Le Refuge

Uncle Emile's Refuge


The Refuge de l'Oncle Emile is located in Dormillouse, at an altitude of 1727m, in the heart of an exceptional natural setting. It is the only inhabited hamlet in the Ecrins National Park. The village can only be reached on foot via a short footpath, which in summer takes just under an hour.

We offer comfortable accommodation where you can recharge your batteries and unwind completely. Our restaurant serves light meals during the day. In the evening, the restaurant is open by reservation.

Whether you're with family, friends or for a seminar, come and enjoy the mountains!

We're delighted to welcome you and share a moment of conviviality with you in complete simplicity, without WIFI, as time goes by so that you can take advantage of the activities on offer summer and winter alike, or simply to do nothing, enjoy yourself, your family and take care of yourself!

Born and bred in this corner of paradise, we couldn't wait to come back and live here in Dormillouse all year round. For 5 years, we renovated this building with all our love, desire and passion. It took a lot of helicopter flights, wheelbarrow rides and back-packing to enable us to save this family heritage that is so dear to us.

The Refuge de l'Oncle Emile was built in the 17th century, and has been renovated with a focus on eco-responsibility (using natural materials and local species) to preserve its authenticity. Dormillouse is made up of several small houses built of wood and exposed stone. At its peak, the village of Dormillouse had hundreds of dwellings.

Village of Dormillouse

The hamlet of Dormillouse lies at the bottom of the Freissinières valley, at an average altitude of 1727m.
The historical origins of Dormillouse are very uncertain, but the hamlet was known as "Dormillosa" in 1401.