The building dates back to the start of the 20th century. The basement was used as a stable for livestock while hay was stored up in the barn. The structure was rebuilt in the 1980s after being completely destroyed by a fire.
The new stable was home to several Hérens “queens”* until 2010, when the owners decided to move them to a cowshed outside the village.
*In Valais, Hérens cows are renowned for their belligerent disposition. During the “inalpe”, when the cattle make their spring journey up to the mountain pastures, the cows lock horns and fight each other. The strongest cow is crowned “queen” and leads the herd throughout the summer.
After four years of work, Jean has given the building a third lease of life dedicated to tourist accommodation.