Chalet La Masure

  • Location: Mountains
    Le Miroir and Chez Mérie for great regional food: In walking distance
    Séez and Bourg-Saint-Maurice for shops and restaurants: 10-20 mins by car
    Sainte-Foy Station and Villaroger (Les Arcs) for skiing: 15 mins by car
    Val D’Isère ski resort: 30 mins by car
  • Geneva Airport (GVA): 160km (2hrs by car)
    Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS): 200km (2hrs by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

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An introduction to Chalet La Masure

How would you describe Chalet La Masure in a nutshell?

Chalet La Masure was created as a place of rest and nourishment for the many curious minds who are sensitive to the call of the mountains. In our case, this is the French Alps.

It was chosen for the beauty of its natural surroundings, a deep sense of place and the multifaceted explorations that start from its doorstep. It is also inspired by the individuals who contribute to making this alpine hamlet xenial and swirl with warm-heartedness.

When staying at Chalet La Masure, we invite our guests to plan minimally and let their instinct, nature, the elements and the neighbours help to shape a unique experience in the mountains.

What is the story behind Chalet La Masure, what was your inspiration to create it?

We wanted Chalet La Masure to be a pied-a-terre for those who are ready to tune into the rhythm of the natural world. It is a place where they can dream up their next adventure, whether in the mountains or in life. It is a sanctuary for suspended moments in time that allow for inspiration and creation.

The restoration of Chalet La Masure was approached thoughtfully by Marc Neyrinck, who is a well-respected local architect specialising in preserving historically significant structures. He embraces traditional construction methods that rely heavily on the use of wood and local stones, such as the lauze roofing. Based on the original building from 1761, he retained much of the history while allowing for subtle yet modern updates throughout.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Chalet La Masure?

For the interior, we were inspired by the sanctuaries of women like Charlotte Perriand, Valentine Schlegel and Georgia O’Keeffe. We liked how they used their environment to create a place that allowed them to rest and gather people (when not outside looking for inspiration). We connected with the organic shapes and materials, as well as the colours and concept of bringing the outside in.

These women illuminated our way through the creation process. We wanted to create a place that was warm, primitive, organic, minimalistic and representative of the traditional art populaire de Savoie.

To you personally, what is so special about Chalet La Masure?

We fell in love with the mountains, the orientation and the scale of the property, as well as its layout and the materials used in its construction. First and foremost, we love the kindness of the villagers, the visiting animals and the spirit of the place.

When we decided to spend more of our life in France, we drove the entirety of the Alps, north to south. La Masure was the first hamlet we visited on that trip and it stuck with us throughout the two years it took us to find a home and anchor there.

Once you leave the main road that connects the valley’s ski resorts, it takes about two minutes to get to the main parking lot of La Masure. This is when everything slows down, settles and becomes so much clearer and simpler. We are often met here by the village dogs and neighbours who come to share news, weather or snow conditions. In a sense, it could be described as the heart of the village. Conveniently, this is also where you find the shuttle that takes you to Sainte-Foy ski resort in the winter.

The hamlet is traversed by a little road that connects to some of the most incredible mountain views and hiking trails in the region. To us, it is like a multi-layered storybook where every turn uncovers a place of infinite beauty that can only trigger a smile, a sense of wonder or a meditative state of mind.

It is also the end point of a famous off-piste ski route that starts at Sainte-Foy Station. In the winter, you will find many skiers heading down this road and passing through the village to get back to the shuttle and their cars at Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise or Sainte-Foy ski resort.

In terms of the house itself, it is warm, welcoming and serene. We love the fireplace and the stunning views of the mountains on the top floor. It’s the best spot in the house!

Living room
Dining area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Living room
Living room
Projection room
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
Dining room
The house
The house
Entrance
The house
Neighbourhood
Le Mont Pourri
Neighbouring mountains

Chalet La Masure rooms & rates

After parking at the entrance of the hamlet, it’s a two-minute walk through the centre of La Masure to the front door of our chalet. It is located adjacent to a bachal, or village fountain, which brings so much character and a sense of calm to the property. It is one of several fountains dotted throughout the hamlet that serve as meeting points, places to take a daily dip or to wash vegetables. The village life and traditions thrive here.

Upon entering the chalet, there is almost no difference between the exterior and interior walls, which are whitewashed to highlight the original stones wherever possible. This type of construction blurs the line between interior and exterior space and was very appealing to us. Almost all of the basic materials used in the construction can be found in the surrounding hillsides and mountains.

A cosy, heated floor welcomes guests on the ground floor, together with a convenient place to store shoes and other outdoor gear. This floor also serves as a gathering point before venturing out on adventures.

A staircase connects all three stories and is the living backbone of the home. Once you get used to its rhythm, you may find yourself losing all sense of space as you go up and down. It always makes us laugh!

On the first floor (and adjacent to the laundry room) is an intimate screening room with a projector where guests can relax after a long day. We love the ritual of “movie nights” and thought others might appreciate this as well.

With a total of four bedrooms, the house welcomes eight guests in total. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with a heated floor, which makes the sleeping and resting experience very comfortable. The master bedroom is located on the first floor while the other three are on the second floor.

The living room on the top floor is the beating heart of the home and the incarnation of ultimate comfort. Between the cosy couches, the warmth of the fireplace and the surrounding views, there is no better place to unwind after a day spent outdoors. In addition to board games, there is a good selection of books on local architecture, furniture, flora and fauna. When your surroundings cater to your free time, you may suddenly find yourself being very present.

Also on the top floor are the dining room and kitchen, which are located adjacent to an outside deck with a dining table and chairs. The kitchen is equipped with Siemens appliances, a De’Longhi coffee machine and a Magimix, as well as raclette and fondue sets, to name just a few things. Cooking here is not just a nightly routine but the way we like to end our day in the mountains.

  • Chalet La Masure for 8 people / 235 m²
    715 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 3 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 4 Bathrooms
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 3 Other rooms
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include final cleaning, concierge service, electricity, Wifi, a set of logs for the fireplace, and a welcome basket.
Optional extras
Available on request: Cleaning service, Catering service / private chef, Wellness services - orthobionomy, massages, Guides for ski / snowboard / snowshoeing adventures.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 12 years and older are welcome to stay.
Minimum stay
4 - 5 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Terrace
  • Concierge service
  • WiFi
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

On the ground floor is a ski room with space for outdoor gear while the first floor has a laundry room with a washer and dryer. Also on the first floor is the projection room, aka “The Dark Cave”.

Facilities:

  • Open fireplace
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows on the top floor overlooking the valley
  • Dining room
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Laundry room with washer & dryer
  • Projection room
  • WiFi
  • Ski room
  • Outdoor deck adjacent to the kitchen

Things to do in French Alps & Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

In the warmer months, there is endless hiking, climbing and mountain biking on offer while in winter, you can go skiing and sledding. The closest ski slopes are at Sainte-Foy Station and Villaroger, around 15 minutes’ drive from the house. The Villaroger chairlifts will take you to Les Arcs very quickly. Most of the other ski resorts — Val D’Isère, Tignes, La Rosière, Les Arcs — are between 20 and 30 minutes away.

Our highlights? We would recommend walking to the neighbouring hamlet of Le Miroir, hiking to Le Monal, or touring Le Mont Pourri.

The location of Chalet La Masure

No matter where your journey begins, you will find yourself passing through the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. It is well connected by train to large metropolitan cities within France and Europe in general.

From here, it’s a 20-minute drive to La Masure, with the journey taking you through a valley carved by the river Isère as it makes its way from the Col de l’Iseran to Albertville. This road serves as the valley’s main artery and connects to some of the best skiing, mountaineering, climbing, backpacking, and hiking in the world.

As you drive, you begin to feel the scale of the French Alps. The mountains soar in all directions while the warm glow of hamlets and church steeples pepper the hillsides.

We’d recommend pausing in Séez (which is 10 minutes away from La Masure) to stock up on delicious meats, cheeses and other regional products. Then continue your journey along a series of gradual switchbacks that ascend to the village of Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise. Here, you will discover a new perspective on this immense valley.

Following the contour of the mountainside, you take a quick turn left that will lead you to the hamlet of La Masure, which directly faces the breathtaking Mount Pourri.

We love the region’s architecture, from the traditional Haute Tarentaise buildings in La Masure and Le Miroir to the work of Charlotte Perriand in Les Arcs.

Even though we are just a quick drive from food, Italian coffee, transport and activities, the setting feels remote.

When is the best time to visit French Alps?

If you ask us, it's “anytime!”, as we have experienced all four seasons and find them powerful in their own way.

We love winter for the snow and the silence in the air, as well as the overall atmosphere in the village. There’s a child-like feeling of excitement. You can take a quick (frigid) dip in the village fountain before fondue or raclette for dinner.

Spring is the ideal time to witness nature coming to life, with the animals reemerging from their shelters and water flowing down the mountainsides.

Summer is beautiful for the light, the flowers and the animals grazing behind the house, as well as the storms at the end of the day that cool everything down. You can enjoy farmers' markets and endless explorations in the mountains, followed by long nights on the deck spent stargazing and watching meteor showers. Summer is the time for blueberry pies and Beaufort d’été cheese, plus village festivities and conversations with neighbours. The Tour de France often passes through the area too.

Fall is wonderful for forest walks, mushroom foraging and watching the vibrant colours of nature turning. For us, it’s about the smells of nature and writing next to the fireplace, with just a dusting of snow on top of the mountains in anticipation of winter.