Good practice business AWEN TREE HOUSE

Contributor Herbert Hamele
Country Italy
  • ETGG2030-GP
Organisation AWEN TREE HOUSE
Postal address Loc. Vitellino 14, 06061 Castiglione del Lago (PG) Italy
Release date 08/04/2022
Landscape type Unspecified
  • Good Governance & CSR
GSTC Criteria for Industry
  • A3 Reporting and communication
  • A7.3 Sustainable practices and materials
  • A9 Information and interpretation
  • D1.3 Energy conservation
  • D2.1 Greenhouse gas emissions
  • D2.2 Transport
  • D2.3 Wastewater
  • D2.4 Solid waste
  • D3.1 Biodiversity conservation
  • D3.6 Wildlife harvesting and trade
Marketplace category Accommodation Providers Accommodation Providers
Type Best Practice Business (Best Practice Business)
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Self-catering house



Protected areas nearby:

Lake Trasimeno;  Historic Castiglione

Certifying body:

Biosphere certification


Outstanding contributions

The Awen Tree House provides self-catering accommodation in a special building constructed within a grove of holm oak trees. The ethos presented to the guests is one of escaping to nature, with the opportunity to sleep in a tree and get away from intrusive technology. Certification by Biosphere is used to back this up.  All waste is separated and wastewater is filtered and recycled. The operators inform customers about wildlife and nature in the territory and provide bikes to explore nearby natural areas.  They collaborate actively with WWF to combat illegal fishing and poaching.

The Tree House is built from FSC wood using green building techniques and has thermo-acoustic insulation in hemp fibre. This natural material is refractory to mould and insects ensuring healthier environments. It is fire resistant, light, totally recyclable and biodegradable.  It is also a carbon negative material that synthesizes carbon by reducing CO2 and other polluting emissions into the atmosphere.  Hemp is also an anti-seismic material and avoids the extensive use of water found in traditional materials such as concrete.

Villa Hermani is a 17 bedroom guesthouse in Măgura mountain village, in the middle of the Piatra Craiului National Park.  Livestock breeding is the basis of the local economy.  In summer the animals graze in the alpine meadows cared for by shepherds and dogs as protection against wolves and bears, and the hay meadows in the village are still scythed. The guesthouse was opened in 2004 and initially certified by the Eco-tourism association AER in 2006.  The guesthouse is operated by Carpathian Nature Tours (CNT), a tour operator specializing in soft adventure, nature/culture discovery and wildlife watching, with a high level of responsibility.

Key SDGs related to this action


See: Tourism for SDGs - Recommendations for Companies