As the new sales and marketing coordinator at Erna Low Property, I am ‘subject’ to an educational trip touring the French Alps, visiting our properties along the way. Naturally I was excited to go; a few days spent out of the office exploring the mountains is an attractive prospect and a definite perk of the job.
As we drove from Geneva airport through the mountains towards Bourg Saint Maurice, I knew that I was not going to be disappointed. While ascending the windy, mountainous roads I began to feel that familiar excitement in the pit of my stomach but, despite reaching the inevitable realisation that I would not be visiting the mountains on my preferred mode of transport, my skis, I could appreciate what was to be a more than enjoyable road trip. The clear, sunny weather was ideal for viewing such a spectacular landscape which tendered a slightly different but equal beauty to winter scenes. The proverbial white blanket of snow from my last trip to the Alps had been replaced with plush greenery, with only the highest points and glaciers in the distance sporting the white stuff.
The first port of call was Arc 1950, an Erna Low stronghold in the French Alps. We later continued on to various other resorts including La Rosiere, La Plagne, Combloux, St Gervais, Samoens, Les Gets and Morzine. The visited developments were at a variety of stages of completion; from mere holes in the ground in Saint Gervais to the nearly completed structure of Les Fermes du Mont Blanc in Combloux.
We began our journey up to Arc 1950 on what was an overcast morning in Bourg Saint Maurice. As we made our way up the mountain we soon breached the cloud cover and arrived in resort on a bright, sunny day with the clouds still lingering in the valley below. Standing in the square outside the Erna Low office under the clock tower, I was instantly charmed by the small, attractive and tranquil Alpine village. We met up with Caroline Xambeu, the office manager at Erna Low Property in Les Arcs, and began a tour around the various buildings. Each of the properties had its own unique character and atmosphere that was resounded on walking into the reception area of each building. All the apartments I visited were cosy yet spacious and were fully equipped with everything you would want in your ski accommodation. I particularly loved the miniature amphitheatre situated in between the residences Auberge Jerome and Refuge du Montagnard, a feature I believe is demonstrative of the family friendly and fun community at Arc 1950.
To put the final touch on what was already an enjoyable visit; the clouds finally elapsed to reveal the spectacular view of Mont Blanc.
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LE CHALETS DU CHANTEL IN LA ROSIERE
The south facing village of Le Chatelard is located just below the resort of La Rosière in the Espace San Bernardo ski area. Of all of the views I have seen in the Alps, this village sports by far the most expansive and spectacular. Le Chalets du Chantel compiles a series of properties whose owners will have the privilege of this unprecedented view of the Haute-Tarentaise valley, spanning down to Tignes and Val d’Isère.
This outlook is made all the more remarkable by the renowned Saint Michel chapel, perched on a small hill below the property. The chapel was bombed in 1944 due to its strategic geographical location but has since been restored and features the oldest bell in the commune, cast in 1559.
After a tour around the construction site, although the current progress is only skeletal, I could gather a feel for what are to become one of the most enviable properties in the Alps.
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LES FERMES DU MONT BLANC IN COMBLOUX
Combloux was described as the ‘Pearl of the Alps nestled in a jewel box of glaciers’ by Victor Hugo, the renowned French poet, novelist and dramatist of the 19th Century Romantic Movement. This traditional mountain village is part of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area.
Le Fermes du Mont Blanc is made up of a series of chalets and apartments located in the centre of the village. This development is close to completion and sports an unobstructed view of the remarkable Mont Blanc. The exterior of the properties already look great, complete with neat wooden and stone finishes that keep with the traditional architecture of the village.
This is another property that certainly stands out in the Erna Low Property portfolio, largely as a result of its unique and enviable outlook.
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Article written by Bella Eyre, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at ELP