3 bedroom house with ample space to relax and great mountain views.
- English, French, Spanish
About Kevin Hackett
I hope you will find the information given here helpful in giving you a clear idea of the house. If not, don’t hesitate to get in touch directly with me. I have been living in Spain for the last 25 years, and for a few of them in this house in Puibolea. I am now based near Barcelona where I live with my family. I keep close ties with the village and use the house occasionally for residential language and birdwatching courses.
Kevin Hackett purchased this House in 2002
Why Kevin Hackett chose La Sotonera
I bought the house as a family home when I was working as a teacher in Huesca. The situation of the house is especially attractive as it is in a genuinely wild area yet within easy reach of a provincial capital.
What makes this House unique
The house has a homely feel where visitors immediately feel at home. The small village community is extremely welcoming without being intrusive- a quality that I have felt strongly over the last 15 years and that visitors have often commented on. It is equally a place to relax and unwind or to enjoy exhilarating outdoor pursuits. As a keen naturalist (especially birdwatching) the house is a perfect base from which to explore a wide range of nearby habitats (mountains, dry plains, woodland, scrub, wetland...). But perhaps its greatest joy is being able to walk straight out of the front door into the country.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
séjour agréable dans un joli cadre à la campagne
Maison sympathique, espaces chambres agréable, avec belle vue sur la campagne.Equipement de cuisine abondant.Cependant, petit problème de propreté dans la cuisine.Mais séjour très positif.
A great holiday with 4 teenagers...not always easy! A beautiful area, spectacular scenery, rich in history, loads of things to do. We visited the castle in Loarre, the church in Bolea, walked in Los Malos de Riglos, went rafting and spent afternoons by the rivers in the Sierra de Guara. The house is typical of the area in a tiny village at the top of a hill. Kevin gave us a very warm welcome, and kindly let us stay on an extra day at the end, no extra charge as the house wasn't rented after us. A very memorable holiday. We hope to return.
vacances en famille à Puibolea
nous sommes venus en vacances en famille, nous étions 7, 4 adultes et 3 enfants de 8 à 12 ans. la maison est très belle, très confortable, typique. En haut du village donc très paisible. Très bien équipée. le village de Puibolea était idéalement placé pour visiter Loarre, les Mallos de Riglos, la sierra de gara,...et surtout, l'accueil de Kevin, a été super, chaleureux, en toute simplicité. nous en gardons un excellent souvenir.
Perfect countryside getaway
A group of 5 of us travelled from Barcelona to here for a long Easter weekend and I can safely say we were all blown away by the property and its surroundings. In short, we're already planning a trip back and can't say enough good things about our stay.
Firstly, Kevin was incredibly welcoming after we had serious delays due to car rental issues. Also, his knowledge of the area which he so generously shared with us meant we immediately had our bearings and were ready to explore from day one.
Secondly there is a real abundance of things to do and see near the house, of which we only really scratched the surface. An endless number of walks, places to swim, beautiful tiny towns with local produce, and not to mention the fact that all 5 of us became birdwatching addicts having never really tried it before (except one) - we saw at least one bird of prey every day.
And finally the house itself - comfortable beds, two toilets / one bath/shower. Fully equipped kitchen (coffee machine and teapots included!!) and last but not least the top floor which has amazing views of the plains out towards the Pyrenees and is a lovely place to relax. Watching the sunrise from here was quite a unique experience. We also made full use of the wood burner and the patio served us well at meal times.
All in all a fantastic stay and we can't wait to come back.
Perfect for a simple holiday.
It was great. Our needs are few. We catered almost exclusively for ourselves. There are restaurants nearby but we didn't use them. There's a supermarket 20 minutes away in Huesca & it's hard to miss it if you come along the motorway from Zaragoza. The bird life here is amazing, and the plants and butterflies are just as good. The owner is very friendly; he is a mine of local knowledge, and the house is full of books and useful leaflets. We loved it.
A Place for Us
Puibolea is a perfect bolt-hole for ‘getting away’ but is also very much somewhere to go to. The house does, as the old cliché says, ‘nestle’ in the mountains ; it is like a nest and seems to belong to the many large birds birds of prey which can be seen any day slowly circling above. For ornithologists, the site is a gift.
Our journey to the house began from the airport in Zaragoza from where we easily collected the hire car. Staying overnight in Zaragoza meant that the journey to the mountains began refreshed and there was time for some site-seeing in the city itself before setting off. The cathedral is especially worth taking time to visit like the many great churches in a city such as Rome. Here too, there is evidence of the Roman legacy. Goya’s connection with the city and its environs is also worth looking into.
Before the final climb up to the house, we stopped at a large and well-stocked supermarket in Huesca and bought most of the provisions for our stay; we were able to supplement them at the small bakery-cum-general store in Bolea with freshly-baked bread, a range of local sausage, cured meats and cheeses and, for a few euros, a selection of local wines. The Saturday morning fruit and veg van in Puibolea was an added bonus. Having shopped and found our bearings a little, the trip to the house was straightforward.
There is ample parking near the house, next to the church (now unused). We walked down some steps and into the front patio area and then into the cool downstairs room. The kitchen is adjacent to the day-room and is home to a solid oak dining table which was always to pleasure in itself to sit at. The bedrooms and furniture are comfortable and each one has a restful view across the panoramic mountains and farmland. There is not a sound except for the occasional hint of birdsong.
Puibolea is a place for doing nothing; a place to escape the pressures of work; to sit, to read, to look around, to cook and eat and to savour the local gastronomy and wines. At the same time, a trip into nearby Bolea might take you to the swimming pool where you can cool off and rest on the rich turf surrounds and use the pool bar and local restaurant but still be assured that the essential tranquillity of the area remains undisturbed. Travelling a little further, you will find the castle of Loarre and other places with architectural gems such as the Renaissance Collegiate church in Bolea. On certain days of the year, all local towns and villages host their own
Some form of transport is necessary-Car,motorbike or bike. Car rental is available in Huesca and other main towns and cities.
The house is 25km from motorways to Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid. There is a minor road from Huesca to the house in Puibolea.
Bolea (5km/8min): nearest large village with a few facilities.
Huesca (18km/20min): train, bus and motorway connections with capital cities.
Zaragoza (85km/1h): high speed train to Madrid/Barcelona, regular flights to UK.
Barcelona (290km/3h): international flights. Motorway connection.
Madrid (400km/4h): international flights. Motorway connection.
Bilbao (310km/3.5h): UK ferries and international flights.
Calais (1300km/15h): Channel tunnel/Ferry.
For basic food requirements there is a bakery and a small supermarket at 5km in Bolea where there is also a chemist, bank and bar-restaurant. All other services (hospital, police, shopping centres...) are available in Huesca.
SPORT & LEISURE
The area is excellent for outdoor pursuits and sports:
- Mountain biking
- Birdwatching (more info below)
· River Gallego
· Bolea swimming pool in beautiful mountain surroundings
- White-water canoeing
- Rock-climbing (Mallos de Riglos rock formation)
- Ski resorts at 1.5h (Candanchú, Formigal and Panticosa).
CULTURE & HISTORY
The area is steeped in history with numerous Roman and Arabic remains. In Puibolea itself there are fascinating wine bodegas hollowed out of the hillside, testimony to its Moorish and Mudejar past which can be visited on request.
In the vicinity there are places of outstanding historical and cultural interest such as Loarre castle, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval examples and the 16th century Gothic-Mudejar Collegiate church in Bolea with its outstanding early 16th century altarpiece. In addition, the provincial capital of Huesca has museums and many buildings of historical and cultural interest.
The area is known for red wine production, especialy the area of Somontano.
In the house itself the top room is well suited to gentle pursuits such as yoga, meditation, reading, drama groups and board games. On a clear night what about some star gazing?
Local knowledge is available directly from the owner and guide books. The area supports an exciting range of birds at all seasons. Overflying the house Griffon, Egyptian and Bearded vulture, Short-toed and Golden eagle are not uncommon. Bee-eaters nest 100m from the front door and Crane flock by on spring and autumn migration. A range of different habitats within easy reach.