L’Ancienne Fromagerie is situated in the French Alps, in the medieval village of Samoens. One of the prettiest villages in France, and is the only winter and summer sports resort in France to be listed as a ’Monument Historique’. Ideally situated, it is just 200m from the historic village centre where you can find the boulangerie for fresh bread, croissants and cakes, supermarkets for stocking up on essentials and a wide selection of specialist shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. In winter the free ski bus is a few minutes walk away, which takes you directly to the Grand Massif Express lift.
The area provides spectacular scenery, mountains. including mountain lakes, botanical garden, national parks and provides the centre for almost every outdoor activity imaginable, for all ages, summer or winter.
It is close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy, and day trips can be taken to Chamonix, Annecy or perhaps Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe or Mont Blanc the highest mountain.
Samoëns is only 50 minutes drive from Geneva International Airport., 540 miles from Calais, 20 minutes drive from the motorway exit , and the TGV train station at Cluses.
The Grand Massif is the 4th largest ski-linked area in France. It rises up to an altitude of 2500m. Surrounded by grandiose scenery, the Grand Massif affords a truly breath-taking panoramic view of the French side of the Mont Blanc mountain range. The 5 linked resorts - Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt - are remarkably diverse.
During the summer, the weather is usually in the high 20s - perfect for swimming, walking, cycling, rafting, or visiting neighbouring towns and lakes in France, Switzerland or Italy.
The location is brilliant and right from the chalet door step are routes for road cycling, mountain biking and hill/mountain walking.
Why not try the challenging Col du Joux Plan cycle ride or one of the many rides on http://www.mapmyride.com/fr/samoens-rhone-alpes or perhaps walking into Switzerland from the chalet. Leave the car behind and take to the mountains and stay in one of the many refuges and break the walk, easily accessible from the chalet.
A mountain bikers paradise -hundreds of miles of well signposted cycle paths, and a wide of range of length and difficulty. In the high season it is possible to take bikes up the mountains on chairlifts and to cycle down.
Samoens' outdoor leisure complex is situated an easy walk along a footpath next to the river. The leisure centre has two beautiful lakes for fishing and boating, football pitches, 6 tennis courts, basketball/skate park, play park for children, archery and a golf driving range into the lake!
Two large swimming pools (one for 'swimming' and the other for 'playing'), an infants pool and a 60m water slide (tenins, swimming and archery are payable).
Also within the leisure complex is the Tarzan-style 'Indiana Park' forest park, which consists of climbing rope ladders, crossing suspended bridges between trees then whizzing down zip lines! There are different courses based on age and ability.
The market is one of the largest in the Haute Savoie and well worth a stroll around on Wednesday mornings, selling everything from speciality food, wine, clothes and gifts.
Other Activities: Via Ferrata, climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, walking, horse-riding, paragliding, waterfalls, gorges, mountain lakes, archery, tennis, rafting, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating
Golf: 7 Courses within 1 hours drive. The 18 hole Golf courses at Les Carroz and Les Gets boasts fantastic views, and uncrowded fairways. Other golfing challenges in the area include an 18 hole course at Les Gets, a 9 hole course at Avoriaz, and a practice range at Samoëns with a driving range over water and a putting green.
Ski: The free ski bus is a few minutes’ walk from the chalet, which takes you directly to the high speed Grand Massif Express gondola, which takes just 8 minutes to reach Samoens 1600 and the extensive ski of the Grand Massif, with 144 of pistes and over 260 km of skiing. Samoens connects to the Flaine ski area and its renowned bowl and the pretty tree lined resorts of Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt. It is an impressive ski area with a choice of both challenging blacks, red, blue and gentle green runs to satisfy all skiing levels, including the famous 14km Les Cascades blue run from Flaine.
Places of interest in Samoens
- The Dairy, Frutiere de Samoëns: Visit the gallery and see cheese manufacture, the maturing cellar, drying room, film projection, and sale of local products.
- La Jaysinia Botanic Garden: Alpine garden created in 1906 by Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jay, on 3.5 acres of land. Houses more than 8000 varieties of Alpine flora from around
- Clos Parchet Living museum: Visit this old farm and discover the history of the families from Samoëns.