We are situated in Manlleu, a small town only one hour from Barcelona city, in the region of Osona and where fresh air can be breathed. This rural house is situated on the ground floor of La Rierola Farmhouse and was built in 1850 by the great grandfather of the current owner. La Rierola started its activity as an agrotourism business in the summer of 1993, after restoring the old “masía”. It is a traditional example of a farmhouse built in the Osona region. The ground floor has capacity for up to 4/5 people. 1 twin room, 1 double bedroom, and a toilet with independent shower facilities. Living- dinning room are equipped with heating, TV, towels, coat, and bed linen. In the same space, there is a very well equipped kitchen with microwaves, vitro, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, other small white goods, and Wi-Fi. Rural homely atmosphere. La Masia is surrounded by cultivated fields and an organic garden kitchen. The house is situated between Vic and Manlleu, at the heart of Vic plain, nearby the Ripollés pre- Pyrenees area to the north, Montseny mountain range to the northeast, and Cabrerès or Collsacabra i les Guilleries to the northwest. All of them have a high natural value and landscaping interest.
Sustainable agriculture/ farming:
At La Rierola, we make a strong bet on organic agriculture and environmental conservation. We collaborate with Sambucus, an ecological cooperative. Currently, we have begun a process of conversion of one part of the farm, which is under cession, into organic farming. People who come here can see, live and share the experience of an organic kitchen garden. There is also information available on other eco- agriculture farms that are nearby. We collaborate together with el “Serradet de Barneres” (organic dairy producers), and La Riera, which breeds organic chickens. Both companies have animal welfare policies.
Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:
The house La Rierola dates back to 1850. It currently preserves its original architecture, and the various additions made throughout the years. This is combined with today´s comfort facilities. The economy is based on an activity connected to the local territory, and giving life to local initiatives and companies. All this activity, together with all cultural events, is disseminated to everybody who would like to share all this joint experience. Poetry reading, concerts, talks and other cultural activities are also organized at La Rierola.
Recently, we have made a strong commitment to be energetically self- sustained, and installed a biomass boiler of forest pellet fuel that mostly uses sawdust from a closed sawmill. Additionally, we pay attention to renewable energies on daily basis management, installed illumination on each area using the most efficient technologies. In relation to waste management, information and various waste bins are available for our guests, based upon the existing waste collection system at regional level, which is slightly different from other places.
At Rierola, we try that our activities do not negatively impact on the environment. Furthermore, we offer our property to develop initiatives which aim is on the same direction of sustainability and environmental conservation than ours. We collaborate with the Naturist group of Osona, and together we have reforested with trees and shrubs some of the pathsides, and cultivated fields to increase biodiversity. These plantations are shown to our clients.