French prop­erty dreams

A su­per three-bed­room chalet near Evian-les-bains in Haute-savoie

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Some­times, find­ing your dream prop­erty might mean mak­ing a few com­pro­mises. You might not get that panoramic view but gain an ex­tra bed­room or bag an amaz­ing lo­ca­tion but forego the big gar­den.

With this prop­erty, lo­cated just above Evian-les-bains in Haute-savoie, you don’t have to com­pro­mise on any­thing. The tra­di­tional Savo­yard chalet was orig­i­nally built in 1965 but ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated be­tween 2010 and 2014. The re­sult­ing prop­erty is a blend of tra­di­tional Alpine style – par­tic­u­larly in the use of wood cladding out­side and in – and sleek, mod­ern com­forts, with big win­dows and glass doors flood­ing the in­te­rior with light.

The chalet has three spa­cious and mod­ern bed­rooms, all with en­suite bath­rooms, so there’s plenty of room for a fam­ily or for stay­ing guests want­ing a cer­tain amount of pri­vacy. There is a big open-plan liv­ing area, with the kitchen open­ing onto a din­ing area, which in turn opens onto the lounge. The big, cen­tral fire­place is sure to pro­vide the large room with a lovely cosy at­mos­phere on cold win­ter evenings.

When it’s hot and sunny how­ever – Evian-les -Bains gets prop­erly warm in the sum­mer with av­er­age tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing around 26°C in July and Au­gust – you could step out onto one of the two bal­conies. The lower one wraps around most of the liv­ing room, which has a set a glass doors lead­ing onto it; the up­per one is ac­cessed from the bed­rooms on the top floor.

From there, you can stop and ad­mire the breath­tak­ing view over Lac Lé­man (also known as Lake Geneva for An­glo­phones), so huge it could easily be con­fused with a small sea, with the op­po­site banks just dis­cern­able thanks to the moun­tains on the hori­zon.

In to­tal, you have a com­fort­able 170m2 of liv­ing space in­side but the real bonus is the vast gar­den (5,335m2) which has dif­fer­ent lev­els for you to en­joy now and trans­form at your leisure. Not only that, but the house is lo­cated in a very peace­ful spot in the mid­dle of the for­est so it is en­tirely pri­vate.

Nev­er­the­less, the cen­tre of Evian-les-bains is just five min­utes away. This chic spa town on the shores of the lake first be­came known for its nat­u­ral spring wa­ters in the 1790s – it’s home, of course, to the Evian bot­tled wa­ter com­pany – and there are many spas here, par­tic­u­larly in the lux­ury ho­tels

With the moun­tains as a spec­tac­u­lar back­drop and the lake spilling out in front, it is a very green and pleas­ant town to spend time in. It’s also a great base for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in the Alps. Fur­ther afield, yet still in rea­son­able com­mut­ing dis­tance, are the Swiss towns of Mon­treux and Geneva, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent work op­por­tu­ni­ties if needed at about a 45-minute drive from the prop­erty. The chalet is on the mar­ket for €795,000 eu­ro­visa-evian.com

The prop­erty blends a tra­di­tional Alpine feel and sleek, mod­ern com­forts, with large win­dows flood­ing the in­te­rior with light

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