The “Maison de l’Etambeau” is located at Route du Mont 39, 1660 Château-d’Oex in Switzerland. It is a property of the municipality of Château-d’Oex and has been entrusted to the Pays-d’Enhaut Museum, which has taken charge of its restoration.
The 17th century house is located on the edge of the village and is of great interest because it is one of the few houses in the valley that has not been modernized. It still has its kitchen with a fireplace and open chimney, its log rooms, and a large cheese cellar. The basement was used to care for the cheeses made in three alpine pastures located between 1150 and 1650 meters above sea level, which were attached to the Etambeau.
The “Maison de l’Etambeau” was the farmer’s winter residence, and in the early summer, he would go up to his alpine pastures, where he grazed his herd, moving gradually as the grass matured. A visit to the building allows one to imagine peasant life over the centuries and is well worth a visit.
Every summer, the “Maison de l’Etambeau” transforms its rooms into temporary exhibition halls. Visitors can discover numerous exhibitions highlighting the craftsmanship, culture, and traditions of the region.