One day, we decided to live far from the city, at a slower pace and in a more sustainable way. In 2012, we made our dream come true and started up Cal Calsot, a small eco-friendly rural accommodation located in Montellà, at the foot of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park and the Pyrenees mountain range.
We are Lídia and Marc, and will be delighted to welcome you in our home.
We both have an artistic background and, after living in Barcelona for almost 20 years, we realised we needed something else.
Cal Calsot has given us the opportunity to begin a new life and create a project from scratch, closer to nature, at a slower pace, far from the city and the noise.
A project to fuel our creativity and to pass on our way of life, respectful of the environment and local culture.
A good friend partnered with us on this voyage and, between the three of us we managed to create the essence of Cal Calsot, the intangible something that becomes apparent in many of the details you will find when you visit our home.
We imagined our ideal rural house, listing all the things we like: nature, good cheese, good wine, conversation, reading, silent starry skies, pure air, snow, art, music, yoga; and hiking.
Cal Calsot has given us the chance to know people that are passionate about what they do: weavers, local craftsmen, cheesemakers, carpenters, potters, cattle breeders and farmers; and we involved them in our project. Behind every object or product there is a person and a story, and all of them help us make Cal Calsot the way we dreamt it.
Now, we live in a place we like and our dream has come true.
Would you like to share it?
Following the small road that climbs up to Montellà, and after one of the bends, you will be surprised by the north face of the imposing Cadí, the meadows before the village, with their cattle, pure air, our house…
We like looking after you and this is why we will welcome you upon your arrival, prepare breakfast, cook dinner with local, organic, healthy products; as well as recommending you where to go and what to do.
When entering the house we will change our shoes for something more comfortable.
During the winter the wood stove will be lit, and you can have an herbal tea.
By mild weather you can go out on the threshing floor and listen to the birdsong and the cowbells in the background.
And during the hotter months you can enjoy the Pyrenees’ fresh nights and starry skies.
We live in the same house, so if you need anything just knock.
However, if you are looking for intimacy you will not even know if we are there or not.
Take up that book, let the sun caress you, let time stop, leave stress behind; and slow down. We have Wi-Fi available but, if you dare, try to really get away.
When you leave you will have disconnected
and soon you’ll wish to come back.
You’ll enjoy the experience of living in an accommodation
where we strive to minimize our impact.
Will you help us achieve it?
Cal Calsot is steeped in history, back in the 80s, when the farmers retired and the owners came back to live in the house, they did it with ecological and sustainability awareness. It was them who began piping and stocking rain water, heating water with solar energy; and started the organic veal farm.
When we presented our project to them, it was very well received and today Cal Calsot continues the journey with a new purpose, with new people at the head but maintaining the same philosophy, as it always has been for 200 years!
In 2010 we began the alterations to transform Cal Calsot into a responsible, sustainable, environmentally friendly rural accommodation and placing value on:
Networking with producers and craftsmen in the area, to promote local economy.
Proximity, seasonal, organic, healthy foods.
Using renewable energies to reduce power consumption and environmental pollution.
Preserving Cal Calsot’s architectural heritage, undertaking a refurbishing of the house that respected its architecture and the environment.
Respecting the natural heritage of our setting, by promoting environmentally friendly ecotourism activities, led by local guides who know the area like the back of their hand.
Looking after the environment by minimizing our impact and following the 5R model: “reuse, reduce, recover, recycle and residual management”.
Small Gestures to Reduce Our Environmental Impact
- Alterations that respected the building’s structure, restoring and whitewashing the original stone walls
- Mineral paints and clean, healthy wood treatments
- Natural materials like wood and stone; or wool, cotton, and flax for textiles
- Biodegradable cork-sheet thermal and acoustic insulation
- Green energy supply by Somenergia cooperative
- Promoting public transportation. If you arrive by train, bus, or if you travel on foot, on horseback or cycling we offer a discount! (provided you book directly with us)
- Collaboration with social integration business projects giving jobs to disadvantaged groups, such as Cooperativa Nougrapats’ laundry, in la Seu d’Urgell, or the textile company Teixidors, in Terrassa
- Networking with several associations that share our values: Associació Agroalimentària de la Cerdanya, Fundación Ecoagroturismo; and Somenergia