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A hidden treasure in the heart of the French Alps, a remarkable region of France - not only because of the different culinary styles but also because of the local culture, the history, and the people that have forged this cuisine. It's a beautiful place to learn: cozy, warm, spacious, and surrounded by breathtaking views across the Col de Madeleine. Experience a relaxed, hands-on learning, where you will build your understanding and knowledge of local food styles and learn how to confidently present your cuisine. Come and play in paradise. Its all about food and having fun.
Savoie Faire is at long last available for you to enjoy after 5 long years of hard work restoring this once-ruin. The farmhouse offers a cozy comfort that you will feel as soon as you walk through the front door. Colors are warm and make you feel at home - it's the perfect place to rest and watch the world go by. Your hosts, Nikki and Hugh, live in the adjoining house, where Nikki runs her cookery school.
This luxury mountain retreat offers you amazing value for money and a wealth of activities on the doorstep or a short drive away such as mountain biking, ski touring, Nordic skiing, road cycling and hiking. The chalet sleeps eight and can be booked on a B&B, self catered or fully catered basis. This flexibility ensures that you have the perfect holiday to suit your needs. Wi-Fi is available and free.
Whichever season you visit us in youll find that Chalet Savoie Faire is perfectly equipped and laid out to ensure maximum comfort. In the colder months, the floor heating keeps your toes warm, and the triple-glazed windows will keep the cold out whilst sitting in front of the open fire. In the warmer months you can enjoy your meals outside on a sunny terrace overlooking some of the most spectacular views in the French Alps. A BBQ is available to use.
The chalet is equipped with everything you need to make it your home away from home - a kitchen with oven, gas burners, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, music, movies, comfy sofas and beds you wont want to get out of. Special attention has been paid to the beds since a good nights sleep after a day on the mountain is essential. All beds are made up with quality bed linen, 100% woolen bed toppers, feather quilts and as many pillows as you want.
The main house provides accommodation for up to 8 people, with a beautiful open-plan living area, vaulted dining hall and walled terrace with views across the valley. There are also three individually styled and beautifully appointed bathrooms in total. This property has been built with you in mind, it's spacious and warm and a home-away from-home. We are a dog friendly chalet and our canine friends love the mountains as much as we do!
You will be enabled to understand your ingredients, the importance of the combinations of color and texture to produce an amazing array of dishes you can carry along as you cook for family and friends. You will be picking your own mushrooms, vegetables, and berries depending on the season. You will also be using ingredients that are easily sourced from local suppliers such as cheese and wine. At Chalet Savoie Faire, they are also conscious that food budgets need to go a long way. So recipes are affordable, as well as delicious!
Enjoy the cooking course in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, gaining confidence each day. The kitchen is beautifully appointed with plenty of room. It has been designed to feel as close to a chalet kitchen as possible, so skills can be easily replicated. It is attached to a large dining room where we share the meals you have produced.
Having been in the Catering industry for more than 25 years, working and developing menus for hotels, chalets and yachts, Nikki has put together a program that will motivate you back into the kitchen. The course is fun, hands-on, with interesting and easy recipes that can be replicated back in your own kitchen. You will look at ingredients, how they work together, different ways to cook the same item but with completely different twists and importantly the art of presentation to the table.
You will go out to a local market for cheese tasting and to a restaurant.
The medieval county of Savoie (or Savoy) became French by vote in 1860. Savoie is dominated by the Vanoise range, the second most important one in France after that of Mont Blanc. Savoie is famed for its world-class ski resorts, amongst which are the clutch in the Trois Valles, including Courchevel and Mribel. The ski trains are a popular means of reaching the slopes easily and painlessly.
Alternatively, you can fly to a number of airports. As one might expect of such an alpine stronghold, there are some very impressive mountain passes, many of which can only be crossed in summer and which include the Col de lIseran, the highest pass in Europe at 2,764 meters. The scope for those to whom heights hold an appeal is endless in this alpine department.
Fontaines Naves is a picturesque mountain hamlet situated 15 minutes away from the nearby town of Moutiers and is only 30 minutes from the ski resorts of Valmorel and Meribel/ Courchevel. The stunning lakeside town, Annecy, is a 50-minute drive.
The closest airports are in Lyon or Geneva. The transfer from and to the airport is not included in this price but can be arranged for 350€
The closest train stations are Moutiers and Albertville (30 minutes from the property) and the transfer is included in the price.