Enjoy this fabulous French Alps chalet, its games room, spa and wine bar
Full Property Details
- Rate: €3,190 to €7,090 per week
- Location: Villards-sur-Thônes - La Clusaz
- Type: Chalet
- Altitude in metres: 910 m
- Outlook: North-East
- Sleeps: 18
- Official classification: 5
- Animals not welcome
- Main rooms: 10
- Number of bedrooms: 6
- Number of double beds: 9 (2 of the doubles can be 4 singles)
- Number of single beds: 2
- Number of bunk beds: 1
- Bath/shower rooms: 6
- Shower(s): 6
- Toilet(s) in bathroom(s): 3
- Separate toilet(s): 2
- Floor area: 330 m2
- Open-plan kitchen
- Number of floors: 4
- Dining seating for: 18
- Parking spaces available: 6
- Town centre: 3.4 km
- Ski slopes: 6 km
- Nearest ski bus stop: 3 km
- Indoor swimming pool
- Hot tub
- Ski store
- Boot warming rack
- Garden / Surrounding Land
- Oven: Fan-assisted
- Hob: Ceramic
- Dining seating for: 18
- Place settings for: 36
- Children’s crockery / tableware
- Bottle warmer
- Booster/junior seat for use at a dining table
- Coffee Machine: Filter, Pods (Dolce Gusto)
- Raclette set
- Fondue set
- Baby bath
- Baby bath seat
- Bath toys
- Toilet seat adaptor
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Baby's cot
- Baby intercom
- Baby/children’s bed linen
Garden / Surrounding Land
- BBQ: Gas
- Garden / Surrounding Land: 100 m2
- Terrace: 65 m2
Indoor swimming pool
- Size: 4.5m long x 2.3m wide
- Pool temperature - summer: 32 ºC
- Pool temperature - winter: 32 ºC
- Pool cover
- Counter current
- Indoor hot tub
- Capacity: 4
- Temperature: 32 ºC
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Board games
- Indoor children's games
- French TV
- Home cinema
- Wii console
- PlayStation console + games
- Total TV screens: 7 (exc home cinema)
- French satellite
- English satellite
- DVD player + films
- Vacuum cleaner
- Boot warming rack
- Internet access
- Free WiFi internet
- Stair gates
- Electrical outlet covers / safety sockets
- Locked cupboard for cleaning products
Local places of interest / Within easy reach
- Open view
- Lake: 20 km
- Train station: 27.1 km
- Nearest supermarket: 1.5 km
- Night club
- Heritage sites
- Horse riding
- Road biking
- Ice skating
- Adventure park
- Mountain biking
- Water sports
Inclusions & Restrictions
- Linen provided
- Bath mats provided
- Bath towels provided
- Hand towels provided
- Tea towels provided
- Elec, heat, water provided
- Firewood provided
- Available catered (by prior arrangement)
- Car recommended
- Animals not welcome
- Non-smoking rental
PLEASE NOTE that the maximum occupancy of the property is 15 people. In accordance with the fire safety regulations, the property complies with the provisions of the January 31, 1986 decree (later amended) for residential buildings. Therefore, although the property has beds for 18 people, the maximum occupancy of the chalet must not exceed 15 in order for it to comply with the provisions of the decree of 22 June 1990 related to establishments that provide public access.
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If you are looking for a large place to unwind with extra facilities around every corner on every floor then look no further!
This spacious renovated farmhouse can welcome groups of up to 15 people, (10 adults and 2 babies maximum), spread over 4 floors and 330m2 of floor space. The property boasts a family suite for four people (a double bedroom an adjoining bunk room and an en suite shower room) three other double en suite bedrooms, a double bedroom next to the shower room in the ground floor spa area, and a top floor dormitory/ play space for up to six children.
The property is in Villard sur Thônes, not too far from St Jean de Sixt, gateway to Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz. Gran Shan will appeal to family groups and groups of friends or colleagues, to sport fanatics and those who prefer a more pampered holiday experience all year round. Kids are well catered for - in fact, it's difficult to try and think of a group who would not enjoy staying at this property, unless only a property on the piste will do!
The owners have lovingly and painstakingly restored and cleaned up this old farmhouse. Many of the original doors, shutters and wooden walls of the original building have been reclaimed and repurposed, local craftsmen have carefully and seamlessly blended in repairs and newer materials materials where necessary. The owners have carefully thought through the needs of their future guests and reconfigured the interior of the farm to maximise the potential for enjoyment for their guests.
At the same time the owners have stamped their own personalities on the property, while respecting the main structure of this traditional Savoyard farm building. The results of all of their efforts are spectacular! The beautifully displayed collection of old tools and farm equipment discovered during the renovation project has pride of place overlooking the main communal space, and would be a credit to any Savoyard museum. Rather than throw out all traces of the farm buildings origins, the owners have cleaned things up and displayed them instead. Clever use of lighting creates atmosphere and ambience throughout, and emphasises the beautiful structure of the building itself.
The ground floor spa area has views to the outdoors and houses a long jacuzzi with a central groove and counter current machine to enable swimming., as well as a sauna and a shower room.There is a games room, a home cinema, a kit room with boot warmers and direct access from the parking, a cave a vin with plenty of space for wine tasting, and a home office/ quiet space. Kids will adore the dorm room under the eave, with alcove beds, ski-themed decor, and a few surprise toys and games too! In fact there is plenty of space for adults and kids to spread out and play throughout the property.
The first floor main communal space houses a lounge, the open plan kitchen, dining area and home office, all wrapped around a gorgeous stone fireplace, to ensure that when groups want to get together and chat, cook and eat, they can do just that, next to a roaring fire. A further three en suite bedrooms are also located off this space.
Outside there is plenty of parking, there are two large terraces, and outdoor dining and relaxing spaces. Walks and sledging are possible from the door, and the views from the terraces and all of the indoor rooms are beautiful all year round. Take in the panorama down towards the Thônes valley and up to the picturesque Aravis mountains.
Take a look at the photos and the plans and it's easy to imagine your family or group spending time together at "the farm in the big field". It may not be in the centre of a resort, but we feel it would be almost impossible to fail to have a fabulous holiday while based in this stunning property. If you'd like to be one of our first guests, check your dates on our availability calendar - we can hold your dates for 24 hours while you finalise your plans!
— Marc M.
“A wonderful discovery”
— Alain B.
— Didier P.
- Check-in: after 16h00
- Check-out: before 10h00
Full list of features, inclusions, activities, nearby points of interest and special conditions:
For bookings cancelled at least 6 months before the start of the stay, the 20% deposit will be refunded. For a cancellation after this, any amounts already paid will be forfeited.
COVID-19 Cancellation Protection included
In the event of COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property includes cancellation protection - get a credit note for 100% of the amount paid, valid for 27 months.
Villards-sur-Thônes - La Clusaz
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A charming French market town, set in the heart of Reblochon country, Thônes offers a perfect mountain escape.
Close to the ski resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, winter sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with world class skiing, snowboarding and more.
In summer you’ll find a huge choice of activities, including walking, mountain biking, tennis, swimming, canyoning and much more, while beautiful Annecy is just 20 minutes away.
- Ski slopes6 km
- Nearest ski bus stop3 km
- Town centre3.4 km
- Nearest supermarket1.5 km
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“We're very excited about this property!”
We're very excited about this property! It is packed full of extra facilities, such as a Home Cinema, a Swim Jacuzzi, a Sauna, and a Bar, close to St Jean de Sixt (and therefore to La Clusaz or Grand Bornand) for skiing and snow rleated activities , and to Thônes , as well as St Jean de Sixt for shopping.
Guests will be spoilt for choice as to what to look at, and what to do do first!
Obviously the chalet is not on the piste, but if you are looking for a chalet away from resort, then Chalet Gran Shan could be the perfect place for you and your group.
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From the owner
It was our dream to buy an old Savoyard farm in this area, where we have lots of friends.
"It was our dream to buy an old Savoyard farm in this area, where we have lots of friends. We chanced upon this farm, which had not been lived in since the 80's.
So we started major renovation work, to restore the whole building, inside and out. We spent literally hundreds of hours sanding and brushing the old wood to bring out the grain and to make it look its best.
We really wanted to keep the character of the chalet, while making it as comfortable and spacious as possible, so that we could welcome our family and friends and share some good times.
The name,La Ferme du Gran Shan was a natural choice for us - it means big field in Savoyard patois.
We look forward to welcoming you here very soon!"
Mariannick and Arnaud
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Beautiful and authentic feel and perfect equipment for this chalet that exceeded all our expectations. Everything shows a lot of attention to detail (ex: great bedding). Great responsiveness from the manager. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
— Marc M. Jan 2021
“A wonderful discovery.”
Refined welcome with unexpected but much appreciated gifts: a bottle of champagne and a delicious box of chocolate. An interior decoration worthy of a decoration magazine and a fully equipped chalet. Pure bliss!
— Alain B. Aug 2020
This chalet is perfect on every aspects.
— Didier P. Aug 2020
“Great time great lodge”
La Ferme Du Gran Shan is a great lodge! We stayed here as a group of 12 with a total of 6 kids (4-7 years old) over February half-term and everything was perfect for them. Bar, cinema room, large swim hot tub, games bedroom, family dining - this place has it all!
Sophie, the manager was really helpful and always available by phone. All facilities are of a really high standard.
Travel to La Clusaz pistes takes about 20 minutes drive, but there are no bus routes directly from the lodge so a car is really helpful.
We have had a really great time here at La Ferme du Gran Shan and hopefully will come back soon!
— Jani S. Feb 2020
Everything was perfect, it was our fourth chalet that we stayed in the area. By far it is our favorite now! Hope to come back again! Loved it!
— Tuba B. Jan 2020
“A perfect stay”
A warm welcome, a chalet that lived up to our expectations, very well equipped and well managed with really lovely facilities - nothing to fault! We had an excellent wekk at the Ferme du Gran Shan. The view is exceptionelle. We loved the walking and being so close to Mont Blanc and the lake at Annecy. Thanks again for the welcome basket, and particularly the chocolates - exquisite!
— Cathy D. Aug 2019
“We all loved La Ferme du Gran Shan and would recommend it to anyone.”
We came together to celebrate a milestone birthday and spent a wonderful two weeks enjoying the chalet with all its space and facilities in a beautiful setting. We were a party of 7 adults and 6 children and there was something for everyone and the space to spread out both inside and outside. We were welcomed by Sophie the manager who was charming and helpful and then left to enjoy our special holiday.
— Bridget B. Jul 2019
“5 star stay”
A fabulous property, renovated with taste and perfectly equipped. It reached our expectations, and even more.
— Yves L. Jul 2019
“We would love to come back!”
A fabulously well-equipped house with a real sense of well-being. Well suited to 10 adults, beautiful rooms, super hot tub. Fans of table football will also get their money's worth! The home cinema was perfect too. It was a great place to spend rainy days and sunny days, with a lovely outdoor space and a very efficient gas barbecue. We were never bored, whatever the weather. In addition, a great service from the manager.
— Josef A. Jun 2019
“An unforgettable weekend with the family”
The chalet is just magnificent, and the service is top quality. We really loved the spa after a day walking in this beautiful area, and of course the children loved the home cinema and the sleeping area under the roof - a dream! The bed linen was perfect and the housekeeping was impeccable. The welcome from your team was very kind. We recommend it 200%!
— Christelle L. May 2019
A superb week. We really loved the quality of this chalet, and the ski station of La Clusaz, and the farm, which sells excellent cheese.
— Arthur G. Feb 2019
“A superb chalet, beautifully decorated ”
Excellent holiday with family and friends in this marvellous chalet, which has been thoughtfully decorated. We particularly appreciated the space, the decor, and the surrounding nature. Being so close to the ski resort of La Clusaz is a real bonus.
— Nadja M. Dec 2018
“Excellent stay with my friends”
The chalet is just like the pictures, but better! It is perfectly equipped, from the kitchen to the laundry and the home cinema etc ... there is a lovely view, it's near shops and restaurants and just 10 minutes from La Clusaz. This place really lived up to our expectations, delighting young and old. Well done to the owners who have created a perfect place, spacious yet cosy, where everyone can find their own space or get together as they choose.
— Xuan Mai R. Dec 2018
“A very beautiful chalet with superb facilities”
We really enjoyed our holiday. The relaxation area is perfect. The welcome gift is a nice touch (the chocolates were excellent). We loved the large living spaces and the all-round comfort. It's a great place to relax: the spa, the home cinema; the children's games room ... a great place to get together. The area is great - plenty of walks, Annecy nearby, shops in Villards and Thônes. We are happy to recommend this chalet.
— Corinne Salah-Dine C. Oct 2018
“A real pleasure”
This holiday has been a real joy and a pleasure. The chalet is magnificent, tastefully decorated and very cosy, and surrounded by wonderful countryside. We loved the splendid scenery. We can only recommend this chalet, it's a real haven.
— Victor G. Sep 2018
“A dream holiday”
A big thank you to Sophie for her welcome and her help. Our holiday was fantastic.
— Leila C. Aug 2018
“A perfect week”
We had an excellent week at La Ferme du Gran Shan. The chalet is spacious and well decorated. It was perfect for our children, who had a magical week in the spa, the media room, playing table football, ping pong and on their own mezzanine floor. It was just as wonderful for the adults, who enjoyed drinks on the terrace and meals with friends. The surroundings are peaceful and the location is just perfect, between the Aravis and one side of Lake Annecy. We would love to come back to this chalet.
— Jean Marie V. Jul 2018
“A really comfortable chalet in a beautiful area”
We really loved the locations of Gran Shan, the comfort, the view, the spa and the sauna. Adults and teenagers both loved the home cinema, as well as the welcome and the help from Sophie. It was great to be so close to Annecy and Geneva, and we loved Le Grand Bornand and the chapel on the Assy plateau.
— Bernard F. Jul 2018
“A wonderful stay”
In a very Savoyard tradition with all the modern conveniences that you need, this chalet was the perfect place for a lovely snowy holiday. It was helped by the warm welcome we received from the manager, Sophie, who was always available to help. Thanks go, too, to the cheerful owner, who thoughtfully provided some lovely chocolates, an iced cake and a refreshing drink. The location of the chalet meant we had breathtaking views, plenty of parking and easy access throughout our stay, thanks to the snow plough. In addition, the surroundings are perfect for young children. Thanks to everyone!
— Claude M. Feb 2018
“We will be back!”
We received a very warm welcome and really appreciated the care taken by the owners. The chalet has been tastefully renovated and decorated. It is lovely and spacious. We had a lovely week and will be back.
— Stephane C. Dec 2017
“An unforgettable Christmas”
We spent an unforgettable Christmas with our children and grandchildren in this fabulous warm and spacious chalet, which has been completely refurbished with great taste.
The bedrooms are cosy with all the comfort we could expect.
The living room is great with its central fireplace and lounge area.
It's an ideal place to get together or enjoy some me-time reading, listening to music, watching a film in the home cinema room, or relaxing in the spa or the sauna. It was fabulous.
Congratulations to the owner for this renovation. We can only recommend this chalet with these great services. And we are already thinking about our next stay at Gran Shan.
— Jackie B. Dec 2017
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