This is a Relais et Chateaux property on the edge of Lac Morat in Murten, a little over an hour from Geneva. Murten is a charming town, and like all of Switzerland, amazingly tidy and prosperous-looking. It still has its medieval ramparts and it ‘s surrounded by the remains of an ancient moat. The main street of the town is arcaded on both sides, with many upscale shops and a few restaurants.There are fountains and flowers everywhere. (We visited in October.)
Vieux Manoir is a 5 or 10 minute walk from the town which is on the border of the French and German-speaking parts of the country. It’s a giant old half-timbered house that has been extensively renovated. The Swiss seem to love gutting old buildings and keeping them historically accurate on the outside but giving them an utterly modern spin inside. I’ve been disappointed again and again in this country, entering a beautiful old building and finding not one hint of history inside. This is no exception.
However, it’s very luxurious and the staff is welcoming, friendly and eager to please, just as we expected at a property like this. Our small suite had all the comforts and amenities you could imagine, including a balcony overlooking the lake. I liked the bold patterned wallpaper, but wasn’t so smitten with the bare floor even though it was heated. The heated floor in the bathroom was fabulous, however. (One of my unanswered questions about Swiss lodging is why even the most fabulous hotels don’t have real king beds? You always get two separate mattresses, at best with one sheet stretched over both. Not very romantic.)
One of the most delightful parts of our stay was the wonderful dinner we had at Le Pinte, a tiny restaurant in another building on the property. The menu was local and seasonal and totally exceeded our expectations in every way. Breakfast, served in our room, was also fabulous and extensive.
We would have enjoyed a fitness room but walking in the neighborhood worked for the two days we were there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glamping at La Pinte du Vieux Manoir - Outdoor experiences in luxurious style Tucked away in the heart of Switzerland, near the region of the Three Lakes, La Pinte du Vieux Manoir lies along the shimmering lake of the medieval town of Murten and is focused on nature and well being. It's facilities include a four-room Lake House, taking inspiration of maritime character, with private lake access, pier, barbecue spot, sauna and cozy fireplace. Another accommodation is the Glass Diamond, a lavish lakeside tree house perched among the tree canopy, with 360° panoramic views, private lake access, a pier and a raft. 'Glamping' is celebrated here: the fusion of glamour and camping. Guests can enjoy exceptional outdoor experiences without sacrificing luxury, style and comfort. This pioneering 'retreat' is managed by Maitre de Maison Franz W. Faeh, who presents also locally sourced classics in the restaurant La Pinte du Vieux Manoir. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Pinte Du Vieux Manoir Switzerland/Meyriez