Client Testimonials:

Chalet De L'Ours, Batailette, Sainte Foy ski station

By Rhiannon Evans:

Chalet De L'Ours, Sainte FoyI could not recommend FMP and Chris Harrop more highly. You often hear horror stories about managing property renovations abroad but I can honestly say working with Chris was entirely trouble free. The renovation came in on time and budget with no stress or hassle throughout.

I didn't actually manage anything - Chris managed the whole project for me from beginning to end (from arranging the architect and plans, to submitting the planning permission, discussing directly with various administrative bodies - the commune, the SAS - and even my neighbours to putting in toilet roll holders and coat hooks!)

He did over and above what I could have expected, he contacted suppliers for me for the 'nice to haves' and even managed the supplies that I arranged from the UK (for example when white goods were delivered and the delivery company refused to take the goods into the house, his team came to the house and did it!) Nothing was too much trouble for him.

Chris is also flexible and imaginative. When the renovation started, he made suggestions (all taken and applied!) to unexpected finds and re-worked original ideas.

What made me contact Chris initially was the quality and style of his builds and he has not disappointed. I have even asked him to make dining tables, coffee tables, book shelves. In terms of value for money, both from a build and service perspective, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

I am using him for my next renovation and wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to any one else.

See photo gallery of Chalet De L'Ours here

 

Chalet Trèfle Apartments, Montorlin, Montchavin

Chalet Trefle Montorlin

By David and Mel Miles:

Summer and winter we love The Alps and so we decided to seek out a refuge in the mountains... but we didn't want a shoebox in an apartment block on the slopes.

French Mountain Property helped us to think outside the box and inside an old, renovated, Savoyade farmhouse. Taking fully into account our requirements and suggestions, here they created spacious accommodation brimming with character thanks to creative use of old and reclaimed wood. As one would expect with a forward thinking company the traditional chalet charm is complemented by the latest modern technology and facilities. From the excitement of the initial plans to the handing over of the keys, FMP helped us every step of the way to create a delightful Alpine retreat and lifestyle with no pain and lots of pleasure.

Their attention to detail is amazing and FMP's desire to please and assist potential purchasers most comforting.

Thank you for helping to create our beautiful ski and summer refuge.

 

Chalet Tarin, La Côte d'Aime

Chalet Tarin La Cote d'Aime

By Rick and Julie Mustill:

We had been looking for a place in the mountains for a few months and had made a number of trips to both France and Switzerland viewing properties when I stumbled across the French Mountain Property website.

We already knew the area well as we are keen skiers and the Tarentaise valley with its spectacular scenery and plenty of large and interlinked ski areas was perfect for us, so we contacted the office and were offered discounted accommodation in one of the chalets built by FMP and now managed on a catered chalet hire basis by a sister company.

The following day we were shown round a number of the properties by Chris Harrop and were impressed with the quality of build and especially the clever use of old and reclaimed wood giving the properties an original look and feel, combined with modern touches such as under-floor heating. By the end of that day we had decided to go ahead and bought a chalet just outside Aime as we preferred being outside the main ski resorts.

The purchasing process was fairly straightforward (for France!) and as we had decided to purchase with a Euro mortgage due to the poor exchange rate at the time FMP put us in touch with a French advisor as an alternative to the one we were using in the UK and we used them in the end to source the mortgage.

FMP were also very helpful when we were moving in to the chalet, supplying an electrician to connect all the light fitments and even someone to put up curtain poles. After being in the chalet for a year, when we got a water leak they had a plumber round by 8.30 in the morning and have even arranged to collect furniture for us from a local store and sort out official letters that needed to be signed for.

We are now in the chalet for our second winter season and have made numerous trips over – we have found that once you have your own place fully equipped then you can make even a standard weekend work extremely well, flights are numerous into Geneva and in Winter the Eurostar runs direct from St Pancras to Aime station only stopping in Ashford and Moutiers!

Buying this chalet was a big step for us and part of a plan where we hope to spend an increasing amount of time in France. We can honestly say that we haven’t regretted it for a second and are particularly happy that we chose to buy through French Mountain Property – we would recommend without hesitation.

 

Chalet Marcelle in Le Planay, Sainte Foy

Chalet Marcelle Le Planay

By Jean and Edward Rowland:

Chris has done a marvellous job on the renovation of our chalet, which was no small feat as it was very derelict, not having been lived in for years. From the rooms full of hay, holes and the detritus of farm work, emerged a beautiful home.

The wonder of arriving there never ceases to amaze, in no small part thanks to the sensitive restoration of the original wood and the use of local materials and yet the house functions well in the 21st century, with underfloor heating, all the modern conveniences and all remotely controllable from the UK!

Chris employs artisans to work with him, from stonemasons to carpenters and as a result we have a house which works efficiently yet is beautiful and blends so well to its surroundings.

Of the now several hundred visitors to our small piece of Paradise in the Mountains I don't know a single person who hasn't been in awe of the wonders that Chris conjured from a derelict farmhouse.

The first impression created, both inside and out, is one of a house in sympathy with the heritage of the Savoie. A sense of solidity and permanence in a region where changes can be measured in millennia not centuries.

Wood and stone are the basic materials which Chris has used with a sensitivity that has almost been lost in the clamour for 'modernism'.

The use of salvaged wood, especially larch, with the beautiful patinas of ageing is a journey into the past. Chris has always managed to find uses for wood in the most imaginative ways - a door here, a nook there - always something to surprise and delight.

The grey stone of the Savoie can appear austere - but inside our house Chris's stonemasons have created a piece of art - one wall of stonework reminiscent of a dry-stone wall which contrasts perfectly with the brightness of the remaining white walls.

A sense of space is so important in the mountains. Chris's design uses the views to bring the spectacular scenery as close contact as possible, respecting the traditions of the Savoie but wherever possible using modern techniques to maximum effect.

See photo gallery of Chalet Marcelle here