Family adventure holiday to France

“7 day family adventure holiday in the French Alps, staying in a luxury ecolodge with very organic ethos, in the oldest sense of the word. Pure food, pure air, pure fun. ”

Highlights

Samoens | Morning yoga sessions | Wild swimming | High ropes course | Rock Climbing | Guided 2 day hike with overnight in mountain refuge | White water rafting

Description of Family adventure holiday to France

This family adventure holiday in France is about going back to basics, ditching technology and reconnecting with nature, ourselves and our children. Our base is a luxury eco lodge, which sleeps a maximum of 12 people. All the rooms are ensuite rooms and there is often enough space for children to have their own rooms. The holidays is fully catered with delicious and mostly organic chef prepared meals. Our holidays are very communal and within just a day or two, families become like one big unit, often keeping in touch for years and coming back again and again!

Single parent and single child families and grandparents are very welcome. This holiday is ideal for children between 4 and 14 years old, although we often have younger and older siblings here, too. The children are given lots of freedom and the space to be themselves. In the morning, we stroll over to the next-door farm to pick up raw milk fresh from the cows. iPods are replaced by raw play, wild swimming, splashing in waterfalls and unlimited nature!

The eco lodge is in Samoens, one hour from Geneva. It’s an Alpine heritage village, right next to a vast nature reserve and one of the most beautiful regions in France. Originally a barn, the lodge has lots of space, big rooms bursting with character and an endless garden to explore.

Depending on the ages and interests of everybody staying, we tailor the week to suit the group. Each week always includes four fully organised activity days that are lots of fun! These days are packed with adventures such as hiking to a lake with a high ropes course in the trees and trampolining, white water rafting, guided rock climbing, a hike and swim under waterfalls in an area designated a ‘Wonder of France', and a two-day trek sleeping overnight in a refuge.

There is also an optional yoga class offered each morning before breakfast for an hour. The children are welcome to join in, although sometimes it’s just the parents. This holiday and the lodge itself are run and owned by a small family company – the original eco-yoga adventure company in the Alps. The founder personally hosts these family and yoga holidays and has been doing so for over 10 years. She is a Mum, documentary filmmaker and ex-outward bound instructor. She is also a qualified yoga teacher and practitioner of 20 years and leads the morning yoga class.

It’s a good idea to have a car here, to enjoy the area. If you fly to Geneva you can hire a car for around £180 per week. If you are a single parent and this is not possible, please let us know as something can usually be arranged.

Are trips tend to sell our quickly with many repeat bookings, so do get in touch. We will try to recommend the best week for your family with children with compatible ages and interests. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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11 Aug 2018
£ 834
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Our top tip:
Replace Wi-fi with Wi-LD and leave all electronics at home. This is the perfect place to have digital detox.
Trip type:
Tailor made for your family, but group activities too. Min. age 4.
Activity level:
Flexible to family needs.
Accomm:
Restored farmhouse, now a 5* eco lodge.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine, 4 picnic lunches, yoga classes. Note: many activities are extra.
Solos:
Single parents very welcome.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family adventure holiday to France

Environment

The principles of our organization are founded on sustainability, personal growth and community. Our holidays seems to magnetically draw like minded people with an interest in these things so there is always a friendly and supportive eco-friendly atmosphere here.

We work with Respect the Mountain, a charity that raises awareness about keeping our mountains clean.

On our hikes, we collect any rubbish we see, and we run a workshop on 'no impact' travel in the outdoors. We encourage kids to take responsibility, in a fun way, for themselves, for the people around them and for nature. They take turns helping with dinner service and reading the evening 'reading'.

Our food is largely organic, local and vegetarian. We promote healthy eating. We also ask everyone to bring their own refillable water bottles.

We ask our guests to be aware of their electricity and hot water consumption when they are with us. Our accommodation is a well insulated renovated farm. We recycle and compost. We encourage families to self drive.

Community

We have lived in Samoens, The Alps for many years and know the way of life and language of the local people. On this trip we sometimes bring the children down to an authentic Savoyard subsistence farm to collect raw milk and meet the farmer and some of the cows!

We work with the local community in an annual event organised by Respect the Mountain which often coincides with our Adventure Holiday for Families. We all collect rubbish and raise awareness about sustainable travel in the mountains.

One night we always encourage our guests to experience the local restaurants and cuisine and we suggest the more subsistence and authentic farm restaurants who are maintaining the local culture and traditions to spread the tourism income to those most in need. We also spend the night in a catered refuge, do the ropes course, white water raft and use local guides and companies when possible.

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Reviewed on 05 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Blimey there were loads! As side from the white water rafting, hike to a mountain top refuge, swimming in lakes, communal living with lovely like minded
families, morning yoga with the most fantastic instructor and beautiful vegetarian & vegan food............... I think the scenery which was absolutely awe inspiring. The whole family adored being outside in nature for the week.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The hike is quite 'full on' if you or your kids are aren't very sporty! But it is well worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The food was vegetarian and vegan (environmental impacts) Supported the local economy by attending excursions (local people) We were instructed to be very careful regarding taking our litter home wherever we went (conservation)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful :-) Saskia was a fantastic host & Jess was a fantastic chef

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fact that every day was action packed with new adventures.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Chances are you'll really get on with the other families on the trip. Other than that, don't hike in cotton T-shirts!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Apart from driving in a car, our footprint was extremely light. We made sure we left nothing in the mountains. The holiday is all about families celebrating the amazing Alps.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Beautiful chalet in stunning surroundings and a good mixture of activities

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ensure that you pack a good mixture of clothes to suit varied alpine weather- don't bring too much though as washing machine is available

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local instructors are used for all activities and refuge for overnight sleep on hike. Food is locally sourced and prepared and living in the chalet focusses on reducing environmental impact and taught children about sustainable living

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent fun for all of the family, a great introduction to alpine activities with an amazing and knowledgeable guide

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hard to narrow this down as we enjoyed it all! Swimming in lakes and under waterfalls, making new friends and seeing our children do the same. The water rafting - was exhilarating but the morning yoga was also wonderful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it! Saskia is a fabulous host and guide, her enthusiasm for meeting
people and hearing their stories, together with her local knowledge made our trip fun and exciting with so much of the usual holiday stress taken care of. Jess provided us with delicious homecooked food and so much more!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I think so, we used local companies and locally sourced produce where possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Completely brilliant!

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Probably the walk to the overnight refuge. Challenging but totally worth it. Memories of my daughter playing in a mountain stream with Mount Blanc as a backdrop; the kids finding a patch of snow to play in; cheese fondue and a beer in the refuge that night.

The chalet in Samoens is lovely, with stunning scenery all around. Great company and great food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


As a single parent I was slightly apprehensive. I needn't have been. Saskia is a fabulous host and my daughter loved the company of the other kids (and it was great for me to have adult company too). By coincidence we were all single parents that week.

The group activities were fantastic - white water rafting being a particular highlight. Picnics by Lac Blu whilst the kids swam and did high ropes, chilling with the other parents. I could go on...

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The meals and housekeeping were provided by the delightful woman living with her family in the flat below the chalet. We car shared wherever possible, walked and shopped locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, highly recommended. We loved it and came back fully recharged. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday.

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting some fabulous people. Doing yoga before breakfast. walking up to the mountain refuge, fondue diner sleeping and walking back down. Great for single parents joining together and for children to have fun together. All the children loved playing with the snow high up in the Alps - wonderful memories created.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Relax, join in, enjoy. Take sports bra!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We as a group followed the National Park rules and brought all our rubbish back. we used local guides, climbing and white water rafting instructions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Life changing in a harmonising way and getting back to nature.

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I went with my three children (aged 6,9,11). It is hard to point out the most memorable part of the holiday, as it was simply our best summer holiday ever. The chalet was beautiful and spacious, the food was delicious, our host Saskia was fantastic. The trips were well organised, exciting and well suited to our abilities. There were two other families staying the chalet with us and we made some lovely new friends, by the end of the week, it felt like we were all a big family.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We went with an open mind and embraced all the opportunities presented in terms of activities. I think this is important when you are planning to stay in a chalet with other people you don't know. We tried things we have never done before - like swimming by the waterfall, white water rafting, sleeping in the mountain refuge. So be brave and experience things together you have never done before. It's great for bonding.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Through the local activities we took part in, yes I believe we helped support local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing!

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lots of things in a really enjoyable, action-packed holiday - daily yoga, home-cooked food, a delightful, friendly host, white-water rafting, a daily freezing cold swim, climbing a mountain, the home comforts of the eco-lodge - I could go on, but I think that's probably enough...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't rent a car on the French side of Geneva Airport! We thought it would make sense as we were going to France, but actually, the opposite is the case. Make sure each person has a rucksack of some kind for the two-day hike up and down the mountain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we recycled our rubbish and were careful not to leave any litter on the mountain hike

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Eleven out of ten! Six stars out of five!!

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole holiday was really perfect for us. Particularly memorable was the overnight trip up to the mountain refuge and the white water rafting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, especially the local instructors.
The chalet was built and run in a very environmentally respectful way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole holiday was really perfect for us. Particularly memorable was the overnight trip up to the mountain refuge and the white water rafting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, especially the local instructors. The chalet was built and run in a very environmentally respectful way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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