in the Maurienne region
This house, at an altitude of 600 metres on the foothills of the Belledonne mountain range, is set in the peace and quiet, despite being near to the Chambéry-Turin motorway. Chambéry is a 40-minute drive away; Albertville, 30 minutes and Grenoble, an hour. It is 150 km from Turin. This property is just 5 minutes away from the centre of a town with all shops and amenities.
The nearest large ski area, Saint-François-Longchamp, linked to Valmorel and other ski resorts, is 30 minutes away by road; Orelle, a winter sports centre that is part of the Val-Thorens/Les-Trois-Vallées ski resort, is 40 minutes away. It is but 4 km from an outdoor sports centre, with a fitness trail as well as water-games. And for enlightened cycling enthusiasts, there are the ever-mythical mountain passes.
Constructed from stone and wood in 1890, its sheepfold and its cellars bear witness to what was originally a farm. The latter having waited until 2009 for the current owners to carry out full restoration works, guaranteeing all modern-day home comforts, whilst preserving its old features and its traditional Savoy charm. Its rustic style, reflecting that of the local farms, enhances the very harmony of the building. Squat stone walls, built virtually in a square, support a steep slate roof. Their wood cladding is made of larch and fir. Three Jacobin-style roof dormers and four skylights have been added to let copious amounts of light in under the rafters. A wooden balcony on the north facade continues at right angles along half of the east facade.
A semi-detached outbuilding, standing opposite, is constructed from stone and wood, topped with a roof, now redone with sheet metal.
This house, spanning approx. 170 m² of living space, is set out in keeping with its original room layout, made easy to move around courtesy of its half levels and three straight wooden stairways. The materials used for the interior renovation works were chosen in order to preserve the authentic character of this Savoy-style building. Floors are covered with Limeyrat stone and oak wood. It has two entrances, either via the old sheepfold, or via the balcony. Its numerous openings guarantee a wonderful luminosity throughout.
The basement houses two cellars.
The old sheepfold with its stone vaults has been converted into a spacious through lounge. This room is the least open on to the exterior, bestowing it with a very special atmosphere.
The kitchen is laid out on a half level, reached via two stairways communicating with the lounge or the vestibule. Stone, wood and rendering are omnipresent and visible. The old fireplace enhances this characteristic. A door opens on to the balcony. The kitchen is followed by a luminous, south-east facing room, with pointed stone walls.
The vestibule, on the balcony side, opens into a through dining room. Its walls are rendered and its ceiling features exposed beams. A large picture window communicates with the room below. A French window provides access to the meadow and a dormer at floor level creates a lightwell in the lounge. Another stairway, this one with wooden steps set in a metal framework, goes up to the attic space from the vestibule.
A vast landing, completely lined with wood, provides access to a bathroom and three bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom. The walls and ceilings of these spacious bedrooms are also completely clad with wood.
One of the cellars is used as a machine and laundry room.
Three steps provide access to a little south-facing, stone terrace. A wooden door opens into a living room. An outside stairway leads to another small, covered, wooden terrace and provides access to the sole room, in use as a bedroom. Two cellars and a storage area are laid out below.
In its current state, this outbuilding is not a house and would need to undergo works for that to be the case.
Far from all urban hustle and bustle, this tastefully renovated house, typical of the region, looks out over the wide-open spaces. It will appeal to a family in search of a main residence or a holiday home. All those seeking tranquillity as well as the proximity of the alpine resorts, with all the activities and delights that the mountains have to offer, summer and winter alike, will be charmed by this property, not only because of its setting but also because of the house itself.
|Land registry surface area||1576 m2|
|Main building surface area||170 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||80 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
Annie Berthet +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.