Eco Holidays


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Well Christmas is done and dusted, and as we are mid-way through winter here in the northern hemisphere,  thoughts are turning to what are we doing in the summer???  All of us with children at school are in the same situation,  if we haven’t already booked (i.e. us) then we’ll be lucky to get our first choice of destination.

I have started my search and thought I’d share a few places that offer a more eco approach to family holidays for those of us with an eco spirit but no wish whatsoever to rough it! 

Growing up in Scotland that nearly always meant going abroad to “the continent” (seriously, that is what Scottish people call it!) if you had the means or a bucket and spade at a rain-soaked caravan park if not!  Fast forward 100 years and I am living in Switzerland by the beautiful lake Zurich, and quite frankly being here in summer is on “the continent”! In the last six years of living here we have stayed local a lot of the time, esp with young children it was just too much of an ordeal to travel far and wide. 

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Chalet Season

Merry Christmas!….. wouldn’t we all just love to be sitting here tonight! No snow in Zurich here so we are imagining too!

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Living in Switzerland, I often get asked about Swiss Chalets, which are admired throughout the world.   Zermatt, Gstaad, Verbier, Klosters, Arosa, St. Moritz, Cran Montana, Saas Fe ….. etc are great all year round but there is something about that chocolate box image of a Swiss Chalet in winter that really captures the imagination…..

Chalet Tasha Villars-sur-Ollon
Chalet to rent in Villars-sur-Ollon
Chalet for sale near Gstaad
Chalet for sale near Gstaad

Whether renovating an old chalet or building new, reclaimed wood and granite is highly sought after.  Old chalets, barns and outbuildings are deconstructed and carefully reused to create something which is quite unique and authentic. There is such a small supply now as people have always recycled old buildings in the mountains,  that the Swiss now have to look further afield.

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