Image: Marc Berengeur
January 26 2011
Euro skiers are still busy flocking to that blingiest of Trois Vallées jewels, Courchevel, where Chalet Blanche (first picture, www.sjvillas.co.uk; from £2,855 per person per week based on 12 sharing) is another stunning new contemporary villa in the SJ portfolio – purpose-built last year with six bedrooms, multiple living spaces with open fireplaces spread over five floors, and all the expected bells and whistles.
SJ’s other very desirable new-to-the-market property is in low-key Ile de Ré – an absurdly tasteful mas in the Unesco-designated port of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. The centuries-old façade of the Logis de St Martin (second picture, £30,000 per week, two-week minimum stay) hides a rigorously modern interior and state-of-the-art amenities, including a home cinema for rainy afternoons (there’s a full-sized boules pitch for the sunny ones).