Chalet Le Kiwi Vert has been lovingly renovated by its owners with great care and attention, cleverly incorporating traditional alpine charm, with modern touches, creating a real home from home. The chalet gained its name from the wonderful green kiwi vine which creeps up the chalet front, giving the chalet further unique appeal.
The chalet is well arranged on three floors, over an impressive 180m2 of stylish living. The light and spacious living area is located on the entrance level and boasts 3 comfy sofas and an impressive log burner, providing the perfect place to relax after a day of activities. It comes equipped with flat screen satellite TV, Wi-Fi, DVDs and games. French doors lead out to the south facing balcony, providing a bright and sunny room.
Leading off the lounge is the open plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is superbly equipped throughout with dishwasher, fridge freezer, full size oven and hob, microwave and extras such as a DeLongi coffee machine and raclette machine for cheese lovers. The stunning red worktop is surprisingly made from recycled glass and really adds a fresh and modern alpine look to the kitchen. Next to the kitchen area, you find dining area, complete with an antique table and seating for up to 12 guests using an additional leaf. Access again through double doors, onto the south facing balcony, which is also equipped for outside dining, or simply relaxing with a drink and watching the cross country skiers or ice skaters across the way.
The chalets entrance level, with a clever mix of slate tiles and old reclaimed wood, provides home to the ski and boot room, with boot warmers to help create comfy boots for the start of the day. Plenty of storage and a cloak room with sink and wc are also located near the entrance.
Take the beautiful hand crafted stairs to the lower floor of the chalet, to reach the sauna and the games room (which doubles as the 5th bedroom). This room is treat for all ages to enjoy. Equipped with table football, further TV, Wii, and 2 comfy sofas, one of which is a sofa bed. The games room also provides further access to the gardens and hot tub. There is a utility room with second fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer also found on this level, as well as a further wc and shower, offering great convenience to its guests.
How did the owner achieve this Eco Chalet?
Heating is provided by a ground source heat pump which extracts heat from the ground and using a compressor delivers warm water to the under floor heating coils. In Chalet Le Kiwi Vert it is even used for the boot warmers. The ground source heating is complemented by solar panels on the south facing roof. It was essential to reduce the energy requirement through the use of excellent insulation. Chalet Kiwi was no exception, using Fermecell boarding for all walls and ceilings, a homogeneous material made from 80% recycled gypsum and 20% cellulose fibres derived from recycled papers, mixed with recycled water, with no additives or preservatives. Air extracted from the chalet is passed through a heat exchanger to recover up to 90% of the heat in the winter. In summer it stops the introduction of hot air into the chalet providing instant air conditioning! A grey water recycling system was installed for sterilising bath water before being reused so significantly reducing water consumption. Where possible the wood used has been either reclaimed or from renewable sources, even the hot tub is made from cedar wood rather than plastic. And a highly efficient Italian wood burner ensures the heat produced doesn’t escape to the atmosphere. And not forgetting the induction hob, low energy lighting, recycled glass kitchen worktop, etc. which all help to make this a truly Eco chalet.