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Beautiful Swiss Chalet with Mountain Views of the Alps

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Chalet, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4+ (convertible bed in living room)

Schnee Eule (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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More Details

Owner
Pia Middione
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Swiss-German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Pia Middione

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 30+ 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...

Pia Middione purchased this chalet in 1987

Why Pia Middione chose 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!

What makes this chalet unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Pia

We thank you for this wonderful week in your snow owl.

It was ideal with 2 small boys and we would like to come back next fall.

We have cleaned everything and hope we have left everything well.

Best regards,
Oct 2015
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Amenities

Grächen Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The chalet has a one-of-a-kind sitting bathtub; you can stand and shower or you can fill it up and take a sitting bath. In all our traveling, we have never seen one before and it is a unique touch to this unique chalet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Convertible couch in living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • One queen size bed, two twin beds, living room couch opens into a bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
A summer attraction is to go hiking and visit the Ried Glacier; many other trails are available for the beginner or experienced hiker including high-alpine hut (Bordierhütte at 2886m /9468ft elevation) that can be reserved to sleep and eat.

Reviews

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Beautiful Swiss Chalet with Mountain Views of the Alps
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews
5

Perfect for hiking. Clean, comfortable, charming. Amazing views. Friendly village.

  • 5 of 5

Family of four plus grandmother. We enjoyed hiking here and cooking our meals or eating great local bakery bread and cheese on our hikes. Daily trips to the bakery just down the hill and supermarkets with convenient hours made it easy.

There are both easy and challenging hikes from the chalet. With Grandma we walked along the Suonen or to Gasenried. Four of us had a great day hike to Saas Fee and took buses & train back. Highly recommend this lovely chalet to families.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Schnee Eule

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in Grachen. Chalet was well equipped, very clean, beds were comfortable, and grocery stores and bakeries were only a few minutes walk. Trails leading to beautiful forest walk were also about a 5 minute walk away. Views from chalet of town and mountains were gorgeous!! Grachen is not well situated for getting in and out of quickly, since its so far up the mountain, but the views make the drive worthwhile. It's best to try to arrive during daylight hours - we arrived very late at night and it was too dark to read the chalet names, making it very difficult to find. GPS was useless since Grachen doesn't use street numbers, just the chalet names. The owner had provided a map but our iPad did not recognize the program, so make sure you print the map out or convert it to a format you can read on electronic devices. But despite the drawbacks, we enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice winter holiday for the second year!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the second year for one week in the apartment, for our winter holiday with our 7-year old twins. We enjoyed the Grächen ski area, which is great both for our kids and for us as parents. The ski area is rather compact but with some very beautiful slopes, especially the long Stafel-Seetalhorn and Plattje, and also the slope down to the village. The apartment is about 5-10 minutes walk from the gondola to the ski area. We left our ski's in the lockers at the gondola, otherwise the climb to the apartment will be tough on ski-shoes. After a day of skiing the way back is a nice climb. The apartment is nice and complete including fast internet and a new TV. The shower is indeed small but operating well, good for us. If we come back to Grächen we will look for the apartment again.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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A wonderful chalet.

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed here at this wonderful chalet in Grachen. We loved the town, the people, the hiking and everything Grachen had to offer. The chalet was perfect although the bathroom shower is hard to use. It is awkward and small. But other than that we loved everything. Please also be aware that it is a bit of a hike up to the chalet so keep that in mind. We didn't mind. It had plenty of room for the two of us with an extra bedroom that we really didn't use. It had a nice kitchen and living room as well.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Worth TX
5

Great location and accommodation

  • 5 of 5

It was so nice to spread out and enjoy the roomy chalet. We loved being in this chalet that was along the highest level of dwellings in the village. We were able to look down on everything. Some reviews talked about the challenge of finding it. So let me put here what one does if you are using public transportation (as we were): you get to St. Niklaus by train. Soon a bus comes for Grachen (times are posted right there at the train station). The bus takes you to Grachen. Upon first arrival, when we asked local people for help, here was the vital information: have at your finger tips the name of the chalet in Swiss German. That is "Schnee Eule" (Snow Owl). Local people will probably not understand "Snow Owl". Additional back-up info plan: at the Tourist information center in the village, there are little free maps outside that you can use even when the info center is closed. It has ALL the chalets and hotels of the entire village, assigning each a number that you can find on the map.

Often in Switzerland, grocery stores close at 16h on Saturdays. We were overjoyed to find one that stayed open to 19 p.m.

We happened to arrive on a rainy weekend. On Sunday we walked down to the village and had a hearty lunch in one of the most beautiful, cozy restaurants we have ever been in. You can see it for yourself on the web: restaurant walliserkanne & sigis.bar, Grächen, Switzerland. We were cold (in August!). We went to Sigi's and had the traditional dish Rösti. We enjoyed the service, the beauty of the place and the food. Warmed us completely.

We enjoyed the village of Grachen and the hiking trail behind our chalet. Also, the short bus ride back down to St. Niklaus made it easy to get to Zermatt and the Matterhorn and other great mountain destinations. I just want to emphasize that while we were considering staying here, we thought it might be hard to get to other places we wanted to visit using our Swiss passes. It was not difficult. It was easy, by riding the bus down to St. Niklaus, we could get to anywhere in the country (without a car).

The views from our chalet were also lovely. We could see the whole sky.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walnut Creek, CA
5

Like Sound of Music

  • 5 of 5

Chalet was as advertised, beds were comfortable, owner was responsive to things that came up during our stay.

Grachen was our favorite stop on our Europe trip. Traveled with grade school aged kids. We loved zip lining in Zermatt (day trip), hiking, mini golf, fabulous playgrounds. The scenery was jaw dropping beautiful. The town far exceeded our expectations. Switzerland is clean and efficient to travel. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Zurich & Geneva
Nearest Barpub
Grächen
Nearest Train
5 Miles
St. Niklaus
Nearest Restaurant
Grächen
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. You can hike in 3 hours to the Ried Glacier and there are mountain huts you can stay at overnight. Quite forested trails are located throughout the hilly landscape, while more difficult rocky trails provide a range of opportunities for hikes and casual walks. There is a kids park next door with slides, small zip-lines, climbing equipment and food.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Bed Linen Fee $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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