As most of you would know the words Switzerland and budget don’t go well together. In a country where the cheapest takeaway pizza costs £15 and hostels ask for anything between £30-40/per person per night, there are barely any budget-friendly options.
But that’s what we are there for right? 🙂 On our recent trip to Switzerland, we discovered the accommodation of everyone’s childhood dreams – a petite wooden chalet called Nachtigall (Nightingale) in a tiny Swiss village. The chalet had a gurgling river behind it and the snow-clad Alps in front – all this for £60/night. For centuries the Swiss have used rustic wooden chalets as an idyllic retreat from the hustle bustle of the city. This chalet does exactly that. Check out the panorama that greeted us every morning :-
We found Mauro and Rebecca’s chalet online and immediately knew it was the one!! We flew to Geneva airport and drove to St. Niklaus, a little fairy-tale village near Zermatt. We found the chalet easily and excitedly opened the main door to discover a studio apartment with a modern kitchen, bathroom, a generously sized living room, and a ladder (yes, a real wooden ladder!) leading to a secret loft with a double bed.
[box] I squealed in delight on discovering this “bedroom”. It transported me back to the days I spent devouring Enid Blytons’ novels and conjuring endless fantasies. I half expected goblins and pixies to come tumbling out of some secret attic :-)[/box]
We literally had to tear ourselves away from the chalet’s rustic red windows, its hammock, and fabulous view of the mountains every morning as we left to explore the area in our car. The location of the chalet is perfect to explore the nearby skiing villages of Zermatt and Grachen and medieval towns such as Brig (more on that coming soon 🙂 )
If you read Bruised Passports, you would know that we usually enjoy splurging on accommodation but every once in a while it’s nice to go off the beaten path and opt for something that is literally a slice of local life. There is no better way to feel at home in Switzerland than by renting a quaint chalet. Now all I want is a magical chalet of my own, complete with gushing streams, panoramas, pixies, and a bit of fairy dust for good measure 🙂
- Renting a chalet is the perfect if you love going off the beaten path and experiencing local life.
- The chalet can sleep up to 4 people and rental costs start at £60/night
- It might not be for you if you don’t enjoy self-catering accommodation and prefer hotels with room service
- St. Niklaus is a sleepy village, so it’s beneficial to have a car to drive out to restaurants and attractions in neighbouring towns and villages.
- Mauro and Rebecca’s chalet can be booked online – More details on their website www.nakagodi.com . They also have a chalet in Brazil which we plan to visit in the future (a girl can dream right? 🙂 )
Planning an your itinerary for Switzerland? Make sure you put sleeping in an igloo on the list 🙂
Packing for Switzerland? We have a handy guide to packing for Skiing and Winter Sports which will help you !