|Space||753 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Nestled below the church our cottage, Casa Petirrojo, is just 3 minutes by foot up the steps to the charming village of Torla, with its narrow streets, medieval architecture and stunning mountain views. Local facilities include 2 supermarkets, tourist information with free internet access, 2 banks, doctors and chemist, local butcher, and numerous restaurants. The National Park Visitors Centre is just 150m away. During peak holiday periods a shuttle bus runs from here into the Ordesa national park. Outside these times the park can be reached by car (8km) or by foot (throughout the year), a beautiful 2 hour hike from the house. There are dozens of possibilities for spectacular walks, both from the house and within the park. Mount Mondarruego forms the backdrop to our tastefully converted pajar, which is set on three floors and sleeps 4 comfortably.
We are an English family who moved here 9 years ago after falling in love with this stunning and unspoilt corner of the Spanish Pyrenees. We are keen outdoor enthusiasts, from hiking and mountain biking to spotting the many birds of prey and enjoying the huge variety of Pyrenees flowers and butterflies. We live in a nearby village, so we normally welcome guests on arrival and are on hand to offer local advice or answer any questions you may have, to ensure you make the most of your stay.
Lucy and Simon purchased this cottage in 2006
Torla is in the heart of the Central Spanish Pyrenees. At 1100m altitude it is high enough to provide a lush green landscape even in summer yet far enough east to escape the rainfall more associated with the western Pyrenees. Not only is Torla the closest place to stay for walkers wanting to explore the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido but Torla itself is also a great place to walk from, with numerous ancient footpaths to explore. Torla lies at the head of the valley of Ara, named after the river which is just 5 mins walk from the house. There is superb white water rafting in the spring and several secluded spots along this pristine river for a dip in summer. For Romanesque and Medieval architecture, Jaca to the West and Ainsa to the East are a short drive away.
The house is perfectly situated for quick access to the Ordesa National Park, whether in your own car or going by the shuttle bus which leaves from a stop 150m away. The pretty medieval village of Torla with its small shops and range of restaurants and bars is just 3 minutes walk up some steps. The house is south-facing and well sheltered so the sun terrace is the perfect place for dining “al fresco” from spring through to autumn. During the summer, the giant fig tree in front of the terrace provides welcome shade. Because the bedrooms are set on 2 different floors this provides maximum privacy between parents and older children or between 2 couples, each with their own bathroom. Conversely the upstairs rooms are ideal for younger families.
Cosy well equipped retreat in a great location.We enjoyed spectacular walks and fantastic wildlife. Food shopping or restaurants are just a short walk away behind the house, although beware those few last steps might prove the toughest climb of the day after an outing in the mountains. Lucy and Julian, London, July
The house is in a super location, I loved the steps up to the church and the old village above. It is beautifully furnished with a lovely kitchen/living area and the terrace was great to sit on in the evening. The bus service into the Ordesa canyon is great with the stop about 100 yards away.
Yvette and John, Lancaster, August
From the moment we arrived, the immaculate presentation and thoughtful gifts told us we were in for a treat of a week. We thoroughly enjoyed your cosy house. We were also delighted with how close the house is to beautiful walks. We particularly liked walking by the river, occasionally dunking our feet in the water. Paul & Graham, Norfolk, August
A lovely friendly welcome from Lucy, very helpful to be shown the workings of the house. The house was super, everything we needed for our stay. The Red guide book was excellent much better than the Cicerone one we brought with us. Torla is a buzz of a wee mountain town, with the house so well placed to be able to nip up a few steps and be in the centre. We thoroughly enjoyed walking every day and seeing the autumn colours develop throughout the week. There are good walks starting from the house, nice not to use the car.
Casa Petirrojo in Torla gets top marks for people, practicalities and location. Lucy and Simon, the owners, are kind, helpful and knowledgeable; the accommodation has all that is expected from the specification and it all works; the location is ideal in terms of access to the mountains and the abundant natural history. We were especially interested in flowers and it is hard to imagine a better place in May or June; we did good walks of the relatively easy kind but there are clearly opportunities for more heroic efforts too. We can't praise it too highly.
We had a lovely week in this cottage in Torla. Usually we look for cottages in the middle of nowhere but it was actually really nice to be able to walk into the village and buy bread in the morning and have a beer in the warm evenings - there was a nice buzz in the place. As warned, the Ordesa valley was a bit busy in August but there were other beautiful valleys to explore close by. We spotted lots of different butterflies, lizards, birds (saw a lammergeier ) and snakes. The cottage was very clean and well-maintained and looks like it does in the listing. I thought the road might be noisy but it was fine and we liked hearing the church clock chime. We couldn't always find a parking space close-by but never had to walk longer than five minutes - not arduous. We enjoyed a days canyoning and also a 4x4 trip above the valley. Temperature ranged from low to upper twenties - I don't know if that's typical for August there. I would certainly recommend.
This a lovely and very well provided house in an excellent position on the edge of Torla centre. It would have been nice to have had a slightly closer and more dedicated parking space but the absence of this did not detract in any significant way from our wonderful vacation in Casa Petirrojo or cause us any real inconvenience. We would happily recommend the house to anyone looking for a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore this part of the Pyrenees. The booking process was easy and our host more than helpful and informative. Thank you for a lovely holiday.
Great accommodation in a great village that has all you need set in beautiful surroundings - what more could you ask for? Definately recommend. Many thanks for accommodating our week stay with the ferry times too - helped enormously with our trip. Will come again. Many thanks again.
Torla is a beautiful village with everything you need for a great holiday. Wifi in the tourist office where you will be welcomed to the area. Plenty of bars and the nearest tapas bar round the corner is lovely. The owner really is mein host and ask him about his son's football career too.
The beauty of the house is that you can put your boots on and start walking out the door into the most spectacular scenery. The bus service up to the Park Ordesa is the jewel in the crown as you pop out the door and fifteen minutes later are up over 1200 metres in the most amazing place. Once you arrive there are so many trails to go up you are spoilt for choice. Or you may choose just to take the bus so you can copy a couple sitting next to us. They went straight to the Best Bar In The Universe (copyright me!) and ordered steak and chips and a bottle of red wine.
The house has all you need for a great holiday. Lots of bedrooms and a terrace. What more do your need?
Thank you Lucy for a fantastic holiday in one of the most beautiful places on our planet.
A car is essential for travel in Aragón. Distances from the following airports to Torla are as follows:
Zaragoza 178km / 2 hours 10 mins.
Pau 138km / 2 hours 20 mins.
Pamplona 167km / 2 hours 25 mins.
Tarbes 164km / 2 hours 30 mins.
Toulouse 269km / 3 hour 30 mins.
Barcelona 322km / 4 hours.
2 minutes by foot to Torla village and the National Park Information Centre. 8km by car or a beautiful 2 hour hike on foot to the entrance to the National Park of Ordesa, from which there are dozens of possibilities for walks.
Times to other towns by car; 5 mins to Broto for banks. 50 mins to the medieval town of Ainsa. 60 mins to Jaca and then on to the valley of Anso. 90 mins to the historic and cosmopolitan city of Huesca. 80 mins to the spectacular National Park of Sierra de Guara.
The National park information centre and shuttle bus for the park are 150m aw . Torla has 2 small supermarkets, butcher, 2 banks with cashpoints, restaurants, bars, doctors, post office and several adventure sports companies. Locally there is a broad spectrum of flora. The valley of Ara is green and lush with beech, birch, poplar, maple, oak and pine. One guest wrote "the walks through beech forests and canyons and the waterfalls have been among the best we have ever encountered" (Mike and Lyn,Tasmania. May 2009). Above the tree line there are nearly 1500 species of small flowering plants. We set off on one of the many walks from the house, it was June, and spent over an hour absorbed in the variety of flowers just 10 minutes away -the walk was put on hold! Fauna is abundant. Of the larger birds, there are regular sightings of red kites, griffon and Egyptian vultures, golden eagles and lammergeiers can also be seen in the park. A pied woodpecker often visits the house in Spring and Autumn, green and black woodpeckers are common. You may even see the coveted wall creeper in the park. You will certainly be unlucky not to see a red squirrel during your stay and both chamois and marmots are abundant in the park. The butterflies are prolific with a couple of species only to be found in the valley of Ordesa. Spring in this part of the Pyrenees lasts from April to early June and is particularly beautiful, the rivers are at their best and the wild flowers and the vibrant greens transform the landscape. Autumn, from October to the end of November is also a special time. Once more the landscape changes colour, reds, browns and russet dominate. It is no wonder we get both photographers and artists from all over the world coming at this time of year. For the more adventurous we can arrange the hire of mountain bikes, horse riding, canoeing, canyoning and rafting. There is a superb via ferrata route locally at Broto, suitable for all. Every type of climbing is catered for here.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$271.6|
To guarantee the reservation we ask for a 25% booking deposit and a signed copy of our rental conditions. This deposit to be paid by bank transfer (bank costs at your expense if applicable). The remainder is due 30 days prior to rental start along with a security deposit of 250 euros. The latter is returned on departure subject to no damage. For UK residents only, there is an option to pay the deposit into our UK bank account, thus avoiding international bank charges.
Changeover day is normally Saturday, however, this is flexible depending on demand. We ask guests to check out by 11:00 am on the morning of departure. Check-in is after 5pm on the day of arrival.
Notes on prices:
Prices are valid for a total of up to 4 people, or 5 during high season.
During all other times there is a supplement of 15 euros/night for the 5th person.
Shorter stays (3-6 nights) available, please contact us for details.