Entering Chalet Ferme de Moudon is like walking into a particularly good episode of Grand Designs. The place screams sophistication and wonderful mountain cosiness at equal volume. You’ll just want to slip on some trendy sheepskin slippers and dive onto the sofa in front of the gorgeous open fireplace the minute you get there.
Designed by revered interior designer Nicky Dobree, Ferme de Moudon is a pleasing mix of modern class and alpine tradition, with chunky wooden beams, pillars and log piles contrasting with chic furniture and floor lamps, plump throws and cushions, and colourful art. Beautiful but homely too.
And then there’s the view. Tucked away in a private hamlet, Ferme de Moudon is wonderfully secluded amongst the trees with views across the valley from its various balconies. Possibly best enjoyed from the outdoor hot tub with a glass of champagne in hand. But if you’re feeling active and downhill skiing is not your main priority, why not explore the cross-country ski trails and wonderful snow shoe walks from Mont Carly, just above Ferme de Moudon.
As well as the delights of dipping into hot bubbles in the cool night air, the chalet has a heated outdoor swimming pool and sauna to indulge in after a day’s skiing. And there’s an office if you need to check in with the real world from time to time. You can also spread out and enjoy the living spaces, choosing from a catch-up session with friends and family in the formal reception area or quietly relax in front of the TV in the snug reception.
But hopefully, you can instead spend most of your time relaxing by the fire, watching DVDs on the giant plasma, and enjoying a delectable menu crafted by your talented cook on five evenings. After all, designer or not designer, once the lifts have closed for the day, that is what ski holidays are really all about.