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This is a family apartment in the newly-built (2009, we are the original owners) Le National de Montreux complex at the eastern end of Montreux. It's a 5-minute walk from the downtown shopping area, 10-15 minutes' walk from the conference and music festival centers, the ferry port (where scheduled Lake Steamers offer transport around Lac Léman) and the central train station. The apartment looks out over Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and a fabulous view of les Dents du Midi and the Alps. The view literally takes your breath away with a changing panorama, which includes fishing boats, the Lac Léman ferry and sail boats that pass by the window. The sunsets from the terrace are magnificent.
Minimum rental period is six days.
Le National de Montreux are 77 luxury apartments built on the site of the famous Belle Epoque Hôtel National. (For more information on the history of the hotel, now renovated as large apartments as the centerpiece of the project surrounded by four new ultra-modern apartment buildings (including a Webcam) see the 'nationalmontreux' web site.)) Our apartment is on the third floor (street level) and ground floor (garden level). We have one of the largest terraces (patio) in the development, and one of the most fabulous views. Everything was built to the highest specification and the development maintains a 5-star rating as an Apartment-Hotel.
There is an open plan living room-dining room-kitchen, which means that the lake and mountain view can be enjoyed throughout.
There are 3 bedrooms, the master en-suite has a queen-size (UK king-size) bed, the second bedroom a double bed (1.37 m × 1.91 m, 54 x 75 in.) and the third bedroom two single ('trundle') beds. These could be placed together to form a US king-size bed.
Also seen from the terrace is the perfect concentric medieval Château de Chillon, written about by the poet Lord Byron in his poem 'The Prisoner of Chillon'. If you visit it you will see Byron's name carved into the dungeon wall. Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le Lac Léman steamers pass the terrace on their way from Vevey and Montreux ports to the Chateau, Villeneuve, Bouveret and Saint-Gingolph; one of its classic steamers is shown in the photo.
Our apartment has every amenity the visitor could want:
The en suite bathroom has a jacuzzi as well as shower. There is a swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, steam bath and outside jacuzzi-hot tub one flight down in the same building.
The apartment has a dishwasher, washer, separate dryer and various small appliances. There are 3 TVs with Swiss cable TV and UK satellite TV, high-speed broadband.
There are a bakery, a cheese shop/delicatessen and a wine shop all within a 5-minute walk, and shopping mall with supermarkets less than 10 minutes' walk. The train station is 10 minutes' walk, or 3 minutes by car with discounted car parking for rail passengers.
Montreux is known as the 'pearl' of the Swiss Riviera and has a mild climate year-round, yet it is minutes away from key ski areas, mountain rambling trails and the French resort area at Evian. Michelin starred restaurants in the area include the Hermitage, the Pont de Brent, the Auberge de Vouvry and Le Prieuré in Thonon-les-Bains (France). Mountain trains take you to Les Rochers de Naye, Gstaad, Leysin and many other tourist and natural history sites. It is also 1½ hours by car to the Roman City of Aosta in Italy through the St Bernard tunnel. Direct trains from Montreux serve Milan and Venice. CGN ships offer a 1½-hour cruise from Montreux to Evian and Thonon-les-Bains, France in season. (See the SBB/CFF online timetable for schedule.)
Montreux has the most famous jazz festival in Europe during the first 3 weeks in July. In 2012 Hugh Laurie, Tony Bennett, Noel Gallagher,Sinéad OèConnor, Jane Birkin, Juliet Gréco, Bob Dylan are among the many stars who are preforming. There are also many free concerts for all along the lakeside. Especially enjoyable and to be recommended are the Jazz train and the Jazz boat.
The Menhuin classical music festival in Gstaadt is held every year from late July to early September. Gstaadt is 1¼ hours away by Montreux-Oberland Bernois panoramic train.
During the first week in September is Freddie Mercury Weekend where fans of the star of Queen gather around the great statue of him to celebrate his life. He lived in Montreux in the last years of his life.
In December there is the world famous Montreux Christmas market with food, wine and gift stalls on the lakeside. If you have children you can take them to the top of the Rochers de Naye by cog railway to see Father Christmas.
There are many museums in the area, notably the famous Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny which features a collection of antique cars as well as major art exhibitions, and is built over extensive Roman ruins. The Olympic Museum is in Lausanne, a half hour away. there are the Museum of games in La Tour-de-Peilz, the Nestlé Museum of food with the statue of Charlie Chaplin in front in Vevey (where he lived for many years) and several wine museums (Sierre, Aigle, Mont-sur-Rolle). There are over 900 museums in Switzerland, none of them more than a couple of hours away.
Montreux is about an hour from Geneva Airport by direct train or by motorway. This apartment has dedicated indoor parking for two cars and additional visitor parking. There is a boat dock for visitors' privarte boats at lakeside (the lake steamer dock is a 10-minute walk downtown).
(Montreux is located on the Swiss Riviera, 45 minutes by car, 1¼ hour by train from Geneva Airport)
Keywords: Location: Montreux, Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Europe
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20 minutes from Le Bouveret: Aquaparc, Miniature Railway, sailing, waterski and other watersports. 30 minutes to Torgon (Vionnaz), under an hour to the Verbier ski slopes. 54 minutes to the terrific Ovronnaz spa near Sion. bargain shopping at Rennaz Outlet Mall. (Garage entry to apartment building is at 2 Rue du Casino)
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: We live in London and Montreux, alternating between the two and we have rental apartments in both cities and also at Marina Port-Valais, Switzerland.
Why the Owner Chose Montreux: Montreux has long been a premier resort town for Swiss and non-Swiss, with a fabulous climate and unmatched scenery. It is close to cultural and sporting facilities and has direct air, rail and road links to Europe and the world. Highly rated on TripAdvisor.
Montreux has always been a cosmopolitan town, and in the 19th and early 20th Century, German-speaking Swiss would come here to language schools and finishing schools to perfect their French. Today, in addition to private boarding schools there are several hotel schools with students from all over the world.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Montreux is a friendly town, and whether or not you speak French you will find it easy to communicate.
There is a local bus to Vevey for department stores and shops; an outlet mall in Rennaz is a few minutes away by car. Trains and postal buses connect Montreux to every part of Switzerland and Liechtenstein; even without a car you will find it easy to get around.
The indoor pool, gym & spa are great for relaxing after a day of touring or shopping. Or you may relax with a drink on one of the two sun loungers on the terrace watching the sun set behind the Alps and the sailboats and lake steamers go by.
Golf, boating, horse riding, skiing and other seasonal sports facilities are minutes away. The MySwitzerland and Montreux tourism web sites provide schedules of concerts, festivals and happenings in and near Montreux and throughout the country. There is even are iPhone apps for that. (You can get a pay-as-you-go iPhone micro-SIM from Swisscom; Internet access is 4 CHF per day on that scheme.)