itself.
The ground floor spa area has views to the outdoors and houses a long jacuzzi with a central groove and counter current machine to enable swimming., as well as a sauna and a shower room.There is a games room, a home cinema, a kit room with boot warmers and direct access from the parking, a cave a vin with plenty of space for wine tasting, and a home office/ quiet space. Kids will adore the dorm room under the eave, with alcove beds, ski-themed decor, and a few surprise toys and games too! In fact there is plenty of space for adults and kids to spread out and play throughout the property.
The first floor main communal space houses a lounge, the open plan kitchen, dining area and home office, all wrapped around a gorgeous stone fireplace, to ensure that when groups want to get together and chat, cook and eat, they can do just that, next to a roaring fire. A further three en suite bedrooms are also located off this space.
Outside there is plenty of parking, there are two large terraces, and outdoor dining and relaxing spaces. Walks and sledging are possible from the door, and the views from the terraces and all of the indoor rooms are beautiful all year round. Take in the panorama down towards the Thônes valley and up to the picturesque Aravis mountains.
Take a look at the photos and the plans and it's easy to imagine your family or group spending time together at "the farm in the big field". It may not be in the centre of a resort, but we feel it would be almost impossible to fail to have a fabulous holiday while based in this stunning property. If you'd like to be one of our guests, check your dates on our availability calendar - we can hold your dates for 24 hours while you finalise your plans!
— Silvana B.
“A perfect family retreat”
— Lucinda B.
“Stunning location, beautiful house!”
— Daniel S.
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The OVO Network Review
We're very excited about this property! It is packed full of extra facilities, such as a Home Cinema, a Swim Jacuzzi, a Sauna, and a Bar, close to St Jean de Sixt (and therefore to La Clusaz or Grand Bornand) for skiing and snow rleated activities , and to Thônes , as well as St Jean de Sixt for shopping.
Guests will be spoilt for choice as to what to look at, and what to do do first!
Obviously the chalet is not on the piste, but if you are looking for a chalet away from resort, then Chalet Gran Shan could be the perfect place for you and your group.
The OVO Network Team.
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From the owner
Mariannick & Arnaud
"It was our dream to buy an old Savoyard farm in this area, where we have lots of friends. We chanced upon this farm, which had not been lived in since the 80's.
So we started major renovation work, to restore the whole building, inside and out. We spent literally hundreds of hours sanding and brushing the old wood to bring out the grain and to make it look its best.
We really wanted to keep the character of the chalet, while making it as comfortable and spacious as possible, so that we could welcome our family and friends and share some good times.
The name,La Ferme du Gran Shan was a natural choice for us - it means big field in Savoyard patois.
We look forward to welcoming you here very soon!"
Mariannick and Arnaud
Who is the owner?
OVO Network is the official booking partner for La Ferme du Gran Shan.
Your booking will be made directly with Mariannick & Arnaud, who will also take and hold your payment until your arrival.
“A perfect family retreat”
We had a wonderful two weeks at Gran Shan - our second visit, and this time was even better. It is a beautiful chalet with excellent and well-considered facilities. Sophie is always happy to help with any questions. It is the perfect retreat for our family holiday.
“Stunning location, beautiful house!”
Stunning location, beautiful house. We were 8 people, 4 adults and 4 children and there was ample space for all of us and room for more. The hot tub/spa was at 35degrees C, perfect for little kids who loved being in it. The view is impossible to capture in a photo and will knock your socks off. Beds comfy, showers great (no bathtub). There are several one star reviews on GMaps for this place and that was clearly a different era - it was a perfect stay and we were all sad to leave. Sophie the host was so helpful and easy to communicate with, and assisted us with a small medical issue. Really, one of the most special Airbnb's we've stayed in. Go here.