La Soldanelle used to be a hotel. It is now divided into 19 self catering apartments for independent travellers. The apartment is fully equipped for 2-4 people. There is one bedroom which can be made up as 2 single beds or one double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables. There is a sofa bed in the lounge. There is also a table with 4 chairs, an easy chair and a TV with satellite, DVD and Video and second wardrobe.The kitchen has full sized oven, grill, ceramic hob. Microwave, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. The bathroom has full sized bath with shower over, sink, mirror and toilet. There is Wi-fi, books, games and lots of leaflets with useful information to help with your stay. Downstairs there is a communal lounge with sofas, WIFI and a sun terrace. Also a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym. There is parking as well as gardens and a pretty stream. It is just a short walk into the village, albeit up and down a steep hill!
Stunning Location In Fantastic Position In Mountains, Only Short Walk To Shops, Bars & Restaurants, Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 16, 2018
About Kathryn Barker
Hi. We have been going to Chateau d'Oex for a number of years. We currently live in the West Midlands having moved from Brighton a few years ago. We have two children, a dog and 2 chickens! Kathryn is self employed. Our children are now teenagers and still enjoy going to Switzerland. We like to rent out the apartment because we love it and want to make the experience available to others. It is such a shame for the apartment to be locked up and unused in between the times that we can get out there. We try to make sure all bookings are handled quickly and responsibly. We also provide lots of information, drawing on our years of experience in visiting Chateau d'oex. Our aim is for our guests to enjoy it there as much as we do!
Kathryn Barker purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Kathryn Barker chose Château-d'Oex
Kathryn first went to Chateau d'Oex as student in the summer of 1986 working as a waitress at the Hotel Roc et Neige. She loved the village (especially the outdoor pool in summer!) and went for numerous visits over the next 2 decades with the family. Our first child was 3 when she first visited and our second only 18 months. In 2005 we learnt that the Hotel La Soldanelle was to be converted into 5 star self catering apartments so decided to bite the bullet and buy one. We love the central location of La Soldanelle, just a few minutes walk from the village, the station and the cable car. It also right next to a lovely stream and has fantastic views over the mountains. Our kids (now teenagers), friends and family all adore it there. It is just so picturesque with loads to do all year round.
What makes this Apartment unique
We adore the scenery, the fresh air, the sounds of the cow bells... We also love La Soldanelle which is a beautifully preserved historic building, retaining charm with the added benefit of luxury and mod cons. We love how easy it is to get there, by train or by car. We love that it is not a "tacky" resort. Chateau d'Oex is a proper traditional Swiss village which also has the benefit of great skiing, walking, transport access & facilities. It is not a party destination but there is enough to do to keep everyone occupied. We love the cosiness of the apartment & we often snuggle up together to watch DVDs and play games. Sometimes we walk down to the village in the evening to go ten pin bowling or to eat. In summer we love walking and relaxing. In winter we love to ski, skate and sledge!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The bldg itself was fabulous, especially the glassed in indoor pool and jacuzzi! The apartment was perfect- immaculate and charming! The views from the large picture windows of the mountains and the sheep, cows and goats was lovely. And Kathryn was a pleasure to work with. She answered all questions quickly and thoroughly.
We had a great week with mixed weather but loved every minute. The accommodation was superb with a large comfortable bedroom and an open plan lounge kitchen. The kitchen was equipped for any dish we wanted to cook and the tv had too many channels to count giving entertainment for the evenings. The block was well appointed and secure with an adjoining car park. Wifi was available on a lower communal floor although I understand many apartments have since got their own service. Also the lower floor had a balcony with great views over the valley. I used the swimming pool and jacuzzi which were brilliant. It was a few minutes walk down into the town where the coop supermarket was situated. The only down side was the view from the apartment was to the rear and although impressive, would have been nicer if it overlooked the valley and the town. Nonetheless it was a great place to stay and I couldn't recommend it enough.
Appartement très propre et très bien équipé. Propriétaire adorable!
Many thanks for your review. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay :-)
Special interest holidays:
The tourist information office in the village and local people can also offer guided walks or private tuition whether it be language, skiing, skating, tennis. Special stays can be organised such as staying in an igloo in winter or a mountain hut in straw in the summer. Other activities include pony trekking, horse riding, white water rafting, canoeing, hot air ballooning (Chateau d'Oex is the world centre and the site of the first successful round the world balloon trip. One of the 2 pilots of that trip has an apartment next to ours in La Soldanelle and there is a fascinating museum dedicated to him and his co-pilot in the village.
If you are travelling from the UK, you can fly with Easyjet, Jet2, Swiss, bmibaby, BA The closest international airport to Château-d'Oex is Geneva (140 km-2hr by road or rail). Easyjet also fly into Basel (180 km-2hr 30 by road, 3hr 30 by train). Going by train from either of these airports to Château-d'Oex is easy or you can hire a car. It is about 90 mins to drive. The trains are pleasant and the scenery is spectacular. Public transport in Switzerland is impressively networked and punctual.
5 mins to walk to the village. 20 mins by train to Gstaad. About 50 mins to Montreux. About 90 mins to drive to Geneva. Over 2 hours to take the train from Geneva with one train at Montreux. Other villages are 20 - 30 mins away such as the famous cheese making place of Gruyeres with its fairy tale castle and museum and bar dedicated to the maker of the film Aliens. The Swiss Choclate Factory is close by which does a wonderful tour ending with - eat as much as you can yummy swiss chocolate!
There is an excellent co-op supermarket in the village, as well as smaller shops for food and bread. There are also some stylish tea shops and bars, numerous restaurants catering for a variety of tastes from traditional Swiss cheese fondue to pizza. There is a bank in the village with cash point. Small village square with tourist office. Activities can be organised from here and there are lots of leaflets, maps and general advice. Two or three churches including an English speaking church.
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Here is some information for your stay. Before your visit (a minimum of 1 week before but it as soon as possible), please can you email the local key holder, Lucy Zeller Brown email email@example.com. Tel number is 41 79 278 2980. Please also let her know your approximate arrival time when you have it. Please can you also call or text her on the day of your arrival (at least one hour before you get to Chateau d’Oex) to let her know when you will be there. ADDRESS OF THE BUILDING : Apartment no. 41 Résidence Soldanelle-Gentiane Route de la Dent 12, 1660 Château-d'Oex ARRIVAL BY TRAIN (Directions from the Château-d'Oex Main Train station) : With your back to the ticket office, facing the train track, turn left along the path alongside the railway. After the school (on your left), there is a crossing over the railway to the right. There is a little path which leads straight on up to a road. At the road, turn right and continue along until you see a left turn up a steep hill. The sign for La Soldanelle has been replaced and instead points to “EMS La Pommerie”. La Soldanelle is at the top of this steep hill on the right hand side. The entrance is at the back of the building. It takes about 5 –10 minutes to walk but ( I emphasise again!) it is a steep hill!! TAXI : If you have bags or just don’t want to face the steep walk up the hill, it may be best to call a taxi to meet you from the train. The fare is usually around 15 CHF. It is better to book the taxi in advance of arriving at the station in Chateau-d’Oex. This is the number to call for a taxi: 0041 79 682 94 79 or 0041 26 924 56 56. ARRIVAL BY OWN CAR : If you arrive by car - you are welcome to park for a few minutes outside the main entrance door (to unload your luggage) but then please park your car asap on the outside parking space for Apt 41. If another car is in that space, please park it in a visitor space.