I’m giving the Hayloft this rating to praise it but also to note some aspects that readers may think differently about. I booked for about 8 days in mid-late Sept. for the first six by myself before a son joined me. I came to Kandersteg to hike. This is an extraordinariyl rich area for hiking. Peter is extremely knowledgeable about the routes and the mountain restaurants and huts and serves as a virtual mountain guide. The routes range from easy/baby stroller to multi-day trips over passes. With Peter’s advice (you need to make sure he knows your abilities and limits) I had four days hikes alone. With my son, we checked out and literally walked from the door of the Hayloft for a three day hike involving a high pass and a fabled valley. From the doorstep of the Hayloft, you can walk to three lifts to take you higher, and there are easily a dozen trails from the valley floor. The Hayloft is located about a mile from the center of town, past cow pastures. I was without a car. The guesthouse has only one interior public area, with a dining room table. My room, with two single beds, was simple, small and with a stunning southern view of mountain peaks. You might feel restricted, though I did not, as I had plenty to read and the weather was good for all but one day, when I took an excursion to the grave site of the poet Rilke. Kerry and Peter are very personable. I looked forward to having breakfast with them daily.
For those who want to spend several days hiking, this is a very valuable guesthouse in an extraordinary setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hayloft is 1200m above sea level, south-facing and stands in about two acres of its own meadowland. The property is bordered by a trout stream and is very quiet; it has its own private access track and there is NO passing traffic. We have a superb outdoor hot tub for you to use. The house boasts stunning mountain views (over 3,600m) in every direction, clear views of glaciers and a magnificent waterfall. The Hayloft is about 1 mile from the centre of the village of Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. Kandersteg is a rural working village but has a parallel tourist-based economy. The village has all the expected range of facilities without losing its unique Swiss atmosphere. ... more less