Our philosophy of.....
These days there are topics like functionality, footprints etc., which are definitely very important. We try to shift the focus and effort of our activity to beauty and authenticity. When you visit us, you will be surrounded by “real” materials, combined with a modern twist of what remains of the atmosphere of the serenity of the past. With this atypical approach, we would like to inspire you during an unforgettable stay.
Let’s talk about…. Wabi Sabi
All our compositions/choices are inspired by the Wabi Sabi philosophy. This philosophy, originally from Japan, which seems to be quite atypical and opposed to the mainstream, reminds you that time goes by and that there will eventually be an end. This philosophy explains the fascination we have when we are in the presence of such deep beauty of Japanese objects like a tea bowl or others….
This concept celebrates the way natural and authentic materials get old over time and the required commitment to take care of them in a gentle and respectful manner.
You can find a lot of examples related to the Wabi Sabi philosophy: concrete floor, table made of massive wood, old restored wooden floors, traditional lime plaster etc…
Let’s talk about…. Old/new
The concept of the building’s restoration was driven by the research of the gentle balance between old/new, where a maximum of respect was given to preserve and take care of the old parts/objects of the building (old sealings, old shop windows, old doors, etc.…).
Regarding the new elements, you’ll find a composition of modern/contemporary language (black box in the kitchen, wall covered in plywood). This composed philosophy can also be seen outside: where the old Tailor’s workshop used to be located, a modern building takes place, elevated in yellow concrete walls, which preserves/interprets the values from the Château de Beaufort in a conceptual way.
Let’s talk about… Ecological footprint
The decision to restore and respect the old building by not destroying/rebuilding it, is itself a major milestone regarding our ecological footprint. The buildings were restored in a gentle and low energy cost way when it comes to the technical features. Moreover, it’s good to know that the buildings has no air-conditioning, which considerably reduces the energy consumption.
The extensive heat during the summer is reduced in a passive way, with the help of the thick walls, the small windows on the south side and the big openings on the garden’s side, shadowed by big trees. During the winter, the heating is implemented using a highly efficient modern system. Furthermore, the energy consumption is diminished thanks to the fact that we try to “keep the heat inside” at all times.
Let’s talk about… Bedding
Regarding the size of the beds, we deliberately chose the dimensions 200 x 140 cm, allowing our customers to enjoy a “classic bed experience”. This enables everyone to get nice and cosy. The beds are covered by a very generous duvet of size 240 x 220 cm, to make sure that there is enough “protection” for everyone.
In addition, high quality mattrasses were selected for the beds.
An interesting fact is that they are composed of 100% ecological cotton, made in France. The washing of the bedding and the cleaning is also done by using ecological products.
The natural materials and the way everything gets cleaned, gives a fresh and healthy atmosphere.
Let's talk about water. Be aware…
There is a limited of hot water for taking a shower (between 10 and 15 minutes). This is not special done to reduce your ecological footprint and also not done by fact that the owner of the castle is an ex special forces (only showers cold…) but by the simple fact that the old walls and the spaces in the castle don’t gives more opportunities to produce more hot water. We are really sorry for this inconvenience and propose you 3 solutions:
1. If you are two take your shower together...;-)
2. Shower 10-15 minuts, relax, repeat….;-)
3. Shower like a special forces guy….;-)
Let's talk about... Airco
The castle was build in 1634 in very thick and heavy walls. During the restoration we took the decision to heighten the insulation standard & not to put an AC to respect the authenticity of the building & the beauty of the composition…
Today the building is a comfortable place who stays quite fresh during summer time (because of the inertie of the big walls), but it’s for sure not as cold as an AC😉.
Let's talk about... Old stairs, full of stories
The castle has a 400 year old staircase, when you're silent, you can hear the stories... We don't have an elevator. Struggling with stairs? Then our Peggy's Belle Époque room on the ground floor is the best choice. Do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to advise.
May we invite you to share this beauty with us?
Mayke & Pascal