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Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

A VERY special anniversary coming up! We've not always had top experience in Swiss hotels, so I need some advice:
- Region: Valais, Fribourg, or France (Chamonix region?), as we are dropping kid off near Evian and first time without kids for...as long as I can remember!


-Ideally, somewhere fairly isolated (we don't go there for the nightlife!)
- Straight on hiking trails / walks in very scenic surroundings but with pampering on the way back (like outdoor Jacuzzi and fine food)
- Yes, a romantic feel but not kitsch please!


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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

Is Burgundy too far?

Chateau Vault de Lugny, near Vézelay:

http://www.lugny.fr/uk/index.php

Lugny is my favorite weekend get-away. Luxurious, but relaxed. The owners are lovely people who clearly enjoy what they do. And they do it so well.

An outstanding chef, truly glorious food, much of which is grown in the chateau's own gardens.

Near the Morvan National Park, so nice hiking. Or cycling around the countryside. Tennis, horse riding, canoeing. Explore the vineyards, the old town of Vézalay, or the Abbey at Fontenay not too far away. A lovely area.

On the way home, do the wine route on the Côte d'Or and stop at Beaune for lunch. Or if history is more your thing, stop by Alesia, the site of the battle where Vercingétorix made his last stand against Caesar.

I love this part of France.
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

Thanks for this, it sounds lovely indeed, but it will be for another time, as not at all on the way from where we're dropping kids off.


Burgundy is a beautiful region indeed...and the wine, what a bliss!
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

There's a very nice place called Auberge Camelia in France not too far from Chamonix. It's in a place called Avernioz ( or Avenernoz I'm not too sure if the name and as we're away at the moment celebrating a special anniversary of our own (25th) I can't check).

Edit: this is the one.

http://www.tripadvisor.fr/Hotel_Revi...one_Alpes.html
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

How about Hotel Bellatola in Saint-Luc Valais ? http://www.bellatola.ch/en/

or hotel Cailler in Charmey, Fribourg ? http://www.hotel-cailler.ch/de/index.php

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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

Don't know how much you want to spend but you could look at whitepod.
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

It's that time of year again: hot chocolate, mulled wine and a roaring fire! Whisky of course, but that's all year round!


Time to share all these nice and cosy addresses, either for a nice hot drink and a cake, a full blown meal or simply because you think it's worth the trip. COSINESS is the key!


To be fair, I am a bit pushed to think of somewhere in Geneva. Either it's slick and modern or 1980s dark wood and hospital lighting effect. I'd love to find a great tearoom with a nice fire after a day hiking in the sleet / rain / snow!
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

If you are dropping kids in Evian, you should pop over to the Val d'Abondance and stay in Chatel. We put overflow guests up at the Fleur de Neige hotel and they love it.

There are loads of hiking trails up to Super Chatel and you can walk all along the Swiss-French border and see all the way from Montreaux to the Dents du Midi.

It's a great little village, (well, it's little now with only 1600 residents. Come ski season there's 10,000, but that a whole 'nother story!)

If you are staying on a Sunday, you could walk all along the Dranse river to the town of Abondance where they have a market every Sunday.

Just google Chatel, Portes du Soleil, Vallée d'Abondance, etc.
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

Why is there an extra 's' at the end of 'cosines'?

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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

Went on their site. It's the Troncaz family who owns "les Cornettes de Bise" in Chapelle d'Abondance, so you know the food is going to be great.


Looks very nice, probably will give it a try this Winter. CHeers!
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Went on their site. It's the Troncaz family who owns "les Cornettes de Bise" in Chapelle d'Abondance, so you know the food is going to be great.


Looks very nice, probably will give it a try this Winter. CHeers!
Every other person in that valley is named Trincaz! They are all cousins. Another cousin, Sylvie, owns two restaurants, Le Genepi and La Reserve, in Chatel, which are both good. Another branch of the same family own both bakeries in the village.

Our favorite restaurant in Chatel is La Poya. Very innovative food when you get tired of fondue and tartiflette. Owner is Olivier and he loooooves to practice his English slang, so beware.
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Every other person in that valley is named Trincaz! They are all cousins. Another cousin, Sylvie, owns two restaurants, Le Genepi and La Reserve, in Chatel, which are both good. Another branch of the same family own both bakeries in the village.

Our favorite restaurant in Chatel is La Poya. Very innovative food when you get tired of fondue and tartiflette. Owner is Olivier and he loooooves to practice his English slang, so beware.


He'll probably give up on the Scottish one, though! Aye Olivier, gae's a wee swally to go wit' that well tidy scran, Slàinte!
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He will have no idea what you are saying. (Nor do I) I have heard him say "waats oop, dude" and "g'day, mate" in the same paragraph.
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He will have no idea what you are saying. (Nor do I) I have heard him say "waats oop, dude" and "g'day, mate" in the same paragraph.


I blame it on Australian snowboarders!


Quick question about the hotel you recommended: is it easy access to the slopes if going in the skiing season? Do they have storage if you bring your own skis...?
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Re: Retreat, comfort and cosiness combined?

OK, I'm rubbish at uploading pictures, so imagine this:


- nice natural wooden tables, a few candles here and there.
- on one of the tables, a pint glass (full, of course) or a bottle of Whisky and 4 glasses. Nice seasonal food has just been served.
- there is a roaring log fire at the end of the room with nice, comfy armchairs on each side.
- natural materials everywhere, your cheeks are rosy and you display an irritatingly full, contented and permanent smile.


You could be in a nice country pub in the Peak District after a nice walk.


Perhaps the closest I got to it in Switzerland is here:
http://www.chezvrony.ch/en/restaurant/index.php
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