That Night we Slept in a Barn│Our first night at Gasthof Finel Leissigen was spent in a beautiful wooden room overlooking the lake. When the sun started the set, our room filled with the most amazing shades of pink and orange. It was a dreamy room. The kind that makes you smile when you think back on it. In fact, when we first walked into the room, I was speechless. It was just perfect for us.
The following day was spent traveling up to the majestic peak of Schilthorn. We have spent the last week sharing that journey with you, and we really can’t stress just how breathtaking our views from this day were. It was a day that we hope doesn’t fade from our memories… EVER! In fact, we will treasure the pictures from this day, because they give a small glimpse into the beauty that we experienced. Being there, and surrounded by it all, was far greater than the pictures can show. But still, the photos take us back to that happy place.
During the course of that day we thought very little about where we would be sleeping that evening. It was not a surprise though, since we had already made the arrangements in the morning, But still, it sure was going to be quite a different evening. To say the least. We had only booked our room overlooking the lake for one evening. The pictures on AirBnb DID NOT do this room justice, so we book one night and assumed we would leave the next day. As I mentioned above, we soon found out that we LOVED this Swiss chalet, and we didn’t want to leave. Our day was however packed full of adventure and we didn’t want to have to think about finding a new place to stay. When we told this to the guesthouse that morning, they said that they just didn’t have any rooms available for that evening. They did HOWEVER have no reservations for the barn. The barn? Ohhh, that sounded oddly appealing and sort of adventurous.
Since the rest of the house was so charming, we assumed the room in the barn was probably the same. Perhaps just a little more rustic…? I did hope that there was hay on the floor, and exposed wooden beams on the ceilings, but we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. Sleeping in the barn was $50, compared to the $120 that the room had cost us. When we went to check out the barn, the price difference made sense!! There were no “rustic touches”! It was literally a barn. The place animals probably used to sleep in. A barn!
I lay awake petrified that a spider was going to crawl into my hair, or land on my face, but I have to admit, it was a pretty cool experience. While I lay awake at night (frozen with fear of insects crawling out of the hay by my head) I realized that I could hear the most amazing sounds from the trees outside. Through a hole in the side of the barn wall (haha, yes… a big old hole) I could see the stars. It took me some time to relax and really appreciate the naturalness of it all, but it eventually sunk in. The barn has about 20 beds in it, and it is hired out to large groups. This would be an amazing place to stay with a group of young friends during a getaway week.
We were up at the crack of dawn – thanks to the hole in the walls, which let in the first rays of morning light.
The beds were comfortable, and we were able to move a crib into the barn so that Eli didn’t kick us constantly in the night (we DO NOT enjoy co-sleeping with this little guy… he does somersaults!). It wasn’t at all a glamorous night, but in many ways we were pleased with our night of adventurous sleeping. Definitely one to remember!