"Chalet Heidi" is a solitary and well-maintained hut located 20 minutes walk above the village Rossiniere. It offers closeness to nature and a pleasant isolation from the nearby civilization replete with tourists, while still providing a good accessibility by car/public transport to the nearby interesting places like Gruyere, Chateau-d'Oex and Col des Mosses. The hut was remarkably well-equipped -- it contained all sorts of kitchen equipment, games, hi-fi, bath, fireplace, and stocks of food at our disposal. Ira was kind enough to bring us his guitar, too, so that we could have a warmer atmosphere in the evenings.
The hut is centuries old and the rooms have correspondingly low ceiling, which was sometimes rather iritating. Also, being 14 adults, we filled all the bedrooms to the limits. However, none of these worried us much. On one hand, the presence of two "living rooms" on the basement floor offered a lot of comfort for all our indoor activities, and secondly, we spend most of the day enjoying outdoor Alpine activities anyway. Splitted into smaller groups, we tried all: snow-shoe hiking, skiing, skialp, cross-country skiing, visiting the museum in Gruyere, witnessing the balloon festival in Chateau d'Oex and even bowling. The venerable age of the hut, its good condition, the separation from the village as well as almost half a meter of fresh snow gave the place an almost miraculous spark.
Ira and his wife Moriya were both very friendly and the communcation was smooth. Picking up the place was fast and without problems, and returning it at the end of our stay even more so. We will highly recommend this place to our friends.
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