About the property
- Apartment1614 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Apt A Sleeps 2-4 Apt B Sleeps 2-6 Apt C Sleeps 2-6 Apt D Sleeps 2-4
ALPHAVEN is a newly built Chalet Style House with 4 luxury apartments. It is situated on the sunny side, above the beautiful mountain paradise of Engelberg. The views are simply stunning, a 220 degree panorama across the entire valley with the mighty 'Titlis' and the Benedictine Monastery at the centre. Arguably one of the most beautiful views in Switzerland from an apartment. Apartment A (150 Square metres) the ultimate in luxury apartments, probably the finest in Engelberg and in the most magnificent setting. With floor to ceiling windows and balcony around 3 sides, State of the Art Kitchen and Bathroom, Wood burning fireplace, satellite TV, Hi-Fi, DVD, 2 large private terraces, one with a “hot tub”. Apartment C (90 Square Metres) is on the top floor and is luxuriously appointed. 2 Beds + loft, 2 Balconies ensure sun all day long and the views are breathtaking.
Facilities: Finnish sauna, laundry room, ski room, covered parking. Contact us for our website details.
Alphaven ... more information: ALPHAVEN … a few other things you might like to know!
• Alphaven is 1200 metres (4000 feet) above Sea Level.
• It is a 4 MINUTE WALK to the SKI BUS (Route 4) which is FREE during the Ski Season and is every half an hour.
• It takes 10 minutes to walk to the village and allow 15 minutes to walk back up!
• When there is snow cover … you can Ski / Board back to the house from the “Brunni” side of the mountain.
• There is a footpath next to the house which connects to all the beautiful walking routes.
• There is a Sitting Area in the Garden above the house which is a perfect setting in the summer for Barbecue’s or simply relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views.
• If you want to eat out and don’t want to drive, the four* Waldegg Hotel is a 5 minute walk, it has a delightful restaurant with wonderful food and a recently completed Swimming Pool and Gym.
A Magnificent new 18 Hole Golf Course completes the picture for the perfect Summer Stays.
Guest e-mails: Dear Ms O'Brien. You are the first one that I contact after our return to South Africa. That says a lot considering that I had more than 200 e-mails to respond to. It was absolutely marvellous! We enjoyed every minute, come sunshine, rain or snow. The changing light from the balcony is something that one can only experience and not describe. The apartment is magnificent and a true joy. Best regards, Yours sincerely, Frank and Rene Hodgson ....
Ursula and John,
Patrice and I are now very spoilt. Engelberg and your beautiful home was a perfect place to vacation for the week. The people in town, the restaurants (as you recommended, Axels was excellent as was the Waldegg), the skiing and wonderful scenery made for a great week. We look forward to coming back to visit again in the future. If you ever have a potential customer who needs a reference on your home and Engelberg... we'll get right back to them with rave reviews.
All our best wishes, Tom and Patrice Culligan...
Guest e-mails: Hi Ursula,
I cannot thank you enough for our great stay in Alphaven. It is beyond what we had imagined. Our first wedding anniversary went off just beautifully!!
It is just a beautiful place and my wife was so happy to be there. The only problem we had was that we never felt like leaving the place … the view and the luxury in your apartment was just amazing. We will remember it for the rest of our lives.
Again, thanks a lot for making this happen for us. We know where to stay when we are in Switzerland next time around.
Vijay and Anita
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About John O'Brien
Ursula my wife is Swiss and I (John) am from the UK. We spend nearly half the year in Engelberg and the rest at our house in Berkswell in the UK. Having travelled the world and discovered many wonderful places, it was the beauty and tranquility of Engelberg, first visited in 1998, that made us realise we had found somewhere quite exceptional ... so we bought a plot of land up on the sunny side of the village with the best views in Engelberg, and finished building our house in 2002. Since then we enjoy nothing more than sharing Alphaven with our guests, family and friends.
John O'Brien purchased this Apartment in 1998
Why John O'Brien chose Engelberg
When we found the perfect plot of land to build on in Engelberg in 1998 ... because of my previous "creative" life in Commercial Television and Live Events, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted in our dream property and within 24 hours, I had completed plans and elevations for the house which was essentially what we built ... a wonderful architect then worked with me to make sure it stood up on our steep bit of mountain. It has been a true delight to live there ever since.
What makes this Apartment unique
Everyone who visits Alphaven waxes lyrically about the Breathtaking Panoramic Views to be had from every apartment. It has without doubt the finest views from a property in Engelberg and arguably the best Mountain views in Switzerland (you don’t have to take our word for it, please look at our Tripadvisor and Homeaway reviews) All our apartments are contemporary but very warm and comfortable with underfloor heating in all rooms. With high spec technical facilities and equipment along with modern furnishings and an abundance of floor to ceiling windows … it makes for a perfect holiday destination. Engelberg gets 220 days per year of sunshine and Alphaven being south facing gets the sun all day long.
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A little piece of heaven on earth.....
We stayed in the apartment in the first week of December in 2007... it is THE best place we have ever stayed. The views are breathtaking, and seemed to get more breathtaking by the day. Every morning that I woke up I would jump straight out of bed and open up the shutters to get a glimpse of the view.
We wanted for nothing, everything was there and more. The apartment was clean, spotless and looked after. The real fire was comforting and serene after a day out skiing and the cold. And the hot tub was amazing!
We also had lots and lots of snow, it didn't stop snowing for a good few days and was beautiful to watch the heavy snow through the panoramic windows whilst warming our toes in front of the fire.
I cannot wait to go back to this apartment... and we most definitely will!
The chalet owners are really friendly and helpful too.
We are delighted that they enjoyed their stay so much ... Alphaven is quite unique and it gives us real joy when our guest's experiences are so special. Their expectations are understandably high and they are invariably exceeded ... we know that photos alone can never capture the scale of the breathtaking panoramic views. Very much look forward to seeing Natalie & Jason again soon and our sincere thanks to them for posting the review.
John & Ursula.
Just wanted to tell you that we really appreciated staying in your place and loved it very much!! Engelberg is a great area and you have a great view of the whole town. We were able to spend a day on the mountain skiing and had a great time! We also visited Bern, Luzern, and Brunnen... Wonderful!!
Candy was wonderful for us and had many great suggestions to visit also. You are quite the photographer. We loved the books you had of your photos.
Our vacation was wonderful and Switzerland is a great place to visit.
Thanks again for allowing us to stay in your wonderful place.
Perfect Alpine Retreat
We had a wonderful relaxing time here. The views are incredible, the apartment is spacious and well maintained and the terrace and hot tub are perfect for unwinding at the end of the day. Can't wait to go back.
If you have the time you should stay at this magnificent place. The apartment and the village complement each other. I have not felt so peaceful and relaxed as I felt in this apartment. It is really out of this world.
Simply beautiful with breath taking views
We had the pleasure to stay in Engelberg, Alphaven at Ursula & John O'Brien's apartments for our family ski holiday this year.
The apartments were clean and kitted out to the highest of standards. The views breath takingly beautiful, the apartments with utmost luxury.
John was absolutely superb and helpful with all my questions prior to our visit, which made our stay even more enjoyable and relaxing.
A stress free stay! Most highly recommend these apartments and the professionalism of service.
Thank you - we will definitely be staying again.
This rental is Paradise in the Swiss Alps!
We have had great VRBO experiences every time but this rental just blew us away! The pictures posted won us over and they are indeed very accurate. We stayed in the beautiful apartment A which was fully and beautifully appointed, extremely clean and comfortable. It has every amenity. Engleberg is charming. It's citizens are friendly and helpful as well as patient with English speaking tourists. Skiing was challenging but spectacular but Titlis has plenty of non-skiiing activities too-sledging (sledding and tobogganing), hiking, cross country skiing, the glacial cave and the suspension bridge. Even lunch up on the mountain can be exhilarating. Try the Igloo Bar or the restaurant at Joch Pass for a fun vibe. The hike (and it is a hike) from town to Alphaven and then up the stairs to the apartment is for those who can handle physical exertion (or who want to get in shape!). But you can stop to rest and take in the view or hop in the Gin Bar at the Terrace Hotel for a libation and sometimes live music. Or simply stay put at Alphaven! It is that nice or an accommodation-you really won't want to leave. The owners were fantastic to work with and Alphaven is easily accessible by train and taxi.
WINTER • Engelberg has one of the longest Ski Seasons In Europe … November to May • Most of the 86 kms of Skiing / Boarding is above 1800m guaranteeing excellent snow cover • Engelberg is renowned for off piste Snowboarding with a superb Snow Park • Other Winter activities: Cross Country Skiing … Paragliding … Swimming … Tennis … Ice Skating … Winter Walking …Sledging … Ice Climbing... Go -Karting … Horse and Carriage Rides... Sports Centre... Kindergarten SUMMER • A stunning 18 hole GOLF COURSE • SUMMER WALKING 400 km of well signposted hiking paths. • Other Summer Activities : Kayaking … Glacier Walks … Glacier Grotto … Bungee Jumping … Paragliding … Rock Climbing... Mountain Biking …Devil Biking …Canyoning ... Flying Fox(Abseiling)…Skating... Summer Sledge Run … Swimming & Tennis (indoor and Outdoor) … Glacier Skiing and Boarding • Founded in the twelfth century, the HISTORIC BENEDICTINE MONASTERY is magnificent. Other Activities: Ice Skating, Ski: ENGELBERG has one of the longest ski seasons in Europe. Mid November to the end of May ... most of the Skiing starts at 1800 metres which guarantees superb snow cover. SNOWBOARDERS AND SKIERS are in heaven here with a 2 amazing Snow parks and extensive off piste runs including the famous 'LAUB'. One of the biggest vertical ascents in the world 3000 metres to 1000 metres and a 13 km run. World Cup Ski Jumping here every December.
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