After France reopened its borders to British travellers, there was a huge sigh of relief among British skiers.
The French Alps are the number one skiing destination for Britons and many feel it’s high time to get back on the slopes and enjoy the mountains once again.
One location that’s very popular with British holidaymakers and second home buyers is the smaller resort of Les Gets in the French Alps. It is is only an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport – making it the perfect destination for British skiers and snowboarders looking for easy access to the Alps.
You can leave your desk at 5pm on a Friday evening and be in the resort that night. That kind of easy access will leave some dreaming of a property, so that they can make the most of their holidays and perhaps squeeze in a few more.
British holidaymakers can once again travel to France after the country eased Covid restrictions
We take a look at a development of three properties for sale in the French ski resort of Les Gets (pictured)
A new development of just three chalets being built in Les Gets features the kind of homes many skiers would love, but the price tags starting at more than £1.5million will be beyond the reach of many.
The prices reflect how Les Gets popularity, accessibility and limited supply of properties mean there is huge demand for holiday homes in the area.
You will need deep pockets if you want to own a home in Les Gets. But the builders of this development are keen to stress that the properties are ‘keenly priced’ for the local property market.
The four-bedroom chalets spanning across three levels are available via skiingproperty.com from €1,848,000 euros, the equivalent of £1,536,762. It is rare to find a whole chalet in the area for less than €2million, the equivalent of £1,670,890.
However, it is possible to buy in Les Gets on smaller budgets, if you are happy to have an apartment instead of a chalet. As we highlight below, good quality apartments can be bought for around the £300,000 mark.
The chalets can be found on the Route des Chavannes, a two-minute drive from the main Chavannes ski lifts, although skiers can take the Gentian piste down to the Gibannaz area and walk just 300 metres to the front door of the chalets.
The luxury chalets are each sold as freehold and if the new owners want to rent them out, they do so under their own arrangements once purchased.
The freehold chalets in Les Gets have yet to be completed (pictured: computer generated images of what the properties will look like once they are finished)
Les Gets (pictured) is popular among British skiers and snowboarders in the winter, and keen mountain bike riders and hikers in the summer
Les Gets is a ski resort that is part of the huge Portes du Soleil ski network, one of the world’s largest that links 13 different villages including Morzine and Avoriaz
Les Gets is popular among British skiers and snowboarders in the winter, as well as keen mountain bike riders and hikers in the summer.
The ski resort is part of the huge Portes du Soleil ski network, one of the world’s largest that links 13 different villages including Morzine, Avoriaz and Chalet on the French side and Champéry, Les Crosets and Morgins on the Swiss side.
During the summer, the bike park at Les Gets offers one of the largest network of mountain biking trails for all levels in the Alps.
There are also several famous mountain passes – known as ‘cols’ – that are often used during sections of the Tour de France cycling race.
Les Gets can be reached from Geneva Airport in around one hour by car and it is also one of the closest major ski resorts that can be reached by car from Britain.
Les Gets can be reached from Geneva Airport in around one hour by car and it is also one of the closest major ski resorts that can be reached by car from Britain
An artists impression of what the interiors of the chalets could look like
The new build chalets have four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and 314 square metres of living space.
They extend across three floors, with ensuite bathrooms for the two bedrooms on the top floor and a shared bathroom for the two bedrooms on the lower floor. The top floor bedrooms also have balconies with mountains views.
The main floor includes two separate living areas and an open plan kitchen. There is a large balcony, a private garden and a garage.
Les Gets is well-known for its family appeal, and this four-bedroom property is ideal for families looking for winter and summer holiday accommodation in the French Alps.
Because the property is being sold as a classic freehold, the owners can choose to live in the property or use it as a holiday home. They can also choose the rent the property out when they are not using it.
Prices for the four-bed chalets start at €1,848,000 euros, the equivalent of £1,536,762
During winter, Mont Chery offers some hidden off-piste skiing mostly known only to locals
Les Gets flats for sale under £400k
This one-bed is in the La Turche neighbourhood
Les Gets also offers properties for sale for those with a smaller budget.
Properties currently for sale include a one-bedroom apartment for sale via skiingproperty.com, which has a price tag of £391,011.
It is part of a new-build block of 21 apartments, each with their own balcony.
The ski-in ski-out flat is in the La Turche neighbourhood, which is just five minutes away by car.
This two-bed apartment is just 200 metres from the ski lift in Les Perrieres
Also available is a two-bed apartment that is just 200 metres from the ski lift in Les Perrieres, at the entrance Les Gets ski resort.
The traditional style new build flat is on the market via skiingproperty.com for £310,936.
The pretty resort of Les Gets is a traditional Alpine village with classic chalet style accommodation.
During the summer, the network of hiking trails is vast. The cable car to Mont Chery offers incredible views of Western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, and the easy trail from the cable car station to Mont Caly offers some of the best views in the Alps.
Recommended lunch venues include Les Chevrelles, a pretty farmhouse restaurant at the end of the walk, it is then possible to take the ‘petit train’ back to the village centre.
During winter, Mont Chery offers some hidden off-piste skiing mostly known only to locals.
La Grande Ourse is a mountain restaurant on the slopes of Mont Chery where the British owners – and chef – organise weekly dinners where they will bring diners up in cat track vehicles. The fantastic food is known throughout the area and it’s popular with both British and French guests.
The three chalets for sale are unfurnished. As a new build property, the buyer will benefit from a lower notary fee of 2 per cent – resale properties have much higher fees of 7 to 8 per cent -, allowing for further savings.
In the future, if the owner decides to rent out their chalet when they are not using it, they can reclaim the 20 per cent VAT from the property purchase price, providing that certain conditions are met.
We are open and ready to welcome British skiers and snowboarders back to our slopes for the rest of the winter
Julian Walker, of skiingproperty.com, said: ‘This is a rare opportunity to purchase a new chalet in a resort that normally sees prices for similar properties well in excess of €2million. Les Gets is a great summer and winter destination and just an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport, making it an attractive offering for families. The past two summers have seen record numbers of visitors in the resort as people flock to the mountain for the fresh air and space’.
And Les Gets’ tourist office director Alexis Bongard, said: ‘We are delighted that the French Government has finally lifted these border restrictions that impacted Les Gets so badly, and of course created so much stress and worry for British people heading here.
‘We are open and ready to welcome British skiers and snowboarders back to our slopes for the rest of the winter, it felt very strange without you here.’