In her spare time, House Crazy Sarah likes to scour the interwebs for charming historic cottages in tiny medieval villages in the French Alps.
Such was the case when she stumbled across this gem in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cote, a former French commune located in Tarentaise in the department of Savoie, otherwise known as the French Alps.
This place recently sold, but the listing photos are still available online for our viewing pleasure.
Situated on the main winding road through the mountain-side village, the home comes with a centuries-old barn structure.
The south-facing side of the home has charming balconies with panoramic views of the valley below and surrounding mountain ranges.
This property is a mere 6 km from the nearest ski resort. But we didn’t come here to ski!
Have a look inside…
The interior is warm and cozy and just has that quintessential French Alps feel.
Although the home has been renovated and modernized, there are some great original features intact like the stone wall in the living room.
The listing describes the interior as having “bags of character” – a sweet translation for a darling mountain cottage!
The kitchen is just a delight with a wood-burning stove and warm ceiling beams with white plaster walls.
The kitchen sink sits under a sunny, south-facing window.
The home only has two bedrooms but they are decently sized and well, just lovely.
Both bedrooms are on the top floor and both have sunny balconies that overlook the lush valley below.
And let’s not forget about the companion piece to the home: a historic barn that has been partially restored.
The barn has an amazing and unexpected feature on the bottom level:
A barrel-vaulted ceiling!
Only in Europe will you find old cow barns with exquisite vaulted ceilings.
What a delightful spread in a high mountain village in the French Alps.
Someday House Crazy Sarah – someday!