Vacation rentals in Switzerland (chalets, farms, apartments)
Review 524: Chalets Adlerhorst & Berghof, Chalet Berghof
apartments in a chalet in Grindelwald, Berner Oberland
August 2002, 1 week
The apartment we booked in Grindelwald is owned by the people we rented from in 1997, the last time we were in Grindelwald. On that trip we stayed in a ground level apartment in their house. But now they have built a new chalet with six apartments on three levels - so we booked on of them.
The new chalet is beautiful - all wood and 3 stories high. There are two apartments on each level. All have views to the mountains and have balconies or a private outdoor space. The chalet is located just off a quiet residential street on the edge of Grindelwald on a south facing slope - so you get sun all day long (some places in Grindelwald are in the shade of the mountains in the morning). It is a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk downhill into town. We drove and parked in town to do the hikes or go shopping.
The apartment was lovely. We had a 600 square foot apartment on the top floor. High, sloped wooden ceilings - lots of windws - a small balcony looking at the Eiger. There is one large room for livingroom (with satelite TV and phone), dining room and kitchen. The furniture is all very pretty and comfortable. The floor is carpeted with a low pile carpet, tile in the kitchen area and bathroom.
The kitchen is well equipped with stove, oven, good sized fridge, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, lots of dishes, enough pots and pans. Granite counter tops. As is usual in Switzerland, there were no supplies other than a bit of dish detergent and some coffee filters. We made all our dinners and breakfasts in the apartment.
There is a separate small bedroom with a comfortable bed - the usual two singles joined together with separate duvets. The bedroom has a nice sized window and you wake up to views of the Eiger and the other mountains.
The bathroom is beautiful - all tile floors and walls, granite countertop, big bathtub and shower. Lots of hot water.
There is a shared washer and dryer (pay) in the basement. Also a sauna, but you must call the owner to book it. There is a private parking lot.
When we arrived, we pressed a buzzer on their sign and in a second were talking to the owner's daughter on her cell phone. She was there in 10 minutes to let us into the apartment. Heidi, the mother, also runs a shoe shop in town (Heidi's Shoes). Payment in cash or travelers checks (in CHF). You do not have to stay Saturday to Saturday.
We will be staying here again! I loved our apartment on the top floor, but Heidi said it is being rented our for a year or two to some people from Germany - so we will have to try a different apartment.
Note: As in most vacation rentals in Switzerland, you pay by the minute for phone use - even when dialing a toll free internet access number - so your phone bill can be high. We paid over $50 for the week because we were online a lot in the evenings.
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