Leysin in Vaud, Switzerland
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Property number 1693


Sleeps 10. 4 bedrooms, 2 single beds, 4 double beds, 4 bathrooms. Self catering
No smoking No pets allowed Horse riding Hiking Skiing

Contact: Richard Lyon

Chalet Chimère

A traditional mountain chalet, high in the Vaud Alps of Switzerland, in an idyllic, peaceful setting.

Property facilities include:

stove | oven | bbq | bicycles | flatscreen LCD television with satellite | dvd player | cd player | wireless internet connection broadband

Local features include:

tennis courts | sports stadium | shopping | restaurants | public swimming pool | public gym | parasailing | horse riding | hiking | fitness centre | cinema | childrens playground | bars and clubs | skiing

Wide_front A superb Swiss Alps vacation home, with breathtaking views, near Geneva, Montreux and Gstaad.

Recently modernised to a high-standard, this traditional Swiss chalet offers exceptionally comfortable modern accommodation in a classic Alpine setting on the peaceful outskirts of historic Leysin. A friendly French speaking village, Leysin offers numerous attractions for all ages, with a dozen excellent restaurants, several sports centres, two supermarkets and varied shopping. Chalet Chimère has an attractive garden, a small stream, two garages and off-road parking. The chalet is a detached 3-floor property, in Les Esserts, a peaceful residential area at the eastern edge of Leysin village with uninterrupted mountain views to the south.


The Chalet


Stunning views

Situated just outside Leysin village, at an altitude of 4,500′, Chalet Chimère is south-facing, overlooking the towering mountains of the Alpes Vaudoises with stunning views towards Les Diablerets Glacier, Villars, Les Dents du Midi, Mt Blanc and the Rhône Valley (often submerged under a sea of cloud) far below.


Chalet Chimère is a beautifully modernised Swiss chalet offering the choice of extensive family accommodation or three independent apartments;

Sky TV / BBC Radio 4 / WiFi available throughout. Stunning mountain views to south, east and west. 1) Garden apartment - modern open plan living / dining / new Italian kitchen, wood burning stove; double bedroom, shower/bathroom. 2) Mid-level apartment - contemporary open plan living / dining (seats 10 / kitchen area, terrace, wood burning stove and vast picture windows with breathtaking mountain views. Large double bedroom with en suite shower/bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Wet room/shower is also available. Superb Italian kitchen (all machines and LCD TV). 3) Top apartment - traditional wood panelled style, 2 large bedrooms, living room, kitchen/dining area with attractive bench seating; modern bath/shower room (using sliding wall, living room can be converted to extra bedroom). Attractive garden with small stream. Two garages, parking, ski room available.

Garden Level

The exceptionally sunny garden apartment of this beautifully modernised Swiss chalet. Accommodation includes a modern open plan living / dining area ( seats 4-6 at traditional pine table) with a well equipped Italian kitchen, traditional wood burning stove; double bedroom (super-king bed or two singles), bathroom and hall.

The apartment has 2 entrances, and French windows opening out onto the garden with a magnificent view to the south-east towards Les Diablerets and its 3000m glacier, and Les Dents du Midi mountain peaks to the south-west. Furnishing and style is clean, contemporary and comfortable


Mid level


This 'master apartment' offers an exceptional open-plan living/dining /kitchen area with folding floor-to-ceiling windows to a private balcony. The southerly mountain views are literally stunning. A large bay window (with seating) has a panoramic view from sunrise over Les Diablerets glacier to sunset over the Dents du Midi mountain peaks to the south-west. Style is contemporary throughout, with a magnificent new Italian kitchen (LCD TV), oak dining table (seating 10 - 12) and benches, an oversize sofa (which converts to a double bed for occasional use) and a superb glass-fronted wood-burning stove. The large bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite slate-floored bathroom. An additional shower room is available for overnight guests. State-of-the-art communications and entertainment facilities are installed throughout with WiFi broadband and 2 flat screen LCD TVs (SkySat+Swiss Digital), DVD/VCR Player/Recorders, i-Pod dock, stereo (DAB/MP3). Telephone / fax available on request.


The kitchen


Top Level


Recently renovated, the top apartment of Chalet Chimère retains the original character of this charming chalet, with wood panelled walls, cosy atmosphere and a striking view of the mountains to the south. There are two large double bedrooms, living room, dining room (seating 6 - 8) / kitchen plus a modern bathroom. Floors are bamboo and oak, and high quality lighting is installed throughout. Each bedroom has a super-king size bed, which can be divided, using a ziplink system, to provide two single divans. A double sofa bed is available in the living room for occasional use, with a sliding wall for privacy to create an extra bedroom if required for overnight visitors (this extra bed is not recommended for long stays). The dining area is well lit, with comfortable bench seating in an alcove, with an impressive southerly view. A newly fitted roof Velux window (auto-closing with rain-detector) allows a flood of light into the dining area and living room.


Leysin, one of the highest mountain villages in the French speaking Vaud canton, is south-facing, at 1260m, overlooking the Rhône Valley. Well-known for its unique climate, claiming to be the sunniest Swiss village, with low humidity, mountains shield Leysin from any cold north winds.


Leysin is linked to the Rhône valley A9 motorway at Aigle by road (kept clear in winter) and a classic mountain cog railway, with fast train connections direct to Geneva city, Geneva Airport and south to Italy. Montreux, Gstaad, Les Mosses, Rougemont, Château d'Oex and Villars are close by. Leysin's a unique village in an exceptional situation with excellent transport options.


Leysin is exceptionally friendly, and part of its charm is the busy local farming community. Many of Switzerland's finest wines are produced in the neighbouring vineyards, with excellent restaurants and shops in the village and surrounding district, featuring local produce, with an emphasis on wine, cheese, honey and mushrooms.


Skiing Information

An attractive Vaud Alps resort, Leysin is traditionally recommended for beginners and intermediates, with good off-piste for advanced skiers and an international snowboarding reputation – “one of the top resorts in Switzerland for snowboarders .... 50km area having virtually no drag-lifts” (British Ski Club guide). Annual Nescafé championships utilises the superb half pipe. 61km of pistes available (14km protected by snow-making equipment), with 14 lifts and 7km of cross country skiing. Skiing from 1330m-2200m is uncrowded, with several traditional family mountain restaurants. Leysin has Europe’s largest toboggan park, excellent multi-lingual Swiss Ski School, ice rink and well-stocked ski hire shops. Ski passes can include neighbouring Villars, Les Diablerets (year round glacier skiing @ 3000m), Gryon and Les Mosses (kids under 9 ski free!). For recommended personal ski guides, sports/activities info. and weather/snow stats. websites for Leysin and local resorts. - contact owners.

Getting Here


Nearest airport:

  • Geneva 125 km

Travel information - air
Air connections to Geneva are excellent, especially from the UK. In addition to the budget airlines (contact the property owners for details on low cost flight and car hire websites) it is worth checking fares on British Airways and Swiss - both airlines offer competitive rates on this route, frequently undercutting the no-frills operators. It can also be important to avoid peak-travel times (Friday evenings and Monday mornings can be particularly difficult) and flights can be very busy over the weekend, especially during the winter season. Geneva airport offers a wide range of car hire options (check to see whether your airline offers special car hire rates in addition to the specialist companies, also if arriving late, make sure your car hire desk will be open) and the railway station in the airport offers direct connections via Geneva to Aigle, our nearest town, throughout the day (see below). At Aigle one changes onto the mountain cog railway for the ascent to Leysin.

Travel information - rail
There are generous discounts available on the Swiss Railway system for frequent travelers and families (contact the owners for details on rail travel websites). Leysin has excellent rail connections to Geneva and directly through to Geneva Airport via Aigle; the service between Leysin and Aigle is a classic mountain cog railway which functions in most weather conditions. Services from Geneva Airport station start at 0630 each morning, with trains to Leysin every hour (via Aigle) through to 2130. On the return journey services run from 0530 through to 2130. Total journey time is around 1hr 50mins, with a quick transfer in Aigle. In Leysin there are 4 stops, with Leysin Village and Feydey offering connections to the free shuttle bus, which runs through the village (and stops outside the chalet) every hour. There are also three taxi services with minibus, for use outside the shuttle bus hours, from any Leysin station. A taxi from Aigle to Leysin is approx. SFr70.

Travel information - road
The motorway system south of the North French channel ports is fast and efficient. From Geneva the motorway is excellent, bypassing Lausanne and Montreux, with superb views of Lake Geneva. One leaves the motorway at Aigle, to follow the mountain road for around 18kms up to Leysin. Total distance from Geneva airport is 125kms, and journey time around 1hr 30mins. All roads are kept clear in winter, though in snow and ice conditions 4-wheel drive or chains are reasonably essential (and in some conditions compulsory) on the mountain roads. Please contact the owners for details of route-planning websites, which can make the journey to Leysin very straight-forward from any point in Europe.


Nearest railway station:

  • Not specified

Nearest motorway:

  • Not specified
Car: Not necessary

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Deposits - 20% on booking with balance due 8 weeks before start of rental. In addition a £450 security deposit is held against breakages and damage, and will be returned 10 days after final inspection and safe return of keys and subject to any deductions. Minor replaceable breakages will not be charged. Holiday travel insurance including cancellation cover is strongly advised for every member of your party. Over Christmas/New Year we are reasonably flexible on start / finish dates.
Payment terms - UK Sterling, Euro or Swiss Franc cheques or transfer direct to relevant accounts. Credit card / PayPal payment on request and at our discretion.
All rental rates include weekly laundered linen and towels, Sky TV, broadband internet access, heating, electricity, gas charges and a reasonable quantity of logs for the wood stoves. A SFr 125 charge will be made for final professional cleaning of the chalet. Swiss Tourist tax is payable at Leysin Tourist office (SFr 2.80 per day for adults, SFr 1.70 per day for ages 7-16, over 60 and under 7 years no charge) and entitles visitors to a generous discount on numerous sporting facilities in the local area including ski passes and lifts.

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Chalet Chimère

Property number 1693

Contact: Richard Lyon

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