Renaud Chevallier, a third generation local Architect was recommended to Jennifer as a rising star having studied in both Paris and New York. It was apparent very quickly that they were both of the same opinion… that the mountains should be the backdrop of any design. They agreed to move away from the traditional ‘chocolate box’ design with small windows and instead Renaud’s plans were very much centred around the views. The result being the chalet is now known locally as “The Glass House”. Cragganmore was built by local artisans, their great craftmanship and pride in their work is clear to see.
The land itself was overgrown, covered in saplings and mature trees and most of the timber used came from the plot itself and surrounding area. The spiral staircase’s centre post was the eldest tree to be felled which has been left relatively untouched and now features as part of the dramatic entrance into the chalet. The spectatcular suspended wood-burning stove is the centrepiece of the living area and was designed by Renaud, it adds the final touch to his vision of a truly contemporary chalet. Cragganmore is always cosy and warm with underfloor heating yet it has incredible eco credentials… it’s triple glazed, superbly insulated and has a Geothermal heating system supported by L’Arve river which flows directly behind the chalet. The hot tub is heated constantly and is ready for use day or night, it adds a touch of luxury to the chalet and perfect for a bit of stargazing at night!