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Aigle or Villars/Gryon? Opinions , please.

We are considering a move to either Aigle or the nearby mountain villages of Gryon or Villars-sur-Orlon. We will have our two English/French bilingual children in local primary school.

Are there any English speakers living in either area year round? Anyone with experience with the local schools?

Regarding the villages, do they feel completely dead in the shoulder seasons? Do they feel isolated, or just cosy? How often do you end up going down to a town for shopping, etc.? Are the locals friendly, as compared with other Swiss towns?

Really, I'd just be interested to hear people's experiences of these places, good or otherwise. I speak English and poor French.

Many thanks!
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Re: Aigle or Villars/Gryon? Opinions , please.

There is a woman who runs a language/tuition service in that area.
She is the daughter of friends of ours. PM me for more details as I do not like to give personal information on an open website. There are some funny people out there! Aigle is lovely, wonderful castle [our American friends whom we took there said "it looks like something out of Harry Potter"] but further up the mountain also has major attractions if one is interested in winter sports.
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Re: Aigle or Villars/Gryon? Opinions , please.

you can't really compare Aigle with the two mountain villages. I know people in all those villages and all can live there happily all year around. Aigle is a real 'city' and Villars and Gryon are not. You will find yourself driving down the mountain quite a lot depending on work or shopping etc. Villars has the schools and english is quite common. Below Villars sur Ollon you will find Ollon. Also a good option.

We have thought about living in Villars but decided it to be too unpractical. If you are looking for an english enclave look for Verbier...
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Re: Aigle or Villars/Gryon? Opinions , please.

I live in Villars for the ski season. It is pretty and cooler in summer with wonderful views and a real sun trap when the weather is nice but practicality wise unless you work at one of the two schools I would suggest Aigle or one of the smaller villages lower down the hill. Villars is either heaving or deserted depending on season but because the seasons are so short the shops and restaurants have been declining over the years. And don't get me started on the manners of the local private school children
I think the big trouble is that is either too quiet or too busy. The feeling I have is that there is little community left as so much is transient as there are a huge no of properties that are only occupied 3-6 weeks of the year. The majority of the static population is focused around the two schools.
The other major problem is that Villars is often cloud bound, often even when the valley is still sunny. By cloud bound I mean you are actually in the clouds for days at a time.
The road can be a complete pain with some real lunatics at one end and tourists doing 15mph at the other end. Unless you live just off the main road (busy and noisy) then access in winter up some of the steeper roads in the village does require chains as they can ice badly.
We do shop a lot down the hill for most things although there is a good local coop.
Having said that I always look forward to my time here but I am retired and we normally have a stream of friends coming out to ski.
English is spoken a bit here but not as widely as in the valley.
Hope this helps a bit.

PS If I was looking again around this area I would be looking on the hillside above montreaux/vevy.
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Re: Aigle or Villars/Gryon? Opinions , please.

I'm a definite newbie on this site and have still to figure out how to "thank" people. But many thanks for your replies! If you encounter anyone else from the Aigle area, please pass on their contacts to me
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