Philippa Watkins - Le Grand Domain - Valmorel, St Francois Longchamp; Espace Diamant: Les Saisies, Praz sur Arly, Flumet; Moutiers

Philippa Watkins
I am lucky enough to live and work in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of the French Alps. Known as the Espace Diamant, just above the town of Albertville, it combines the resorts and villages of Les Saisies, Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Hauteluce, Crest-Voland and Praz Sur Arly in to one area with stunning views towards Mont Blanc. Renowned as a great family resort, the area boasts 200km of alpine skiing during the winter, plus even more if you include the resorts of Megeve and Ardeche in Beaufort, which are within easy driving distance. It was also the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics for cross country skiing and has over 120km of trails for ski du fond and snowshoeing. There is a great leisure centre and pool in Les Saisies. In the summer, all the villages come alive and there is a huge amount to do from mountain biking, hiking, road biking, horse riding, paragliding, tennis, Parcours or just enjoying Savoyade village life and the world renowned Beaufort cheese. With Annecy Lake just 40km there is also the choice of kayaking, sailing, water skiing and more. Properties are varied in the region, with a great choice of apartments and chalets in the main ski resorts, plus there are plenty of old farms to renovate outside of the villages. Albertville, Annecy, Geneva and Lyon are all within easy driving distance making this is an ideal place to buy in the French Alps for all seasons.

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