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Bardessono: Napa Valley’s Newest Eco Resort
The Bardessono eco-resort is Napa Valley’s newest luxury hotel, and it looks to be quite the sustainable gem. The inn and spa took care not to disrupt the area’s natural habitat while including a host of green building strategies including rammed earth walls, grey and black water treatment systems, and solar and geothermal energy. Completed just seven weeks ago by eco-developer Phil Sherburne and architect Ron Mitchell, the project is currently pursuing LEED platinum certification.
Building a luxurious restaurant, spa, and hotel in the middle of such an authentic and naturally rich area as Napa Valley’s Yountville was not a turnkey operation for Phil Sherburne and architect Ron Mitchell. They needed —and wanted— to be sustainable in practice while simultaneously building a relationship between the land and the community.
Sherburne and Mitchell used recycled cypress wood from trees that were on their way to getting chopped down to build all of the doors, desks, floors and ceilings. They also focused on the interior, targeting delicate elements that would ensure the property’s natural feel. Amenities for guests include locally crafted beer, French-pressed Blue Bottle coffee and a delectable organic menu crafted by acclaimed chef Sean O’Toole. Now almost seven weeks old, the environmentally rich 62-room hotel stands proudly—with the support of the neighborhood— right on the Bardessono family’s six-acre farmstead in Napa Valley.
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