"a pretty summer-house, built of wood, in the form of a miniature Swiss chalet "
Chalet in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeChalet in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland - Credit: Cristo Vlahos

The Swiss chalet architectural style originated in Germany in the early 19th century and was popular in parts of Europe and North America until the early 20th century.

The style is characterized by gabled roofs with wide eaves; exposed construction beams, including large brackets; decorative carving and mouldings; balconies; large windows and weatherboarding, usually painted, often in bright colours.