The is a127m2 two floor apartment on the top third and fourth floors of the apartment house. Most of the ceilings include massive wood timbers traditional in Swiss architecture.
After leaving the lift to the 3rd floor, you enter the apartment into a lovely open plan living area with ample seating, open fireplace access to the balcony and dining area, and connected to the kitchen via a counter. There is also a WC with wash hand basin.
Upstairs are two bedrooms - one Swiss-double and one with twin beds - with between them a shower-room with a large corner bath, a separate shower, double washbasins, WC and small washing machine.
At the bottom of the stairs a door leads to a studio bedroom. This large room has a Swiss-double bed, CD player, TV, table, a shower room, a kitchen corner with hob, oven, fridge, sink, and a visually separated area suitable for an extra child’s bed or one or two travel cots (extra bed or cot(s) available by prior arrangement).
The kitchen, conveniently separated from the living room area by a counter, has a ceramic hob, full electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave oven, Nesspresso coffee machine, kettle, and is well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, glasses etc. There is a Fondue set, and a teapot and toaster.
Doors from the living room and also the studio bedroom lead to the 19m2 balcony with enjoyable mountain views, and from which also the top of the iconic Matterhorn can be seen. There is a sunbed, two tables and 6 chairs on the balcony.
The living room is furnished with two sofas and an armchair. This furniture, carpets and curtains were all new in 2012.
There is free wifi through the apartment, and the TV has many international channels including all UK terrestrial TV channels, and BBC radio, including radio 1,2,3,4.. There is also a fireplace, a CD player, and a multizone DVD player.
The two main supermarkets are also within walking distance, about 2 - 4 minutes away, important in Zermatt as there are no cars and all shopping has to be carried home.
The apartment is also within walking distance of the main station where everyone arrives (2 minutes) and Gornograt station (2 minutes, then about 45 minutes up to 3000 m) , and 10 minutes walk from Sunnega station (which whisks you underground up to 2300m in a few minutes). The stop for the free bus to Sunnega and to Klein Matterhorn (up to 3800m) gondlebahn is also 2 minutes walk (it's outside Gorngrat station.)
We moved to Switzerland in 2001 and fell in love with Zermatt. In many ways, Zermatt is even more enjoyable in summer than in winter. The weather is great, the village charming, and the mountains beautiful. We also love the wild flowers and wildlife, It is not uncommon to see the small horned Chamoix (Gems in German) or much larger horned Ibex (Steinbock in German) or Maromots. Golden Eagles are reputed to be common in the Alps now, and are reputed in 2012 to have nested in the Zmutt valley. The Lammergeier (literally Lamb-vulture in German) also called Bartgeier (bearded vulture) is very rare - only about 500 pairs in the European range. But they are being reintroduced into the east of Switzerland, and I have photographed one (in spring 2012) between Zermatt and Zmutt - it is a huge bird - up to about 2.5m wingspan. The silhouette photo - it was very high - cannot be loaded onto this website, but I am happy to send to you if you are interested.
We own our apartment as our holiday home and enjoy renting it to others to enjoy too.
The quiet yet central location, with views of the mountainside make this a gem of an apartment. In this car age we forget how heavy a few bottles of wine and a shopping bag of food can be when one has to carry it far - and Zermatt is spread over quite and extensive area. Being able to pop around the corner for the bread or croissants for breakfast while the rest of the household is getting up is very pleasant and convenient. As is access to the transport systems to get up (or down) the mountains if you prefer not to walk up (or down).
Cooking at home is enjoyable. There are also more than 50 restaurants in and around Zermatt - at all price points, and also plenty of bars. Supermarket prices are as for the rest of Switzerland. There is good shopping, a small alternative cinema (try to watch one of the charming old movies about Zermatt) and (we think public) tennis courts, become ice hockey rinks in the winter months.
Around 29 of Switzerlands 36 mountains over 4000m occur around the Zermatt valley. And only Zermatt has the very photogenic (see if you can stop photographing it!) Matterhorn. First ascent by Whymper an Englishman, although that's a tragic story. The English association with Zermatt is a long one - visit the charming Zermatt museum, modern with a novel audio guide around old Zermatt - to understand more. There is even an English Church; St Peter's.
Zermatt is THE premier resort of the Alps. The gold standard. Summer and Winter.
In summer the temperature can get up to around 30C and the mountain air, flowers and scenery are outstandingly beautiful. One can ride high, up or down, to a maximum of about12,000 ft (3800m), with three different transport systems and there are around 600km of well signposted walking routes, some away from all the lifts /underground/overground transport infrastructure.
For the more adventurous (can you walk 300m vertical in an hour, as needed, and walk for 5 hours? Do you have a 20-35 litre pack, and clothing if the weather turns bad?) the English owner, a member of the Swiss Alpine Club, can advise on making bookings at SAC mountain huts for very reasonable simple overnight accomodation, and simple meals. This is a wonderfully unique experience. Carry only your toothbrush, and bad weather gear - just in case.
For all, one can easily enjoy walking the mountains and there are plentiful places to stop for a light or not so light lunch with or without wine or beer, from simple rustic places to real gourmet.
For the less adventerous, one can get up to 3800 m (12,000 + feet) without any strenuous walking, and still enjoy many of the sightseeing benefits. June and July are best to see the mountain flowers, and by end August the nights are getting cooler - days still warmer - and winter is on the way.
May and September are rather in-between-season months (winter and summer), and the place is quieter.
October, November skiing is possible on a wider area than just the 20Km of pistes on the glaciers available in high summer.
There are no cars in Zermatt, only a few electric taxis, and a few horse drawn carriages. Helicopter tours and paragliding can be arranged. There is a creche for very young children if needed.
All visitors arrive by train, If coming by car one has to park in Taech and take the 11 minute shuttle train ride to Zermatt. If coming by train from an airport, booking your tickets before you arrive may be cheaper. The owner will assist you. From Zermatt Station it is less than a five minute walk to the apartment, and the owner provides easy to follow illustrated directions.
The apartment is very central yet faces the mountains and is quiet. All the restaurants and bars and shops are within walking distance.