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SAVOIE €625,000

Luxurious modern top-floor ski apartment with 3 bedrooms.

Stunning spot

at the top of St Martin - Three Valleys.

Ref: 55860SPA73

MAISON DE MAÎTRE

Maison de Maître - literally

means the master's house.

Found throughout France,

maison de maîtres are recognisable from

their symmetry and

graceful high windows. Usually

a central front door leads to a

main staircase made of stone

with lovely railings. These were

the houses inhabited by notables - such as doctors,

lawyers

or the bourgeois - so they

needed to be grand with rooms

to host receptions. Characteristically they

have four rooms to

each floor, high ceilings, often

with elaborate plasterwork, and

CHALET

feature fireplaces of marble

or stone. Depending on the

region, building materials differ

- from the granite of the North,

limestone in the South West to

the softer patina and stone of

the south of France. Roofs are

of slate in the north and tiles

in the south. The gardens are

often walled and the house will

be first approached through

elaborate wrought iron gates.

These make splendid homes

and are highly adaptable for a

variety of uses such as B&B.

Once simple shelters for

shepherds in the mountainous

Savoy region of the French

Alps for use over the summer

months, the first chalets were

simple structures built to

withstand heavy winters. Today

they tend to be more luxurious

dwellings! Local materials,

including stone, fir and larch

wood are used to build these

deliciously pretty houses,

insulating them from humidity

and cold. Typically they are

stone at the base with wood

on the upper storeys. They are

clad in wood, both inside and

out, with wooden stairs, often

on the exterior, to reach the

first floor balcony. Fretwork cuts

out the decorations on shutters

ranging from fir tree shapes to

hearts and stars. Steep roofs

deflect snow and are covered in

slate, flat tiles, schist or gneiss

- a local granite-type stone.

Internally wood is a major

feature, cosy living spaces with

wide windows are designed to

maximise wonderful views over

the mountains.

CALVADOS €299,800

Maison de Maître with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Ref: 69520EMW14

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