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We recycle all recyclable materials, compost all organic waste, and are in the process of re-planting our land with locally sourced trees & plants which thrive. Last year it was cherry trees and plums to add to our apple, apricot, cherry, peach, walnut & hazlenuts. And this winter we are planting more.

We heat our buildings with wood taken from our land or local sustainable sources. We have insulated to better than recommended levels to ensure excellent heat retention during winter months (reducing the need for heating) thus also ensuring a cooler environment during summer months.

All labour & materials used in the renovations were locally sourced & with respect to local traditions. We have double glazed all our windows & doors, & use low energy light bulbs wherever possible.

We collect rainwater for vegetable irrigation. We are also in process of researching the use of alternative energy sources e.g wind, solar and are committed to becoming more energy self sufficient.

We lead by example and encourage all our guests to support the local economy. By buying food stuffs (predominantly made up of small/medium scale farms). In our small farm road alone you will find a veitable “route gastronomique”! with farms producing goats cheese, yoghurt, milk, charolai beef, apples, & foie gras all within 1-5km.

We support & recommend to our guests local bars, restaurants, markets & events; the majority of our guests utilise our immediate local amenities on a regular basis. Guests are welcome help themselves to the well stocked veg & herb garden on site, fresh eggs are also available from time to time depending on the performance of our resident chickens!

We encourage our guests to recycle by providing clearly marked bins for sorting, to save energy & water. We recycle up to 60% of our waste. All vegetable kitchen waste is fed to the chickens. Anything that is left, and grass clippings are used for compost.

We have a fosse (non-mains) sewerage filter system on site, which via a well-managed process of naturally occurring bacteria is filtered & ultimately runs clean water into our adjoining field. This waste system focuses us on the use of only bio-friendly products in our garden and home. We have a large selection of brochures for local attractions & events (not just the obvious ones but also those which are less well marketed) we actively encourage the guest’s participation.

We are acutely aware of the need to respect and understand the traditions and values of the region. We encourage our guests to adopt a similar approach to their holiday. We are closely integrated with our local community; our children attend the local school in le Grand Pressigny and we provide support both financially and with our time, helping out at local events.

We strive to use email in our business practices, to keep our office as paper-free as possible. We own one car and by careful planning of our work/leisure/school run requirements we manage to minimise the number of trips made.

Reviews of Baby friendly family accommodation in France

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling from les Limornieres along the road to the local farms to buy yogurts and cheese - with an impromptu tour of the goat milking and cheese making areas by the farmer himself.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Leave your toys and books at home!! Everything you need for a couple of weeks is already there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


You buy your food in the local shops and markets and every attempt is made by the owners to reduce impact on the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cat who had just had kittens and the chickens made the holiday for our 10 month old.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


A car is really useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. A lovely cottage with lovely owners who couldn't do enough to help. We received a lovely warm welcome. The cottage was immaculate. Everything had been thought of. We were travelling with a 10 month old and the cottage had all the necessary equipment and lovely toys. The garden with it's swings and trampoline was fabulous too.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The atmosphere and being able to spend private quality time with my family

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not carry toys with you. They have more than you'll ever need. The cabins are fully equipped and a lot of thought was put in every detail. Travel light.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9/10

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