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.
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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
Nestled high in the mountains, with Mont Blanc in the horizon, is this cabin restored entirely in wood, which was spotted on Nuevo Estilo, situated in the French Alps, near the town of Megève. It is not a mere cottage, it is a construction in idyllic balance with the environment and equipped with a unique interior design. With roof carports, chimneys smoking and in the middle of a snowy landscape, this house evokes a story of Christmas.
The house is an important architectural rehabilitation project in which sustainability and ecology were of utmost importance. Belgian decorator Lionel Jadot was commissioned to transform this old home from 1870 under the clients wishes to respect the past. It took two years to renovate and winterize the dilapidated structure and reinvent the building, including a new roof, installation of floors and walls of larch – wood used in origin, as in the houses of the area and distribution of the spaces according to the needs of the owners.
The villa has two levels, with the bedrooms located on the lower floor and the upper floor is an immense loft-like space, with high ceilings that opens to the mountain by large windows that continue on to a terraced roof. In terms of decoration, the home is full of furnishings and pieces from different cultures and eras from travels to Africa, Asia and Europe. These are decorative findings throughout, picked up from antique shops and vintage stores. The end result is a very warm and cheerful atmosphere, halfway between the bucolic mountain house and a sophisticated New York loft, which tries to reconcile technology and ecology.
This luxury ski chalet in Courchevel 1850 high up in the French Alps, France is the perfect retreat for those who appreciate art and design. The theme of Art Chalet is creative extravagance, and the place is heaving with beautiful works of art and limited edition designer furnishings.
Everything about Art Chalet is spectacular, from the waterfall swimming pool surrounded by four flat screen TVs, to the grand piano in the music area. With seven floors, this luxurious chalet offers total indulgence at your disposal, including a private nightclub with state-of-the-art DJ equipment, sleek glass elevators, a team of staff including a private chef, spa, cinema room and even a casino-style room complete with roulette wheel and card tables.
Climb aboard your private, chauffeured Mercedes 4×4 to be transported to your mansion at the side of the Bellecote piste, among the trees above Courchevel. Let the attentive team of live-in chalet staff pamper you with Champagne and canapés as you take in your magnificent surroundings. Relax in sublime comfort as your private chef prepares an aromatic meal and the manager makes all your arrangements.
Art Chalet may look fairly traditional (in a supersized way) but the metal sculpture by the door offers a clue to the flamboyance within. Sculptures, paintings, lithographies and drawings by artists such as Picasso and Warhol are liberally scattered throughout Art Chalet. Even the light fittings are art installations, and the Japanese toilets are a stylish touch. Secretly, you will be glad of a bad weather day when you can stay home and play in your fabulous mountain mansion.
To stay at this spectacular getaway that sleeps 16, rates start at $211,398, from here.
Villa Nathalie is a stunning sea-front villa with magnificent views over the sparkling in St. Tropez, France. The villa is set on the secure development of Les Parcs, with its own helipad, the villa offers total privacy and seclusion but is still very close to the best beaches and the center of St Tropez. The centerpiece is the superb split-level heated infinity pool, surrounded by decked terraces and delightful gardens. With stylish and elegant al fresco dining, seating and lounging areas, this is outdoor living St. Tropez-style.
Boasting a palatial 4,843 square feet (450 square meters) of space, the interior is beautifully designed in a traditional style with contemporary accents. The large open plan living area opens out on to the terrace, giving a wonderful entertaining space inside and out, all with wonderful sea views.
Service at Villa Nathalie is second to none. It’s like having your own private hotel, with attentive yet friendly staff at your beck and call. Every tiny detail has been considered to make your stay perfect, like chocolates on the pillow, Bulgari products in the bathroom, Frette linen on the beds, fine cigars in the humidor, decent hangers in the wardrobes, laptop and printer, newspapers, flowers, fruit, slippers….the list of little details is endless. Your butler will be there to greet you when you arrive, champagne and canapés, and the chef will be on hand to make sure the gourmet experiences match up to the superb villa.
To stay at this incredibly stunning villa, rates start at $13,490 per night, from here.
Nestled amongst the trees of the Chamonix Valley, French Alps this glorious modern chalet complex, spotted on Knight Frank, is comprised of three luxury chalets providing a perfect mix of living and entertaining space in the heart of the famous and exuberant Chamonix Valley ski area.
Located in a private hamlet in the Chamonix Valley, these extraordinary alpine ski chalets complement each other perfectly; providing 12 suites set amongst the three chalets together with spa areas, heated swimming pools and cinema rooms.
The largest of the chalets sits at the head of the hamlet and provides the perfect spot from where to explore the famous Chamonix Valley ski area, busy in both the summer and the winter.
Five bedroom suites are balanced by a cinema room and spa area whilst an outdoor heated swimming pool, sitting in a landscaped garden gives the most amazing private swimming experience under clear alpine skies.
Accompanying the master ski chalet are two additional ski chalets, one providing five additional bedroom suites together with a plunge pool and second cinema room. A smaller, and beautifully intimate, third ski chalet sits between the other two finishing this remarkable trio of alpine ski chalets.
Les Pinchinats is a charming 18th century Bastide in the countryside of Aix-en-Provence, Provence, France, offering five bedrooms, six bathrooms, heated swimming pool and fully equipped gym. The 10,000 square foot home features a tasteful mix of contemporary interiors and modern conveniences while maintaining the historic character with its wooden flooring, French style ceilings, and numerous fireplaces. Sitting on 2.3 hectares of tranquil landscaped park separated from the conifer woods by cypresses, Les Pinchinats offers a wine cellar with a wide variety of wine, a cinema room with genuine cinema folding doors, and an equal wide variety of entertainment features.
To stay at this luxurious French retreat, prices range from $2,200 – $3,300 per night, from here.