One of the oldest chalets in the Alpine resort of Crans Montana has come on the market. Built in 1789 and overlooking the Valais Alps and Lake Grenon, the chalet is priced at CHF4,850,000 (approximately £2.25m)

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With its traditional alpine architecture and interiors, the property is spread over three floors and boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Outside, there is a well-established garden that is crossed by a stream.

Matthew Hodder-Williams of Knight Frank says: ‘Following the uncertainty of the 2006/2007 season, we are witnessing a renewed interest in Alpine property, especially in the established resorts where the recent snowfall has been excellent so far this year. We are certainly seeing Switzerland becoming a much more talked about destination for purchasers where, despite the tight permit system, we are seeing a high level of enquiries about properties on the Swiss side of the border.’

Crans-Montana was established as a resort in 1893 and is one of Switzerland’s most well-known ski destinations and occupies what is claimed to be the sunniest plateau in the Alps with breathtaking views across the Rhone Valley and the mountain peaks of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Crans-Montana is a large, cosmopolitan resort with over 60 international restaurants, an excellent range of shops, lively nightlife and culture. For summer pursuits, there is an equestrian centre and two signature golf courses. The resort is also home to the Les Roches Hotel Management School.

Crans-Montana is within easy reach of Geneva and Zurich International Airports.

For further information, contact Knight Frank on tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8171 or visit: www.knightfrank.co.uk/international