An eastern Switzerland hideaway set among dense pine forests, ski slopes and mineral spas sounds a bit like heaven, doesn’t it? Then how fitting that this converted residence in the mountain village of Scuol was once a church.
Set in a popular vacation spot between the Silvretta Alps and the Engadin Dolomites, the reinvented space now has the main living areas in what was once the nave and guest quarters in the former church tower. A dining nook has been set in an apse or what may have been a transept.
Lancet windows punctuate the stone exterior, which is embellished with quoin corners, while bringing light into the white-walled rooms. Warm wood lines the semi-circular ceilings. Also adding to the sense of coziness is a modern corner fireplace.
Ceiling heights in the open-plan space extend to nearly 33 feet, giving the interiors a loft-like feel. Half of the main house area is covered by a gallery. The first level contains an entry hall, a bathroom, a mud or cloakroom and the kitchen, where one can create such traditional melted cheese delicacies as fondue or raclette. Above that is the primary bedroom.
The turret apartment has a separate ground floor water closet, another bathroom and three floors that can be used for bedrooms, office or studio space or even a home gym.
A deck expands the nearly 3,000 square feet of living space out of doors. Steep roofs help shed the winter snow.
The 4.5-acre woodland property also contains a greenhouse and four covered parking spaces. The location affords both sunshine and privacy.
The area is known for its mineral springs and spas, which have been attracting visitors for centuries. Among them is the Bogn Engiadina Scuol, a wellness center with indoor and outdoor bathing areas taking in views of the Swiss Alps.
Scuol is home to the Motta Naluns ski resort, where multiple lifts transport skiers and snowboarders up the mountains.
Other regional activities include touring the 11th-century Tarasp Castle, hiking, rafting on the Inn River and exploring museums.
The hamlet is connected to the rest of the country by train. The nearest airport is the regional Samedan Airport in St. Moritz, about 53 miles away. International flights are available in Zurich, about 110 miles to the northeast.