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305 route de la patinoire
Le Grand-Bornand Village
Le Grand-Bornand
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About COVID-19

The safety of our employees and visitors remains our priority, which is why barriers have been put in place at La Source and must be respected:

- The maximum number of visitors at any one time is 49. The Sanitary Pass is not mandatory
- Wearing of masks by our employees / compulsory for our visitors in order to guarantee the safety of all.
- Adapted visit itinerary to respect social distancing measures.
- Limitation of the number of visitors per room.
- Hydroalcoholic gel available to all.
- Protective plexiglass plates installed at the checkout (regularly disinfected).
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An authentic farmhouse and a true model of 19th century rural architecture, La Maison du Patrimoine - an initiative of the Association du Patrimoine Bornandin - is a witness to the traditions and know-how that forge the identity of Grand-Bornand.
People of today are able to discover the traditional way of life of the area as well as the ingenious, wooden chalet architecture, very specific to this region of Bornes-Aravis.

According to the Sardinian land registry map of 1728, we know that there was a house on this site and also who the successive owners were. The house was rebuilt in 1830, as the date carved on the main supporting beam (the « pointe d'âne ») confirms. However, older pieces of wood were also used in the construction, like the beam found recently which dates from1597.

The chalet was home to both the family and the farm animals. People lived a peasant lifestyle, based on the traditional mountain economy of agricultural, pastoral and forestry activities, more specifically cereal crops, dairy herds and woodcutting.
This chalet would have been used during the low season, from the autumn to the spring, but also occasionally during summer hay-making. Both the family and their herds used to go up to the “alpages” pastures and live during the summer in a second home higher up.

The architecture is typical of this valley ; a basic framework of wooden beams with a mainbeam on which rests a two-sided, sloping roof covered with wooden shingles or tiles (called « ancelles »). The slope of the terrain is the determining factor for the orientation of the chalet and the main entrance was always placed beside the path that led up to it.

Because the chalet is built into the slope, half of the groundfloor level is underground. This level consists of cellars and a stable for the horse. On the floor above it there is the living area for the family and then two sheds, one for the cowshed and the other to house the smaller animals. The top floor is the barn, which occupies the whole surface area of the chalet. Hay is stored here for winter fodder.

Next to the chalet there is always a little shed or granary. It is used to store grain, seed corn and all valuables belonging to the family.
Workshops and activities for all, around the rich local heritage. Exhibitions. More information at the Tourist Information Center, on the events programme and online.
From 05/07 to 31/08/2021
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 6:30 pm.

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, guided tours are offered at the Heritage House. Reservation required.
  • Theme of museums :
    • Local tradition
Facilities and services
  • Parking :
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
  • SITRA services :
    • 50 people max per group
To note
  • Type of SITRA offer :
    • Indoor
    • Bad weather alternative
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair


La Maison du patrimoine
305 route de la patinoire
Le Grand-Bornand Village
Le Grand-Bornand
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.941481
Longitude : 6.431379
Full price: 3 € (Non guided tour)
Reduced price: 2.70 € (Non guided tour with Pass Loisirs Aravis card, child (6-12 yo), students (18-25 yo), disabled pers).

Free entry for children < 6 years.

Reduced rates upon presentation of receipts.
Famille Plus label: 3rd child free (from 6 to 12 years old).
Booking required for guided tours.
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