La Taupiniere is located in the small Alpine village of Moléson sur Gruyères, set high amongst the summer grazing pastures of the cows producing the famous Gruyères cheese. The region is richly historical and spectacularly beautiful, sprinkled with idyllic towns and villages, each reflecting the character of its region. The alpine views are fabulous all year round.
The chalet is situated just above the stunning medieval village of Gruyères, in the canton of Fribourg, which is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. La Taupiniere is about 130km from Geneva and 70km from the capital, Bern.
Our traditional, wooden, detached chalet, built in the local architectural style, is the ideal base for your holiday in Switzerland and offers an atmosphere of relaxation and plenty of opportunity for recreation.
The chalet is perfect for year-round use. Moléson is a small ski area in winter with a number of winter sports available, as well as a wonderful summer location with plenty of activities and attractions.
The region around Moléson is renowned for its cheeses, rich and thick double cream, wood-smoked meringues and divine Cailler chocolate. Fabulous foods to indulge yourselves for your holiday!
The chalet is on two storeys and, as is usual for chalets, the bedrooms are on the lower floor and the living area on the upper floor. Due to the chalet being built on a hill-side the entrance is on the upper floor. However, the chalet entrance is level to the road and driveway. There are no steps from the car to the door, unlike nearly every other property in the village).
At the front door there is plenty of room to leave skis and outdoor equipment. Just inside the front door, in the hallway on the upper floor, there is space to hang coats and jackets.
The open-plan sitting and dining area leads through large French doors onto the balcony, which wraps around three sides of the chalet and is predominately south-facing. Sunlight floods in throughout the day – particularly at breakfast.
The living area has generous, comfortable sofas around the log fire. There is a good-size coffee table, which is ideal for playing cards or one of the numerous board games available.There is a iPod/MP3 player, digital radio, a trunk full of games and puzzles, and plenty of books and magazines for your entertainment.There is also free wi-fi.
The kitchen also has patio doors to the balcony and a serving ‘hatch’ to the dining area. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher, full-height integrated fridge freezer, built-in oven and hob and is fully equipped with everything you will need for a self catering holiday, including a kettle, toaster, microwave, food processor and fondu set.
The extendable dining table comfortably seats 10 people with a combination of chairs and benches.
Stone spiral stairs lead to the lower ground floor which has two comfortably-furnished double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, each with a wardrobe and storage space. The decor in all the ground floor bedrooms is calm and neutral. The walls and wood panelling are all painted in Farrow & Ball colours, and the wooden furniture is also painted in complementary colour schemes.
The larger double room (3.56m x 2.75m) has a 5ft (160cm) bed, with a king-size all-seasons feather & down duvet, and feather pillows – and a sumptuous mattress topper. French doors lead onto the terrace and garden. There is also a window to the side, making this room very light and airy. There is a built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers, antique chairs. Bedside tables and lights are on either side of the bed. The decor is cream-painted wood panelling and antique pictures of traditional Swiss dress and scenes adorn the walls.
The smaller double bedroom (4m x 2.6m) has a 4’6″ (140cm) bed, again with a king-size all-seasons feather & down duvet, feather pillows and luxurious mattress topper. There is a built-in wardrobe, a bedside table, antique pine bookshelf (with plenty of books) and an antique wooden chair. The window looks out onto the garden and terrace. There is a door to the pool room. The room is light and charming.
The twin bedroom is 2.76m x 2.76m and has two single 3ft (90cm) beds (with feather duvets and soft, thick mattress toppers), a tallboy chest of drawers and a painted single wardrobe. The south-facing window is framed with pretty curtains and overlooks the garden.
On the entrance/upper level is a large single bedroom (2.67m x 2.62m) with single (3ft/90cm) bed (with feather duvet and soft, thick mattress topper), a pine wardrobe, pine chest of drawers and a wash basin. The walls are have pine panelling on two sides and a pine panelled ceiling, which makes it cosy. This room is ideal for anyone unable to (or not wishing to) climb the stairs very often. There is also a separate WC between this bedroom and the front door.
The ‘studio’, with its own separate entrance from the driveway, has one set of full-size bunk-beds, a single bed (90cm), and an en-suite washroom with WC and large basin. There are also two vintage chests of drawers. It is ideal for older children or teenagers who want a little independence from parents – or vice versa!
Whilst most bedding is feather, a selection of non-feather pillows and single duvets available.
In the main chalet, on the lower ground floor, there is a bathroom with a twin basins and cupboards below. The large shower-bath is generous in size and has a large rain-shower head. There is also underfloor heating in the bathroom for those chillier mornings! There is a separate WC next as well, off the hallway.
Swimming Pool & Sauna:
The real luxury of the chalet is the heated 9.15m x 3.65m (30ft x 12ft) indoor pool, which has an even depth of 1.5m all over. and large sauna (1.9m x 2.35m). The water is automatically heated (by an environmentally-friendly air source heat pump), and filtered and cleaned using an ultra-violet light system, fortunately meaning no chlorine is needed.
There is a pool-side sitting area with wicker chairs and wooden loungers. There is a large shower cubicle in the corner, by the door to the pump room. The pool room is glazed down one side with south-facing views onto the garden and up to the mountains. There are doors onto the terrace and garden, which is idyllic in summer. The pool hall is 13 metres long by 5 metres wide.
Located next to the pool room is a large sauna, which has three ‘beds’ and easily sits 6 people. The sauna is the same size or larger than those of many hotels and health clubs.
The chalet and garden offer glorious views of the surrounding valley and mountains and is a wonderfully restful place. The private garden is bordered by trees and shrubs. There is a large patio with a table and benches for al fresco eating in summer, on the terrace or under the pergola draped with Virginia creeper. The garden is ideal for barbecues and sunbathing. La Taupiniere is level to the quiet cul-de-sac road and has a parking area for two cars, which is level to the entrance area.
Most noteworthy is the chalet is in a superb and beautiful location. It is an ideal base for all mountain activities including skiing, mountain biking, walking, as well as golf, paragliding, tennis or just for relaxing. There is plenty to do within an hour’s drive of the chalet, more than enough to keep you amused for your holiday at La Taupiniere.
For more photos please see the Gallery page.