Healthy living and eating are the order of the day off the beaten track in central France, from homemade apple juice to Ayurvedic massage. Come discover our isolated hamlet, at the end of a cul-de-sac, nestled in the hills halfway between rivers and volcanoes. Enjoy a taste of nature!
We live here since 1996, in this beautiful area of the Combrailles d’Auvergne. This is where, at the northern tip of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park, we raised our four boys. Particularly attached to our convictions and our rural origins from other regions (Poitou and Berry), it is very naturally that we set up the tourist accommodation activity, our desire being to share with a greater number of people the quality of life in which we were already involving our loved ones, while preserving the calm of the place. Our choice remained on a small structure to be able to continue to advocate these advantages: tranquillity, sharing, exchanges.
We have been awarded Clef Verte!
What we perceive as obvious in our way of life is not shared by the majority of people, in reality! We therefore felt it was necessary to communicate on our approach and our environmental practices.
It is a matter of course and instinct that we strive to contribute to sustainable development:
From the beginning :
Les Eydieux is one of the first two Nattitude accommodations, an initiative set up by the Auvergne Region; this network of excellence, a source of emulation for the region, encourages exchanges between hotel, gîte, campsite and B&B operators, and offers concrete tools and innovative solutions; https://www.esprit-nattitude.fr/.
We reduce our environmental impact on the entire tourist structure: catering, laundry, green spaces, cleaning of rooms and common areas…
by limiting energy and water consumption (taps equipped with aerators, LED lighting, signs in toilets and bathrooms)
by limiting the production of waste (oral explanation and signs for compost and waste sorting); no phytosanitary products are used; all weeding of the paths is done by hand; the compost is reused in the vegetable garden, which follows the permaculture principle.
by promoting the use of renewable resources (production of heat and DHW by centralized heating from shredded wood, designed and installed by L.E.Energie, a local company) and substances that are not dangerous for the environment (certified cleaning and hygiene products)
by communicating with our guests and through environmental education activities
Because for us, the environment, its respect and its preservation, contributes to the well being of the human being, we propose other activities: Gathering and Cooking of wild plants, Climbing in the trees, Family products with ethology around the donkey, magic forest and breathing, Ayurveda, Qi Gong…. as well as the discovery of the Territory under a “slow” mode in 2CV with a locavore picnic, in electrically-assisted mountain bike (VAE)…
The Impacts that we hope to achieve are the attractiveness of what we propose by raising awareness of SD, the rediscovery of our clients of simplicity, naturalness (herbal teas, edible plants, escapade in 2CV, ….) and rejuvenation (Ayurveda, Qi Gong…)
The mobilisation of our partners is a synergy between all these local actors, whether they are producers, restaurateurs, tourism professionals (OT, CRT…), other accommodation providers, promotional agencies….. to give our visitors a sustainable rural experience, full of discoveries and exchanges.
We have set up with the local producer Cécilie des “Belles de Savon” guest soaps, without packaging and with a precise weight so as not to produce additional waste and to avoid wastage…
We also work with a work reintegration laundry for some of the bed linen
For the management of green spaces, composting, gardening, no phytosanitary products are used; all weeding of the paths is done by hand, the compost is reused in the vegetable garden which follows the permaculture principle.
Purchases are made in a reasoned manner: “all that is necessary and just what is necessary” and as much as possible from local producers.
We value and promote local producers by using their products and proposing to our guests to discover them on their own premises.
We offer a tourism that seeks meaning and exchange with a warm and personal welcome; we make our guests aware of the importance of offering them the most enriching and satisfying experience possible; this is also a major challenge of sustainable tourism; it must also allow travellers to become aware of the problems of sustainability by proposing solutions to adopt responsible behaviour.