Photos and Description of this 9 bedroom holiday chalet in Samoens - Chalet Brio
5 Rooms All With En Suite, A Further 2 With The Apartment Plus 2 Bunk Rooms
Location: chalet brio is on the edge of a small hamlet called l’etelley, just across the river from samoens, in a great location for both summer and winter holidays in the mountains and close to the main lifts up from samoens, morillon and vercland. Newly built, chalet brio has been designed and built with lots of light, space and comfort in mind, filled with favourite old pieces and paintings mixed with contemporary furnishings, so that it feels both lived in and comfortable.
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
Robert & Caroline Thompson
Caroline and Robert discovered Samoëns, a pretty town in Haute Savoie, when they were skiing in nearby Flaine. 'We were struck by its authentic, historic character,' says Caroline, a social work consultant. 'It's in a beautiful valley, so not only is it great for skiing, it's a wonderful year-round destination. And it's only an hour from Geneva.' Returning to Samoëns in 2005 on impulse, the Thompsons not only bought a plot of land, they hatched a plan to build and run their own ski chalet. In their early fifties, with two children away at university and travelling, the time was right for a full-blown career change.Robert, who worked in the plastics industry, gave in his notice and they put their house in Northamptonshire on the market. Nine months later they had sold up and in 2007 moved to France, where they appointed a local architect, Olivier Morin, to oversee the building work. 'He was brilliant and well worth the fee,' says Caroline. 'We had a lot of input, but he sorted out the planning application and booked contractors.
A love for the mountains and fresh air drew us to this wonderful part of the world. Both professional people we gave up our jobs in the UK and set up home in the Haute Savoie. We found a great plot and with the help of a local architect built Chalet Brio. There is so much going on around Samoens both summer and winter, the social life is very good and we have made many friends, both French and English. We love meeting new people so running a chalet is ideal.
We have two children, now snow board instructors and both working in far off parts of the world. Who knows, they may both join us one day.
We spent a lot of time laying out the design of Chalet Brio. We wanted it to work very well for both us as our home and for every one staying here. It's light and spacious and open plan, with a log fire in the sitting area and wonderful views of Mt Criou. It feels cosy and comfortable whether there are just the two of us or a chalet full.
The heating and hot water come from our underground geothermal system, which cuts our energy bills a great deal. The large outdoor swimming pool has proved to be very popular in summer and sitting in the hot tub in winter you look out across the meadows, sometimes the deer come down from the forest and pass by. We're surrounded by wild life, fields and trees.