La Isla Verde – the innovative Eco Finca near Barcelona



At only 45 km distance from Barcelona, between little hills with typical fields and woods of the Mediterranean, I discovered one of the most innovative environmentally friendly houses of Catalonia. The Eco Finca near Barcelona has a little pool and different outside chillout areas. Check it out!

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by Faysal Katir on DESconnect
Très belle demeure
Date of Stay: Mai 2017

Nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour dans cette demeure magnifique. L’endroit est superbe pour faire des randonnées ou des balades à vélo. Un très grand merci à Beatriz qui nous a agréablement accueilli et qui était très aimable. Merci à Jutta pour sa disponibilité. Les enfants étaient ravis, nous aussi.

by Judith on DESconnect
Prachtige plek
Date of Stay: augustus 2017

Het was elke dag weer een leuke spannende rit naar het huis door de droge rivierbedding. Prachtige plek met een fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen. Lekker zwembad en diverse hang- en ontspanningsplekken. Lieve gastvrije ontvangst en je kon er zo terecht met vragen. En de kinderen waren dol op hond Otto. Het enige dat soms wat minder prettig was waren de geuren van het nabije ecoparc. Een wierookstokje doet wonderen! We hebben genoten en raden het huis zeker aan.

by Sonja on DESconnect
Super!
Date of Stay: April 2017

Wir hatten einen super Aufenthalt in der Isila Verda. Ein super schoenes Haus, toll gelegen, super Garten, und sehr sehr nette Vermieter. Hilfsbereit und alles was man sich wuenscht. Einziges BMoll... die Muellverbrennungsanlage gegenueber. Je nach Wind stinkt es ein bisschen. Aber nur unter der Woche..

by javier on DESconnect
FELIZ AÑO 2017
Date of Stay: DICIEMBRE 2016

Han sido unos días increibles, he mos disfrutado de un clima casi veraniego en pleno diciembre, la casa es fantástica, muy amplia y con todo lo que necesitas para disfrutar de la estancia....
Bea y su familia han estado siempre muy atentos con nosotros..
Así da gusto empezar el año...

by Andrew on DESconnect
Lovely place for holidays with children
Date of Stay: april 2016





A really lovely place with lots of spaces for children to play and explore. Beatrice and Felix were extremely helpful and lovely hosts. All the kids loved playing with Otto the dog. The views are spectacular and the house is beautiful.





by Jenni on DESconnect
ecologic retreat
Date of Stay: August 2015

The host made us feel very welcome. The house is far from the nearest shops, about 40 mins tough driving.

by Judith H. on DESconnect
fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen
Date of Stay: Augustus 2015

Het was elke dag weer een leuke spannende rit naar het huis door de droge rivierbedding. Prachtige plek met een fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen. Lekker zwembad en diverse hang- en ontspanningsplekken. Lieve gastvrije ontvangst en je kon er zo terecht met vragen. En de kinderen waren dol op hond Otto. Het enige dat soms wat minder prettig was waren de geuren van het nabije ecoparc. Een wierookstokje doet wonderen! We hebben genoten en raden het huis zeker aan.

by Marine on DESconnect
Date of Stay: Aout 2015

Nous avons passes un agréable séjour a la isla verde. Une grande maison avec des chambres de grandes tailles et salle de bain privée presque dans chaque chambre. La maison est isolée et bien au calme. A 45 min de barcelone Je recommande cette maison pour des vacances entres amis ou en famille

Merci beaucoup Marine

by Laurel and Tom on DESconnect
Stunning
Date of Stay: July '15

Our Hosts Beatrice and Felix were most welcoming & very helpful with organising transport to our friends nearby wedding. Thank you Jutta for forwarding us detailed info & images on how to find the Finca it was much appreciated, as was all you help with the booking & all our extra guests & changes etc!.

The last few Kilometres were along a dried up river bed & with the photos we were reassured we were heading in the right direction. This is a stunning & sensitively restored historic property, we much admired the hard work & devotion that had clearly gone into this project. If you are looking for the 5 star air con, all mod cons this would not suit you, but we weren't & so it did. We were a party of 11 people inc kids & there was plenty of room for all. Stock up enroute in one of the bigger towns & enjoy the stunning surroundings & relative peace, not to mention the natural pool which was a wonderful retreat from the heat of the day. Thank you so much

Laurel, Tom & All

by Laura C. on DESconnect
Un entorno fantástico muy cerca de Barcelona
Date of Stay: mayo 2015

Un entorno fantástico muy cerca de Barcelona, la casa espaciosa y cuidada con muchos detalles de muy buen gusto. La cocina esta super preparada para cocinar para muchos, muy práctica. Los niños se lo pasaron en grande saltando en la cama elástica y los mayores aprovechamos los distintos momentos del día en las zonas del exterior que son muy agradables. Bea nos recibió estupendamente y siempre estuvo muy atenta para cualquier cosa que necesitábamos. Muchas gracias! pasamos un fin de semana genial en familia.

Muchísimas gracias Laura por darnos tu feedback personal! Refleja exactamente las mismas impresiones que tuve cuando pasaba una semana allí con mis amigos de Alemania. Entonces, los adultos también saltabamos el trampolín junto con los niños 😉 Pues, ¡hasta la próxima! Siempre estaréis bienvenidos!

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  • 11 Persons
  • 4 DB 3 SB
  • 2 Craddles
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Children's pool
  • Free Wifi
  • Underfloor heating
  • ask before
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Hanger
  • Nature and Relax
  • No mosquito

Description

5 MAJOR PLUS POINTS

  1. Underfloor heating, big common rooms, Chillout zones and terrasses, a little pool with water from a fountain – all of these instalations show that you don’t have to miss comfort while managing a house in an ecological way –quite the opposite case is true!
  2. There’s no connection to public energy supply, instead all the energy is 100% renewable
  3. Montserrat, the “cut mountain” is visible from almost every point of view. The emblematic sight of Catalonia is only about 10 kilometres away.
  4. Are you familiar with Permaculture? You’ll find it here!
  5. The owners of the Eco Finca near Barcelona, Bea, Felix and Pau, take care that your holiday is much more than you expected. Their smile will seduce you as well – That’s for sure! 🙂

 

THE SETTING

Els Hostalets de Pierola is a small village in the bigger area around Barcelona with less than three thousand inhabitants. As in many other villages, most local companies are dedicated to dry farming, i.e. cereals, almonds, olives or viticulture. In addition to his castle and a Romanesque church, Pierola is particularly interesting because of one of its famous former “inhabitants”, an ancestor who today would be about 12.5 or 13 million years old!

 

Pau, the guy appearing from earth

The bony figure, which was found by a team of paleoanthropologists in 2002, overwhelmed not only the catalan experts but also renowned paleontologists of other countries. A center for restoration and paleontology (CRIP) has arrised, and procures a study center for fossils gaining international reputation. The village gave his famous ancestor the name Pierolapithecus, or affectionately just called in a short way Pau, which means “peace” in Catalán.

 

Montserrat – Monastery and departure point for excursions

For those who enjoy walking, countless hiking trails with spectacular views are provided. And of course you shoud visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its “la Moreneta”, the patron saint of Catalonia, is worth a visit.

 

Wine tasting of the denomination Gran Penedès

The holiday home LA ISLA VERDE is located just next to the wine region, which is mainly responsible for the production of Spanish sparkling wine. Many wineries invite you to try their homemade wine or cava, most of the time combined with a tour through their bodega. There are also entire wine tours under the heading Wine tourism devoted entirely to the discovery of the exquisite Mediterranean delicacies.

 

THE ECO FINCA NEAR BARCELONA

Have you ever heard of permaculture or know some of its essential principles? The name comes from the United States, making reference at permanent agriculture. In Europe the terms of organic agriculture or organic farming are more popular.

Permaculture is much more than an agricultural concept, it is more like a way of thinking and acting!

Some cornerstones are …

  • … the food production requires minimal human intervention and is based on the optimization of processes instead of maximizing revenue.
  • … the power supply from renewable energy sources.
  • … the harmonious integration of the buildings in the surrounding landscape and economic use of materials and the least possible waste production, while natural resources.

When the owners of this IX. Century country house began with the renovations, they strictly followed the principles of permaculture. And the result is impressive! Already when you get your way through a dry river bed that you have to go along to get to the eco finca near Barcelona, is a special experience already (better not coming with a sports car because you’ll have to pass some bumps and mud holes 😉

The so called Casa Pagès has 400 square meters with:

  • 6 double rooms, corresponding with double beds, where a total of 11 people can sleep
  • 4 of the rooms have their own private bathroom; the other two rooms share a bathroom.
  • A Large kitchen next door to a spacious dining room where 16 people can easily have lunch together.
  • Right at the entrance there is a 50sqm room with an open fireplace, comfortable sofas, a TV and a computer with internet access.
  • All rooms are provided with underfloor heating, which in winter is important to feel cozy and warm.

On the site you’ll find:

  • Some picnic tables and benches under a pergola next to the kitchen
  • A chill-out area with bamboo sofas, also protected from the sun
  • A multi-purpose room, suitable for workshops and crafts
  • A spring water pool, ideal to cool off with a dip in the water in summer
  • An outdoor shower and toilet, integrated in a little house surrounded by nature (useful for additional camping on the spot)
  • A tipi tent with the possibility to prepare fire (only under supervision and in season)
  • A greenhouse of 40 square meters
  • A white water pond where the frogs croak you a welcome message (from the house inaudible)

The entire area also includes 100 acres of mixed forest of oaks and pines with a corresponding number of hiking trails.

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND

Both building and landscapes are designed according to sustainability criteria:

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  • Bea and Felix live the idea of permaculture also in terms of the interior of the house. During the renovations, they took care whenever possible to recycle old materials.
  • Photovoltaic systems, solar thermal panels and biofuels provide enough electricity, hot water and heat for the underfloor heating that has been installed in all floors of the building.
  • The most innovative of the house affects just the quietest place: A composting toilet according to the latest generation, which separates human excreta from urine. After a decomposition process, it is used as a fertilizer for trees.
  • Instead of a default pool, which is usually cleaned with no environmentally friendly chlorine, there is a spring water basin, which is kept clean by a steady stream of water and natural filter processes. This comes from a natural source about 1 km away from the pool.
  • The owners also live on the place in their own house next to the Holiday home. They offer workshops or craft courses as needed for both adults and children. So visitors can learn many things from nature and the use of their materials.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

  • A visit to Montserrat is a “Must”. The Virgin of Montserrat and the stories accompany has made the monastery of Santa María de Montserrat an emblematic place. Also you’ll enjoy great views just walking around in the Parc Natural Muntanya de Montserrat. On a clear day you can even see Barcelona from there.
  • For the fans of fossils: There is an exhibition scheduled soon to open in Pierola, at which the visitor turns into a paleontologist.
  • El Bruc is a quaint town only a 11km walk away, ideal for an excursion or destination to visit.
  • The large, world-famous wine cellars are situated in the village of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia in only 15km awayfrom the Holiday Home. There are also other las Bodegas as Cavas Masia Bach and many other, less famous. We provide you with all the necessary information to discover them.
  • A special Catalan experience you’ll have visiting Els Castel de Vilafranca, in the same called city of Vilafranca del Penedès 25km away. The people there build human towers and have won worldwide fame with towers up to 9 floors.
  • The castle of Papiol in 35km distance from Pierola.
  • And do not forget: This eco finca near Barcelona is just 50km away and is easily reached via a free highway in just 45 minutes.

 

SLOW ACTIVITIES

The only “neighbors” are the owner of the place, which are at your side with many tips and services and, of course, well versed in the region. Bea and Feliz speak German, English, French, Spanish and Catalan and like to make customized offers if you’d like them to.

Already in place of LA ISLA VERDE there is a lot to do:

  • Once sitting like the Indians in a real tepee next to an open fire
    (only under supervision and in season)
  • Ecological cooking – with a parabolic solar cooker
  • A free real Spanish Paella or enjoy a brunch breakfast
  • An Eco-basket with local organic farm food
  • A body treatment with delicious flavor
  • Massage expert hand who come specifically to the house
  • A practical introduction to the world of permaculture
  • Many workshops are possible: production of organic soaps, manufacture of wooden signs with personal writings and designs, painting stones etc …

In addition, in the same area

  • Visit of authentic restaurants (we’ll tell you which one)
  • Riding in local horse studs
  • Visit a chocolate factory with handmade chocolate and the traditional Christmas Torron consumed, a nougat dessert
  • Drive along the Ruta del Vino, the wine route around San Sadurní d’Anoia
  • Ballooning
  • Guided excursions – on foot or by bicycle

 

HOW TO GET THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Train Station of FERROCARRILES (a kind metro for longer distances): PIERA

Linea R6, Linea R60

Tarif Zone: 4C

 

HOLIDAY RENTAL LICENCE

The official Tourism Licence No is: PCC884

 

Thanks so much Tom for your English translation which shows your great level of German, bravo! 🙂

 

 

Prices to rent Eco Finca near Barcelona LA ISLA VERDE

Capacity: max. 11 persons

PRICE PER SEASON for 8 persons per night / week per night / weekend per week
Basic Price 175€ 250€ 990€
Mid Season
– from 8/04 to 22/06 (Spring)
– from 2/09 to 15/09 (Late Summer)
– from 1/12 to 9/01 (Christmas)
250€ 300€ 1.550€
High Season I
– from 23/06 to 7/07 (Early Summer)
– from 26/08 to 1/9 (Late Summer)
300€ 350€ 2.150€
High Season II
– from 8/07 to 25/08
2.500€

Price includes:
– towels (only to use in the house)
– bed sheets
– cot and high chair for a baby
– WiFi
– water, electricity, underfloor heating
– VAT of 10%

Price DOESN’T include:
– final cleaning of 90€
– towels for the pool and the beach
– 20€/ night per extra person from 9th person on

– tourist tax of 0,50€/night for each person older than 16 years (max. of 7 nights)

Supplements:
– For well educated dogs 10 € per night (please advise in advance!)

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by Faysal Katir on DESconnect
Très belle demeure
Date of Stay: Mai 2017

Nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour dans cette demeure magnifique. L’endroit est superbe pour faire des randonnées ou des balades à vélo. Un très grand merci à Beatriz qui nous a agréablement accueilli et qui était très aimable. Merci à Jutta pour sa disponibilité. Les enfants étaient ravis, nous aussi.

by Judith on DESconnect
Prachtige plek
Date of Stay: augustus 2017

Het was elke dag weer een leuke spannende rit naar het huis door de droge rivierbedding. Prachtige plek met een fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen. Lekker zwembad en diverse hang- en ontspanningsplekken. Lieve gastvrije ontvangst en je kon er zo terecht met vragen. En de kinderen waren dol op hond Otto. Het enige dat soms wat minder prettig was waren de geuren van het nabije ecoparc. Een wierookstokje doet wonderen! We hebben genoten en raden het huis zeker aan.

by Sonja on DESconnect
Super!
Date of Stay: April 2017

Wir hatten einen super Aufenthalt in der Isila Verda. Ein super schoenes Haus, toll gelegen, super Garten, und sehr sehr nette Vermieter. Hilfsbereit und alles was man sich wuenscht. Einziges BMoll... die Muellverbrennungsanlage gegenueber. Je nach Wind stinkt es ein bisschen. Aber nur unter der Woche..

by javier on DESconnect
FELIZ AÑO 2017
Date of Stay: DICIEMBRE 2016

Han sido unos días increibles, he mos disfrutado de un clima casi veraniego en pleno diciembre, la casa es fantástica, muy amplia y con todo lo que necesitas para disfrutar de la estancia....
Bea y su familia han estado siempre muy atentos con nosotros..
Así da gusto empezar el año...

by Andrew on DESconnect
Lovely place for holidays with children
Date of Stay: april 2016





A really lovely place with lots of spaces for children to play and explore. Beatrice and Felix were extremely helpful and lovely hosts. All the kids loved playing with Otto the dog. The views are spectacular and the house is beautiful.





by Jenni on DESconnect
ecologic retreat
Date of Stay: August 2015

The host made us feel very welcome. The house is far from the nearest shops, about 40 mins tough driving.

by Judith H. on DESconnect
fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen
Date of Stay: Augustus 2015

Het was elke dag weer een leuke spannende rit naar het huis door de droge rivierbedding. Prachtige plek met een fijn ruim huis zo middenin het groen. Lekker zwembad en diverse hang- en ontspanningsplekken. Lieve gastvrije ontvangst en je kon er zo terecht met vragen. En de kinderen waren dol op hond Otto. Het enige dat soms wat minder prettig was waren de geuren van het nabije ecoparc. Een wierookstokje doet wonderen! We hebben genoten en raden het huis zeker aan.

by Marine on DESconnect
Date of Stay: Aout 2015

Nous avons passes un agréable séjour a la isla verde. Une grande maison avec des chambres de grandes tailles et salle de bain privée presque dans chaque chambre. La maison est isolée et bien au calme. A 45 min de barcelone Je recommande cette maison pour des vacances entres amis ou en famille

Merci beaucoup Marine

by Laurel and Tom on DESconnect
Stunning
Date of Stay: July '15

Our Hosts Beatrice and Felix were most welcoming & very helpful with organising transport to our friends nearby wedding. Thank you Jutta for forwarding us detailed info & images on how to find the Finca it was much appreciated, as was all you help with the booking & all our extra guests & changes etc!.

The last few Kilometres were along a dried up river bed & with the photos we were reassured we were heading in the right direction. This is a stunning & sensitively restored historic property, we much admired the hard work & devotion that had clearly gone into this project. If you are looking for the 5 star air con, all mod cons this would not suit you, but we weren't & so it did. We were a party of 11 people inc kids & there was plenty of room for all. Stock up enroute in one of the bigger towns & enjoy the stunning surroundings & relative peace, not to mention the natural pool which was a wonderful retreat from the heat of the day. Thank you so much

Laurel, Tom & All

by Laura C. on DESconnect
Un entorno fantástico muy cerca de Barcelona
Date of Stay: mayo 2015

Un entorno fantástico muy cerca de Barcelona, la casa espaciosa y cuidada con muchos detalles de muy buen gusto. La cocina esta super preparada para cocinar para muchos, muy práctica. Los niños se lo pasaron en grande saltando en la cama elástica y los mayores aprovechamos los distintos momentos del día en las zonas del exterior que son muy agradables. Bea nos recibió estupendamente y siempre estuvo muy atenta para cualquier cosa que necesitábamos. Muchas gracias! pasamos un fin de semana genial en familia.

Muchísimas gracias Laura por darnos tu feedback personal! Refleja exactamente las mismas impresiones que tuve cuando pasaba una semana allí con mis amigos de Alemania. Entonces, los adultos también saltabamos el trampolín junto con los niños 😉 Pues, ¡hasta la próxima! Siempre estaréis bienvenidos!

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