La Raclette
Fressiniere - Dormillouse - Parc des Ecrins - sunset
Total immersion in the heart of the Ecrins

Uncle Emile's Refuge


Le refuge de l'oncle Emile is above all a family story. This house has been restored with desire, passion, taste and love. It was the refuge of Emile, who loved and loved Dormillouse. That's why we decided to call it that. Nestled at an altitude of 1800m in the hamlet of Dormillouse, the most isolated hamlet in France, come and experience a unique adventure in this place steeped in history, in the heart of the Ecrins, in a preserved mountain range where we live all year round.

This intimate, discreet and cosy refuge is located in this little corner of paradise, where the only access is on foot in both summer and winter.

Come and enjoy a unique break in this haven of peace.

The mountains provide the backdrop, so it's up to you to invent the story!

Stéphanie & Claude

Comfortable rooms



Activities & Disconnection

A perfect place to stay

Our rooms
From 79 euros with breakfast/person

Our rooms are a promise of authenticity and a mountain journey, in a timeless place with a unique setting. Uncle Emile's refuge has been refurbished using the finest materials and in a constant spirit of eco-responsibility.

Our rooms are fully adaptable from 2 to 8 people and can accommodate families, friends, itinerants and seminars.

Salon Au Coin Du Feu
Le Salon
La Cheminée
La cheminée
Detente Canapé
Le coin canapé
Etabli Avec Notre Livre Or
La décoration
 Dsc1135 Avec Accentuation Bruit Panorama Panorama Modifier
La Salle à Manger
Chambre Lys Martagon Et Ses Lits Complémentaires
Chambre Lys Martagon
Vue de la chambre Lys Martagon
Le Dortoir Et Sa Ssalle De Bain
Le dortoir

Eating out

As the seasons go by, different dishes and gourmet moments will be presented to you indoors and/or outdoors, depending on the season, in a postcard decor or at the foot of our fireplace.

Raclette, tartiflette, fondue, mont d'or and many other dishes are available all year round!

Whether you're dining alone, with your partner, family or friends? Don't forget to book!

An exceptional location


The Refuge de l'oncle Emile is located in the village of Dormillouse, in the heart of the Ecrins National Park.

How to get there

In summer: Follow the Fréissinières valley to the waterfalls car park and follow the path! At the end of the forest, you can see the village! The refuge is located in the central part of the village 20 metres before you reach the temple. The hike lasts an average of 45 minutes. The time varies for each person. 

In winter: Follow the Freissinières valley to the winter car park 200m after the last village of Les Mensals or 1200m after this last village. Depending on the latest weather conditions, the second car park may be open! Equipment is compulsory and highly recommended! The walk at the bottom of the valley lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour and then, at the bottom of the valley, take the winter path that will take you to the foot of the village in the first hamlet! You'll have to keep climbing for a few more minutes before you reach our refuge! 

Don't forget that you're expected, so take your time and enjoy the peace and beauty of the area as you climb!

Access to oncle emile's refuge. Itinerary ( via google maps)



The big big big big big mountains offer dozens of activities in summer. Many hikes are directly accessible from the refuge. Activities are also available nearby: via Ferrata, accrobranche, rafting, canyoning...


In winter, enjoy the mountains and the snow: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, as well as nearby waterfalls...

And so much more!

They came, and they testify

Marion HiesseMarion Hiesse
08:04 26 Mar 24
Nous sommes montées entre copines et nous nous sommes régalées. Mr et Mme sont forts sympathiques, très accueillants, et on fait de la maison du grand oncle un petit coin de paradis. Tout y est beau, pratique, moderne et rustique en même temps. Une vraie réussite. Je recommande vivement et j'y retournerai. Le terme "le refuge autrement" ne pouvait pas être mieux choisi.
Laura BessisLaura Bessis
17:08 25 Mar 24
Lieu incroyable, un we de rêve avec mes amis ! Stéphanie et Claude sont adorables, à nos petits soins : on a ADORE !
Anne-laure LemonnierAnne-laure Lemonnier
07:17 25 Mar 24
Magnifique lieu. Les propriétaires sont au petit soin pour notre confort. Réhabilitation faite avec beaucoup de goût. Rien à redire, c'est un petit Eden au coeur du massif !
Mélanie HardyMélanie Hardy
21:24 24 Mar 24
Refuge d exception : l accueil, le repas et la rénovation sont à la hauteur de la vue !! Nous étions un groupe de 7, belle rando raquettes et farniente autour du feu avec de délicieuses bugnes. Le village de dourmillouse est charmant, typique et facilement accessible. Merci pour cette escapade très dépaysante !
06:59 19 Mar 24
Très bon moment passés en famille cet hiver dans cette superbe bâtisse rénovée avec goûts et récemment ouverte. Vue incroyable et calme absolu, parfait pour se ressourcer. Chambres et literies de qualité. Nous y avons également très bien mangé et l’accueil a été parfait.Petite pépite à découvrir.
Bérénice WulbrechtBérénice Wulbrecht
21:50 18 Mar 24
Une adresse unique!J’ai séjourné au Refuge de l’oncle Emile, en famille, l’été dernier et cet hiver, deux saisons différentes. Toujours enchantée. Situé au coeur du parc naturel des ecrins, le refuge est accessible à pied uniquement. Le logement est dans une vielle batisse entièrement rénovée, avec des chambres individuelles tout comfort. Les hotes sont tres acceuillants.Et le bonheur de profiter de la montagne. Nous avons fait des randonnées cet été (lac paluel… mais aussi la traversée du parc des ecrins pour rejoindre chateauroux-les-alpes).Cet hiver, nous avons fait de la randonnée en raquettes et profité de la neige, raclette….Une adresse à recommander!L’endroit me parait parfait pour un team building avec le boulot, pour se recentrer sur l’équipe. A suivre…
Beatrice JONOTBeatrice JONOT
18:05 15 Mar 24
Le temps s’arrête chez l’oncle Émile ,un moment très conviviale avec Stéphanie et Claude; dans un cadre inoubliable et enchanteur! À renouveler une autre saison!
Sandrine ReccoSandrine Recco
12:56 08 Mar 24
Very pleasant evening in the company of Claude by the fireplace. Quiet night in comfortable bedding. Hearty raclette in the evening and full picnic the next day. Magnificent views and an ideal location for snowshoe hikes. We would love to return to this very cosy refuge, for which the hosts have embarked on an incredible project. Many thanks to you all. Sandrine and Thierry
Sébastien HouserSébastien Houser
22:18 07 Mar 24
A unique and unforgettable experience in the magnificent setting of the Écrins.a superb, very comfortable place, renovated with charm and authenticity, very pretty rooms, quality bedding, a breathtaking view, enchanting walks along waterfalls and lakes.... Delicious, carefully prepared cuisine using quality regional produce.Very attentive and extremely kind hosts (Stéph and Claude 😉 ), who passionately share their love of Dormillouse and its region.A purely relaxing stay, conducive to reconnecting with yourself and nature! Time seems to stand still at the Dormillouse refuge, much to our delight! Don't change a thing, we love it!
Victorine CoingVictorine Coing
17:12 06 Mar 24
A view like this has to be earned! And what a reward it is to arrive at your destination: it's paradise. The setting is sensational, the welcome is warm, and time stands still. The cuisine is made exclusively from local produce, and you can feel it! Claude and his wife make it a point of honour. The setting, the décor, the kindness of the hosts - there's nothing to complain about. We loved our time at the refuge de l'oncle Emile. We'll be back very, very soon! Thank you! Victorine and Alexandre
Candice IbzCandice Ibz
11:46 28 Feb 24
A snowshoe ascent that's really worth it! With a very warm welcome, followed by a nice local raclette, a pure moment of disconnection ... Can't wait to come back in the spring, certainly! Thank you Claude & Stéphanie🙏🏻
Frederick LACHERETFrederick LACHERET
10:44 25 Feb 24
An exceptional placeAn extraordinary welcomeThank you Stephanie and Claude
Stephanie DStephanie D
18:56 24 Feb 24
Magnificent snowshoe/raclette hike. After a 2-hour climb from the winter car park, we were warmly welcomed by Claude and Stéphanie. The meal was excellent and the adaptations for lactose-free diets very much appreciated. We enjoyed everything: the scenery, the cosy refuge, the friendliness, an outing that combines sport and comfort, perfect for a clientele that isn't very sporty... To be repeated in spring, summer and with autumn colours!
Juliette BussonJuliette Busson
18:25 20 Feb 24
A great time for lunch in the sunshine. Claude gave us a very warm welcome and the meal was simply excellent. We'd also recommend it for the breathtaking view!
Marie AMarie A
22:01 17 Jan 24
The perfect place to share a warm moment with friends, family or even solo! Inspiring, rejuvenating and soothing, you won't want to come back down. Stéphanie and Claude, the owners, have renovated this little nest with great taste. What's more, they gave us a very warm welcome, and the snacks, dinner and breakfast were divine. We'll definitely be coming back again, and thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay in such a beautiful place at such a high altitude. Looking forward to seeing you!
maeva lagiermaeva lagier
10:30 23 Dec 23
This place is magnificent! A quality renovation using noble materials that respect the history of this village. The warm welcome makes you feel part of a family. And the food is delicious! A moment out of time thanks to you, thank you again, it was fabulous!