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Entrance to Chesa Wazzau
— Christian: “One can hardly get enough of this unique landscape with the picturesque mountain scenery, the powder snow, the clear lakes and the magic light that inspired legions of poets and painters.”
Interview By:
— How would you describe Chesa Wazzau in a nutshell?
Christian: “Chesa Wazzau is a Swiss idyll out of a picture book: a typical Engadine house from the 17th century, you feel as if traveling back in time a couple of hundred years. The house was restored preserving its original character with vaulted ceilings, windows deeply embedded into the walls and the typical sgraffito decorations.

The house is located in the small village of Bever, surrounded by beautiful Alpine landscape and St. Moritz just a couple of minutes away. It is the perfect retreat to spend a relaxing holiday in the Upper Engadine.

It took many years of gentle and respectful renovation to create this idyll and retain the charm and originality of Chesa Wazzau. In fact it is an ongoing process – there is always something to do.”
— Entrance to Chesa Wazzau
— How would you describe the style of the interior?
Christian: “We wanted to preserve the historic elements but also offer modern amenities. With great passion and dedication my wife chose all the furniture, lamps, textiles, images and other decorating elements – she selected all the pieces, put them together, questioned them again, rearranged it all, added some more and finally put it all in place like it is today.”
— Front living area
— Please tell us a bit more about the furniture in the farmhouse.
Christian: “Chesa Wazzau is located in the historic centre of Bever and has grown over the centuries. With great reverence for the historic structure we renovated what was required but without destroying the original character of the house. Only occasionally we added new elements such as the kitchen with its granite slabs or the bathrooms.

As already mentioned, my wife was responsible for the decoration. She put a lot of love, curiosity and patience into creating a homely and comfortable atmosphere. Much of the furniture was inherited, some pieces were already in the house and others have been with us for a lifetime. Her philosophy is that functionality and appearance must be in balance and that the care for our cultural heritage must touch the soul in order to create harmony within a space. But of course this often changes, individual pieces disappear and something new comes along. We were always curious about the question how much ‘new’ does the ‘old’ and the ‘existing’ permit.”
— Bedroom with vaulted ceiling
— Are there any interesting stories to some of the furniture in the house?
Christian: “It is probably my wife’s greatest passion to browse through second-hand and antique shops and bring home some treasures from the past. She is especially keen on pictures. And they are not distributed haphazardly around the house but follow a thematic arrangement. As such the rear Stüva (room) is dedicated entirely to the theme ‘animals’. There is an old black and white photograph of men on a bear hunt between a water colour painting showing cock and hen with their offspring and a drawing of grazing cows.”
— Dining in the entrance room
— To you personally, what is so special about Chesa Wazzau?
Christian: “About 30 years ago I was standing in the barn of Chesa Wazzau completely by chance. I hadn’t even set foot in the house and already knew: ‘This is it!’. The room was illuminated by golden rays from the sun which made their way through the carved wooden slats of the barn walls – the whole atmosphere and the light seemed almost sacral. My fascination continued with the house: the crude wooden doors, the old chests, the vaulted ceiling of the kitchen and the rear and front rooms, their elegant paneling, the simplicity of the ‘Jenatsch’ room and the ‘Sulère’ and of course the stately entrance hall of an Engadine house with its sloping ceiling. Then and now I enjoy the preserved architecture and living respectfully with it.”
— Rear living area
— Please tell us a bit about the rooms, the facilities and other services you offer.
Christian: “On Saturday when guests arrive we decorate the ‘Sulèr’ with flowers and bring a nut cake – a typical Engadine delicacy – as well as some coffee as a small welcome gift. We are happy to organise a baby sitter, a carriage ride to the nearby Bever-valley or a delicious dinner with a private caterer.”
— ‘Jenatsch’ room
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