5 independent reviews for Catalan countryside hotel, Spain

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review 1 Nov 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Perfect relaxing, rural location convenient to sight-seeing spots such as Girona and Besalu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We are cyclists, but traveling with both a grandparent and small children, we didn't book here for the cycling but rather for the location. We rented a car and found this to be a perfect base from which to enjoy touring Besalu, Girona and many other local points of interest.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


review 22 Apr 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was lovely to be able to ride along quiet roads taking in the beautiful views with the snowcapped Pyrenees in the distance. Our 12 year old athletic son was thrilled to be able to ride a good quality road bike, and the few drivers we encountered were so thoughtful and gave us plenty of space. This is a great place for dedicated cyclists but also offer interesting cultural sites. We visited the local palaeolithic caves, saw the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres and did a day trip to L'Escala and the interesting Greek/Roman remains of Emporium where we also took a swim in the sea (refreshing!). Our hosts, Fiona and Gareth and their children, were very friendly and helpful. They provide a great place for visitors interested in an active holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To get the most of this holiday, be prepared to be active, Fiona and Gareth are very helpful setting up your bikes and giving advice on suitable routes and other things to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we were introduces to local restaurants and people and you could tell the house was refurbished with the environment in mind.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a great holiday, a bit like when we go skiing... you come home feeling fit and energised. It would be useful to have a map indicating places to eat/snack on the road (with reviews). The Catalan food is quite meaty and it can be a bit difficult to get a tasty, healthy meal.

review 16 May 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Cycling in the beautiful countryside. The freshly baked bread with the evening meal at the hotel.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would recommend hiring a car. Bring a Spanish phrase book as English did not seem to be widely understood ( not a problem at the hotel) Not that easy to find veggie options when eating in local restaurants.However the hotel restaurant provided excellent veggie food and the owners can advise on where to eat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes the hotel was very environmentally aware.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Hotel highly recommended. Very Clean. Staff helpful and knowledgeable. Beautiful location.

review 3 Sep 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Beautiful accommodation, loads to do and a wonderful Salvador Dali Museum to add to the healthy, outdoor break.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Plan your fitness regime - loads to do, too little time!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Based in a small village where we were encouraged to spend time. Very environment conscious family.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great. I'd go again.

review 7 Apr 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I thought my hosts were amazingly helpful. The house was lovely . There was lots to do in the local area and I loved the walking. Fiona and Gareth were on hand for advice and the emphasis on Sports was very interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I had my bag stolen in Girona. I think it was unusual in the city but I would take care not to carry everything around with you .take copies of passports and have emergency numbers at home. I found the local people including the police really helpful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Despite the setbacks I really enjoyed my holiday. In fact I was very impressed with the support I was given by my hosts who were determined that I should enjoy myself which I did. I thought the area was great for walking with good transport links to local towns. I did not have to hire a car and using public transport meant I mingled with the locals. Lots of walking trails and maps in the house. A good break with something different.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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