Dubbed the “pearl of the Alps” by Victor Hugo and once seen as Megève’s little brother, Combloux is now a family-friendly French mountain village and ski resort with chocolate-box architecture and stunning views over Mont Blanc. Even though it is within the same ski domain as Megève – Évasion Mont-Blanc – properties for sale in Combloux are often a fraction of the price of their Megève counterparts. Carefully selected by our Alpine property experts for their lifestyle and investment appeal, discover our handpicked selection of ski chalets and apartments in this charming mountain village.
In Combloux there is a variety of ski property available, ranging from ski apartments complemented by on-site facilities through to standalone chalets which offer more privacy and space for larger groups. One of the biggest features of a property in Combloux is whether or not it has views of Mont Blanc, as aside from the kudos, this can improve rental income generation too.
Unlike purpose-built resorts, Combloux is a farming village that has slowly developed over time. This means that the architecture here remains very authentic and there are many older ski chalets too, however, those on the market often need some refurbishment. Complementing the local buildings as opposed to competing with them, new-build properties here tend to be built in a traditional style.
Combloux is an established destination for families and was awarded the prestigious Famille Plus certification in 2005, having satisfied the 110 key requirements needed to prove ‘extra special provision for families’.
However, it continues to make improvements, such as new mountain biking facilities in 2018 for children and teenagers. In addition, the resort also has a lively roster of sporting and cultural events throughout the year, helping to put the resort on the map and encouraging visitors to come back year after year.
A quintessential French mountain village, Combloux exudes rustic charm with its traditional buildings and stunning Mont Blanc views whilst providing access to 445km of pistes.
Though only a few minutes away from chic Megève by car, Combloux offers more competitive prices which makes property it a fantastic choice for those who know and love Megève but want more space for their money.
Sunny Combloux is a true year-round village that offers a great selection of summer activities too, such as swimming in its beautiful ecological lake. This means that owning a property here is a fantastic lifestyle investment as owners will have a home away from home for the summer holidays as well as winter breaks. In addition, there is potential for generating rental yields in the summer months too.
Combloux’s history spans all the way back to 1284 and before it became renowned for skiing it was a mountain farming community. By 1942, Combloux had around 130 farms, 26 of which are still in operation to this day.
In the early 20th century, Combloux started to garner attention from nearby city dwellers who would head here for some fresh mountain air during the summer months. It wasn’t long before the secret crossed the Channel and wealthy Brits started heading to Combloux too. Many of them would stay in the Grand Hôtel du Mont-Blanc which opened its doors in 1912 and boasted a golf course and tennis courts.
By 1935, Combloux had its own drag lift which is very impressive given that at the time there were only six drag lifts and 11 cable cars in operation in France. Whilst infrastructure improvements were put on hold during the war, development resumed by the late 1950s with several lifts added between then and 1989.
During 2007-2008, the resort underwent a number of infrastructural improvements which included replacing some of the chair lifts and improving the snowmaking capabilities of the resort.
Combloux is part of the Évasion Mont-Blanc ski domain which means it has 445km of groomed pistes right on the doorstep. In addition, Combloux is also linked to the newer Portes du Mont-Blanc ski area which is great for families as it has a range of beginner and intermediate slopes as well as several toboggan runs.
True to its farming roots, Combloux remains a year-round resort and there are still a number of working farms dotted around, including an educational farm which is open to tourists during the summer. Plus, there is a farmers’ market every Wednesday of the year where you can pick up delicious locally grown produce.
Though skiing may be the main draw, Combloux is a wonderful summer destination too and its ecological lake is not to be missed. With impressive mountain views, heated by the sun and filtered by 10,000 plants, it is the first ecological swimming lake in France and a huge hit with families.