From the start of the renovation to the creation of the final luxury mountain chalet we’ve tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible so if you’re interested in that too, read on.
All our timber – from giant roof rafters to structural beams – is either reclaimed or certified from sustainable sources such as FSC and PEFC. The stone walls are pointed and rendered with traditional lime cement and we have used absolute minimal concrete throughout the build. All windows and doors have extra thick glazing and wooden frames, again made from sustainable sources, and the building is well-insulated throughout. A real labour of love was collecting unwanted roof tiles from different old buildings across the valley over two years in order to re-tile our roof!
In the chalet
All toilets are dual flush, taps and showers are energy efficient and toilet paper is FSC certified. Our complimentary toiletries are from Voya – an iconic Irish organic beauty range based on hand-harvested seaweed – and our delicious smelling room diffusers are from Neom’s organic selection. We use low energy light bulbs throughout the chalet, appliances are A+ rated energy efficient, and all cleaning products are certified chemical free.
In the kitchen
We have a compost in the garden for food waste and we encourage our summer self-catered guests to recycle paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, plastic, and cooking oil.
In the garden and the swimming pool
We never use chemicals in our garden and all landscaping has been done using local materials. All wood used for our terraces, decking and the swimming pool structure is certified FSC. The swimming pool is heated using an air source heap pump which works by drawing cold air from the outside via a fan. Energy is extracted from the air and converts to heating the swimming pool water. Air source heap pumps are 300% efficient – for every kilowatt of electricty it uses it generates 3kw of energy. We don’t use chlorine or bromide in our swimming pool – the water is kept clean and safe using Active Oxygen which also has the added benefit of being kind on your skin and eyes.