Chalet One Oak is an ultra hip and totally fabulous modern style ski chalet situated in the tranquil and charming village of Combloux, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Not only does it feature amazing open fireplaces, original artworks and a Harley Davidson in the hallway, but it also offers a beyond-five-star level of service. There are housekeepers to tidy up, chefs to prepare gourmet meals, a concierge service and other staff to attend to your every need. The chalet offers the services and facilities of one of the best hotels in the area.
From every angle there are panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley through dramatic floor to ceiling windows. Check out the jaw-dropping views from the master suite, occupying the whole top floor, as you relax in your balcony Jacuzzi. Every little detail is the ultimate in luxury, from the welcome gift on arrival to the daily hampers packed with treats, and the instant concierge service. Whether it’s a chauffeured car to the ski lift, a babysitter for the kids, or a table at the best restaurant in town, just ask and it shall be done.
This incredible chalet can be all yours, with rates starting from $28,938, sleeps twelve, from here.
Huge wraparound terraces surround the living area of the chalet, and a modern freestanding fireplace sets the decadent scene. Stretch out on the stylish sofas after a hard day on the slopes while a team of professional chefs gets busy in the kitchen. After dinner you can watch a film in the cosy TV area with jagged mountains as the backdrop.
Chalet Pearl has an enviable combination where fantastic location meets jaw-dropping views across the Dent du Villard in the exclusive Nogentil area above central Courchevel 1850, France. This chalet sets the benchmark for service and style with glamorous interiors, exceptionally experienced staff and a private spa that wouldn’t look out of place in a top caliber hotel. After undergoing a €1,000,000 renovation, the chalet offers some 8,611 square feet (800 square meters), built without compromise, every detail is of the highest standard. Constructed from reclaimed old timber and local stone, with beautifully crafted wooden detailing, Chalet Pearl oozes charm. The interiors feature contemporary pieces with traditional Alpine style.
The top floor is dedicated to the living area with a spacious lounge, dining area and bar, perfect for entertaining large groups. There is a fully equipped kitchen where your private chef will prepare breakfast each morning and a mouth-watering dinner in the evenings. The beautiful chalet has 7 en suite bedrooms sleeping up to 14 guests in extreme luxury and includes a large master bedroom suite with jacuzzi tub. Chalet Pearl’s party piece is perhaps its spectacular indoor swimming pool and spa area downstairs. Complete with waterfall and loungers, this is a perfect place to stretch tired limbs and recuperate mind, body and spirit. The chalet also has its own massage therapist and treatment expert who can work wonders, so you can treat yourself to pre-ski, deep tissue or relaxing massages or aroma therapy treatments when the mood takes.
When you feel like kicking back and taking it easy you won’t be short of options. The top of the range chalet is equipped with the latest state of the art technology : BOSE music system, LCD screens and DVD players in each bedroom as well as the main living area. In addition, Chalet Pearl boasts its own bar, a dedicated games room and a state-of-the-art cinema comfortably seating 15 people for movie nights in front of the big screen.
To stay at this exceptional chalet, prices are start at $143,595 per week, from here.
In the living room the huge comfy sofas in front of the stone open fireplace offer sumptuous sanctuary after a long day on the mountain.
Industrial design elements have been successfully integrated into this brilliant loft-like home which is a former 1910 water cleaning station conversion, located in Villefranche sur Mer, a small coastal town situated along the French Riviera. This fabulous home belongs to former Belgian army pilot Philippe Tondeur, comprised of 5,400 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property was abandoned in the early 70′s and purchased by the current owner in 1996. The massive transformation of the water station took almost 15 years to complete and its modern design was envisioned with the help of Belgian interior designer Bernadette Jacques.
The property also features a detached guest apartment of 700 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom, a five car garage, swimming pool, spacious hot tub that faces a natural harbor and an indoor 45 foot tall water tank that is dispersed over three levels. Each of the interiors is defined by elegance and space, making a walk through the residence resemble a gallery tour. The preserved industrial elements (giant pipes, exposed beams and various machines) seem like precious artifacts in an exhibition space. The living room is by far the most spectacular interior of the property with its comfortable set of sofas surrounded by giant windows and preserved parts of the former water cleaning station.
Resting atop an enchanting Medieval village and right next to a pristine castle lies La Maisonnette du Coteau in Beynac-et-Cazenac, France. Recently renovated, this exquisite 1,100 square foot cottage offers numerous luxuries, while maintaining a deep respect for its Medieval roots. The limestone walls and the beam ceilings on the ground level of the cottage have been preserved; the home’s exteriors and ground level blend perfectly with the other historic homes in the village. The rest of the cottage has been updated to reflect the modern needs and global travel patterns of the family who owns this home. All the armoires, tables and wood furnishings in the house were purchased in vintage shops around town.
If you are visiting France, you can stay at La Maisonnette, which is one of the most photographed homes in the village, and on several of the printed postcards found around town. Its prominent place atop the Cliffside village of Beynac-et-Cazenac affords its guests breathtaking views of the Dordogne River, the entire valley, and of the village. Enjoy a dinner or lunch outside on the terrace overlooking the canoes dotting the river, or take a bath in a claw foot tub while you gaze out across the Valley of the Five Chateau. The windows of La Maisonnette look out upon the old castle walls and the old city walls as well; the Chateau of Beynac is one of the best preserved in France. You’ll feel as if you stepped back to the 12th century!
To stay at La Maisonnette, rates ranges from $830 – $2037/week, from here.
This very same kitchen area was once used to house the village’s town oven, where village serfs would pay their lords a fee for use of the oven when baking bread.
Tolix chairs paired with what used to be an old church pew make an eclectic ensemble anchored by a live-edge table. The mix of chairs and the roominess of the bench are perfect for the family and their guests.
The master suite is located on the third floor, a converted attic. The process of “squeezing the furniture up the narrow stairs” required knocking down a small area and building the entire floor around the bed — and around the claw-foot tub.
Terry-cloth bathrobes and the day’s clothing usually hang on coat hangers by the bath. Walls are kept bare and free of hooks.
The owners travel throughout the year, living here on and off. Vacationers who rent the space on a weekly basis ensure that the home is always occupied.
A Denyse Schmidt quilt set the stage for the color scheme. A clean, white comforter looks fresh amongst the many antiques set out and about the room. One piece is from the 1600′s!
Photos: Stephanie Brubaker & Nicole Gerulat
Sitting on the top two floors by Paris’s Place de la Madeleine, this 1,500 square foot (140 square meters) residence was created by unifying 12 maids’ rooms on two levels. Designed and owned by architect Michael Herrman, the result is a three bedroom duplex apartment that both preserves the character of the 200 year-old building in which it is located, yet is a uniquely loft-style space in the heart of Paris, France. The apartment is based upon the concept of a museum: the original limestone walls and oak beams have been excavated and displayed with archaeological precision. The addition of a glass floor and walls allows each room to retain a powerful sense of openness, to be visually connected with one another and with the views of the sky and rooftops of Paris.
In one corner of the apartment there is a courtyard terrace, surrounded by five-meter tall glass walls. The terrace appears to be an interior room, containing an antique marble fireplace, mirror, and chandelier against the backdrop of the living “wallpaper” of a seven-meter tall vertical garden that rises up through the two levels of the apartment. The courtyard was conceived as a large glass display case containing a traditional salon of a mid-19th century Parisian apartment. In contrast, the interior fireplace, stair, and other details are contemporary. Inside and outside are strongly contrasted through their design while at the same time the edge between the two is blurred by the vertical garden that continues inside and the floor tiles which appear to pass through the glass and continue outside.
The apartment takes on a surreal feeling through this blurring of the edge between the interior and exterior, as well as the multiple layers of transparent and reflective glass surfaces. All of the elements in the apartment are functional, whether inside or outside, including the exterior fireplace. The use of glass is carried through the design, and includes the glass cabinets in the kitchen, and glass tiles, counters, and fixtures throughout the apartment. The three bedrooms are located on both levels at the opposite end of the apartment, served by private bathrooms, and organized around a separate courtyard.
The Maison d’Ulysse is an historic 17th century fortified farmhouse in the South of France and bears the name of one of its former owners, the archaeologist and poet Ulysse Dumas. Dumas (1872-1909) is a major figure in local history. He made important archaeological discoveries about the prehistoric settlement of the region. Since that time, the farmhouse and its garden have retained a great deal of their poetry, as can be seen from the mulberry trees, ancient oaks and fig trees which border the property. Today, the house – which is listed by the “Fondation du Patrimoine” heritage foundation, with a label for its historical value – is one of France’s finest high-class guest houses.
Inside, you will be immersed in the magic of the house, which has been restored with due respect for its authenticity. Settle down in the comfort of your luxury guest house room and rest in the coolness of its natural limewashed walls. You will be charmed by the contemporary decoration, combining modernity of lines and sobriety of materials, from the Baron Perché room to the Chant du Mûrier suite. Round-off your well-being stay with a swim in the magnificent swimming pool, before relaxing in the spa area and Turkish bath. Then take a stroll in the Mediterranean dry gardens, where luxuriant perennials, shrubs and climbing plants grow side by side.
To stay at the beautiful La Maison d’Ulysse, prices range from $160 – $400 per night, from here.
This luxurious ski-in, ski-out chalet is situated in Courchevel 1850, France. The thoroughly modern designer chalet is comprised of 5,920 square feet (550 square meters) of living space, extending over four floors to provide its guests with the ultimate in luxury. Sleek design pieces and contemporary artwork give the interiors a bright, contemporary feel, flooded with light from the large windows. The top level of the majestic chalet houses the living room with the dining area, the sitting area arranged around the fireplace, home cinema, billiard area, a terrace with stunning views, professional kitchen and a guest cloakroom.
The main entrance houses the master bedroom retreat with a beautiful gas fireplace and en-suite bathroom, as do the other two bedrooms. A level below the main entrance there are two additional bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a games room for kids, cinema room, ski room with ski boot dryer, glove dryer, sky clothes dryer, shower, water closet and the garage. There is also a fabulous wellness area, which features an indoor pool with bar, Hammam, shower and massage table, gym and laundry room. Outdoors, a huge balcony is a great place to enjoy views over the glistening snowfields that surround the chalet and to breathe in the pure mountain air.
The ultimate in luxury, this catered chalet can host up to 10 people with prices from $156,660/week, from here.
Sheltering amidst the snow-laded pines, Chalet Gentianes is one of the most sought-after luxury ski chalets in Courchevel 1850, France. This is a ski in and out chic mountain retreat with only a five minute walk away from the buzz of Courchevel. Don’t ski past the turning for your private pathway through the trees as you head down the Bellecote piste, or you’ll have to do the run again.
The chalet has been built in a sympathetic alpine style with wood interiors, beautiful aged oak beams and a huge open fireplace and elegant decor. From the deep sofas, squashy sheepskin stools, large dining table with the finest glassware and china, everything in this property has a feeling of understated class. At the basement level, you will find a private swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam room, a self-contained gym and a massage room.
As you head upstairs and prepare to discover the private cinema and games room, the sumptuous en-suite bedrooms and spectacular top floor living area. Look out for those special little touches such as fresh flowers and luxury toiletries in the bathrooms as you go, the chalet even has a lift.
Now all of this would be impressive enough, but there’s more. Staying at Chalet Gentianes is like being wrapped in a blanket of love. A team of people attends to your every need, from the highly qualified chef to the chauffeur and minibus at your disposal. Not forgetting the dedicated private ski instructor and the near-constant attention of housekeepers. There’s even a concierge service to fulfill your every whim.
Prices start from 2,095 per person for 7 nights with fully catered services, from here.
Chalet Edelweiss is a newly-built temple of mountain luxury nestled amongst pine trees in Courchevel 1850, France. Extending over seven floors and offering a massive 32,292 square feet (3,000 square meters) of living space with eight bedrooms and eight bathroom, it successfully blends the line between a catered chalet and boutique hotel. The ski chalet is built around a stunning spiral staircase and has separate accommodation and access for the numerous dedicated staff.
This luxury chalet offers an entire floor of spa facilities with a pool, gym, therapy room and steam room, a private nightclub in the basement, complete with DJ booth, bar and dance floor. Other luxurious details include a private cinema room, two professional chefs and two butlers, and the ability to ski in and out, a private ski instructor and basement parking which is accessed by a car lift. The slopes are so close, all you have to do is just push open the door of the huge ski room, inhale the pine-scented mountain air, step into your skis and head off down the Bellecote piste.
Just like an exclusive, private hotel, the chalet has a large team to look after guests and provide an all-round pampering experience for everyone. The staff area has its own separate entrance and the privacy of guests is important. From the moment you wake up, everything is taken care of. Delicious breakfasts, bookings made for lunch in the mountains, a chauffeur-driven ride into town, private ski lessons and a massage at the end of the day, this fabulous vacation retreat has it all!
This fabulous ski chalet successfully sleeps 16 people, with a rate of $198,435 per week, from here.
Photos: Marc Berenguer
Great attention to detail went into renovating this historic residence in Paris, France. Francis D’Haene, a Belgian-born, New York City-based architect and designer, of D’Apostrophe Design, was charged with the task of transforming an old building owned by the French government into a royal residence. He worked closely with the clients to select all of the furniture, lighting and artwork, the likes of which include chairs by Fernando and Humberto Campana, a pendant by the Bouroullec Brothers, an Andy Warhol silk screen and a pair of Cindy Sherman photos. Typical of his work, D’Haene seamlessly blended art and design to create a palatial duplex apartment for the couple, their son and family dog.
Photos: Courtesy of Eric Laignel