Environmental commitments at
Domaine et Château de Valinches,
for even greener grounds.
« Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. »
(The Dalaï lama)
If we were to sum up Domaine de Valinches in two words, these would have to be “nature” and “heritage”. “Nature”, because the Domaine is nestled in a bucolic setting of 15 hectares of parkland, in the heart of the Forez mountains, surrounded by majestic trees and a charming pond. And “heritage”, because Château de Valinches is one of the cultural gems of the medieval town of Marols, which was elected Most Beautiful Village in the Loire in 2022.
Early on, Domaine et Château de Valinches spontaneously rolled out a strategy aimed at preserving the grounds’ architectural and natural heritage. Far from stemming from a CSR obligation or corporate trend, the Domaine’s avant-garde desire to implement sustainable development initiatives is the result of new owners Muriel and Bruno’s firm commitment to environmentally responsible practices. Their vision was to turn the hotel and Château de Valinches into a haven of well-being, combining the traditional charm of the stone architecture, the modern comfort of top-quality services, and tangible respect for the environment, including through a commitment to resorting to local food networks.
- 15 hectares of pure nature with majestic, 200-year-old trees
- Commitment to environmentally responsible practices and sustainable development
- Respect for nature and nature preservation
- Increased attention to animal and plant life
- On-site vegetable garden initiative
- Electric vehicles or animal-drawn carts to move around estate grounds
- Electrical maintenance appliances, no pesticides, no chemical substances, organic weeding
- Low-energy infrastructure objective for all renovation projects (French “BBC” certification)
- Geothermal heating in all buildings
- Wide choice of open-air activities
- Fitness trail and promotion of the benefits of physical activity
Domaine et Château de Valinches’s commitment to protecting the environment
From biodiversity, to energy, water, recycling, to “green” purchases, and a no-waste attitude, Domaine de Valinches’s overall management strategy adheres to an environmentally responsible sustainable development approach. To heat and cool the indoor premises on the estate, Château de Valinches set up the largest geothermal facility in the entire Loire department and aims to obtain BBC certification for all its renovation projects. These initiatives provide fully decarbonised renewable energy without having to sacrifice any aspect of quality, modern-world comfort.
Furthering its efforts to promote heritage and preserve nature, Domaine et Château de Valinches is also committed to enforcing a local approach as much as possible with regard to both products and services.
As such, for maintenance and renovation projects, the Domaine involves local businesses on a systematic basis, and electric vehicles are used for getting around on the grounds. Beyond the ecological aspects, this strategy also falls in line with local traditions, calling on the know-how and passion of experienced local craftspeople.
The mattresses and bed linen in our hotel rooms are all made in France and the hygiene products we provide and cleaning products we use all have eco-friendly certifications. Our bathroom renovation projects, predominantly feature European acacia wood, thus excluding the use of conventional timber such as teak or Ipe that carry a disastrous ecological impact. Single-use plastic bottles are also banned throughout the premises, and reusable or recyclable materials are used instead.
The restaurant Chef and his kitchen brigades are looking to start their very own vegetable garden. Weeding will be performed using boiling water, as it is already the case throughout the estate, and pest control will comply with the core principles of organic farming (insecticidal soap, for example).