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Sustainability

In the era of climate change we feel the need to inform our guest of what we have already done to help our planet.

At Verdmont we are committed to helping the planet; here is what we have already implemented.

Energy

Verdmont is fitted with a large rooftop solar array producing 30kw of energy throughout the day.

Verdmont is equipped with a solar thermal array meaning most hot water for eight months of the year is supplied by the sun.

Laundry is washed in hotter water but minimal detergents and sun dried (UV rays kills germs) reducing plastic waste and energy waste from dryers.

Verdmont has doubled insulation to enable passive heating and cooling.

Our off grid Glamping offerings are virtually zero environmental impact. Using solar rechargeable batteries.

Electric vehicles, the Verdmont taxi is a Tesla full electric car, we also allow EV car charging for our guests.

Water

We supply glass bottles for drinking tap water instead of using plastic bottles, please use them.

We use refillable bottles of soap reducing plastic waste.

Glass filters in the pool allow lower chemical use and lower water waste. Follow pool instructions to lower the need for chemical load.

We collect waste pool water for irrigation.

Plastic and pollution

We use steam to clean eliminating chemical use and the resulting waste plastic bottles.

We recycle as much as possible and encourage our guests to do so.

Biodiversity

80% of the property is left intentionally wild to encourage local flora and fauna. This includes large mammals like deer, wild boar, rabbits, foxes and moles. Birds such as Buzzards, eagles, the nightjar, pheasants, blue tits, owls, swallows and redstart but also insects honey bees, carpenter bees, butterflies , moths. Plants such as wild roses and rare flower species like the native Piemonte orchids.

Please walk our gardens and discover nature.

We reject fertilizers we reject pesticides .

Other

We offer vegetarian options and always buy local produce for our meals and wine reducing impact from shipping and agriculture.

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The beauty of winter

After a day of heavy snow the sun shines down and I am reminded of how important snow is to the vines around us. Currently everything is under a slowly melting white blanket and it is this precipitation that is perfect for wines. Slow release water. That aside it is utterly beautiful wouldn’t you agree? Wishing you all beautiful days from Verdmont.

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Winter

As the days get rapidly shorter and the mercury dips to zero here are a few suggestions of things to do in and around Acqui.

Acqui terme is a year round destination and whilst we do not have mountains there is more than enough fun to go round.

First up, cool down,  we have a real ice rink in Piazza Italia this year, so if skating around it is your thing, come along. Equipment is available for hire.

Next, warm up, there is nothing quite like warming yourself from the inside out with a spa visit, remember we have the boiling sulphur waters right here so you can enjoy a percorso or a soothing mud treament in either resort, Lago del Sorgente or Hotel terme.

Eat well, unlike many other regions Piemonte cuisine is at its absolute best during the winter, dishes featuring mushrooms, wild game, matured cheeses and comfort food.Not to forget the adored white truffle pictured above at Acqui annual Sapori festival.

Drink well, the wine is red, rich, deep and welcoming, need I say more?

Whilst winter is not always said to be the best season with a dusting of snow or frost this valley really is a winter wonderland.

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Take time to feel

It is a brilliant November day here in Acqui Terme Piemonte and after a horrendous few days of storms it looks fabulous, the air, the sky, the water drops sparkling in the trees. Just makes you glad to live on such a precious planet. So I wanted to share some nature shots from literally a step outside the doors of Verdmont. Right outside The Room at Verdmont.

Towards the end of the month we have a wonderful fair in Acqui featuring the famous white truffle but more than that there are a wide variety of local foods, cheese, honey, snacks , pastas preserves and wines to try and to buy. I usually take alot home to give as Christmas gifts or for the Christmas table.

The event is Mostra di Tartufo Acqui Sapori, very catchy title but it is on 25 November 2018 so save the date!

Happy truffle or Porcini hunting, the weather is a perfect combination of damp and mild conditions. Perfect for autumn risotto!

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As summer draws to a close

We embrace the beautiful colours of autumn here in Piemonte the vineyards are just about bursting into fiery shades of yellow , red and finally tans and browns to herald the rest period.

The mornings are cool with a dense fog that rolls back during the morning to make way for the sunshine.

But whilst you are admiring the view there are plenty of things to taste from the famous white truffle many restaurants will not feature dishes garnished with truffle shavings and of course the black truffle. The Porcini of course with all its delicious autumnal flavour set of with fresh pasta or a sprinkling of parsley.

There is always the wine and autumn makes a good red wine especially welcome as the cold evenings draw in.

Verdmont is busy all year round and for last minute guest we are creating a new aperitivo package for hectic, late or last minute arrivals, watch this space!!

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Renovating

We have been working very hard and I think we can agree the new Loft looks amazing with its ecclectic mix of modern and classic.  The asian influence, italian furnishing in an industrial backdrop, hard to believe? Pay us a visit!

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Breakfast @ Verdmont

Now we offer a delicious breakfast basket delivered to you door or tent.

Take a look.

It includes fresh baked bread, gianduia croissants, Fresh coffee, squeezed orange juice, a fruit cup, a meat and cheese selection and a few more seasonal goodies! All this for €8 per person, and you do not have to leave your comfort zone.