€1,800,000 Ski Chalet Les Houches

Lisa O'Neill
Exceptional restoration of a wonderful alpine farmhouse in the Chamonix Valley with contemporary, calming interiors.
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Ski Area
Chamonix-Mont Blanc  
Ski Resort
Les Houches  
Price / Ref
€1,800,000 / 43912DL74  
agency fees included: 4 % TTC to be paid by the buyer (€1,728,000 without fees)
Beds / Bath
5 /   5  
Land M2 / Hab M2
1000 /   200  

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Property Description

Exceptional restoration of this wonderful, authentic Savoyard farmhouse in the Chamonix Valley. Heart and soul and an abundance of the owner's character and style have been injected into the loving restoration of this family home. Located at the end of a gravel drive, and benefitting from majestic views of the Mont Blanc Massif, peace and tranquility abound, as much indoors as in the gardens, with areas dedicated to relaxing nestled alongside those dedicated to socialising.

A wonderful, calming, contemporary colour scheme of greys and taupes mix seamlessly with the classic mountain combination of ancient woods and granite. This is a stunning farmhouse renovation, to a high standard, yet in a style that is far removed from the usual, formulaic interior. For anyone wanting peace, tranquility and relaxtion from their new alpine home, this is an absolute must-see.

The property Comprises: Ground Floor: Japanese style wellness area (accessible both internally and from the garden) including a walk-in shower, sauna and internal plunge pool; large laundry room; boiler room; professional level swimming pool filter room.

Garden Level (Principal Living Floor): Entrance, large open-plan living room with original open fireplace and hand-made day beds, leading to a vaulted dining area and open-plan kitchen beyond. 2 Bedrooms with bathrooms, one leading to covered balcony area. Large French doors from the dining room offer direct access to the terrace and garden, with views of the Mont Blanc Massif beyond.

First floor. Stairs lead to an internal balcony/mezzanine area in the vaulted roof, providing access to a bedroom, library area and 'nook' children's bed. Master bedroom suite comprising large bedroom area, reading area, en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet and dual-aspect views including access to a private, south-facing balcony.

Further, an independent duplex apartment is accessible from the front porch. Currently used as the owner's work-space, it comprises an entrance, shower room and WC with stairs leading to a double height space with Kitchenette and bed-deck. This could be used independently or could be reincorporated into the main house.

Externally the farm benefits from extensive, mature, landscaped gardens and extensive private parking. The owner is currently applying for planning permission for a underground garage.

Chamonix-Mont Blanc Ski Area

Chamonix is not your normal ski resort or ski area. It could not be more different from the standard purpose built French resort. You really need to work hard to earn a variety of turns and unless you are based next to one of the half-dozen separate mountains and stick to it, you have to drive or take a bus each day. There is all sorts of terrain, but the place really makes sense as a destination only for the expert and the adventurous would-be expert.... but hang on there are several areas just for beginners.


No it’s not really ideal - Chamonix is neither convenient nor conventional. The Chamonix valley cuts deeply through Europe’s highest mountains and glaciers. The runs it offers are everything really tough runs should be – not only steep, but high and long. If you like your snow and scenery on the wild side, give Chamonix a try. But it is addictive. You either “get it” or you don’t, it’s as simple as that. And be warned: if you are one of those that do get it .....you may never go home!


Let’s look at the various ski area; The Grands Montets (1235 m - 3300 m). The pistes are spread over 3 mountainsides (the Argentière glacier, Lognan and the Pendant) and offer tremendous on and off-piste possibilities. Ski or board adjacent to the glacier and take advantage of excellent snow conditions right up until early May. For freestyle fans, a new snowpark and boardercross are open at the mid-station of Lognan.


Brévent / Flégère (1030 m - 2525 m). These 2 ski areas have been linked by a cable car since 1997 and offer one of the most outstanding panoramas of the Alps. South-facing slopes with a wonderful variety of pistes and enviable views over the Mont-Blanc Massif. Gently acquire a tan in this idyllic environment whilst enjoying skiing on slopes adapted to all skiing abilities.


Le Domaine de Balme (1453 m - 2270 m) Accessed via the villages of Le Tour and Vallorcine, the snow-covered alpine pastures offer numerous possibilities on two distinct mountain sides. From Charamillon, enjoy the wide open gentle slopes overlooking the entire Chamonix valley and on the Vallorcine side, ski beautiful tree-lined pistes bordering on Switzerland.


Les Houches (950 m - 1900 m). Family resort whcih also caters for all types of snow fun. It has 18 lifts and 55kms of Piste with a world cup run and tree skiing. There are also low valley ski areas aimed very much at beginners and intermediates.


Les Planards (1062 m - 1242 m) Just 2 minutes from the centre of town, large ski area for beginners and intermediate skiers with 4 runs (1 red, 1 blue and 2 greens). 41 snow canons guarantee conditions all winter long. Restaurant, sun terrace and free parking.


La Vormaine (1480 m) Beginners skiing at the foot of Charamillon on the Balme ski area, these sunny slopes are ideal apprentice skiers and snowboarders, as for little ones (ski kindergarten run by the ski school).


Les Chosalets (1230 m) Beginners skiing Situated at the entrance to Argentiere, just 500m from the Lognan/Grands Montets cable car, ideal ski area for beginners and great fun for children.


Le Savoy (1049 m) Beginners skiing In the heart of Chamonix, at the foot of the Brevent, 2 drag lifts and a rolling carpet welcome beginners and children for their first turns. Artificial snow and ski kindergarten

Les Houches Ski Resort

Nestled in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif, the Les Houches village-resort (950 m - 1900 m) offers you an outstanding panoramic view of the Aiguilles de Chamonix; it has 55kms of piste and 18 ski lifts.

 

One of its attractions is the chance of skiing down its legendary «La Verte des Houches», the World Cup downhill piste, but if you don’t fancy that, then try gliding peacefully along trails opened up through the forest. This is essentially a family resort, and in spite of development is essentially faithful to the traditional image of mountain holidays.

 

It has its own ski area separate to Chamonix and has gained an international reputation due mainly to the World Cup downhill piste, but the resort is also an ideal terrain for learners. In particular there is a new beginners’ area at the top of the Le Prarion gondola, equipped with a chairlift and «magic carpet».

 

The slopes amount to the biggest single area in the valley, with varied tree lined runs that make the best place to go when bad weather closes the other areas. But the area is not covered by the standard Chamonix pass (you need a local pass or the Skipass Mont Blanc). The forest trails are a delight for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, as is the Bellevue snowpark for freestyle enthusiasts. It also offers 10 km of Nordic trails in the resort. Les Chavants site offers free access to cross-country skiers.

 

Les Houches itself is a quiet, pleasant village at the entrance to the Chamonix valley – well-positioned for exploring the region and great for short breaks. The resort has an old core with a pretty church, but modern developments in chalet style have spread along the road at the foot of the slopes, with the result that some of them are quite a walk from the lifts. There are a number of bars and restaurants, though evenings are generally quiet and relaxed.

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