Welcome to the 270th Metamorphosis Monday!
Do you have your passport handy? We’re heading off to Switzerland this morning to visit our friend, Cornelia! Cornelia has invited us on a tour of her historic 1853 ski cabin located in the Swiss mountains. It’s was being restored all last summer and was done in time for this past winter’s ski season.
You’ve heard of ski-in and ski-out? This cabin is the epitome of a ski-in-ski out cabin! During the winter, the only way it can be reached is by riding up the mountain in a lift and skiing back down to the cabin. Groceries are delivered this way via backpack during the wintertime. It can be reached via a road during the summertime. I think I’d look like a hoarded come summertime. I would be seriously stocking up! 🙂
I’m going to let Cornelia take us on the tour. (Cornelia’s words are the ones in quotation marks below.) Take it away Cornelia!
“The Maiensaess (that the proper name of this type of cabin) was built 1853 and used for agricultural purposes in the summertime. The shepherd would live there with his cows or goats.”
“The ground floor was divided into a stable and a living/working part where the shepherd slept and made cheese of the milk. The first floor was used to store hay. The cabin is at 1680 m. We can drive up in the summer but in the winter it is in the middle of the ski slopes. You can only get there by ski. The property has also some wood, a stream, moor and lots of pasturage where the local farmers have their cows in summer.”
In this picture, restoration has begun. A new foundation is being added.
The old foundation was in a deteriorating condition.
A photo from when a new roof was being added. You can see the little village below.
This was taken toward the end of the restoration/renovation process. All the work on the cabin had to be done during the summer months since it was the only time materials could be delivered to the cabin and the only time is was easily accessible by the workmen.
I love the chalet style windows and working shutters! They remind me so much of the cute chalets featured on wonderful old cuckoo clocks.
A view of some of the work being done inside on the lower level/ground floor.
“The beams inside are the original wood dating back to 1853, they are fir wood For the rest we used more or less local timber and stones. The floors in the ground floor are made of local granite from Vals and fir tree.”
Let’s head upstairs and Cornelia will show us around there next.
This sofa is a sofa sleeper and is great for extra guests.
Cornelia said the stove dates back to 1938 and was used in the smithy in the old little village nearby. Love that!
Here’s a close up of it taken during construction. It’s made of lard stone, also called steatite.
Love the dining area! Wonder what style lighting fixture Cornelia will choose for over the table?
Cornelia continued out tour: “The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, a cooker, oven etc. Because the ceiling above the cooker is pretty low we could not use a cooker hood ventilation so we have a system which makes the steam escape by a vacuum downward.”
Lots of great storage! Love the cabinetry!
“The house has fresh drinking water from a source higher up in the mountains, we have electricity and even fiberglass cable connection for telephone, internet and TV. We are able to switch on and switch off the heating and the warm water by mobile phone. The heating is based on a wood stove and electric floor heating system. We have a utility room with a washing machine and a tumbler on the ground floor. There is also a room for storing wood and the skis.”
“The cabin has two bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor.”
“This bedroom also has a sofa sleeper.”
The second bedroom…
“There are two bathrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. In the ground floor bathroom we used mainly locale granite from vals.”
“The first floor bathroom was made with Italian slate stone.”
Cornelia thanks so much for the taking us on a tour of this wonderful cabin!
The views from the cabin are just amazing!
Cornelia and I’ll leave you with some lovely pictures and views from the cabin.
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