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Chesa Orta in Berguen, Grisons, Switzerland

Chesa Orta is situated in the centre of Berguen, a small town on the railway line linking Chur, the capital of the Canton of Grisons, to St. Moritz in the Engadin. The village lies at 1400 m above sea-level and is easily reached by car all year round.

The large old house boarders on the main road leading towards the Albula pass and is fronted by a large quiet garden offering a superb view of the surrounding meadows and the mountains to the South. Chesa Orta used to be a permanent family home and to this day reflects the lifestyle of the early 20th century. Generously sized rooms include old-fashioned utility rooms such as a pantry and an in-house barn for storing the wood supply. Two or three families will find ample accommodation for their needs.

Suiting the style of the house the interior is furnished traditionally without neglecting modern amenities; a dishwasher, a radio plus CD- and MP3-player and, of course, modern plumbing are at our guests' disposal. The heating system, on the other hand, makes use of the natural resources on hand: In winter, the efficient wood burners in the rooms have to be fed in the evenings to ensure cozy nights. We instruct our guests in the art of heating with wood and recommend cooking on the wood-fired range in winter (normal electric range in summer). The bathrooms are equipped with electric heaters and for additional comfort there are three mobile electric heaters.

Games, cards and books (also in English) as well as table-top football should compensate the lacking TV-set. Our guests are expected to bring their own bed linen and bath towels, whereas table linen and kitchen towels are supplied by us.

The house offers the following facilities:

Groundfloor

Large entrance hall with wood-pellets burner for basic heating; living room with large wood stove; dining room with a table seating 12 persons (14 at a squeeze); large kitchen with a table seating 12 persons (14 at a squeeze), electric and wood-fired ranges, mobile gas-stove for heating, refrigerator, dishwasher; pantry, wood-shed (in-built), one toilet (summer only).

First Floor

Hall with wood-pellets burner serving three radiators. Five bedrooms with two beds each plus one bedroom with three beds; baby cot; two bedrooms are en-suite rooms without direct access from the hall. Three bathrooms (two with showers, one with tub) including toilets. One separate toilet.

Attic

To be used in summer only. Three small bedchambers (former servants' quarters). Two with one bed each, one room with two beds. Central chamber with hot-water boiler and washing machine. In summertime, bats live in our attic. The animals are officially protected, and their daytime sleep must not be disturbed by noise.

Surroundings

Large quiet garden. Small summer house. Deckchairs for relaxing, chairs, tables, barbeque etc. for outdoor dining. Children's swing. Pingpong table. Due to rather unfortunate experiences we regret that pets are no longer allowed.

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