November 9, 2012 7:36 pm

Hot property: Mountain houses

Five highland properties ideal for skiers and hikers – including a chalet in Switzerland and an estate in Scotland
6 Scenic Drive

6 Scenic Drive, Queenstown, New Zealand, NZD 2.55m (£1.35m)

Where A 10-minute drive to Frankton on the north-eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, where Queenstown international airport (with direct flights to Australia) is located.

What A four-bedroom, four-bathroom home set in an acre of land. It has 518 sq m of living space, a double garage, wine cellar and tasting area.

Why Designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views down to the lake and The Remarkables mountain range at the back, it also has doors that open a whole corner of the house out on to a paved area for entertaining. In winter, The Remarkables ski area is a 15-minute drive away; in summer, it is possible to hike from the front door.

Who New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, tel: +64 3 441 1099

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Auch and Invermearan

Auch and Invermearan, Argyllshire and Perthshire, UK, £8.4m

Where In the southern highlands in the west of Scotland, 57 miles north of Glasgow international airport.

What A mixed residential and sporting estate of 28,313 acres. It includes the main Auch Lodge (six bedrooms), seven further houses and many farm buildings.

Why There is salmon fishing on the River Orchy and loch Lyon, red deer stalking, and shooting (woodcock and ptarmigan) on the high ground of the estate, which includes a number of peaks ranging from 200m above sea level to Beinn a’Chreachain at 1,081m.

Who Knight Frank, tel: +44 131 222 9600

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Stone Wolf Estate

Stone Wolf Estate, Reno, Nevada, US, $1.599m

Where At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, between Lake Tahoe and Reno, 40 minutes’ drive from Reno-Tahoe international airport and four and a half hours from San Francisco.

What A four-bedroom, four-bathroom house on a 5.79 acre plot with an outdoor pool, basketball area, guest cottage and tree house.

Why Reno has 300 days of sunshine a year, and 30 ski resorts within half an hour’s drive. There is hiking, horseriding and mountain biking on the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail around Lake Tahoe.

Who Chase International, tel: +1 (775) 315 1138

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Chalet Le Sittelle

Chalet Le Sittelle, Verbier, Switzerland, SFr37m (£24.57m)

Where Less than two hours’ drive from Geneva.

What An estate built in 2009 made up of two interlinked chalets. The main chalet has seven bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a self-contained two-bedroom apartment and a lift to all floors. The second guest chalet has three bedrooms.

Why Both chalets are ski-in from the “Le Rouge” slope and walking distance from Verbier’s bars and restaurants. The main chalet has a wraparound balcony with views of the Grand Combin, one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

Who Savills Alpine Homes, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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Chalet Vetiver

Chalet Vetiver, Megève, Mont-Blanc, France, €4.8m

Where In the Rhône-Alpes region, 10 minutes’ walk from the town of Megève and 40 miles from Geneva, Switzerland.

What A five-bedroom chalet, built in 2011 in a traditional Savoyard style with 400 sq m of living space. It includes a bar, swimming pool, spa and sauna.

Why Ideal for skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer, the property has a 36 sq m south-facing terrace.

Who Athena Advisors, tel: +44 20 7471 4500

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