Historic Engadin-style house in Switzerland portends a bright future

This charming Engadine-style house in Bever, Switzerland, has been a year-round holiday home for the past three decades. Over the centuries, a rectory, a farm, a craft workshop and even the residence of a mesmerist practitioner have been used.

Although the first mention of the structure dates back to 1762, the cellar walls date back to the 12this century.

With its Engadine roots, the Grade II listed castle has the potential to become an architectural trophy home. The design tradition is characterized by thick walls, deep-set windows and arches. Plastered exterior walls are often decorated with artistically engraved patterns known as sgraffito.

Its attractive quirks are evident in the decorative front door. Diamond windows with metal scrollwork flank the arched portal, while the wooden door itself shows a pattern of adjacent chevrons that create and mirror the shape of the window.

Perhaps the home’s architectural whimsy is most apparent in the inviting eat-in kitchen, where an irregular, gently rounded plaster ceiling hugs a studded wood wall with open shelving. The wooden surface is repeated in the modified hood and peninsula. A dash of white tiles and white walls complete the picture.

Curved forms continue in the living room, where a wide bottle-shaped fireplace, another arched door and thick wooden beams on the ceiling add character.

The more than 500 square meters of living space, approximately 5,400 square meters, is spread over two floors that are decorated with carefully maintained period details. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The middle section of the property was built in the 1950’s and includes a two car garage, a studio above and a shed used to store tools and equipment. There are also up to four outdoor parking spaces.

A new owner could demolish this part of the house and rebuild on the same footprint. A feasibility study is in progress.

Views include a protected green belt and the scenic Beaver Valley, which has been the inspiration for many a fairy tale.

Quentin Epiney of FGP Swiss & Alps is the listing agent. The asking price is available on request.

Bever is a small village in Upper Engadine in eastern Switzerland. Winter pastimes include cross-country skiing, sledding, and horse-drawn carriage rides. There are a number of ski areas nearby. Hiking is popular all year round.

The village is 10 kilometers, approximately 6 miles, from the alpine resort of St. Mortiz, which has an abundance of restaurants, shops and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.


FGP Swiss & Alps is one of the founders of Bids For Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokers selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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