French property experts Athena Advisors have reported a 42% rise in viewings in the early season of 2014/15 compared with the same period last year.

Company spokesman Nicholas Leach says: “We have property viewings booked in every day for the next four weeks, mostly from those who are in the Alps on vacation. Châtel is…getting a lot of interest. Its relatively low price per square metre and is primed for real growth because of the new lift linking the Super-Châtel and Linga ski areas.”

Athena’s figures show that a €1million property has dropped from an equivalent sterling value £900,000 in 2011 to £785,000 in 2015, thanks to a seven-year high exchange rate between the two currencies.