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The Palace & The Castle

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We woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed after our party-pooper-early-night.

While the rest of the house lay groaning in their beds, complaining of hangovers and headaches, we quietly crept away.

Blew kisses, left notes and promised a belter of a night out back in London town.

Our friends were due to make their way back to Blighty, but we hadn’t gotten quite enough mountain air just yet.

We checked in to the hotel just before breakfast and admired our gorgeous new digs.

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The front desk upgraded us to a junior suite, so we tried our best to remain totally nonchalant and cool about the whole thing as they showed us around.

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As soon as they left we did our excited crab dance and leapt around the room!

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Every ounce of cool, gone in a second!

We celebrated in true British fashion.

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With tea, of course!

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Breakfast was a hearty affair, thanks to a buffet in the dining room downstairs.

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We chewed, sipped and people watched from a table near the window.

The Palace is one of the last few family run 5* hotels. As such the whole place feels like an extension of home. People pad around anything from slippers to towering Louboutins.

There’s every kind of hotel character imaginable; couples (young and old, and a few that are young AND old, if you catch my drift!), families with delicious children, sporty types, spa types, those ageing gracefully, and a few ageing disgracefully.

The largely Italian staff chat and flirt with guests as though they’re old friends, and to be fair some of them are. Most of the waiters have been there for at least 15 years. They remember every guest by name and recall every like and dislike, down to which tea they prefer.

Sitting in the breakfast room is a little like watching a very complicated ballet or chess game.

Now, this was a particularly buzzy day because the whole place was aflutter for the polo game.

We’d planned on going along too, but having seen the miserable weather decided on a different adventure instead.

We begrudgingly left the sundresses we’d brought along for the polo on the beds, wrapped up in cloaks and hats… and set off for the train station.

Here we climbed aboard a beautiful old school locomotive and set off into the countryside!

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We’d read that you can jump on something called The Golden Pass, which whisks you through the countryside and gives you one hell of a view!

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We jumped off when we hit Lake Geneva.

A little place called Montreux.

Took ourselves for a walk and discovered Chateau de Chillon.

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A castle that is its own little island.

Once upon a time it was made up of lots of smaller buildings, that were eventually joined to become the castle you see today. The older parts still haven’t been properly dated but the earliest written records mention the castle in 1005.

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It became famous largely thanks to Lord Byron’s poem, The Prisoner of Chillon, about the the imprisonment of monk François Bonivard, from 1532 to 1536.

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Inside, somewhat surprisingly, we found a Hugo Bonamin exhibit.

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The chateau was littered with enormous works like this portrait of Salvador Dalí.

But I have to confess, I was a little more taken with the view…

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Yet again, my longing for a Hogwarts invitation was rekindled.

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We scuttled through passageways and rooftops.

Unlike most of the monuments and castles you visit, here they seem to let you have the run of the place. There’s no-one waiting to tell you off or big signs saying you can’t enter.

You just explore! Which is lovely.

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Seeing as we’d been left to run wild and there was absolutely no-one around to tut… we had ice cream for lunch!

Almond and caramel for PW, banana split for me.

We ate them happily by the lake, cross legged on our chairs we chatted incessantly (fuelled by the sugar) and shrieked with laughter.

Two big children, set loose together!

Having walked the length of Montreux we discovered that there wasn’t all that much more to discover.

So, we hot footed it onto another train home.

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Sitting in our old fashioned carriage, we sipped tea and nibbled on Swiss chocolates. We whizzed past castles, houses, mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, waterfalls and meadows of tinkling cows.

We waved to old ladies and blew kisses to hikers.

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Now and then we’d dive into a mountainside and find ourselves in a long, dark tunnel.

The lights would spark into life and fill the carriage with a warm, fiery glow.

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Eventually we pulled back into Gstaad, and the two scallywags made their way back to The Palace.

Cold and satisfied with our day of Swiss snooping, we slipped into robes and made a beeline for the spa.

After soak in the jacuzzi, an oily rub down and too many cups of mint tea to count, we climbed the stairs and got ready for supper.

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Keen not to waste them altogether, we pulled on the outfits we’d planned on wearing to the polo.

Including these ODLR beauties, that I *spotted* a couple of weeks ago!

C’mon, it wouldn’t be me without a dad joke or two!

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I wore white lace.

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And the smouldering Miss Watson wore blood red.

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I’ll get her to give me posing lessons one of these days!


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  • Queenie Lee

    The views look incredible and that old school train looks awesome, like the steam trains back home in Devon! I loved that it lit up when you went under a tunnel too 🙂 Also love your lace dress xxx

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    • Rosie

      So glad we’re not the only ones who think old trains are AWESOME!
      I used to love steam trains as a kid… think it might be time for another visit! x

      • Queenie Lee

        Definitely! We took the one from Paignton to Dartmouth which is a gorgeous little town filled with boats and lovely shops – I think you’d really enjoy it 🙂

  • Absolutely love tea forte! Such lovely tea.

    Gorgeous photos.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      So lovely! Love the little leaves instead of the tickety label things you usually get.
      Will have to keep an eye out for it in the shops…

  • The slow pace

    I visited that castle a few years ago and thought that was the most romantic place on Earth to celebrate a wedding… don’t you agree? It’s absolutely beautiful!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • Rosie

      Oh that would be lovely!

      • Chloe Harty

        My mum made a wedding cake for a wedding there! It was incredible!

  • Love Watson’s fedora hat! And those views are fantastic. Switzerland is just so gorgeous xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

    • Rosie

      She does look fabulous in hats! I love a good fedora. xx

  • Determined to visit Switzerland now – it looks gorgeous!

    • Rosie

      Really worth a trip Molly!
      We loved it.

  • Another great adventure by you two. I love the vibe of the train and the room you stayed in. They look super cozy. Those Oscar De La Renta sandals are stunners! Can’t wait for more posts. xx

    Lubna | http://www.ellevox.com

  • Stunning white lace dress Rosie & the spotted platforms are to die for! The scenery looked breathtaking on the train journey.
    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

    • Rosie

      So amazing! I really didn’t do it justice, we kept speeding past lakes and tumbling waterfalls but I wasn’t quick enough to snap them properly. xx

  • Wow this looks amazing! I have been looking at holidays and I’m really considering looking into this 🙂

    • Rosie

      John I’m sure you would love it!
      Might be getting a bit cold though, might be best to book for Spring/Summer next year x

      • I was looking at booking my next holiday for around April/May time so might fit in perfectly 🙂

    • Rosie

      Oh, unless you ski!

      • My other half does snowboard 😛

  • The views are stunning! Thanks for sharing your trip, it seems like you had a wonderful day. Beautiful dresses too!

    • Rosie

      Thank you beautiful! x

  • Lauren Randall

    Hi Rosie, i am trying to book flights to gstaad for my mini moon next year. It seems impossible to find flights. How did you get there? X
    http://www.plateofwaffle.blogspot.com

    Lauren x

    • Rosie

      You can fly into Geneva and then drive or get the train to Gstaad.
      Don’t fly Swiss Air though, will go into why in tomorrow’s post! xx

      • Sybaricious

        Agreed re Swiss Air! I’ve had a couple of nightmares from London City to Geneva in the past….

      • Lauren Randall

        Great thank you! Ah great, look forward to reading it x

  • Laura

    In love with your white lacy dress, you look incred!

    Looks like the perfect day – exploring, amazing scenery, drinks and a spa… what more could a girl want!?

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Thanks Laura! Was pretty much my ideal day… although tomorrow’s might be even better! 😉

  • Imogen

    Looks amazing! Would love to go there after seeing your pictures!

    Immy x

    http://thewanderlustcompany.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Rosie

      Can’t recommend it enough Imo! x

  • The landscape is so magnificent. I love visiting castles, and I’ve actually been to the same castle you visited. It was a very interesting castle, but not my favorite. I recommend you to come to the Loire Valley and visit the Chateau De Chenonceau; it’s my favorite. Very nice post 🙂

    http://www.madelinefedmont.com/chateaux-loire-valley/

    • Rosie

      Sold! I’ll have to come check it out xx

  • Shade of Red Blog

    Your white dress is amazing, and I’m in love with that train! Looks like yet another fabulous day, Rosie.
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  • What an incredible breakfast! All your pictures from this trip look like something out of a fairytale 😀
    Anna x
    http://theproofofthepudding.net/

    • Rosie

      It’s a very easy place to photograph! 😉 xx

  • Mahera Inaya Kamal

    rosie! dress! link! now! *_*

    • Rosie

      Dress links under the dress pics, my love!
      It’s a widget though so you might have to turn your ad blocker off to see them… xx

      • Mahera Inaya Kamal

        ah you’re a star Rose!

  • How gorgeous Rosie! I love the shots you took of phoebe on the train – fantastic lighting!

    • Rosie

      Thanks Mills x

  • These photos are killing me, the view looks so amazing! Planning my return to Switzerland ASAP.

    Bramble & Thorn

    • Rosie

      Great to hear Tessa! xx

  • The decor of this hotel looks incredible and the white lace dress looks lovely on you Rosie.

    http://www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Thank you beautiful, I felt a bit like I was getting ready for my wedding!

  • That place look so lovely but haunting at the same time. This trip looks lovely, you and Watson are my style inspiration at the current moment in time 🙂

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Rosie

      Far too kind Ellenor! xx

  • Emma and Emily

    Phoebe looked so beautiful in these pictures! I long for a day spent looking at the sights to come back to a spa afternoon and dinner.. Oh university life!

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Uni wont last forever! Don’t wish it away, you have “freedom” yet to come! 😉 xx

  • you get to go to the most amazing places! I’m so jealous xx

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com/

    • Rosie

      We are very lucky girls.
      One of my favourite quotes is this one:

  • Katy Brennan

    What a beautiful post! Love the photos.

    Katy xx
    whatkatydoes.weebly.com

    • Rosie

      Thanks Katy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    That is a stunning lace dress! x

    http://ninegrandstudent.co.uk

    • Rosie

      Isn’t it just?! I’m a sucker for lace.

  • G.C

    Aww I’m so jealous of you being in Switzerland! I’ve only been once and the scenery is breathtaking (as your pictures so beautifully show)! I must go back 😀

    • Rosie

      You must, fo sho! xx

  • What a magical day! And I love your observations of those milling around you in the hotel – it made me feel like I was at the next table!

    Meghan xo
    http://www.fancypantsandsugarshacks.com

  • Anna

    These pictures are absolutely fabulous! Gorgeous the both of you.
    Rosie, I was just wondering if you went to uni, and if so, which one did you go to? I am about to begin my studies in less than a month and wondered if you had any tips, or if you could write a blog post about your uni/school experience? I guess you probably don’t have the time but if you do I would be endlessy thankfull! x

  • Hey, I know this hotel in Gstaad! It is beyond beautiful. I hope you are having a good time in Switzerland. Come visit us in Geneva too!
    XX
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  • Stéphane Lesauvage

    Un petit bonjour de France pour vous féliciter pour la qualité de votre blog. photos, commentaires, mises en scène sont un régal pour les yeux et un formidable vecteur de promotion de la destination et des gastronomies locales. Continuez à nous faire rêver. Amitiés d’un photographe de mer. Stéphane

  • I’d love to be here during the Summer rather than the snowy winter. The train journey in itself is stunning! I find trains so relaxing. The hotel is beautiful. I was reading the post to my mama and she said “Oh I’ve stayed there!” Small world!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Those views are just incredible. Can you imagine when that castle was bustling with life all those years ago – such a gorgeous thought!

    Katie <3

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like an amazing trip xx

  • Chloe Harty

    Welcome to Montreux! My home town, and no, there is not a lot to do there! In July it goes mad with the Montreux Jazz festival (you should definitely look it up, amazing line-ups) but other than that a tad on the quiet side 🙂 Glad you are enjoying Switzerland!

  • Krystal

    Loved these Switzerland posts. I’m going there in December and I can’t wait to visit all of these places! Keep em’ coming!

  • Michelle
  • The views really are breathtaking, such wonderful photos and your dress looks beautiful, such a flattering fit and design xx

    http://www.krystelcouture.com

  • Again those are amazing views! You and Phoebe were smart to stay behind. Also those polo dresses are simply gorgeous! Your white lace dress is stunning. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Hey, there’s still time to receive that invite to Hogwarts. mine hasn’t arrived yet either, so I wouldn’t worry…*crosses fingers desperately*

    That suite looks just the ticket, well done for wangling a cheeky upgrade!

    Ellie / http://www.untranslatedadventures.com

  • Your view from the hotel room looks so beautiful! 🙂 And haha yes, I love the jumping on the bed pics 🙂

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • I love navigating nooks and crannies. I love food even more! And I’m obsessed with that last dress 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Y’all look gorgeous in those white and red outfits. Love.

    Liz

    http://www.liztheaustinite.com

  • KFunk

    Wow, Switzerland looks incredible!!! I love the way you described your hotel – it sounds a bit like The Grand Budapest Hotel, with M. Gustave H knowing everyone 🙂 Definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it! x

  • My first thought was that this whole thing reminded me of the Hogwarts Express taking students back to Hogwarts! Except, I imagine you lot were much better dressed than those robed wizards! 😉
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • Oh my gosh! Everything looks so beautiful. I’ve only ever been to England but this blog makes me feel like I’ve been everywhere. I love it! Your blog has me seriously considering moving to Europe. I’ve always wanted to and I fell such a pull when I read your blog-especially the travel ones!

    Anyway, I adore your hair and your lace dress– and PW is awesome too. I hope there are more Switzerland posts!

  • That white lace dress is absolutely stunning! Where is that gorgeous blue bracelet from, Rosie?
    xoxo Ruth

  • That train ride is beautiful! It sounds like you stumbled upon the palace randomly, did you not know about it? Love the photos! 🙂

  • Emily Kalbun

    Wooooow…what a day! The scenery looks so lovely, especially from the train and the room. The spa, the BREAKFAST, the museum and you too both look fabulous! Your friend phoebe is absolutely beautiful. If you two were on a TV show about all the fun things you do together, I would watch all the time. Adventures with Phoebe and Rosie?hahahah great post
    Em

  • Beautiful pictures! Switzerland looks stunning!

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • I’m in love with your perfect Alpine views from this trip – some really lovely photography here! Good on you and Phoebe for forsaking clubbing for old-fashioned adventuring to chateaux on Agatha Christie-style trains and relaxing in the spa – that’s much more up my street 😉 On a side note – you ladies are completely beautiful!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • The landscape – wow! So magical. You ladies also look absolutely stunning may I add, as do those puddings – but when don’t puddings look good?

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Robyn

    All your travelling posts are the best, it makes me want to just travel the world! Gstaad looks beautiful! xx

    RobynCaitlin.com

  • Michelle

    The views look incredible and the food! Those desserts are literally making my mouth water! 🙂 I am siting here putting all these things on my bucket list! Thank you Rosie!

    http://www.michelleasousa.blogspot.co.uk

  • Those views looked breathtaking as dud your dresses for the match! Looks like I’m adding another destination to my bucket list.

    Thank You!
    Erin

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! Your hair is on point! xo, Hayley http://www.dailydoseofdarling.com

  • Marnie

    Thanks for posting this! I was having a rough day and you have no idea how much opening up your blog and reading all about your adventures cheered me up 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing! I love that you immediately celebrated after the upgraded – that is exactly what I would have done!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Shelby Renea Todd

    Where did you get the white lace Rosie? It’s beautiful!

  • I love the airborne photo of you jumping on the bed lol. The white dress looks gorgeous on you!

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVE MAVIN/BLOG

  • Switzerland looks so beautiful! I’ve never seen it as a country that I would like to visit one day :-). You’re lace dress looks so lovely! I hope I could eat all that food and still look so good! 🙂 xx

    http://intonavy.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Zoe

    I love your travel posts! They are a total escape. Your photography is so beautiful! Switzerland looks like a dream. That train ride up to the castle? A fairy tale.

    The What’s In Between

  • your hotel looks amazing, the views are incredible!!

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  • Tamsin Wong

    The views are incredible so thank you for letting me live those sights vicariously through you…. Phoebe also looks dazzling in red, it’s definitely her colour!

    http://www.tamsinamy.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thomas

    oh my! That looks fabulous! Lucky ladies! Love the blog too xx!

  • Samantha Bei

    I can’t get over how amazing the lace dress and ODLR shoes are!

    thefoxandtheclown.blogspot.com

  • Victoria Johnson

    You look STUNNING in lace!

  • Now I definitely have to plan my next vacation in Switzerland! Oh my, such a beautiful place.

    Hugs, Thea
    http://maedchenvommeer.blogspot.de

  • This is going to be my next adventure – for sure! Riding through the Golden Pass looked positively heavenly 🙂 Love, Elisabeth.
    http://kunstgeist.dk

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  • Stunning views! That train looks so cute, love a steam train.