After 20 years in Paris, Sandrine (lawyer) and Xavier Lecharny (who worked in advertising before training as a chef) arrived in the Hautes Alpes in 2007 to create their first guest room, La Maison du Guil, concocting an evening tasting menu in the Queyras valley. In 2012, they moved to Nantes, where they launched the creative and healthy restaurant César & Rosalie. But they were looking for a reason to go back to the mountains. This former hikers’ lodge with Scandinavian hues, which they opened last summer, is. Here, the table d’hôte they run five evenings a week is as alluring as the five bedrooms (crisp white and shades of gray and inky blue, softened by Tolix sheepskin chairs or a warm piece of furniture in the middle. century) and the accessible ski area of Les Orres, which slaloms through a huge larch forest (5 minutes by car, or 10 minutes by free bus).
The menu is resolutely local, with a light and vegetal touch that you don’t usually see in the mountains, combined with an entirely organic wine list. Xavier organizes cooking classes on certain Saturday afternoons – the next one, at the end of January, will offer four courses including a salad of endives, mushrooms and licorice leaves and a pho with duck and winter vegetables. Beyond the large bay windows of the restaurant, the slopes await you: in addition to the wide downhill slopes, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are numerous; In addition, the couple are avid hikers and will trace their favorite trails. It’s a breath of fresh air at these altitudes. By Elizabeth Wharton
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