Beautiful Spaces: Where I Stayed in Interlaken, Switzerland (Goats Included)

by Gigi Griffis

Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. This is one such space.

This spring, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an old, renovated farmhouse right in the center of Interlaken where the wonderful owner, Vera, was renting out rooms both for long-term stays at local prices.

This is the place where I met the soap opera-esque goats, where I spent happy early mornings waking to a slow sunrise, and where I spent long hours talking about art, nature, animals, travel, and philosophy with the wonderful, thoughtful owner.

It’s also a place I highly recommend for those who, like me, love nature, mountain views, fresh air, and the idea of living with two quirky, hilarious goats.

Room in a farmhouse




Goat feed



Interested in staying with Vera?

Not only does she have some lovely rooms for rent, but she also offers very reasonable pricing for artists, creatives, and self-employed travelers who want to stay for a longer time and who are willing to occasionally help out with the goats, garden, and Airbnb check-ins (a pretty easy job).

And longer stays for artists, creatives, and self-employed people who are willing to do a little goat-sitting and helping out around the house? Well, if you are the right fit, your stay could even be free. If you’re interested in a longer stay, you can contact Vera directly through her website.

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Best Gifts for Writers - Lauren B. Stevens October 6, 2016 - 1:44 pm

[…] my childhood haunts). Or how about this farmhouse in the Swiss Alps — if you don’t mind caring for goats and checking in Airbnb guests, your stay could be generously discounted or […]


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