Of course we also worry about our planet at Castel Camping Château de l’Epervière. By putting into place a certain number of measures, we want to contribute in taking into account our planet a little better. Our efforts resulted in obtaining the Green Key label in 2015. Here’s what we do on our end in Burgundy to minimize our impact on the environment.
Recycling and reducing waste
We sort plastic, glass, cardboard/newspapers/magazines, aluminium (drink and food cans) and house waste on our campsite. You will find our central waste disposal point in the corner of our car park at the entrance of the campsite.
We kindly ask our customers to try and reduce their dialy waste as much as possible (by for instance flattening the cardboard boxes before putting them in the container) and to sort the waste as much as possible.
Reducing our consumption of electric power
Everywhere it’s possible on site, we aim to replace all traditional lightbulbs by either economic ones and of course mainly LED lights (all our rental accommodation is already equipped with LED lights). This will reduce the use of electric power and make the lights last longer.
We kindly ask our guests to turn off the lights after using the bath room / sanitary facilities when possible. In our newly renovated toilet block, we have installed movement detectors in many cabins to reduce consumption of electric power.
Reducing our water consumption
Many of our showers and watertaps inside our sanitary blocks are equipped with water reducers. Thus we all use less water, reducing the waterconsumption up to 30 – 40 %, while still enjoying the same comfort in the showers or while washing your hands !
We kindly ask our guests to use water responsibly and to make sure little children do not go to the sanitary facilites on their own.
Use of environmental friendly products
For the cleaning and maintenance of all facilities on our campsite, we exclusively use products that have obtained the label “Ecolabel” or “Ecocert”
At Castel Camping Château de l’Epervière in Burgundy, we try our utmost to make all our guests feel welcome and at ease, with a special attention to disabled people. We aim to improve our campsite every year and particularly try to make our campsite as accessible as possible to everyone. Today, most of our facilities and campsite pitches are easy accessible to everyone.
Our restaurant is housed in the castle on the ground floor, making our vaulted room and terrace very easy to access.
To enter our second restaurant room and the toilets, one needs to go up 2 little steps. This can be easily done with our movable ramp, a member of our staff will be happy to assist.
To access our take away service, one needs to go down a slightly inclined ramp. Our bar and shop are both on the ground floor without any obstacles, so they are both easily accessed.
The swimming pool area is accessible through a gate, a key to open this gate is at your disposal on request at reception.
The reception is now also very easy to access, we have done the necessary work to make the entrance even.
Practical toilet facilities
In the toilet block next to the castle, we have adapted a cabin for disabled people. Washing sink and mirror at special height, shower with folding seat, toilet and shower with handle bars. The cubicle is accessible with a key you can simply ask at reception.
Flat and even parc
Generally speaking, our campsite is suitable for wheelchair users, as all roads are tarmacked and the campsite is very flat and even.
We still have a lot of things to improve to acheive a campsite which is truly accessible for eveyone, we improve things every year. Please let us know if you have any ideas to help us improve the accessibility of our campsite.
For the time being, we unfortunately do not have specially designed rental accommodation for disabled people, however one of our ground floor chateau apartments is fairly accessible yet with no specially adapted bath room.
During the times of the Lords of Brancion, l’Epervière was already known to be a fortress.
The first residents of the right wing (which still exists today) apparently were the Veillaufant family, around 1537. From these days, one can still see the remains of the moat surrounding the château. Many families of importance have lived at l’Epervière, one of whom was the Count of Clugny’s. They built the bridge at the entrance of the court yard (which you can still see today) in 1768.
In 1788, Baron François Julien de Géramb, Knight of the Holy Empire (son of the famous Orion de Géramb, Magnate of Hungry and Minister of Joseph II, Emperor of Austria), gave orders to build the Château as what you can still see today. It includes the old bridge and the right wing from the former, older building.
He reconstructed completely the main central building and put a sculpture of a sparrow hawk on the roof of the pavilion. In 1825, Mrs Durand (born De Géramb) sold the château to Jean-Jacques Marie Huve, (architect to the King Charles X) and Cécile Caillat, his wife.
In 1829, the De Ronfand family bought the château, followed by the De Rotalier family who bought the château in 1834. The De Rotalier family sold the château in 1883 to a business man by the name of Mr Saunier..The following owners were then Mr Merlin and his niece, followed by the Count of Chalon and finally Mr Cyprien Gay, who dedicated 25 years of his life to save this historic building.
What’s in a name
The name “Epervière” is often mixed up with the word “epervier”, which is the French word for sparrow hawk. During the 19th and 20th century, there even has been a statue of a sparrow hawk on the roof of the castle.
However, the actual name “Epervière” is said to be a transformation of the word “perrière”. This is ancient French word meaning quarry. Indeed, the castle and the houses in the surrounding hamlet with the same name, are all built with the stones from this quarry….
Start of the Campsite
To try and finance the necessary investments and restoring work, Mr Gay created the campsite Château de l’Epervière in 1968. After his sudden accidental death in 1992, Mme Gay and her son Christophe continued to develop the campsite and restoring the château, making it a fine 4 star campsite since 1996
Since 2002, the Engel family runs Domaine du Château de l’Epervière and they continue to improve the quality of the campsite, resulting in obtaining the 5-star rating in 2013 and obtaining the Green Key environmental label in 2015.