Our Stay in a Swiss Alp Chalet│ In a recent post, we showed you Gasthof Final Leissigen. Our wonderful AirBnb find in the Swiss Alps. This wooden chalet was located on a hill, overlooking the Thundersee Lake. Some accommodations boast of their views, but this one had more to offer than we even imagined. The pictures of this place on AirBnb did not do it the justice that it deserves. We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The soft glow of the afternoon sunlight coming through the windows made the house warm and cozy. It felt enchanting!
As you can see above, our room had long rectangular windows above our bed. These windows overlooked the Thundersee Lake. There were no curtains or shutters on that side of the room, which only added to the natural feel. Thankfully, there were shutters on the side windows, so we were able to block the first rays of light when the sun came up.
Even though we already did a post on this place, here are a few more pictures from the rest of our time there…
Above, You see that blurry subject at the bottom of the house? There goes Eli! He absolutely LOVED running up and down the grass hills surrounding this cabin. We imagined ourselves sitting and looking over the lake, but hey… those with toddlers will know: Things don’t always go the way that you imagine they will. We had to keep an eye on little man because there were some dangerous edges he could tumble down, and even some cows on the neighboring fields.
Below, On the lake we could see another beautiful property with yachts and boats docked around it. Have I mentioned my dream of moving to a quiet little town in the middle of nowhere?? This view really did tug at my heart strings!
The area above was completely open, so in winter we can’t imagine how cold it must be here. As mentioned in the previous post on this place, this guesthouse is only open from June until the end of September. During the rest of the month of the year it is too cold here, and since the house is old, all of the plumbing and water pipes FREEZE! I bet it looks like a deserted winter wonderland here during the coldest months.
Breakfasts at the Gasthof Finel were wonderful! Bread, cheese, butter, jams, cereals, yogurt, fruit and plenty of coffee. Each morning the table would be prepared for us. We liked to sleep in, and then only go eat once we are dressed and ready to head out. The high chair would be at a table, with a little chocolate on each of our three plates.
Maybe she did that for everyone, but I felt like the lady working there (her name was Susan) really liked us. She had such a kind face, and a soft caring nature. Since it was a buffet breakfast, we liked to sit there for ages, taking our time and enjoying the view of the lake. The placemat was a map of the Interlaken region – great motivation for planning our days in this region of Switzerland.
It was Susan who helped us plan our day up to the peak of Schilthorn. More on that coming soon!
There’s that quiet sunset-gazing moment!
And there’s mommy walking around with little man…
When Elijah had explored as much as he could, he settled down to place next to the tree behind us. Finally we had a moment to sit down together and enjoy the perfect view, and this special moment. This is what vacations are made of – the sweetest moments. Sunsets and smiles!