Villa 1900 – NOW
Ecology is at the heart of this co-operative. Since its creation six years ago, everything has been thought out in answer to the question “What do we really need?”. The over-riding objectives are zero waste, minimal consumption and recycling.
The result is lots of tins to be washed out and household linen to be laundered. There’s a series of recycling actions, both for the tinned contents and the textiles.
In the restaurant, Diane offers traditional recipes, creatively updated, inspired by seasonal ingredients. Guests dine in the 1900-style dining room, on the terrace or in the lounge next to the piano for a brunch recital, for example. As in the shop, there are only local and natural products here, not always organic, but delicious and healthy, making a contribution to keeping the producers in business.
Villa 1900 is also a living Belle Epoque museum, with two guest B&B bedrooms with a pure 1900 atmosphere.
Diane recommends: Meuse Valley Orchards and Beehives
Established in 1963 at Dinant, the hives belonging to Meuse Valley Orchards and Beehives are home to millions of bees. The business has become part of the Rommel family’s DNA, as they have worked for two generations to maintain a rich and balanced ecosystem, while taking the risk of avoiding any products which could damage the environment or the quality of the fruit. Olivier Rommel offers guided tours of the beehives and the heritage orchards, as well as selling beekeeping equipment and providing advice on beekeeping. Visitors can buy seasonal fruit on site and in local shops, including the famous “Meuse juices” and a large range of honey-based natural products.
Meuse Valley Orchards and Beehives is also a partner in a project to develop small pieces of permaculture land in the region. From this year onwards, visitors will be able to buy vegetables grown in Martin’s orchard, branded “The Hare and the Tortoise”.
Vergers et ruchers mosans
Chaussée romaine, 5500 DINANT
Province of Namur, Belgium