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The Perfect Tartiflette Recipe

I’ve lived in the French Alps for 14 years and have never been able to master the art of a restaurant worthy tartiflette… until now!

I recently stumbled across 3 star Michelin chef, Emanuel Renaud’s recipe and saw one small technique in his cooking that makes the big difference. Simply cover the tartiflette with aluminium foil for the 1st half of cooking and it keeps in all the moisture! Tout simplement.

Here is Emanuel’s recipe, so you can try his ‘Tartiflette Parfaite’ recipe for yourself:

  • 1kg medium sized (charlotte) potatoes
  • Tsp salt
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 250g lardons
  • 125ml white wine (vin de savoie if available)
  • 1 large Reblochon cheese (450g)
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • (Serves 4)
  • Add potatoes with skins to a saucepan of cold water with a teaspoon of salt. Bring to boil and cook for approx 20 mins ensuring skins don’t break – or this means they are overcooked
  • Peel the potatoes whilst warm (you can use a fork to hold the potato and knife to peel – to avoid burning hands), then slice 1cm thick
  • In another pan add the lardons to cold water and bring to the boil (this removes excess fat and salt), then remove from the heat and drain
  • Heat the butter in a saucepan adding the sliced onions. When the onions are golden, add the lardons and wine until the wine reduces to half. Stir in the potatoes with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then remove from the heat
  • Rub a baking dish with cut garlic, then add all the above ingredients
  • Slice the reblochon in two (making 2 circles – or if easier, 4 semi circles) and place on top of the ingredients crust side up
  • Cover with tin foil and place in a preheated oven on 180 ‘C for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, remove the foil, stir the cheese with the ingredients, increase the oven heat to 220’C and cook for a further 10-15 until golden

Serve with a green salad and wash down with a glass of Apremont. Bon Appetit!

Sharing the story

Sharing the story – from the French Alps

Locked down in the Alps;  there are certainly worse places to be confined, looking out of the window across the valley at the wide mountain views with the sound of chickens coming in through my open front door. It feels like an exceptional place to be. These mountains are not going anywhere!

Macron acted decisively with strict confinement measures from Tuesday afternoon and France is showing  a united front in its desire to curb the spread of the virus. From now on we need a signed paper to go out, this might seem tough but it does make you think about whether your trip is really necessary. Even by staying in we are making a positive contribution!

The Alps team is as ready as ever to help you find your perfect bolt hole, we may not be able to show you round personally at the moment but take a virtual tour, get in touch and talk about what you’re looking for and we will be with you all the way.  Start your search for your Alpine retreat here.

This useful link  carries up to the minute French news in English.


Properties on the Etape route 26th and 27th July

Over today and tomorrow the yellow jerseys are on home territory. We may be biased for saying this, but the most exciting stage of the tour!

Here are some of our featured properties in the areas they are passing:

Today 26th July:

Great value 1 bedroom apartment in Modane €69,000

3 bedroom apartment in sought after, Tignes

Tomorrow 27th July:

Alpine business opportunity 2 chalets in Villard sur Doron

Superbly priced plot to build your chalet, Bellentre La Plagne

4 bedroom penthouse in Moutiers

Magnificent chalet in St Martin de Belleville

Piste side apartment in residence with spa, Val Thorens

Leggett team get to meet GB telemark team!

Some of us lucky few from the Leggett Alps team had the privilege of meeting the GB telemark team yesterday.

Andrew Morgan, agent in Saint Gervais, Marco Chiaudano, agent in Chamonix / Les Houches and I went to see the team in action for a final race on their training ground, Les Houches, having just completed the world championships.

If like me, you are a novice to telemark skiing, it is a fascinating sport and must be experienced in the flesh. It is a combination of downhill skiing, slalom, jumping and cross country skating with the heel free from the ski. Technical, but the team make it look like a walk in the park!

Leggett became sponsors of the GB telemark team this season. It’s been an exciting venture following their progress full of highs, a couple of blows and some amazing personal bests, with record breaking results for Great Britain, finishing 5th in the Overall Nations Cup.

Louis Hatchwell recorded his career best finish of 12th in World Cup and a Top 10 result at the World Championships. Ben Emsley took his first Top 20 result in World Cup. Colin and Alec Dixon recorded Top 15 results at the World Junior Championships. Sion Bingham finished in 24th place at the World Championships. Jasmin Taylor finished 2nd in the Overall Sprint and Overall Classic rankings, as well as 3rd in the Overall World ranking, with 7 podiums and 1 victory.

The team featured on Ski sunday this year – if you missed it, you can see the video and Jaz Taylor here.

Getting to meet these stars on the snow, was a real privilege and I have to add what a lovely bunch of competitors they are. I highly recommend seeing a race when you can, you will come away feeling the energy and likely want to try it for yourself!

On behalf of Leggett we’d like to congratulate them for their success this season and look forward to following them next year!

Go Telemark team GB! #Freetheheel

Leggett become sponsors of GB Telemark Team!

We are proud to announce that Leggett Immobilier have just become sponsors of the GB telemark team!

Telemark, one of the less familiar sports on the snow, existed before classic downhill skiing, where the free heel system enabled skiers to climb the mountain before descent. It’s name originated from the region, Telemark, in Norway.

In recent years with it’s increase in popularity, telemark skiing has been revived as a new form of downhill skiing, the “triathlon of skiing”, becoming a disciplined sport in Europe, Scandinavia and North America, with world championships taking place each year.

The GB telemark team have come a long way since it was first created in Scotland in 1990. Having reformed in 2007, they have produced 10 current world cup team athletes and 4 squad members. Now competing each year in the FIS world championships, they are setting their goals even higher this coming season and seek to achieve 15 world cup podiums! We will be cheering them on all the way.

One of our main contacts is Jasmine Taylor, GB team and multi-winning champion, who you can see in action here.  

At Leggett, we are passionate about the mountains and snow sports, and like the GB telemark team, we believe in turning dreams to reality, so will be fully supporting the team and joining them live at the races. Help us by supporting team GB and watch them live on our media here, or come and watch them live-stream with us at the France show in February! Details to follow.

Dates of FIS world championship:

20-21 January: La Thuile, Italy

25-26 January: Pralognan La Vanoise, French Alps

29 January: Pra Loup, French Alps

9-10 February: Bad Hindelang/Oberjoch, Germany

14-18 February: Krvavec, Slovenia

20-23 March: Rjukan, Norway

We will also be supporting them at their first FIS race of the season 6th January les Houches. Why not come and join us?

Alps property and recruitment event – 14th June, Albertville, Rhone-Alpes


Are you in the area and looking for a property, or would like to work with Leggett Immobilier?

This is the perfect opportunity to come and meet some of our team who can offer their help and expertise – whether your project is a new home or a new job!

To entice you into Alpine lifestyle, take a look into the lifestyle of two our local agents, Andrew Morgan, in St Gervais les Bains and Emma Casanova, in Annecy:

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For more information or to book a free ticket to the event:

Alps Property and Recruitment Event – Register here
Thursday 14th June, 10h00-19h00
Hotel le Roma

85 Chemin du Pont Albertin

73200 Albertville


Olympic Champions, Ski Resorts and Properties!

The Winter Olympics 2018 is underway! Our Alps team are passionate about this event, with competitors, living and training on our doorsteps!

This year is really exciting for the Leggett team as one of our very own agents, Carole Cavet, son is taking part in Freestyle Ski – Benjamin Cavet. Carole and her family moved from the UK to Morzine in the Alps in 2004. Her son, Ben, fell in love with the sport and is now one of the country’s leading freestyle/mogul champions. Ben will be qualifying on the 9th and in finals on the 12th. Join us in supporting him and the rest of our local heroes in this exhilarating event!

See below some of properties for sale in the resorts that helped create our champions:

Ref: 83684NJW74 €757,000 FAI
Les Portes du Soleil – Benjamin Cavet, Freestyle Skier – Moguls 
Follow in the footsteps of the Cavet family and move to Les Portes du Soleil, home to Ben’s Ski Club in Chatel. Lovely family home in La Cote d’Abroz, Morzine – peace, quiet, sun, fantastic views: the Alpine dream!
Ref: 71565AM74 €74,000 FAI
Saint Gervais les Bains – Loan Bozzolo, Snowboarder – Board cross
Superb value 1 bedroom apartment which offers everything! Ski in location, ski bus facility, swimming pool, tennis courts, ski locker and parking
Ref: 60452MJ73 €997,500 FAI
Courchevel – Jonty Learoyd, Ski Jumper, Ski Jumping
Watch Jonty in action on the Olympic ski jump from the balcony of this 3 bedroom apartment, in an exclusive location of Courchevel le Praz
Ref: 81339DC73 €365,700 FAI
La Plagne: Kevin Rolland – Freestyle Skier – Halfpipe
Great value, 4 bedroom chalet in a fantastic, high altitude, ski in – ski out position. Great family base in the mountains with excellent rental potential.
Ref: 79925JC05 €1,245,000 FAI
Serre Chevalier: Pierre Vaultier – Snowboarder – Board Cross (current world #1!)
Wonderful 5 bedroom alpine chalet within walking distance to the ski lift and a view on Luc Alphand Olympic piste in Chantemerle.
Ref: 43920TCF73 €398,000 FAI
Meribel – Emily Sarsfield (UK), Freestyle Skier – Ski cross
A 2 bedroom apartment with ski in ski out location in the heart of the Three Valleys. Bus service into Meribel Motteret.
Ref: 82130JC05 €775,000 FAI
Puy St Vincent – Charlotte Bankes, Snowboarder – Board Cross
Directly in front of the ski lift, a fantastic 9 bedroom chalet consisting of a 4 bedroom home and two separate 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.
Ref: 83810LDS73 €665,000 FAI
Val Thorens, 3 Valleys: Adrien Theaux, Alpine Skier – Downhill, Super G, Alpine Skiing, Alpine Combined Jean Frederic Chapuis, Freestyle skier – Ski cross Lou Barin, Freestyle skier – Ski slopestyle Chloe Trespuech, Snowboarder – Board cross
3 bedroom apartment on the slopes near Les Menuires with direct access to the Three Valleys. Close to restaurants, supermarket and ski shop.

Pads and Palaces on the slopes!









What a start to 2018! Superb snow levels for New Year. Is 2018 the year to take the plunge and buy that ski home you’ve always dreamed of? Below are some real eye-candy gems to entice you.

Are you tempted? Contact Us if you are. We’re going to catch some turns now – see you on the slopes!

Ref: 70277AM74 €1,750,000 FAI
Charming 5/6 bedroom chalet, ski-in position and great views, Saint Gervais les Bains.
Ref: 82603NDY38A2 €281, 000 FAI
Luxury new build apartment with 2 bedrooms and fantastic views, Les Deux Alpes.
Ref: 82061EH73 €3,000,000 FAI
Unique, stunning chalet situated next to a Michelin 3 star restaurant, Belleville Valley.
Ref: 81382MJ73B €170,115 FAI
Furnished 1 bedroom apartment, ski in/ski out and guaranteed rental, Courchevel.
Ref: 82687NJW74 €1,400,000 FAI
6 bedroom chalet displaying panoramic views in a peaceful hamlet, near Morzine.
Ref: 74425ZSW73 €546,000 FAI
A beautifully renovated, ski in ski out 4 bedroom apartment, Les Arcs 2000.
Ref: 73000LON74 €365,000 FAI
Apartment with 2 bedrooms & 2 reception rooms, at the foot of the slopes, Chamonix.
Ref: 70404JC05 €2,310,000 FAI
Luxury chalet with indoor spa and pool, 400m from nearest ski lift, Serre Chevalier.
Ref: 80231SD74 €1,785,000 FAI
Traditional Alpine style chalet with constructible land in village centre, La Clusaz.
Ref: 69288TCF73 €759,999 FAI
3 bedroom south facing, ski-in apartment next to the chairlift, central Meribel.


Re-locating to Lyon?



Here are just a few of our top properties in the city, and why they represent a good buy.

Book a visit today to avoid disappointment or visit our site to see all our range of properties for sale


Ref: 75440JCI69 €399,000 FAI
Charming 3 bedroom semi-detached house with sunny garden in quiet area of Villeurbanne.

  • Garage and additional private parking
  • 10-15 minute walk to Bel Air T3 tram stop (linking to Part Dieu shopping mall and train station)
  • Convenient for the Rhone Express airport shuttle
  • 100 metres from the nearest Velo’v bike station
  • Within 800 metres from schools and supermarket
  • C8 bus stop 3 minutes on foot


Ref: 71593JCI69A1 €923,000 FAI
New, 4 bedroom penthouse apartment in the Confluence area.

  • Top floor with sweeping views of the Saone, Rhone and Alps
  • State of the art design with luxury features
  • Iconic building by architects, Herzog and de Meuron
  • Shopping centre, cinema, bars and restaurants within walking distance
  • Fitness gym on 1st floor of building


Ref: 73329JCI69A3 €455,000 FAI
New 3 bedroom apartment in village-like Montchat area of central Lyon.

  • Energy efficient 2nd floor apartment
  • South facing terrace
  • Available in 4th quarter 2017
  • Within a 10 minute walk to Grange Blanche metro station and Reconnaissance Balzac tram stop
  • 5 minutes walk to a large park


Ref: 78577JCI69 €441,000 FAI
3 bedroom duplex apartment in Part Dieu.

  • 10 minutes on foot to Part Dieu train station
  • 2 parking spaces
  • High ceilings
  • West facing balcony
  • Numerous schools, supermarkets and local market all within 10 minutes walk
  • Easy access to all Lyon districts


Ref: 74394JCI69 €657,000 FAI
4 bedroom house with swimming pool in the 8th district.

  • Dual aspect lounge
  • Lots of storage space and double garage
  • Quiet residential area
  • Walking distance to schools, creche, metro, tram and buses
  • Easy access to A43 motorway for the airport and the Alps


Ref: 78062JCI69 €372,750 FAI
2 bedroom retro loft apartment in the trendy 6th district.

  • Courtyard entrance
  • Double height ceiling
  • Air conditioning
  • 850 meters to Part Dieu train station
  • Within 10 mins walk to metro stations, schools, supermarkets, restaurants and cinema
  • 650 meters to Parc de la Tête d’Or


Ref: 73655JCI69A1 €490,000 FAI
New 3 bedroom apartment in family-friendly St Louis, in the 7th district.

  • Quiet, away from road
  • Close to Garibaldi metro station, bus stops and Blandan Park
  • Schools, crèches and university close by
  • 10 minutes on foot to the Rhône river
  • 15-20 minutes on foot to Bellecour, central Lyon (or 2 metro stops)
  • Close to excellent food shops and restaurants


Ref: 78099JCI69 €990,000 FAI
Modern and spacious 3 bedroom apartment near Part Dieu.

  • Character property with high ceilings and large windows
  • New kitchen
  • Residence with concierge service
  • Private garage
  • Schools, parks, shops, restaurants, bars within walking distance
  • 5 mins walk to Saxe Gambetta and Garibaldi metro stations


Ref: 75879JCI69 €619,500 FAI
Suburbs: Contemporary 4 bedroom villa with pool, in Toussieu.

  • 30 minutes by car to Lyon
  • 500 meters to school and shops
  • Opposite sports centre
  • Quiet neighbourhood
  • Unique outdoor features
  • Individually controlled underfloor heating
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Bozel is a beautiful town which gets a lot of sunshine all year round.  It is predominantly French but there are a few English locals too who tend to be well integrated into the local community, with kids in the school.  Bozel thrives in winter and in summer.  Just 10 minutes by car from Moutiers (where trains arrive from London, Paris, Lyon…), 10 minutes drive from the ski lifts in Courchevel le Praz, and just 8 minute drive from Champagny/la Plagne, you have the pick of several ski resorts in winter time!  Most notably Bozel is also on the free ski bus route to Courchevel.

In summer Bozel attracts many people who come to the area to walk, bike and climb or just relax by the lake and enjoy the French way of life. Bozel has everything you need – shops selling local produce, a butcher, a beautiful church with its unusual spire, beautiful views of the Grand Bec, walks from the doorstep, bars and restuarants.  Its a great place to consider buying as you can get a lot more for your money here than you can further up the mountain, although people are now wising up and it is expected prices will start to rise soon.

View details of this property here …