«When you buy these two wonderful homes, you feel a special sense of responsibility: you've not just become an owner, you've become responsible for a much broader vision. It's a question of social issues, of employee well-being, but also of harmony with the village, the associations and the elders. Suddenly, you're part of an exceptional living environment: the river, the remarkable trees, the outcrops of water. You'd never think of pouring concrete or uprooting trees. In the end, we're not the real owners of these inhabited places, we're just there with them.»
Séverine PÉTILAIRE-BELLET, owner of Hostellerie de Levernois and Château Sainte Sabine.
All this translates into commitments that go beyond waste reduction. Two beehives have been set up in the park, taking advantage of the flowering fallow and melliferous plants in the park's eight hectares. They cohabit with the animals that live out there, such as jackrabbits, ducks and mallards, as well as the two donkeys and numerous fallow deer. The château's formerly paved courtyard, has been recently replaced by a kitchen garden. All these areas are fed by a drip system that guarantees limited watering at cooler times. The Chef uses the park and kitchen garden's aromatic herbs to compose his menus. The forests are his playground, especially those of Morvan, his native region, where he picks his favorite mushrooms every year to offer them at his table.
Local businesses also contribute to this spirit of proximity: poultry, lamb, pigeon, fruit and vegetables to the max, not forgetting the local artisans who supply our little boutique: Secrets Incomparables spreads (Beaune), Burgundy blackcurrant hydrolat from Ferme Fruirouge (Nuits-Saint-Georges), ceramics from Atelier JuLy (Meursault), Flavigny aniseed (Flavigny-sur-Ozerain).
Renovations are carried out with the help of local businesses and craftsmen, and we furnish our rooms, halls and lounges with furniture found locally. The Château Sainte Sabine and the Hostellerie de Levernois also organize regular "garage-sales" to sell off our old supplies at low prices.
«For us, it's fundamental to be in the wake of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This voluntary integration by companies of social and environmental concerns into their activities is for us a matter of course, and a sincere guide to our decisions and orientations. Beyond a good conscience, it's also a fulfilling motivation for our work and decision-making.»
Axel NÉRIN, General Manager of both hotels.