Casa Mauri farmhouse and cottage
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Mike and Anne Harrison. Telephone numbers are 00 34 973 252076, mobile 00 34 696197404, telephone number for the UK 00 44 1642 424375
Casa Mauri farmhouse and cottage are situated in the spectacularly positioned village of Santa Engracia in the Catalan pre-Pyrenees. At an altitude of 1000m Santa Engracia looks down over the Tremp valley with its two lakes bounded to the south by the Montsec range. Looking north from the village a view of the entire high Pyrenees unfolds.
The farmhouse and cottage have been tastefully renovated to maintain a traditional appearance of beamed ceilings and contrasting stone and white-painted walls whilst providing comfortable, spacious and modern accommodation. The farmhouse has 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping 6, the cottage 2 bedrooms and one very spacious bathroom, sleeping 4. Both properties are well equipped with a wide range of kitchen equipment and TVs with English and Spanish channels, DVD players and stereo systems. Both have WIFI and private terraces. The two are situated at right angles around a picturesque walled courtyard.
A wildlife paradise
Griffon vultures are a daily sight as they glide past the farmhouse windows or above the courtyard. Black Redstarts are the common village bird with Blue Rock Thrush nesting in the village and Golden Orioles in the woodland around. Hoopoe, bee eaters and Egyptian vultures are frequently seen summer visitors (from late March) with Lammergeier also seen quite often. We have a wide variety of butterflies and moths and the wild flowers, especially in the Aiguestortes national park, are a beauty to behold in spring and early summer.
The owners are keen walkers and have written a guide for the use of their guests.
Swimming in lake Sant Antonio is a popular pastime with canoes and pedalos for hire in the summer whilst a little to the north many companies offer more adventurous activities like white-water rafting, horse-riding and canyoning.
The many magnificent gorges in the area, like the Terradets, Mont Rebei, Collegats and Vilanova de Meia are popular rock climbing venues.
The region is well known for its Romanesque architecture with many castles and churches worth a visit.
Once situated on the Atlantic coast sets of dinosaur footprints and eggs have been found in the area including a set of prints on the rock of Santa Engracia itself!