We stayed for 7 nights on the hotel's Autumn Colours special. This provided half board (with 3 nights al la carte); a walk with a Park guide, visit to a cheese farm and free use of the hotel's bikes. We loved every minute of the stay. The hotel is so friendly, and has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. The owners are so welcoming and the staff are great - so helpful and they work incredibly hard to make your stay great. Rooms are not luxurious, but they are clean, simple and have all you could need. They are well maintained and spotless.
Food was plentiful, tasty and varied. The restaurant staff were exceptionally good and remembered personal details such as wine preferences, walks we had taken etc. and always chatted whilist being very efficient. They made us feel so welcome. I am a vegetarian and ate well every night. The restaurant couldn't have been more accommodating. We highly reccommend drinking the local Cave de 11 Communes wines which are from the local area and very reasonably priced in the hotel. We liked them so much we stopped at the Cave on the way home and stocked up.
The location of the hotel is fantastic - views are beautiful, walking is on the doorstep (but note that the only way is up!). Valnontey is about 15 minutes by car up the valley from Cogne(and a nice easy walk by the river) and the hamlet is tiny and sleepy. Every evening chamois came down to graze on the slope opposite the hotel and we regularly saw foxes in the field to the side of the hotel.
The Gran Paradiso National Park is wonderfully unspoilt and there are many trails for fantastic walks - we recommend the Val de Bardonney from Lillaz as one of the the most beautiful and peaceful places we have visited. The other benefit to the Park is that we walked every day for 5 - 6 hours and often saw no other people or at the most one or two at most!
I can't recommend this place highly enough - but kind of want to keep it a secret! It's gorgeous!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Restaurant La Barme is situated in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, just 2 km from the village of Cogne. The building and its location are in perfect harmony with the quaint rustic village of Valnontey with its beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife. This charming hotel has been developed from a cluster of authentic old mountain buildings, in keeping with the local tradition of stone and wood in valdôtain style. It is charming and quaint . The hotels unique situation is a superb base for walking and hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing and icefall climbing in the winter. ... more less
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