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As an ex-professional Scuba teacher with a passionate, professional knowledge of the sea and its biology, Hotel owner Edmond Cridel has sought to create a genuinely ‘light footprint’ hotel and taken every step to minimize environmental impact both in its design and use. In the building’s construction reclaimed timber, stone and tiles predominate , but fascinating natural artefacts such as flotsam driftwood found on the shore or petrified timber collected from mountain forests have been incorporated into the free-flowing architecture of the rooms and their many terraces. Where reclamation has not been able to serve, materials are all locally-sourced from managed, sustainable or low-impact producers.
This policy of care and genuine love of the natural environment expressed through the eclectic mix of plant life and fixed structures extends throughout the property as a whole and without doubt contributes to the palpable atmosphere of harmony and sense of ‘belonging’, upon which so many visitors remark. Additionally, modern eco-systems and technologies have been strategically deployed for both the production and conservation of energy and water required in the necessary quantity to deliver high level comfort with minimal environmental impact:
Ces quelques exemples vous feront peut-être comprendre pourquoi il se dégage une telle sensation d’harmonie et de sérénité dans son Lodge.
• Swirl-jets taps, twin flushing cisterns
• Natural freshwater well
• Policy of collaboration with clients to conserve water through minimal laundering
• Drip-feed irrigation and/or grey-water recycling
• Phosphate-free washing powders & detergents
• Fully organic regime in both flower and the kitchen gardens supplying produce to the restaurant
• Solar-thermal hot water
• Hard waste recycling and food/green waste composting
• Low energy or LED lighting
• Participant in communal water-treatment system for mains water recycling