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About us


How it all came together

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About us


How it all came together

The Journey

 Owners and hosts Jane & Stephen

Owners and hosts Jane & Stephen

A long held pipe dream of owning and running a ski chalet in the Alps is finally happening.

Many chalet holidays over the years with friends all chipping in with suggestions on what could be ‘done better’ has contributed to our aim to make our guests holiday an amazing experience.

By converting an 1835 Savoyard farmhouse we have created a warm, calm and traditional feel with space to introduce some contemporary and glamorous touches.

Stephen and his team have put many hours of toil into designing and creating the beautiful finish around the place. We have taken care to respect what was there and enhance its charm whilst establishing an upgraded building that we hope will last a life-time for us and those you follow.

 Our goal is to make your stay relaxing and stress free, so you return home invigorated from the mountain air and feeling cared for.

 

Renovating a 180-year-old chalet

Our lovely old farmhouse had not been lived in for many years. The last person to live there was an old guy who had been a farmer, they called him ‘the American’, notoriety gained from the fact that he visited there after the war!  He had also worked in the local slate mine, on which Morzine’s wealth was partly founded.  We even inherited an old ardoise (slate) guillotine which we used when reconstructing our traditional roof to cut the old local slates. There were many photographs of the relatives left in the house…just to keep an eye on us!  We trust they would be pleased with the results.

Bearing this in mind we have been mindful to try and reuse as much of the old fabric of the house as we could, lovely old timbers and barn doors can be found in slightly different locations.  Even antique rolls of unused wallpaper we found in an old leather trunk were used to line the inside of wardrobes. We were able to keep the existing rooms and bring them into this century but without losing their charm, while we also created new rooms with a different feel.

The house did its own talking and everything evolved over the renovation period.

The old feeding troughs were rotten, that meant they could be removed to make way for our lovely spacious boot room, where I am glad to say there is room to swing a cat!

Another find was a rather sad Biedemeier sofa that had long lost its springs and stuffing, so off it went to Bristol to have new life breathed into it by a master upholsterer, and now sits proudly in our snug opposite a Chesney log burner.

 Early days

Early days

On viewing the house, it took only seconds for us to know it would be an upside down house. The top floor, with its exposed aged, honey coloured timbers would make the best living space ever and instantly we pictured the terrace, with furry blankets and a view of that weekly torch- lit descent from the ski schools. It really is our WOW factor.

There were many weary and frustrating days travelling down the mountain for materials, language problems, shocking prices….Never a Tool Station when you need one!

All in all we have not only achieved a dream of owning a place in the Alps but also breathed life into a tired old farmhouse and transformed it into an amazing mountain retreat that we can now share with those guests who also hold an appreciation of the beautiful mountains of the Portes du Soleil for many years to come.

 
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In the media


Written and said about Grand Cru Ski

In the media


Written and said about Grand Cru Ski

"Independent getaways"

The chic renovation of this 1835 farmhouse – available by room or as a whole – is the result of a pipe dream that became a labour of love for its British owners. With meticulous attention to detail, they have thoughtfully combined luxury and rustic features, from the walk-through ski room complete with woodburner, to the restored "sun-beam" ceiling and upcycled materials throughout. For real indulgence, book a massage for weary limbs.

The Independent, Dec 02, 2014

 
 

"The Newbie"

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When Steve & Jane Fenlon bought their 1835 year old Savoyard farmhouse, La ferme de Margot in Morzine, there was still hay in the stalls for the cows. Two years on it is finally open for business – all Farrow & Ball paints, Bo Concept furniture and Natuzzi chandeliers. ‘After years of taking our own ski holidays, we wanted to create something personal that offered skiers space and comfort without compromising on boutique style’, says Jane who took redundancy from her job in fashion to live the dream. So there is a drying room for wet gear, a cinema room, double- vaulted living space and an individual look to every bedroom. As well as creating a beautiful dinner-party atmosphere every night, the pair will also book any extras - from nannies to airport transfers – so you can hand build your holidays just as you like them.

"La Ferme de Margot"

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The chalet is up a narrow street on the south-facing flank of the town, 100m from the ski bus and high enough up to look down - a perfect vantage point for the weekly torch procession. It's a real old farmhouse built in 1835, with an authentic feel, original slates, knobbly beams, and heaps of space. The English owners, generous and kind, live in an apartment on the ground floor; they enjoy entertaining and are loving this new venture. Everything has been beautifully considered, from the study/snug with its wood-burner to the walk-through ski room with ex-chapel benches; from the big fabulous living area on the top floor to the media room in between.Imagine silver reindeer heads and a sweeping crushed-velvet sofa, a long matt-white dining table and downlighters to illuminate the stairs. Original are one bedroom's cowhide wallpaper and another's wooden 'sun-beam' ceiling; new are the hand painted wall lights and the tartan flourishes. Snuggle under sheepskins on the sheltered balcony and devour a chocolate muffin; the food is fabulous, the beers, wines and cheeses are top-notch.

 

From our Facebook page

 
Had the trip of a lifetime! Food was amazing, rooms were amazing and everything else was amazing. In short; amazing.
— Seb Emmins
Wow we had a wonderful time. Such a beautiful chalet with great hosts. The rooms were so comfortable and the cow shed toiletries were lush!
— Clare Goodwin
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