This is the largest web page on our site. We don't want to give lessons to anyone or do any "green-washing". We just present some of the actions we have taken to contribute our little stone to the implementation of sustainable tourism, in a preserved natural environment that we wish to pass on to our children.
So, when you arrive at our place, you will have the impression of being in the heart of nothing... but there are so many lives to protect all around us!
"The best waste is the waste we do not produce".
It is difficult to reach a "zero" waste production but it is simple to limit it.
In each room, we do not use rubbish bags (except for the toilets): the rubbish bin is emptied and cleaned every day, when we clean your room. There are waste recycling bins in the kitchenette for everyone to use. If you have any food leftovers or peelings, please let us know and they will be added to the waste we produce.
In the bathrooms, we do not offer individually wrapped cosmetics, but we do provide tanks of shower gel/shampoo and liquid soap. We use natural products such as vinegar for cleaning the room.
In the kitchen, nothing is lost! Most of our purchases are fresh, non-overpackaged products from local producers. We prefer to buy dry goods in bulk. The composters installed in our vegetable garden take all our fruit and vegetable peelings. Leftover bread can be used for French toast for breakfast. And of course our chickens enjoy what might be left on your plate!
And in the garden? Pruning residues from shrubs are shredded and provide us with an effective mulch for the plantations. The larger branches are fed into the boiler. What comes from the earth goes back to the earth...
Other consumable waste linked to our activity such as light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges, etc. are systematically brought to the collecting points.
It is essential to preserve water and not to waste it.
We have chosen to offer our guests the comfort of large Italian-style showers: no more baths that consume too much water!
The whole house is centrally heated with a new generation wood boiler that is very efficient and low in pollution.
We favour the use of firewood to fill it: locally produced, with very little processing, it is an excellent renewable and cheap source of energy.
To clean the house without chemicals, to bring to our table quality products, to buy only what is necessary is our daily involvement.
For the cleaning of the rooms, we mainly use vinegar, which is very efficient and inexpensive, except during this period of pandemic which requires the use of a virucide. The rooms are aired daily and we do not use air fresheners: do you know a better feeling of freshness than that of bed linen that has dried outside?
We have chosen to control the consumption of laundry products by ensuring their complete maintenance. Laundry detergent and softeners are eco-labelled and bought in bulk. We limit the use of the tumble dryer to a minimum.
From the producers to your plate, we limit middlemen and distances. Fair payment to local producers, fresh and quality products: we favour short channels. Whenever possible, you can even enjoy the products of our small vegetable garden: ultra-short distribution! For breakfast, as for dinner, we always use fresh, seasonal products, prepared in our kitchen by ourselves.
Finally, as consumer actors, we like to give a second life to the objects we use in our daily lives. So don't be surprised to see many objects diverted from their original use for our decoration or old furniture given a makeover.
You are probably wondering what the financial aspect has to do with this page?
It's very simple: by following these measures, in addition to protecting nature and providing you with an exceptional setting for your stay, we greatly reduce the financial costs of running our business. Less water from the network, less electricity, less packaging and processed products, ...
This allows us to offer services that similar structures do not offer and it is as many avoided expenses that we do not have to pass on the selling price of our rooms ( Yes! We are not philanthropists! 😊 ).
Of course, this also brings us constraints: supply from multiple sources, management of the laundry of the house, time spent in the garden or in the maintenance of outdoor spaces, handling of firewood, ...
By remaining "simple artisans of hositality", we consider that it is our part of the work to reconcile the interests of all: yours, ours, those of our children and those of the planet.
Thank you in advance for your help, for your contribution to the respect of these measures and for your stay with us.