This is a collaborative post with Julian Charles for which I have received a small fee. As always, all words and opinions are my own. All images: Julian Charles. Enjoy!
December is in full swing and with it, the arrival of inevitable winter weather. brrrrr!
Anyone who knows me well will attest that I don’t do well this time of year. Whilst I concede that 6 years in Staffordshire has helped to harden my soft Southern disposition, I remain distinctly unenthusiastic at the prospect of long, dark nights and freezing temperatures.
I can’t help it. I’m just not a fan of winter. I hate the cold, I’m not big on Christmas (which may sound strange, given how much I love festive decorating), and I most definitely do NOT do the white stuff!
But hibernating… now there’s something I reckon I could learn to love. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting hunkering down with the bears here. Oh no. If we’re going to do this, we’re doing it in style!
Swiss Chalet. Full larder. Open fire. Champagne. And, of course, a very nice bottle of single malt.
It’d be tough, I know, but I’m prepared to give it a go.
You know, in the name of research.
Being snow-bound in a cosy chalet in the Swiss Alps has been something of a longstanding fantasy of mine.
I blame Bond.
Despite being anti-snow, there’s something incredibly romantic about the idea of being holed up in a cosy winter hideaway. Especially one that’s purpose-built to withstand all that nasty cold, whilst incorporating features like huge picture windows to benefit from the view.
Enjoying the snow without, erm… enjoying the snow. Sounds like a win-win to me!
I can see it now…
Wooden beams, an open fire and cosy winter home accessories, like these beauties from Julian Charles.
Floor-length velvet curtains to retain the warmth that by day, are pulled back dramatically to reveal panoramic views of snow-covered mountains.
Large, squishy sofas big enough for two, complete with fur throws, cosy blankets and as many cushions as you can shake a stick at.
Hardwood floors with underfloor heating, peppered with luxurious sheepskin rugs.
Then there’s the obligatory roaring log fire. A covered Jacuzzi (outdoor of course). And candles.
Lots and lots of candles.
It would be smart homed to the max, with electric blinds that open and close at the touch of a button and lights you control from your phone. Naturally, no dream winter home would be complete without super fast wireless, so I can share it all with you without leaving the comfort of my fur throw!
Although I might draw the line at Instagramming Beloved and I spending all day in our jim jams, chowing down on comfort food.
I would save you that image.
Anyone out there with a chopper fancy whisking Beloved and I away for winter? No? Ah well, I’ll just have to recreate an affordable Swiss Chalet luxe experience at OneandSeventy. Only without the snow.
If you need me, I’ll be checking out the winter cosy at Julian Charles. Shout me when it’s spring.
A hui hou,