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A hospital town / A strong tradition of medical and hospital care 

This hospital town was founded in the twentieth century with the opening of the" Hauteville Sanatorium" on the 23 August 1900. It soon became known as the Sanatorium Felix Mangini, Dr. Jean François Dumarest, who lived and worked on the Plateau, had noticed the beneficial effects of the exceptional climate and clean air on many of his patients, especially those suffering from "consumption". His medical friends and colleagues from hospitals in Lyon began to entrust their patients to him.


His son, Dr. Frederick Dumarest, decided to devote himself to the fight against tuberculosis and to the creation of a sanatorium in Hauteville. He presented his project to Felix Mangini, who had founded an Organisation studying Tuberculosis in Lyon. Frédéric Dumarest then travelled to Germany and Switzerland to study the architecture and operation of sanatoria existing in those countries. In this way the first French sanatorium was founded, with the specific aim of treating the poor. It was also the first sanatorium built in a mountain climate. Its success was immediate. From that time, the growth of the resort continued with the establishment of the Bellecombe Sanatorium and the Belligneux Sanatoriuma.


This momentum was interrupted by the war of 1914-18, but in 1920 the French Red Cross turned Lompnes Castle into a sanatorium, originally intended for the military. A boom period followed, as the sick flocked in from France and Europe, attracted by the fame of the resort and its founder. New sanatoria, public and private hotels and Nursing Homes opened successively at an accelerated pace. Eventually, there was a total of 30 doctors working at the resort’s various sanatoria. General hospital jobs rose to over a thousand, and this in turn was followed by a growing number of professional builders, hotel workers and commercial tradesmen. Thus began the development of the resort: together with all the necessary infrastructures of mains water distribution and sewer systems, a Syndicate for Development and Initiative, and a Nursing School...


Today, the Plateau is known for its technical expertise and the quality of its healthcare services in the field of rehabilitation and re-education.


A modern therapeutic approach to medical intervention is available, with a variety of  specialties on offer:

  • Re-education
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Sports Traumatology
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Pneumonology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Convalescent facilities

Today, there are many well-equipped specialist public and private institutions on the Plateau d'Hauteville making it a top ranking hospital centre, covering numerous pathologies and offering patients a high quality caring environment.


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With all its natural assets, the quality of its facilities and its services, the Plateau d'Hauteville has become a natural mecca of sporting activity. It is able to provide intensive physical preparation, introductory and refresher courses or just ‘oxygenation’... It’s not a coincidence that top teams, dedicated amateurs and future champions have all chosen to come to this area for their training.

An Infrastructure at the Service of Achievement

In order to provide the optimal training conditions for our sports visitors, the Plateau d'Hauteville has a rich infrastructure to maximize individual achievement.

  • There are two sports halls and a gym;
  • a second gym dedicated to Martial Arts,
  • an indoor heated pool,
  • three outdoor tennis courts,
  • 5 acres of turfed sports fields for football and rugby,
  • changing facilities for 130 players,
  • a meeting room, an infirmary and accommodation for referees;
  • a route for an orienteering course,
  • with permanent circuits for cycle cross and jogging,
  • a covered bowling centre with four courts,
  • and a fitness trail.

Some of the top level athletes from the Plateau include: 

Joseph CARRARA, racing cyclist

No inhabitant of the Plateau has forgotten the brilliant cyclist Joseph Carrara, who wore the colours of the Hauteville Lompnes Cycle Club for more than a decade.


Born in 1938, he was passionate about cycling, quickly becoming one of the best members of the Hauteville Cycle Club. It was here that he began his   successful cycling career.


A few years later, a star was born! Joseph Carrara was small in size but had a huge talent. On 22 May 1957, he won his first victory at Beny. In 1957, he won a total of eight victories, and in 1958, six more victories were registered to his name, In March 1959, he showed his family his first winner’s jersey of the Tour de France.


Then he did his military service in Algeria, where he won the Oran Championship Chase. On his return to France in 1960, he resumed competitive cycling, and gained new victories. He then turned professional, joining the Liberia Grammont Team. He won a stage of the Giro d'Italia, where he finished second in the Grand Prix de la Montagne.


In 1964, he won eight stages around Catalonia and finished as the winner of the Tour. Many other successes were added to his impressive list: he won prizes at Antibes, Thizy, and Auxerre; he was third in the Paris-Luxembourg race. He ended his racing career in 1967.

Roger Pingeon, racing cyclist

Turning professional in 1965 with the Peugeot team, Roger Pingeon was one of the revelations of the 1965 Tour de France, finishing in 12th place. His eighth place in the 1966 Tour de France and his brilliant form during the spring of 1967, encouraged Marcel Bidot, coach of the French National Team, to retain Pingeon as one of the three team leaders, along with Lucien Aimar and Raymond Poulidor, for the 1967 Tour de France. Author of a long solo breakaway in the fifth stage of the Tour Leg-Roubaix, Roger Pingeon won the yellow jersey.


In 1968, he was again in the French Team and won two stages after once again streaking into the lead. A few weeks later, Roger finished second in the championship of the French Road Race to Aubenas.


1969 saw Roger Pingeon, winning the Tour of Spain, thanks to a breakaway in the mountains. In the 1969 Tour de France, he was the most serious opponent of Eddy Merckx, and he won the Chamonix stage, ending the Tour in 2nd place.


Roger Pingeon will be remembered as a great racer, full of panache, he carefully studied the course, didn’t hesitate to engage in long breakaways, but sometimes yielded too easily to discouragement.

Benoit CARRARA, skier

Benoit Carrara was born on 7 May 1926 in Hauteville-Lompnes. He participated in the Winter Olympic Games of 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1960 and was the flagholder for the French Team at Squaw Valley 

Simon DESTHIEUX, world champion

This biathlete is a native of the Plateau d'Hauteville, and his potential was first revealed when he won the gold medal in the 15km individual race at Nove Mesto.


It is no coincidence to see this great hope of the French biathlon become a world champion, as his family is also involved in the sport. His father, a doctor, is president of the Lompnes Ski Club. His mother also works in the club. Baptiste, his older brother, is national coach for the biathlon and Stephen, the youngest member of the family, already shows great promise. 


Henriette d'Angeville (1794 - 1871)

Henriette of Angeville, daughter of Jean-Baptiste of Angeville de Beaumont. Henriette was born in Semur en Auxois, on March 10, 1794. On arriving at  Lompnes, Henriette soon  began to show an independent and somewhat whimsical character. She was fascinated by Mont Blanc. While staying in Geneva in 1848, she organized the expedition that was to lead to an ascent of Mont Blanc. She is said to have been the first woman to climb Mont Blanc. At the age of 69, she made the 3214m ascent to the summit of the Oldenhorn. She died in Lausanne in 1871. In 1903, her remains were brought back to the cemetery of Angeville.


Her brother Adolphe Angeville, born May 20, 1796 had an exemplary career. He was Mayor of Lompnes from February 1826 to December 1849, and he was also General Counsellor and Deputy of Ain. In 1825, he created the first cheese factory on the Plateau.

Alphonse Angeville died May 16, 1856.


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Dr. Frédéric Dumarest (1870 – 1951)

Son of Dr. J.F. Dumarest, a general physician and author of a manuscript entitled "Hauteville-Lompnes, the Mountain Resort of Bugey," F. Dumarest devoted his life to the medical and social fight against tuberculosis; he created the first popular French sanatorium, which was named after Felix Mangini. He wrote various works on sanatorium treatments, the study and rehabilitation of tubercular patients; medical climatology; and tuberculosis and war. In 1908, he was the first doctor in France to introduce a treatment for pneumothorax invented by his teacher, Forlanini.

Les Ouvrages

    • Touristic and Archaeological Riches of the District of Hauteville - Pre-inventory - 25 €
    • Hauteville-Lompnes en Bugey – A High Altitude Climatic Resort by Jean Dumarest - 25 €
    • The Notebooks of Dreffia n ° 1 to n ° 18 - Association "The Dreffia" - 8 € each
    • The Lords and Lordships of the Plateau d'Hauteville-Lompnes by Thierry David Faure - 25 €
    • Tales from the Manor of Lompnes the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by "Friends of the Archives de l'Ain" and "Dreffia" - 25 €
    • The Schools of Cormaranche en Bugey by Yann Cruiziat - 20 €
    • In the Old Days... The Plateau d'Hauteville-Brénod by "The Dreffia" - 15 €
    • The Dialect of Prémillieu by Raymond Gramusset - 15 €
    • The Enigma of Planafay by Marcel Monnier
    • The Water Mills of Bugey: 85 Mills in the Upper Basin of the Albarine
  • The origins of Cormaranche en Bugey until 1814, by Yann Cruizat23 €


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