Situated in a discrete location in the picture-postcard mountain village of Lauenen, a romantic mountain village which enjoys a truly idyllic setting. The old timber houses and the beautiful church are testimony to a strong awareness of tradition. The nature reserve on Lake Lauenen features impressive waterfalls, glaciers and upland moors.
Chalet Sophia is an exceptional chalet and the epitome of 21st-century Alpine-property design. This impressive residence (around 500m²) offers a secure luxury retreat only 7km from the chic year-round resort of Gstaad and combines the highest-quality traditional craftsmanship with the latest modern technology – for the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and efficiency.
E5 teamed up with Switzerland’s renowned Matti Architektur team to create the breathtaking bespoke design, which complements the structure and its surroundings.
Chalet Sophia has a traditional hand-carved façade, with balconies, created by highly skilled craftsmen. The experience of these traditional artisans is also evident in the quality of the oak-finish walls in the large principal rooms.
This ‘smart home’ benefits from state-of-the-art ‘Digi Haus’ domotics. The system affords remote control of lighting, heating, electronics, security shutters etc, via an app. The owner can arrive at their warm and welcoming well-lit chalet, for immediate enjoyment.
Energy-efficient vertical closed-loop geothermal technology – ground source heat pump – provides underfloor heating as well as hot water throughout each property.
The chalet has six spacious bedrooms, and an 8-person lift (comfortably accommodating a wheelchair) to all floors.
Master Suite: principle bathroom with Jacuzzi, walk in shower, twin basins, wc, etc. Separate dressing room with a range of illuminated wardrobes, shelving and drawers with central seating feature chest. Additional en-suite shower room with walk in shower, wc and basin in addition to the main suite bathroom.
VIP Guest Bedroom: with en-suite walk in shower room and separate dressing room facility with wardrobes and seating.
Main living area with open plan lounge, plasma TV, central fireplace and seating leading to the dining area which connects to the main kitchen area and breakfast bar. and separate pantry facility.
Fully equipped kitchen with automatic boiling water facility and multi-ovens, steam oven, microwave, terryaki facility, plate warming, double fridge freezer facilities, plus a separate walk in storage area.
TV/Playroom/Office comprises two sofas capable of being used to sleep another two people, 64 inch large flat screen TV and desk space. Guest cloakroom.
Three double and one twin en-suite bedrooms with shower and separate bath.
A studio with double sofa bed facility with en-suite shower room and small integral kitchen. Relaxation room with swinging bed and sauna plus separate a laundry area.
Chalet Sophia has a private two-vehicle underground garage, finished to an impressive standard; hermetically sealed and with remote-controlled doors.
Additional parking is available in the communal basement car park and in a street-level private parking area. In total, the chalet has six parking spaces at its disposal.
The entire basement area is covered by a suspended garden, giving the additional benefit of maximum thermal qualities’ retention.
Picture-book wooden chalet homes and glorious natural surroundings make the charming Alpine village of Lauenen the perfect choice for homeowners who desire tranquillity and privacy. Lauenensee lake, the impressive Geltenschuss waterfall, and Wildhorn glaciers are nearby – whilst the glamorous Gstaad, with everything it offers, is only around 7km away.
Gstaad, this sophisticated ‘grande dame’ of ski resorts, has enduring appeal for European royalty, celebrities, and international tycoons. Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Prince Rainier, Bernie Ecclestone, and George Soros are amongst those who have valued Gstaad’s sophisticated luxury, picture-postcard Alpine village scenery, and wealth of year-round outdoor pursuits.
Beyond the winter-sports season, mountain-biking trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, polo club, and even a golf course are available. Hiking opportunities include the spectacular Glacier 3000 and Peak Walk suspension bridge. The Menuhin Festival, Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Swiss Open Tennis, and Hot Air Ballooning International Week are some of the annual cultural and social highlights. Free of traffic, the village is home to designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Cartier. Gourmets will appreciate the gastronomic offering – including Michelin-starred restaurants.
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