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Writer’s Retreat – Frequently Asked Questions

Writer’s Retreat – Frequently Asked Questions

Can we sit outside the Writer’s Retreat?

Of course.  In the morning, there is a place just outside the sitting room for the morning sun.  In the afternoon, you can sit outside the main room and look at the mountains opposite, in the sun

When is the best time to see the wild flowers?

From late May or the beginning of June depending on the temperature. They are best in June but you can still find them in July.

When do the cows come up the hill? And are they noisy?

When the wild flowers come out. We love the clank of their bells.

Are there any local restaurants?

Yes. Some are nearby in easy walking distance, while others are a longer walk away.  Restaurant La Croix is open most of the year but not on Mondays. Others, some very near by such as La Roc de Arches open in mid June or a little later in the summer. There are quite a few restaurants in Grand Bornand, open the year round. We like walking to the Col de Anes for lunch, too.

What else can I do?

Go bicycling, walking, running, mountain biking, rock climbing, via ferrata, tennis, golf, white water rafting, swimming, fishing, shopping in the market on Wednesday mornings, sun bathe, picnic, ramble, collect myrtilles, breathe fresh air, play some of the board games.

Do we have use of the swimming pool?

Yes, of course. It is heated by the sun (very eco-friendly) so please make sure that you replace the pool cover. You must set/reset the safety siren. Please take care of your young children!

Are there towels and sheets?

Yes.

Can I smoke in the house?

Sorry, no.  It is not allowed and is also against the law. There are smoke detectors in the house for fire prevention.

 

Are there saucepans, crockery etc?

Yes.  There should be sufficient for four people. There is an oven, four gas burners, a fridge and a table to eat at in the main room. You can carry the table outside if you choose.

Is there a telephone that we can use and WiFi?

Most of the major French mobile operators have a reasonably strong signal here. There is no fixed line telephone available but there is WiFi, so you can use Skype for a telephone service. Ask us for the WiFi code.

Is there a television?

Yes but it is not connected to an aerial!  You can watch DVDs. Or read a book. There are also some games available.

Can I buy the local Reblochon cheese?

Our next-door neighbour makes it and will sell it to you.  It is their cows that you will hear around the house. Their cheese is delicious.

What do I do if there is a problem while I am there?

Call or email us depending on the urgency! If we are in the main house, call 09 52 76 34 01. Otherwise try 00 44 1235 833643 or mobile 00 44 77 8 99 47 0 24, or email lafermedusoleil@hotmail.com.

What do I do I break something?

Please tell us so that we can replace it.

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Le Figaro 10 April 2010

Tremendous news, we are in Le Figaro’s magazine as one of the 200 best chambres d’hotes to stay in France. Click to download the page:
FIGARO MAGAZINE_les 200 plus belles chambres d’hotes

We are number 7 on the map and in the bottom left corner,

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Snow History in Le Grand Bornand (we have more at 1500m)

Snow History
http://www.skiinfo.co.uk/Snow-History/LeGrandBornand-EFRGRANDBORN-5831-en.jhtml?product.skiinfo
Year / Month Sum snowfall Average snow depth (cm) at bottom Average snow depth (cm) at top Total for season
2015 / 2 14 80 165 284
2015 / 1 173 100 65
2014 / 12 72 36 42
2014 / 11 25 40
2014/4 5 5 409
2014/3 59 10 158
2014/2 156 40 165
2014/1 110 30 121
2013/12 79 30 70
2013 / 4 85 30 146 410
2013 / 3 145 85 234
2013 / 2 163 110 231
2013 / 1 162 90 119
2012 / 12 310 95 181
2012 / 11 2 0 34
2012 / 4 114 84 736
2012 / 3 40 175 155
2012 / 2 25 211 211
2012 / 1 218 197 218
2011 / 12 283 69 190
2011 / 11 0 10
2011 / 4 28 326
2011 / 3 29 78 163
2011 / 2 58 67 217
2011 / 1 42 73 211
2010 / 12 5 68 90
2010 / 11 12 51
2010 / 04 65 160 140 574
2010 / 03 76 158 150
2010 / 02 160 168 159
2010 / 01 79 120 130
2009 / 12 146 49 85
2009 / 11 48 17 20
2009 / 04 8 128 120 524
2009 / 03 169 171 169
2009 / 02 142 155 152
2009 / 01 103 115 143
2008 / 12 102 102 102
2008 / 11 58 61
2008 / 04 37 145 396
2008 / 03 137 125
2008 / 02 28 122
2008 / 01 84 110
2007 / 12 90 93
2007 / 11 20 33
2007 / 04 1 87 257
2007 / 03 54 122
2007 / 02 121 85
2007 / 01 81 45
2006 / 12 25
2006 / 11 0
2006 / 04 25 185 581
2006 / 03 223 250
2006 / 02 96 159
2006 / 01 71 130
2005 / 12 146 105
2005 / 11 20 24
2005 / 04 106 91 503
2005 / 03 71 138
2005 / 02 143 150
2005 / 01 116 93
2004 / 12 67 50
2004 / 05 29 505
2004 / 04 38 118
2004 / 03 60 131
2004 / 02 21 144
2004 / 01 229 110
2003 / 12 82 41
2003 / 11 50 42
2003 / 10 25 3
2003 / 04 35 99 468
2003 / 03 1 134
2003 / 02 166 176
2003 / 01 219 117
2002 / 12 47 81
2002 / 11 10
2002 / 04 10 86 320
2002 / 03 33 133
2002 / 02 171 120
2002 / 01 28 80
2001 / 12 78 27
2001 / 04 132 195 320
2001 / 03 80 158
2001 / 02 47 154
2001 / 01 61 125
2000 / 12 0
Snowfall Average

 

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Most convenient ski shop

We use a local ski shop because it is just below us on the slope.  This makes it very easy to take stuff back to change it, get a faster (or slower) ski, or have adjustments made.  You can also leave bags and things there.  And they sell sunglasses and socks when you realise that you left them behind!  We also find that it is a convenient place to pick up your bags to take up to the house and leave you skiing off!

They are not the cheapest and they do not have the broadest range but the people are nice and they speak some English. They have not only a normal range of skis but boards, ski de randonnée equipment, snow shoes etc.

Their address is:-

Magasin de sports, Ski Service Deloche

L’Envers du Chinaillon

Le Grand-Bornand Chinaillon

74450 Le Grand-Bornand

Tel : 04 50 27 00 73 (+33 4 50 27 00 33)

www.skiservice-grandbornand.com

contact@skiservice-grandbornand.com

 

Opening hours are officially from 08:45 to 18:00 (18:30 at Christmas through New Year and in February) although they seem to open a little earlier and are often there a little later, clearing up.

When hiring, mention that you are staying at La Ferme du Soleil.  You will still need a passport to show them.  Generally, you pay when you return your hired stuff. They take all the normal credit cards.

You can ask them to reserve you skis etc.  There is a form, which you can send them.  Emails work much better than telephone with them as they are not there until the season starts.

When driving through Chinaillon, take the left turn, marked to the slopes, and you will se it on the left after about a kilometre.  The shop is after the start of the car parking, just afte the Gettier lift  and the sign, “Ski Service”  faces you.

You can get your ski tickets 150 yards from the ski shop, just down the road.

You can, of course, go anywhere else that you choose.  However if you hire from Le Grand Bornand, remember that is more of a trek than shops in Chinaillon.

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