Berghotel Oeschinensee

in Bernese Oberland

Both the food and staggering lake and mountain views are worth writing home about at this late-19th-century mountain chalet, lovingly run by the fifth generation of the Wandfluh family. Fitted out with pine furnishings, rooms are simple and silent. Breakfasts are superb, with homemade breads and jams, local cheese and juice.

Ecofriendly is the watchword, with lake-sourced water, solar power and produce from the family's organic farm on the restaurant menu, including meltingly tender lamb. There's no wi-fi and the mobile signal is poor and that's just the way the owners want it.