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spacious detached villa with large garden above the Lake of Sarnen

Bedrooms 5
Space 300 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Panoramic view, elegant living room + dining area with open fireplace, large terrace

Entering the house, the entrance hall opens on 2 levels (ground floor + gallery/first floor) with a Steinway concert grand piano. The hall leads to the spacious, elegantly furnished living room and dining area (2 tables each with 6 and 10 seats) with TV / DVD, stereo, an open fireplace and bar. At the ground floor there are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with toilets. 2 bedrooms with panorama view, the other bedrooms are facing the garden behind the house. Upstairs (1rst floor) there are 3 guest rooms and 1 bathroom (shower bath) with a toilet. On the gallery level there is a sitting area with a small library and access to the bathroom and all bedrooms. The largest guest room on this level provides beds for 4 persons. The other 2 bedrooms have space for 2 guests each. At the ground floor there is also a comfortable kitchen (oven, micro wave, dish washer, separate storage room, large fridge etc.). The living room opens to an inviting terrace and a wide garden with a fantastic view over the Lake of Sarnen and the mountains of Obwalden. At the basement of the house there is an indoor-playground (the former pool): the KIDS' JUNGLE. The parents may enjoy BILLARD - DARTS - TABLE SOCCER.

Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, german
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer

We, Andreas Knüpffer and Gabriele Brachmann, come from Northern Germany (Hamburg) and live in Munich since we left school. We have two children.

Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer purchased this villa in 2011

Why Gabriele Brachmann and Andreas Knüpffer chose Sachseln

Since 2011 we own the villa 'Bijou sur Lac' near Lucerne. Andreas knows the area since his childhood because the house has been built by his grandfather.

What makes this villa unique

We love the house because of its' fantastic panorama view, its' 'splendid isolation' and because we've spent already many happy hours with our friends. There is space enough for several families.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Sachseln, Switzerland

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , bath (no shower) , bidet
    - toilet , bath (no shower) , bidet
    - toilet , shower enclosure
  • In each bathroom there is a hair dryer available
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • - 1 large double bed
    - 1 extra lg. double bed
    - 2 single bed
    - 1 sofa bed/futon
    - 1 extra lg. double bed
    - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
particularly suitable for family reunions (. meetings eg birthdays) and arrange for Feundeskreise that for certain activities (eg hiking, fasting, skiing.); ideal for art and culture enthusiasts (contemporary art in the house), musicians (Steinway piano, keyboard, electronic organ, div. Instruments) and other creative activities (painting, writing, yoga, etc.)


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spacious detached villa with large garden above the Lake of Sarnen
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Absolutely loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was amazing. The Sarnen area was gorgeous! The kids playroom was awesome, the house had everything you would need! What a great experience! Thank you so much to the owners and caretakers. Everything was perfect!!! Can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary - THANK YOU so much for your "full marks"!!! We'd be VERY HAPPY INDEED to welcome you as our guests again. Hope to hear from you again: all the best, Gabrielle & Andreas (the proud owners)
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A holiday home that will always be remembered

  • 5 of 5

Bijou sur Lac provided our extended family with the most wonderful holiday stay we could wish for in Switzerland. Travelling as a group of 12 people (including 4 young children), we were looking for a place to start our holiday that was central to exploring Switzerland as well as providing facilities for relaxing at the house as required. This site exceeded all expectations, with a fantastic play room for the kids, an adult games room and expansive eating and living rooms (with exceptional views from all). The house provided all of the services we required (cooking, washing, drying, music, BBQ etc) given the size of our group. The house has well maintained gardens and facilities generally and the bedrooms are spacious, beautifully presented and well equiped. Bathroom facilities are well distributed to cater for large groups. Apart from being central to many locations by bus/train or car, it also provided easy walking to local facilities and recreational activities around the lake. The Local Manager was professional and helpful on greeting, throughout the week and at departure - she made sure that we were going to have a great week. Having just returned to Australia from our three week family get together, our children and grandchildren are still talking about Bijour sur Lac as the highlight of their tour. Thank you Gabriele and Andreas for creating such a wonderful experience for travellers from the other side of the globe.

  • Review Submitted: 12/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Swiss Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely, has an amazing view of Lake Sarnen and was equipped with ample amenities--a fire pit for cool evenings on the terrace, a charcoal barbecue pit, ample dining seating indoors and out, a well-equipped kitchen, games and books, pool and foosball, trampoline, bicycles, musical instruments and more. It accommodated our 3 generation family of 12 easily. All of our family members would highly recommend the home to others. The wi-fi did not seem able to accommodate everyone's devices simultaneously which, happily, gave everyone vacation time from their on-line worlds.

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The home and surrounding area were absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home was everything we were hoping for and more. Every detail was take care of and our whole family of 10 enjoyed every moment of our week in Switzerland. We would love to come again!

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, dear Karen! And we thank you also for your wonderful entry in our guest book at "Bijou sur Lac". OF COURSE we'd be absolutely happy to welcome you again as our guests!!! Please keep us in mind and - if you wish to return in spring/summer - make a booking request as early as possible because this is the most popular season .... All the best - hope to hear from you in the future - from Gabrielle and Andreas
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Ahwahnee, California

Heaven in Switzerland!

  • 5 of 5

Your gorgeous home met all of our expectations, and more! Before we left for Switzerland, we had specific sightseeing plans for everyday that we were in Sarnen. Once we arrived and sat out on your deck, overlooking Lake Sarnen and the snow capped mountains, we forgot our previous plans and spent most of our time at your home! The living accommodations were fabulous - each bedroom had an been updated bathroom; the kitchen and eating areas were perfect; we Loved the living room and deck views! Your hostess, Nikolina was most helpful! A must for all of your guests would be a day trip to Murren!! Just Gorgeous!

It would be helpful to know in advance that all markets and most restaurants are closed on Sundays. Thank you for sharing your home with us. It was Heaven in Switzerland!

  • Review Submitted: 10/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! This is an outstanding feedback. We are really very happy about it! Come again! All the best, Gabrielle and Andreas
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Tangerang Selatan, Banten, Indonesia

Impressive house, beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

We met by Nikolina and thoroughly explained about the house. She served welcome drinks to all of us, so it was a nice gesture.

The house was all that was described. It was very complete with everything that you need. Our only regret was we don't have time to experience everything thoroughly like kids room and billiard room at the basement because we have to do our trips. It's Switzerland though, an outdoor heaven so most of the times we went in the morning and go back in the evening.

One time we do our morning walk to the Sarnen city centre and found out that to do your groceries Migros and Coop is not that far away. There is also a bus pass through the house to city centre. So in my opinion even if we didn't have a car with us, we can hop on a bus to city centre or train station to go on our day trips. Though having a car with us made it more flexible.

My conclusion when we ever go to Switzerland again this is my first choice for homebase around Zurich/ Lucerne area.

Thank you Gabrielle for letting us stay at your wonderful house. Thank you Nikolina for making us feel welcome.

I hope that we have been a good guests to you and please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
750 Metres
Hotel Waldheim, Hotel Wilerbad
Nearest Ski
18 Kilometres
5 areas
Car: necessary

The attractions of this area include the church of Sarnen St. Peter & Paul (UNESCO World Heritage), the Regional Museum, several outdoor pools, lake tours ('Seestern'), scenic flights. Main mountain is Mount Pilatus (2128 m), 15 minutes by car (the steepest cogwheel railway in the world). Highly recommended: the small weekly market, held every Saturday in the warm season in Sarnen.

Sachseln: best-known pilgrimage site in Switzerland (St. Nicholas von Flue..). Who would not only go on pilgrimage, next door can take in a renovated Art Nouveau hotel 'Pax Montana' a drink or enjoy the beautiful alpine views while dining at the hotel restaurant.

Lucerne: 25 minutes drive away. Beautiful old town, international music festival, best shopping. A special experience is the Alpine Fasnacht in Lucerne and in the smaller villages in the area! The luxurious spa area in the hotel 'Wilerbad' (7 minute walk) can be of our guests used (against fee).

5 ski areas are all within about 30 - 45 minutes drive away: Melchsee-Frutt, Moerlialp, Langis Faith Mountain, Hasliberg and Engelberg where all winter sports can be practiced.

Restaurants, Local: 9 gourmet restaurants nearby (including 'Hotel Bahnhof Giswil', 'Alpenblick' in St.Niklausen, '' Belvedere 'in Hergiswil), a Bio-Diner (' mill 'Sarnen), numerous (!) Local Civil Swiss cuisine (. example 'Jordan' and 'Giordano' in Sarnen) Chinese and Thai restaurants, Almbeizen, smoking establishments (bid: 'Muffis' in Landsberg, Sarnen) nightclub.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Sachseln, Switzerland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$29 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
1 Feb 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
Zwischensaison FRÜHLING
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$39 per night, per additional guest
Zwischensaison HERBST
1 Oct 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$31 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$29 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tourismus-Abgabe AU$193.31
Endreinigung AU$773.24
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,546.48

Im Mietpreis enthalten: 1 Set Bettwäsche/Handtücher pro Gast (zusätzl. Wäsche wird gegen Aufpreis zur Verfügung gestellt), W-LAN, Strom, Wasser, Heizung, TV, Gartenpflege, E-Bikes. Wg. der großen Wohnfläche ist die Endreinigung (450,-- EUR unter 10 Personen, 750,00 EUR über 10 Personen) verbindlich, Zusatz- oder Zwischenreinigungen können vereinbart werden. Kinderreisebett m. Wäsche: pauschal 25,-- EUR. Bar: Abrechnung nach Verbrauch. WICHTIG: Für den Vertragsabschluss ist der Abschluss der SCHRIFTLICHEN UNTERLAGEN ausschlaggebend! Die Informationen über dieses Portal sind NICHT rechtlich bindend für die Vermieter, sondern allein die original unerzeichneten Vertragsdokumente! Das Portal Fewo-Direkt und seine assoziierten Portale übernehmen lediglich die Vermittlungsfunktion für das inserierte Objekt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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