The mountain village Martisberg in the Swiss Valais only has a few houses and 19 inhabitants. The Josihaus is one of the buildings nestled at 1367 meters altitude on the sunny southern slope. It was built in the 1950s by Josi Müller himself with the help of his friends from the village. The wood comes from trees in the area that he cut down and sawed himself. The stones for the foundation granite were taken from the nearby quarry and trimmed by hand. Even the large soapstone stove that heats the house together with the stove on the upper floor is self-built.

In 2013 the house was modernised while retaining its character and soul. Now vacationers can experience pure mountain idyll in this rustic ambiance. The house offers space for up to six people in the main apartment and for two people in a studio with separate entrance (the studio is only rented together with the main apartment). The apartment has a living room with work area and balcony, kitchen and bathroom on the first floor and two double bedrooms and another chamber with two single beds on the floor above. The studio (with separate entrance) has one bedroom, a mini-kitchen and a bathroom. In contrast to the main flat with its mix of old and new, the studio is modern and straightforward in design.

What to do

Hiking, trips to nearby villages, to towns in the French part of the Valais and to Italy, thermal baths, sauna and swimming pool, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, classical music festival in the nearby village Ernen in spring

Why we like this house

An authentic Swiss House surrounded by nature.

This house is great for

The house is well suited as a retreat for two, but also for families or holidays with friends.


Region CH – Switzerland, Valais, Martisberg
Design Josihaus
Scenery Mountain village on a slope with view of mountain peaks
Number of guests 6 people in the main apartment, another 2 in the studio apartment
Completed 2013 / 2016 (studio)
Architect Eugster / Krieg (Umbau)
Architecture Old, Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), Family, Hiking, Mountains, Skiing
Same PartnerFaazihaus
Same ArchitectFaazihaus

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  1. What a spectacular place to spend your vacation! Very tasteful and cosy. A nice mix of old and new. We loved the wood in all kinds of different shades. And miss the cowbells while sitting in the sun on one of the balconies facing a perfect Suisse scenery. Two thumbs up!!!!
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  2. Sonnenwärme auf der Terrasse den ganzen Tag. Diese wunderbare Ruhe!
    Eine gut ausgestattete Küche, in der wir viel Feines ausprobiert und gekocht haben.
    Der Speckstein-Ofen, der wohlige Wärme ausstrahlt.
    Ein sehr schöner Ort zum Sein.
    Wir haben uns bestens erholt!
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  3. Das Haus ist sehr liebevoll erneuert. Sorgfältig neu ins Haus Eingefügtes schafft mit dem Alten zusammen unerwartete und sehr gelungene Stimmungen. Wer Freude am Einfachen hat, wird sich verbunden mit einer wunderschönen Aussicht und einer gemütlichen Ruhe sehr wohl fühlen im Josihaus.
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