You’re at the secluded, forested end of a no through road in the Chamonix valley, minutes from shops, restaurants and hiking and biking trails. The sophisticated 21st-century build is deceptively traditional, with masses of Savoyard timber, big windows onto the sunny terrace and a large, lawned garden complete with a beer-barrel sauna.
Everyone has their own space in big, handsome bedrooms with dark wood, white linen and smart bathrooms piled with fluffy towels and robes; the master suite is vast. Come together in the communal spaces after days high in the mountains – take over the swish kitchen, dine around a convivial table or take drinks in the open-plan living area with its minstrel’s gallery and dramatically high, vaulted ceiling.
The valley is a skier’s paradise, no doubt – but the snow and ice melts to reveal fine walking country, lakes for rafting, opportunities for climbing. Don’t miss the pinion railway to see the Mer de Glace.