Lakeside Property

Lake Of The Ozarks’ Historic Swiss Village Is Remodeled

Tucked among the many timber, on a excessive hilltop overlooking the 28 Mile Marker of the Lake of the Ozarks, the previous Swiss Village has been renewed.

Inbuilt 1930, Swiss Village (previously often known as the Hildebrand Resort) was a humble spot with a killer view of Lake of the Ozarks. Small cabins served as leases for early vacationers, and down the hill, on the shore, swimmers plunged into what some say was the primary “lakefront pool” at Lake of the Ozarks: a tiny, roped-off inlet!

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The 10 cabins, constructed and owned by the Hildebrand household, had been small. However that aligned with most vacationers’ restricted incomes within the Lake’s earliest days. Situated off Hwy KK, the cabins sat atop a hill surrounded by Ozark hardwoods that gave a way of really “getting away from all of it.” (View a map and instructions to Swiss Village.)

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Nevertheless, lately, some the cabins had been trying worse for the damage: some had fallen into disrepair, and the low, flat roofs (among the cabins had seven-foot ceilings!) made the areas appear small and cramped.

Trevor Bechtold, although, had a imaginative and prescient for Swiss Village. His household had owned one of many cabins for years—he grew up close to there in a home he and his brother Jeremy had helped their father, David, construct. The boys realized the development commerce from their dad, who taught at Camdenton College District’s constructing trades program for years. Trevor, now an architect, regarded on the previous Swiss Village cabins and, having cherished the one they renovated, determined to start out shopping for up the remainder.

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He and enterprise accomplice Jason Lewis purchased the items, one by one, and the renovation course of started. Trevor and Jason met practically 18 years in the past once they joined the KU Waterski Staff. “We developed a fast friendship, and this venture gave us a motive to get again collectively typically and keep in contact,” Trevor stated.

The renovation of Swiss Village was no “slap a brand new coat of paint on it and recaulk the showers” gig. They jackhammered out the previous foundations—which had been laid with out rebar—and poured new ones. They vaulted the roofs on the flat-topped items, including a quaint upstairs bed room and porch to at least one. The exteriors had been preserved, with the unique rock and masonry, and even the oak tree that now grows by the deck of 1 unit. The cabins’ interiors had been gutted and restored, now with structural soundness and decor that by some means synthesizes “lake” and “fashionable” and “classic,” with a contact of “Swiss.” Every unit has a full kitchen—with simply the best facilities for the area. Small, retro fridges squat subsequent to two-burner induction stoves and, in fact, a farmhouse sink. These cabins are a far cry from the 5,000-square-foot, sprawling lakefront houses you’ll discover on VRBO; however that’s what they’re meant to be: cozy areas, with the reminder that you simply didn’t come to the Lake to remain inside.


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“My ardour for design paired along with his actual property funding know-how and profitable entrepreneur abilities has given us an important partnership and a spot the place we are able to come from either side of the map to fulfill up for enjoyable occasions with our households!” Trevor enthused.

It was a labor of affection, and the labor was mighty. However this summer season, The Outdated Swiss Village opened as an AirBnB group. It sits on the backside of Linn Creek Bend within the Lake, permitting a three-mile panoramic view: wonderful for fireworks, sunsets, and simply sitting and watching. Nicely manicured lawns encompass every cabin, and throughout the driveway is a inexperienced, expansive, shared garden: excellent for bocce ball, baseball, or no matter different play is named for on trip. And behind the garden: Michael’s Steak Chalet.

“We couldn’t have achieved it with out the assist of our households and our proper hand guys, David Bechtold (who did a bit of—or quite a bit—of all the pieces) & Donnie Christian (who helped construct the cabins and manages the grounds),” Trevor stated, including, “Our wives, the Lindsays (each from Iowa and with the identical title, no this was not deliberate) put collectively the inside décor for all the cabins.”

Whereas The Outdated Swiss Village was present process its renewal, Michael’s—the Lake’s long-time, much-loved fine-dining restaurant, and the unique Lodge for the cabin group—was including on, too. On the sting of the Swiss Village garden, behind the pool, Michael’s constructed a brand new wine-tasting room, including to the all-inclusive nature of a weekend, or week-long, trip.

The Outdated Swiss Village renewal has been well-received. In its first 12 months, the cabins keep booked weeks prematurely. One girl traveled all the way in which from California: she stayed within the cabins greater than 40 years in the past, and returned to remain at them once more, now renewed for one more era of vacationers.

For extra data or to guide a reservation, go to, or view Swiss Village’s Fb web page:


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