Newly renovated eco-barns creative a boutique retreat in the Swiss Alps

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Switzerland is home to numerous small mountain villages and hamlets, now sparsely populated or even abandoned. One such hamlet has been given a new lease of life by, Montagne Alternative, whose passionate team has completely and sensitively renovated farm buildings in the former hamlet of `Commeire’ to create a boutique hotel that sleeps up to 32 guests in five beautifully renovated old barns and farmsteads.

 

The accommodation offers holidaymakers the opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Swiss Alps, in style and comfort, in an authentic village setting. During their stay, guests can organise their own meals, or take advantage of catering that ranges from a shopping service, to half or full board, with a meal delivery service, barbecues, raclette and fondues, preparation of picnics, or the services of a personal professional chef.

Commeire is set on a sunny plateau with views over the snow-capped Alpine peaks and is still home to around 13 residents, whose forbears would have lived off the land until after the second world war, consuming only what they produced, growing crops, tending a small number of animals and producing wine in nearby vineyards.

Today, visitors to this well-preserved village can integrate harmoniously with nature, local people and local traditions as the resort’s owners strive to maintain lasting relations with the inhabitants of the village and the region, respecting their traditions, culture and alpine heritage and preserving the ecosystem through the use of existing and/or local materials. 

Sustainable and luxurious

The conversion of parts of the village into a sensitively designed boutique hotel involved renovating five old Valais barns, restoring the original natural stone and centuries old weathered wood, glazing and updating the buildings with just enough technology to ensure a comfortable stay.

Efficient solar heating from the plentiful and strong sun and wood burning fireplaces with a high heat recuperation capacity add to the eco-qualities of the accommodation and each of the five houses has several rooms that can be booked individually, or for just one night, or a week or more, or visitors could hire a whole house, or even the entire village; a total of sixteen rooms.

Winter & Summer facilities

During the summer, the Swiss Valais has extensive hiking and mountain biking tracks, and also offers climbing, paragliding and climbing, while during the winter, when snow is guaranteed, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing, snow-shoeing or skiing in the nearby ski area of Verbier.

 

To add to the appeal of a holiday in the peaceful seclusion of Commeire, Montagne Alternative organise a schedule of workshops for activities such as photography, yoga and cookery.

 A night’s stay at Montagne Alternative costs from 200 euros per room, including breakfast, and a week’s stay from 500 euros per person, based on two sharing a room.

 

The resort is easily accessible from Geneva airport, which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive. Transfers and travel packages are available on request.

For more information call 0041 27 783 21 34 or visit www.montagne-alternative.com

 

Written By:

Anna Rodgers

I'm the founder of Missecoglam. I'm a writer for various travel magazines and am an internationally published author - with my first book Toxic World, Toxic People The Essential Guide to Health, Happiness & Parenting, Conscious Living.

Missecoglam.com started as a blog back in 2009 but is now more focused on improving lives through better health, vaccine awareness, and better parentingI'm passionate about helping others become more aware regarding the dangers of toxicity. 



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