Catalonia family activity vacation, Spain

“Centre based activity week for families looking to tailor an itinerary around horse riding, hiking, kayaking, swimming and cycling in the Catalonian countryside. ”

Highlights

Boutique sports hotel with 25 metre pool, gym, massage suite, games room, and spacious family rooms | kayak on Banyoles Lake | cycle to Besalu | horse riding | free day | guided hiking | local adventure park: high ropes, zip line and archery | Optional visit to Barcelona on free day |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Accessible tourism:
Disabled access: We have two ground floor bedrooms with roll in showers and toilets with bars on the right hand side. The large ground floor suite is a very large room and has a gently sloping ramp onto the west facing patio. There is also a ramp up to the pool area. On the ground floor there is also a gym, sauna, TV/media room and a table tennis area. For much of the year meals can be enjoyed out on the patio, which is perfect for enjoying the beautiful sun sets. Activities available: biking (we can get hold of different bikes depending on what is required), horse riding (we also have a buggy which is pulled by 2 horses). The sports centre at the lake is also accessible and many of the para-olympic teams train there for rowing and kayaking. Everything is customised depending on each person’s requirements.
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Responsible tourism: Catalonia family activity vacation, Spain

Environment

To preserve nature and lessen the impact of ourselves, our business and clients on the natural environment. To provide a place to stay in nature where people can come and enjoy the beautiful environment and spend time, relaxing, becoming more healthy and gaining fitness. We offer a range of activity sports with the aim of having an activity to fit every fitness level. We also welcome any disability and anyone with food intolerances or special food requirements. It is important to us that all guests have a great time.

We think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. We have left the wood at the back of the property that we look after and harvest, but still keep the healthy trees. The harvested wood is then used in the wood burning stoves. We have underfloor heating as in the winter the nights can be a little chilly. The historic house has been rebuilt in the old ways but with added insulation, so it stays warm in winter but cool in summer. The walls are 60cm thick, so slowly heat up in the Summer and then keep their heat through the winter. This system works really well, so you do not need AC. People are always amazed how cool it is in the summer inside. We also have shutters fitted to all the windows, so we can shut the shutters in the summer to prevent the sun warming up the rooms. As the walls are really thick and as we have thought about window placement, this means in the Summer the sun misses the south facing windows due to the sun height, but in the winter can warm up the rooms as the sun is at a lower height and therefore shines in.

We have a solar pool cover and a solar system to heat the jacuzzi. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November and the jacuzzi is warm enough May through to the end of September, all via the suns power. Our light bulbs are all eco and we think about each watt that is used. Our hair dryers are all 1kw rather than 2kw for example. We look at each product and try and research and buy the ones that used the least amount of power but still function well.

All waste is divided and what can be recycled is recycled. All of our waste water goes through a septic tank which technically produces drinkable water. We water our garden from the old cisternas which are connected to our roof, so we collect rainwater to fill the cisternas, as they did in the old days. We run the whole of the small boutique hotel on 4kw usually, but can up the power automatically for example if everyone turns on their hairdryers at the same time. But usually we run at less than 4kw, which for such a large house is unheard of in Spain.

We plan to keep buying PV panels until we can produce almost all our power requirements, but this will happen over the next few years. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice.

Community

Where we can we buy local in season produce, so for example our onions are Figueres onions, apples & pear from local orchards, local wines etc. We also have our own small vegetable garden. We buy locally and use local companies for almost everything. We also support the local restaurants by booking tables for our clients. We send our clients to the local best shops if they require anything and let them know the local market days etc.

We offer good wages to locals and train them. For example we have been employing a local guy and supporting him in his studies to become a more qualified sports coach.

We are part of the local community and support the Gegants (this is a local tradition where at festivals the local Gegants (people wearing huge heads, to make them look like giants) go and dance and perform. We also give all visitors access to maps and information about everything in the local area, from festivals, to museums, to sites of interest and the times of the local markets etc.

We campaigned with the local community against high voltage power lines being put in the area. The campaign was not completely successful but we did manage to get them moved so as not to disturb as much of the local wildlife. We all offered to club together to pay for them to go underground, but the electrical company said this would set a precedent and would not allow it, which we find ridiculous. In the end the power company said they would put the line where they wanted it or they would work with the local town councils to come up with the best solution, although they would not bury it. So we did have a small effect, but not the one we wanted. The MAT is a very controversial project here, but it has all been passed in Madrid and Catalunya is very angry.

5 Reviews of Catalonia family activity vacation, Spain

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Reviewed on 26 Apr 2018 by

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


Interacting with our hosts, Gareth and Fiona - their charming children and the other guests - and the splendid scenery and hiking in the area.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


can't think of any - everything fell into place as soon as we got there - thanks to our hosts and their attention to detail and their desire for all their guests to
have a great vacation. Great hosts !!!

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


yes - totally

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


Excellent ! marvellous, memorable

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by

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


Really enjoyed the Via Ferrata

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


None - the hotel is lovely, fabulous pool and Fiona and Gareth couldn't be more helpful

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


I think most people staying at at the hotel used local restaurants, tours etc. The environmental impact seems low.

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


The vacation was terrific. The weather was unseasonably hot but having a pool really helped. There were some local short bike rides (6-10 miles) as well as much longer tours for the more ambitious. There are lots of things to do in the area and because there are cultural visits as well as more adventurous
activities it suits families/groups where there are a mix of interests. Cities and beaches not far away either. Definitely plan to go back.

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017 by

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


The boys loved the Canyoning which we did with two other families and the location was chosen for the age of participants. The others would say the water pArk or the horse riding was the best part.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Having a car gives a lot more flexibility for exploring and having a variety of activities. Mas Pelegri is quite isolated and you would need to rely on bike or walking without a car.

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


We were impressed at the lack of air conditioning in the hotel and that it was reasonably cool due to the thick walls and shutters. We were also intrigued how a hair drier could be classed as eco.

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


We had a fabulous vacation with a great mix of culture in Barcelona then the Dali museum, lots of great activities and relaxing time by the pool. We have already been recommending it to friends we think would enjoy it.

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by

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


Varied local activities. Varied cycle routes and swimming in the crystal clear lake.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take your cycling gear and possibly your own bikes so that you can take full advantage of the local habitat

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


Yes. The hotel was very conscientious and aware of environmental impact

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


First class. Fiona and Gareth and their team were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Hope to go back again soon.

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by

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


Staying in a welcoming and comfortable hotel in a beautiful part of Spain, with delightful hosts, and masses of available activities.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Stay at here, it's great.

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


Yes, all of the above. We booked several activities with local companies and ate in local restaurants. We were able to travel extensively by bike rather than car.

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


Excellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy.

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