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Chasa Gallas
Chasa Gallas
Chasa Gallas
Chasa Gallas garden on a beautiful day in January
Tschierv - magical winter scenery
Piz d'Aint in its winter attire
ski tourers setting out just outside the house
Tschierv
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Condo/Apartment – 
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

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“Exactly right!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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During the booking process, we found the owner, Katherine, both helpful and patient. On arrival, she and her husband Marco were very welcoming. The flat is beautifully decorated and simply furnished in a successful blend of modern fittings and much older heirlooms and other artefacts. From the balcony is a classic Swiss mountain hamlet view: mountains in the background, and lush green meadows in the foreground.

The kitchen is very well equipped, and all the equipment has the appearance of being new or almost new, and of high quality. The only problem was the bit at the end of the table that sticks out from the leg and removes your kneecap when you sit down. I exaggerate slightly, and the skin is now growing back on our knees.

The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable, bathroom excellent, there's a good selection of local walking maps, a trifle worn now because we put them to good use, and there's good wifi access in the main bedroom, which conveniently has a desk in it, but the signal quality is variable elsewhere.

The owners couldn't have been more pleasant, hospitable and discreet. Katherine is English, and Marco is Swiss, the house having passed down through several generations to him. He has gutted and rebuilt the house, and they occupy the lower flat. At her invitation, we joined Katherine for a very British cup of tea and slice of cake one afternoon. The tea was excellent because it's still possible to buy read un-mucked-about-with full-fat milk in Switzerland as they're not in the EEC. Tea with the addition of the usual chalkdust and water white stuff masquerading as milk that Europeans are made to buy is quite disgusting.

The beautiful area abounds with paths for walking and cycling, and there are many low-level walks as well as ascents of alps, and they start right outside the house. A week here and you'll come away fitter. Leaner too, because the cost of food is dramatically higher than in the UK. Three pizzas, good ones in fairness, two large beers and one small, cost about £60. We ate in mostly, but even commonplace items such as pasta, cheese, tinned tomatoes, sausage and so on, are much more expensive than UK, even if they're locally produced .

There are signposts everywhere on path junctions to indicate where you are, the direction to go in for your chosen target, and how far it is in time. They've really gone out of their way to encourage mountain bikers and walkers, and emphasise their green and bio-friendly credentials. This is evidenced by the many insects, few of which bit, apart from one successful horsefly which drained my entire torso before I noticed it, the clouds of butterflies, and the crowds of Barn Swallows and House Martins which feed on them. Winter cattle feed was being cropped during our week, so everywhere smelled sweetly of cut grass. Not a blade was being missed: even thin verges were being harvested. The cows need feeding for many months when the snow's on the ground.

The nearest Italian town, Bormeo, can be reached by car via a mountain pass, or Livigno via a road tunnel: food was noticeably less expensive there.

In a British car, we attracted some curiosity: not many UK drivers make it this far, and we only saw one other UK-registered car during our week. In fact, the only other Brits (other than Katherine) we heard were in Bormeo. The local language is Romansh, but most Val Müstair people seemed to speak German, which we knew just enough of to blunder our way through in shops, or English, or American. Anyway, with goodwill, a pair of hands to point and gesticulate with, and a common purpose (I want to buy this, you want to sell this), who needs language?

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely flat in this quiet little hamlet, and would love to see it again in winter. Thoroughly recommended for people wanting an outdoor, active holiday. Absolutely not recommended for anybody wanting night-life other than thunderstorms or looking at stars.

3 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location, location, house!
Liked least: The kitchen table's kneecapper.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Listed since : Jun 2012
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