Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees
Description of Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees
This cooking and walking holiday, in the Spanish Pyrenees, is a week long small group holiday, based in a 17th century guesthouse, located in a tranquil, untouristy area of the mountains. The week’s itinerary is recipe for a fun, active and also cultural holiday, combining walking in spectacular mountain scenery with informal cooking workshops held in the guesthouse's large kitchen, and plenty of wine too of course.
These enjoyable and relaxed sessions will cover some basic techniques, and you'll be able to create some classic Spanish dishes with a special (and healthier!) twist, as well as some of your hosts' favourite dishes using local and home grown ingredients.Your hosts are Simon and Lucy, who have a great combination of skills as self-taught chef and food scientist. As well as having an innate passion for the region, of course.
During the week, you will be guided on easy, laidback walks through traditional villages and remote landscapes in both the uplands and foothills of the Pyrenees, such as in Ordesa National Park. The Aragon region is also home to the most delicious local produce which is why cooking here is such a pleasure.
With a maximum number of eight guests during the week, you will be accommodated in spacious rooms, all ensuite. The hub of the week, apart for the kitchen of course, is the terrace with its expansive mountain views (or the dining room when the weather requires it)
The price of this holiday includes accommodation, meals, cookery workshops, excursions and transport (but not transfers from airport or train station-for a charge of €80 pp return.). We do not charge a solo supplement on this trip.
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30 Reviews of Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2022 by Joy StodartAll walks were marvellous and guided brilliantly by knowledgable hosts and local guides... An extremely enjoyable holiday with great food, very comfortable accommodation and terrific hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2022 by Simone LemstraVery nice holiday, knowledgeable and informative staff, fantastic location. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2022 by Jude BullThe walks with Alberto, Simon and Lucy were special. Our knowledge of geology and vultures is greatly improved!... Excellent, will definitely be returning for one of their other activity breaks. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022 by Vicki Nash-MooreWonderful hosts, fabulous location, stunning views, good food, great hikes, guides... 10 out of 10 - far exceeded our expectations. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2022 by Robert RaiswellReally excellent. The hosts are very engaging and friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. The food is excellent and the location superb. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2022 by Roger BrignellStupendous. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jun 2022 by Carole HopperA rewarding experience with perfect hosts Lucy and Simon Read full review
Reviewed on 28 May 2022 by Rosie PocockIt was all really good - each day different, great fun and very packed. I took 3 books to read and managed 1 chapter of one book! Read full review
Reviewed on 26 May 2022 by FredFar above expectations! Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2022 by Judy AingerExcellent...The most impressive aspect of this holiday was the attention to detail of special dietary needs, which I was most grateful for. Also, we both enjoyed walking in the Ordesa National Park and seeing bearded vultures in Revilla. The Casa Alue site itself is a memorable conversion and a wonderful base. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 May 2022 by Marcelle HallExcellent. Exceeded expectations Read full review
Reviewed on 11 May 2022 by Joanne HillWonderful scenery, lovely hosts, stunning restoration of the old farmhouse Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2022 by Martha AlleguenHigh mountain walks to see vultures Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Nov 2021 by Era FarnsworthI loved being in the gorgeous Pyrenees. It felt as we were on top of the world, the beautiful mountains, rocks, trees turning color (late October), the giant soaring birds, the incredibly clear skies and freshest air. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2021 by Neil PaveleyA great experience, highly recommended Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019 by Jim HolmesThe most memorable part of the holiday was how expertly Lucy and Simon planned our activities, choose our guides and related to the local people. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by Margy BrittonThe most exciting part of the holiday was walking the near the top of the Pyrenees. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019 by Anne RogersSpectacular views & great hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by victoria taylorThe warm generous hospitality of the family who run the trip, the peace and beauty of the place so tastefully renovated and the laughs we all had cooking some of our meals were memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by Paul BrownVery good. We were on a cooking and walking trip and it exceeded our expectations to include wine tasting, beer making, local history, supermarket visit, castles, apple pressings, bird watching, animal spotting, amazing waterfalls, honey man, coffees, local restaurants, bird watching, gardening, fine food and and and. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2018 by Vivienne BlandfordBe prepared to be bowled over by hospitality, ambience and experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2018 by Kim CaldwellOur hosts were great, catering to a group with different abilities and fitness levels, ensuring that we enjoyed all aspects of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2018 by Peggy PooleSimon and Lucy incredibly thoughtful hosts in beautiful setting. Great food, eating out on patio, meeting local people and wonderful walking. Holiday couldn’t have been better! Read full review
Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by Diane HallFirst class. Lucy and Simon could not have been more helpful and accommodating and so knowledgeable. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by Anna AveryWatching bearded & gryphon vultures flying in the foothills of the Pyrenees was memorable. Brilliant guide, fabulous scenery, not difficult walking. A good mix of walking/cooking/geology/local culture and all in a quiet place: lovely scenery & very friendly company. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by Mike SmithMeeting a great bunch of like minded people on our trip including our hosts. The mix of activities we did worked really well, not just the cooking and walking but also everything else we managed to do including wine tasting, visiting the olive oil co-operative, evening visits to local historical town, and more. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by Una CarterThe most memorable moment was the beauty of the landscape, the freshness of the air, delicious food and invigorating walks. I could go on..... It was wonderful. I feel very much refreshed after it and it is heartening to know such places exist. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by Asma Abu-TalebThe hikes were enjoyable with beautiful scenery all along. Very well planned and organized holiday and a feeling of living with a family, truly a memorable holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2016 by Deb MickleEXCEPTIONAL. Exceeded my expectations on so many levels. From the quality of accommodation and attention to detail with all aspects of the week . Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by Clare CottonBreathtaking canyon walks far exceeding my imagination. Not forgetting having the experience of a lifetime as two Lamagayers (bearded cultures with 3metre wingspan) glided past me just a couple of metres away. Amazing. Read full review
PlanetWe are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the threatened Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Bearded Vulture Conservation Foundation by donating the profits of aprons and T shirts and waxed wraps.
This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success.
There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.
At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine. Thanks to the changing laws in Spain we have finally installed solar panels and batteries to help cover the electric needs in the guesthouse.
We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted.
The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.
PeopleWe support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. Our local food and drink producers receive payment for our visits and benefit from the direct purchases by us and guests alike.
We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).
We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining the stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.
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