About Villars, Switzerland
Villars is a pleasant, family-orientated resort perched upon a South facing sunny plateau above the Rhone Valley just 90 minutes from Geneva.
225 km of ski area
3016 m Peak Altitude
1:20 hrs from Airport
1300 m resort altitude
Villars, Royalp 208CHF 4,250,000
A stunning duplex in the Royalp development, 208 has a huge amount of living space, six bedrooms and breathtaking views.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet La ClefCHF 1,590,000
Chalet La Clef is located in a picturesque, south-west facing position just below the centre and close to the station.Spa & Wellness Facilities, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Marignac 39CHF 880,000
An impressive duplex apartment located in an ideal ski in, ski out position within the Domaine de la Residence.Ski In, Ski Out, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Balcon des Alpes 16CHF 900,000
Balcon des Alpes 16 is a bright, sunny apartment located in a quiet and private area with stunning, far-reaching mountain views.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet La ThoveyreCHF 1,390,000
A rare opportunity to buy a secluded chalet in a picturesque setting surrounded by nature in the hills above Gryon.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Cimes Blanches 4CHF 1,295,000
A spacious apartment with a sunny exposure and absolutely stunning, un-obstructed views of the Vaud mountainside.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp 41DCHF 2,100,000
A beautiful third floor apartment with three bedrooms and a very impressive open living/kitchen space.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, L’EsquirolCHF 2,100,000
A cosy, family chalet located just down from the centre of Villars in a convenient position with south-facing views.Town-Centre, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet La Perle 3CHF 1,980,000
Chalet La Perle 3 is a high quality apartment built in 2009 within one of Villars most prestigious developments.Ski In, Ski Out, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet MeyneyCHF 2,500,000
Chalet Meyney is a five bedroom chalet which was originally built back in 2001 and received a complete renovation in 2015.South facing, Available to Swiss Residents Only
Villars, VictoriaCHF 2,650,000
Chalet Victoria enjoys a very spacious interior, beautiful south-facing views and a convenient position.Spa & Wellness Facilities, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chaperon Rouge B11CHF 690,000
A cosy duplex apartment set across the top two floors of the Chaperon Rouge development in a quiet region of Villars.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet La Perle 7CHF 1,700,000
High, vaulted ceilings, exposed wood and plenty of space characterise this fantastic residence in a quiet area of Villars.Ski In, Ski Out, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet TreflesCHF 5,900,000
Chalet Trefles is situated in the prestigious Domaine de la Residence area of Villars and offers fantastic views and easy access to the slopes.Spa & Wellness Facilities, Available to Swiss Residents Only
Villars, Royalp AptCHF 1,700,000
This high quality apartment is located within the prestigious Royalp Hotel in a ski in, ski out position above Villars.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Diana 6CHF 2,485,000
Diana is a beautiful apartment, situated within a chalet style residence in the centre of Villars.Town-Centre, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp ResidenceCHF 4,800,000
The Presidential Suite of the famous Royalp Hotel. This apartment sits on two floors with 4 bedrooms, a multitude of facilities and ski in, ski out access to the slopes.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet La Perle 1CHF 2,500,000
A luxurious 4 bedroom apartment in the heart of La Domaine de la Residence, a private estate on the ski slopes above Villars.Ski In, Ski Out, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet ClipperCHF 4,250,000
A large traditionally styled chalet in a picturesque location with panoramic mountain views, indoor swimming pool, a spa & wine cellar.Spa & Wellness Facilities, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
"If you are looking for a weekend dual season getaway, Villars is a great choice. This attractive village developed into a tourist resort over 100 years ago when the cog railway was built. The gentle wooded slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates, so Villars is one of the best options for families. I have been skiing in Villars for 30 years so I know where to find some great off-piste skiing too. Better still, this sunny resort has plenty of options for a good lunch on the slopes or a cold beer at the end of a hard day’s skiing." – Simon Malster
Villars is a pleasant, family orientated resort perched upon a sunny, south facing plateau above the Rhone Valley. It is one of the easiest Swiss resorts to visit for a weekend as it is just a 90 minute drive from Geneva, or you can arrive by train.
This ease of access has made Villars popular with Swiss working in Geneva and Lausanne who have bought weekend places here, but also with foreigners who have retired in Villars. It is even famous for its International schools and all these factors combine to make it feel like more than just a ski resort – it is a “proper place” which is lived in and open all year round.
Originally a farming community, Villars has been tastefully expanded and has a good selection of shops and sophisticated restaurants on offer. However thanks to the quaint mountain railway and main street it has retained much of its original charm. It is also surprisingly lively for a traditional resort and has some good après ski bars and nightclubs.
The resort is also embarking on a huge re-investment scheme, with over CHF 500m being pumped into its infrastructure. New shops and restaurants are popping up all the time while its existing frontages are being replaced with wood cladding. A number of older hotels are also being completely renovated into luxury establishments, further improving the resorts image, style and quality.
Altogether there are 225km of connected pistes from Villars up to Glacier 3000 above the neighbouring resort of Les Diablerets. The lift system was upgraded some years ago so there are no queues. The cable cars up to the Les Diablerets Glacier were upgraded to a 125 man jumbo cable car, while the Roc d’Orsay télécabine has been replaced with a new high-speed lift. Further investment in a new system of snow cannons ensures that you can ski back to the centre of the resort right up until the end of the season.
The ski area centres around Bretaye, a wonderful sunny bowl set at 1800m reached either by a cog railway or by the Roc d’Orsay lift. This is where the ski and snowboarding schools meet and there are several to choose from covering all languages and disciplines of skiing from beginners to mountaineering. The area is mostly suited to intermediate skiers with everything from cruising blues to steeper and more challenging reds (the run from Meilleret to Les Diablerets is particularly enjoyable).
For experts there is some great off piste if you hire a guide and, if you know where to go, you can still find fresh powder even a day or two after a big snowfall as it is unlikely to have been skied out.
For lunch, there a huge range available from the modern Bergrestaurant Botta at Glacier 3000 (designed by cutting edge architect, Mario Botta) to L’Etable, a converted cowshed serving traditional Swiss specialities. Stop at one of the bars on the slopes or on your way back to the village at the Col de Soud to enjoy the sun and a glass of prosecco.
As it is open all year, Villars is lively whenever you visit. The resort is an enormously popular hiking destination, with great mountain biking and horse riding trails. The cog railway operates during the summer and takes you up to Lac Bretaye at 1800m. From here you can enjoy easy walks, bike routes and some charming restaurants.
Villars also has a fabulous golf course founded in 1922 and situated on a south facing plateau at an altitude of 1660m. With stunning views of the Aguille du Midi and Mont Blanc, this 18 hole par 70 course is accessible to all those with a Golf Course Authorisation (AP) or Green Card. Members and visitors can then relax after a round in the fabulous Club House, which serves good food in both Summer and Winter.
The resort also hosts a number of events throughout the summer including Swiss National Day celebrations, Vintage Car uphill time trials, international music concerts, show jumping and the IFCS World Cup Climbing Championships.
Lake Geneva and its many lakeside towns are also just a 30 minute drive away. Montreux is certainly worth a visit, as this beautiful village is home to the historic Chateau de Chillon and the very popular Montreux Jazz Festival. Every June/July artists from all over the world head to Montreux for two weeks to put on the second largest jazz festival in the world.
We always have a good selection of resale properties available, and almost all the properties in Villars are available for foreigners. The centre is mostly characterised by attractive chalet style apartment buildings, which continue onto the slopes and up above the resort in a private park known as Domaine de la Residence.
We have a choice selection of high quality apartments available in both central and ski in, ski out positions, As you move further out to the villages of Gryon and Barboleuse we have more chalets. Some are quite old and full of character, others are luxury and newly built with pools and wellness facilities.
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