Today was an absolute scorcher of a day! I couldn’t resist sitting outside with a cuppa, gazing over the mountains, before starting work. I even had a quick browse through the copy of Lonely Planet Switzerland that was sitting in the chalet. I wish I could have sat there all day, but work was beckoning and those bills don’t pay themselves you know.
At around 4pm we decided to make the most of the last remaining hours of sunshine and drive down to Spiez, which has a gorgeous lake and quite a nice castle. We jumped in the car and drove down off the mountain. Unfortunately the roads round here are very wiggly-woggly. Which is lovely, if you don’t get car sick like I do. I spent most of the journey trying not to be sick, while trying to explain to James why one doesn’t slam on the brakes and speed round corners. Finally we got to our destination, without any vomathons. It was totally stunning!
We leave for Italy tomorrow, so I want to quickly tell you a bit more about the amazing guest house we’re staying at, Chalet Betula. I’m not the kind of blogger who goes around asking for freebies. Joy (the chalet owner) has no idea that I even have a blog. We paid full price for our stay. And honestly? We’ve been treated like absolute royalty!
On arrival we found a beautiful bottle of Chianti, and a fridge stocked with local delicacies. And when I say stocked, I mean stocked. Swiss chocolate, local cheese, local charcuterie, local yoghurts, local milk, choccy biscuits, orange juice, and even some home-made jam… I’m probably forgetting something. Oh yeah, fresh bread rolls and sliced bread for toasting.
Basically our every need and whim has been catered for, and Joy is such a lovely woman and made us feel so at home. She has completely given us our own space, but it’s good to know she’s just upstairs in case we need anything. I snapped a few pics of the chalet: excuse the poor lighting! Not pictured are the comfy couch as James is lounging on it, and of course the kitchen.
If you’re looking for self catering accommodation in the Bernese Oberland I cannot recommend Chalet Betula highly enough. There’s a real log fire for cosy winter evenings… I can just imagine it, all snuggled on the sofa drinking red wine…. ahhh! There’s a telly with Sky too so you don’t even have to miss Strictly. What more could you ask for a pre-Christmas break?
They don’t have a website (!!!) but we found and booked through TripAdvisor. Alternatively you can drop Joy an email. As I said before, we didn’t stay here on a freebie and Joy has no idea I’m a blogger, so I have no ulterior motives in posting this review. I just had a bloody amazing few days here and I’d love to pay it forward!