|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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. Recently built, Chalet Brio has been designed and built for flexibility 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.
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 ski lifts up from Samoens, Morillon and Vercland. Recently 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.
The accommodation is very flexible, most bedrooms offer the option of two singles or a large double, some have extra bunk beds. In summer it is ideal for large groups of families and friends who want to self cater, with extensive gardens, a large outdoor heated swimming pool and plenty of parking space. In winter the chalet is catered and offers flexible dates and weekly or short breaks for large or small bookings. An outdoor hot tub is available for winter guests.
Within the chalet is a further 3 bedroom apartment La Terrasse, that can be booked separately or combined with Chalet Brio to offer 7 en suite bedrooms, two smaller rooms with bunk beds, two kitchens and two living spaces.
We discovered Samoëns when we were skiing in nearby Flaine and loved its authentic, historic character. Returning to Samoëns in 2005 on impulse we bought a plot of land and hatched a plan to build and run our own ski chalet. With two children away at university and travelling, the time was right for a career change for Robert, who worked in the plastics industry, so we put our house on the market and moved to France, where we appointed a local architect, Olivier Morin, to oversee the building work. We love the mountains, summer and winter, we ski and walk as much as we can and after several years still enjoy every minute of our work and lives here.
Robert & Caroline Thompson purchased this chalet in 2008
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 and Mt Buet. 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.
summer rates are for the whole chalet self catered
Winter rates are per person catered
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We loved our stay at this beautiful chalet in the French Alps. The clean, modern interior has wooden floors, a Scandi log burner and in the dining area an enormous picture window with stunning views of the mountains. Our room had a large double bed and ensuite with bath and shower - all the fittings are top quality. Lots of hot water and underfloor heating were a bonus. For children there's a Wii, TV and DVDs, full Wi-Fi is available too. Hosts Caroline and Robert made us welcome with delicious dinners and good wine, drove us to the ski lift just five minutes away and showed us the way on the slopes. We skied over to Flaine with great snow and high runs, and down to a pretty village called Les Carroz. We also did a lovely walk in the valley, through pine trees and round a lake. After a long day, sitting outside in the hot tub in the crisp mountain air was wonderfully relaxing and reinvigorating. Definitely recommended.
The small, historic town of Samoens is located in the tranquil Giffre valley with easy access to 265 km of ski pistes in the Grand Massif, a huge range of winter activities such as Nordic ski, dog sledding and snow shoe trails. In summer the picturesque valley is covered in wild flower meadows, with traditional farming continuing alongside summer outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and water sports. Local tennis courts, tree top rope trails, via Ferrata, open air swimming are all within easy reach. The stunning scenery of the Sixt Fer a Cheval national park is 15 minutes drive away as is the Cascades water fall. a weekly market in Samoens offers tempting local produce along with crafts and traditional items.
Samoens is an all year round destination with something to offer for everyone who enjoys the mountains and the best of French food and culture.