This is a house that is sturdy in the middle of nowhere, in the white paradise of the Haut-Doubs. We are at the mount of stained Glass, at 1200 m of altitude, on the commune of Verrières-de-Joux, a quarter of an hour from Pontarlier and an hour of Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Geneva. Elsewhere, the swiss border passes at the door. The ski runs and nordic trails to snowshoe also. The chandeliers in the house, an old farm comtoise, is standing there, in front of the pasture snow-covered and bound to the slides throughout the winter and right next to a forest with fir trees and spruce trees frosted. After the breeding of the cows, these beautiful montbéliardes white and red whose milk is used in the manufacture of the county, the solid remains was, for the first time, involved in welcoming tourists, version hostel to stay at la bonne franquette, and local specialties.

The old inn The Tillau has been transformed into a boutique hotel has 4 stars. Annie Barbaccia

due to a change in owners, the good inn comes from turn into a boutique 4-star hotel (classification in progress). But it has retained its name: The Tillau for “lime tree” in the local dialect, in reference to the trees that surround it. The largest, a giant, 100 years old. Inside, the walls were rhabillés of old wood, beams and ceilings sanded. All the spaces have been redistributed. The two-storey, now serviced by a lift, house the rooms. There are 11, including two family to four persons and one suite. These cocoons woodlots are equipped with shower rooms in marble pinkish beige. It is superb, but it regrets however the lack of bathrobes and the adjustment of the temperature and the flow rate of the water on a tactile screen, a real headache compared to the good old faucets…

to Make his mark in a immaculate nature

on The ground floor, the bar is the meeting point of standing from morning to evening. Very leather cosy and extended by a terrace lounge, it has its own card restore “fast”: onion soup, omelettes, fondue (the county, of course)… Because the table itself is reserved to the cuisine developed by Jean-Michel Tannières, ex-Michelin-starred the corner. It will be understood, here, a thousand miles – 9 km – from the first village, we sleep and eat (very) well. This would be enough to justify the getaway.

inside, the walls were rhabillés of old wood, beams and ceilings sanded. Patrick Wallet

But its appeal also lies in the magic of winter in the jura, this immaculate nature in which one makes his or her trace, like these deer that greet you from a distance. The Tillau is a gem of a hotel, the only hotel of this category skis nordic and snowshoes to the feet. On site: equipment rental and ski lessons at the request of the domain of les Fourgs-Herba, 100 km of slopes between 1 150 and 1 200 m altitude. To get here: the transfers from the TGV stations of Frasne and Vallorbe (Switzerland) are provided.

Hotel Le Tillau (03.81.69.46.72 ; Letillau.com). Double room with breakfast, 135 €. Suite, 165 €. Dogs allowed, 10 € per night.

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