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Samoens for a year

Is anyone able to advise me on a move from Dorset in England to Samoens for a year during which we would hope to improve our French and put our 5 and 6 year old children into a school there. We also have 3 dogs who would be with us. This may be a long shot but I am putting feelers out and would be grateful for any advise. Vicky
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Re: Samoens for a year

There doesn't seem to be a Samoens nor a Samöns in Switzerland, http://map.search.ch/samoens.en.html

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Re: Samoens for a year

Well, because it is an hour from Geneva, in France, I thought this forum might help but perhaps I got that wrong!
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Re: Samoens for a year

Now we know a bit more, maybe someone can help you.
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Is anyone able to advise me on a move from Dorset in England to Samoens for a year during which we would hope to improve our French and put our 5 and 6 year old children into a school there. We also have 3 dogs who would be with us. This may be a long shot but I am putting feelers out and would be grateful for any advise. Vicky
We looked into buying something there before we ended up with our flat in Engelberg, CH. What surprised us was that prices seemed to actually be higher in Samoens than in much of Switzerland. Our criteria included being relatively central in the village, but most of the places in our budget were out in the direction of Sixt or between Samoens and Morillon, meaning we'd be at the mercy of public transport (OK in the winter season, almost non-existent in summer) or driving even just to get to a bar.

It's not clear what you know about the area already, or why you're focussed on that place in particular, so difficult to really give any more info unless you can specify what you're looking for and why. The only thing you do ask about is schools, and I know less than nothing about them, I'm afraid. I can say that it's a nice village with some atmosphere, and that unlike some neighbouring villages does not die down totally in the summer. The nearest proper town, Cluses, is big enough to have everything you'd need, and is easy enough to get into and park for shopping etc.

Anything else?
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Re: Samoens for a year

We rented a winter place in Samoens a few years back and did not like the village too much. It is too big to walk across, a bit too crowded in winter and does not (to our eyes) have charm of swiss mountain villages or even neighboring french places like Les Gets.

The gondola up is a real bottleneck in winter, especially in the time when some ski classes begin. The prices in restaurants were kind of high too and for some reason the locals were not too friendly. We also felt that there were not too many locals actually -- mostly migrant workforce coming for winter season. A lot of properties belong to British who come for a few weeks in winter and summer, and the rest of the time they are either empty or rented out. Of course, I have no idea about schools and related things. For us we were happy to leave and never came back again.

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Re: Samoens for a year

Samoëns is mainly a ski resort - so crowded out in winter and dead in summer. You didn't tell us why you chose that village. But for a slice of French life, I'd say you'd be better off in Bonneville (for instance), which is not far away, but a much more normal town. It is, more or less, between the high prices due to too close to Geneva and ditto because too close to Chamonix.
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Re: Samoens for a year

We are British and have lived with our daughters in Samoens for 4 years. There are two good school options in the village for children under 13; after that age, it is necessary to travel to Cluses by car or bus (20 minutes away).

Village life is lively and friendly and there is plenty to do for a family. It is an ideal location for a year in France and, due to the high number of local French residents, it will be possible to improve your French as well as to enjoy the benefits of a first-class ski resort and excellent summer sports and outdoor activities.
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Re: Samoens for a year

We have an apartment there and know the place very well. It's one of the nicest places you'll find anywhere in the French Alps. My husband has been there for the last 20 years and has lived there between contracts. It is certainly not "dead" in summer as someone said. Unfortunately, due to development, winter is starting to get crowded during the school holidays and Christmas.
Here are some videos we have made to get an idea of the place: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVn...Q?feature=mhee

It's not a place with lots of nightlife but it's a real village with a large permanent population of about 3000. The locals are friendly and I think it would be a great place to live all year.

Someone also said it's too big to walk across which is also completely untrue. Many people staying there on vacation don't even have a car and you can walk across the village in 10 minutes. The gondola mentioned by the same poster still exists but most people now use the new one from the village which has no queues. Much of the lift system has been upgraded in the past few years. I've also never seen all these migrant workers mentioned either and I visit there every few weeks, all year round.

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Re: Samoens for a year

Hi
I am interested to know the names of the 2 schools there please. I am considering a possible move there in the near future with my family. I have 2 girls of 7 and 3 years old.

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