French prop­erty dreams

A lux­ury chalet in the pop­u­lar Alpine ski re­sort of Méri­bel

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Like the open ocean and end­less sand dunes in a desert, moun­tains are awe-in­spir­ing forces of na­ture. They make us feel tiny and pow­er­less and yet we are ir­re­sistibly at­tracted to their jagged peaks and snow-topped sum­mits. Whether for ski­ing in the win­ter or hik­ing in the sum­mer, a house in the French Alps is the dream for those of us who love to be out­side and in close con­nec­tion to un­spoilt and some­what wild na­ture.

Which is why chalets are the per­fect fit for moun­tain en­thu­si­asts, and this ex­am­ple is in a prime lo­ca­tion to ex­plore the Alps. Plus it has a fair few crea­ture com­forts.

Alpine chic Lo­cated in Le Vil­lard in the vil­lage of Méri­bel, Chalet Ap­sara was fin­ished in 2014 and rented out through MGM’S lux­ury col­lec­tion of hol­i­day prop­er­ties but it is now on the market. It was built in a tra­di­tional style us­ing wood and stone and it looks like a true Savo­yard farm­house. In­side, how­ever, is an­other story.

Shiny steel, glass and raw wood bring a def­i­nite con­tem­po­rary twist to the in­te­ri­ors, which are not only el­e­gant but very roomy: a to­tal of 400m2 of liv­ing area is yours to en­joy. There’s a won­der­ful sense of space, partly thanks to the su­perb dou­ble-as­pect main liv­ing area with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and over­looked by a mez­za­nine. This open-plan space in­cludes a mod­ern kitchen with built-in ap­pli­ances, a spa­cious din­ing area and a cosy lounge with a fire­place where you can re­lax, warm up af­ter a day on the slopes or rest your aching feet af­ter a long hike.

The four dou­ble bed­rooms are set on the lower level of the chalet. The mas­ter bed­room has its own en­suite bath­room and pri­vate ter­race, and a gym, jacuzzi and steam room are also on this floor.

Un­ri­valled lo­ca­tion The chalet is set a lit­tle away from the madding crowds in the re­sort but has stun­ning views of the moun­tains, par­tic­u­larly of the Dent de Bur­gin sum­mit loom­ing over the val­ley.

“Chalet Ap­sara is lo­cated on the edge of Les Al­lues, which is the orig­i­nal old vil­lage in the Méri­bel val­ley and re­mains very au­then­tic and

Shiny steel, glass and raw wood bring a def­i­nite con­tem­po­rary twist to the in­te­ri­ors which are not only el­e­gant but very roomy

un­spoilt,” says MGM’S di­rec­tor Richard Deans. The near­est stop to reach the ca­ble-car to the slopes is 1km away but that means peace and quiet when you want it.

Of course, the ski­ing in the area is ex­cel­lent. Méri­bel is in the heart of the mega Trois Val­lées ski area which boasts 600km of ski runs to ex­plore and there is a wealth of sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties, from hik­ing and fish­ing to moun­tain bik­ing and paraglid­ing.

“Whether you are an avid skier, an out­door en­thu­si­ast, a lover of ex­treme sports, or just look­ing for the per­fect Alpine des­ti­na­tion, Méri­bel of­fers an un­ri­valled ex­pe­ri­ence all year round,” says Richard.

We’re sold. How about you?

Chalet Ap­sara is on the market for €4m mgm­french­prop­er­

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