People who visit me at my home which I call The Outdoor Retreat say VOW you are so lucky to live here. The location and scenery is like the dream image people have of Switzerland. (This has to be experienced in person for it can not be merely captured by camera.)
Highly recommended by previous guests. Book if you like the full description and agree to the house rules. If you prefer a house to yourself this is possible at the "Alpine Chalet by The Outdoor Retreat".
Environmentally friendly. Eggs, cheese and other diary products available direct from the animal friendly farm next door (see the other things to note section) and superb spring water from own spring, free parking and free high-speed Wi-Fi.
Emphasis is on comfort such as premium mattresses and high thread count linen. Shared access to Balcony Gym, 1.5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a pleasant living room. You should get the feeling of being at home.
It is the 1000m elevation and the exact location which makes this FANTASTIC view. (The view is much inferior if you go 1 km in any direction. People who live even closer to the Alps do not have such a great view;) There is a great micro-climate on this south westerly facing slope. Enjoy the sun when it is cloudy or foggy in other places such as in Zuerich, Lucern, Zug or in the town of Oberägeri (3Km) downhill. The Outdoor Retreat overlooks lake Aegeri, the pre Alps and the magnificent Alps. On a good day the Jura mountains can also be seen at a distance.
To increase your likelihood of enjoying the fantastic view, longer stays are recommended. This is also a great place to make day trips from in case you want to explore different parts of Switzerland. (Most trips can be made into round trips where you can take different routes back and forth).
This is not a hotel, some things you might like much more and others less.
Ask, not only for our pillow menu but our mattress and quilt/comforter menu :)
Why not combine self catering and enjoy all the restaurants nearby (1 Km plus).
The living room has the dining area, cheminée, the office space of the host, two sofas and a comfortable chair to relax in, read or simply enjoy the view. In front of the living room is huge balcony with the same view and the small gym. There is one bathroom with a bathtub and a separate shower, and another bathroom without a bathtub or shower. So normally some facility should be free. You can use the fully equipped kitchen.
Interaction with guests
º Please keep in mind that the reviews may be putting me up on a pedestal. Some people may like me very much. You on the other hand might not like me or might not get the opportunity to get to know me. (I may be away working or enjoying my time off).
º I prefer guests who are also sociable, but do feel free to keep to yourself all, most or some of the time. I am a big fan of nature, healthy living, music, dancing, massage, reading, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, swimming and enjoying the company of others. Just communicate clearly when and what you would like to do together. To help with this you may ask or be asked to fill out a small questionnaire upon (or before) arrival. (This does not replace direct communications of your wishes).
º I am a liberal person who respects the fact that people are different. However if you do not respect others including your travel companion (e.g. your spouse) then please do not stay here or change your attitude.
º I live here and you live here with me for a short time. I would like to have normal interaction with you based on equality. I joke, I express my opinions and I may compliment or criticize you in a good-natured way. Our private conversations should remain private.
Other things to note
You may be able to buy on location some milk, eggs (from happy chickens that you may see outside), cheese (whole cheese with a softer middle -ideal to take with you- strong mountain cheese, medium and dense wine cheese, or mild forest cheese -the cheeses are meticulously cared for daily for 3 to 12 months), and the very popular blueberry, walnut or natural yogurt (all the before mentioned are made on site by the farmer). You can also get bacon, canned food and other non-perishable items.
Great massage is available on location.
Photography instruction available.
Ideal place to relax or exercise outside and lose weight (remember to consult with your physician before starting on any intensive program). Professional rowing exercise equipment. Lots and lots of hiking trails (hiking trail sign post right outside).
Boat trips available nearby from end of April.
Both the linen and the towels are washed at 60 degrees minimum. (There are fresh hand towels (orange) to dry your hands, yellow towels to wipe the kitchen, pink towels to wipe the bathroom sinks, blue towels for the floor and green for general dusting.
There are lots of instructions and advisory labels placed to the benefit of everyone and to help you make the best use of the facilities.
Please clean after yourself and leave your room etc ready for the next guests. (You will be given fresh linen for the next guests).
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