Winter walking & snow shoeing holiday in Spain

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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. The nature of photography requires a certain level of thoughtfulness, and stillness which is in tune with protecting the environments we photograph in. The instructor will let guests know the best way to travel through fragile areas and view wildlife with care so as not to disturb them.

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. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future.

2 Reviews of Winter walking & snow shoeing holiday in Spain

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Reviewed on 19 Feb 2019 by

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


I love having that "on top of the world" feeling at the top of a walk and there was plenty of that on this holiday.

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



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


Yes very much so, all the food was locally produced, the guide was local and we had plenty of opportunity to spend money on local produce in local shops.

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


From the wall to wall sunshine to the wonderful walking and views, we had a relaxing but invigorating week. Lucy and Simon were knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts, everything from wildlife and history to culture and the geological features of the region. They provided delicious food for lunch and in the evening and were most welcoming of us into their home and way of life. Exactly what I was looking for in a small group, away from the crowds, mountain holiday.

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2017 by

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


Our holiday was very special but if we had to pick out one particular aspect then it would be the snowshoeing because we had not done it before. Having said that the scenery was stunning and so varied that every excursion offered something different meaning the whole holiday was special.

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


Just do it - Casa Allue benefits from superb hosts, accommodation, food, location and excursions. You cannot go wrong.

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


Yes, Locally sourced food and drink, local mountain guide - Even the house was heated geothermally.

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


Excellent

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