Certificado de alojamientos sostenibles

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The lodging is situated in a beautiful corner of Zamanzas Valley, on the Ebro riverbank and 50 mts. from the mill that gave name to the establishment. It had been the workplace for millers for hundred of years, and now, after careful restoration, it became a place for relaxing. During the restoration process, all original features and local construction materials (oak wood and limestone) were taken into consideration to fully integrated the Posada within its surrounding environment. The property consists of three buildings: The Old house, now the “Posada”, where some bedrooms, a living room and the kitchen are situated. The old oven is currently an office. The wonderful mill was restored and still remains the mill, although no one brings wheat to grind, you can see how it works. In the same way as the construction of the Posada, we tried to furnish the inside with antique and restored furniture and elements. On the ground floor, there is an entrance hall, with a small library that has specialized books in regional routes, birds and ethnography. It gives way to a living room with a french fireplace and a dining area with seatings for up to twelve people, or up to eighteen in the case of groups. On the first floor, there are six rooms, all duplex, you first enter a private living room, and on the top floor there is a master bedroom and a bathroom. This upper floor has a sloping ceiling and a large window on the roof that brings light, and romance at nights with moon. We have double and twin bedrooms,  beds are spacious and dressed with cotton sheets and blankets. All rooms offer the possibility to add extra beds, so that the capacity and distribution can be modified. Please, contact us for groups or families. There is a porch and a large garden beside the River Ebro, as well a giant walnut tree that keep us cool in summer.

Sustainable agriculture/ farming:

We have a small organic kitchen garden, and also get our supplies from ecological producers (i.e. fruits, vegetables, wine, eggs, dairy products, or oil). We keep making an effort to incorporate more organic products. We elaborate our menus for breakfast and dinner with those products, and also offer vegetarian options (advance booking required) We have for sale some organic products, like oil and wine.

Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:

Our accommodation establishment is a traditional construction that was restored with local materials, mostly limestone and oak. We restored the old mill, so you can see its operating system and the grinding stones. We inform our guests about routes to enjoy our wide cultural heritage, from prehistoric dolmens, Roman, pre-Roman towns, historic and artistic sites. Unfortunately, the region does not produce many organic local food and agriculture products, so our effort to acquire and offer local products mainly focuses on crafts, which are very well represented in the area. We participate in several regional associations (the Merindades Rural Tourism Association, Business Association of the Natural Park of Ebro and Rudrón, Spanish Society of Ornithology – Burgos (SEO-Burgos), that aim rural development, among others, in line with environment and sustainable issues. We are also actively involved in some projects in the Valle de Zamanzas Council, which objective is to improve and restore natural and cultural heritage. Currently, we are working to recover a dump as a lagoon and recreation area, and recuperate Barriolacuesta castle.

Rural Development:

We make an effort to reduce our environmental impact. We separate our waste for proper recycling, also we ask our customers to help us. We use all organic waste to make compost for our garden. All our points of light are low energy consumption. Water discharge can be controlled in all tanks. Likewise all water taps have aerators that reduce water consumption. There is a dual compartment in the septic tank, and a biological filter well. We have a high performance and low consumption wooden fireplace for heat generation, that is able to heat 50% of the house. We have two project of clean energy generation: a mini-hydroelectric plant and a photovoltaic pannel installation.

Natural Resources:

We make an effort to reduce our environmental impact. We separate waste for correct recycling, and also ask our customers to help us. We use all organic waste to make compost for our garden. All our lighting points consume low energy. Water discharge can be controlled in all tanks. Likewise, all water taps have aerators that reduce water consumption. There is a dual compartment in the septic tank, and a biological filter well. We have a high performance and low consumption wooden fireplace for heat generation that is able to heat 50% of the house. We have two projects of clean energy generation: a mini-hydroelectric station and a photovoltaic pannel installation.

Environmental protection:

We make a great effort for protecting the environment, as natural resources are our main tourism incentive. We collaborate with the City Hall, various associations, and SEO-Burgos (Spanish Society of Ornithology) to elaborate, implement, assist and plan actions that promote the restoration, conservation and protection of nature. We monitor bird populations for different conservation programs, for instance, we are responsible for monitoring and controlling the IBA (Important Bird Areas) of Ebro and Rudrón Canyons. We have particularly designed tours for bird watching, both guided and self-guided. We also offer advise to birdwatchers who would like to visit other interesting places in the north of Spain. We keep a blog about birds in north of Spain (www.northbirdspain.blogspot.com), and manage a group in facebook about the Natural Park of Hoces del Alto Ebro y Rudrón.

 

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