Chalet, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4+ (convertible bed in living room)
- english, french, german, italian, Swiss-German
About Pia Middione
I was born and raised in Switzerland and have been to Grachen many, many times as a child and as an adult. I received a business degree from a school in Olten and loved to learn languages. I lived in Lausanne for 2 years to learn French, I learned Italian and German in school an then decided to visit America to learn English. I was homesick and when I called my mom, she said, 'Don't come home until you learn English.' Then a met a cute guy that likes to sail by the ocean. We got married and I have two college age kids, one boy Marco and a girl named Martina that both speak Swiss-German. Needless to say, my English is perfect after 30+ years married and living in near Santa Cruz, California. Thanks for visiting my website and I hope you can rent our storybook house in Grachen, Switzerland. You will not regret it...
Pia Middione purchased this Chalet in 1987
Why Pia Middione chose Grachen
My mom and dad took our whole family up to Grachen every winter and summer. We skiied in the winter and hiked the mountains in the summer. My brother bought the upper unit and he asked me if I wanted to buy the lower unit, so we did. This little chalet is all you need to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty and activites. It makes you feel like stepping back in time when life was simpler, people were nicer, and yet it has all the conveniences of modern life. Banks, TV, fine restaurants, music on week-ends, open trails to everywhere. You feel at peace here, and the Matterhon and Zermatt are nearby to visit and enjoy! Grachen is such a charming place!
What makes this Chalet unique
From the Chalet in Grachen you feel like you are on top of the world. The mighty Alps surround the Chalet and most of the high peaks are snow covered year around. The air if pure and fresh and in the surroundings you can still see some cows or sheep grazing in the hills with an occasional encounter with a ram or mountain goat along the trails. A glacier is nearby and can be reached in less than 2 hours. This is the perfect place to relax and rediscover inner peace.
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great property in a perfect location. In walking distance to the center of Grächen and the station for the cable car. Sitting outside on the small terrace surrounded by the highest Swiss mountains is breathtaking
An Excellent Rental
My husband and I enjoyed our week in this well-equipped, clean, comfortable chalet very much. Its location is lovely; its views are stunning. The hiking trails that begin in the village of Grachen are awesome. It also proved a great base for day trips to Zermatt. This chalet far exceeded our expectations. Its owner made the entire process very easy; we hope to return.
Perfect for hiking. Clean, comfortable, charming. Amazing views. Friendly village.
Family of four plus grandmother. We enjoyed hiking here and cooking our meals or eating great local bakery bread and cheese on our hikes. Daily trips to the bakery just down the hill and supermarkets with convenient hours made it easy.
There are both easy and challenging hikes from the chalet. With Grandma we walked along the Suonen or to Gasenried. Four of us had a great day hike to Saas Fee and took buses & train back. Highly recommend this lovely chalet to families.
Enjoyed our stay in Grachen. Chalet was well equipped, very clean, beds were comfortable, and grocery stores and bakeries were only a few minutes walk. Trails leading to beautiful forest walk were also about a 5 minute walk away. Views from chalet of town and mountains were gorgeous!! Grachen is not well situated for getting in and out of quickly, since its so far up the mountain, but the views make the drive worthwhile. It's best to try to arrive during daylight hours - we arrived very late at night and it was too dark to read the chalet names, making it very difficult to find. GPS was useless since Grachen doesn't use street numbers, just the chalet names. The owner had provided a map but our iPad did not recognize the program, so make sure you print the map out or convert it to a format you can read on electronic devices. But despite the drawbacks, we enjoyed our stay!
Sorry about the GPS problem, on my map, there should be the GPS latitude and longitude numbers, but you have to be part engineer to use this strategy. We hope you had a good time and, yes there are only house names and no numbers. We hope to see you again.
Nice winter holiday for the second year!
We stayed for the second year for one week in the apartment, for our winter holiday with our 7-year old twins. We enjoyed the Grächen ski area, which is great both for our kids and for us as parents. The ski area is rather compact but with some very beautiful slopes, especially the long Stafel-Seetalhorn and Plattje, and also the slope down to the village. The apartment is about 5-10 minutes walk from the gondola to the ski area. We left our ski's in the lockers at the gondola, otherwise the climb to the apartment will be tough on ski-shoes. After a day of skiing the way back is a nice climb. The apartment is nice and complete including fast internet and a new TV. The shower is indeed small but operating well, good for us. If we come back to Grächen we will look for the apartment again.
A wonderful chalet.
My husband and I stayed here at this wonderful chalet in Grachen. We loved the town, the people, the hiking and everything Grachen had to offer. The chalet was perfect although the bathroom shower is hard to use. It is awkward and small. But other than that we loved everything. Please also be aware that it is a bit of a hike up to the chalet so keep that in mind. We didn't mind. It had plenty of room for the two of us with an extra bedroom that we really didn't use. It had a nice kitchen and living room as well.
Ideal for snow skiing and snowboarding in the winter, this car-free ski village with offers slopes that are within walking distance of the Chalet. The world class ski slopes in Zermatt are about a 30 minute drive away, where it is possible to ski into Italy! Daily bus and train services are available to and from Zermatt and Grachen. Ski schools are very friendly and easy to find.
In the summer, Grachen offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. You can hike in 3 hours to the Ried Glacier and there are mountain huts you can stay at overnight. Quite forested trails are located throughout the hilly landscape, while more difficult rocky trails provide a range of opportunities for hikes and casual walks. There is a kids park next door with slides, small zip-lines, climbing equipment and food.