28 Sep 5 OF THE BEST SKI CHALETS WITH PASSEPARTOUT HOMES
BEST CHALET FOR INTERIOR DESIGN LOVERS
Baita 1697, Pattemouche, Piemonte, Italy
Sleeps 18 guests
Situated in the heart of an old hamlet, Baita 1697 is a 17th century Piedmontese farmhouse, exquisitely renovated by its owner, acclaimed luxury interior designer Lucie McCullough. From the outset, the farmhouse looks quaint and traditional; inside, however, the interior exceeds all expectations. Each room has been furnished to the highest standard- so high in fact, the property was featured in the renowned interior design magazine Architectural Digest.
The farmhouse contains a generous communal living space and media room (boasting an international film library), both complete with wood-burning fires for those cold winter nights. With 5 stylish double bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms containing top-of-the-range fittings, as well as a kids dorm with enough space for 6, the property is certainly not short of space. On the roof terrace, there is an 8-person wooden hot tub for guests to relax and unwind.
The farmhouse is a haven for ski-lovers as it is conveniently located within a 5 minute walk of a cable car to 400km of Olympic piste, and a chair lift will take guests to local best-kept secret; 50km of pristine downhill skiing. The property conveniently has a ski room for drying out gear at the end of the day. If you need a rest from wintersports, the nearby alpine village of Sestriere offers a range of nightlife and shopping facilities. Pinerolo is a beautiful old Cavourese town which has a market every Wednesday as well as boasting some high-quality restaurants including the internationally-renowned ‘Eataly’ that has sister restaurant in New York and Tokyo.
HOW: From €10,800 per week including daily cleaning service and WiFi.
BEST CHALET FOR LUXURY SPA EXPERIENCES
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, South Tyrol, Italy
Sleeps 10 guests
Guests will be captivated by the picturesque location of 16th Century San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge; a hillside luxury property with never-ending views over the surrounding snow-covered mountaintops. It is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking properties in South Tyrol, boasting a traditional and magical aesthetic created for cosy winter getaways.
After a long day on the slopes, guests can take advantage of the luxurious spa facilities on offer and rejuvenate in mind, body and soul. The property has its own Finnish Sauna and Turkish Bath. A personal consultation with San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge’s wellbeing coach can be arranged by Passepartout Homes concierge services to ensure that guests receive the correct wellness treatment; whether this may be a custom-tailored full-body massage or a sauna with herb-essence steam. With an outdoor spring whirlpool, guests can be at one with nature and awaken the senses after a long day on the slopes.
With three lounges, one containing a delightful fireplace, there is plenty of room for large groups. The lodge contains three individually-decorated double bedrooms (two of which are en-suite) and a room with two bunk-beds (sleeping four), which is perfect for large families with children or teenagers. A range of activities are available within close proximity to San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge; from winter-paragliding to moonlit sleigh rides, there is something to keep all of the family busy.
HOW: From €2400 a night including a champagne welcome, WiFi, daily maid service, continental breakfast, afternoon tea, drinks and freshly-prepared dinners (daily for less than 5-nights stay, 4 dinners for 5-nights stay, 5 dinners for 6-nights stay).
BEST CHALET FOR FAMILIES
Maison Blanche et Verte, Portes Du Soleil, France
Sleeps 12 guests
Maison Blanche et Verte has been expertly designed with guests’ every need in mind for the ultimate luxury chalet experience. The property, which is situated just 90 minutes’ drive from Geneva Airport, boasts first-class facilities; an indoor swimming pool, sauna, fully-equipped gym and a cinema room with seating for 10 people amongst an abundance of other luxurious amenities.
Situated in a commanding position overlooking the farming village of Châtel, the property is in an excellent location. The ski lifts are easily accessible and there are shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of the property.
Despite the traditional exterior of the chalet, the interior has a cutting-edge contemporary feel. With living and sleeping accommodation in separate wings of the vast chalet, night-owls and early-risers can avoid disturbing each other. The main living space is an incredibly versatile entertainment space, with scope for large dinners or cosy drinks by the fireplace. The chalet is fully-catered, meaning guests do not have to worry about cooking after a day of outdoor activities. All menus are designed to meet clients’ individual needs; there is also an extensive wine cellar to complement the delicious food. There are well-designed six bedrooms, all boasting en-suite bathrooms, which can be configured with twin or superking-sized beds with White Company linen, bathrobes and slippers.
HOW: From £15,000 per week including chalet staff (chef, manager, cleaner and driver), daily maid service. Daily breakfast, afternoon tea, champagne and canapes and gourmet dinners (6 nights). Open bar containing spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks. Also includes return transfers from Geneva Airport.
BEST FOR SPOTTING THE ROYALS
Chalet Klosters, Klosters, Switzerland
Sleeps 8 Guests
Chalet Klosters is a wonderful private chalet, just 2 hours from Zurich Airport, in the exclusive resort of Klosters, Switzerland, which really feels like a home away from home. Klosters is a picturesque village with an enviable snow record. The town of Davos is just a 10-minute drive away, where guests can have access to a variety of amenities, including over 100 shops, art galleries and museums. Klosters offers great skiing for all ages and abilities and it shares its extensive skiing slopes with Davos, offering a combined 190 miles (307km) of downhill slopes, served by no less than 52 lifts.
The chalet is charming and traditional, but the interior has recently undergone extensive renovation to ensure it is of the highest standard for guests. Built across three floors, there is plenty of room for all of the family in this chalet. You may relax in one of the two sitting areas available and play games with the children, or peacefully read a book in front of the roaring fire after a long day of skiing. Alternatively, you may want to relax your muscles in the outdoor hot tub on the terrace.
There are five bedrooms in total (three double, two single and one bunk room) which are all decorated in an elegant, yet cosy way. The staff here will look after guests extremely well- no request is too much. The chef can prepare an enormous range of international cuisine and children can also be catered for. When guests want to dine out, there are many great restaurants nearby (including Michelin-starred Walserhof) – guests will be spoilt for choice when choosing a place to dine!
HOW: From CHF 33,000 per week including daily housekeeping, dinner on 5 nights and in-resort chauffeured vehicle.
BEST CHALET FOR SKI & CULTURE
Villa Gella, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Sleeps 15 guests
Situated in the Rhodope Mountains, the recently refurbished Villa Gela is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty; light is flooded throughout the property and the views across the mountaintops are truly phenomenal.
Guests are welcomed into the property by friendly owners and the beauty continues inside with a combination of traditional and modern features, expertly arranged by renowned interior designer Marja Walters. The living space is spread across four levels; the main area comprises a wood-burning stove and a dining table for twelve people making it the ideal place for entertaining, even on colder nights. There is another separate dining space as well as a cosy wood-panelled library, and a high-spec kitchen (which includes a well-stocked wine cellar), where the in-house chef creates local, delicious cuisine.
The child-friendly property benefits from six individually-styled en-suite bedrooms which are steeped in luxury; from four-poster beds to glass baths, each room will make guests of all ages feel special. Spa facilities are incorporated into the ground floor of the property and guests are invited to use the steam room or jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation.
Masseuses and beauticians can also be arranged to visit the property so that treatments can be enjoyed within the comforts of Villa Gella. Nearby to the property lies Rila Monastery which is the largest and most famous monastery in Bulgaria and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The property is situated 100km from Plovdiv airport; flights operate from London twice a week making it the ultimate destination for those seeking a serene getaway in all seasons.
HOW: From €8,500 per week half board including daily maid service and experience in-house chef.