We take our environmental and social responsibility very seriously.
Foundation for the protection of the Lammergeier (bearded vulture).
On all our holidays we not only promote the Foundation for the Protection of the Lammergeier (FCQ), but we also give €10 per person.
Currently the Lammergeier is on the world Red List meaning it is “Near Threatened,” reflecting the rapid population decline over the past three generations. However, over the last 20 years FCQ has been responsible for establishing a successful breeding programme here in our valleys. So much so, that you can now find birds reared here in both the Picos de Europa and the Alps.
UNESCO Geopark Partner
As a Geopark Partner we work on a local level to promote and support the Pyrenees Geopark, a UNESCO site of particular geological importance. The aim is to both increase awareness of the Geopark as well as educate visitors on how we can best protect the landscape. Lucy is a qualified guide for the Geopark.
A Sustainable Business
Our entire valley has suffered from economic migration and depopulation since the 1960’s. A handful of farming families have stayed on and tourism is slowly growing. We aim to help sustain the life in our hamlet and region, encouraging people from overseas to come all year round and not just during the peak Spanish holiday season.
On all our holidays we employ local guides and specialists, offering them English classes where needed.
The 16thcentury chapel of San Urbez is a landmark in our village and one of the jewels of Sobrabre. During our holidays Lucy offers a guided visit, often helped by Penny and Sofi, the only thing we ask in return is a donation in the collection box! This helps with the ongoing restoration work of this historic building and its contents (some of our old terracotta floor tiles have also been used to replace a section of floor in the chapel of San Urbez).
We also actively support the recuperation of the pilgrim route, the ancient “Camino de San Urbez,” the trail goes past our house. In so doing, we help maintain the ancient mountain pathways.
All our hot water and our underfloor heating is from our geothermal heat source pump. We have 3 bore holes in the garden each 100m deep.
You can find out more about this technology on our blog.
We minimize paper consumption and postal air miles. We do not have a paper brochure and do not send out an information pack. Our publicity is internet based. We therefore hope you have found this website to be comprehensive, providing all the detailed information you need. However, if you feel we can improve the site in any way please Contact Us.
Within the farmhouse we harvest our rainwater in a 10,000 litre tank. This provides water for our organic vegetable patch and our automated irrigation system for the lawns and garden.
The bathrooms are also fitted with water saving devices on the taps, and have modern thermostatic eco-showers. All toilets are fitted with dual flush to save water.
We separate, recycle or reuse as much waste as possible: All vegetable matter is composted, most protein waste is used as pet food (our dog Hera, named after the Greek goddess and wife of Zeus, is the main beneficiary!)
All inorganic waste is taken to the local recycling bins, card, paper, (once used on both sides), plastics, tins, glass, ink cartridges etc. We also encourage you, our guests to recycle.
Our philosophy of recycling includes building materials and furniture. For instance all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin.
The beams and stone from the renovation project have been reused throughout, and we have stockpiles of material which we will continue to recycle now and in the future.
In 2017 we finished our outside terrace with flagstones originally from the roof of the house.