Val d’Isere: A 1682 monastery offering impeccable winter homes

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These are two exquisite chalets carved out of one of the oldest and rarest stone buildings in the Alps – a 1682 monastery in Val d’Isere.

The chalets sit nestled against each to create this 8 bedroom winter home, situating in a chic hameau on the popular La Daille slope and are impeccably sited for ski-in/ski-out access.

Indeed, the chalets enjoy indisputably the best possible location in any ski resort, as the La Daille slope is woody, rolling and the most scenic ‘category green’ slope in Val d’Isere (‘green’ – categorized as easy for all intermediate skiers and accessible with caution for beginners). Safe at the start of the day, and as well, easy on tired legs at the end of the day, this slope allows a direct beeline on skis from either chalet to a choice of 3 lifts – the fast funicular train to ski heaven, the bubble cars with direct access to the famous Folies Douce restaurant halfway up the mountaintop and an open chair lift which sails almost over the chalets. Close by, there is also a nursery slope with drag lift for novices.

A home run on skis will land you straight into the Chalets’ own swimming pools.

Protected by impressive curved fortress-like stone-walls, the chalets enjoy seclusion and exclusivity, with separate entrances guaranteeing total privacy from each other. Unlike the ‘peas in a pod’ purpose-built mock-old chalet enclaves commercially developed in and around ski-resorts, these Chalets in the former monastery are unique stand-alone specimens.

The monastery is part of Alpine architectural and social history and has long been an impressive landmark in Val d’Isere. As in the 17th century, it provides refuge, rest and warmth for visitors but in its re-incarnation, the two chalets are now perfect winter homes of unrivaled luxury and comfort.

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