5 Bedroom Unique Wooden Lodge in Switzerland, Swiss Alps, Gruyeres
With the slopes just 500m away and a private 30ft pool and sauna to enjoy, this traditional wooden detached lodge, built in the local architectural style, is not your average ski chalet. Just as beautiful in both the summer and the winter, La Taupiniere offers an atmosphere of complete relaxation.
La Taupiniere is located in the small Alpine village of Moléson sur Gruyères, set high amongst the summer grazing pastures where cows produce the famous Gruyère cheese. The area is richly historical and spectacularly beautiful, sprinkled with idyllic towns and villages which each reflect the character of its region. Ssituated in the canton of Fribourg about 130km from Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, this is a superb and beautiful location for mountain activities like skiing, mountain biking and paragliding, but it is just as good for gentler pursuits like walking, golf and tennis. There is plenty to do within an hours drive of the chalet, more than enough to keep you amused for the duration of your stay, and the village has its own shop, restaurant-cafe, pizzeria, and ski shop. There arent many chalets in Switzerland with their own indoor pool and sauna, so La Taupiniere really offers something special.
The village is well served for winter sports, including cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, paragliding and snowboarding. It has a ski school which teaches all of these, and within an hours drive of Moléson you will be able to ski world class resorts like Verbier, Villars, Mürren and Leysin. Switzerland is also a wonderful place in summer, whether youre sightseeing and enjoying cultural visits or sailing on the lakes, walking in the mountains and summer skiing on the glaciers. The Moleson area is renowned for its splendid walking paths. In the village there are floodlit tennis courts, a mini-golf course, a childrens play area, archery lessons, petanque, a bob-luge and grass scooters, and trout fishing, windsurfing and pony trekking are also available locally. The more adventurous can rock climb, raft, paraglide, go canyoning, and take part in other extreme sports.
Geneva Airport is the nearest international airport and is about an hour and twenty minutes away by car. From the UK Geneva is well served by numerous airlines. Bern Airport is an hour away and Zurich is about two and a half hours drive. Calais is 600 miles from the chalet and it takes about eight or nine hours to drive. From Vevey, take the N12 north towards Bern and take the Bulle exit. Moléson is 10km from the motorway. Gruyères is the nearest train station, which has regular trains from Geneva and Bern, or you could go to Bulle, which has a larger station.
Geneva 1 hour 20 minutes
Nearest Train Station:
Nearest Bus Stop:
In the village, 500m
Calais, 600 miles
Moléson sur Gruyères (walking distance)
15 miles (Lake Gruyères)
Moléson sur Gruyères (walking distance)
Bulle (Thursday mornings)
Spread out over two storeys, the bedrooms are on the lower floor and the living area on the upper floor. The open-plan living area has generous, comfortable sofas set around the log fire and there is a good size coffee table as well as a CD player, a trunk full of games and puzzles, and plenty of books and magazines. The kitchen has patio doors leading onto the balcony and it is fitted with all the mod cons and all the crockery and utensils youll need. Also on this level are a large single bedroom and a separate WC. Down on the lower floor are two double bedrooms and one twin. The larger double has French windows leading onto the patio, and the lower floor is also equipped with a bathroom with twin basins and a bath with shower attachment. There is plenty of room to leave skis and coats at the entrance and in the hallway. The studio, with its own separate entrance, has two sets of full-size bunk-beds and an en-suite washroom with WC.
The balcony, accessed by French doors from the living and dining space, wraps around three sides of the chalet and is predominately south-facing. The real luxury of the chalet is the heated 30ft pool and large sauna. The water is automatically heated, filtered and cleaned using an ultra-violet light system, so very little chlorine is needed. Glazed down one side, the pool room has glorious views onto the garden, down to the valley and up to the mountains, and there is a pool-side sitting area where you can relax. There is also a large shower unit. Doors lead out onto the terrace, the private garden is bordered by trees and shrubs, and there is a large patio with a table and benches for al fresco dining. The terrace and garden are idyllic in the summer and this is the ideal spot for barbecues and sunbathing; all in all the views and setting make this a wonderfully restful place.
The chalet is an ideal destination for family ski holidays - you are not stuck up a long and tortuous mountain road like many of the larger resorts, so it is easy to go to other ski areas or to take a day off skiing and do something different. There is plenty of skiing to suit all abilities, as well as plenty to do for the non-skiers. The beginner (or nursery) slopes are within sight of the chalet, some just 500m away and the main lift (a funicular railway) and is a further 100m. The skiing area in the village is from 1100m to 2000m altitude and there are eight lifts varying from T-bars, buttons and a large cable car. The 30km of pistes cater for all standards of skier from green to black runs, but with the majority being blue and red. The skiing is great for beginners and intermediates, but there is also enough to keep the more advanced skier amused for a few days.
Conditions of Rental
The letting price for 1 week includes use of the house for 11 people, bedding, laundry and cleaning at the end of your stay. Bookings made over the phone or email will be held for 10 days, by which time we hope you will have paid your cheque for 25% of the total. Final payment is to arrive 8 weeks before departure. If the booking is cancelled within 5-8 weeks of departure, 45% is payable. If cancelled within 2-5 weeks of departure, 60% is payable, and if less than 2 weeks before departure, 90% is payable. Insurance cover can be obtained from your broker to cover cancellation. If we can re-let we will do so, but we shall retain 25% to cover administration costs.
- Village / Rural
- Night life
- Sports & activity
- Swimming Pool
- Cot / Highchair
- Internet Access
- Linen provided
- Log Fire
- Sauna or Steam Room
- Washing Machine
- Golf within 30km
- Horse Riding