Our sustainable approach to mountain holidays 

We care about our impact on local environment and the quality and sources of the food we serve. We try to minimize our environmental impact and resource use, and, as owner-operators, we keep a close eye on our staff to ensure they do the same.

Our sustainable approach means we:

  1. Buy organic, free range and seasonal produce where possible, and try to support local artisans and farmers by sourcing from local organic and free range farms or market gardeners where we can
  2. Are starting to grow and preserve our own vegetables, and buy many of our ingredients in bulk from local organic wholesalers
  3. Compost kitchen waste and recycle tins, plastic bottles, glass, paper and cardboard (and we encourage guests to do the same)
  4. Use organic and environmentally friendly cleaning products where possible and reduce the use of detergents and electricity by only changing towels and bed linen on request
  5. Don’t provide bottled water, but will arrange water filters for guests if required (we’ve been drinking the local tap water for 8 years without problems)
  6. Offer flexible B&B as well as half board and catered accommodation, and actively encourage our guests to try the excellent local restaurants, rather than just eating in the chalet dining room
  7. Use log stoves (not inefficient open fires) as the primary means of heating the living areas, fuelled by wood sustainably sourced from local woodcutters
  8. Encourage guests to be mindful of their impact on the delicate alpine environment and not to drop litter and cigarette butts, or to ski off-piste without a proper guide
  9. Offer information on activities in the area and will happily help arrange activities for guests
  10. Encourage our guests to employ local guides and hire equipment from local shops
  11. Encourage guests to come by train by offering free station transfers and a 5% price reduction
  12. Try to keep our energy consumption to the minimum. The house is well-insulated and the windows thickly glazed. The electric radiators in the rooms are thermostatic (often guests find the rooms are so well insulated they don’t need them on at all!)
  13. Have mostly A and AA rated appliances, and an increasing amount of low energy lighting
  14. Encourage guests to use the village shuttle bus or our courtesy minibus to get to the lifts, rather than using their own cars
  15. Don’t do mailshots or have printed brochures, and keep paper use to a minimum