For sale in Wengen, in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland's Bernese Oberland, a studio apartment in the middle of the ground floor of the Chalet Margaux, which sits in a tranquil part of the original village only a five-minute walk from the train station.
CHF250,000 (certain additional fees payable by buyer to the selling agent Clare Regez: firstname.lastname@example.org). Built in 1978 on the footprint of an older chalet, the Margaux is undeniably dated but indubitably Bernese Oberland in its interior layout and decor. Dated but very cosy, or hygge or gemutlich depending on your native tonge.
The studio offers net floorspace of around 25 square metres plus a balcony that is 8 square metres in size, plus access to and use of all communal facilities including a ski room with a large locker, space in a nuclear bunker, a party room with refectory table, table tennis equipment, built-in barbecue and small storage locker, and a wellness room with sauna, spa bath and additional WC and shower facilities, and laundry room with large washing machine and tumble dryer.
The living accommodation features a foldaway bed, creating a large living room by day with separate living, eating and food preparation areas and a decent-sized wardrobe. The kitchenette has a sink, electric oven and electric hob with two plates plus fridge and storage space. The studio benefits from a modern freeview satellite television rig, broadband and wi-fi.
This is a truly lock up and leave apartment, ideal for an individual or couple who want to take regular breaks there and don't to break the bank by running up huge hotel bills. My wife and I have used it for 10-12 weeks a year since buying it in February 2006 (the purchase inspired the writing of an article on the buying of a property in the Swiss Alps which appeared in the Weekend FT). Although built for two, there is an additional sofa double bed and the dining table is a four-seater.