We build our home, a wood and glas Chalet, in 2000 and are loving it.
It's a light roomy open living area in a small town called Waltenschwil, about 25km from the City of Zürich, (where you would fly to closest). Within 15 Min. you reach the next lake to swim or boat, or 10Min. if you like swimming in public pools.
All the major Swiss cities and sights are mostly less than an hour away. You can bike, hike, boat, swim or find many attractions within minutes. Our neighborhood is quiet, safe and on a high living quality.
We do have pets: our dog and hamster have the option to stay with friends and don't need to be present.
Our two cats are mostly outdoors in summer and totally easy to maintain (but hard to remove entirely:-). We would appreciate if you can fill their dry food and water bowl if you are near. If you decide to stay away more than 2 days, we have nice neighbors who will feed them. Just let them know.
Of course we would love to look after your pets as well, as we are pet lovers (including horses :-)