Pic­ture-per­fect Euro­pean snowy get­away

Fancy a Swiss ski chalet or his­toric chateau in France? Look no fur­ther, writes Michelle Swart

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SOAR­ING sum­mer tem­per­a­tures ex­pe­ri­enced in SA may lead one to re­flect on what it would be like to own a Euro­pean snowy get­away — a pic­turesque chalet in Switzer­land, per­haps, or a coun­try es­tate in the idyl­lic Dor­dogne re­gion in south­west France?

For those whose bud­get per­mits, global prop­erty gi­ant Sav­ills — which has an as­so­ci­a­tion with Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties — is mar­ket­ing a beau­ti­ful be­spoke chalet in a pic­ture-per­fect moun­tain set­ting.

Priced at £3,6m, the spacious and lux­u­ri­ous prop­erty has six bed­rooms, in­clud­ing four suites, as well as a sep­a­rate, self-con­tained stu­dio flat. The ground floor has a magnificent open plan liv­ing/din­ing room with an or­nate carved stone fire­place and kitchen with gran­ite work tops and top-of-the-range ap­pli­ances. There is also an of­fice and li­brary with built-in book­shelves, stor­age for ski equip­ment and a wine store.

In the pop­u­lar Dor­dogne re­gion in France, epit­o­mised by mag­i­cal coun­try lanes, forests, hills and rivers as well as his­toric vil­lages and chateaux, Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties are mar­ket­ing an op­u­lent chateau close to the lively town of Sar­lat and its beau­ti­ful me­di­ae­val town cen­tre with cob­bled streets and wide se­lec­tion of shops and restau­rants. El­e­vated on a prime site of ap­prox­i­mately 40ha with sweep­ing coun­try­side views, the prop­erty dates back to the 15th cen­tury and has been im­mac­u­lately re­stored, re­tain­ing orig­i­nal fea­tures such as faulted cel­lars, large open fire­places, wood pan­elled re­cep­tion rooms, beamed ceil­ings and stone walls. The prop­erty has many mod­ern com­forts in­clud­ing a large fit­ted kitchen and sleek con­tem­po­rary bath­rooms and is fin­ished with im­pec­ca­ble taste, yet rains its his­toric char­ac­ter.

The main house con­sists of three bed­rooms in­clud­ing a mas­ter bed­cham­ber, three bath­rooms, a large re­cep­tion room, fit­ted mod­ern kitchen, din­ing room and spi­ral stone stairs lead­ing to a charm­ing wine cel­lar. There is also a spacious two-bed­room guest cot­tage with its own raised ter­race, a lodge, sev­eral stone out­build­ings, swim­ming pool with pool house, small lake and nat­u­ral springs. The prop­erty is priced at €3,5m.

Com­ments Alan Bell, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, sales of Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties In­ter­na­tional & Projects Divi­sion: “Ex­cep­tional prop­er­ties such as these epit­o­mise the kind of iconic, high end prop­er­ties which can be ac­quired by the af­flu­ent. To own a his­toric chateau in France or a ro­man­tic Swiss chalet hide­away must surely be on many a wish list.” Con­tact: Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties Sa­man­tha Nel 082 339 9991

This pic­turesque Swiss chalet is on the mar­ket for £3.6m, left. This spec­tac­u­lar French chateau which dates back to the 15th cen­tury is on the mar­ket for €3,5m, right.

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