Enjoy a fabulous self-catered summer holiday in the French Alps at Ferme St Christophe.

With so many activities to choose from in Samoëns, there is something for everyone. Or just relax, soak up the sun and admire the views of the magnificent mountains. We are on hand with self-guided walking and hiking routes, mountain biking and road cycling routes and ideas for day trips. We would be delighted to organise an itinerary to meet your requirements in advance of your arrival and to help ensure that your summer Alpine holiday runs smoothly and you can relax from the moment you leave home.

The Chalet

Ferme St Christophe is a stunning and spacious chalet of exceptional quality with impressive facilities, surrounded by the mountains and located in the peaceful Vallon d’en Bas, a 5 minute drive to Samoëns.

The chalet features a large garden with plenty of sitting areas and a terrace for outside dining, perfect for a fantastic summer holiday in the Alps.

The chalet is an ideal venue to hold yoga retreats or for group cycling holidays. The Barn has an entire floor suitable for yoga sessions for up to 12. There are ample bike storage facilities. Please contact us for more details.

Samoëns - The most beautiful village in the Haute-Savoie 2021

Samoëns is a traditional Savoyard resort steeped in history. Samoëns is truly a gem in the Haute Griffe valley and over a quarter of its visitors come in the summer. The centre of the village is blissfully traffic free and you feel a true sense of the charming old Savoyard culture wandering the medieval streets. Awarded a ‘Coq d’Or’ for being one of the prettiest villages in France, it is also the only resort classified by the ‘Caisse des Monuments Historiques’. In the summer it comes alive as a ‘Ville Fleurie’, a village in bloom.

Samoëns has a beautiful church to visit, 9 small chapels and an interesting Botanical Garden featuring over 2,500 species of international wild plants in an area the size of 7 football pitches. There are over 40 shops, from chocolatiers, sports and clothing, chic alpine homeware, wine and sausage shops to some amazing bakeries. There are over 25 restaurants including bistros, gourmet, traditional French Savoyard and Pizzerias and lots of low-key friendly bars. There is a traditional weekly market, the region’s biggest outdoor market. Venture into the surrounding areas and you’ll discover waterfalls, dramatic gorges and wonderful wildflower meadows.

The Tourist Office offers a weekly events program to keep you entertained with outdoor music events, festivals and fireworks displays. There is an outdoor swimming pool and recreational facilities by the lake at Bois Aux Dames, perfect on hot days.

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“It’s a special place and the world is slowly starting to wake up to its charm.”

Jamie Crane, July 2019, The Travel Magazine

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, Samoëns is biking heaven with routes and trails perfect for beginners and the more experienced. The chalet has facilities for bike storage and we can arrange expert guides should you wish.

There over 615km of marked mountain bike trails with 6 lifts open offering a range of trails from extreme black gradient descents to single track, valley riding and forest trails, suitable for all the family. Close by, Les Gets hosts many downhill mountain biking events throughout the summer.

Road cyclists can enjoy tackling some of the world-famous mountain climbs in the area including Col de Joux Plane, Col du Ranfolly, Col de Joux Verte, Col de la Savolière, Col de Pierre Carrée, Col de la Croix Fry, Col de la Colombière, Col de Romme, Grimpée d’Avoriaz and the Col des Aravis.

Alternatively, you can follow routes made famous by the Tour de France, such as the Boucle du Giffre (42km), the Fer a Cheval (68km), the Tour de Mole (55km), the Tour de Bargy (70km), Tour du Lac Annecy (40km) and the Tour du Lac Léman (170km). If you prefer to take things a little easier, electric E-bikes and E-Fat Bikes (for off-road) are available to hire.

There are 900km of marked walking trails offering breathtaking alpine views, waterfalls, rivers, mountain lakes, wildflowers, birds and if lucky, you may see a chamois, bouquetin or marmotte.

Mountain Refuges serve refreshments and typical savoyard dishes. We have plenty of maps and routes for you to enjoy.

The Haute Savoie region offers some of the finest golf courses in Europe, all with breathtaking panoramic mountains views, uncrowded fairways and courses to suit every level of golfer from 9 to 18 holes.

The nearest is only 30 minutes from the chalet at Les Gets and there are courses in Flaine-Les Carroz, Avoriaz and Chamonix, and further afield at Evian, Talloires, Annecy and Aix-Les-Bains.

There are some fabulous places to visit each day. Start close by with the Cirque du Fer a Cheval, a beautiful nature reserve with some 30 or more waterfalls cascading down 2000m high cliff that dominates the end of the valley in a horseshoe shape bordering Italy and Switzerland. There is hiking for all abilities here and the quaint village of Sixt Fer à Cheval. Les Gets, is also worth a visit, a charming, traditional dairy farming village and a community that dates back to the 12th century with countless artisan shops offering all sorted of local craft and produce.

A little further is Morzine, a bustling town popular with mountain bikers and motorcyclists. The annual Harley Davidson 3 day event always draws crowds, with live music featuring headline acts. A little further away is the elegant Megeve, an alpine village with designer shopping and Michelin starred restaurants.

Further afield a visit to Annecy is a must. The ‘Venice of France’, the old part of the town is built around the Thiou River coming from the lake and you can wander the shops, stop for lunch or a take boat trip. A drive around the entire lake is well worth it for the stunning views. For more mountain adventures head to the ski resort of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, great for shopping and well worth taking a ride on the Mont Blanc gondola which connects the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m) and the Punta Helbornner (3,466m). On your return you could detour through the Mont Blanc tunnel and take another ride up, on the spectacular 3600 revolving, floor to ceiling glass, Skyway Monte Bianco, for unparalleled panoramas of the mountains.

Head north towards Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and visit Evian-Les-Bains, the world-famous lakeside spa. Head west to Yvoire, a preserved medieval village on the lake classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, ideal for lunch and a boat excursion. You could also visit Geneva, for a day of culture and a delicious lunch by Europe’s largest Alpine lake with its’ famous water fountain.

We are delighted to be able to offer yoga sessions at the chalet, which take place in the beautiful surroundings of La Grange. Just let us know in advance that you want to book and they will organise it based on availability.

“Samoëns and the Grand Massif boast one of the biggest networks of lift-accessed singletrack in the Alps. If you like the idea of huge descents through stunning Alpine backcountry but would prefer to get there via ski lifts rather than days of slogging through the wilderness, then you won’t find a better place in the Alps than here.”

The Guardian , 2015

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