Picture-perfect European snowy getaway
Fancy a Swiss ski chalet or historic chateau in France? Look no further, writes Michelle Swart
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.