When I came to Chur those many years ago, Gadenstättli was one of the first places we went – maybe the very first. It was August (all memories subject to my very imperfect remembrances), and between cleaning and sweeping the “new” cottage the family had recently bought, we had lovely meals outside on the side of an Alp and went for walks in the mountains.
The cottage was an eighteenth century peasant’s house where two sisters had been living since their father’s death. At that point, walking into Davos to work (a few miles down and then back up the mountain) became too difficult, and they sold the house. It still has the attached cow barn (now home to garden storage) and pig pen,
and several pieces of furniture are ones the family left behind and the Plattners had restored.
I remembered it very fondly, but seeing it through Biffy and Judy’s eyes made it absolutely magical. Everything about it is perfect: the seamless mix of old and new
the simple color scheme of red, cream and light wood
the Carigiet paintings and prints on the walls
and, of course, the stunning views from every window.
I tried to take some panoramas to show the whole space, and here are two views of the living room.
and ate our meals in the dining nook just opposite.
Upstairs, the bedroom Silla and I shared has since been transformed into a bathroom with a soaking tub, and a new bedroom was artfully added near the entrance (you can see the modern windows next to the door in the first picture). The kitchen was updated, too, and a bathroom installed just beyond the pantry. The whole house has the simple elegance that I associate with Switzerland, and certainly with Silla and her family.
Just a few more pictures – the entrance