What better vantage point to take in the awe-inspiring Bernese Alps than from a genuine Swiss chalet? Or two.
These side-by-side chalets in the village of Schönried overlook the Saanen Valley in southwestern Switzerland.
Designed for multi-family visits or family reunions, the larger chalet, called Marjolaine, and the smaller Marietta share a common driveway, several outdoor parking spaces and a two-car garage. Between them, they total 4,844 square feet of living space.
In keeping with the architecture of neighboring homes, the hillside chalets have wide projecting roofs, balconies and wooden facades with decorative carving. Other characteristics of the style include deep eaves, exposed bracketed beams and large windows.
Inside the completely renovated Marjolaine chalet, some 3,230 square feet of character-filled interiors are adorned with traditional paintings on the woodwork.
The ground level contains a living room, a kitchen outfitted with modern appliances, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and several storage areas. A sheltered terrace has an outdoor fireplace near a seating area.
The next floor also has a living room, this one with a cozy corner fireplace and scenic views from its large window. A wood ceiling with thick beams, as well as decorative woodwork on the walls, brings a warm ambiance to the room.
A dining room sits near a second kitchen. There is also a primary bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and another bedroom with a bathroom. A large terrace lined with flower boxes creates a spot from which to take in the panorama.
A final en-suite bedroom, with wood walls and ceiling, occupies the top floor. An elevator serves all levels.
The smaller Marietta chalet includes a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms within 1,615 square feet. The three-story home has an exterior staircase leading up to a corner deck.
There are multiple ski resorts in the region, including the one in Schönried itself with nearly 250 kilometers, or 155 miles, of runs. A multi-pass allows skiers and snowboarders to try the slopes at several areas. Cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing and hiking are also popular local pastimes.
Nearby Gstaad, about 3.5 kilometers or 2 miles away, is a resort jet-set resort destination known for winter sports and its summer classical music festival.
A variety of eateries serve Swiss, Italian, Indian and Japanese fare as well as fondue, bar food and pizza.
The nearest airport is in Berne, about 48 kilometers or 30 miles to the north.