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Beautiful Swiss Chalet with Mountain Views of the Alps

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This chalet is in a perfect spot in the Swiss alps.

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Last updated: 03/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Chalet
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 - 6)

Schnee Eule or Snow Owl, is located in the fairy tale village of Grächen. This vacation retreat is located in the Matterhorn Valley on the way to Zermatt. Grächen, known for plenty of sunshine, with ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, winter hiking trails, and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Two ski lifts are within walking distance. A sport center with tennis and mini-golf is nearby. Grächen has excellent restaurants serving local specialties and fine Valais wines. Some restaurants have music in the evenings and weekends. You can hike to see a real glacier in less than two hours. The town center has an extensive event calendar with many activities like making cheese or arts and crafts.

Grächen (St. Niklaas) is a quaint, fairy-tale village nestled on a plateau high above the train stop town of St. Niklaus in the valley below. Trains from all over Switzerland will get you to this scenic train stop. If you continue with the train up the valley, you end in Zermatt and the Matterhorn.

This charming chalet is nestled in the Matterhorn valley with breathtaking mountain views of the Weisshorn, the Berner Alps and from certain locations the Matterhorn as well. The chalet offers a south-facing terrace and garden area that is warm and sunny with beautiful mountain valley views. The charming little village is great for families or for a romantic get-away. The chalet is a 5-minute walk of the village center, where a variety of shops, bakeries, incredible restaurants, hotels, and grocers are available. Grächen has excellent public transit and a renting a car is not needed. The village is extremely child friendly with many playgrounds and fun things to do.

Grächen is ideal for snow skiing and snowboarding in the winter. This car-free ski village offers slopes that are within walking distance of the chalet. The world-class ski slopes in Zermatt are about a 30 minute drive or by car or with the train. In Zermatt, you can even ski into Italy! Daily bus and train services are available to and from Zermatt and Grächen. Ski schools are very friendly and easy to find.

In the summer, Grächen offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, all clearly marked with the classic Swiss signs showing the direction and distance to your next destination.

Forested trails are located throughout the hilly landscape with many glacier fed water streams to follow. There is a fishing lake above the chalet where you can dine at a cafe shop right on the water and fish for trout. For high alpine trails, there are rugged rocky trails that will challenge you and provide a range of opportunities for all interests. Behind the train station in St. Niklaus, a small tram takes you up to the other side of the valley for additional hiking opportunities. The tram is not for the faint-of-heart as it is small and exciting as it goes straight up the mountain as shown in one of the on-line pictures.

The chalet sleeps four people, with two bedrooms and a couch opens up into a bed for extra sleeping accommodations if required. The chalet offers a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The views from the kitchen are spectacular as shown in one of the on-line pictures. It is ideal for families, children or a romantic getaway.

Note: prices do not include cleaning & bed linen fee and local hotel taxes.

Why the Owner Chose Grächen:
I used to visit this small mountain village as a child with my family every winter and summer. We spent so many happy times in the beautiful place. We would visit Zermatt, and hike all day. This place is very special to me and to my family, and that is why we bought the house.
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Keywords: Chalet, rental, condo, vacation, switzerland, swiss, house, getaway, retreat, mountains, alps, hiking, skiing, views, home, cottage, honeymoon suite,
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Swiss-German
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 750 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    New large screen Satellite TV with attached CD & DVD player plus small stereo radio....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Snow covered Swiss alps from the kitchen window, view is fabulous. Views of the Matterhorn, in the distance, are possible from this town. Forest surrounds the back of the Chalet. ...moreless

  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village:

    Grachen is a classic Swiss mountain village with amazing views....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Swisscom internet & Wifi available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for one car next to Chalet in reserved space...moreless

  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Electric stove top with oven...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Has garden pation with table, umbrella and roller sun shade for outside seating...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.6
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Apr 1 - Jun 17, 2017
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Fall
Sep 16 - Nov 11, 2017
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Christmas
Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay

$910 $2,730
Spring
Apr 7 - Jun 16, 2018
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Fall
Sep 15 - Nov 10, 2018
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Christmas
Dec 22 - Jan 5, 2019
7 night min stay

$910 $2,730
Spring
Apr 6 - Jun 15, 2019
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Fall
Sep 14 - Nov 16, 2019
7 night min stay

$420 $1,260
Christmas
Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2020
7 night min stay

$910 $2,730
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$840 $2,520

Changeover Day: Saturday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning & Bed Linen Fee $150
  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

The internet charge is $25 per week; if you are not interested, let me know and it can be deleted.

Call Pia if you have questions and we can help you plan your vacation.

(831) 706-8109


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 03/24/2017
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Location

100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Zurich & Geneva
Grächen, Switzerland
Nearest Barpub
Grächen
5 Miles
Nearest Train
St. Niklaus
Grächen, Switzerland
Nearest Restaurant
Grächen
Grächen, Switzerland
Nearest Ski
Grächen

Car: Not Necessary

Ideal for snow skiing and snowboarding in the winter, this car-free ski village with offers slopes that are within walking distance of the Chalet. The world class ski slopes in Zermatt are about a 30 minute drive away, where it is possible to ski into Italy! Daily bus and train services are available to and from Zermatt and Grachen. Ski schools are very friendly and easy to find.

In the summer, Grachen offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. Quite forested trails are located throughout the hilly landscape, while more difficult rocky trails provide a range of opportunities for hikes and casual walks.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: I was born and raised in Switzerland and have been to Grachen many, many times as a child and as an adult. I received a business degree from a school in Olten and loved to learn languages. I lived in Lausanne for 2 years to learn French, I learned Italian and German in school an then decided to visit America to learn English. I was homesick and when I called my mom, she said, 'Don't come home until you learn English.' Then a met a cute guy that likes to sail by the ocean. We got married and I have two college age kids, one boy Marco and a girl named Martina that both speak Swiss-German. Needless to say, my English is perfect after 28 years married and living in near Santa Cruz, California. Thanks for visiting my website and I hope you can rent our storybook house in Grachen, Switzerland. You will not regret it...

Why the Owner Chose Grächen, Switzerland:
My mom and dad took our whole family up to Grachen every winter and summer. We skiied in the winter and hiked the mountains in the summer. My brother bought the upper unit and he asked me if I wanted to buy the lower unit, so we did. This little chalet is all you need to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty and activites. It makes you feel like stepping back in time when life was simpler, people were nicer, and yet it has all the conveniences of modern life. Banks, TV, fine restaurants, music on week-ends, open trails to everywhere. You feel at peace here, and the Matterhon and Zermatt are nearby to visit and enjoy! Grachen is such a charming place!

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
From the Chalet in Grachen you feel like you are on top of the world. The mighty Alps surround the Chalet and most of the high peaks are snow covered year around. The air if pure and fresh and in the surroundings you can still see some cows or sheep grazing in the hills with an occasional encounter with a ram or mountain goat along the trails. A glacier is nearby and can be reached in less than 2 hours. This is the perfect place to relax and rediscover inner peace.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Swiss-German
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/24/2017

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Photos

  • This chalet is in a perfect spot in the Swiss alps.

    This chalet is in a perfect spot in the Swiss alps.

  • Ground floor unit shown here

    Ground floor unit shown here

  • View from the dining area; short walk to town for fresh bread every morning!

    View from the dining area; short walk to town for fresh bread every morning!

  • Sunny, south facing patio with roller sun shade

    Sunny, south facing patio with roller sun shade

  • Rack and pinion railway takes you up from Visp to St. Niklaus; wonderful

    Rack and pinion railway takes you up from Visp to St. Niklaus; wonderful

  • Two twin beds in one room

    Two twin beds in one room

  • Chalet backs up to your own forest and many trails; visit Gasenried or a glacier

    Chalet backs up to your own forest and many trails; visit Gasenried or a glacier

  • Wonderful views of the alps

    Wonderful views of the alps

  • TV & digital radio for quality audio visual

    TV & digital radio for quality audio visual

  • Kitchen with a view of the alps will make cooking fun and relaxing

    Kitchen with a view of the alps will make cooking fun and relaxing

  • Two bedrooms

    Two bedrooms

  • Ground floor chalet with sunny patio and spectacular view of the Swiss alps

    Ground floor chalet with sunny patio and spectacular view of the Swiss alps

  • Town center

    Town center

  • St. Niklaus lift to alpine hiking is a thrilling ride; real life Disneyland ride

    St. Niklaus lift to alpine hiking is a thrilling ride; real life Disneyland ride

  • Queen size bed in the other room

    Queen size bed in the other room

  • Forest above the chalet

    Forest above the chalet

  • Modern and comfortable accommodations

    Modern and comfortable accommodations

  • Many hiking trails in the whole region

    Many hiking trails in the whole region

  • Recently upgraded; new carpet, new bedding, new drapes all new kitchenware

    Recently upgraded; new carpet, new bedding, new drapes all new kitchenware

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, March 24, 2017

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