6 Days Luxury Cookery Holiday in the French Alps

6 Days Luxury Cookery Holiday in the French Alps

  • Chalet Savoie Faire, Fontaines-Naves, La Lechere. 73260, France

France Culinary Vacation

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.

Highlights

  • 4 hands-on cooking lessons
  • Walk in the local forest and sit by the fire
  • Pick your own ingredients based on the season
  • Trip to the local market or picnic on a mountain top
  • Delight yourself with savoyard French cuisine with wine
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Apron and recipe
  • 4 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Chalet Savoie Faire

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!

Amenities

  • BBQ
  • Bathrobes and slippers in every room
  • Beautiful quality bed linen
  • Comfy sofas
  • Free wifi throughout the chalet
  • Individually sourced antiques and furniture
  • Large selection of books and DVDs
  • L'Occitane luxury toiletries
  • Plasma TV and DVD in every room
  • Playstation
  • UK free view television channels
  • Vaulted dining room with chandelier

The atmosphere

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!

The kitchen

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.

The training

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.

Chalet Savoie Faire French Cooking Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival, afternoon tea

  • Arrive into Chalet Savoie Faire and settle into the luxury accommodation.
  • Later, go for a walk around the village.
  • Afternoon tea will be served and Nikki will talk the guests through the program.
  • This is followed by pre-dinner drinks and a 3-course meal with wine.

Day 2 - Cooking class, local forest walk

  • Breakfast is served in the dining hall at 08:00.
  • Into the kitchen, from 09:00 to 13:00, you will make 2 entrees, 2 main meals, one meat and one vegetarian, 2 desserts and pre-dinner snacks.
  • You all eat together either in the top dining hall or on the outside terrace under the apple trees.
  • In the afternoon, take a walk into the local forest or guests can rest by the fire or in the sunshine depending on the time of year.
  • Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles served in lounge area; during this time you can go through recipes.
  • The evening meal is served at 19:30.

Day 3 - Local market trip or picnic in the mountain area, cooking class

  • Today, you will either go on a trip to the local market to purchase local farm fresh produce or enjoy a picnic in a stunning mountain area.
  • In the afternoon, you will start cooking at 14:00 and continue until 18:30.
  • The evening meal is taken together in the kitchen dining area.

Day 4 - Cooking class, thermal spring

  • Cooking class from 09:00 until 12:30.
  • Next, get down to the local thermal restaurant, where a 3-course lunch awaits you.
  • Then, get into the natural thermal spring to relax.
  • Pre-dinner drinks served in the top bar area, followed by 3-course meal.

Day 5 - Cooking class

  • Breakfast.
  • After breakfast, walk around the top villages for 1.3 hours.
  • Cooking class from 10:00 until 12:30.
  • Have lunch together or have a picnic on the mountain top, depending on weather.
  • Kitchen cooking from 15:00 until 18:30: soups, salads, mains and desserts.
  • Pre-dinner drinks and evening meal served.

Day 6 - Departure

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure by 11:00.
  • Nikki Shields

    Nikki was born in Melbourne, Australia and has always had a passion for food, wine, and rustic architecture. After her stint at Hotel & Catering College, she left for Europe in search of a new dream. Nikki has run training and cooking courses the last 15 years and promotes a relaxed atmosphere where she will build your confidence and knowledge through learning fundamental culinary techniques. She likes to achieve the right balance between hard work in the kitchen and enjoyment with food creativity. She prides herself in delivering a high-quality service to all her guests.

Savoie

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

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.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Spa nearby
  • Steam room nearby
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Lobby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Cross country skiing: Nordic skiing as it can also be called is hugely popular in the Savoy region of France and in particular around Fontaines, Nave. World class cross country ski trails are on the doorstep of Chalet Savoie Faire and all runs are well marked. Not for nothing do the Nordic ski trails around this beautiful area have a worldwide reputation amongst those in the know!
  • Hiking: The vast number of marked trails in the area ensures that walkers can trek in safety whilst enjoying the stunning views the area has to offer. Ramblers and hikers get to see the mountains at their best from snow capped peaks to shady forests and magnificent waterfalls to picturesque Savoyard villages.
  • Mountain Biking: Whether you prefer your mountain bike action to be cross country, downhill, all mountain/enduro, freeride or trail riding then the French Alps provide some of the best terrain and backdrops in the world. The area around Fontaine, Naves is also the perfect setting for the increasingly popular activity of mountain bike orienteering combining the skills of map navigation and mountain biking.
  • Ski touring and ski mountaineering: It is about getting away from it all and being far from the ironmongery of ski resorts. The stunning scenery surrounding Chalet Savoie Faire is some of the most beautiful in the French Alps and will quite simply take your breath away. Theres no doubt that this is nature at her best.
  • Snowshoeing: Racquettes neige as it is known in France has to be one of the most beautiful and environmentally friendly ways to experience the mountains. The area around Chalet Savoie Faire in the French Alps is one of the most spectacular and stunning to explore. Indeed Naves is renowned for being a remarkable winter games area.
  • White water rafting:The Savoie region provides a perfect backdrop for rafting and other white water activities such as canyoning, canoeing, air boating, river boarding and hydro speed. White water activities or sports deau vive as theyre called in French are becoming more and more popular in the French Alps. The best time to enjoy these water based activities is from May through to September.
  • 4 cookery lessons
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Apron and recipes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Rhône-Alps , France

Chalet Savoie Faire is a bespoke luxury mountain retreat, cookery school, cycling & hiking paradise, stunning views, relax in the heart of the French Alps.

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

Arrival: Sunday December 17, 2017
Departure: Friday December 22, 2017

Availability

This vacation is available all year round, with arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday.

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