A Superb Chalet in Courchevel

by theartofbespoke in Interior designed homes

In a resort like Courchevel 1850, you don’t have to travel far to find a luxury chalet. But La Bergerie, a 1,500 square foot mountain haven five minutes walk out of town, is something else besides.

This brand-new chalet offers state-of-the-art technology and a high-spec finish, together with its own spa and wellness centre, and a 20m x 5m swimming pool. It also comes with a full concierge service, private screening room and a smart-house iPad control system.

So far, so standard elite holiday rental. But what really makes this place stand out is the level of comfort. There are three master suites and four en-suite double bedrooms, each of which have rainforest showers and Japanese-style restrooms.

 

‘There are some super chalets that look nothing like a mountain retreat once you step through the door, but the brief for this was to be a reflection of the outside, and use the natural light.’

And when it comes to the layout, Architect Jean-Philippe Velghe-Michaux and interior designer Alain Foeillet have worked hard to create an unsurpassed sense of space.

‘I love the way the chalet has been laid out,’ says Foeillet, ‘so that a whole floor is taken up by main living areas – even the professional kitchen was located on a lower floor to maximise the use of space and the views from the top floor.’

Downstairs, meanwhile, the entire basement is taken up with the spa area, as well as a hammam, Technogym and treatment rooms.

When it came to furnishing the property, Foeillet looked across Europe. ‘The luxe interior brands used in the house reads like a Who’s Who of European design, with the great and good of Italy, France, Austria, Spain and Belgium all represented,’ he says. These include B&B Italia, Cassina and Kettal.

The overall look is sleek and contemporary, with a hint of traditional chalet style. Wood and stone are used throughout, while stainless steel, marble and glass provide the contemporary edge.

The decorating scheme makes fantastic use of texture, with the sofa, curtain and cushion materials coming from top fabric houses like Casamance and Pierre Frey. The look is soft and sumptuous, with Zinc faux-fur throws sitting alongside chenille and silk mixes.

‘We chose materials that reflected the textures and colours of the mountains outside the windows,’ says Foeillet.

It’s not without humour, too – dotted throughout are life-sized model sheep – a fun reference to the chalet’s name, La Bergerie, which means shepherd’s hut. These were sourced at a shop in Belgium called Pop Corn.

Overall, this isn’t a look that can be created on a budget. Nonetheless, there are still some tips to take home. When thinking about your own house, consider the surroundings, says Foeillet.  

‘Do you want your project to be a reflection of the exterior surroundings, or something totally unexpected?' He continues – ‘There are some super chalets that look nothing like a mountain retreat once you step through the door, but the brief for this was to be a reflection of the outside, and use the natural light. Consider what suits your project and how you can best make it work on the budget you have.’

His other big piece of advice is to think quality. ‘Look for the best materials you can afford,’ he says. ‘Durability is key, and good materials will make a huge difference.’ As will a pool, spa and concierge service…

For more information, visit the website

Enquiries to rent the chalet to Polina Veselova at Courchevel Agence.  Tel: 0033 (0) 479 0810 79

UK rental contact: www.firefly-collection.com

An average week’s rental (so not low season or the peak weeks) is 175,000 euros.


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