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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.

High season weeks for 2011/12 selling quickly

We would again like to thank you all for making last season such a success for us.

After a fantastic 2010/11 season in Europe, we have been working hard on upgrading our chalet portfolio in St. Anton and Verbier, signing on some of the most exclusive new properties in these resorts and developing some additional service offerings to further enhance our product.

Upgraded Portfolio

This season we will be offering 25 of the most outstanding properties in Verbier and St. Anton including two stunning new additions to our portfolio: Chalet Sommet and Chalet Jasmine. A third will be added later this summer.

Chalet Sommet: Alpine Luxe Spa, sleeps 12, cinema, indoor & outdoor jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, gym.
Chalet Jasmine: Alpine Luxe, sleeps 12, cinema, indoor jacuzzi, sauna, wine cave, ski-in.

Service Levels

At Bramble Ski we will again be providing the highest levels of service at all our properties.

Our executive chef, Gerwin Brand, has been spending his summer sourcing the finest local ingredients and produce for the chalet table. His menu is guaranteed to be sensational!

As usual a private concierge service will be provided at all the properties. Whether it be arranging ski instruction, a nanny for the children, a day’s heli-skiing or booking a table for lunch, let our staff take care of it.

When sold on a catered basis our properties come with complimentary private ski instruction and if it is an Alpine Luxe or Luxe Spa property, a complimentary masseuse for 2 to 4 hours is included.

All the properties are available on a catered or self-catered basis. In addition we are very happy to tailor a service level to your specific needs.

New Seasonal / Annual Rental Page

This season we are offering a number of our properties on a seasonal or annual basis. For further details please see our Seasonal Rentals page.

New Property Finder Service

In response to demand from our clients we have set up a new complimentary property finder service to source and assist in the purchase of luxury alpine property. For further details see our Real Estate page.

Prices & Availability

All our prices and availability for the coming season are listed on the web site and are updated on a daily basis.

Our high season weeks (Christmas, New Year and UK half-term) are booking out quickly.  We hope that one of our properties may be of interest to you or your friends. Our 2011/12 rates for our portfolio of luxury properties in Verbier and St Anton are now posted on our website and if you are interested in making an enquiry please contact us at sales@brambleski.com.