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.
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
670To820 excluding flights
Description of Catalonia family activity vacation, Spain
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
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Accessible tourism overview
We are all can do people, so we will customise what you require so that you can make the most of your vacation. We have had a range of guests with different disabilities stay at the hotel and we are only to happy to help. Activities and the hotel are both accessible. The sports club on the lake is also accessible and looks after professional para-olympic athletes for kayaking and rowing. The horse riding center 1km from the hotel is certified for disabled riders and they have a lot of experience with different disabilities and making sure you enjoy your time horse riding.
We have two fully accessible bathrooms and also 6 new suites all with walk in showers. There is a short ramp or 4 stairs up to the pool area. The gym and tv games room and sauna are all on the ground floor. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault. There is also a new shaded outdoor eating area in the garden of the new suites. There is a level footpath around the lake for you to enjoy a hike. Onsite we have a sports injury therapist and massage therapist should you want to enjoy some coaching. For those who can walk 400 meters plus we you can enjoy short walks from the hotel or we can suggest local medieval towns for you to enjoy a walk around.
Activities and the hotel are both wheelchair accessible. The hotel has two wheelchair accessible bedrooms, both with a roll in shower with seat and a double bar by the toilet and a lower easily accessible sink. The door ways for the rooms are 90cm wide. The pool area is accessible up a ramp and has a large patio area. There is no hoist but we are here to help and we have inflatables/buoyancy devices as required. There is also a small sit down whirlpool to cool off in and relax. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault. The city of Girona has a wheelchair accessible map, that shows you how to explore the old town and enjoy the sites. Onsite at the hotel we have a sports injury therapist and massage therapist should you want to enjoy some coaching.
Blind or limited vision:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are blind or have limited vision. In addition the door code pads have braille numbers.
Deaf or limited hearing:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are deaf or have limited hearing.
Everyone is very understanding and helpful and this area is quiet and relaxed. For example Autistic children have found the quiet large rooms and the woods at the back of the property to allow them to relax. There is also a quiet place to find peace.
Free from food:
We take nutrition very seriously. Meals are all freshly cooked from fresh ingredients. Special dietary requirements are absolutely no problem. We are used to allergies, intolerances and special requirements. We customise everything as required, just let us know in advance, so for example if you have a nut allergy, we will remove nuts from the kitchen for your stay.
Everyone is welcome. We have guests from all over the world, from all ages, all genders, all backgrounds. We want everyone to be able to have a healthy active happy vacation.
11 Reviews of Catalonia family activity vacation, Spain
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2022 by Gideon TesterBeing in such a great location we were able to explore lots of different areas inland and along the Costa Brava coast... Fantastic from start to finish. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2022 by Sinead McIntoshWe came back relaxed and energised and I absolutely loved it. Fiona and Gareth have put their heart and soul into the hotel and it showed - its a very welcoming environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021 by Richard SkinnerAbsolutely brilliant. Fiona and Gareth were fantastic hosts and the rural hotel, with it's pool and excellent restaurant made a perfect base for a 2 week vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by Gill GleggFrom the moment we were picked up from the airport the vacation was beyond expectation. Everything was perfect, I wanted a horse trekking related vacation in hills and countryside and that is what I got. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2019 by Michael MartinezKayaking and exploring the caverns of the fortress in Lago De Banyoles were our students favorite times. They were both very different experiences for our students. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by Saket PriyadarshiThe most memorable part was kayaking, the ropes course and zip wire and hanging out with the cats and other guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2018 by Melanie FaithInteracting with our hosts, Gareth and Fiona - their charming children and the other guests - and the splendid scenery and hiking in the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by Caroline VibertReally enjoyed the Via Ferrata. 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017 by Rebecca FlemingThe 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. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by Russell ParsonageVaried local activities. Varied cycle routes and swimming in the crystal clear lake. First class. Fiona and Gareth and their team were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Hope to go back again soon. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by Mary Anne RoffsExcellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. Read full review
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PlanetTo 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 much AC, but we do have a large AC unit run by PV panels in the center of the building to keep the bedrooms at a good temperature (25°C indoor temp even in the last heat waves). 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 also vent in the cool night air in the Summer. The new suites have the eco ventilation for the night and we run the AC in the afternoon via the PV panels. To keep what PV electric we make we first turn on the central AC unit in the main building, as that keeps its temperature well. Then in the afternoon we move the power to the AC units in the new suits to get them down to 24°C and then at night we turn on the eco ventilation. The window and the roof placement for the new suites allows for shade in the Summer and the suns warmth in the Winter, so we hardly ever need to heat the new garden suites in Winter.
We have a solar pool cover and a PV solar system run the AC and the hotel in daylight hours. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November 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 and we do not have electric kettles. Instead we provide thermoses of hot water for tea and coffee in the dining room and kettles on the gas rings of the BBQs. We look at each product and try and reasearch 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. We also compost. 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 our 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 place is unheard of in Spain.
We plan to keep buying PV panels and adding more AC units as the number of heat waves escalate, so that we are not burning fossil fuels to keep cool. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice.
PeopleWhere 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.
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