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CHALET APARTMENTS IN KANDERSTEG IN THE BERNESE ALPS
 WITHIN THE JUNGFRAU-ALETSCH WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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Heidi Never Had It So Good.

          HOME AT FIRST IS NOT IN THE VACATION APARTMENT RENTAL BUSINESS.
          HOME AT FIRST HELPS YOU TURN YOUR TRAVEL DREAMS INTO REALITIES. TO DO THIS DAUNTING TASK, WE USE APPROPRIATE LODGINGS — LODGINGS THAT CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR TRAVEL GOALS. IN SWITZERLAND, WE USE VACATION APARTMENTS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO HELP YOU EXPERIENCE LIFE IN SWITZERLAND LIKE THE SWISS ENJOY. MANY SWISS USE VACATION APARTMENTS TO ENJOY THE WONDROUS ALPINE ENVIRONMENT OF THEIR REMARKABLY SCENIC COUNTRY. SWITZERLAND HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE HEIDI LIVED AN AUSTERE ALPINE LIFE TENDING GOATS WITH PETER AND GRANDFATHER. THE LODGINGS HOME AT FIRST USES IN SIX SCENIC LOCATIONS ACROSS SWITZERLAND PROVIDE CREATURE COMFORTS HEIDI COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED. BUT THESE QUALITY APARTMENTS ENABLE YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF SWITZERLAND YOU HAVE DREAMED ABOUT SINCE YOU FIRST READ "HEIDI" AS A CHILD, WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE LIFESTYLE AND CREATURE COMFORTS YOU WISH TO MAINTAIN WHILE ON VACATION.

 

HOME AT FIRST APARTMENTS IN SWITZERLAND

 

IF OUR STANDARD    APARTMENT IS PRETTY GOOD...

          Although all Home At First Swiss lodgings differ in location, style, and configuration, they share many standard features (read what's included, below). The above photo attempts to show a basic Swiss apartment interior. The décor of this eat-in kitchen is a mix of practical, modern, and Swiss traditional. Note the Italian tile flooring, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, electric range and over, and dishwasher. The open cabinet door under the stainless steel microwave is the refrigerator. One of the two apartment bedrooms is partially visible through the open door in the left background. Like all Home At First Swiss apartments, there is a private place outside from to enjoy the scenery and the mountain air, in this case a balcony running the length of the apartment accessed by the door in the kitchen. This apartment is in Zermatt, 5 minutes walk from the train station, 5-10 minutes walk to almost all stores and restaurants, and less than 1 minute walk to the stop for the shuttle bus that connects the town to all its mountain cableways.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS:
        
HOME AT FIRST offers vacation apartments in six distinctly different Swiss locations. Although each apartment is unique, all must meet our quality standards for convenience of setting, comfort, ease and security of entry, and cleanliness & care. All are well-equipped. All have caring, English-speaking hosting available 24/7.

AMBIENCE: Our Swiss apartments are quality, comfortable lodgings. Some, as above, are stylistically "Swiss modern" with practical functionality, and typical Swiss touches, like lots of bright wood.

 

 

Home At First standard apartment double bedroom
with balcony and view in Mürren
in the Bernese Alps.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

But just as there are cultural and linguistic

 

differences from valley to valley and region to region across Switzerland, there is no uniform style from one apartment to another. We have some that are very modern. Two in Ascona strongly reflect the town's northern Italian heritage. Others are eclectic, including some in Pontresina that are the vision of a local architect interested in coupling traditional regional materials with modern building design.

 

 

 

 

Home At First upgraded apartment double bedroom
with balcony and view in Zermatt
in the Pennine Alps.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

BALCONIES & TERRACES: All Home At First Swiss apartments include private balconies or furnished terraces ideal for resting, snacking, or celebrating your vacation amid superb scenery.

FLOORS & ENTRIES: Although reaching some of our apartments requires climbing a flight or two of stairs, most upper-floor apartments (3rd floor and up) are reached by elevator. All of our Swiss lodgings are well-located, safe, and very livable. Building and apartment entries are secure.

CARE AND CLEANLINESS. The apartments have been thoroughly cleaned

 

prior to your arrival, but are not maid-

serviced during your stay. Clothes washers and dryers are usually installed in the apartments or available for shared use in the apartment building basement. In some cases, your Swiss landlady will do your laundry for you as a paid service. All Home At First Swiss apartments are non-smoking. Most do not permit pets. Please tell us at time of booking if you have pet allergies so we can match our no-pets-please apartments to your needs.

STARTER KITCHEN & BATHROOM SUPPLIES are provided as are all necessary linens and towels. Starter supplies include salt, pepper, sugar, plus (often) cooking oil, coffee, tea, and other cooking spices for the kitchen, as well as toilet tissue for the bathroom.

OPTIONAL ARRIVAL FOOD DELIVERY: most apartments offer a pre-arrival food purchase service. This service is especially useful in lodging locations with Saturday arrivals where stores are closed on Sundays: Ascona, Locarno, Mürren, and Pontresina. Provide us with your grocery

 

 

Home At First upgraded apartment double bedroom
with balcony and view in Pontresina
in the Bernina Alps.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

list, which we pass on to your Swiss

 

host/hostess, who delivers your groceries when they meet you at your apartment arrival.

...OUR UPGRADED APARTMENT IS EVEN BETTER.

Open-plan modern style of a Home At First Locarno apartment. This two-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment offers spacious living for four persons. A covered, furnished balcony off the living/dining/kitchen area offers shaded outdoor sitting and eating plus a view of Lake Maggiore away from the strong sun of Switzerland's Italian region.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

WELL-EQUIPPED: As with apartments at any HOME AT FIRST destination, most of our Swiss apartments have, as a minimum, bedrooms, private bathrooms, living and dining areas/rooms, and well-equipped kitchens. Some multiple-bedroom apartments come with multiple bathrooms, often en suite with the bedrooms. Some few studio apartments have open-plan living-dining-sleeping space and/or kitchenettes without ovens. One-week's supply of bed, bath, and kitchen towels/linens are provided, as is a hair-dryer are provided. Flat-screen cable TV, and free internet cable &/or WiFi are found in most of our apartments. Telephones are rarely supplied, and those that are have meters that must be read at arrival and at departure. We recommend you bring a phone with you, either your personal smart phone that has been readied for international use (speak with your carrier about altering your plan for the time you are in Switzerland), or a rental phone set up for use in Switzerland (we provide more details in our first "Planning Guide").

HOSTING: Importantly, all our Swiss lodgings come with the welcoming, enthusiastic attention of your English-speaking hosts — often, but not always, the owners or landlords of the apartment you are staying in. Your host or hostess is committed to making your stay in their accommodation delightful and problem-free. Your host or hostess meets you upon your arrival (usually at your arrival station or at your vacation apartment at a set time) and introduces you to your apartment and its operation. Your host or hostess is available throughout your stay for any questions your may have, any problems or emergencies that may come up, and to advise you when you wish to organize activities.

Frieda — hostess and  co-owner of four
Home At First apartments in Mürren enjoys
welcoming guests to her traditional Bernese
chalets in her classic alpine home town.
Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

 

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