Megève has long been admired for its charming car-free centre, pretty ski areas and relaxed ambience. For a young couple, it was the perfect spot to build their dream home.
“My husband and I were very young at the time and we had looked at a lot of Alpine resorts,” says Jessica Kary. “But as soon as we saw Megève, we knew this was the right place. We loved the natural beauty of the tree-lined slopes, the central square, and the variety of wonderful restaurants.”
Built 12 years ago, Tanda Tula is situated in a private location on the edge of the ski-de-fond tracks of Mont D’Arbois. With an exterior of old wood and stone facings, the chalet is in a classic style, perfectly in keeping with its Alpine surroundings. On the first floor, there is a large, open-plan salon area, a sunken living room and a wood-panelled study, all beautifully decorated with exposed timbers and hand-carved cabinetry.
The fully furnished ski room is accessed from the ground level, along with three en suite bedrooms, a games room, sauna and shower. There is covered parking for five cars, while an exterior Jacuzzi with mountain views is also accessible from this level.
Much thought has gone into preserving the chalet’s remarkable setting. Spacious balconies and terraces overlook the mature gardens and the wider views over Mont D’Arbois.
“We actually bought the plot next door to safeguard the beautiful views,” says Jessica. “There’s a preservation order on it now, so people can’t build anywhere around the chalet.”
To make sure the chalet functions as a year-round residence, the outdoor areas are positioned to take full advantage of both winter and summer sun.
“I love Megève in the winter, but I actually prefer it in the summer,” says Jessica. “There are lovely walks through wildflower-scented pastures, white water rafting close by and, for the more adventurous, climbing on the Via Ferrata.”
Of course, skiing (with views of Mont Blanc, no less) is a big draw. Tanda Tula is within easy reach of the local ski slopes and into central Megève with its Michelin-starred dining or old-style Savoyard restaurants and cosy bars.
Megève may be a small town, but French luxury brands such as Hermès and Moncler are present, while the Pure Altitude spa offers amazing treatments and fitness sessions.
After a long day on the tree-lined runs, returning to the warm and welcoming Tanda Tula is hard to beat. “You want to get home, light a fire and be cosy,” says Jessica. Tanda Tula is that home.