** UNDER OFFER ** €163,500 Saint Martin de Belleville
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- Ski Area
- Three Valleys
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- Saint Martin de Belleville
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- Hab M2
- 10 minutes drive to ski resort
Property DescriptionParking in the communal spaces just next to the property, you then enter into what is currently the kitchen area of the house with its view out onto the greenery of the village. This leads up into one of the larger rooms of the property, formerly the living room, but this could easily be set up as a bedroom and has a WC enclosed in one corner. This room has views out to the west. This configuration is mirrored across the 3 floors with the smaller room (around 18sqm)to the south and the larger room (around 25sqm) to the north, with a couple of steps up between the two. This means that you could decide upon a configuration that suits you in regards to bedrooms, bathrooms etc and whether to move the living area up to the top of the house as we often see in renovations in the region. Up at the top of the house underneath the roof, there is an attic area (c.17sqm) for storage, and beneath the kitchen there is also a small cellar area that could be used potentially as a small pantry. La Combe is small but increasingly popular, with a number of the barns in the village undergoing renovations and also one or two new constructions being undertaken. The village is in the process of being put onto the mains drainage system (completion in spring 2022), and the town hall is also creating a large parking area at the bottom of the village at the same time - signs that the area is increasing in prestige. It is an oasis of calm, within easy striking distance of the hustle and bustle of resort just up the hill. Another major positive to living in this authentic village is the relative proximity to Moutiers down the hill, which is around a 20-minute drive (15km) and this is where the large supermarkets, hardware stores, organic shops and Eurostar terminal can be found, and where affordable fuel can be bought.
Three Valleys Ski Area
A beautiful place all year with highly defined seasons and quiet and tranquil out of the ski season when the crowds have gone home, and then suddenly once again each winter the mountains of the Three Valleys come alive with people enjoying this vast ski area..... the largest linked skiing in the world.
The Three Valleys ski domain provides more than 600km of runs and probably the same again off-piste. In fact it should now be called the Four Valleys with the link into Orelle (Maurienne Valley) which can be accessed by ski from Val Thorens. This has also opened up some extraordinary off-piste runs. The Three Valleys provides direct links between the ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania, Brides les Bains and the four Courchevel resorts, la Praz, 1550, 1650 and the world famous 1850 – and now Orelle, in the fourth valley - all under one ski pass offering on-piste skiing from 1300m all the way up to 3200m. As these figures show the Three Valleys ski area offers huge altitude differences favouring long run skiing.
It has an ultra efficient, state of the art ski lift system, quality piste preparation and a dense artificial snow making system (1920 snow cannons) complementing the excellent natural snow cover. However, if you are not a fan of downhill skiing or like some variety during your stay then you can also roam the domain at your leisure on foot, hiking along the marked trails, or using the pedestrian ski lift passes. Many trails have been created especially to enjoy the increasingly popular snowshoeing sport and to discover the valleys from a new perspective: flora, wildlife, monuments, and spectacular scenery.There are also many cross-country skiing tracks that are prepared and maintained each day. These allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery and provide the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the mountains away from the pistes.
An interesting and wonderful area all year round, there is much more here than the snow sports.
Saint Martin de Belleville Ski Resort
Based at 1400m and directly linked into the vast Three Valleys network by an 8 person gondola, St Martin de Belleville offers unlimited, world-class skiing.
The village is picture perfect, unspoiled and authentic making St Martin de Belleville the perfect ski resort if you are looking for a taste of authentic France combined with state of the art skiing. Clusters of traditional chalets and original Savoyard farmhouses are dominated by the close mountains with chamois and wild boars roaming free in the surrounding forests. St Martin was voted a “Top Ten Picture Postcard resort” for its pretty, traditional architecture and stunning Alpine scenery, it’s interesting to note that the commune have had the foresight to bury all the electric and phone cabling which means that not only does it have a clean uncluttered look, but you are unlikely to lose power when the snow hits!
As an added bonus Val Thorens, officially the highest resort in Europe is situated at the top of the valley offering great skiing from mid-November to mid-May. St Martin also has some of the best and clearest runs in the Three Valleys; with skiing for all levels back down to the village and red run Jerusalem a firm favourite with many, and the confidence inspiring off-piste powder fields have to be experienced to be believed. In the height of summer during July and August the valley is host to walkers, nature lovers and adventure seekers who arrive to enjoy the traditional and less traditional mountain activities along with the colourful mountain meadows and beauty of the contrasting vibrant green against snow capped mountains.
It is also a near neighbour to the Vanoise Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. St Martin de Belleville has a lower key nightlife than its glitzy neighbours. Having said that, the valley boasts two Michelin starred restaurants, one being situated three minutes from the village, the other in Val Thorens. St Martin itself has several friendly bars and restaurants which retain a mountain village atmosphere with prices to match. This ski resort seems ideal for ski and mountain lovers looking for an authentic atmosphere a little apart from the crowds, and out of season it still has life and enough year round residents to stop it feeling like a ghost town.
DPE : This property does not have a fixed heating system