|Our story started more than 15 years ago in a corner of Catalonia, El Collsacabra, little visited except by the Catalans. L’Avenc, a fortified masia, had a much longer story dating back to the 13th century, with a beautiful 16th century extension and unique rural Catalan facade that captivated anyone passing by. This is when our two stories converged, when in November, 1997 we were brave or foolish enough to fall in love with it, buy it to restore and hoped to find a new use for it.|
|It had stood abandoned and lonely on the cliffs for more than 50 years between the historic villages of Rupit and Tavertet. Little did we know it proved a long and difficult adventure and involved years of trials and tribulations, as well as joy and satisfaction. Presently, l’Avenc is thankfully no longer a dream or a “castle in Spain”, but a masia in Catalonia, now firmly grounded, fully functioning and our family home, central to our project: L’Avenc de Tavertet.||
In 1997, as an Anglo-Catalan family, we rather naively opted to restore this ruin and thus, our dream, and sometimes nightmare, began. We chose both traditional building materials, local workers, and disappearing skills when restoring the house, decided on the use of renewable energy for heating, hot water and electricity for the house and cottages, took an active interest in acquiring and using fair trade, local and organic products, and became engrossed in sustainable management of water and electricity. Above all, we’ve always been concerned with animal welfare, local or fair trade produce and wanted l’Avenc to reflect this which we do through a food-hamper and breakfast options. L’Avenc de Tavertet is now fully aimed at being a working example of responsible tourism, and without wanting to stay only in the theory we’ve gone and done something about it!
Further than promoting a more responsible form of tourism, calling our rooms by the Catalan names of trees to enhance respect and love for nature and language, we promote and disseminate the local area’s culture by talking with our guests and keeping in touch and promoting with the 3 nearest villages: Tavertet, Rupit and Cantonigrós, as well as the two nearest market towns: Olot and Vic.