La Taupiniere Chalet - Fribourg Holiday Rentals


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La Taupiniere is located in the small Alpine village of Moleson sur Gruyeres, set high amongst the summer grazing pastures of the cows producing the famous Gruyeres cheese. The region is richly historical and spectacularly beautiful, sprinkled with idyllic towns and villages, each reflecting the character of its region. The chalet is situated in the canton of Fribourg, which is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, about 130km from Geneva.

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 on two storeys and, as is usual for chalets, the bedrooms are on the lower floor and the living area on the upper floor. However, due to the chalet being built on a hill-side the entrance is on the upper floor.

At the front door there is plenty of room to leave skis and outdoor equipment, before entering into the hallway on the upper floor 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 but is predominately south-facing. Sunlight floods in throughout the day onto the wooden dining table – 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, and a trunk full of games and puzzles, and plenty of books and magazines for your entertainment.There is also free wifi.

The kitchen also has patio doors to the balcony and a serving area to the dining area. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher, spacious 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.

Also on this level is a large single bedroom, with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and wash basin. This proves ideal for anyone unable to or not wishing to climb the stairs very often. There is also a separate WC between the bedroom and the front door.

Stone spiral stairs lead to the lower floor which has two comfortably-furnished double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, each with a wardrobe and storage space. The larger double room has French windows leading onto the patio. There is also a bathroom with a twin basin and a large shower-bath. There is also underfloor heating in the bathroom for those chillier mornings!

The real luxury of the chalet is the heated 30ft indoor pool and large sauna. The water is automatically heated, filtered and cleaned using an ultra-violet light system, fortunately meaning very little chlorine is needed. There is a pool-side sitting area with a large shower cubicle alongside. The pool room is glazed down one side with views onto the garden and up to the mountains. There are doors onto the terrace and garden, which is idyllic in summer.

The ‘studio’, with its own separate entrance, has two sets of full-size bunk-beds and an en-suite washroom with WC. There are also two chests of drawers and a hi-fi. It is ideal for older children who want a little independence from parents – or vice versa!

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 and there is a large patio with a table and benches for al fresco eating in summer and it 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.

The chalet is in a superb and beautiful location 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 the duration of your stay.


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