** UNDER OFFER ** €450,000 Courchevel Le Praz
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Fantastic opportunity to own this 100M2 converted Barn in St Bon, the original village of Courchevel
- 5 minutes drive to ski resort
Property DescriptionThis old village barn was cleverly converted in 2009 into 2 separate dwellings, a 2 ensuite bedroom property and a separate studio apartment. Maintaining many original features throughout the larger property it also has the addition of a sweeping staircase from an 18th century old French mansion in Agde in the South West of France really gives it the wow factor on entry. The entrance is via a large, original barn door into a large entrance hall for your affaires, then moving into the house is the main, open plan living space with a sitting area around the log burning fire, a Juliette balcony to the quiet village passageway, a dining area and full kitchen with an amazing handmade wooden work top. On this level there is also a WC and a large under stair walk-in cupboard which houses the washing machine and provides extra storage. Moving up the impressive stairs the high ceiling and exposed beams give you a real sense of space. On the second floor the fantastic master bedroom gives you your second Wow factor, the bedroom views through the large windows across rooftops to the soaring mountains behind are phenomenal. The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and an elevated area which has storage underneath and could be used for an extra single bed, office, yoga area, office or for a hot tub. The second bedroom has an ensuite shower room and is currently being used as storage. With wood, plaster, original beams and floor boards throughout this property really does have a unique feel. The studio has a separate entrance and retains the original vaulted ceiling and is super cozy with underfloor heating throughout. At approximately 30M2 it is a good size with a full kitchen, good size dining table, sofa seating area and double bed along with a shower room. The Properties can be run separately giving many options for larger groups or renting one or both parts out. Both properties are being sold fully furnished meaning a purchase will give you a beautiful home ready to go. Saint Bon at 1100 meters altitude is a typical old mountain village, the “chef lieu” of Courchevel, with original stone houses surrounded by pastures and the forest with its many paths leading to different nearby villages. Many homes once were working barns before the change in activity of most local families from farming to tourism. The village is criss-crossed with small roads and passageways providing a beautiful, calm environment. The village of Saint Bon itself has the Courchevel Mairie (Town Hall), an atmospheric Pizza restaurant, a small supermarket, a ski shop and a local farmer selling cheese directly from their dairy. The free, seasonal resort bus (or 2 minutes drive) takes you to the village of Le Praz where the télécabine or chair lift then whisks you away to the vast ski area of the 3 valleys. Le Praz is a beautiful village and offers 5 great restaurants and bars, several food and ski shops and the Tabac/ post office and a hotel as well as a lovely lake and cross-country skiing in winter. The Ski Jumps from the 1992 Olympics are here so you can while away the time watching children from the age of 6 and national teams flying through the air. Nearby, and also on the free bus route, you have the other 4 main villages of Courchevel giving you a wide range of restaurants from snack bars to Michelin stars and shopping from basic foods stuffs to luxury goods. During the summer Courchevel runs free ski lifts during July and August, Aquamotion opens for 3 months over summer and you have direct walking access to the forests and mountain path that meander in any direction you choose. Locally there are lakes and, of course the mountains, to explore on foot or mountain bikes. For the road bikes, you can head up from your door to the now famous Col de la Loze used as a finish in the 2020 Tour de France.
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.
Courchevel Le Praz Ski Resort
Le Praz is a charming ski resort based around a pretty, traditional mountain village. Even as the resort grows the centre remains full of character with narrow streets and attractive old buildings and in the main the new developments have been done with taste in the traditional materials of wood and stone. It has a small lake as its focus next to which the two ski lifts are situated.
It is a very popular resort due to its authentic, welcoming feel with the small centre providing a daily meeting point for regulars so new arrivals can quickly settle in and get to know who’s who and what’s where. Its prices compare very favourably to the more expensive resorts higher up the valley, and it offers enough to keep most members of a group happy. It welcomes a wide range of visitors; families, those with a basic budget, and a wealthier clientele who don’t subscribe to the glitz of 1850.
It has a life of its own throughout the year although it is very quiet out of season with just a shop, bar and restaurant remaining open. In the main summer season, July and August, it is also fully open and the winter season usually runs from mid December to the end of April.
The lake, frozen in winter, makes a stunning backdrop for the huge fireworks competition held here each year along with many music festivals both summer and winter. At the back of the lake is a huge ski jump which is used on the national and international competition circuit which along with walking, horse riding, parapointing, painting, golf, flying, climbing and many other superb mountain activities brings life beyond skiing to this village.
Le Praz boasts a good selection of lively bars, mouth-watering creperies and fine restaurants including "La Table de Mon Grand-Père" in Hotel Les Peupliers - a favourite treat of mine. It has a good standard of accommodation with a mix of hotels, apartments and chalets.
It is situated at the foot of the Courchevel ski area and is also known as the ski resort of Courchevel 1300. The Courchevel ski area links in to the massive 3 Valleys ski area. From the foot of the Gondola lift you are 2 lifts away from either Méribel or Courchevel 1850. So for skiing Le Praz is excellently situated with the two télécabine lifts, the Praz and Foret running from the centre. These can become hectic at peak weeks but locals and seasonnaires (winter workers) know it’s just a matter of timing your departure.
The Praz télécabine lift takes you directly into the centre of Courchevel 1850. The Foret télécabine lift takes you up towards the summit of "La Loze" at 2196m, giving easy access to the wonderful skiing of Courchevel and La Tania or the Meribel valley. Skiing back to Le Praz is a breathtaking experience in itself; tree lined pistes, some of the prettiest in the three valleys, lead you to the village. The jockey’s black run into Le Praz is quite something and a superb challenge to those who like to ski a bit closer to the edge. But don’t worry there are red runs too or the option to come down in the lift or free ski buses which run non-stop throughout the day.
The traditionally good snow, north facing slopes and extensive network of snow cannons enable you to ski back to the village throughout the season, but regardless just in case the pistes get a little scratchy you can always catch the bubble down.
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