12 Nov Homeowner of the month – Rupert Mitchell
Meet Rupert Mitchell, our homeowner of the month, to get inside tips on Chamonix. Allez hop!!!
This month we caught up with Rupert Mitchell whose elegantly restored Savoyarde farmhouse in Chamonix offers breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc massif. The chalet is perfect for up to three families – comfortably sleeping 10+ adults – and comes with a host seven days a week who provides daily breakfast as well as housekeeping. Additional services, such as evening chefs, drivers and ski guides, can also be easily arranged.
Your house is stunning – when did you buy it? And why Chamonix?
I was a regular visitor to Chamonix from the age of eight. Every Easter holiday, my parents would take us there to stay in a delightful pension hotel called the Peter Pan. Six years ago, while looking for a property to buy in the valley, I realised that the Peter Pan, which had ceased to be a hotel in the late 90s, was on the market. It was a quick decision!
We inherited many of the interior design features from the previous owners of the property, but we have made a number of changes ourselves, such as converting the master bedroom suite on the top floor into a children’s dormitory and den. On the design front, we had a great deal of help from a couple of excellent Chamonix-based designers, principally Carole at Chalet de Jules.
I will never ever get tired of the views from the chalet. Most rooms in the property enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mont Blanc massif and the Aiguilles de Chamonix.
Having been such a regular to the region from a young age, and now owning your own home here, you must have some great top tips you could share.
The first job on any winter morning is to hit the iPad and check out the webcams for the myriad of different ski areas that are reachable from the chalet. Why ski in a white out when there is bluebird day 30 minutes through the Mont Blanc tunnel in Courmayeur? In the summer, big family favourites are a day at Le Lac de Passy (Mont Blanc beach) or canyoning down the glacial streams on the Swiss border at the end of the valley.
What about restaurants in the area? Any we should try?
There are lots of fantastic restaurants to choose from in Chamonix as well as up on the mountain. The trouble is that, once back at the chalet, the temptation to stay in, light a fire and cook up a storm at home is very strong indeed.
And finally, what made you choose Stay One Degree?
I love the concept of Stay One Degree – the idea of renting one’s home to friends or friends of friends provides a high degree of peace of mind.
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