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The Domaine en Praël is an historic property surrounding a building of grand standing tastefully renovated into modest vacation apartments and light filled airy rooms for seminars and receptions. The Nozon River, which lends it name to this lush green valley, passes through the property and contributes the soothing sound of running water to the Domaines gardens, where your reception or family gatherings can take place.

The Domaine en Praël is located a few steps from Romainmôtier , which is well known for its mediaeval architecture and the oldest church in Switzerland. The charming town center seduces visitors with it’s small galleries and shops while the surrounding countryside offers numerous walking paths, lovely scenery and a natural reserve. Located in the Vaud countryside at the base of the Jura mountains, the Domaine serves as an excellent base for exploring both the Lac de Joux as well as Orbe, Vallorbe and Yverdon les Bains.

With foundations dating back to the 12th century, the building has in the past served as an iron forge, a tile factory and most recently a fish farm. Vestiges of these past uses remain on the property today. The name Praël dates back to the time of the initial monastery in the 6th century and comes from the latin “pratulum” or little meadow. The monks came from St. Romains monastery which today gives us the name Romainmôtier .

Michael and Alison Anobile began renovation work on the building in 2004 and on the property in 2006. In 2009 they opened their Centre for Natural Discovery where guests can participate in workshops and weekend retreats focused on healthy lifestyle choices and sustainable living – as they themselves experience. Offerings include personal coaching sessions along with seasonal celebrations and sacred dance programmes. These will take place in the seven-circuit classic labyrinth now installed in the old apple orchard, where the monks once harvested their fruit.