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New properties, changes and additions to luxury chalets

Winter is upon us

It has been a busy year for us here at Bramble Ski. 2013 has been a year of further growth and change. This is what we have been up to:

  • Again our portfolio has grown this year. We now operate a fantastic collection of almost 50 luxury chalets and apartments across four of Europe’s finest resorts.
  • We have expanded our operational portfolio to the resorts of Villars in Switzerland and Lech in Austria.
  • We have re-developed and re-branded our website (we hope you like it) focusing on delivering the information our clients need in the most beautiful and efficient manner possible. Every bit of information on our new website is never more than three clicks away.
  • In anticipation of the above, we set out looking for a sales and marketing manager in the spring, and the response to this search was incredible. In the end, we had two equally strong applicants and as a result our sales and marketing team grew from one person to three! Welcome on board Malcolm and Fiona.
  • We’re upping our service levels again this year and recruitment is always a key driver in this. We pride ourselves in being able to pull together a team of professionals who thrive on the satisfaction of providing impeccable service. We have literally received thousands of applications this year and are excited about the team we have in place.

Now, with the first snow storms past and our teams arriving at the end of the week for staff training, it is game-on. As we embark on another winter providing our guests with unrivaled service in the most beautiful properties located in some of the finest European ski resorts, our vision is clear:  to redefine the luxury chalet experience.

Our newest luxury property in Verbier

Luxury chalet with swimming pool in Verbier

Corniche has a 10-metre pool with swim jets and a decent gym for bad weather days.

We are excited to launch our latest addition to our portfolio of luxury chalets in Verbier. Just a stone’s throw from the Savoleyres lift this beautifully furnished property with swimming pool, gym, sauna, Hammam and outdoor Jacuzzi will certainly be popular.

Corniche is available from January 3, 2013 for all the remaining high season weeks of the season (Russian Christmas, February half-term and Easter). We can offer it on a serviced basis with daily cleaning and concierge service or with our fully catered service which includes a dedicated driver service, chef and hosts, massage, ski instruction and of course our concierge service.

Thanks to Yves Garneau for once again taking fantastic shots of another fabulous property on our portfolio.

For more information on Corniche and luxury catered ski holidays to Verbier and St Anton call our sales team on +44 207 060 0824 (in the UK), +41 22 534 9774 (international) or email info@brambleski.com.

Photographs by Yves Garneau

Stunning new luxury property added to our portfolio

Luxury chalet Tigre in Verbier

Tigre's outdoor hot-tub high above Verbier

Chalet Tigre is Bramble Ski’s newest luxury property in Verbier, and is our third addition to our flagship range of properties, Alpine Luxe Spa. It is a fabulous chalet set over five floors, every room with a view that makes your knees buckle!

The outdoor hot-tub, dedicated spa with hamman, a corridor-long glass-fronted wine cellar (with wines old and new) and a cinema room with a 3m x 2m screen provide all the amenities you could want from a luxury ski chalet. Each of its five bedrooms have their own en-suite bathrooms.

The furnishings are a tasteful blend of contemporary and antique pieces, and throughout the property original wall art, objects d’art and photography add style and character.

Staffed with our highly trained staff (a dedicated driver included), a fully serviced and catered ski holiday in Tigre will surpass the highest of expectations. The property is available from the New Year.

For more information on Tigre and luxury catered ski holidays to Verbier and St Anton call our sales number on +44 (0) 207 060 0824, or email info@brambleski.com.

Follow the link for more images and full details of Tigre.

Photographs by Yves Garneau.

Summer by Lac Leman, winter in Verbier

Lake-side living.

Switzerland today is famous for its banking sector. In recent  years an increasing number of private banks, hedge funds and brokerage firms have established themselves in and around Geneva and Lausanne, in the Lac Leman area. Switzerland’s favourable corporate and personal tax regime, as well as an outstanding quality of life, has encouraged many institutions, and the wealthy private clients they rely upon, to move here.

For these new inhabitants of the lake-side, one of the big lifestyle draws is the proximity to some of the worlds best skiing with a handful of world class ski resorts within a 1- to 2-hour drive. Due to its accessability and the availability of luxury property both for sale and to rent, Verbier has benefitted hugely from this expanding market.

While the lake-side is a huge draw in summer, in winter it is often shrowded in fog or low lying cloud and can be a little dull and depressing. In contrast Verbier is well known as a sun-trap and its solar-drenched winter slopes are a major attraction! It is, however, notoriously difficult to rent properties or a hotel room in Verbier just for the weekend - most hotels and chalet companies only accept week-long bookings. In addition high season holiday weeks can be very expensive. Couple these facts with the hastle of having to pack and unpack ski gear at the start and end of every stay, and the motivation for more and more people from the lake-side renting chalets and apartments for the season, or annually, is no surprise.

It has become quite normal to move the family to Verbier for the entire winter season while the bread-winner either commutes on a daily basis or stays in the lake-side residence and comes to the village at the weekend and during holidays. With the new St Georges private school in Verbier and the continuing trend for home-based work, many families are deciding to make the move entirely and are living here on an annual basis.

The trend of acquiring properties in Verbier for seasonal or annual rent is not restricted just to those based on Lac Leman. Over the past few years we have see an increasing number of families from London, Monte Carlo and other high wealth areas moving their families to Verbier for the season.

At a time when weekly client visits have been in decline due to the strength of the Swiss Franc, this additional market source has hugely benefited Verbier’s economy. As a business we have also benefited through an increased number of seasonal and annual clients.

With this burdgeoning market in mind, we have just taken on a new 3-bedroom property which is available on a seasonal or annual basis. Val Fleuri is centrally located just behind the Fer à Cheval, only three minutes stroll from Médran and the centre of the village. The property was recently converted and has been finished to the highest standards. With one master double en-suite bedroom and two further bunk rooms sharing a shower room this is the perfect family property.

Photographs by Yves Garneau.

New properties and improved communications

The leaves are starting to fall here in the Swiss Alps as the countdown to winter begins. The first lifts are due to open in 6 weeks and the locals are all predicting a bumper snow season.

We have added three new properties for the coming season. Chalet Montana and the Penthouse Le Daray will be rented on a weekly basis and Chesa Luna on a seasonal rental basis.

Barry Cox has joined our central team as our Group Marketing and Communications Director. With 10 years of experience in photojournalism in Europe and Africa and 4 years of experience heading up our Canadian operation he will focus on electronic and traditional communications to the market.

In St. Anton our 5 luxury properties are selling fast while in Switzerlnd sales have hugely picked up over the past few weeks as the Swiss Franc has lost some
strength against the Euro, Pound and other key currencies.

Three New Properties Added in Verbier

Chalet Montana, Alpine Luxe – sleeps 11 (additional beds available), stunning 7 bedroom, 750m2 free standing chalet, ski-in, perfectly located close to Medran and the centre of the village, available for all weeks of the season. Prices between CHF48,000 and CHF75,000 a week on a catered basis.

Penthouse Le Daray, Alpine Classic – sleeps 9, beautiful 4 bedroom, 2,25m2 penthouse apartment, great location at the bottom of the Le Rouge piste with great access to all areas of the village. Priced between CHF13,500 and CHF25,000 a week on a catered basis.

Chesa Luna, Alpine Luxe – Sleeps 10, beautiful 5 bedroom, 2,75m2 chalet, located in the heights of Verbier, priced at CHF230,000 on a seasonal basis.

Seasonal / annual rentals

We have Chesa Luna available on a seasonal basis for CHF 230,000 and a new 3 bedroom property located 200m from Medran also available on a seasonal or annual basis (please enquire for details).

Please see our Seasonal Rentals page for further details.

Property finder service / Properties for sale

We have a great selection of luxury properties in Verbier for sale. For further details see our Real Estate page.

New St. Anton chalets added to portfolio

Our stunning new St. Anton properties Soline, Alexandra and Antoinette have now been finished and our first guests are settling into the properties. Each apartment has been individually furnished and are quite different in style, but all share the same high quality finish and attention to detail. As well as these beautiful new chalets being added to the Bramble Ski portfolio, our Alpine Luxe property Chalet Illimani has also just finished refurbishment adding to its status as one of St. Anton’s most sought after retreats – see pictures below for more on this stunning chalet.

Photographs by Yves Garneau.