Shaped by a solid work ethic, the story of the Fenestraz family proves that mountains can literally be moved … The Raymonde and André Fenestraz success story has been written with French flare, and today their son Raoul continues the family tradition.
THIS STORY BEGINS WITH RAYMONDE
A peasant girl who pushed for the development of winter sports in the Tarentaise Valley.
Her intuition lead her to leave the Savoy region for Great Britain to learn English while working as working as an au pair and then as a maid.
She wound up running the family hotel before returning home.
There, she developed her negotiating skills in a small real estate agency in Courchevel, which she went on to buy in 1966.
Then, she met her husband André, a traveling coffee merchant who went on to work in building construction.
Allying their talents, the Fenestraz’s were pioneers in the construction of luxury chalets and homes, among which were the Hameau de Bellecôte Chalets, the Chalet de Pierres and the Jardin Alpin Residence.
These creations give the Courchevel 1850 ski resort the allure and the famous reputation that they still enjoy to this day.
AT THE END OF THE 1970’S
They built the AlpenRuitor hotel and residence. The white facade became the symbol of the village of Méribel Mottaret, which is another favourite among skiers. The development of the family business continued with the Hôtel de la Loze, also nicely placed opposite of the Croisette and the slopes of Courchevel 1850. Restored in the Savoyard style, the establishment also features two sumptuous Appartements d’Exception.
During the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic Games, Raymonde and André didn’t let the chance to realize their dream slip by. At Courchevel, they transformed the outdated Airelles hotel into a magnificent luxury hotel, often referred to as the “Palais de Sissi”. Considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world, the address carries on the soul of the owners, who held on to it just until 2007.
During this time, Raymonde and André’s only son Raoul also decided to live out his dream. With his wife, Stéphanie and their three children, they moved to Argentina.
30 years after the first construction in the Savoy region, it was Stéphanie and Raoul’s turn to become pioneers! Living near Cordoba, the built a sumptuous residence, whose architecture was inspired by the farms of the early 20th century. Open in 2005 and member of the Relais & Châteaux, the Estancia El Colibri offers guests the opportunity to discover Argentina’s rural way of life, horse ranching and polo.
Just a few kilometres away, Don André – as a tribute to Raoul’s father, who passed away in 2011 – is a 400-acre property specializing in ranching Aberdeen Angus cattle for producing some of the best beef in the world.
THE ARGENTINEAN DREAM OF THE FENESTRAZ
The Argentinean dream of the Fenestraz family can also be found near Salta, in the northern region of Argentina. Acquired in 2007 by Oscar winner Robert Duvall, House of Jasmines is one of the most prized properties of the Relais & Châteaux chain.
The latest creation from Maison Fenestraz, Casa Angatú is a magnificent villa in the fishing village of Trancoso in the Salvador de Bahia province in Brazil.
50 years after the purchase of the first real estate agency by Raymonde Fenestraz, the group of businesses was regrouped under the banner Maison Fenestraz.
Whether in the Alps or in South America, these Maisons with authentic styles share the same refinement and discreet luxury. The family moto says “the best thing one man can do for another is to share his dream”. To experience the hospitality of Maison Fenestraz is to share this dream.
The beautiful pied à terre of Mme Fenestraz in Annecy is reconverted into an Appartement d’Exception, available for rent. Ideally located in front of the lake, it has a unique view on the lake, this is the perfect retreat to discover the Venice of the Alps.