It was our first trip to Switzerland we wanted to experience staying in a traditional countryside swiss chalet surrounded by scenic mountain slopes and beautiful hamlets. Chalet Z'Flesche was a tailor made option for what we ordered.
This place is situated in hamlet Furi, which is a 1-hour uphill walk from the busy town of Zermatt. Cable car takes 10 mins. The chalet is placed at a tranquil spot in the mountain slopes and is free from any kind of noise or disturbance. The interiors are brilliantly done and the place provides all amenities for a perfect stay - good heating, hot water, a well-equipped kitchen, dining table and really comfortable beds. It is cozy and small, yet very spacious to easily accommodate up to 4 adults.
The best part of the stay is that it takes to the countryside lifestyle where you eat, relax, and play outdoors the whole time. During summer, there are loads of hikes one can pick. during winters, there are ski trails. Furi cable car station is a 10 min walk and from there one could go down to Zermatt or upwards all the way to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.
Food options: Furi has some amazing restaurants, all within walking reach and then there is another hamlet between Furi and Zermatt. It is called Blatten. The walk from Furi to Blatten is amazing and you pass a lot of local houses and backyards on your way. Besides the restaurant, you could also stack up your supplies from co-op store in Zermatt or just bring along your food from other parts of the country. Having your own food during winter is a must, as the restaurants remain shut from October to May.
About the host: Susanne was our lovely host at Furi. She owns and operates Chalet Z'Flesche. Susanne is very co-operative and helpful, and can be easily reached over the email. I recommend that you get in touch with her directly and prepare your arrival well in advance. Susanne is an avid skier and has stayed in the mountains for long. She is your best point of contact and source of information. Especially if you want to ski. Look out for her website for more details.
Overall, our stay with Chalet Z'Flesche was very special. It took us out of the monotony of staying at hotels in larger and more crowded places. I was really happy that we took the chance and decided to stay in Furi instead of a proper hotel in Zermatt. We were really confused between the luxury of staying in a hotel with secured access to food and comfortable rooms versus the experiment of staying in a remote chalet with no one around us and the chances of weather turning hostile. The risk did pay off. Though the weather was bad for 1-2 days the chalet was our little cozy den where we relaxed and breathed the fresh mountain air.
P.S: Great value for money, a unique stay, a superb host
I stayed here for one week with my teen-aged nephews who both love outdoor activities and it was an ideal base. The chalet is located close to the Furi cable car station (just a few minutes walk along the footpath) making it quick and easy to get to the centre of Zermatt to shop for food or to access different parts of the surrounding mountains, while staying in a beautiful rural location with great mountain views from both the from and the back of the property. (There is no vehicle access to the chalet which adds to the wonderful feeling of really being 'away from it all' - although we only had a large rucksack each as luggage, the owner still met us at the Furi Station and offered to transport our luggage using a type of power-assisted wheelbarrow, and this free service could be very useful to those with more luggage than us). The cosy kitchen / comfortable lounge / dining area are all in one open plan area which resulted in a great social atmosphere. The wood-burning stove made the area particularly homely later in the evening when the temperature started to get cooler. The kitchen itself is small, but well equipped. We stayed for a week and the boys cooked from fresh ingredients every evening and found that we had all the kitchen equipment that we needed. There is also an outdoor gas-grill / barbecue and an outdoor dining area. Downstairs the bedrooms had adequate storage space and comfortable beds. In the small wooden storage building next to the chalet there is a supply of comfortable outdoor chairs and a hammock that can be easily set up for relaxing outdoor and the sunny position of the chalet meant that we could enjoy using these in the evening, but there would also be sun through the day on days when it was sunny! There is a wide range of hiking routes directly from the chalet and from the Furi cable car station. The boys liked the convenience of a lot of options near by for rock climbing (mainly graded 5a and above) and the excellent parcours / trimm dich (a type of 'outdoor gym') in Blatten, just a short (5 minute?) walk down the hill from the chalet. Mountain biking routes are also numerous (and we found that mountain bikes, easily hired by the half day or day in zermatt, are permitted on the trains and cable cars out of Zermatt). If you wanted to eat out in the evening (which we didn't) the choice of restaurants in Furi that open in the evening in the summer is quite limited, although there is a far larger number open during the day for lunch (or even for breakfast). However, after a day of adventures out on the mountains we found the chalet the perfect place to come back to both to cook, to relax and to plan the next day of adventures (helped by the excellent WIFI for checking weather forecasts and accessing any other internet content). Although we had some awesome adventures this chalet would also be ideal if all you wanted to do was arrive and relax. In short a great little chalet amid a mountain paradise!
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