The diffuse light of a contemporary chandelier spills onto the seasoned pine of this stylish chalet; logs under eaves and higgledy-piggledy panelling evoke glimpses of the past. In a hamlet a five-minute drive from the lovely cheese-producing village of Chatel – peace descends after a day conquering the Portes du Soleil. This converted farmhouse circled by wintry snows has a local-stone ground floor and three wooden storeys above. Stunning views of iced mountains and pine-packed valleys greet you from panoramic windows and balconies, the private garden (great for snowmen competitions) has a wood-fired pizza oven, and a toy-filled mezzanine wins children over. En suite sleeping quarters are cosy with fluffy throws and original art. Delicious treats (using only free range produce from local farmers) flow from the kitchen or the terrace’s wood-fired oven. Gather for log fires and nightcaps around the three-beam coffee table as you discuss the exploits of the day… Once in you won’t want to leave.