Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees

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Responsible tourism: Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees

Environment

We 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 rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. 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.

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.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer english lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

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.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises.

5 Reviews of Cooking and walking holiday, Spanish Pyrenees

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Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by

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


Meeting 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. The walking for me was a bit special as we had a very high return for our efforts with respect to views, and great info from our enthusiastic guides and great company in amazing weather!

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


If you go at this time of year, be adaptable with respect to temperature as you will need sun cream and shorts in the sun, but layers in the evening and shade. In the bottom of steep valleys such as Odessa, you will be in the shade for some of the time and it will be chilly when you are. Speak to Simon and Lucy with any requests or concerns- they are very adaptable and accommodating to each persons needs as well as the groups.

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


Absolutely. Several different guides were used, and local produce. Part of the cooking included selecting product from the garden. One of the walks we did was focused on seeing the Bearded and Griffin Vultures and how the community including our hosts are supporting the reintroduction of the bearded vultures (which we got great views of).

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


Not just an excellent holiday but also a great experience.

Reviewed on 07 May 2017 by

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


The beauty of the landscape, the freshness of the air, delicious food and invigorating walks. I could go on.....

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


Very important to come prepared for changes in weather, although we had been told that anyway. But it may mean being flexible with regard to the itinerary. Warning - the food is so good you could put on weight!

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


Very much so. Lucy and Simon have employed local people to help renovate the house and as drivers, guides and teachers. This is ongoing. They are passionate about wildlife and the environment and get involved with local projects so are well known in the area as people who care. They are also very knowledgeable about the area, its history, geography, geology, etc, which made it all the more interesting.

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


It was wonderful. I feel very much refreshed after it and it is heartening to know such places exist. Lucy and Simon have just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism and seem to have thought of everything in terms of what guests might need.
Can I just say, I would certainly give this a 5 but I think your choice of comment could be better. There are many different types of holiday so, for example, it would be hard to compare it with a trip to the Antarctic or the jungle. So 'best holiday ever' is not really appropriate in my view!

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

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


The hikes were enjoyable with beautiful scenery all along

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


Expect not to have free time

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


This was an environment friendly holiday for sure, our hosts are in a small community which means relying on local people most of the time.


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


Very well planned and organized holiday and a feeling of living with a family, truly a memorable holiday.

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2016 by

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


The location of this stunning and natural area in the Aragon Pyrenees with very contrasted hiking trails . The national parks had such a diverse range of
shorter trails with historic routes chapels, bridges and hermitages.
Superb hosts Simon & Lucy and accommodation and amenities that exceeded my expectations can not be faulted .
Food for all meals was outstanding.
The combination of walking and cooking was a perfect blend . I learnt so much about this area and gained an appreciation of geology .
I now have a great spanish cooking repertoire and learnt lots of handy hints

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


Highly recommended. Great for solo travellers.
Be prepared to be active . This location is also great if you feel like a non active day-off .

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


Certainly as local guides used in addition to Lucy & Simon ,
We visited local businesses and cafes, artisan food product makers and places you would never discover if doing your own itinerary and travel plans.

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


EXCEPTIONAL. Exceeded my expectations on so many levels. From the quality of accommodation and attention to detail with all aspects of the week . From
being picked up at train station and being greeted by Simon with cooler in van with water & refreshments on hand to every day being a great adventure and
exploration of the Aragon region.

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

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


Breathtaking 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.

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


Just book it. Simon and Lucy are such great hosts that they will adapt the holiday so you make the most of it.

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


Yes all of the above.

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


Brilliant. I couldn't fault it. Cooking and walking both superb.

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