HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Charming chalet | private indoor pool & sauna | alpine location | sleeps 2-9

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

Sleeps up to 9 people in 5 bedrms. 1 bathroom,1 shower, 3 WCs, Sauna & Pool

La Taupinere is a very comfortable and well-equipped, private, individual chalet. It has a large balcony facing south to wonderful views of the mountains and alpine meadows. The detached chalet is surrounded by its own garden. La Taupiniere also has a large sauna and private, indoor, 30ft heated swimming pool. The pool room has floor to ceiling glass doors/windows for lovely views onto the garden and mountains. La Taupiniere also has the benefit of excellent wifi internet connection.

The chalet is in a superb and beautiful location for all mountain activities including skiing, mountain biking, walking, golf, para-gliding, tennis or just for relaxing. It is well located for easy access to Lake Leman (Geneva) with its attractive lakeside towns of Vevey, Montreux, Lausanne etc. or the beautiful villages of the White mountains: Chateau d'Oex, Gstaad, Rougement, or the glacier at Les Diablerets.

The village is surrounded by farms, with cows grazing in summer, producing the milk for the famous Gruyeres Cheese and the truly delicious Cailler chocolate, made and sold in nearby Broc, where you can also visit the factory. It is also possible to visit the Gruyeres Cheese factory and/or surrounding farms to see how the cheese is made.

Gruyeres is a delightful area to spend time, whether active or relaxing. The area is renowned for its beauty and there is plenty to see and do, both summer and winter. Moleson village has a small food store, restaurant, and cafe. The village is popular for skiing, has a friendly tourist office and a ski school.

The rental price includes use of the chalet for up to 9 adults, and all the bed linen (but not bath towels) and electricity. Swiss tourist tax is extra at CHF2.60 per person, per night.

More Details

Sarah Dowding
Member since: 1997
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Sarah Dowding

I now manage the chalet on behalf of my mother, who purchased Chalet La Taupiniere in 1988. We had previously owned another chalet in the village since 1978. So I have grown up holidaying in Moleson and we really love both the chalet and the area.

Sarah Dowding purchased this chalet in 1988

Why Sarah Dowding chose Fribourg country

My parents jumped at the chance to buy La Taupiniere as it had the fabulous indoor swimming pool and more space. Unlike most chalets in Moleson the parking is right outside, on flat ground, and there are no steps to the chalet. It is also situated in a very quiet no-through road with just 8 other chalets and there are open fields to the front, so it's very peaceful. As it's been our holiday home for so long, it really is a 'home' - well equipped, nicely furnished and the little touches and details that lift the chalet from being a mere 'soulless rental' to a homely base for your holiday.

What makes this chalet unique

I love being in a lovely little village in the mountains, yet it is so easy to get into the main town of Bulle and to other places in Switzerland. Compared to many ski chalets that are a long way up a mountain, where it's nigh-on impossible to leave once there, Moleson is really well located. So whether you want more skiing, restaurants, supermarkets, the tourist attractions of Gruyeres and the area, or the larger cities of Fribourg, Bern and Geneva - it's all really easy to access. A really great year-round holiday home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Nous avons passé un excellent séjour ! Tout était parfait !
Nov 2015
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in the Gruyères in the Jura/Fribourg

Property Type:
  • chalet (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • resort
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom - Bath with Shower
    Toilet - Toilet
    Toilet - Toilet
    Studio - Toilet
    Pool Room - Shower Enclosure , There is a large sauna as well
  • On the lower ground floor, alongside the bedrooms, there is a main bathroom with double basins and a large bath with a fabulous large rain shower over. This bathroom also has electric underfloor heating. There is a separate WC next to this bathroom. The pool room has a large shower enclosure as well. There is a WC and hand basin upstairs, next to the single bedroom. This bedroom also has a large wash basin. The studio, with 3 single beds, has an en-suite WC and wash basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Luxurious feather, all-seasons duvet & mattress topper
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Luxurious feather, all-seasons duvet & mattress topper
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Luxury feather all-season duvet & sumptuous mattress topper
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Feather all-season duvets & sumptuous mattress toppers
    Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed , 1 bunk bed and 1 single bed all with feather duvets
  • On the lower ground floor there are 3 bedrooms: 2 double rooms and 1 twin room. The largest double room has a 150cm bed with luxurious feather all-seasons duvet & sumptuous mattress topper to ensure a dreamy sleep. There is a chest of drawers & built-in wardrobe, as well as bedside tables. There are French windows into the garden & another south-facing window. The second double room has a 140cm double bed with lovely feather all-season duvet & sumptuous mattress topper. There is a window to the garden & terrace. There is also a door to the pool. The twin bedroom has two single beds with mattress toppers & a window to the garden. There is also a family bathroom with large bath & shower over, & a separate WC. One the upper ground floor (living area level) there is a single bedroom with wash basin. With its own entrance there is a studio bedroom with 3 beds (1 set of bunk beds & one single bed). This room also has a separate toilet & wash basin. There is also cot if required.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Charming chalet | private indoor pool & sauna | alpine location | sleeps 2-9
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Priviledged to stay here

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasure it was to stay in this marvellous home in such an idyllic location. Liz, the owner, was friendly and informative, and has done a great job making the chalet really very charming.

Swimming in the pool looking out on the mountains, after a sauna, and then outside for a BBQ simply can not be beat!

Thank you, Liz, I'm sure I'll be back when time allows!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments.Liz
Did you find this review helpful?
4 1

Escape to the Swiss mountains!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked the Christmas week at La Taupiniere and had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. We were very lucky withy the weather and each hiked to restaurant half way up the Moleson to enjoy the sunshine and a glass of wine.

In addition, we swam three times a day in the heated indoor swimming pool and enjoyed the sauna every evening before dinner.

In summary we had a very relaxing stay at La Taupiniere and highly recommend taking a holiday in this charming and very homely Swiss chalet.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback and we look forward to welcoming you to La Taupiniere again next Christmas.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Fabulous find

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed staying here. Great late summer break. Excellent location, easy for arrival of our group some by train (and plane) some by car. Can't wait to come back in the snow! Lovely accommodation and great pool, garden and sauna.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

La Taupiniere

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have stayed, the last time for a skiing holiday which was fabulous. This visit give us the opportunity to walk amongst breathtaking scenery. Enjoyed visiting the cheese and chocolate factories too! Once again, a wonderful chalet with great facilities such as the pool and sauna. Like the improvements since my last stay too.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Not What it Seems

  • 2 of 5

This house has its good points. The location is excellent. The pool and sauna facility is good. The family bathroom is good and the lounge seating area is comfortable.


The house is too small for 10/11 people. The kitchen is a ‘one person’ kitchen.

We were a family of 7 (5adults and 2 children) and struggled to self cater. The dining area is filled with a large 2 leaf extendable table with benches and folding chairs. We just managed by moving the table diagonally and having one leaf folded down.

The small double bedroom is the inside access to the pool area. It is too hot and too noisy at night and should be disregarded as a bedroom

The twin bedroom is very small & only suitable for small children. The separate studio is also small but OK for children. Access to downstairs is via a steep stone spiral staircase with no handrail.

The downstairs rooms smelt and felt damp.

There are no locks on any of the inside doors, including toilets and bathroom.

There is no toilet near the pool apart from going through the bedroom.

The other access to the pool area is via the front door, down a muddy slope and through the garden.

The kitchen equipment and oven were not very clean. We spent an hour getting it to a reasonable standard.

On arrival we found the garden very unkempt, even windows were covered with growth. We spent several hours chopping back overgrown foliage to make the place more pleasant.

The outside eating area was a non-starter, it is an area of old concrete slabs and the access to it is via the muddy slope down to the garden or through 2 of the bedrooms. The table and benches were old with peeling varnish. The BBQ was dirty & still full of ash, we even found the missing oven shelf in the ash!

Lastly, there is NO WI FI here despite being led to believe to the contrary right up until the day before we arrived.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review & highlighting the points you thought were good. We've been constantly upgrading the chalet wherever possible, since we bought it in 1988. The house is small for 11 people & we'd like to turn the studio into an en-suite twin/dbl bedrm, giving an extra shower rm. The chalet will then sleep 9 people max. The kitchen is small but well-equipped. Usually only 1 or 2 people are in the kitchen, even for a large group. Sadly it's not easily changeable. In July I spring cleaned. We had guests staying afterwards & our cleaner does her best in 6 hrs between tenants. The chalet was built in 1978 & the bedrms are quite small, but no smaller than most houses (in Switzerland & the UK) of the post war period. The twin bedrm is fine for 2 adults - we've had many friends & guests stay in that rm. The pool was built by previous owners & we've tried with various planners to change this but no success. As this is a holiday home people tend not to travel with much luggage & not spend much time in the bedrms. The spiral stairs comply with building regulations. To add a handrail would make the stairs narrower which wouldn't enhance safety on the stairs. I am surprised the downstairs smelt & felt damp. It was fine in July. Perhaps the previous tenants left the pool door open. There's a closer & notice on the door to try & stop this happening. There are no locks on internal doors. There used to be keys- lost by tenants over the years & we were informed of kids locking themselves in to rooms. I shall look into adding locks to bathrooms. We'd love to add a loo nr the pool. It's a logistical & planning problem. There are steps & path in the garden to the pool. The garden's grassed & not ‘muddy’ unless it’s rained heavily. In July we cut back lots of creeper on the pergola & balcony. We like it draped over the building, offering shade in summer, but our taste clearly isnt for everyone. Windows weren't covered in ‘growth’ as I cleaned them all in July. As the chalet has bedrms on the lower floor & living rms on the upper floor (normal for chalets) access to the terrace is via the bedroom. Or outside, it’s a slope (with path)- that's mountains for you. The BBQ isnt ours & was left by the previous guests. We now have wifi (8/10/14). At no point was it mentioned or were you told there was wifi - either on HomeAway (via which you booked) or our website. Our prices are low considering the location & facilities. The pool is expensive to maintain.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

A week at Moleson

  • 5 of 5

Having paid hefty price tags for Alpine holidays in the past, my stay at La Taupiniere has proved to be a revelation. A superb , clean and welcoming Chalet that retains the traditional charms of the Alps yet with modern and up to date facilities. To be able to come home after a hard days skiing to a sauna and a swim is just the perfect way to round off the day. Ski hire and skiing was available on one's doorstep, and catered for all levels of proficiency, yet easily accessible by car were some of Switzerland's premier ski resorts. The town of Bulle is only fifteen minutes by car and provides the full range of facilities, bars, restaurants, banking, and sight seeing. Even closer is the beautiful medieval town of Gruyeres with its stunning architecture and fondue restaurants. I will happily be recommending La Taupiniere to friends and clients alike, and look forward to my next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0


Musée HR Giger
Hr Giger Bar
"The most surreal interior I've ever seen. Really wacky and very well done - even if it's sli..."
La Maison Cailler
"Fabulous chocolate factory with fun and educational tour and superb tasting room at the end."
"Lovely old town centre with a great market held every Thursday. The Musee de Gruyerien is in..."
Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
N12 autoroute from Vevey to Bern
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lake Gruyeres
Car: necessary

La Taupiniere is located in the small alpine village of Moléson-sur-Gruyeres, surrounded by pastures, yet only 15km away from the N12 Autoroute. Geneva is about 70 miles/125km away, and Airport & Palexpo (exhibition centre) is 75 minutes by road.

Winter/Ski: The chalet is located in the small ski village of Moleson, which has pistes of all standards. www.moleson.ch

Nearby are other small village resorts, such as Charmey, La Berra and Les Paccots. The advantage of these villages for skiing are that they are cheaper and far less crowded than the well-known resorts.

Within an hours drive (and some a lot nearer) are the internationally-known ski resorts of Verbier, Villars, Les Diablerets, Leysin, Gstaad, Chateau d'Oex, Murren & Wengen, as well as many other, smaller resorts.

Summer: La Taupiniere and Moleson are ideally located for summer activities - be it walking, hiking, summer activities, scenic drives etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Gruyères, Fribourg country

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Ski Season 2017
11 Feb 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£1,702 **
Spring 2017
26 Feb 2017 - 13 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£1,192 **
Early Summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£1,449 **
July & August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£1,702 **
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£1,449 **
October - December 22 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
£985 **
Christmas & New Year 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
£2,208 **
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
£985 **

Additional pricing information

Tourist tax £ 2 per person per night
Refundable Damage Deposit £337
Stay tax €2 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 15 years.

The rental rates include the use of the whole chalet, with bed linen and the electricity (heating and lighting). Swiss tourist tax is extra at SFR1.85 per person per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now Enquire Now

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot