Name of applicant:Karen Yanuba lezama Morales
Address:C/Turriendas, 70 - 09347 Puentedura. Burgos
Phone: 947 616 908
GPS Coordinates: 42º 02′ 22 ” / 3º 35′ 36 “
Bioclimatic and sustainable hotel that is strategically organized to make different activities and visits everyday, discovering la Ribera and Los Sabinares del Arlanza in Puentedura. A different place that was envisioned to enjoy nature and rural life. It was designed for families, groups and couples that are looking for a different way of relaxing and eating well, and getting closer to the rural world and nature. We offer 6 thematic bedrooms for 2, 3 or 4 people, simply furnished, but they evoke different places of the world. It is perfect for traveling with children. All rooms have a toilet, shower with thermostatic tap, extra 120 cm bed, TDT TV, free wifi, and a exit door to a 18 m2 wooden terrace with beautiful views. Each terrace is equipped with a table, chairs, sun umbrella and plants according to each atmosphere. It gives access to a private garden that connects to the common outside garden. Shared areas consist of a living room with a fireplace, dinning room with capacity for 32 people, 2 public toilets, and a buffet area with a fridge and a microwave. We have parking within the property. We have public toilets adapted to people with disabilities, access ramps to all building doors, showers without steps, and all areas are wide enough to move by wheelchair, so everybody can enjoy our Center. We offer meals to our guests at our inside dinning room throughout the year. We open our restaurant- terrace to general public from Eastern. The terrace is separated from the guests area, so its activity does not interfere with our clients rest. We have a new wooden pergola with lateral windbreaks, and a mobile roof made of fabric to avoid summer heat. From our terrace, you can see the outdoor playground and traditional games area, so you can enjoy your table talk while keeping an eye on your children. During summer, we open the bar- terrace from Tuesday to Sunday. You can enjoy paellas, salads, “tapas”, scrambled eggs and plates under a shade while enjoying live music. Besides, there are outdoor concerts at sunset on saturdays during the month of August. We also offer a day visit to schoolchildren from March to June. Languages courses (intensive English or Spanish) are offered upon requested at any time of the year. Our website explains in detail, and with photographs each of the features mentioned above.
Sustainable agriculture/ farming:
We have our own kitchen garden. It is cultivated under ecological agriculture standards, and our gastronomy is based on our harvest, and others products elaborated in the region. For instance, we offer menus cooked with veggies from the garden, eggs from our chickens, home made desserts, and the best wines of Ribera del Arlanza. We also cultivate all sort of fruit trees, wild berries, aromatic and medicinal plants that are integrated in our food and offered at the restaurant. There are 2 bookcases in the living room, where you can consult or borrow tourism bookguides and illustrative routes around the natural area. You can also find information on organic producers from the region, fairs, contact details and prices. We have applied to be adhered to the Arlanza wine route.
Cultural Heritage and Rural Development:
1. Creation of employment in the area.
2. Dissemination of information related to our cultural heritage. We have visited all landmarks and walked /hiked trails, so that we can recommend to each traveller the activity that best suits him/ her.
3. We teach our visitors traditional games which are almost forgotten.
4. We buy traditional products from local providers.
5. We recommend our guests to visit the Museum of local artist Felix Yañez who is a renowned potter and sculptor. He built a “small village” with materials from dumping sites, and using a popular methods of construction. It is an amazing ethnographic museum that deserves a visit if you want to learn about rural life while contemplating a “huge sculpture”.
We believe in wisdom applied to a way of life, so we designed this project to be as sustainable as possible in relation to its construction, maintenance and operation. The bioclimatic building with large windows oriented to the south and its ecologic insulation of cellulose, minimise the need for heating. The heating as well as the hot water are supplied by Geothermal energy, a renewable and clean energy based on exchanging the heat that is stored in the ground, and distributed it through an underground heating system. This is a healthy rural house, built with rich materials such as stones from the property. All the structure of the roof is made of wood, so the carpentry items. Cement was substituted by lime, and neither paints nor PVC has been used. Rainwater irrigates the “green roof” which serves also as an ecological insolator. Sewage is purified and waste separated for recycling. We also have water-saving taps, thermostatic showers and low energy bulbs. In just two years we have transformed a wasteland into a small botanical garden with over 60 species of trees and other conifers 30 spread over 3,000 m2 of land. We make our own compost to fertilise gardens and new plantations. We offer a free tour to our guests in which, we explain all our environmental policies and actions (bioconstruction, geothermal system and heat pump, the “green roof”, etc..)
The Bioclimatic project of the Rural Tourism Centre was declared of “Social Interest” by the Puentedura Council. We provide information about the city of Burgos, the Museum of Human Evolution, Atapuerca archaeological site, the stunning Sierra (montain range) de la Demanda, the site where the movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ was filmed, and other landmarks in the region. We also organize activities such as hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, and discovering local villages. The forest of “Los Sabinares del Arlanza”, is a perfect place for birdwatching, and also, there is a great diversity of mushrooms and fungus. You can learn about the latest coalmen in the region, practice enotourism- visits to the wine cellars of Arlanza-, and participate in many other activities. We installed a structure to house two stork nests, as well as 12 nest boxes and 3 bird feeders in the property. We have chickens, pheasants and a donkey that is responsible for mowing the grass, and whose excrements are used as fertilizer. The line of work, that we have planned, seeks to raise some understanding of the following issues among our visitors: 1. Bioclimatic architecture and healthy materials 2. Operation of renewable energies: the geothermic system 3. Advantages of “green roofs” 4. Identification of vegetable species 5. Care of small farm animals. 6. Cultivation and identification of vegetables, basics on organic agriculture. Elaboration of compost. 7. Cultivation of fruit trees. Identification of species and varieties, basics of pruning. 8. Elaboration of meals with vegetables, fruits and wild berries. 9. Aromatic, culinary and medicinal plants. Identification and uses. 10. Gardening. Types of gardens, and basic caring. Most of these activities are taught by bilingual instructors (English and Spanish). We collaborate with organizations for environmental protection. We are also in contact with the park ranger of Castile and Leon who comes to the Centre to release birds that have been recovered in the Bird Recovery Centre of Burgos.