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spacious detached villa with large garden above the Lake of Sarnen

Bedrooms 5
Space 300 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Panoramic view, elegant living room + dining area with open fireplace, large terrace

Entering the house, the entrance hall opens on 2 levels (ground floor + gallery/first floor) with a Steinway concert grand piano. The hall leads to the spacious, elegantly furnished living room and dining area (2 tables each with 6 and 10 seats) with TV / DVD, stereo, an open fireplace and bar. At the ground floor there are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with toilets. 2 bedrooms with panorama view, the other bedrooms are facing the garden behind the house. Upstairs (1rst floor) there are 3 guest rooms and 1 bathroom (shower bath) with a toilet. On the gallery level there is a sitting area with a small library and access to the bathroom and all bedrooms. The largest guest room on this level provides beds for 4 persons. The other 2 bedrooms have space for 2 guests each. At the ground floor there is also a comfortable kitchen (oven, micro wave, dish washer, separate storage room, large fridge etc.). The living room opens to an inviting terrace and a wide garden with a fantastic view over the Lake of Sarnen and the mountains of Obwalden. At the basement of the house there is an indoor-playground (the former pool): the KIDS' JUNGLE. The parents may enjoy BILLARD - DARTS - TABLE SOCCER.

Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer

We, Andreas Knüpffer and Gabriele Brachmann, come from Northern Germany (Hamburg) and live in Munich since we left school. We have two children.

Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer purchased this villa in 2011

Why Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer chose Obwalden

Since 2011 we own the villa 'Bijou sur Lac' near Lucerne. Andreas knows the area since his childhood because the house has been built by his grandfather.

What makes this villa unique

We love the house because of its' fantastic panorama view, its' 'splendid isolation' and because we've spent already many happy hours with our friends. There is space enough for several families.


Sarnen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , tub , bidet
    - toilet , tub , bidet
    - toilet , shower
  • In each bathroom there is a hair dryer available
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • - 1 queen
    - 1 king
    - 2 twin/ single
    - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    - 1 king
    - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
particularly suitable for family reunions (. meetings eg birthdays) and arrange for Feundeskreise that for certain activities (eg hiking, fasting, skiing.); ideal for art and culture enthusiasts (contemporary art in the house), musicians (Steinway piano, keyboard, electronic organ, div. Instruments) and other creative activities (painting, writing, yoga, etc.)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

spacious detached villa with large garden above the Lake of Sarnen
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia

Impressive house, beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

We met by Nikolina and thoroughly explained about the house. She served welcome drinks to all of us, so it was a nice gesture.

The house was all that was described. It was very complete with everything that you need. Our only regret was we don't have time to experience everything thoroughly like kids room and billiard room at the basement because we have to do our trips. It's Switzerland though, an outdoor heaven so most of the times we went in the morning and go back in the evening.

One time we do our morning walk to the Sarnen city centre and found out that to do your groceries Migros and Coop is not that far away. There is also a bus pass through the house to city centre. So in my opinion even if we didn't have a car with us, we can hop on a bus to city centre or train station to go on our day trips. Though having a car with us made it more flexible.

My conclusion when we ever go to Switzerland again this is my first choice for homebase around Zurich/ Lucerne area.

Thank you Gabrielle for letting us stay at your wonderful house. Thank you Nikolina for making us feel welcome.

I hope that we have been a good guests to you and please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this amazing property. Everything that we could have possibly desired for our stay was already accounted for by the owners. The caretaker of the property arranged a meeting with me on our arrival and spent a significant amount of time giving us a tour and introduction on how we could best maintain the property during our stay. Also, the careful preparation of the property was indicated by the many notes and signs that were posted.

While the owners did charge an extra fee for usage of additional bedding and towels, this is quite understandable. Having the option to have clean linens and additional towels was nice, even if it was for an extra fee.

This property is ideal for guests that have children and need additional space. I would love to visit Sarnen/Wilen again and would stay here without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH! We are so glad to hear that our efforts to make our home a welcoming place are really appreciated. Hope to see you again. We'll do our very best to keep the standards! Warm regards. Gabrielle & Andreas
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  • 5 of 5

Had a very pleasant stay at this villa.. The front view is awesome. We were warmly welcomed by Nikki, with welcome drinks. Very nicely decorated house, everyone loved it. We were a family of 11 and could comfortably fit in. Would love to go and stay again..

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your great evaluation which is also very helpful to the following guests! Please come again and meet at BIJOU SUR LAC! Wram regards from Gabriele and Andreas
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Wonderfull villa

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in the spacious house. Perfect location for day trips to Luzern and Pilatus - and the view from the villa was breathtaking. It was very hot during our stay so we also took trips to the seebads nearby and enjoy the terracce.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We are indeed very happy with "full marks" from your side. As we have just started to make our house a holiday rental we are glad that our first guests have had a good time. Warm regards Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer
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Stanford, CA

Magnificent retreat

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for a reunion of our two families from the United States with our local relatives in Switzerland. Everything about the house was first class and the local managers were immediately responsive, providing beach towels, circulating fans during the heat wave and even a scale so we could weigh our luggage before our return. The kitchen and outdoor dining area were so inviting that we hosted three meals for our local relatives. The location was superb for swimming in the Lake Sarnen, hiking in Engelberg and Melchsee Frutt and visiting Lucerne and Interlaken. Fireworks on July 4th were outstanding! This home allowed us to experience a special family reunion of our lifetimes. Thank you to the owners for sharing their home.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very very much! We did not expect "full marks" from our first guests! We really consider you being the ideal renters for this house ... Kindest regards Gabriele
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Fantastically well-appointed house for families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in August with friends (four families with seven kids aged 7 to mid-teens). We often rent holiday properties together with other families, and this is by far the most comfortable and well-equipped house we have ever stayed in. There is plenty of seating, crockery, etc. for everyone to cook and eat together in style, both in the dining room and on the terrace, and also enough quiet corners you can withdraw to, alone or in smaller groups. It's a paradise for children, too, with everything from garden games to table football, Wii and even an indoor playground. We only ever saw the children when they were hungry, and were able to relax for hours, enjoying the wonderful view of the lake and surrounding mountains - either through the panorama window in the living room or on the shaded terrace.

The house is situated in a very quiet area, not overlooked by neighbours, and is completely private. The next small town, Sarnen, is a couple of minutes’ drive away with excellent supermarkets, restaurants, and a Saturday market from May to October selling local produce. The next city is Luzern, on Lake Luzern, where you can enjoy shopping, culture and sightseeing, excellent restaurants and great galleries and museums. The region has plenty to offer, whether you are interested in sport and the outdoors, food or culture. (The hardest part is tearing yourself away from the comforts and possibilities of the house!) The owners have put plenty of information on things to do in the area on their website

It’s the perfect place for doing everything or nothing, and we will certainly be coming again. During our summer stay, we didn’t manage to take full advantage of the billiard room, so this is just one reason to come for an autumn or winter break. The property would also be ideal for larger family get-togethers and special celebrations (big birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc.) particularly if these include elderly relatives with mobility problems, as there are so many ground-floor bedrooms and bathrooms. The friendly owners have an arrangement with local caterers, and there are hotels nearby for further guests.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
750 Metres
Hotel Waldheim, Hotel Wilerbad
Nearest Ski
18 Kilometres
5 areas
Car: necessary

The attractions of this area include the church of Sarnen St. Peter & Paul (UNESCO World Heritage), the Regional Museum, several outdoor pools, lake tours ('Seestern'), scenic flights. Main mountain is Mount Pilatus (2128 m), 15 minutes by car (the steepest cogwheel railway in the world). Highly recommended: the small weekly market, held every Saturday in the warm season in Sarnen.

Sachseln: best-known pilgrimage site in Switzerland (St. Nicholas von Flue..). Who would not only go on pilgrimage, next door can take in a renovated Art Nouveau hotel 'Pax Montana' a drink or enjoy the beautiful alpine views while dining at the hotel restaurant.

Lucerne: 25 minutes drive away. Beautiful old town, international music festival, best shopping. A special experience is the Alpine Fasnacht in Lucerne and in the smaller villages in the area! The luxurious spa area in the hotel 'Wilerbad' (7 minute walk) can be of our guests used (against fee).

5 ski areas are all within about 30 - 45 minutes drive away: Melchsee-Frutt, Moerlialp, Langis Faith Mountain, Hasliberg and Engelberg where all winter sports can be practiced.

Restaurants, Local: 9 gourmet restaurants nearby (including 'Hotel Bahnhof Giswil', 'Alpenblick' in St.Niklausen, '' Belvedere 'in Hergiswil), a Bio-Diner (' mill 'Sarnen), numerous (!) Local Civil Swiss cuisine (. example 'Jordan' and 'Giordano' in Sarnen) Chinese and Thai restaurants, Almbeizen, smoking establishments (bid: 'Muffis' in Landsberg, Sarnen) nightclub.


Rates & Availability

Sarnen Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tourismus-Abgabe $101.58
Refundable damage deposit $695.05
Endreinigung $481.19

Im Mietpreis enthalten: 1 Set Bettwäsche/Handtücher pro Gast (zusätzl. Wäsche wird gegen Aufpreis zur Verfügung gestellt), W-LAN, Strom, Wasser, Heizung, TV, Gartenpflege, E-Bikes. Wg. der großen Wohnfläche ist die Endreinigung (450,-- EUR unter 10 Personen, 600,00 EUR über 10 Personen) verbindlich, Zusatz- oder Zwischenreinigungen können vereinbart werden. Kinderreisebett m. Wäsche: pauschal 25,-- EUR. Bar: Abrechnung nach Verbrauch. WICHTIG: Für den Vertragsabschluss ist der Abschluss der SCHRIFTLICHEN UNTERLAGEN ausschlaggebend! Die Informationen über dieses Portal sind NICHT rechtlich bindend für die Vermieter, sondern allein die original unerzeichneten Vertragsdokumente! Das Portal Fewo-Direkt und seine assoziierten Portale übernehmen lediglich die Vermittlungsfunktion für das inserierte Objekt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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