The best places to stay in the Alps in summer

Close enough to Bourg St Maurice to be convenient but far enough away to feel like somewhere the madding crowd have yet to colonise, La Ferme d’Angèle is a delightful 19th-century Savoyarde farmhouse that oozes mountain charm.

Lots of stone (and a joyous lack of varnished pine) and balconies dripping with flowers. It is close to the col du Petit San Bernard, which means road cyclists can drop into Italy for coffee and make it back in time for a tartiflette dinner.

This being the Alps, you’ve of course got everything from rafting and hiking close by as well. Rooms are atmospheric, with a separate one-bed mazot (converted outbuilding) for those wanting more privacy. Breakfast outside in the sun is not to be missed.

• Doubles from €180 B&B,