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Patrick Barbezat

Get ready to enjoy some time to relax and unwind in a unique way in the ‘Cabanes du Salève’.
Patrick Barbezat is ready to welcome you into a world of tranquillity and help you discover the simple pleasures of the countryside…

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“When life goes well, we always end up exactly where we’re supposed to be – and for me, it’s here at the Cabanes du Salève.”

Patrick Barbezat
Les cabanes du Salève

The location

The moment you arrive at Le Salève, the air seems purer and more relaxing.
The location in the middle of the forest is in complete harmony with the surrounding countryside.
Birdsong and the rustling of leaves are the only sounds which can be heard. A path descends gently and runs alongside the first log cabin. The scent of wood fills the air…
Just a little further on, the scene changes completely!

A breath-taking view of the Geneva basin opens up before your eyes. The log cabins belonging to the ‘Cabanes du Salève’ are positioned all around you. There is one cabin in the trees with a swinging chair underneath. It’s proudly guarded by two wooden stags.
Slightly below, a small pond borders two ‘fustes’ (log cabins) which are a bit unusual as their roofs are covered with plants! They blend perfectly into their surroundings. It’s as if they have always been there at the foot of Le Salève.

Here, time seems to pass in a different manner. It goes more slowly, allowing you to fully savour the experience.
It’s an enchanting location full of life and energy. The cabins encapsulate Patrick Barbezat’s passion for wood and nature. This same passion is what lies behind his desire to welcome you to his world and share it with you.

Patrick Barbezat

The founder

The Val-de-Travers region lies in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. There’s a small village bearing the same name in the Jura mountains. Forests bordered by mighty mountains surround this village. These mountains are where Patrick grew up.
In the 1980s, following the quartz crisis, he and his parents had to leave Val-de-Travers. They moved to the canton of Vaud, located between Lausanne and Geneva. After finishing his secondary education in Lausanne, he left to work in Geneva.

“You’ll make a better living in finance than in carpentry,” his father told him. For thirty years, he immersed himself in the world of finance, far from the peaceful world of the countryside.
15 years were spent in currency and precious metals trading and the following years in corporate risk management. He explored many countries and discovered many new cultures during business trips, which helped him enrich his mind and his knowledge. However, a love of the countryside remained deep in his heart.

“I stayed in the world of finance for convenience and not because I was enjoying it.” It was during these years that he met his wife. He became a father to two girls and they moved to Collonges-sous-Salève in France.
He explored Le Salève and, as a keen sportsman, he was able to enjoy some of his favourite sports, including cycling. We’re mentioning this because it’s significant!
It was on the way back from a bike ride (as well as following a series of coincidences) that the Cabanes du Salève entered Patrick’s life. On his way home alone from his ride (which happened very rarely), he passed a sign with a telephone number. He took a picture of it and went home, which was just 10 minutes away. He wasn’t sure at first, but eventually he phoned the number and it’s this call which started his new venture – the Cabanes du Salève!

But was it really a matter of chance?
“It was the result of a chain of events which might seem because of chance. However, I don’t believe in chance.” In any case, as far as Patrick was concerned, there was no question about it.
He left behind all that he had and focused his efforts entirely on his new venture and turning it into a reality. It took two years to complete the project. These were two years of hard work, but when you enjoy what you’re doing, time passes so much more quickly!
The Cabanes du Salève opened in June 2018 and Patrick’s new life began.

One man’s passion has been crystallised into a place where you can be bathed in his philosophy of life.

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