Our great-value ski home’s in the perfect spot
ROB DORLIN from Totteridge in north London is director of a language company and has lived and worked in Zurich for eight years. So when he and his wife Emelie and their children Alex, eight, and five-year-old Andina were looking for a holiday home, Austria’s Arlberg region was a natural choice.
They bought a three-bedroom apartment at Arlberg Chalets and moved in at the start of
known to British buyers but I live here because the skiing is unbeatable, the slopes are uncrowded and it is truly year round,” says Weaver. “The beauty here is wonderful and you still have easy access to Lech. The local town, Bludenz, has full facilities, there are two golf courses nearby and the walking trails through Alpine flowers are memorable.” Homes have west and south-facing terraces, underground parking and start from £531,000 for 1,313sq ft.
this year. “The skiing is really great with plenty of off-piste,” says Rob, 46. “It’s an easy drive from Zurich and we come here as many weekends as we can manage.”
A similar home 20 minutes away in Lech would have cost three times as much, he says. “It’s very fashionable to be in Lech or St Anton but for us this peaceful, natural setting is so much nicer.”
Anton are examples of Austria’s good value. The 36 chalets and 18 flats all come with rare second home status, so there is no compulsion to rent. Prices range from £213,000 for a 430sq ft onebedroom apartment up to £536,000 for a three-bedroom 1,292sq ft detached chalet through Pure International. This is exceptionally good value for a detached chalet in the Alps and half of the price of a comparable home in Lech, says Pure International’s Paul Kleinekorte.
Pure International: pureintl.com (020 3695 4095)
Sporty family: Rob and Emelie Dorlin, with Alex and Andina, love their ski weekends in Arlberg