Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme
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Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme

Village ski chalet 4* for 8 - fabulous terrace, great views

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“Thank you for everything”

 — Christophe D.

“Feel at home in this charming and tastefully decorated chalet”

 — Marc M.

“Absolument magnifique et confortable”

 — Valerie M.

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  • Child friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Terrace
  • Table tennis
  • Ski store
  • Balcony
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  • Free WiFi
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Firewood provided
  • Non-smoking rental
  • Car recommended
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  • Check-in: after 16h00
  • Check-out: before 10h00

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Book 8 weeks or more before your arrival date and pay only 25% to secure your booking.

The full amount of your rental is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival date


Free cancellation if you cancel 6 months or more before your arrival date
· 8 weeks to 6 months before arrival: 25% fee applies
· Less than 8 weeks before arrival: no refund

We recommend that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover any costs associated with the potential cancellation or curtailment of your trip.

Please Note

Please note there are 25 steps from the parking area to the first chalet entrance. In case of concerns due to cars and heavy snow fall, the chalet has easy access to the main road via a large tarmac driveway.

The ceiling height in the communal areas is quite low by modern standards.

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Every stay includes



Local tips & concierge

Local tips & concierge

Linen & towels

Linen & towels

Sparkling cleaning

Sparkling cleaning


Manigod - La Clusaz

Set in one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, the village of Manigod is a mountain secret that is a delight to discover.

With its own ski area linking into the famed La Clusaz ski resort, Manigod offers fabulous skiing in winter and world class cycling in the summer.

Beautiful chalets are dotted around the mountains, restaurants range from local auberges to Michelin starred, and you can buy locally made pottery and cheeses fresh from the farm.

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Getting around

Ski slopes
6 km
Ski bus stop
100 m
Town centre
600 m
7 km

The OVO Network Review

Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme is a beautifully converted farmhouse sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, with two bathrooms.

We love the homely feel of this old building in the beautiful village of Manigod, just a short drive from the ski slopes at Croix Fry. it's the perfect choice for a family group, with various areas for adults to relax, and for children to play.

The chalet has four bedrooms - two twin rooms and two double rooms - and two separate bathrooms.

One of the highlights of this cosy property is the outside areas. Doors open from the living room onto a wide covered balcony, where you can enjoy an apero before dinner.

There's also a terrace off one of the bedrooms - why not have breakfast in the sunshine?

There's also a beautifully sunny enclosed deck outside the main entrance, where children can play safely and adults can soak up the sun. There's a covered dining area here too, for long lazy lunches.

In the summer, the lower lawn is great for ball games, and in the winter is a great place for a snowball fight!

It's clear that this is a much-loved family home, and we're sure it will be a great place where guests will feel at home and make lots of holiday memories.

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“A much-loved family home”

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From the owner


Nick & Rachel

189 Bookings • Since 2009
“Everyone who has ever stayed there loves it. It's a happy place you instantly relax in, as soon as you open the doors.”

Our chalet, 'CHALET OVO LA VIEILLE FERME' is over 200 years old, and was lovingly restored by my husband, Nick 15 years ago. After various modifications over the years, both inside and out, it has become a perfect family getaway all year-round.

The determination of Nick and the architects to retain as much of the original material as possible means you get all the comforts and luxury of a modern chalet with the atmosphere and warmth of a much more historic building. Everyone who has every stayed there loves it.

It's a happy place and the sort of place you instantly relax in, as soon as you open the doors.

The exterior was remodelled to provide a very large, safe, terrace for small babies and toddlers to play, immediately outside the main entrance. There are of course, sun loungers for adults, and table and chairs for summer dining.

There is a barbecue that gets a lot of use at the height of summer. This terrace is also a major play area in the winter - perfect for children to run around and play in the snow.

There is also a lower, grassy terrace, now used for badminton or football by our boys and their friends in the summer. Around the back of the chalet, the master bedroom opens up onto a further terrace where we escape for quiet reading if the children are playing in the front.

There is one more terrace just below, which we use for hanging out the washing and table tennis! I think one of the great things about the chalet is that there are these different spaces outside to either play or sit and relax if you feel like hanging around and not going out anywhere. Very restorative for both adults and children.

But, energy levels restored, we love getting out and about and making the most of what the Alps has to offer. We all ski in the winter of course and fell the chalet gives us the best of both worlds - easy access to the slopes, but an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy ski station.

We are a 10-minute drive from the nearest ski area, Croix Fry. This is the base for Ecole de Ski Francais and most lessons start here if you choose that particular ski school (although there are others which operate from La Clusaz)

Croix Fry is a great place for children to learn, with nursery slopes and an extensive area of blues and gentle reds. Perfect for family skiing and close enough to the chalet to be able to have more flexible days if you have children of different ages.

For example, if you have older children who are taking lessons and a toddler or baby, you can join them for lunch or a play on the sledges, and easily nip back to the chalet with the toddler/baby when they've had enough.You also have access from here to the wonderful Etale and Merdassier mountains for more adventurous skiing.

When you have exhausted these areas, you have the option of driving on to La Clusaz or Grand Bornand where you can enjoy exploring more of the Col des Aravis. We tend to do a mixture of self-catering and eating out when we are at the chalet.

You can get all your shopping done in Thônes, as there is an easily accessible supermarket. There are also some restaurants where you will get a good local meal.

For more choice, go to La Clusaz! One of our favourite restaurants is Le Bercail, which is half way down L'Aiguille, the mountain central to La Clusaz. You can ski down to it for lunch during the day or drive up to a plateau above it in the winter evenings and someone will come and bring you down by snowmobile if you don't fancy the walk.

In summer, it's easy enough to park and walk down to it. The owners, Veronique and Boris are delightful - you always get a warm welcome, great service and delicious food.

In the summer, we usually head down to Talloires, a village by the edge of Lake Annecy , where there is a special 'beach' area.

This is a fantastic place for all ages.

It's basically a huge grassy area at the edge of the lake with trees to shelter under from the heat and a café or restaurant and toilet/shower facilities. Life guards supervise the lake area, which is fabulous for swimming/diving/pedalos/water skiing or dinghy sailing.

There is a shallow but large paddling pool built into the grass area for the younger ones, which is big enough for inflatable toys and safe enough for the smallest of toddlers. We take picnics and meet friends and spend the entire day there.

Older children can play volley ball and table tennis and even learn to scuba dive. For the more adventurous, there is paragliding too.

We may also visit the two very good swimming pools nearby: one in La Clusaz which has both an indoor and an outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is heated all year round so even during the ski season, if you can brave the cold on your shoulders, you can enjoy a soak outside while looking up at snow-covered mountains.

Before children we used to do a lot of walking of course in the area but even with children if you are keen walkers you can still find something to suit. Ours love taking the telecabine from La Clusaz up to the top of Beau Regard, having an ice cream or a pasta lunch in one of the restaurants up there, watching the crazy mountain bikers hurtling down past us and then walking slowly back down again.

There is a small fromagerie en route where you can stop and buy some local cheese for a quick casse-croute.

In La Clusaz itself there is a great little outdoor sports area for children, with a pool for bumper boats, a little quad bike track, 2 bouncy castles and a track for young mountain bikers. This is excellent for children under 8 and the best way to enjoy it is to buy a card from the office which you top up with credit and gives you a better deal for all the rides.There are other stations nearby which offer similar activities, including more serious quad biking for older children and adults.

The local tourist offices in La Clusaz, Thônes and Manigod provide full details of everything there is to do in the area, but apart from the main sporting activities, other favourites of ours are visits to nearby caves, the beautiful Gorge du Fier, driving to Annecy for the day (about 30-40 minutes' drive), visits to one of the milking farms and a local museum of taxidermy where they have an extensive collection of wildlife (stuffed) and presented in a scene representing the mountains as opposed to glass boxes. It's not everyone's cup of tea but our children love it!

Rachel and Nick Speed

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Who is the owner?

OVO Network is the official booking partner for Chalet OVO La Vieille Ferme.

Your booking will be made directly with Nick & Rachel, who will also take and hold your payment until your arrival.

Guest reviews

“Thank you for everything”

Superb location, in line with the photos or even better. Thank you for everything

— Christophe D. Feb 2024

“Feel at home in this charming and tastefully decorated chalet”

Chalet that has retained its authenticity, spacious and tastefully decorated. You feel very comfortable there, almost like at home and not like in a rental, often with dull and sterile decor.

— Marc M. Jan 2024

“Absolument magnifique et confortable”

Ce chalet "accroché aux montagnes", est absolument magnifique et confortable. Du salon aux chambres nous étions plongés dans un vrai cocon si moelleux. Quant à la cuisine coquette, il ne manquait absolument rien Nous avons eu la chance de flirter avec la neige en ce début de mois de Novembre et la vue sur les montagnes en était splendide. Merci à steve pour l'accueil et aux hôtes pour ce bel endroit.

— Valerie M. Oct 2023

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