Homes with altitude!
With our eyes on the summit, we look for properties in the mountains
Home to France’s highest mountain – Mont Blanc at 4,808m – the Alps are the ultimate playground for year-round outdoor activities. I’d enjoy relaxing too at this lovely three-bedroom chalet with garden in the popular village of Bernex. I could sit for hours on the raised terrace gazing at those views with a mug of chocolat chaud or glass of wine. Priced at €395,000 and built in 1988, the chalet has an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, with doors onto a sunny balcony. Ref: 454975 Karen Tait, Editor I’m not a skier myself but in terms of an investment property, I think a ski pad in the Alps is a pretty safe bet. This attractive two-bedroom duplex apartment is in the centre of Bourg St-maurice, meaning it is easily accessible from the UK via the Eurostar ski trains. The Paradiski ski area is on the doorstep and there are plenty of summer activities, so I shouldn’t have any problems renting this apartment out to holidaymakers all year. Ref: 451088 Emma Rawle, Digital Editor Sometimes I daydream about running a retreat for writers and photographers in the mountains, perhaps with a smallholding, bushcraft school, campsite, pottery studio and... oh everything. And this stunning property set in 138ha of rolling pasture and woodland with awe-inspiring views over the Pyrénées is better than a dream. The newly renovated main farmhouse has 11 bedrooms and there are two other small stone dwellings and that stupendous pool. Now I just need to find €1.6m. Ref: 452243 Ruth Wood, Assistant Editor I love hiking and climbing in the mountains, so when I spotted this restored shepherd’s house, I couldn’t resist. It’s tucked away in the Baronnies Provençales natural regional park with gorgeous mountain views from its two terraces. It has two bedrooms and a big living room with a woodburner and a mezzanine. I’d definitely make this my bolthole to escape from it all in the great outdoors. Ref: 455046 Sophie Gardner-roberts, Staff Writer