Eurostar, the high speed passenger train linking the UK with the Continent, has today (Tuesday 13 July) opened ticket sales for its direct services from St Pancras International and Ashford International to the French Alps, acting as a reminder that French homes on the Alps are easily accessible.
Eurostar's direct ski services, which launches on 19 December, offers easy access to a variety of top ski destinations in the French Alps such as Courchevel, La Plagne, Tignes, Meribel, Les Arcs, all of which are traditionally popular with Bits seeking to own a winter holiday home in France.
Mary Walsh, Eurostar's director of communications, commented: “Eurostar offers the perfect solution for winter sports enthusiasts looking to avoid the stress of travelling by air whilst minimising their environmental impact. On average, a Eurostar journey accounts for just one tenth of the carbon emissions of an equivalent flight and allows travellers to arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to hit the slopes.
It is currently considered a rather good time to buy property in France. Both the French property market and Sterling's value against the Euro currency is improving, while French property mortgage borrowing rates are at an all-time low, with rates starting from just 1.95 per cent.
Clare Nessling of Conti, the mortgage specialist, says: “[the French property market] has become an increasingly attractive investment option, not least because of very low interest rates and easy access from the UK, but also due to the falling value of the Euro, and lower property prices.”
To read our guide to buying a property in France, click here