BRITSCHGI SPYCHER, SACHSELN, SWITZERLAND - HEARTLAND
Staying in the Britschgi Spycher means staying in a historic building. The owners have personally restored the chalet in authentic style, but with modern comforts. The vacation rental features exposed wood beams and a large, comfortable and open eat-in kitchen, with a working fireplace, which can serve as a family room. Two bathrooms are side-by-side on the ground floor. The middle floor, which includes a large, comfortable living room and the master bedroom, can be reached by a separate entry from the outside via an ornamental wooden staircase (eight steps up). The upper floor holds two more bedrooms.
Surrounded by greenery and outfitted with playground equipment and a picnic table under a spreading nut tree, the vacation rental is ideal for families with children. Combining the Britschgi Spycher with the neighboring Britschgi Chalet apartment (fifty yards away) provides accommodations for groups up to eleven people.
The English-speaking Britschgi Family resides in their large house on the same property. The vacation rental is about an eight-minute walk to the train station and a four-minute walk to the town square, which is flanked by the beautiful baroque church, stores, bakery and numerous restaurants.
Occupancy: This property sleeps 1-7 people. | Disclaimer | Print Page
SLEEPING3 bedrooms: 1 with combined twins (2nd floor, sleeps 2),
2 bedrooms on the 3rd floor, 1 with combined twins and a single and one with combined twins.
(must walk through one bedroom to access the next)
BATHROOMS2 bathrooms, each with shower stall
KITCHENFull eat-in kitchen with microwave
LAUNDRYWashing machine in apartment
LEVELGround, second and third floors
ACCESSIBILITY2 flights of stairs within apartment
TRANSPORTATION8-minute walk to train station
MINUSESSlanted ceilings in upstairs bedrooms. Bathrooms are on ground floor while bedrooms on upper levels, requiring a trip downstairs to use the bathroom at night.
PLUSESGreat host family, lovely grounds with picnic table, playground equipment, phone, lake swimming and hiking trails nearby; kids save big (please call for details), WIFI
SPECIAL FEATURESPhone, radio, microwave, fireplace, satellite TV, wirless internet access
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What's included with the Switzerland - Heartland Untour?
- One or two weeks in a private Swiss apartment or chalet, often with spectacular views of the lakes and mountains.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Zurich, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Transfer assistance for most arrivals at the Zurich airport, with detailed instructions that allow you to reach your village with ease.
- An 8 or 15-day Swiss Rail Pass valid on trains, buses, lake ships; free entry to over 400 museums in Switzerland.
- An orientation session given by our very experienced local staff covering rail and sightseeing.
- Local information and our Swiss Heartland Dream Book and Swiss Hiking Guide, both researched and written by Untours staff, chock-full of suggestions for scenic hiking trails and day trips.
- A local cultural activity, such as a visit to an alpine village, a guided city tour, or a visit to a traditional alpine cheese maker’s hut.
- A dinner party (selected dates only) or excursion with lunch.
- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
- Special savings for kids 15 and under on this Untour in qualifying apartments. Call for details.
Landlord or Host for Britschgi Spycher, Sachseln, Switzerland - Heartland
The Britschgi Spycher was formerly located in the hills above Sachseln, where alpine farmers and herdsmen had lived for hundreds of years. Herr Britschgi rescued the chalet from ruin. He disassembled it and brought it down the mountain for restoration. Much of its original wood and wrought iron is still part of the building. For Herr Britschgi, who is a builder of custom Swiss homes using traditional chalet designs, the restoration of the Spycher was a labor of love.
The English-speaking Britschgis reside about fifty yards away in their large home. They are revered by their guests as a friendly and caring host family.
Sachseln, Switzerland - Heartland, Home of Britschgi Spycher
The pretty town of Sachseln (population 4,000) is located on the shore of crystal blue Lake Sarnen. It is renowned as the home of Bruder Klaus, the patron saint of Switzerland, who is revered as a religious figure and as a crucial political force in the unification of the country in the fifteenth century. The impulses for much of what lies at the core of Swiss thinking—neutrality, autonomy and tolerance—began with this
remarkable man. He is buried in the large baroque church that graces the center of town.
Despite its size, Sachseln is blessed with several fine restaurants and 2 small museums, a large supermarket as well as a bank/ATM. Lake Sarnen invites you to explore its lovely shores. You can walk in either direction to the neighboring Heartland towns of Sarnen or Giswil. Sachseln’s meadows and forests offer beautiful hikes right at your doorstep.
With 2 northbound trains each hour to Luzern (35 minutes) providing excellent connections throughout Switzerland, Sachseln makes a superb base for touring the country. Moreover, it lies among the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Hourly train service south takes guests quickly into the high mountains for breathtaking scenery and excellent hiking.
Customer comments about Britschgi Spycher, Sachseln, Switzerland - Heartland
"This was not our first stay in this apartment and we were delighted to be back there in Sachsel. Our experience in the apartment was as wonderful as we remembered from our first stay there 27 years ago." Carole Edelman
"Our hosts invited us to a meal in their home. It was a lovely experience. Their son, who spoke excellent English, joined us." William Laste
"We loved our host, their friendliness and accomodations. Sachseln was an exceptional place to call "home"." Faye Fittery
"Perfect site for my family. They playground was very close for the kids and the host family couldn't have been more helpful - just a great place for us." Jack & Annabelle LeBreton
"We were so charmed by the Britschgi family and the homey atmosphere of the chalet that we look forward to going back again. We wished the windows had been larger so we could have enjoyed the mountain view behind us, but we did enjoy the view when we lounged under the walnut tree every evening." Tommy & Lydia Sharp
"The Britschgi's are such lovely people. They were always concerned for our comfort."
"Our hosts were the most lovely family imaginable! They really took pains to ensure that we had everything we needed. Their grandchildren shared their toys with our kids during our visit, and they even took our laundry off the line to save it from a rainstorm! They are the kind of people you'd love to have as next-door neighbors at home." Martha & Gary Bowman
"The Britschgi family members are wonderful hosts who make their apartments attractive and functional. I like the charm of a true Swiss cabin." -Wang family
“The Britschgi family gave an especially good "face" to Untours. From meeting us at the Sachseln station to providing a well-stocked kitchen for our first meals, the entry was easy. Franz even made a special trip to Sarnen to retrieve our checked luggage on the first day. Hospitality to all of us and especially to our grandchildren was much appreciated. They looked after us without intruding. They made us feel like we had a home & family in Sachseln. They told us of their long history with Untours visitors & staff.” John & Anne Singleton
“The whole Britschgi family treated us like part of their own. We were so amazed at the dinner they invited us to in their wonderful home and their generosity. Whenever we had a question they were so helpful-giving my son hiking tips, local information, translations of papers. I can't imagine how they stay this patient and cheerful all the way to the last guest on the last visit of the season. How does any untourer ever make the decision between going back someplace they know they loved or going someplace they haven't seen! Yikes!” Jan & Richard Landis
“The Britschgi family could not have been better hosts. Most of our luggage did not arrive until Saturday night and Franz made many calls to finally track it down still back in New York. He made a trip into Zurich to get it for us, only to find that the 3 suitcases had already been put on the train to Sarnen. Lori, our daughter, had to buy some clothes for Carly and Connor. Franz again called the airport lost and found department and found out that she could be reimbursed for those expenses by presenting her receipts. She did this and was paid "on the spot". How could we find any better host? Franz also took us on a daylong drive through the Engadine Valley, which was an area we had never seen. It was wonderful! Gilbert & June Wang
“Absolutely FABULOUS hosts! Frau Britschgi and her adult sons and daughter went out of their way to make
Ratings for Britschgi Spycher, Sachseln, Switzerland - Heartland
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||5||5|
|Phone (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||2||0|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||4||4|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||5||5|
|Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool||5||4|
|Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Sleeping facilities comfort||5||5|
|LIVING LIKE A LOCAL FEATURE||POSSIBLE|
|Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)||12||12|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings||8||8|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)||8||8|
|Distance to Transportation/Major Roads||9||9|
|Shopping (access to everyday supplies)||5||5|
|Well-Situated To See The Region or City||8||8|
An Explanation of the Ratings:
These ratings come from a combination of customer reviews and the reports of Untours staff who have seen the apartments and/or followed reports from customers over the years.
These ratings give a sense of how most people feel, but your tastes and requirements may vary. If you have any questions about this apartment, please call us at 1-888-868-6871. You can talk to someone who has seen the accommodation.
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