Our plan in Gstaad however, was the opposite of pampered luxury. We had chosen to spend the next 2 nights in a historic chalet, away from the hustle of the main town.
We were not disappointed!
The 400-hundred-year-old Chalet Hansifang is an erstwhile hunting chalet, placed on AirBNB by its current owners. In spite of being located just 15 minutes’ drive from the main town, the chalet is a haven away from any noise, pollution or crowds. In the middle of the hills, this tastefully done chalet has everything you want out of a rustic mountain experience. The chalet itself is located in a verdant valley full of flowering plants of every imaginable colour and offers towering vistas of the Swiss Alps from each of the rustic windows. Late evening conversations by the roaring stone fireplace, with a glass of wine and a fox coat draped around your shoulders made for a surreal and mesmerizing experience. Solar panels power the utilities and lighting so that you never forget you are on vacation. We found the lack of cellular connectivity an added bonus allowing us to really escape into the wilderness, and disconnect from the world outside this little haven. Highly recommended is an understatement given the rustic splendor of living in this beautiful Chalet.