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Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a ‘modern-rustic’ alpine retreat

The image of an Alpine cabin once conjured trad visions of net curtains, tartan furniture and the smell of fondue.

But this 1825 farm – which until last year did manufacture local cheeses – has been re-imagined as a minimalist ‘modern rustic’ four-storey chalet with serene views across the snow-capped Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains and Mont Blanc in the French Alps.

From its polished concrete floors and original timber spiral staircase to 20th-century sleds turned into coffee tables and a local granite block as the central island fireplace, the four-bedroom Ferme Fougere has been respectfully redesigned to align with the neighbouring Haute Savoie-style buildings.

Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a 'modern-rustic' alpine retreat
Photography: Ferme Fougere

After a day on the slopes, watch the sunset dip across the valley from the 4,520 sq ft chalet’s Norwegian-wood-fired hot tub on the deck. Or relax inside the farm’s former ‘cave du fromage’ – now an eight-person sauna, before taking a soak in a tub featuring Popham Design tiles from Morocco.

Ferme Fougere is available to rent from €1,351 per night via Le Collectionist.

Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a 'modern-rustic' alpine retreat
Photography: Ferme Fougere
Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a 'modern-rustic' alpine retreat
Photography: Ferme Fougere
Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a 'modern-rustic' alpine retreat
Photography: Ferme Fougere
Revived French farmhouse Ferme Fougere is a 'modern-rustic' alpine retreat
Photography: Ferme Fougere

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