Auberge de la Petite Échelle
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 4 yurts (for 12 people), 1 hut (2 to 4 people)
CLOSED ANNUALLY: From early November to December 15th 2016, in April 2017, but open all year round upon reservation
THE STORY: Around an old mountain farm near Mont d’Or (in the winter, you’ve got to park the car 3 km away and finish the trip by ski or by snowshoe!), Norbert Bournez, an authentic Jurassian shepherd, has set up four big yurts and a hunter’s hut. There are mattresses, blankets, wood-burning stoves and sleeping bags, you use headlamps at night and wash in the farm’s washbasin. Spartan comforts to be sure, but after a feast of roesti, Comté fondue, Morteau sausages and blueberry tart (washed down with Trousseau and Savagnin) in the farmhouse kitchen, we don’t need any more luxury! Wake up in the middle of nature the next morning, ready for a hike or a trip back down the mountain (the Métabief ski station is nearby). Ideal for a weekend getaway with a group of friends and a handful of kids. The place is just as magical in the summer, when the kids lend a hand to Norbert, who is in charge of a herd of Montbéliarde heifers. €31 a night per person, from €68 for half-board (€45 for kids less than 12 years old).
TOILETRIES: Bring your own.
BREAKFAST: €7 (included with half-board package), with tartines, hot drinks, homemade jam made from seasonal fruits (taste the rosehip jam), honey, orange juice and fresh fruits, yogurt.
LITTLE LUXURY: The wooden cabin, a little further away, has “real beds” and a private terrace. For those traumatized by communal camp living, between the snoring and the smelly boots.