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Aurélie BussatLa Colombière Campsite

Aurélie Bussat

Joint manager

This area has been a big part of Aurélie’s life since she was a child. Today she is the joint manager of the La Colombière Campsite where she grew up and did her first work experience. She is a people-person and her background has always been centred around family.

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“Life is all about making new discoveries and meeting interesting people, in all circumstances. ”

Aurélie Bussat, La Colombière Campsite
Aurélie Bussat

HER BACKGROUND

Aurélie is originally from Haute-Savoie and she grew up in the family business. It was her grandfather who first came up with the idea of creating a campsite in the family’s orchard, and put the idea to Jean-François Bussat, Aurélie’s father. This inspiration came from the caravans that would come to the Jardin de la Cure during the summer season. Jean-François was a farmer at the time and he created the La Colombière Campsite in 1971. He continued his farming activity however and planted 3 hectares of vines in 1974 and carried out looking after his cattle until 1977.

From a young age, Aurélie started helping out in the family business selling chips at the campsite reception! She looks back at this time with fondness and it meant she could help her parents who had so much on their plate. Aurélie then went to study at the specialist school for the hotel business in Thonon to become an oenologist. After 4 years of studies and work experience all over France, she came back to her parents’ business which flourished when the campsite restaurant opened in 1991. Aurélie was 17 years old when she took over the kitchens and her brothers and sisters took charge of the service. She enjoyed this experience alongside her family and it gave her a boost for the next step in her career. Today she manages the business with her brothers and sisters, leaving the restaurant business and handing over the campsite restaurant to someone else. As a family, they have developed the campsite and they each have a role to play: Aurélie manages relations with suppliers and partners, Laurence is in charge of customer relations and Pierre deals with the technical side. Managing this business as a family was a given for Aurélie and they took over from their parents who built the business.

Aurélie Bussat

THE LA COLOMBIERE CAMPSITE

At the Domaine La Colombière, the campsite is open from April to October. Another part devoted to holiday rentals (chalets, mobile homes and apartments) is open all year round. On this modestly-sized estate, family values are passed on to the staff and to guests. Aurélie’s role is varied and she works hard every day to make sure guests have an enjoyable stay on the campsite and in the region. Aurélie and her family offer an all-round experience for their guests, thanks to the wide range of activities on offer in the area and also thanks to the establishment’s ‘Accueil Vélo’ certification. This is a chosen location for the Sentiers de Neydens association which means the marked-out hiking routes have recently been given a makeover. From the campsite, there are routes ranging from between 2 and 18 km and also a section of the Santiago de Compostela route so guests have some great walks to choose from. Despite her busy work schedule, Aurélie makes the most of the region’s scenery by hiking and MTB in her free time, to clear her mind and get some fresh air. On summer evenings, she enjoys walking to La Thuile from her house. She has a soft spot for this place, and is also passionate about her profession which she finds rewarding on a daily basis.

What if you were...
MONTS DE GENÈVE

Salève

A PLACE

The great outdoors

A DISH

A sauce dish

AN ACTIVITY

Hiking

A PERFECT DAY

Having the whole day off to disconnect and come back regenerated.

THE 4 ELEMENTS

Earth

A SONG

Rock

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