|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
'.....they looked down on the Staubach Falls and the Lauterbrunnen Valley in all its glory' - John le Carré, (Our Kind of Traitor)
A stylish apartment with stunning views of the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley that are genuinely unsurpassed. Located next to open pasture, on the outside edge of a small modern chalet development, wide french doors open out onto a large sunny terrace, great for outside dining and barbecuing, but even better for just sitting and gazing at one of the world’s most dramatic valleys. The Staubach Falls are over to one side and alpine meadows straight ahead, the views of which are unobstructed by any other buildings. In winter a cross country ski trail skirts through the grounds. Unsurprisingly, the area beyond is a UNESCO world heritage site. (As for the inside of the property, see 'More Details' below).
Inside is a large lounge and dining area, with comfortable oak and leather furniture and cosy underfloor heating. A luxury well equipped kitchen includes granite surfaces, dishwasher and microwave. Bathroom and bedrooms are to an equally high standard. A large double bedroom, with solid oak furniture, has ample room for a cot, if needed. The second bedroom, with full size bunk beds and a single bed provides flexibility for families or groups of friends. The level access throughout the property is often appreciated by both older people and those with young children.
Other features include free and unlimited WiFi internet, international cable TV, DVD, iPod dock, washing machine and drier, ski room and private garage. The price also includes all Tourist taxes, end of stay cleaning, all linen, heating and taxed rubbish/garbage collection, (ie there are no extra costs).
The property is situated well away from the traffic on the main road, but still only two minutes from the Post Bus which runs regularly along the valley (free Ski Bus in winter).
A well stocked local store is only a short distance across the river, but a full range of shops can be found in the village, ten minutes walk away.
As well as the trains to Interlaken, cable cars link to the international ski areas of Murren and Wengen, including the famous Eiger Northface cog railway to the Jungfraujoch. Further afield the excellent train and Post Bus service makes a car unnecessary.
Tennis courts are 200m back towards the village, used for ice skating in winter. (More information on skiing and summer activities can be found below). The Trummelbach Falls are an easy 20 minute walk, one of 72 waterfalls which tumble into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. In summary, the location is truly glorious.
(Our reviews will tell you a lot more, all of which have been written voluntarily by guests. However, if there is anything else that you need to know, please contact me. During your stay our local manager, who has lived nearby in the valley for over 25 years, is also available to deal with any problems.)
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I am very fortunate to have been able to retire early, along with my husband. Having been a college vice-principle, I was always able to find time to do a bit more traveling than most - now we do a lot, including visits to Lauterbrunnen for both winter skiing and summer walking. Having three grown up children (and a grandson), who equally enjoy being there with us, is an added bonus.
Sue Creamer purchased this apartment in 2007
When we saw the chalet being built we didn't see the building, we just saw the view! The other chalets are equally great, but this is special. It's a family retreat which we hope will be appreciated by our children and grandchildren for many years to come.
Stepping out onto the terrace into the heart of the valley with nothing to spoil the view.
We arrived at the Villa on a lovely sunny day to find a breathtaking view from the front balcony, the unit is in impeccable condition with everything you need for self catering, it is easy to catch the bus from the train station, it is only a 10 minute walk along a lovely river path to town, to shop or catch the trains or cable cars to the other villages around Lauterbrunnen, we had such a wonderful 5 days there, it has to be seen to be believed, Sue is a wonderful host, very helpful and always replied promptly to any of my Enquires.
I don't think you could improve on the location, communication and the view. The apartment itself is clean and comfortable and is in nearly new condition. sue and Kathy were very responsive and helpful both before and during our stay. The apartment is not in town, but about a 15 minute walk up the river. You can hear the river from the bedrooms and the windows open to the waterfall on the rock face. The view from the living room is as in the photos...spectacular. Highly recommended...if we ever get back, we would certainly stay again.
Location - on the edge of town, looking over green pastures up the valley to the mountains beyond. Ideal. Could walk into village and train station but easier with own car. Great access to all the wonderful places to explore
Accommodation - ground floor apartment with own patio with outdoor furniture an bbq. The unit is very clean, well furnished with a modern, light filled open plan living and kitchen area. Spacious bathroom with washer and dryer. The apartment comes with its own garage. Perfect place to stay for a holiday. Highly recommended.
My husband and I stayed a week at Sue's place and loved it! The view from the back door was worth it alone - absolutely breath-taking. The apartment was within walking distance from everything (about 15 minutes walk), so the location was great. The bus stop is right across the street as well, if you're not up to walking it everyday (it is pretty steep in some places, so might be a challenge for some).
The apartment was stocked with everything we needed - dishes, washer/dryer, linens, free WiFi. The only thing we had to buy was a personal washcloth, which we found out wasn't a thing anywhere we traveled to! Haha! The bed and pillow were pretty uncomfortable for me, though, and I ended up sleeping on the couch with a rolled up blanket as a pillow....but I'm used to super soft stuff at home, so I'm a bit picky about my sleeping habits, so take that with a grain of salt.
We didn't actually get to meet Sue, but we LOVED Kathy, the property manager. We actually ran into her a few times all over town, which made us laugh. :) Definitely recommend this place, though....I'm so glad our original place fell through so we could stay here with its magical views and sounds of the waterfall right outside. Communication with both ladies was wonderful - I never had to wait to hear back from either.
I'd normally recommend places to eat nearby, but literally everything we tried was perfect. So you can't go wrong staying in Lauterbrunnen. :) Take the trip up to Murren (the tram is near the train station). It's adorable and was maybe our favorite place that we visited! When you're up there, hike down to Gimmelwald. Cute, cute!
Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this apartment. The pictures are very accurate. The apartment is very spacious and extremely clean. The views of the mountains, waterfalls and sheep from the windows or sitting out on the porch are amazing. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking and we enjoyed using the gas grill. We found eating out to be very expensive in Switzerland and ate most of our meals in the apartment. The Coop grocery store and a butcher shop are located downtown which has everything you need and are reasonably priced. These stores along with the train station and restaurants are only a 15-20 minute walk away. In the week we were here we only used our car once. There were some DVDs and games in the apartment which we appreciated having at night. We stayed in other locations in Switzerland but if I could do it over again I would have stayed here the entire time. Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend this apartment.
We have just had the most fabulous time at Sue's property. Firstly, Sue is great at returning email queries both prior to our holiday and while we were there. We had a query about the DVD player and Sue returned replied within 3 hours!
It is definitely as good as the photos if not better. It is well appointed. Immaculate in every respect. In fact it was like stepping into a brand new property.
You can wake up with the sound and sight of the Staubach Falls, although the sound of the falls won't trouble you if you are a light sleeper. On our first morning there was a rainbow in the falls. The beds are really comfortable. I suffer from a bad back and had no trouble sleeping at all.
We had two children who did not want to share a room and there is ample room in the sitting/living area for someone to sleep.
There are lovely mattress toppers and christy pillows. Our daughter has asked us to buy her a pillow just like the one she had on holiday.
We had all the things we needed in the kitchen and there is plenty of cutlery and crockery so you are not having to wash up or empty the dishwasher all the time. All the appliances are in perfect working order. There is even a Miele washer and dryer in the bathroom.
The furnishings are lovely-I would be happy to have either leather sofa in my home.
It really is a delight to wake up and sit on the patio overlooking the mountains.
The bus can be caught just a few yards across the road and they go back and forth every half hour. The walk into town is a twenty minutes, but a very enjoyable stroll it takes you longer because you keep stopping to take photos.
Lauterbrunnen itself is a great place as a base for travel to Jungfraujoch or even onto to see the Reichenbach falls. Trains take less than half an hour into Interlaken.
If we return to Bernese Oberland we would not bother looking for another place to stay as we can't think of anything that could be better. It is the icing on the cake to have such fabulous care and service from Sue as well.
The village provides a range of shops and restaurants, a ten minute stroll away along the river. A well stocked local store offers most things 7 days a week, including fresh bread. Other local facilities include nearby tennis courts and cycle hire. Outdoor swimming pool, paragliding, rock climbing, white water rafting and mountain biking are all local, with excellent golf at Interlaken. Visits to historic towns and lakes like Bern, Thun and Lucerne are all convenient, as are many famous mountain passes. But the main reason for coming to the Lauterbrunnen Valley is the scenery, 72 waterfalls, spectacular mountain railways, diverse wildlife, birdwatching, glacial valleys, the Eiger, the Jungfrau and UNESCO World Natural Heritage designation. The area is however very accessible by Eurorail, motorway and train to 3 international airports; Geneva, Basel and Zurich. (For more on the immediate area google Eurocamp Lauterbrunnen Camping-Jungfrau
Ski and Winter Activities : The skiing is rivalled only by the scenery, probably the most spectacular in Europe. Lauterbrunnen is also the only place in the Jungfrau ski region with equally easy access to both Wengen and Murren, both car free villages sitting on the cliff tops on opposite sides of the valley. Murren, the birthplace of downhill skiing, has an international reputation as an elegant, true alpine village. It can be reached by either of two efficient cable cars rising up from the Lauterbrunnen Valley floor. Wengen is even more famous, being the home of the Lauberhorn, the longest downhill World Cup race, run annually in January. The whole area has great skiing for all levels, with 230km of pistes, rising to nearly 3000m, and 50km of sledging. It also offers the added excitement of skiing below the North face of the Eiger and from the revolving restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn, made famous as the location for the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
Winter Holidays for non-skiers: Whilst famous for it's skiing, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is equally ideal for other winter activities, including just absorbing the fantastic scenery. Access to mountain restaurants couldn't be easier due to the network of mountain cog-railways and cable cars. For the more energetic extensive trails are maintained for snow-shoe trekking and there are over 50 kms of toboggan runs. There is also a local heli-skiing pad, paragliding, ice skating, ice climbing and ice go-karting. In addition Lauterbrunnen is the starting point for one of the world's most dramatic train rides by rack and pinion railway, through the snow fields of Kleine Scheidegg and the Eiger northface to emerge at Europe's highest railway station at Jungfraujoch, providing direct access onto Europes longest glacier, the Aletschglacier. For more down to earth activities local trains run into the heart of great shopping at Grindelwald and Interlaken and a little further afield to Thun and Bern, Switzerland's capital city.
Spring and Summer Activities: Many of Lauterbrunnen's winter attractions are equally attractive in Spring and Summer, not least the mountain restaurants and the ride up past the Eiger to Jungfraujoch and the Aletschglacier (see Winter Holidays above). However the melting snow also reveals swathes of magnificent alpine flowers and a vast range of hiking trails. Wild ibex, marmots and chamois can be found in the more remote uplands, whilst golden eagles, wall creeper, nutcracker and red kites are amongst the rarer birds frequently seen. Cycle routes vary from gentle routes along the valley bottom to tough tracks over mountain passes. For more sedate pastimes traditional Swiss culture is regularly on show, from yodelling to folk dancing, alpine horns and Swiss bands. Local hero William Tell is also celebrated throughout the summer at the open air theatre in Interlaken, where there is also an excellent golf course. In addition a number of beaches and lidos can be found dotted around the huge adjoining lakes, as well an open-air pool back in the village.
Wheelchair Access: The apartment is suitable for people who may be less physically able or for those with young children, with level access throughout and a large flat terrace. Wheelchair users will find that doors are wide and the hallways , bathroom and corridors are roomy. Although there is a small step at the entrance to the building(5cms), the approach is level and there are suitable footpaths throughout the valley, including back to the village. The cable cars, trains and buses are generally equally user friendly.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
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