A XIV century farmhouse restored according to its original structure and materials. Family rooms for 2, 3 and 4 people are available, all with living room and bathroom.
Sustainable agriculture/ farming:
Finger food menu. Homemade garden salad, pate, cheese, or cold meats are always a part of the meal. As a starter, we offer rice, pasta or soup. The main course consists of meat from extensive breeding in the region, accompanying with garden vegetables. Desserts are Kefir with jam, homemade cakes, and chocolates. Fair trade coffees, house herbal infusions and liquors are available. Local products: handmade cheeses from a local cheese factory ´La Rovira´ in Sant Pau de Segúries; organic Honey ‘Lluch’ from Ogassa; ecological Lamb from ‘Fullosa’ in Ogassa; organic young goat ‘Miquelet’ of Sant Martí d’Damians; organic fruit from ‘Cal Negrillo ‘ in Sant Joan de les Abadesses; Cottage cheese of ‘ The Lladre ‘ in Les Llosses; and unpasteurized fresh milk from ‘ The Folcra ‘in Sant Joan de Abadesas. Home made products: bread cooked in a wood oven and made with flour from our organic farm; cakes; canned wild berries and fruits from our plot, medicinal and cooking herbs (own production or harvest), dried and canned mushrooms, homemade traditional herbal liquor, and cold meats.
Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:
Fields of pasture, beech, pine and oak forests are all around; they are ideal environs for finding mushrooms, herbs and wild berries. Northern mountains reach 2000 m, and serve as protection. They are perfect for doing walking and mountain cycling tours. We also offer snow rackets walking tours in winter. Our village was founded in the X century as a colony of S. Joan de Les Abadesses Monastery. In the s. XIV, just 60 households were registered (about 500 inhabitants). At that time, coal was discovered in another district of the village, and many peasants migrated to the end of the valley looking for work in the mines. Only, the inhabitants of three large and self-sufficient houses stayed in this part of the village, and they still exist today, one of which is Mas Mitjavila. Mines were finally closed down in 1965, and the train line that transported coal to the port of Barcelona stopped running in the 70s. The train line from Ogassa to Ripoll was transformed into “La Ruta del Ferro” (The iron trail). It is a 15 km. long path that can be travelled by foot or bike. One of Ogassa mines is currently being arranged for tourism visits, together with a Coal Interpretation Centre and Museum.
Energy saving measures: 90% low energy light bulbs; washing machine with hot water inlet; gas dishwasher; thermostats in all rooms with the highest temperature set at 21 °C (the heating system automatically turns off from 24 to 7 h); water is heated in a tank situated close to the fireplace (when the fire is lit); lights in hallways and stairs automatically turn on/ off. We kindly ask our guests not to waste electric energy, water and heating, using these resources in a responsible manner. Organic construction materials: the house was built in the X century, using the skills applied during those times. The orientation of the building is to the south/ south west so solar energy is used at all times. Walls are made of stoned and have a thickness of 40/60 cm.; 100% of walls/ roof are unfolded or insulated with natural materials. 95% are double glazed windows. Hot water pipes were properly insulated.
We encourage our guests to enjoy nature, and be respectful towards the flora and fauna. We asked that you do not to leave waste or make fires. We help you to identify mushrooms and wild fruits, and are ready for customers who wish to observe birds.