Green Key has been awarded to Rocche di Montexelo holiday house and spa in Italy for its sustainable management and extensive work on the use of local products
Rocche di Montexelo holiday house and spa is located in the Italian municipality of Monticello d'Alba – a UNESCO heritage site and renowned around the world for its hazelnut trees and abundance of truffles.
The choice to be sustainable respecting both the environment and the community was integrated right from the beginning with innovation and use of natural eco-fuels are the main features identified in the management system.
The owner, Irene Ghiazza, has decided to transform hazelnut shells, the main resource of the surrounding area, into a source of heating. The hazelnut shells are considered waste for farmers but are collected and used to feed the boiler.
The establishment has done a range of other sustainability initiatives: solar-thermic energy exchange panels to warm up water for heating system and bathrooms; rainwater collection for irrigation and toilet flushing; lighting entirely LED to guarantee very low energy consumption in all areas; air conditioning lock system by opening doors and windows maximizes efficiency and minimises waste; charging stations supplying bicycles and electric cars; purchase and use of local food; opportunity to consult a wide range of information material on routes to discover the surrounding territory and nature, etc. The establishment is acknowledged as a “net-zero energy building”.
The establishment is located in one of the most ancient villages of the Roero, at the foot of Monticello d'Alba Castle, where guests can enjoy the view directly from the entrance of their apartments. Respect for the environment is one of the priorities of the Rocche di Montexelo holiday house and in this respect, the message sent to all guests is that "You are helping the environment with us!"
For anyone wishing to have a green experience in this period when the truffle season is approaching, try Rocche di Montexelo holiday house and spa that from today is Green Key eco-labelled.