Sunday, 21 March 2010

Chalet de la Place, Rossinière, Pays d'Enhaut.

Just had to write about this B'nB (Bed and Breakfast). What can i say....a massive double room in one of the oldest chalets in the village (built in 1664) with charm, warmth, character and history oozing out of every solid bit of timber. The owner- Mrs. Eliane Pilet was equally warm and charming, greeting us with a welcome afternoon tea and a little bit about the chalet and the village. A delicious breakfast followed the next morning at which she plied us with soft, home made bread, 6 types of home made jams, local cheeses and eggs. The only items not from the village were the orange juice, coffee and tea!

We found this gem of a B&B in the bilingual guide book Chambre d'hôtes de charme en Suisse (Charming Bed & Breakfasts in Switzerland) which we would heartily recommend.

What of Rossinière? It' s a tiny village. It's principal claim to fame lies in the Grand Chalet where the famous painter Balthus spent the last years of his life (his widow still lives there). In the small Chapelle Balthus there is a history of the artist with letters, photos and 3 documentary films about the Grand Chalet, his friendships and his art.

There is not much else there, we saw a gourmet restaurant that we plan to try next time, and a couple of hotels and few other B&B's, as well as a jumping off point for some good hikes in the region.

Coordinates: Mrs. Eliane Pilet. 026 924 71 73 or 078 662 32 85.

I'll be putting up a few pictures of the Chalet soon.

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