Eco ski-ing, a flute school, ukulele players – this place is unique! A hamlet of four old wooden houses (two chalets, two farm buildings) is high up, impossibly pretty, detached from the bustling world, with views to lift spirits and a deep silence in which to contemplate such beauty. Ski-in, ski-out doesn’t get much better than this, but non-skiers will be just as content so it suits mixed ability family get-togethers. Tea and cake will be waiting as you walk in the door, and dinners are convivial and delicious. And how about this: an early morning ski randonnée? Set off (very quietly so you don’t disturb the wildlife) with Jean-Francois the guide, with skins on your skis, a lamp on your head and breakfast on your back. Climb to the top of virgin peaks, spot golden eagles or a bearded vulture then enjoy a well-deserved outdoor breakfast before a super ski home. La Ferme du Soleil overlooks the small ski resort of Chinaillon, one of the best preserved villages in the Haute Savoie – the word ‘idyll’ really does apply. Big, cosy, beautiful, open and convivial – another dream realised.