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.
This stunning Buck Creek vacation home has been designed by Fougeron Architecture on Big Sur’s spectacular south coast, anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape. The architects design embeds the building within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context. The site, which features a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean along the bluff and toward the west, offers dramatic views. Yet it demands a more complex form than a giant picture window.
The long, thin volume of the house conforms to the natural contours of the land and the geometries of the bluff, deforming its shape and structure in response, much like the banana slug native to the region’s seaside forests. In this way, the complex structural system applies natural forms to accommodate the siting. The main bearing system of the house is set back twelve feet from the bluff, both to protect the cliff’s delicate ecosystem and to ensure the structure’s integrity and safety. The house itself is cantilevered over the bluff. The interior is a shelter, an elegant refuge in contrast with the roughness and immense scale of the ocean and cliff.
The main body of the three-bedroom house is composed of two rectangular boxes connected by an all-glass library/den. A one-story concrete wing perpendicular to the main volume holds the ground-floor bedrooms and features a green roof; it is the boulder that locks the house to the land. The lower of the two main volumes, a double-cantilevered master bedroom suite, acts as a promontory above the ocean, offering breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper volume is an open-plan space-kitchen, living room, and dining room-with a swooping ceiling, all clad in wood, that follows the shape of the land.
The house’s two main facades express both shelter and exposure. On the north, clear expanses of glass reveal ocean and coastline views; long strips of translucent channel glass dapple the light, playing on the sea’s shimmering surface. The south facade, clad in copper, which wraps over the roof, is mostly enclosed, offering a retreat from the forces of nature. Roof overhangs on the east and west protect the windows and the front door from the harshness of sun and wind.
Photos: Courtesy of Fougeron Architecture
This gorgeous weekend getaway residence has been designed by interior design firm Jamesthomas in Upstate New York. This dream home features rustic interiors mixed with rational elements to create a warm and cozy atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends for a weekend de-stressor from the daily work week.
Photos: Courtesy of Jamesthomas
This stunning family vacation cabin is perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Okanagan, in Naramata, British Columbia, Canada. This summer retreat has been designed by interior designer Robert Bailey, as a family’s “dream-come-true.” Inspired by client sketches and the surrounding geography, the lakeshore project was designed from the ground up, working with an architectural designer to implement the vision. The family is exceedingly active, so there is nothing in the home that is precious or requires a lot of maintenance. The home is the center of their summers, and is on the lake, so it needed to welcome those who can swim, run, cycle and kayak, as well as the stream of sandy feet that are the mark of summertime in the Okanagan. The home also needed to have flexible entertaining and sleeping space to host family and friends who come to stay. The open concept design allows for free flow of people and activities.
The result is a modern home that remains true to the idea of “cabin,” being humble and unpretentious. We used French oak on the ceiling and floors, the pre-distressed, fumed planking provided relaxed yet durable surfaces. Forgiving, not precious, it is the strongest design material in the home. Our goal for the furnishings was to achieve a sense of simple luxurious comfort, that feels curated rather and designed. The design of the home blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The walls seem to evaporate as you move to the terraced grounds. There, sumptuous, weather-protected lounge chairs surround a fire bowl, while lighting and audio-visual controls extend the home to the edges of the property. The result is a home to last for generations. It is contemporary, relaxing, rugged, durable, flexible and unpretentious both inside and out with a defined purpose for summertime pleasure.
Photos: Josh Dunford
Casa de las Estrellas or ‘House of the Stars’ is a modern Mexican home created by San Francisco architects House + House, situated in the historic center of the beautiful 450 year old colonial town of San Miguel de Allende. The home lies just four blocks from the main square, the ‘Jardin’ or Garden, of this lovely village. Filled with gardens and light, this 2,000 square foot home offers three bedroom, two bath home embraces a lush courtyard. At the first floor the entry, living room, dining room, and kitchen open onto a plant-filled patio. Grids of steel windows span floor to ceiling, linking inside to outside, creating vista through layered space.
The first floor bedroom at the rear is set slightly above the patio with its own private garden. The upper floor bedrooms, each with a private balcony, share a covered terrace and a bathroom with a 14-foot-tall cylindrical shower open to the sky. Polished burgundy columns and counters are inlaid with glass beads. The floors are made from local slate, carried from the mountains on donkey back and hand-cut to fit tightly together in random patterns. Luminous skies give a magical glow to lime washed walls in mango, cobalt, and sage. Materials are traditional, as are the construction techniques, but the forms derive from organic geometries responsive to the sun, winds, and modern life.
This home is available to rent as a vacation retreat from $1,300 per week, from here.
Red and ochre river rocks twist against a charcoal background in the courtyard. The 20-foot-high blue wall of the patio is sprinkled with lights of handmade frosted-glass stars, which seem to pull heaven right down to earth.
Shafts of light spill between square columns onto a 200-year-old carpenter’s table, framed to become the 11-foot dining table.
In the covered living terrace handmade, rusted, perforated-steel light fixtures march in rhythm with skylights, railings, and open windows.
Sinuous stairs snake upward to the upper floor while frosted star light fixtures sparkle against the 20 foot tall blue patio wall. Rusted steel sconces march in rhythm with skylights and railings. Grids of steel windows span floor to ceiling, linking inside to outside in an invisible embrace.
This gorgeous waterfront summer getaway was designed by studio Olson Lewis + Architects for a young family in Portland, Maine. The peninsula-shaped terrain offered stunning views and easy access to a large lake, perfect for a cottage. The existing cottage was charming but very rustic and the homeowners preferred clean line and contemporary architecture. To fit with the rural landscape, the exterior of the home was built more traditional, something like a camp. The 2,200 square foot home offers modern functionality mixed with very natural ingredients.
The new structure has the same footprint as the original camp, but sits about ten feet farther back from the water. The interior layout was designed around the homeowner’s desire for large living spaces that are open and connected to the outdoors. A west-facing wall folds away completely, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out and alluding to the feel of a porch. The great room offers a large stone fireplace as a focal point and the ceiling is clad in barn board.
Interior design studio Kristina Crestin Design was responsible for the interior decoration of the home, keeping things clean, simple and organic with a heavy emphasis on texture. The mint julep–hued Viking stove was the starting point for the great room’s green accents, tied together by kitchen cabinetry, twin swivel armchairs and an ombré striped rug. Bursts of color were added throughout the home to keep it light and airy. The point of the camp is to relax and hangout, so even though the majority of the furnishings are new yet durable, nothing is too precious or irreplaceable. Functionality was also important to the interior spaces, keeping countertops the perfect height for accessibility and flooring materials that are easy to clean. Furnishings kept simple as to not take up too much space to obstruct traffic flow.
Photos: Jamie Salomon
West Dry Creek Residence is situated on a 40-acre vineyard site in Healdsburg, California, designed by Nick Noyes Architecture. The wine country home is a spacious yet simple perfect getaway for a San Francisco family of four. The residence offers a design that blends natural materials with plenty of sunshine in a warm yet minimalist environment. The 2,400 square foot, three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home is composed of two iconic copper-roofed gabled wings that are connected at the entry by an aluminum storefront system and a sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the site. Interior walls of southern yellow pine plywood and whitewashed southern yellow pine floors were handpicked from the client’s family lumber mill in the southeast.
The same yellow pine plywood runs through the home’s bedrooms, giving the upstairs spaces a warm glow. Each piece of plywood was carefully chosen from the family’s factory and treated with a clear, matte sealer for subtle protection.
Even in closets, the plywood contrasts with the high-gloss white ceiling, beams and built-ins.
Aluminum storefront doors lead to this sunscreen, which shields the hallway from harsh sunlight. This side passage also leads to the bedroom wing. The architect had the sunscreen made of reclaimed grape stakes from the vineyard.
Passive solar techniques help keep the open home comfortable during weather extremes. Overhangs and a trellis on the southern side of the house shade the living room in summer, and plenty of windows bring in the breeze.
Although the home seems relatively isolated, it was built in close proximity to a family compound on the property, so the owners can visit with other family members when they stay here.
Photos: Cesar Rubio
The Fingal Residence is a stunning contemporary vacation home situated in Fingal Bay, in New South Wales, Australia, designed by Australian-based design studio Jam Architects. The gorgeous home has been decorated in neutral tones and features wood plank flooring throughout most of the homes interior. Open plan interiors offer the owner’s great social connectivity, with the living and kitchen area offering sliding glass doors that leads out to a private deck, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. A spacious outside terrace is perfect for entertaining guests and offers a large swimming pool and perfectly manicured landscaping for plenty of privacy.
Photos: John Wheatley
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
This stunning villa on the island of Menora, Spain features clean lines and large windows catching views of the surrounding Mediterranean landscape. The home has been designed by studio Codo a Codo Arquitectura in collaboratio with builder Aides Marai as a dream vacation home for their clients. With white, subdued interiors, the styling has a naturalness and casual atmosphere. Designer Cristina López was responsible for creating harmonious spaces with the use of materials and colors that unify the home. Thus, the white paint and grey porcelain tiles provide continuity and help to capture the sunlight.
Visual order and clean and light spaces creates a neutral palette, suitable to accommodate the mix of objects that dress the interior: current pieces and contemporary design together with other organic forms, form a rough beauty, in deliberate contrast. Materials such as plastic, linked to others as essential as wood, ceramics or natural fibers, made insistent reference to nearby nature. Also art reinforces that connection with the Menorcan roots: selected paintings and sculptures are signed by artists of the island, for which the owners show great interest. These works fit perfectly into the decor, creating a relaxed and carefree atmosphere.
Photos: Courtesy of Codo a Codo Arquitectura