Anyone who wishes to spend his holidays in a historic architectural monument can take a short trip back in time within the Huberhaus in the village of Eggen in the Upper Valais. The Huberhaus is a traditional alpine log house built in the 16th century. The old balconies, the soapstone stove in the living room and the creaking floors have all retained the traditional charm of an old timber house – despite the new kitchen and bathroom. People were shorter in those days: the ceiling height in the living room is just 1.88 meters. All the other rooms have normal room heights. The only source of heat is the wood-burning stove! It doesn’t get much cosier than this, even if occasionally one of the guests does have to duck a little.
You enter the Huberhaus through the kitchen in the back of the house.To the front, facing south, is the living room and above it a bedroom. The northern part of the house could not be preserved and was replaced by a new extension. This annex includes the bathroom on the ground floor and a second bedroom on the upper floor.
The house is operated by “„Ferien im Baudenkmal“ (Holiday in the monument), a project of the Swiss Heritage Protection at the interface of tourism and historic preservation. On their website ferienimbaudenkmal.ch you find more houses to rent.
Also read “Holiday in a historic building” in our series
What to do
The Huberhaus is located about 2 km from the village Bellwald. Here you find all facilities for daily needs (grocery store, post office, bank) as well as various tourist facilities (restaurant, tourist information, sports shop). There are a variety of sports and cultural activities and in the area various attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage Aletsch, the Binntal and Goms with its traditional villages.
Why we like this house
Here you live almost like in former times - but with modern amenities.
This house is great for
Lovers of historical buildings, families
Details of the property
Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Oberwallis, Weiler Eggen
Scenery: Bellwald, alpine
Number of guests: 4 people (plus 1 child up to 2 years)
Architecture: Listed building - old, Old & new, Historical
Completed: 2008 (Conversion)
Design: Bernhard Stucky, mls-architekten.ch, Zermatt
Published: GEO Saison Extra - Travel with children 2017