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Buying a luxury home in the picturesque French Alps is an attractive prospect for many keen skiers and snowboarders who spend year after year visiting the area for their holidays. But is it best to build from scratch or redevelop an existing building?

Our guide covers the benefits and pitfalls of renovation vs new build property in the French Alps to ensure you make the best decision when choosing a ski property in the mountains.

If you’re an avid skier, hitting the slopes once or twice a season isn’t always enough. The thought of owning a luxury chalet and a piece of the mountain is an attractive prospect, particularly when the French Alps offers world-class resorts in almost every valley. This high-end market poses a unique opportunity for ski property investors.

But, what are the benefits of investing in a ski development for avid skiers and properties developers? We cover the advantages of investment, the best time to invest, how to find the right resort and the best property types available for prospective buyers. 

Whilst the start of 2021 has seen disruption in travel and holiday plans for many, we know that ski enthusiasts are keen to enjoy a snow-sure holiday in the mountains this winter, with the reassurance that they are protected. If you own a luxury ski property in one of our Alpine ski resorts and are looking to rent it out this winter, is there anywhere better for your guests to stay than an exclusive, private luxury chalet? 

Due to Covid-19, the health and safety of holidaymakers have never been more important. We offer guidance and advice on how to prepare your ski chalet for renting during a pandemic.

There’s nothing more enchanting than a white Christmas spent up in the mountains! It’s a magical time for everyone of all ages - whether you’re looking for traditional, charming, romantic or family orientated.

The festive season in the snowy Alps is always illuminated with brightly decorated Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights for the entirety of December. Every year there is an abundance of Christmas celebrations and activities to enjoy for all the family.

We’ve researched the top 5 most magical ski resorts for an enchanted French Alps Christmas;

*Check with resorts for Covid-19 restrictions this Christmas.

The Portes du Soleil region is the ultimate winter playground; comprising two valleys - the Vallée d'Aulps and the Vallée d'Abondance along with the village of Les Gets. The impressive Portes du Soleil is one of the largest ski areas in the world, with 12 linking resorts on either side of the French-Swiss border. In the heart of the French and Swiss Alps, it is a resort of adventure and authenticity situated between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc. 

There are 13 villages in the Portes du Soleil ski resort; the 5 main villages within the ski area are Avoriaz, Châtel, Morzine and Les Gets on the French side, and Champéry on the Swiss side. Each of the 5 villages has its own delightful and unique character; the distinct contrast in styles makes the resort a desirable destination for many holidaymakers.

Luxury means something different to us all, but when you're indulging in a luxury property, there are certain levels of splendour you want to reach to be sure you’re receiving full extravagance for your expense. 

The French Alps is home to some of the World's greatest ski resorts, magnificent mountains and unparalleled Alpine properties; so it's no wonder why it’s one of the most popular locations for home buyers.

From phenomenal locations, outdoor heated swimming pools, wine cellars and spas, we have compiled our favourite key features to look for when shopping for luxury ski chalets in France.

The French Alps is the home to national parks, charming small villages, breathtaking mountain views and freshly-fallen powder snow. Hosting an impressive 254 ski resorts, covering 8,506 kilometres of slopes and served by 2,318 ski lifts and cable cars, it’s the skier’s dream! For ski equipment and lift pass hire at a very attractive price that won't steam up your goggles, try the lesser-known but just as remarkable, cheapest ski resorts in the French Alps

We have researched everything from resort altitude to the price of ski passes and flights to ensure you have all the information you need when deciding upon your perfect ski resort. Explore our selection of affordable resorts with the best price-performance ratio in the Alps for your winter sports holiday.

A Taste of The Alps; Must-Try Chatel Restaurants

One of the many advantages of Chatel is its rich farming heritage in the Abondance Valley and Soyard culinary delights. On your way to the resort, you will pass by many farms and local producers of great quality cheese and other food products.

Not only a great skiing destination, but Chatel Resort also has a number of must-try restaurants in the centre of the village and scattered across the large ski domain of Portes du Soleil.

Check out the list of our top recommended Chatel restaurants and bars to visit on your next ski holiday in Chatel. 

Chatel Ski Resort

The Chatel Ski Resort is ideally located at the starting point of the Franco-Swiss ski domain Portes du Soleil, which has over 285 marked trails and 196 modern ski lifts. Skiing in Chatel offers you with some of the best trails in Europe, with the possibility to ski across to the Swiss sector and many swiss resorts such as Morgins. There are many exciting things on offer in the resort and surrounding valley, which makes Chatel the next best place for your ski holidays.

Chatel Ski Season

The ski season in Chatel / Portes du Soleil starts in mid-December and runs right through to mid-April, starting again in Summer from mid-June until mid-September. The ski lifts are operational throughout both seasons.

When you think of the best hiking adventures in Europe, your imagination might transport you to the volcanic landscapes of Iceland, the rugged terrain of The Alps or even a bit closer to home in the great Scottish Highlands.

While it’s usually overlooked as an obvious trekking destination,  hiking in Portugal will see you traverse some of the most remarkable and underrated trails on the continent. If you’re ready for some unforgettable scenes and an adventure of a lifetime, here are some of our favourite Portuguese routes.

Dreaming of owning your own property in the French Alps? Whether you are searching for a new build in a large ski resort or considering the best place for investment and rental, we have curated the most desired list of options available to purchase right now. 

Here’s a rundown of our ten HOTTEST mountain ski properties:

Ski Apartments in French Ski Resort

Ready to make a property purchase in the French Alps? There are many things to consider before taking this step and becoming an owner. Below we provide information on how to buy a ski apartment in France.

Financing your Property Purchase

French Banks offer exceptional deals for international investors in France. With historically low-interest rates and long term fixed rates, it is the best choice when considering becoming an owner in France. 

La Chapelle d'Abondance Ski Resort

La Chapelle d’Abondance ski resort, France is a picturesque village resort on the French-Swiss border, 10 kilometres from the first Swiss resort Morgins and only 5 km from the village centre of Chatel. It is one of the many villages connected to the world-class Portes du Soleil domain. 

The area has maintained its authentic village atmosphere due to the number of farms in the area that continue to preserve their traditions in the Abondance Valley.  

France is a fantastic country, not only for its majestic alps and culture but for the many benefits property owners benefit from. When considering your dream home in the Alps, it is likely you have thought about how to make your investment property work for you. At Terrésens, we have designed a number of solutions that allow you to have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy your French alps vacation rental.

The Situation in France

VAT Refunds

For many years, it has been possible to save 20% VAT on the purchase price of real estate and furniture, when certain requirements are met. This initiative was created in order to encourage homeowners to rent their properties when they were not there. 

Buying an investment property is a huge financial commitment, so you need to get it spot-on and make the best decisions from the get-go.

Hunting for investment properties for sale is complex at the best of times. When you throw a foreign country, foreign rules and an unknown buying process into the mix, it can open a can of worms if you’re not careful. The same goes for buying an investment property in the French Alps, so it's lucky you've got a team of experts to help you out.

Terrésens Group is a unique business operation. We specialise in the development, sale and long term management of homes, apartments and ski chalets in the French Alps. We see the development through from design and construction, all the way to the rental management of your French Alps property. The 360° service means customers never have to worry about a confusing process and they can spend time focusing on their property investment in the French Alps.

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Les Carroz Ski Resort

Les Carroz ski resort is renowned as one of the most authentic village resorts in the heart of the French Alps. Located at an altitude of 1140m, it is only 55km from Chamonix and 40km from Geneva. The village resort has a largely sunny plateau above the Arve valley, in the heart of the incredible Grand Massif ski domain.  

Ski Holidays & Season Dates

The great ski season in Les Carroz / Grand Massif starts in mid-December and runs right through to mid-April, starting again in Summer from mid-June until mid-September. 

Located just one hour south of Lisbon, at the base of the Troia Peninsula in the Alentejo region, Comporta, Portugal is an area surrounded by natural sand dunes, rice fields and pine forests. It is considered a hotspot for Lisbonite intelligentsia. 

This calm and serene environment provides the perfect setting for the fishermen’s huts and fishing villages of Comporta and Carvalhal.

Beaches Near Comporta

The west coast of Portugal attracts surfers and holiday makers all year round. Some of the best beaches are located near Comporta village, with over 15km shoreline stretching in the Alentejo region.

A small village with everything on offer, Vaujany ski resort will not disappoint. 

Situated in the valley facing the Massif des Grandes Rousses, the village is southern facing and designed to maximise sunshine and mountain views. The village is part of twenty municipalities that form the Oisans, located in the departments of Isère and Hautes Alpes, France. 

This family+ label village is the perfect family destination, with modern facilities, endless trails, world-class facilities including an indoor sports centre, plus a brand new cable car which links to the Alpe d’Huez ski domain. 

Combloux is a typical alpine village, located in the Haute-Savoie region of France. With arguably the best views of Mont Blanc in the valley, the ski resort in France has maintained its authentic Savoyard traditions, with traditional alpine architectural styles and designs. 

Combloux offers an intimate and family-friendly atmosphere, having held its Family + label since 2005. You are truly amongst the mountains and well maintained natural environment.

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