Eco holiday mountain retreat in Pyrenees, Catalonia, Spain

Nr Pyrenees, Lleida, Catalonia Property Ref: CA22
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    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 6/7
  • Property Ref: CA22

Uniquely crafted solar-powered mountain cottage amidst the forested peaks of the Catalonia Pyrenees. For walking, biking, river swims, birdwatching, stargazing, dinosaur museums, local cuisine. Sleeps 2 to 6 plus child.

Booking information for CA22

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am. 

  • From Summer 2016 barbecues are not permitted at this location owing to forestry regulations

  • Catalonia tourist tax must be paid to the property manager on arrival. The tax is 1 euro per night for each person of 17 years and over (for the first 7 nights only). 

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee applies. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA22

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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Summary

Uniquely crafted solar-powered mountain cottage amidst the forested peaks of the Catalonia Pyrenees. For walking, biking, river swims, birdwatching, stargazing, dinosaur museums, local cuisine. Sleeps 2 to 6 plus child.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    1 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 6/7

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet (no streaming); Extensive private grounds; Barbecue and outdoor furniture; VCR/TV (for videos only); CD/radio; Jigsaws & games.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob; Old-fashioned cooking range; Kettle; Coffee maker; Fridge; Blender for baby food.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Open fire (firewood included); Cot and highchair (on request); All bedding and towels provided.

Notes on Facilities
The house is solar powered and has a generator back-up.
The tap water is not drinkable: water containers are provided that you can fill at the local village fountain.
In hot, dry summer months, forestry regulations normally oblige barbecues to be restricted to the hearth grill indoors.

Layout

Ground floor
Open plan living / dining / kitchen area; Bedroom 1: Double bed; Bathroom/WC (with shower); Utility / storage room (with fridge).

First floor
Bedroom 2: Double bed with its own terrace and desk; Bedroom 3: Twin beds plus an extra bunk-style bed for a child (with steep ladder), and a door out to rear gardens; Second lounge also with access to the rear gardens.

Exterior
Extensive level garden area around the house with views and forests all around; Barbecue.

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Overview

A quick look is enough to tell you that this house is different, something special.

Climbing plants from the rear of the cottage spread to cover the entire roof which is packed with straw bales on volcanic stone: a design feature that allows for heat conservation in winter and a similarly insulating effect in summer, as well as contributing to the building’s integration in its natural off the beaten track Pyrenean setting. In springtime, the roof is decorated by a panoply of irises.

The cottage is situated in the county of Pallars Jussà, a pristine area of great ecological wealth in the early folds of the Pyrenees. From the house you see down a virgin valley, exceptional in being free of human intrusion in the form of habitation or electrical pylons.

The road which leads to the house is one of Michelin’s recommended routes for the most spectacular drives in Catalonia. The Lerida Province landscape changes continuously and is all the time extraordinary and beautiful.

The Sierras of Pallars are part of the continuum of banked mountains that rise up to form the high Pyrenean peaks. But the climate is quite different here. While the high peaks have cold winds blowing though them, Pallars Jussà is protected from these in a sunny enclave, where it is distinguished by its distinctly Mediterranean feel.

The house sits on its own beneath a rocky pinnacle, where it blends with an organic fittingness into the unspoilt environment. It has true taste, style and workmanship. Natural local stone and wood are the materials that have gone into it, the joint German-Catalonian owners using medieval building techniques to assemble wood blocks and panels without the use of a single metal screw. 

An eco-house requires some understanding and participation from guests and you will receive a simple information sheet on how to care for the solar set-up and water supply. The entire property is solar powered and the generator back-up is only used as a last resort.

The accommodation is on two floors, split-level to coincide with the hillside behind the house.

Natural warmth and light in the downstairs area make it a very inviting space. A nicely designed kitchen area with wooden work surfaces is open plan with a dining area and comfortable living room. With the exception of bedrooms (to provide darkness for sleeping), curtains have been deliberately omitted to avoid clashing with the natural mountain style, yet there's no need to worry about privacy here: there are a few other equally individualistic homes dotted around the sierra, but each is well isolated at a distance from the next.

The ground floor is completed by a double bedroom and a utility room housing the fridge and solar installation. From here you can quickly pump enough water into the deposit for a full day's use.

The cottage is often rented by couples coming on their own, but families with children are very welcome also. The outdoor garden areas are generally level and safe to play in.

The first floor of the house has two more bedrooms and a small lounge with a play corner for children. Some books, videos and games are provided in the playroom: they're in Spanish, but that doesn't stop them being of interest to some little ones.

Rustical team stayed at this cottage in June 2016 and found the beds they used as "very comfortable" and the bedding as "soft and lovely".

It’s a delightfully natural spot and opening the door n summer also allows cool mountain air to circulate through the house. Heating, if required, is from the open fireplace and the old-fashioned range in the kitchen, supported by gas heaters. If there were central heating, we'd feel totally confident about offering the house for heart-of-winter bookings, but our tendency is to err on the side of caution.

Barbecues over a wood-fire grill in the hearth (indoors for safety in the dryest months) are very popular and out in the gardens there's a more conventional barbecue when there's no fire risk.

It's a lovely house to stay in and yet you're inevitably going to want to explore. You don't have to go far for some fascinating and rewarding experiences.

The private land that goes with the property is extensive and largely forested and you can start wandering from here.. Some of your closest neighbours are the 5,000 deer in nearby Bourmart natural reserve.

There's also a small meadow. Apart from walks in the woods, we recommend the half-hour walk down to the River Boixol, where you can take dips in natural pools by a waterfall and wander a thrillingly wild setting. Bring a bike (or running shoes) and cycle the 4 km to an abandoned village.

There are also public swimming pools in Isona (20 mins) and Coll de Nargo (30 mins) which open during the summer months. Wild swimming in this area is also popular and can be quite spectacular.

Both Isona and Coll de Nargo house dinosaur museums: this area was a major site of dinosaur nesting and you can see well-preserved fossilized dinosaur eggs and footprints.

It's ruggedly picturesque here in the borderland between Mediterranean and alpine forests. The views are magical and birds of prey soar overhead. And yet, although you are gloriously off the beaten track here, you can still get to villages quite quickly. We'll tell you where to find the best restaurants but be always sure of the opening days and hours as the closest restaurants are at least 20 minutes drive away.

Supermarkets are also a considerable drive away at 20 minutes drive away so stocking up before you arrive at the cottage is the best idea. You can park right by the cottage so downloading your shopping couldn´t be easier. 

Walking trails and mountain biking are major attractions in Pallars Jussà, a landscape dotted with Romanic churches and the cellars of artesan wine-makers, and featuring Catalonia's largest lake (for kayaking and rowing boats) and star gazing from the cottage itself, or more excitingly, from the astronomy observatory at Montsec, which is likely to be declared a UNESCO Starlight Destination.

Just over one hour and 20 minutes by car takes you to the Fosca Valley (a cable car takes you up to 3,000 metres and a panorama of lakes) and the National Park of Aigüestortes, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or to Andorra, a shopper’s paradise amongst other things.

The usual airport for getting here has always been Barcelona at 2 hrs 20 mins, although a limited number of flights also go to the regional capital of Lleida (Lerida), which cuts the driving time to 1 hr 45 mins. People also drive down from France: the French border is 1 hr 40 mins away.

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Location

Setting

Mixed Alpine / Mediterranean mountain scenery in the Pallars Jussa region. This is an off the beaten track area of the Pyrenees with a high level of natural preservation.

Location

In private grounds, down a 150-metre rural track. You can park your car right by the cottage (which makes downloading shopping easy and practical).

Isona 20 mins
Bars,restaurant,simple shopping
Coll de Nargó 30 mins
Shopping,restaurants,bakery
Montanisell 30 mins
Good restaurant
Vall Fosca 1 hr 15 mins
Extraordinary natural beauty
Andorra 1 hr 15 mins
Excellent shopping, ski resorts
Aigüestortes 1 hr 30 mins
Exhilarating National Park
airport Nearest Airports
Lleida (ILD) 1 hr 45 min
Reus (REU) 2 hrs
Barcelona (BCN) 2 hrs 20 mins
Girona (GRO) 2 hrs 45 mins
Zaragoza (ZAZ) 3 hrs

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
€840
€935
€1,040
Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
€840
€935
€1,040
Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
£709
£789
£877
Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
$772
$859
$956
Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
AU$1,125
AU$1,252
AU$1,393
Sleeps up to 6 plus a child 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-5pax 6-6pax 7-7
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 31 Oct 201731/10/2017
CAD$1,675
CAD$1,864
CAD$2,074

Booking information for CA22

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am. 

  • From Summer 2016 barbecues are not permitted at this location owing to forestry regulations

  • Catalonia tourist tax must be paid to the property manager on arrival. The tax is 1 euro per night for each person of 17 years and over (for the first 7 nights only). 

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a fee applies. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA22

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Alan | October | 2016

Wonderful location - great birdwatching from the garden ! The house is fantastic with lots of quirky features . We needed the log fire but the house is so well insulated that we didn't need to use the central heating. No problems with the solar electricity ...even though we had three days of cloud / rain. The gas powered fridge / freezer was incredibly efficient . The isolated location may not suit everyone but we loved it and found lots to do in the area. Great service from Rustical Travel too ."

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Ross | September | 2016

Had a great holiday and was an amazing house to be able to get away from everything! The information and communication before leaving and while booking was fantastic and would defiantly book through Rustical Travel again!!"

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Ursula | June | 2016

We all enjoyed the week we spent at Cal Serrat. The house is an experience in itself, and I really appreciated the interesting design features and individuality of it. It is beautifully located and the complete tranquillity felt very relaxing. I will especially remember watching the sunrise and the night sky from the balcony - they were spectacular. The information you provided both for direction to the house and the activities while there were useful. We especially enjoyed the things we did close to the house i.e. walk to La Rua, the Bridge/Waterfall near Boixols and 2 trips to Cal Borda (restaurant at Montanisell) These recommendations were very much appreciated and were the highlights of our week. Andi and his son (who spoke a little English) were very helpful and responsive. I did understand before we went that the house was not equipped to completely modern standards and I enjoyed the' back to basics' experience of it, but the primary drawback we found was that the power from the solar panels seemed to cut off while we were there. This may have been an unusual event but it could have been more of a problem if we had been staying longer. Also, when we tried to light the indoor fire (we were advised we could cook on it) the smoke coming back into the room was really bad. Again it may be an unusual problem, but combined with the house having no oven or outside barbeque access our diet was quite limited. Overall though, I am very happy with our holiday, and found the level of advice and personalised service from Rustical Travel very useful and supportive. I would definitely consider going back to Cal Serrat and recommend Rustical Travel to others. Thank you very much."

Rustical Update

The problem with the batteries of the solar pannels has been solved. As for the fumes problem, there is a valve next to the fire that was probably closed, causing the smoke to get into the room instead of getting out. From now on, clients will be informed of the existence of this valve so this doesn't happen again.

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Jean-Philippe | September | 2015

The house is great. Lots of character and very comfortable. The location is amazing. Overall we really enjoyed our stay in this house. The explanation provided on the area and the services available (where to go shopping...) were also very useful. The only negative point was with the hot water, which seemed limited and difficult to set. It was ok because we were only 2 adults and 1 child but I can see it becoming a bigger issue with larger group. I think it'd be great to leave a detailed map of the area in the house."

Rustical Update

The water boiler was checked and replaced for a new one.

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Helen | April | 2015

Beautiful location and property, unique, very relaxing, good walking from the door. Plenty of wildlife - vultures, eagles, deer, foxes. Rustica Travel very organised in providing details on property and location. Will return."

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David | September | 2014

Everything was well organised and the holiday property was beautiful."

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Nina | August | 2014

We loved the house, it was beautifully designed and built. The children adored their bedroom and playroom and it was amazing for them to have so much space. The master bedroom was fantastic too. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable week and were glad that we had some good weather as when the storms did come it meant we were indoors a lot and used more of the precious electricity. It is a great house for people who are happy to 'get back to nature' and to be remote and get away for it all, and accept this means there aren't the usual 'tourist', laid on activities on the doorstep, nor indeed ready access to shops and cafes, but a winner for people who have a spirit of adventure and can make their own fun!"

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Scott | July | 2014

Just writing to say how much we loved our week in the Eco holiday mountain retreat in Pyrenees (CA22). The house was wonderful and the surroundings were stunning. My wife and I thought the property and setting were even better than described and we had one of the best vacations ever. We also enjoyed Marcos' helpfulness and his homemade honey. We are now planning another trip to spain for Andalucia next year and will definitely book through Rustical Travel again. Thanks again for the great experience."

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Martin | July | 2014

We had a wonderful time at CA22. It was more remote than we expected (nearest town with grocer's is a half hour drive away) - and no landline, internet, or even mobile reception. But that turned out to be a blessing for a peaceful and adventurous holiday. The river pools at the bottom of the valley are quite stunning, as is the scenery generally. The wildlife is remarkable - particularly the birds of prey and the vultures. And the house itself is quite special - clearly a place whose owners have devoted enormous thought and care."

Rustical Update

In 2016 WiFi internet has been installed. It is rural internet so possibly limted / not good for streaming.

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Elena | September | 2013

A remarkable house, in a beautiful and peaceful location. A wonderfully designed house which managed to be both practical, intimate and very, very homely. Drinking coffee on the balcony in the morning as the sun rose over the mountains in front of the house was a delight. All in all, highly recommended."

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