About this listing
Take some time out in a beautifully renovated Swiss country house, situated in a lively village at the foothills of the Alps. There is a big garden and a breakfast terrace. Hiking trails and ski resorts are at the doorstep. Welcome to Switzerland!
Hiking, biking and and skiing bring people from around the world to Switzerland and we are at the centre of it.
In summer, you reach the Lake of Constance by a 5min car ride or a 20min train journey with "Rosa", our village's romanic old stem engine.
World class hiking in the Alpstein is about half-an-hour car ride away and definitely a must see.
In winter, you are about an hour (car or train) away from Eastern Switzerland top notch skiing areas (Davos, Klosters, Arosa, Laax). Three passionate snowboarders live in the house. Ask us, we are happy to give some tips!
Also, there are maps and flyers of the region if you need.
You will stay in a traditional wooden Swiss "Appenzeller House", which over the last decades has been renovated without losing its charm.
The apartment has a double bed in the bedroom and an unfoldable couch in the living room. It is built for two couples. If you are more people, we provide up to two more single beds.
Fully equipped kitchen, fridge, bathroom with toilet and bathtub, washing machine, "TV"* and fireplace in the living room are at your disposal.
Also, go ahead and use the backyard terrace when its sunny. The view over the lake is magnificent!
*Note on the TV: There is an old TV that might or might not be working on the day of your arrival. We figured that guests hardly ever use it because they bring there laptops and live-stream. If you feel nostalgic, however, give it a shot and zap trough some Swiss-German TV shows.
Interaction with guests
Its a family house with grown up kids (me being one of them). That means my father is usually here to help and we kids come and go. We are multi-national travelers and love to meet people from other places. You also might find some souvenirs and maps around the place. Since you enter the flat through a different door, you will have your privacy if needed.
It's a quiet residential area not far from the village centre. I lived in some US cities and Paris for a long time and every time I come I'm amazed how quiet it is at night and how many stars there are in the skies!
During summer days you will enjoy the distinct sound of Switzerland: Cow bells!
If you travel by car without GPS, we are happy to give you directions or pick you up at a vantage point in the village. Its pretty easy to reach though and there is parking for up to 3 cars.
If you arrive by public transport, the village's bus terminal and the train station are about a 5mins walk away. Bus and romantic old train also get you to St. Gallen (culture and nightlife) and to the lake.
Other things to note
Piri and Janos, my dad's two Hungarian Vizlas live in the living room upstairs. They are super friendly (and smart!!). You won't come across them as you enter from a different door, but if you want you can ask my dad for an introduction :)
- Some days, we are all here. Some days, we all flew out and my father is working. This is way the general check in is 6pm (when for my father is back from work). Of course if you come earlier, it is entire possible. Either you might find someone else who will show you the room, or we get you instructions on how to find the keys to the house. Has worked well in the past, now worries.
- We are all non-smokers and the whole house is made of wood. Please don't smoke inside (nor in the windows). Obviously there is a fire hazard but its also very difficult to get the smell out of the wood and fabrics again. Its really expensive to clean it and thats why this is the only rule we are very strict about. Up to 500€ cleaning fees may be charged for smoking inside the house. There are two terraces where you can enjoy your cigarets...
- There is parking for one car per booking. If you have more than one car, you have to find a parking spot in the village. Please don't leave your car on our neighbour's parking lot.
Other than that, just common sense :) If you accidentally break something, just let us know, we won't be mad.