Het roode koper

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Het roode koper

I just got back from a short break in one of the most beautiful nature parks in the Netherlands: the Veluwe. My Spring getaway was all the more memorable because I got to spend a few nights in an incredible(!) family run hotel: Het Roode Koper

Het Roode Koper has an enviable location, right in the middle of the Veluwe. And it's this closeness with nature that has inspired the owners of the hotel (the Sörensen family) to consider their environmental footprint as well as the comfort of their guests.

From the first minute I arrived, Het Roode Koper's classic luxury credentials were obvious: an imposing but super cosy main house; relaxed but clearly über professional employees, manicured gardens; a sign inviting guests with horses to head to the stables(!); and the Relais & Chateaux stamp of approval. The hotel's sustainable credentials weren't immediately noticeable but, as it turns out, that's part of their philosophy on sustainability... not shouting about achievements they think should be commonplace.

Het Roode Koper uses a green seed roof (à la Dakdokters) to improve insulation. Plus, they've installed an elaborate system to use the heat generated from their kitchen to warm the main house, meaning drastically lower energy bills I was told. They also use non-toxic cleaning products, recycle waste, organise 'responsible' guided tours through the park and have a restaurant menu including meat and vegetables from one of our favourite sustainable food suppliers Lindenhoff. Dinner at Het Roode Koper was indeed delicious, although I think they could be even more sustainable by offering more vegetarian options and tap water...

All in all, I am very happy to have discovered Het Roode Koper - super quiet escape from city life. It is certainly pricey though, meaning that it's probably best for a special occasion or perhaps as a venue for a relaxing work retreat.