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- Chateau de la Resle

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Location

Montigny la Resle, Burgundy, France


Nearest train station

Bahnhof Auxerre Saint-Gervais


Architecture

Johan Bouman, Pieter Franssens


The Originals

Johan Bouman

Set in an ivy-wrapped manor house in the winemaking region of Burgundy, not far from Chablis, Château de la Resle has the charm of a well-loved private home. Originally built in the 17th century, the hotel sits on two hectares of landscaped gardens with glasshouses, orchards, and a vegetable garden. Working to show that luxury and sustainability can go hand-in-hand, breakfast is an indulgent affair of organic and local products; the hotel has opted not to serve meat in the mornings. Château de la Resle encourages guests to slow down and explore by bike or foot rather than drive. For oenophiles, staying local is easy in Burgundy—the château makes and serves its own wine.

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Architecture

The hotel worked with local craftsmen who understand regional challenges, used renewable energy sources, and upgraded insolation.

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Waste

Château de la Resle buys bulk items, separates waste, and uses reusable packaging when possible.

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Energy

Double glazing, renewable energy, and energy management are used in the old building.  

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Water

The château produces clean drinking water to reduce transportation and glass consumption.

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Products & Produce

Food suppliers are local and organic and consumption of animal protein is reduced (e.g. no meat at breakfast).

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Culture

The château is home to a large collection of contemporary art, featuring artists that work in a planet-conscious way. This is always an invitation for a conversation with guests.

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Recreation

There are electric bikes for guests to use, private yoga sessions, restorative massages, and meditation sessions.

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Accessibility

As a car is needed to reach the countryside, electric cars can be charged on-site. While on property, guests are encouraged to bike and walk rather than drive.

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Healthy Workplace

The team is small and close-knit. Each person has their own specialty, but all work together to make the château special.

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Communication

The team has written a manifesto that explains their view on current developments in the world.

Learn about our Conscious Hotel Principles

What is your sustainability philosophy?

We focus on short-distance travel and the beauty of the countryside, combining luxury and sustainability.

 

How do you forge a connection to the local community and cultural surroundings?

Connecting with the local community is essential in the country. Working with local producers, winemakers, and craftsmen is a natural part of the process.

 

What do you see as the biggest sustainability hurdle for hotels? How are you combating that?

The biggest hurdle is not the destination itself but travel in general. There is an inherent conflict between creating a sustainable destination that then motivates people from around the world to board a plane and travel long distances. We try to focus on local travel, preferably within Europe.

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