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House In Unspoilt Foothills Of The Pyrenees

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

3 bedroom house with ample space to relax and great mountain views.

The house is situated in the quiet and welcoming village of Puibolea, which has a permanent population of about 30 inhabitants. It is an authentic village situated at a height of 700m commanding magnificent views in all directions: mountains to the north, hills to the east and west, rolling plains to the south. There is no traffic as the village is at the end of the road. The house is a restored three floor building with a cozy cottage atmosphere- its structure is based around a large central stone column with solid wooden beams. On the ground floor there is the mainroom comprising a sitting area with sofa and armchair and wood burner, and a dining area with large oak table. Next to this is the fully equipped kitchen. On the first floor there are 3 double bedrooms. bathroom and toilet and additional toilet. There is a large multi-purpose space on the top attic floor, with locking floor level windows facing south and east . This room has a pinewood floor with rugs making it an excellent play area for children or quiet relaxing place for adults- yoga, reading, meditation, siestas.....

Kevin Hackett
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Kevin Hackett

I hope you will find the information given here helpful in giving you a clear idea of the house. If not, don’t hesitate to get in touch directly with me. I have been living in Spain for the last 25 years, and for a few of them in this house in Puibolea. I am now based near Barcelona where I live with my family. I keep close ties with the village and use the house occasionally for residential language and birdwatching courses.

Kevin Hackett purchased this house in 2002

Why Kevin Hackett chose La Sotonera

I bought the house as a family home when I was working as a teacher in Huesca. The situation of the house is especially attractive as it is in a genuinely wild area yet within easy reach of a provincial capital.

What makes this house unique

The house has a homely feel where visitors immediately feel at home. The small village community is extremely welcoming without being intrusive- a quality that I have felt strongly over the last 15 years and that visitors have often commented on. It is equally a place to relax and unwind or to enjoy exhilarating outdoor pursuits.

As a keen naturalist (especially birdwatching) the house is a perfect base from which to explore a wide range of nearby habitats (mountains, dry plains, woodland, scrub, wetland...). But perhaps its greatest joy is being able to walk straight out of the front door into the country.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Sotonera in Hoya de Huesca / Plana de Uesca

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • (1) Fully equipped. (2) WC, washbasin. *Both on the first floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms + additional multi-purpose area on top floor) Notes on bedrooms: 3 bedrooms with twin beds (one with an option of a double bed).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: - Bedroom 1: with own terrace, east facing. - Bedroom 2: east facing - Bedroom 3: south facing - Top room: additional mattress accommodation available.. All rooms have exceptional views Outside: There is a garden area and patio at the front of the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Linen and towels are provided. Other: Top room (2nd floor): a spacious attic room with pine floor, sloping ceilings, floor level windows and radiators.


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House In Unspoilt Foothills Of The Pyrenees
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

séjour agréable dans un joli cadre à la campagne

  • 4 of 5

Maison sympathique, espaces chambres agréable, avec belle vue sur la campagne.Equipement de cuisine abondant.Cependant, petit problème de propreté dans la cuisine.Mais séjour très positif.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

A great holiday with 4 teenagers...not always easy! A beautiful area, spectacular scenery, rich in history, loads of things to do. We visited the castle in Loarre, the church in Bolea, walked in Los Malos de Riglos, went rafting and spent afternoons by the rivers in the Sierra de Guara. The house is typical of the area in a tiny village at the top of a hill. Kevin gave us a very warm welcome, and kindly let us stay on an extra day at the end, no extra charge as the house wasn't rented after us. A very memorable holiday. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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vacances en famille à Puibolea

  • 5 of 5

nous sommes venus en vacances en famille, nous étions 7, 4 adultes et 3 enfants de 8 à 12 ans. la maison est très belle, très confortable, typique. En haut du village donc très paisible. Très bien équipée. le village de Puibolea était idéalement placé pour visiter Loarre, les Mallos de Riglos, la sierra de gara,...et surtout, l'accueil de Kevin, a été super, chaleureux, en toute simplicité. nous en gardons un excellent souvenir.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect countryside getaway

  • 5 of 5

A group of 5 of us travelled from Barcelona to here for a long Easter weekend and I can safely say we were all blown away by the property and its surroundings. In short, we're already planning a trip back and can't say enough good things about our stay.

Firstly, Kevin was incredibly welcoming after we had serious delays due to car rental issues. Also, his knowledge of the area which he so generously shared with us meant we immediately had our bearings and were ready to explore from day one.

Secondly there is a real abundance of things to do and see near the house, of which we only really scratched the surface. An endless number of walks, places to swim, beautiful tiny towns with local produce, and not to mention the fact that all 5 of us became birdwatching addicts having never really tried it before (except one) - we saw at least one bird of prey every day.

And finally the house itself - comfortable beds, two toilets / one bath/shower. Fully equipped kitchen (coffee machine and teapots included!!) and last but not least the top floor which has amazing views of the plains out towards the Pyrenees and is a lovely place to relax. Watching the sunrise from here was quite a unique experience. We also made full use of the wood burner and the patio served us well at meal times.

All in all a fantastic stay and we can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for a simple holiday.

  • 5 of 5

It was great. Our needs are few. We catered almost exclusively for ourselves. There are restaurants nearby but we didn't use them. There's a supermarket 20 minutes away in Huesca & it's hard to miss it if you come along the motorway from Zaragoza. The bird life here is amazing, and the plants and butterflies are just as good. The owner is very friendly; he is a mine of local knowledge, and the house is full of books and useful leaflets. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Place for Us

  • 5 of 5

Puibolea is a perfect bolt-hole for ‘getting away’ but is also very much somewhere to go to. The house does, as the old cliché says, ‘nestle’ in the mountains ; it is like a nest and seems to belong to the many large birds birds of prey which can be seen any day slowly circling above. For ornithologists, the site is a gift.

Our journey to the house began from the airport in Zaragoza from where we easily collected the hire car. Staying overnight in Zaragoza meant that the journey to the mountains began refreshed and there was time for some site-seeing in the city itself before setting off. The cathedral is especially worth taking time to visit like the many great churches in a city such as Rome. Here too, there is evidence of the Roman legacy. Goya’s connection with the city and its environs is also worth looking into.

Before the final climb up to the house, we stopped at a large and well-stocked supermarket in Huesca and bought most of the provisions for our stay; we were able to supplement them at the small bakery-cum-general store in Bolea with freshly-baked bread, a range of local sausage, cured meats and cheeses and, for a few euros, a selection of local wines. The Saturday morning fruit and veg van in Puibolea was an added bonus. Having shopped and found our bearings a little, the trip to the house was straightforward.

There is ample parking near the house, next to the church (now unused). We walked down some steps and into the front patio area and then into the cool downstairs room. The kitchen is adjacent to the day-room and is home to a solid oak dining table which was always to pleasure in itself to sit at. The bedrooms and furniture are comfortable and each one has a restful view across the panoramic mountains and farmland. There is not a sound except for the occasional hint of birdsong.

Puibolea is a place for doing nothing; a place to escape the pressures of work; to sit, to read, to look around, to cook and eat and to savour the local gastronomy and wines. At the same time, a trip into nearby Bolea might take you to the swimming pool where you can cool off and rest on the rich turf surrounds and use the pool bar and local restaurant but still be assured that the essential tranquillity of the area remains undisturbed. Travelling a little further, you will find the castle of Loarre and other places with architectural gems such as the Renaissance Collegiate church in Bolea. On certain days of the year, all local towns and villages host their own

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Bilbao or Barcelona
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Golf de Guara
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
105 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
230 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Some form of transport is necessary-Car,motorbike or bike. Car rental is available in Huesca and other main towns and cities.

The house is 25km from motorways to Barcelona, Zaragoza and Madrid. There is a minor road from Huesca to the house in Puibolea.


Bolea (5km/8min): nearest large village with a few facilities.

Huesca (18km/20min): train, bus and motorway connections with capital cities.

Zaragoza (85km/1h): high speed train to Madrid/Barcelona, regular flights to UK.

Barcelona (290km/3h): international flights. Motorway connection.

Madrid (400km/4h): international flights. Motorway connection.

Bilbao (310km/3.5h): UK ferries and international flights.

Calais (1300km/15h): Channel tunnel/Ferry.

Further Details:


For basic food requirements there is a bakery and a small supermarket at 5km in Bolea where there is also a chemist, bank and bar-restaurant. All other services (hospital, police, shopping centres...) are available in Huesca.


The area is excellent for outdoor pursuits and sports:

- Walking

- Mountain biking

- Birdwatching (more info below)

- Swimming:

· River Gallego

· Bolea swimming pool in beautiful mountain surroundings

- White-water canoeing

- Canyoning

- Rafting

- Hydrospeed

- Rock-climbing (Mallos de Riglos rock formation)

- Ski resorts at 1.5h (Candanchú, Formigal and Panticosa).


The area is steeped in history with numerous Roman and Arabic remains. In Puibolea itself there are fascinating wine bodegas hollowed out of the hillside, testimony to its Moorish and Mudejar past which can be visited on request.

In the vicinity there are places of outstanding historical and cultural interest such as Loarre castle, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval examples and the 16th century Gothic-Mudejar Collegiate church in Bolea with its outstanding early 16th century altarpiece. In addition, the provincial capital of Huesca has museums and many buildings of historical and cultural interest.


The area is known for red wine production, especialy the area of Somontano.


In the house itself the top room is well suited to gentle pursuits such as yoga, meditation, reading, drama groups and board games. On a clear night what about some star gazing?


Local knowledge is available directly from the owner and guide books. The area supports an exciting range of birds at all seasons. Overflying the house Griffon, Egyptian and Bearded vulture, Short-toed and Golden eagle are not uncommon. Bee-eaters nest 100m from the front door and Crane flock by on spring and autumn migration. A range of different habitats within easy reach.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by telephone or email.
30% of the total to be paid in order to confirm the reservation.
The remainder to be paid prior to arrival.

£120 deposit on arrival, and refunded after departure if there is no damage.

Changeover Day:
Usual changeover is on Saturday:
- Out by: 11:00
- In from: 15:00

Alternatives by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
Charge for 3 nights is 50% of a week's fee.
Weekend (2 nights) 100 pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.