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About the Resort
INTACT CHARM OF A TRADITIONAL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
In the heart of the Aravis
Mountain range in the Haute Savoie, perfectly located between Mont Blanc,
Lake Annecy and Switzerland, Le Grand-Bornand offers the best of the Alps!
Not only is Le Grand-Bornand a tourist destination in the summer
as well as winter, but it is also a truly charming village where
Mother Nature has done her very best . The Aravis Mountains, with their summit
at 2750m, form the main backdrop to the village. The range is capped by the
distinctive Pointe Percée from where green, forested mountain slopes, open
to all, curve down towards the village.
resort is divided in to two parts: Le Grand-Bornand Village
is, at 1000 metres, a typical Savoyard village with a market square
and 'grenette',a traditionally roofed market hall, its church
and shops. The splendid Bouchet valley stretches away behind… a favourite
cross country ski area.
Six kilometres further up, at 1300 metres and
on the road to Col de la Colombiere, Le Grand-Bornand - Chinaillon is
the other part of the resort, where most of the ski runs begin. The
old part of Chinaillon, very well preserved, dates back to 17 th century.
Le Grand-Bornand without its chalets would not be! There are more than four
hundred of them spread throughout the village, often up to three hundred
years old. So, how do you recognise a Grand Bornand chalet? By its typical
architectural details such as the 'pointe d’ane'- the master beam in the
building; the 'solaret' - a light and airy loft; and the 'credence' - a
kitchen cupboard built into the wall, or a small barn right next to the
main house where the 'goodies' were kept. Faced in wood, with covered balconies
and warm interiors, these chalets are considered to be the true jewels
of the alpine heritage.
There is also the church with its splendid onion-shaped dome,
and the tiny chapels spread all over the area, around which
the many small hamlets were built.
The customs and traditions of yesteryear are also upheld largely thanks
to the folklore group 'Lou Brafaudi' and to the area’s musical
Finally, the traditional Reblochon market on Wednesday mornings,
the fairs and old festivals are just as richly authentic.
first generation resort has stayed faithful to its traditions and the whole
village has been able to maintain its own spirit, its Savoyard identity above
all else, at the same time as developing modern facilities to a high standard.
Keep in mind too, as you travel round our area that 'The landscape
is the most beautiful part of our legacy from the past.'
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Western Les Saytels ***
Just a stone’s throw the Grand-Bornand ski lifts, the hotel
“Chalet Les Saytels” is only 10 minutes away from La Clusaz.
Croix St Maurice **
Located in the heart of the mountain village and resort of Grand Bornand,
close to the childcare center and the recreation area.
Fabrice and Nadège guest you in a chalet very close to
a large parking area and different shops, 100 meters from the lifts and
a few meters from the center.
Le Royal Ours Blanc ****
This hotel is situated in the heart of Alpe d’Huez and only
100 m from the slopes and the Congress Palace. All the 47 rooms
and suites have spectacular views from the balcony across the
Oisans mountains and are well equipped with bathroom, separate
wc, hair dryer, satellite television with videorecorder, wifi,
telephone and mini safe.
Fermes de Pierre et Anna (Guest House)
8 rooms from 2 to 4 persons and 1 suite of 4 persons
almost 300 years ago, “The Farms of Pierre and Anna” have sheltered
many generations of mountain folk, the rhythm of their lives governed
by the manufacture of Reblochon (the renowned local cheese).
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