Friday, 7th February, 6:50pm. We meet at Saint-Malo, before leaving the next morning for our second Hopineo destination: Les Bruyeres d’Erquy.
As we were not -yet?- daring enough to thumb our way in Brittany in the middle of February, we borrowed a car to get there. So it is in the colours of Mahery’s society for the distribution of bio wines that we cover part of the Cote Rose, passing through Saint-Lunaire, Ploubalay and Saint-Brieuc before arriving to Erquy.
The owner of Les Bruyères d’Erquy, Florence Durand, commits a great chunk of her time to take part in our little study.
Florence Durand, owner of les Bruyères d’Erquy :
‘If ecology rhymes with economy, it makes sense that everything must be done to guarantee the future of our children and our grandchildren.’
We discover the pellet stove that heats the common room of the cottage, the promotion of the operation Green Trek, the radiators that detect open windows and people, before probing our contact on the Hopineo project… As in the Lecoq-Gadby hotel, the welcome was very warm.
Alone as the head of the establishment (with one or two full timers a year to help her), Florence exudes the energy and joy of life behind the multiple improvement projects she envisages. Such as avoiding the use of plant control products to de-grass the car park, to redistribute in the toilets the rain water collected, to understand and support their social networks… there are so many little problems that she would like to spend more time on in order to find solutions… To have access to a participative device to find answers that are precise and from reliable sources, either online or receiving travellers that take the time out to lend a hand on these subjects, would be an excellent chance for Florence to develop her commitment towards creating tourist awareness on sustainable tourism and to give more visibility to her establishment.
An appointment is made for this summer: we will likely come to spend a week in Les Bruyeres d’Erquy on our tour of France.
In the meantime, we are having a nice weekend: when we got our room it was bathed in the midday sunshine that offers a view to the south over the countryside, we enjoyed the Breton sun that, despite the wind and the upcoming storms, allowed for some long walks along the sea front and along the Erquy harbor.
On our return, we savour the having such a positive reception and realise even more that there are few tools to aid in the sustainable development of the tourist industry. As and when we meet new people, all indications are that Hopineo has a future, which is all the better.
Some Hopinnovations at Les Bruyères d’Erquy :
- Welcome booklet : to create tourist awareness
- Green Treck Operation : to create tourist awareness and waste management
- Pellet stove : energy
- Intelligent radiators : energy
- Water recuperation : water management
Translated by Holly Cooper Chima