This winter Verbier Life has been invited to share images from some of Verbier’s most exclusive chalets. This month Marilyn and Yoram Anselm invite us to look at their incredible CHF twenty-five million home.
On viewing Chalet Cotze it is clear to see Marilyn Yoram’s obvious natural talent and passion for design. Originally trained as a sculptor at Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London. Marilyn went on to found and run the British successful woman’s clothing company Hobbs.
The Anselm’s first moved from the UK to Verbier in 1999, initially renting properties, before purchasing and totally renovating their first chalet, ‘Fleur Sauvage’. The opportunity then arose to buy a plot of land in the desirable area above the Verbier sports centre and to design and build Le Cotze.
Working alongside a local architect to help with the project, the chalet was built in 2007 with dry-stone walls and old wood. The interiors are a mix of Italian, British and Swiss craftsmanship with Marilyn’s experience and talent designing clothes and the interiors for all the shops clearly shinning through.
“Strong discipline designing clothes and shoes in a group of over 500 shops teaches you how to work to a schedule and how to be professional – I brought that approach to building this chalet”.
Le Cotze is built over four floors, the first is made up of the living room with an impressive 17th-century French fireplace, a beautiful dining room with a round table and a homely, spacious kitchen with a sink designed and made by Marilyn from Italian stone. On the floor above is a master bedroom with spectacular views, a separate dressing room, a guest suite, office and living space for relaxing. A further four bedrooms are located on the ground floor, beneath which also has a large spa, gym, sauna, steam room and indoor swimming pool.
The sitting room is Marilyn’s favourite room in the Chalet, “ this room has a fabulous atmosphere – I believe you should feel comfortably contained in a room, but free to look out to the surrounding views”.
The Anslem’s have decided, that the time has come to downsize to a smaller Chalet in Verbier and buy somewhere back in the UK and to spend more time nearer family. When asked if she would miss the chalet she has put so much of her time into, Marilyn replies, “I’m not sentimental about the places I live in, I love each one when I’m living there – I’m adaptable”.
The next chalet will no doubt be an exciting project for the Anselm’s in between enjoying the many activities they enjoy in Verbier – just perhaps slightly smaller…