The owners built the chalet in 2001, and it is their home in the mountains. The design is modern, with untreated larch and stone giving the walls and floors a natural feel. In designing the house from scratch, they have incorporated all the elements that make mountain living so rewarding – access directly from the piste into a mountain room for boots and climbing gear, underfloor heating, a large double height living space, sauna, and an outside plunge pool which they keep hot in winter and cool in summer. It’s their refuge and the place where they go to recharge, winter and summer.
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Le Ruisseau faces south, and lies at 1450m, above the village of Barboleuse where there are shops and restaurants, as well as a train station giving access to Bex in the Rhone valley below. There is also a bubble lift in the village connecting to the main Villars ski area, with 120 km of pistes and 50 km of cross-country trails. The town of Villars is 3 km to the west of Barboleuse, and has excellent facilities. To the north the ski area joins with Les Diablarets, with an additional 180km of pistes and a glacier (3000m). The Villars website is useful – www.villars.ch.
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