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In France a historical monument is a monument or an object which has been awarded a legal status meant to protect it because of its historical, artistic and/or architectural interest. Two levels of protection exist: a monument may be classified or registered, classification being the higher level of protection.
This protection involves, in buildings, all or a part of the building, the exterior, the interior and its surroundings.
In order to improve the quality of tourist services in France, and to provide the best welcome possible, the French government has created the brand Qualité Tourisme™.
This brand selects and groups together under the same symbol the quality processes set in place to satisfy you in hospitality, tourism rentals, resorts, campgrounds, catering, cafés and bars, seasonal rental agencies, tourist offices, local attractions and open air activities.
The label "Jardin remarquable" ("remarkable garden") was created thanks to the proposals of the French National Council of Parks and Gardens, a new institution which has been part of the Ministry of Culture and Communication since May of 2003. It points out to the community whose design, plantings and upkeep are at a remarkable level, be they private or public spaces, protected or not by their relationship to monuments and sites.
Our commitment for responsible tourism at the Château de la Ballue

Tourism, more than almost any other activity, requires the safeguarding of the environment, and consumers seeking ecological vacations are more and more demanding.
Beyond the unparalleled quality of the services given to their clients, the Château de la Ballue offers tourist housing which takes into consideration the environmental impact of the establishment. Key elements in the certification are a reduction of energy and water consumption and waste management. Feel free to read more about our environmental policy and our commitment to responsible eco‑tourism. Thank you for supporting our cause. We are available to listen to your suggestions and to give you further information.
Environmental Policy and commitment to responsible eco-tourism

Our commitment:

Concerned about actively safeguarding the environment and aware of what is at stake in the tourism sector, the Château de la Ballue is committed to developing at this historical 17th century monument a sustainable tourism which respects and sustains in the long term the natural, cultural and social resources of the site and the region.
In order to reduce its ecological footprint by consistently improving its environmental awareness and performance and offering its clients quality services, the Château has laid out the following objectives:
  • Reduce energy consumption and choose renewable energies,
  • Optimise water consumption,
  • Limit the production waste, ensuring that it is correctly sorted and distributed,
  • Choose renewable resources and substances which are less dangerous for the environment,
  • Continue to develop the use of local and farm-raised products …
  • Faciliate communication and education about environmental matters. 

Our environmental approach:

In order to facilitate these changes, the Château de la Ballue has implemented the following measures:
  • Electrical energy consumption produced 50% from renewable energy sources,
  • Using ecologically improved lightbulbs,
  • Placement of flow controllers on all fixtures to facilitate economic usage of water,
  • Placement of waste baskets and garbage cans to help with sorting water, composting on site,
  • The use of "eco-label" products for household cleaning and offering beauty products which are Ecolabelised, Ecocert and labeled BIO,
  • Alternative management of some of our green spaces, to facilitate the expression of biodiversity (Bois des Bouleaux and the Prairies des Douves)
  • Ecological management of the ensemble of the Gardens of La Ballue: no insecticides, weed killer. Mulching, controlled watering with spring water and rain water collection, the introduction of bee hives.
  • We invite our clientele to join us in these initiatives and to encourage others to participate in them.

We encourage our clientele to offer us their own suggestions toward improving our environmental actions.
Bazouges-la-Pérouse, December 11th 2012
Marie-Françoise MATHIOT-MATHON