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La Ferme du Chateau

Chef Lieu, 74360 La Chapelle-D'Abondance, Abondance France
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Plenty of room to relax in front of the fire
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Hallway & stairs up to lounge
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#4 of 9 lodges in La Chapelle-D'Abondance
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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La Ferme du Chateau offers exceptionally spacious accommodation in 6 en-suite bedrooms, all of which can be twin or double rooms and extra beds added for family rooms. They have 5* quality hotel beds and linen with lots of little extras. In winter La Ferme offers the perfect retreat for the discerning skier and is fully catered. In summer the rooms are available on a B&B or 1/2 board basis .
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Hiking
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Ski school
Skiing
Fishing
Water park offsite
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Hot spring bath
Massage
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Kelly M wrote a review Jan 2022
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic week with Christine and Max (the dog) over christmas. We are a family with 2 kids, 14 and 7 years and they couldn’t rate their stay with Christine any highly either. They had, as did we a very spacious bedroom and wonderfully large on-suite.
We arrived on the 19th December and until we left on the 26th, we had the perfect stay, from the wonderful croissants, fruit, eggs etc at breakfast, home baked cakes in the afternoon and 3 course meal in the evening, it was perfect.
Christine has all the information on the area you could ever need, and as novice skiers gave great advice for where best to ski.
Our two chefs Oscar and Elle-Louise were incredible and every meal we had was a real treat - I could not fault it at all.
We were very lucky with the weather, great snow and sunshine the whole week.
We could not recommend La Ferme du Chateau highly enough, Christine and her team will ensure you have a holiday you’ll not forget.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Fern wrote a review Dec 2021
3 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed as a family with our 5 and 6 year old, and another family with 2 children. Everything was perfect, from Christine’s kindness and vast knowledge of the portes du soleil ski area, to the soft giant dog Max, to the delicious cake and meal we experienced every day. I really can’t recommend this home from home enough. Don’t hesitate to book! We hope to return as soon as we are able.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amy B wrote a review Mar 2023
Stirling, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very enjoyable half term ski holiday.
Grandparents , parents and grandchildren. 12-10-8 years.
Chalet is spacious warm and welcoming with the sunniest lounge and views of the local ski area.
Christine will look after you and all your needs , you will be where you need to be when you need to be there.
Christine is very professional and a seasoned chalet host.
The food was prepared by professional young chefs and was delicious and exciting.
Childrens meals were served earlier and again were delicious and plentiful.
Rooms are very spacious and there’s always plenty hot water .
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Just book it and enjoy your holidayk
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Discerning C wrote a review Apr 2014
United Kingdom60 contributions34 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I had looked forward to this break for some time, as the website had described the chalet as: exceptionally spacious luxury accommodation - what a treat I had in store! What a huge disappointment then when I finally arrived to find a tatty looking car (damaged bumpers and doors) in front of a half finished garage, housing a filthy car (covered in dust and dirt from unglazed windows). The drive and approach path were strewn with dirt, dog mess and bits of rubbish, the garage was dotted with dirt, bric-a-brac and discarded drinks cans. No house name to indicate this was the right place - I was feeling quite dismayed; it got worse. When the front door was opened, it revealed a messy hall, strewn with shoes, slippers and boots and smelling like a hamster cage. The hall doubled as boot room and, as I was to discover, the main haunt of the huge dog Max, a French briard - a very pleasant-natured dog, much fussed over, but one completely inappropriate for a luxury chalet - with his constantly matted and dirty coat and doggy aroma.
My room was off this hall. The room itself was a good size with a comfortable bed and very good sheets, duvet cover etc. Unfortunately little details were missing: no valance covering the bed base and no head board. What I also found disappointing was the cheap looking curtains, badly fitted and badly hung. The wardrobe had dusty shelves and peeling laminate edging strips on the doors, which revealed chipboard beneath. This all lent the room a budget, thrown together feel.
The website showed good sized bathrooms in “this 5 star accommodation”. Mine was very small, just big enough for sink, toilet and bath with screen and shower. The suite was good quality (Villeroy & Boch) but the experience was spoiled by the rough towels, not tumble dried, so, hard and dry. I found that the floor under the sink had not been cleaned and throughout my stay the floor, mirror and bath were not cleaned (the bin was emptied a couple of times and the toilet and sink cleaned a couple of times). The Molton Brown branded toiletries were good, although not replenished when they ran out.

The hall, stairs up to the large lounge and stairs-surround were dusty with clumps of dog hair here and there. This is a shame as the chalet has real charm and character. There was a large seating area in the lounge with rather worn, cloth-covered or imitation leather sofas and a shabby-looking pair of sofas in a small area with a TV. The general impression was a bit tatty and tired - not a luxury lounging area that was a real treat to relax in. Max roamed around this area, or settled under or by the dining table during meals. The view from the French windows revealed some view of mountains but also broken plant pots on the decking by the hot tub. The chalet was a 15 minute drive away from the ski slopes.

What about the catering? Evening meals and afternoon tea and breakfast were included in the luxury price tag. Very pleasant and polite chalet girls. But: there were one or two tasty things offered (desserts mainly) but on the whole the food was homely in large portions rather than delicious and gourmet. The afternoon cakes were generally disappointing and there was even a packet of madeleines put out one day vice proper home baking! Breakfasts too were uninspiring. The fresh fruit and yoghurt advertised on the website did not materialise (correction: half way through my stay, some peel-it-yourself fruit did appear) and the cooked English breakfast was two rashers of fried bacon and a fried egg.

All this may sound to an outside observer quite bitter. I can understand that. But please bear in mind I was charged a luxury price for this holiday. I have stayed in a luxury chalet before and this was not one. I can only assume that the corner cutting and cost avoidance, the lack of attention to detail, were driven by an overwhelming desire to wring as much profit out of the business as possible. I can only guess at the reasons for the unkempt, dirty and/or smelly state of parts of the property. With some hard work (mainly cleaning, tidying, repairing and maintaining) and attention to menus, this chalet could possibly be offered as luxury accommodation. I would not recommend this accommodation and service to anyone in the current state, unless the luxury price tag was reduced by at least a third and everything was thoroughly cleaned - then it would start to feel like a reasonable deal. “Savoie Faire Holidays prides itself on the standard of accommodation that we offer” Shame on you! So many missed opportunities - this felt like fraud!
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Date of stay: April 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kraze18 wrote a review Jan 2019
81 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
La Ferme du Chateau is an amazing Chalet !! Christine is a great cook and all the food, wine and cheese was excellent as well as the afternoon tea on return from a day on the slopes. All the meals were home made, beautifully planned and so so delicious as was the wine! The chalet is located in a little village with a few hotels / restaurants - from this base you can ski a vast region including into Swiss resorts and Avoriaz and Morzine. After a week on the slopes, there were still so many places and runs which we still hadn't discovered.

The chalet itself is beautifully renovated and the rooms are large and nicely furnished. There is a log fire and large dining table for all the chalet guests. This was my first time in a chalet but we stayed with some lovely people who made the holiday extra enjoyable (you just wouldn't get the same interaction and rapport with guests and staff in a hotel). The chalet was always clean and tidy whilst Max the dog was a real hit with all the guests - even non dog fans!.

Christine really is the perfect host and ensured everyone was taken to the slopes, ski hire shop, into Chatel, had transfers, lifts passes etc which made the trip so easy for all guests.

Thanks Christine and Desireee for all the help with trip. We had a really great time and see you again soon. Best Wishes Kate
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Date of stay: December 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Andrew B wrote a review Jan 2018
Horgen, Switzerland2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just come back from a fantastic 4 night stay over New Year . My wife had a wonderful ski break with fantastic food , wine and company . Bonus was that we were able to take our dog along . Great room with very comfortable bed and a treat to have a bath.
So nice to be taken and collected from the ski slopes every day . Gluten free options available .
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Linda H wrote a review Oct 2015
Winchester, United Kingdom17 contributions11 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed August 2015 and there is clearly a big difference between summer and winter service though this was not made clear from the website or directly. No toiletries provided at all never mind Molton Brown. No afternoon tea either.
Christine was very friendly and helpful, and the food was very good and enjoyed by all of us.
However, there were negatives. Max, the dog, was a big softie but also very dirty and smelly. This got progressively worse and it was not pleasant to eat your meals with a strong smell of filthy dog coming from under the table. Nor do I think it appropriate, or sanitary, that his (very large) food bowl was kept next to the dining table. The chalet floors were not swept daily, which was very apparent from the clumps of dog hair. Toilet rolls were not replaced and bathroom bins not emptied. The furniture was old, tatty and insufficient.
Further afield, La Chapelle and Abondance were very limited in what they could offer.
A little thought and care would improve the chalet immensely, such as maintaining the garden and providing some decent garden furniture.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the earlier reviewer in saying that this is a far from luxurious chalet. It's fine if fine is what you're expecting, but not if you've been led to expect luxury.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Response from RamblerAlpsFrance, Owner at La Ferme du Chateau
Responded 9 Jan 2016
I must apologise for the lack of clarity between services offered as standard in the summer and those offered in the winter. This will be addressed on the website. But for the benefit of anyone reading this review I would like to emphasis that in the winter La Ferme du Chateau operates as a fully catered ski chalet at the higher end of the mid range market (£550 to £995 pppw) and includes afternoon tea and Molton Brown toiletries but in the summer it is a B&B with optional evening meal (£45 pppn B&B plus £20 for a 3 course evening meal with wine)and does not include afternoon tea. We did provide toiletries when the client requested them. All other comments have been taken on board, Max no longer eats upstairs and I try to keep him as clean as possible, but he is a large dog and perhaps my best efforts aren't always to everyone's satisfaction. We will be providing better furniture for the garden next summer and constantly update and replace furniture in the house. Our aim is to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for outr guests, winter & summer and I am very sorry if these guests felt let down. We will continue to review our service levels to hopefully meet our clients requirements.
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David N wrote a review Mar 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom37 contributions30 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just had a week staying with Christine in her wonderful chalet. She and her staff Liv and Danni could not have been more helpful Food was great every evening with very good wine accompanying it. Nothing is too much bother and she ferried my wife and I - and my son, wife and grandson backwards and forwards to suit our skiing times. Which involved a lot of hassle due tothe baby. Great place - super chalet. Very comfortable.
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Date of stay: February 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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ovine wrote a review Feb 2012
London, United Kingdom64 contributions63 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
On arriving Christine seemed very nice. The food was awful. Too salty and miniscule. Not the hearty food we have had previously in chalets. Breakfast was repetitive the afternoon tea very paltry and not great. Dinners were too fancy and not very nice. Our room wasn't cleaned once and we had to make our own beds. The buses into Chatel are only 2 an hour and they are within 10 minutes of each other so it made it difficult when wanting to go into Chatel. Definitely not value for money and has confirmed that chalets are not always the luxury you think they will be.
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Date of stay: January 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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johnallan8 wrote a review Dec 2017
Chester, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I think you have to experience the lodge and staff to fully appreciate the quality and hospitality on offer. I first visited seven years ago and although I’ve tried other lodges and hotels, none compare to this, John Allan.
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Amy B wrote a tip Mar 2023
Stirling, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just book it and enjoy your holidayk"
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Cathy H wrote a tip Feb 2019
77 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are large and comfy!"
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clareayton wrote a tip Dec 2017
Tarporley, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are quiet. Mine had direct access to the Jacuzzi which was lovely :D"
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Annie K wrote a tip Apr 2017
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cant recommend I am afraid!"
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Tim W wrote a tip Mar 2017
Padua, Italy17 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The huge room at the top of the stairs was great (although no bath)"
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£120 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
FranceAuvergne-Rhône-AlpesHaute-SavoiePortes du SoleilAbondanceLa Chapelle-D'Abondance
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Ferme du Chateau
Which popular attractions are close to La Ferme du Chateau?
Nearby attractions include Bouvet sports (0.6 miles), La Fruitière de La Chapelle-d'Abondance (0.4 miles), and Les Rappes Sport (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Ferme du Chateau?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at La Ferme du Chateau?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at La Ferme du Chateau?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Ferme du Chateau?
Conveniently located restaurants include L'Ensoleillé, L'Atelier de Jacky, and Les Cornettes.
Does La Ferme du Chateau have airport transportation?
Yes, La Ferme du Chateau offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is La Ferme du Chateau located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of La Chapelle-D'Abondance.
Are pets allowed at La Ferme du Chateau?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Ferme du Chateau?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to La Ferme du Chateau?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Abbaye d'Abondance (3.4 miles).
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