A new chalet in Chamonix is glamorous enough to tempt spies to come in from the cold
Calling Barbara Broccoli. Should you need a skiing location for your next Bond movie, here it is. Half close your eyes and you can almost see Daniel Craig whizzing down Mont Blanc in the background.
Dalmore, in the French ski resort of Chamonix, was built by an Edinburgh couple, skiing fanatics Graham and Jennifer Martin, with the help of local architects Chevallier. Lee Sowerbutts and Anna Murray of Rehab Interiors, who’d worked with the Martins on their own home, and on the neighbouring chalet, were charged with creating a holiday home that would also work as a high-end rental.
The spec was similar to a boutique hotel but the atmosphere had to remain domestic. “It needed to feel luxe, but not shiny and glitzy,” says Lee.
And of course, it all had to be done in the Alps. Co-ordinating deliveries of expensive, often bespoke, furniture from all over the world, to be ready for Christmas 2014, took a UK storage facility, international courier company and several years off Anna and Lee’s lives. The weather didn’t help – it took the couriers three days to get to the house. Once up the road, however, the install was as smooth as fresh snow.
This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 413-416, issue 100.
Photography Liz Lees
Words Stephanie Murphy