In Switzerland, an Alpine Retreat for Rent
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Dating back to the 16th century, Huberhaus is a traditional alpine log dwelling located in the Upper Valais, an area noted for its skiing and mountain scenery (the Matterhorn included). This rustic house sat empty for 70 years before it was renovated; the owners preserved the original wood walls and floors and added modern touches (a state of the art kitchen, for instance). For more information, go to Urlaubsarchitektur, which also offers other architecturally worthy homes to rent in Europe. Above: The wood-burning stove in the kitchen is the only source of heat in the house. Above: The dining room retains its original timber walls. Above: A modern kitchen has been installed in a stonework setting. Above: Double doors create an indoor/outdoor feel. Above: The living room is furnished with modern designs sourced in Switzerland. Above: A new metal stair rail has been artfully paired with the original wooden stairs. Above: The original upstairs bedroom. Above; The bathroom is a modern addition to the rear of the building. Above: The house dates to the 16th century. Above: The Alpine view. Looking for more Swiss Finds ? Take a look at the country's most coveted spa stay. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 2, 2013 as part of our On the Mountain issue.