Zumthor Vacation Homes

In 2009 we built two timber houses, the Oberhus and the Unterhus, in the hamlet of Leis, just over 1,500 m above sea level in the community of Vals in Grisons. From 1 December 2012 onward we are letting out the Unterhus for vacations. A third timber house, the Türmlihus, will soon complete this little ensemble. The Türmlihus will welcome its first guests in autumn 2013.

Leis

Leis, which is situated 1,526 m above sea level, is the highest settlement occupied all year round in the community of Vals. The people of Vals originally spoke Romansh. In the late Middle Ages German speaking Walsers settled in this area and cleared the trees from the mountainside terraces sometime around 1300, having presumably found their way here via the Misox. In Mesocco, a small municipality in the Misox, there is a neighborhood called Leis. A Rhætian register of debtors from 1325 tells us that there used to be two mayors in Vals: one Johannes de Valle and one Wilhelm Lampert de Leisa. At that time part of the population still spoke Rhæto- Romanic and they mostly lived, like mayor Johannes, down in the valley near the church in the square. The Leis Chapel, built in the early seventeenth century, is dedicated to Saint James the Greater,
patron saint of travelers and walkers.

Today Leis has around 20 inhabitants. There is an inn, and two families tend the mountain meadows. There is year-round access to Leis by road.

The Unterhus

The Unterhus has four-and-a-half rooms and sleeps 4 to 5. With a total area of 150 m2, it extends across three floors. All the rooms have breathtaking views of the mountain landscape. The living room is on the top floor. It could almost be described as an enclosed viewing platform and has a balcony facing southwest. With floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, it is as though the landscape were flowing right through it. The connecting kitchen looks out across the valley. A few steps lead up to the study and the evening sun. The study has a writing desk and a day bed that can be used to accommodate a fifth guest. In the lounge, there is a traditional wood-burning soapstone stove. On the middle floor, besides two clothes closets and a lavatory, there are two bedrooms with direct access to a large, teak shower room. In the northeast bedroom there is a king-size bed (180 x 200 cm); the southwest bedroom has two generous single beds that can be put together to make a double bed. All the beds have premium mattresses. The southwest bedroom has a balcony.

On the ground floor there is a spacious vestibule with a cloakroom area and shoe bench. The vestibule also leads to the guest lavatory and a utility room with a washing machine and a tumble drier. Both the lower and the upper entrances to the house have sunny, outdoor seating areas.

The Türmlihus

The Türmlihus, which will take in its first guests in the autumn of 2013, has three-and-a-half rooms and sleeps 4. With a total area of 128 m2, it extends across three floors. The spacious top floor has a cross-shaped layout, with four panorama windows looking out to all four points of the compass. The large window bays accommodate the open kitchen, the dining area, the living area with its cheminée stove, and the study-work area. There is also access from here to the mountainside sun deck.

On the middle floor there is a four-person sauna. The sauna changing room also has a sink, a washing machine and a tumble drier. Opposite the sauna is the main bedroom with a king-size bed  (180 x 200 cm), a writing desk and seating, which is perfect for reading or working. This bedroom has a separate lavatory, its own dressing room and teak bathroom, and a glorious view out over the valley. On the ground floor there is another bedroom, the same size and facing in the same direction as the room above, with its own teak shower room with a toilet. This room has twin beds that can be put together to make a double bed and, like all our beds, have premium mattresses. Beyond the generous vestibule with its cloakroom area and shoe bench, there is a utility room with storage for sporting equipment. Outside the entrance there is a stone-flagged area that the Türmlihus shares with its neighbors,
the Unterhus and the Oberhus.

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