Château-d'Oex, Pays-d’Enhaut, Switzerland
Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps at the heart of the Pays d’Enhaut, bordering the Bernese Oberland and Gstaad, lies the sleepy mountain village of Château d’oex. For over a century this delightful enclave has hosted discerning travellers seeking it’s easy-going traditional style and impressive mountain-scapes. The village is also home to l’Ermitage. This charming boutique hotel exudes rustic charm, contemporary art de vivre and a restful yet vibrant atmosphere. Decorated by the owner--interior designer Sophie Labarraque, - this treasure trove offers simple yet cosy alpine rooms, personal detail in every nook and cranny, farm-to-plate-breakfasts, and freshly baked cakes in the Tea Room every afternoon.Check availability
- Time seems to stand still in this guest house with its warm, family atmosphere.
- Ermitage offers five types of rooms. 12 rooms including 3 family suites sharing the same bathroom. All rooms have a balcony and offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
- The house is suitable for people with disabilities. However, the elevator requires a small manual wheelchair for access to the two equipped rooms.
- There is a sauna, a massage room and a space that can be set up for conferences or yoga classes.
- In-house store: At the Ermitage, plants are not confined to the garden and the kitchen. It is also a source of inspiration for the craftsmen and artists whose poetic works are presented in their store: ceramics, embroidery, bronze objects, paper sculptures or jewelry. Most of the objects on the ground floor were made by these same craftsmen and are for sale.
Wine & Dine
- At l‘Ermitage a Slow Food approach reigns and guests enjoy a varied menu of mouth-watering dishes such as “Velouté du potager” and “Cru cuit vegetal”, inspired by the maison d’hôtes’s own vegetable garden and local farm produce.
- Farm-to-plate-breakfasts, and freshly baked cakes in the Tea Room every afternoon
- If you’re looking for a fun evening during your stay, then a cheese fondue prepared over a wood-fire in the Hayloft followed by a nightcap at the Wine Bar, is the perfect way to wrap up this unforgettable experience.
- Starting at CHF 200 per night. Breakfast included.
Hot air ballooning
- Château d'Oex is also the Alpine capital of hot air ballooning — thanks to its unique microclimate. Every January, it hosts a colourful international ballooning festival with flights, sporting competitions and night displays.
- For those wishing to stick to the mountains and skis, the Videmanette cableway connects nearby Rougemont to Gstaad, while the railway brings Schönried and Saanenmöser into reach. Cross-country enthusiasts should head to Les Mosses-La Lecherette, a high plateau where 35km of tails zigzag through forests and fields. There are also copious snow-shoe routes, toboggan runs and winter hikes to be had. In summer, you can walk among the La Pierreuse, mountain bike and go river rafting along the fast-flowing Sanne.
How to get there
- You can reach this mountain charmer by catching the Panoramic Express in the lakeside town of Montreux and heading up on one of Switzerland’s most scenic railway rides.
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