It was in the early 80s when Verena and Christian Küenzi fell in love with a 17th century Engadine farmhouse and bought it right away. In the coming decades, countless family holidays and celebrations took place here and friends and relatives animated the almost 300 square meter house together with the Küenzi family.
In the meantime, the "Chesa Wazzau", located in one of the most beautiful areas of Switzerland in close proximity to St. Moritz, can also be rented for holiday guests, giving them the pleasure of living in a truly authentic Engadine house. Because the Küenzi have renovated and furnished the historic building so carefully that you feel like being transported back to a Swiss idyll of yesteryear. With some modern amenities, of course, such as underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms, warm running water, WiFi and several toilets.
The initial infatuation with the Küenzis has grown into a deep bond that is reflected in the entire interior of the house. Each room has its own name and is furnished accordingly. One fully archaic wood, the other like a real princely room with white curved stucco ceilings. In general, the house is very splendid with curved vaulted ceilings and window openings, ancient wooden elements, several common rooms and a large garden and of course the blue Engadine sky and the mountains in front of the door.
The Chesa Wazzau is located in the center of the town of Bever, which has been carrying out strictly landscape-friendly development since the 1980s, prefers spacious protection zones to unlimited tourist development, and was awarded the Nature Conservation Prize of the Swiss Confederation for Nature Conservation in 1985.
ArchitectureThe typical Engadine farmhouse has its own character and all changes have to be submitted to it. With such an object, sustainability has more to do with maintaining - instead of changing. All the necessary renovation work was carried out by local suppliers using regional materials. The original elements of the house have been preserved throughout. House edges, archways and window surrounds are decorated with "graffiti", the small window niches are open to the outside like funnels to let out as little heat as possible and still let in as much light as possible. The not very smooth vaulted ceilings are whitewashed and old furniture and wooden elements do the rest to underline the unique charm of the Chesa Wazzau. Nevertheless, the house is now perfectly insulated to conserve resources and equipped with all modern amenities. A few modern pieces of furniture only emphasize the otherwise very authentic and wood-stamped basic mood. Where the peasant family, servants, maids and cattle used to live under one roof, several bedrooms and shared dreams now offer space for up to 12 people.
EnvironmentThe municipality of Bever, where Chesa Wazzau is located, was awarded the Nature Conservation Prize by the Swiss Confederation for nature conservation in 1985. The Küenzi family is also involved in landscape protection in an association to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of the Upper Engadine lake landscape as well as protection against excessive immissions of all kinds and against excessive use of the lake landscape and the adjacent riparian zones. Of course, this includes the most consistent possible waste separation and recycling, in which the guests of the holiday home should also participate.
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Bever is just 200 km from Zurich (just under 3 hours drive), 179 km from Milan (about 3 hours drive) and Munich is 269 km (about 4 hours drive). You will receive the exact address and directions on booking.
The train station in Bever is only about 300 meters from the house. From the Landquart train station, the Rhaetian Railway takes about 1.5 hours towards St. Moritz to Bever.
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