There's a funny story about Studio La Petite Corneille (it's the middle balcony on the first floor). We rented it ourselves for two weeks in April 2013 and fell in love with it. For a start there was the view across the rooftops of Monêtier to the ski slopes and summits. Next, it was within walking distance of the lifts and the cross-country ski trails which meant we could come back at lunchtime and eat on the south-facing balcony in the sunshine. Then there were well thought-out details such as the private car park and the handy ski locker. And, of course, there was the cosy studio itself. We laughingly said to one another that if ever the studio came up for sale we would buy it. And the very next year it did.
We first came skiing and snowboarding in Monêtier in 2009 and completely fell in love with the place. We discovered that, outside the peak season, there were barely any queues for the local lifts. Incredible! Here was a ski resort that could hold its own with the most famous on the planet and yet it was quiet. We decided to return in the summer and, once again, we were enchanted. As travel writers we've been to a lot of places but Monêtier is the only one we've returned to again and again...and again.
We've written a number of travel books including The Landscapes Walking Companion, The Traveller's Pocket Guide, The Green Travel Guide, the first edition of the Pyrenees Rough Guide, Berlitz Discover Pyrenees, Landscapes Of The Pyrenees and Au Revoir Angleterre, about which we were interviewed on BBC Breakfast (left). But, funnily enough, we've never written about Monêtier. Maybe that's because we want to keep it a secret.