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Accommodation

La Vieille Ferme sleeps up to 10 guests in twin, double and family rooms; all the bedrooms have their own bathroom. Our very large living room looks out over St Gervais and gives onto a balcony that runs round the south and east sides of the farm. Guests spend hours, winter and summer, just gazing at the ever changing face of the Mont Blanc which seems to rise up out of the bottom of the garden. We have a separate dining room with a wood burning stove which is overlooked by two cosy mezzanines where one can relax with a book from our library or listen to music. There is also a television room with satellite TV. We have a very reasonably priced 'honesty' bar in the living room with wine, beer, coke, and tonic; you note down what you take and pay at the end of your stay.

Marie herself does the cooking. She serves a three course evening meal from a rich variety of menus, from the best of the renowned Savoie specialities, to dishes that have their origins all over the world. The wine included with supper is the result of much dedicated and selfless research on Jeremy's part, and is much appreciated by all our guests. The only complaints we seem to get are that guests go away slightly larger than when they arrive, even after all the walking! However, Marie's cooking is one of the many reasons why these same guests return again…and again…

La Vieille Ferme is at 1000 metres altitude

...which is not very high in the local scheme of things; however, 1000 metres is 22 metres higher than the highest point in England, (Sca Fell Pike), and only 38 metres lower than the top of Snowdon in Wales.

Located at the north entrance to the Val Montjoie, on the west side of the Mont Blanc Massif, St GERVAIS MONT BLANC has attracted tourists since 1806 to it's reknowned Spa Centre. It became a ski resort as well with the opening of the first cable car to the Bettex in 1936! It has stayed very French even into the Twenty First Century, and, despite a lot of recent British property investment, it remains a relatively undiscovered haven nestling between it's better known cousins, Chamonix and Megève. The main 'Voie Royale' climbers route and the summit of the Mont Blanc (4810 metres) are all in the commune of St Gervais and can be accessed by the world famous rack and pinion 'Tramway de Mont Blanc'. Above all, this a very friendly, Alpine 'living' village, not frequented by the package tour industry, with one of the prettiest skiing areas anywhere in the Alps, and superbly placed at the heart of one of the best walking regions in the whole of Europe!

Jeremy and Marie own 'La Vieille Ferme' and live here all year round. "We are very proud of our home and incredibly enthusiastic about the Mont Blanc region in which we live. We consider ourselves immensely priviledged to spend our lives in this area of oustanding natural beauty, and to be able to take advantage of many of the sporting activities that go with the mountains. Our aim is simple: to impart our love of the mountains with our guests, to try and pass on what we feel, and to share the comfort, good food and relaxed atmosphere of our wonderful home."

Your Hosts

Jeremy and MarieJeremy and Marie own La Vieille Ferme and live here all year round; they are dedicated to meeting the needs and requirements of their guests and ensuring that a good time is had by all. "We are very proud of our home and incredibly enthusiastic about the Mont Blanc region in which we live. We consider ourselves immensely priviledged to spend our lives in this area of outstanding natural beauty, and to be able to take advantage of many of the sporting activities that go with the mountains. Our aim is simple: to impart our love of the mountains with our guests, to try and pass on what we feel, and to share the comfort, good food and relaxed atmosphere of our wonderful home." Marie is French and Jeremy is English, which combination we think gives us an openness to cultures and ideas (except during France/England Grand Slam matches), that makes the ambiance convivial and welcoming.

Jeremy is a great walking enthusiast and photographer and loves to share his knowledge of this area which he has been walking for more than twenty years. He also likes the challenge of new sports- most recently paragliding and mountain biking. Marie has known the valley all her life, is an excellent cook and a very good skier.

Their greatest pleasure is be to help you discover the wonders of this fabulous area!