We are updating our COVID 19 cleaning methods to match the current recommendations.
In line with industry best practice, we are following the advice of the French Government, our local Prefecture and those of the WHO.
In addition to our usual high standards, we are paying particular attention to those parts of the property that are often touched.
This includes door handles, light switches, room keys and other hard surfaces.
The soft furnishings in the rooms will be steam cleaned and everything will be thoroughly disinfected.
We are also installing hand sanitisers at the entrance of the building. Hand soap is always provided in the rooms.
The garage, which is used for cycle storage in the summer, will also be included in our COVID 19 cleaning.
For this summer we are closing the communal areas. The lounge and the dining room will be closed until we receive advice that it is acceptable for people to be in close proximity.
This will probably be when restaurants and bars are allowed to open as normal.
Until then, all meals, breakfast, and evening meals, will be served in your room. All the usual choices and standards will be maintained.
We’ll deliver a tray with your meal on it and pick up the tray later.
Spring is coming to Oz Station at last after a long winter season.
On the high mountains, the snow is receding and giving way to the hardy plants that flourish in the summer.
In Oz Station, the old brown grass is growing back green on the pistes and hedgerows. The trees are showing new leaves and the forest floor is becoming carpeted in flowers. Continue reading “Spring is coming to Oz”
Foraging for Jack by the Hedge is considerably easier than we thought. Unlike some wild plants, it grows in abundance in our part of France.
Also called Penny Hedge, Poor Man’s Mustard, Garlic Root, or Garlic Mustard, Alliaria Petiolata is a biennial belonging to the cabbage family. Continue reading “Foraging for Jack by the Hedge”
We don’t just have a room with a view, we have lots.
Each of our spacious suites has a fabulous view of the mountains. From sunrise to sunset they provide a dramatic backdrop to your holiday.
So, we have a room with a view but what else do we offer you? Continue reading “A Room With a View”
This could be the first time since WW2 that there will be no mountain huts open in the summer.
For anyone planning even a day walk, this will have consequences. Lots of one-day walks are to a refuge to have lunch and then return. Now people will have to take extra food and drink with them. Continue reading “Mountain Huts Summer 2020”
The latest news from the organisers of the Alpe d’Huez triathlon 2020 is that it is still expected to go ahead on the 27-31st July.
This is subject to ongoing developments in the French Government restrictions on movement during this coronavirus crisis. Continue reading “Triathlon 2020 Update”
Auberge La Cure is the closest restaurant to Le Château d’Oz and one of the best in the Oisans.
It’s right in the centre of Oz Village and opens all year except for their annual vacation in November. Continue reading “Auberge La Cure”
Hot Cross Buns will be familiar to everyone in England but perhaps a bit of a mystery to others in the English speaking world.
They are no more than a spicy bread roll but baked only at Easter. I’ll explain the name. Continue reading “Hot Cross Buns”
Delicious Oat and Coconut Cookies to nibble with afternoon tea, or any other time.
In a large saucepan, melt 50g of butter with 15g (1 tablespoon) of Golden Syrup. Continue reading “Oat and Coconut Cookies”
Winter driving conditions
Winter driving tips. Conditions can vary enormously on the drive from your home to the Alps; even from Grenoble airport to Le Château. Ideally your car should have winter tyres but if not, you should have chains.
Generally the Autoroutes are well maintained and clear of snow, as are the roads from Grenoble to Le Château. Access to our private car park is easy and well maintained. Continue reading “Winter driving tips”