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'.....they looked down on the Staubach Falls and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in all its glory' - John le Carré, (Our Kind of Traitor) A stylish apartment with stunning views of the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley that are genuinely unsurpassed. Located next to open pasture, on the outside edge of a small modern chalet development, wide french doors open out onto a large sunny terrace, great for outside dining and barbecuing, but even better for just sitting and gazing at one of the world’s most dramatic valleys. The Staubach Falls are over to one side and alpine meadows straight ahead, the views of which are unobstructed by any other buildings. In winter a cross country ski trail skirts through the grounds. Unsurprisingly, the area beyond is a UNESCO world heritage site. (As for the inside of the property, see 'More Details' below).
Inside is a large lounge and dining area, with comfortable oak and leather furniture and cosy underfloor heating. A luxury well equipped kitchen includes granite surfaces, dishwasher and microwave. Bathroom and bedrooms are to an equally high standard. A large double bedroom, with solid oak furniture, has ample room for a cot, if needed. The second bedroom, with full size bunk beds and a single bed provides flexibility for families or groups of friends. The level access throughout the property is often appreciated by both older people and those with young children.
Other features include free and unlimited WiFi internet, international cable TV, DVD, iPod dock, washing machine and drier, ski room and private garage. The price also includes all Tourist taxes, end of stay cleaning, all linen, heating and taxed rubbish/garbage collection, (ie there are no extra costs). The property is situated well away from the traffic on the main road, but still only two minutes from the Post Bus which runs regularly along the valley (free Ski Bus in winter). A well stocked local store is only a short distance across the river, but a full range of shops can be found in the village, ten minutes walk away. As well as the trains to Interlaken, cable cars link to the international ski areas of Murren and Wengen, including the famous Eiger Northface cog railway to the Jungfraujoch. Further afield the excellent train and Post Bus service makes a car unnecessary. Tennis courts are 200m back towards the village, used for ice skating in winter. (More information on skiing and summer activities can be found below). The Trummelbach Falls are an easy 20 minute walk, one of 72 waterfalls which tumble into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. In summary, the location is truly glorious.
(Our reviews will tell you a lot more, all of which have been written voluntarily by guests. However, if there is anything else that you need to know, please contact me. During your stay our local manager, who has lived nearby in the valley for over 25 years, is also available to deal with any problems.) Finally, in order to provide you with financial security, we encourage all payments to be made through the secure HomeAway Payment system, rather than directly to ourselves - see 'Pay with Confidence' or 'Travel with Confidence', in the column to the right.
**The view from both bedrooms is dominated by the 1000ft Staubach falls, which in winter turns into a massive cascade of icicles. **Each room has separately controlled under floor heating. ** Quality beds, including a double sofa bed in the lounge. **The master bedroom is fully furnished with a light oak suite.** The second bedroom sleeps up to three with a single bed and two full size bunk beds, a large wardrobe and drawers. **A cot can be provided on request (small fee payable locally). **In addition the option of the sofa bed in the lounge, with privacy screens, offers considerable flexibility for sleeping arrangements....moreless
The bathroom is pristine with bright full tiling. A powerful shower is situated over the bath and the mirrored cupboards include a shaver socket and hairdryer. Towels and bath mats are provided....moreless
As befits its location the apartment is finished to a very high standard, including furniture and equipment. There is a sense of space and comfort which will make summer activities relaxing and winter skiing exhilarating. The private garage can be valuable in winter if you plan to use your car. The free internet will keep you in touch if you want to bring a laptop and the cable TV has worldwide channels. The kitchen has everything needed for self catering; large fridge with freezer compartment, oven, ceramic hob, microwave, coffee maker and an excellent dishwasher! In the unlikely event of any problems during your stay our local manager lives jus across the road....moreless
Christmas/New Year Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Ski Jan 3 - Feb 13, 2015 5 night min stay
Peak Ski Feb 14 - Mar 13, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Spring Mar 14 - May 15, 2015 5 night min stay
Early Summer May 16 - Jul 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Summer Jul 4 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Late Summer Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Autumn Sep 26 - Dec 18, 2015 5 night min stay
Christmas/New Year Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£200
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*Prices include Tourist tax, end cleaning, all bed linen and towels, heating, taxed rubbish bags (ie there are no additional charges)
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The village provides a range of shops and restaurants, a ten minute stroll away along the river. A well stocked local store offers most things 7 days a week, including fresh bread. Other local facilities include nearby tennis courts and cycle hire. Outdoor swimming pool, paragliding, rock climbing, white water rafting and mountain biking are all local, with excellent golf at Interlaken. Visits to historic towns and lakes like Bern, Thun and Lucerne are all convenient, as are many famous mountain passes. But the main reason for coming to the Lauterbrunnen Valley is the scenery, 72 waterfalls, spectacular mountain railways, diverse wildlife, birdwatching, glacial valleys, the Eiger, the Jungfrau and UNESCO World Natural Heritage designation. The area is however very accessible by Eurorail, motorway and train to 3 international airports; Geneva, Basel and Zurich. (For more on the immediate area google Eurocamp Lauterbrunnen Camping-Jungfrau
Ski and Winter Activities : The skiing is rivalled only by the scenery, probably the most spectacular in Europe. Lauterbrunnen is also the only place in the Jungfrau ski region with equally easy access to both Wengen and Murren, both car free villages sitting on the cliff tops on opposite sides of the valley. Murren, the birthplace of downhill skiing, has an international reputation as an elegant, true alpine village. It can be reached by either of two efficient cable cars rising up from the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor. Wengen is even more famous, being the home of the Lauberhorn, the longest downhill World Cup race, run annually in January. The whole area has great skiing for all levels, with 230km of pistes, rising to nearly 3000m, and 50km of sledging. It also offers the added excitement of skiing below the North face of the Eiger and from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn, made famous as the location for the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
Winter Holidays for non-skiers: Whilst famous for it's skiing, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is equally ideal for other winter activities, including just absorbing the fantastic scenery. Access to mountain restaurants couldn't be easier due to the network of mountain cog-railways and cable cars. For the more energetic extensive trails are maintained for snow-shoe trekking and there are over 50 kms of toboggan runs. There is also a local heli-skiing pad, paragliding, ice skating, ice climbing and ice go-karting. In addition Lauterbrunnen is the starting point for one of the world's most dramatic train rides by rack and pinion railway, through the snow fields of Kleine Scheidegg and the Eiger northface to emerge at Europe's highest railway station at Jungfraujoch, providing direct access onto Europes longest glacier, the Aletschglacier. For more down to earth activities local trains run into the heart of great shopping at Grindelwald and Interlaken and a little further afield to Thun and Bern, Switzerland's capital city.
Spring and Summer Activities: Many of Lauterbrunnen's winter attractions are equally attractive in Spring and Summer, not least the mountain restaurants and the ride up past the Eiger to Jungfraujoch and the Aletschglacier (see Winter Holidays above). However the melting snow also reveals swathes of magnificent alpine flowers and a vast range of hiking trails. Wild ibex, marmots and chamois can be found in the more remote uplands, whilst golden eagles, wall creeper, nutcracker and red kites are amongst the rarer birds frequently seen. Cycle routes vary from gentle routes along the valley bottom to tough tracks over mountain passes. For more sedate pastimes traditional Swiss culture is regularly on show, from yodelling to folk dancing, alpine horns and Swiss bands. Local hero William Tell is also celebrated throughout the summer at the open air theatre in Interlaken, where there is also an excellent golf course. In addition a number of beaches and lidos can be found dotted around the huge adjoining lakes, as well an open-air pool back in the village.
Wheelchair Access: The apartment is suitable for people who may be less physically able or for those with young children, with level access throughout and a large flat terrace. Wheelchair users will find that doors are wide and the hallways , bathroom and corridors are roomy. Although there is a small step at the entrance to the building(5cms), the approach is level and there are suitable footpaths throughout the valley, including back to the village. The cable cars, trains and buses are generally equally user friendly.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: I am very fortunate to have been able to retire early, along with my husband. Having been a college vice-principle, I was always able to find time to do a bit more traveling than most - now we do a lot, including visits to Lauterbrunnen for both winter skiing and summer walking. Having three grown up children (and a grandson), who equally enjoy being there with us, is an added bonus.
Why the Owner Chose Lauterbrunnen: When we saw the chalet being built we didn't see the building, we just saw the view! The other chalets are equally great, but this is special. It's a family retreat which we hope will be appreciated by our children and grandchildren for many years to come.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Stepping out onto the terrace into the heart of the valley with nothing to spoil the view.