Take a walk through the the past and visit the folk and farm museum a few minutes from Ferme Du Ciel
The area around Samoëns is rich in history and pays testament to the resilience of the locals who lived and worked here for centuries. This full or half-day out, depending if you turn the trip into a walk, will take you back to the days in which Septimontains eked out their existence on the mountainsides.
Visit the folk and farm museum
Écomusée du Clos Parchet is a beautiful restored farm on the southern slopes above Samoëns, just a five minute drive from your Samoëns luxury chalet at Ferme Du Ciel.
The farmhouse at Clos Parchet was rebuilt in 1815 but later abandoned. It has since been restored to show what life would have been like here for the mountain people who worked in the fields and the traditional trades of the upper Gifre Valley in the 19th century. The museum was listed as a historic monument in 2007.
Guided English tours will take you through the kitchen, main living rooms, stables, hay barn and farm outhouses. During the summer, learn how bread was made in the large outside bread oven. The museum has over 2,000 different utensils, implements, and farm tools, many of which you will have to get your hands on to guess their use. At the end of your tour, a tasting of homemade products is offered.
Take a hike to Clos Parchet
To visit Clos Parchet as part of a walk, you can reach it in around 90 minutes from the hamlet of Bérouze with its manor house and chapel. Be sure to don your hiking boots and take a picnic to pause along the way. The local tourism department includes this circular walk with a map of the route as part of its guide to the area.
The Castle of the Bérouze is a 17th-century mansion house that’s located opposite the small chapel dedicated to Saint Paul and Saint Pierre. The church at Bérouze, with its bulbous bell tower, originally stood at the Col de Couz mountain pass, but it was badly damaged by Swiss troops who invaded in 1476. It was decided to rebuild the chapel on its present site in the village square. The chapel lost its bell during the French Revolution but a new one was put in place in 1824.
Once you’ve had this glimpse of how life was lived in the alpine area around Samoëns, as its people moved with the seasons, you’ll certainly be ready for the warm greeting and hot meal that awaits you back at Ferme du Ciel.