Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Situated on a quiet private road, Ermellino is a large, 150m2 property with 3 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms and huge kitchen, dining and living areas served by underfloor heating, unlimited hot water, plus TVs, DVD player, PS2, iPod docking stations, free WI-Fi, washing machine & dryer. Linen can be hired from us. The chalet's exterior has been built in traditional Swiss style, but we offer you relaxed, contemporary interiors.
Ermellino is great for families and friends, looking for a fun holiday in Crans Montana. Situated at an altitude of 1500m on a sun-drenched plateau high above the Rhone Valley, the villages of upmarket Crans and family oriented Montana form one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Valais, with no discernible break between one area and the next. Located on the sunniest hillside in the valley the area has the highest recorded amount of sunshine hours annually in Switzerland – around 330 sunny days per year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Genova, Italy 365 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva 150 km, Nearest railway: Sierre 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
Bedroom 1: East facing, access to terrace. King size bed, large chest of drawers, walk-in closet, hairdryer, ensuite wet room with shower, toilet and basin.
Bedroom 2: East facing, access to terrace. Two adult sized bunk beds, large wardrobe and drawers, TV and PS2 with over 20 games suitable for all ages.
Shower room: Large wet area with shower, double sink with storage, vanity unit, toilet, hairdryer.
Bedroom 3: East facing, access to terrace. Twin room with iPod docking station, wardrobe and drawers, armchair.
Bathroom: Large bath with shower above, double sink with storage, vanity unit with hairdryer, toilet.
Kitchen: Views to the South. Top of the range, newly fitted kitchen with oven, microwave, hob, dishwasher, large fridge & freezer and enough kit to keep the most demanding of cooks happy, from electric blenders to Sabatier knives! Breakfast bar with bar stools. Range of cookery books in case you don't fancy one of Crans-Montana's 80 restaurants.
You will find everything you need for little ones: Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair, plastic cups, bowls, plates and cutlery.
Dining Area: Access to south facing balcony. Large table seating 8. Sideboard with extra storage.
Living Area: Access to both south and east facing balconies. Large, L-shaped leather sofa (seating at least 6) to sink into after a hard day's activity, armchair, footstools, tables, media area with TV (over 150 TV channels in English, French, German & Italian), radio (over 130 radio stations),DVD player, iPod docking station, free WiFi.
Hallway: Built in cupboards for your extra gear plus washing machine & dryer and travel cot (no linen).
Lobby: Access to communal front door plus lift and staircase to your secure underground parking area.
|Further details outdoors|
We have two large terraces. One faces East down the Rhone valley and is 4m x 15m, catching the morning sun. All bedrooms lead on to this. Our second terrace faces due South with mountain range views and is accessible from the living areas. This gives you sun from mid-morning to around 7pm in Spring, later in Summer. It measures 3m x 10m and this is where we leave you our beautiful 2.3m wooden table with 8 chairs, large parasol, sunloungers and other garden chairs, so that you can relax in comfort.
Prices include utility bills and a full clean at the end of your stay, but exclude linen and towel hire charges. We charge of CHF 30/person/stay which includes lovely white bed linen, good size bath towel, bath mats, hand towels for bath/shower rooms and drying up towels for the kitchen. Travel cot linen and towel at CHF 30 per stay. Swiss laundries charge exorbitant rates and this hire charge only just covers our costs.
Reservations are held for 7 days awaiting receipt of 25% booking deposit.
Payment of rental balance and CHF 750 refundable breakage (CHF 900 for stays over 2 weeks) and key deposit is due 6 weeks before arrival.
Rental deposits and balance payments are non-refundable and so we recommend that you take out
holiday insurance when making your travel arrangements.
Payments are accepted in Swiss Francs by direct bank transfer. Your full or part deposit will be returned to you as soon as possible and always within 2 weeks.
Please note that we would prefer you to smoke outside on the main terraces where ashtrays have been left.
We want your holiday to be faultless so if you have any special requests, please let us know and we'll do everything we can to accommodate you.
The Swiss Alps region
Though the general consensus about Switzerland is that it is snow bound throughout the year, Crans Montana enjoys a moderate and favourable climate perennially. Situated at an altitude of 1500m and located on the sunniest hillside in the valley the area has the highest recorded amount of sunshine hours annually in Switzerland – around 330 sunny days per year! As a result, the area produces some great wine, particularly the Fendant whites.
During summer, the temperature varies from 65-82 degrees Fahrenheit. In spring it is 46-59 degrees Fahrenheit and during winter it varies from 28-45 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest weather is experienced during the months of January and February. The months of May to October favour golf, hikes and walks and December to the end of April is great for skiing.
Crans-Montana offers a particularly wide programme of activities all year round. It is diverse in its attractions and operates as a resort 365 days a year. From skiing and sledging in winter, to golfing and walking through trees 7m above the forest floor in summer, Crans-Montana offers something for everyone. The resort is a venue for major sporting events and, with a reputation as a golfing Mecca, draws visitors from all over the world.
At the bottom of the mountain is Sierre, a large bi-lingual (French/German) town and the capital of the district of Sierre. Between Sion and Sierre, discover the underground lake of St-Léonard - 300m in length, 20m wide, 10m depth, this is the biggest natural underground lake in Europe and you can visit by boat.
Sierre is also starting point for the tourist sites of the Val d'Anniviers comprising the villages of Vercorin, Chandolin, St-Luc Vissoie, St-Jean Chandolin, Grimentz, Zinal and Ayer. Sierre is connected with Crans-Montana by a funicular railway.
Sierre is host to a local wine museum (Musée Valaisan de la Vigne et du Vin) and of a museum dedicated to the memory of Rainer Maria Rilke who lived there until his death and is buried in the nearby town of Raron. Lac de Géronde is a small lake at its outskirts.
The wonderful Medieval city of Sion is to the west of Sierre and only 30 minutes by car from Crans Montana. It is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. Landmarks include the Basilique de Valère and Château de Tourbillon.
East of Sierre and about 40 minutes by car from Crans Montana is Leukerbad , the largest spa and wellness resort in the Alps. A copious supply of 3.9 million litres of 51°C water flows into the thermal baths of Leukerbad every single day, bringing relief to body and soul. Even the Ancient Romans appreciated the hot springs of Leukerbad and took the waters both to distress and re-energise.
Food & Wine: Many of today’s residents of the Valais had ancestors who lived off the land in the remote mountain valleys, cultivating their own produce to feed their families. They tended apricot, pear, apple and peach orchards, and baked their own rye bread. They grew vegetables on their land. Milk, cheese and occasionally meat were the staple foodstuffs. Today you will still find these traditional products and preparations, but new ones have also emerged, such as the spring crop of exquisite asparagus grown in the sandy soils of the Lower Valais, and brought to the table within hours of being harvested.
Food lovers’ heaven: For their recipes, the people of the Valais have tradition to thank, created by the imagination of their ancestors. Today these creations are still widely served: croûte aux champignons, a dish of mushrooms and toasted bread; Valais vegetable soup with leek, celery, turnips and onions; traditional bean soup; rice cooked with locally grown saffron from Mund; traditional polenta dishes; Gsottus, a variety of air-dried meats cooked with cabbage and potatoes; buttered chestnut brisolée, served with mountain cheese, dried and cured meats; or gâteau de Savièse, a leek, cheese, potato, and bacon tart.
The people of the Valais may be passionate about their traditional cuisine, but as descendants and spiritual heirs of the Valais hotel pioneer César Ritz, they are also open to influences from all over the world, and their own cooking shows exceptional imagination and creativity. For the last two years, chefs from the Valais have been named GaultMillau Swiss Chef of the Year: Didier de Courten in 2006, and Markus Neff in 2007.
To accompany this inventive and traditional cuisine, the Valais produces a variety of top-class wines. In addition to the wellestablished classics – whites Fendant (light, fruity, dry) and Johannisberg (ample, flowery and smooth); and reds Dôle (ample, full-bodied and well-balanced) and the powerful Pinot noir, there are exquisite grape varieties that only grow in the Valais, such as the Petite Arvine, Amigne and Humagne blanche. You can try these wines at any of the many Caves (family or village run wineries) up and down the mountain to Crans Montana.
As a venue for major sporting events, and with a reputation as a golfing Mecca, Crans-Montana draws visitors from all over the world. Commune with nature in this family-friendly resort, where you can enjoy five swimming lakes; walks through aromatic mountain forests along an extensive network of footpaths; and cosy fondue evenings in rustic inns.
In addition to well-known sports like hiking, tennis and squash, Crans-Montana has facilities for canyoning, mountain climbing, water skiing and paragliding. The attractive skiing areas of the Plaine Morte glacier plateau are also ideal for summer hiking. Particular summer favourites are the five swimming lakes right next to the village.
Crans-Montana has a long golfing tradition and has 3 great golf courses. The 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros Golf Course with its breath-taking views is situated on the high plateau of Crans. The international elite meet here every year for golfing tournaments including the Omega European Masters, every September.
The ski slopes stretch from the high plateau up to the Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 m. Directly beyond the edge of the forest the pistes are broad and open, ideal for beginners and deep-snow skiers. Advanced skiers will take the chairlift to La Toula to find a really challenging descent. Particularly popular are the broad carving pistes and the valley descent down the Piste Nationale which, at 12 km, is the longest in the region.
In Winter the golf courses become a paradise for cross-country skiers and hikers. In addition to classic cross-country ski trails, there is also an extra piste especially for skaters.
Ochsner Sport Terrific, Crans-Montana: relay races from Crans-Montana to the Plaine Morte Glacier (June).
Omega European Masters: the international golfing elite compete in the second biggest tournament in Europe (September).
International hot air balloon meeting: this competition provides a colourful spectacle and passenger flights in a fettered balloon (September).
Golf: the 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros and 9-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses offer panoramic views from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.
Shopping: Crans and Montana comprise the most extensive alpine shoppers’ paradise for miles around.
Plaine Morte: this huge glacier stretching for 10 square kilometres at an altitude of 3000 m is also a major attraction in summer.