WELCOME TO CASA PASQUAL 

The sunny south sideIMG_1192!

As a summary, there are 6 properties for sale as a lot (or separately upon request); The town house  (331sqm), the garden (661sqm) and 4 farm lands (279.529 sqm). One of the lands (4421sqm) could be converted into a buildable terrain as it is located within the reach of electricity, water supply, drainage, and telephone land line. The house is stone made. On the ground floor there is the garage with a 1000 litre gasoil deposit (which serves the heating circuit), a washing machine, a stone made oven (excellent for making pizzas or bread) and a pit, which was digged as an extra source of water supply when the house became the village’s bakery. On the second floor there is the kitchen, a room with two single beds, the living room with a large dinner table, a comfortable little saloon with a sofa and a small table, a bathroom with shower and a beautiful terrace (15sqm) with table, chairs, a barbacue and a vine (which gives grapes every season). On the third floor there are two double bedrooms, a cosy estudio with balcony and another bathroom with shower. And on the fourth floor we find the bright suite (composed of a double bed, a cupboard and sofas with a small table) and another beautiful terrace (20sqm).

History

The house pillards date from the 800’s A.C. aproximately, when the village was erected. It has had different uses through time; it was firstly the hospital of the town to later become the bakery, and presumably many others. All information about history is well classified in the archs of the local council, in Camarasa. The house was then acquired on 21/01/1998. There have been numerous works, new installations and refurbishments since.

Situation and Orientation 

It faces west through the street facade, south through the terraces (views of the forest and mountains) and north looking to Montsec Sierra. The house is situated at approximately 700 meters above the sea level. Like most of the land. The remaining acres in plot 20 are situated at approximately 650 meters, respectively. The house, the garden and the buildable plot are found in La Regola village whilst the rest of the lands are 900m away. The south facing Vall d’Ager is perfectly oriented as the sun is present during the whole day; it raises early in the morning from the east and sets late in the evening onto the west (great for any type of vegetable cultivation and for the installation of solar panels).  

Heating system

There are radiators in all rooms in exception of the suite, which has a salamander stove. There is also a fireplace in the living room and another in the kitchen (which was used for cooking).

Accesses

There is a very easy access from the C-12 National Road to both the house (2 minutes) and the land (3 minutes). There also plenty of dirt roads and paths all across the land.

Parking 

One can always find space for the car in the village’s main square, 20 meters away of the house.

Proximities 

There is the bigger town Ager at 5,8 km which offers all services, shops and facilities needed; supermarkets, petrol station, restaurantd, hostels, guest houses, hotels, camping, nursing home, hospitals and medics and doctors, schools, summer holidays complex for kids, firemen park, public swiming pool, etc.

The garden 

The garden is 665m2 and is found at the entry of the village. It is a lovely wide space designated for small agriculture like lettuces, onions, tomatoes and the like. It is also an ideal place to have chickens. It is well connected to the village’s garden’s irrigation system.

Natura 2000 Europan Eco-network 

Most of the land is highly valuable as it is considered UNESCO heritage due to the many species of birds that inhabite in the area and for many other which fly through during migration seasons. Thus making of the valley a recognized landscape for its ornithological interest. There are three plots out of four within the Natura 2000 European Eco-Network. Making a total of 275.108 m2 of fertile land and forest within.

Plot in the Regola Village 

The one plot situaded in La Regola Village is 4.421 m2 and it is eligible for construction purposes. As its terrain is buildable per law. And it is also within the reach of electricity, water supply, drainage, and telephone land line.

H2O 

Most of the land is delimited by the river ‘Fred’ (“cold” in Catalan). There is also and old circuit which used to conduct all water along the fields. However, it has almost disappeared due to its disuse through the years. But all pieces of land conserve the right to be watered. Hidrologic studies carried out in the area show that there is water at only 25 meters depth from the ground surface. Thus digging in a pit in order to obtain water is a very viable solution. There are also several natural water sources across the plots that gain in flow after the rainy days. Therefore, it is very recommended to perform a deep water retention study and design so to add dams to these natural circuits. This way little reservoirs of water can be accumulated during the rain seasons. Further investigations have demonstrated that one of the greatest unexploited European rivers is flowing underneath these lands.

Climate

The temperatures in summer are high (although they drop considerably during the nights due to the thermal wind currents that blow through the valley mountains) and the winters are moderate. Due in part to the limestone rock and the sediments of the Montsec Sierra soil that lie underneath. Thus dry farming predominates in the valley.

Constructions within the lands 

There are several old country houses across the lands which were built by my grandfather and which used to serve as warehouse for farming vehicles and tools to work the land and as hut eventually. Although there is only half a meter ground-up left from their original walls, they could be rebuilt following the actual legal consensus. Worth to mention that there are also a few hidden tree-houses across the lands which used to shelter bandits during the Spanish Civil War. Construction of more country houses is also allowed per law. However these must be declared as farms or warehouses and never as primary residence.

Geography 

The properties are found at The Serra del Montsec. The name Montsec derives from the Latin Montus sectus, which makes reference to its characteristic rock formations. It is divided into three main massifs by 3 of the most important rivers in Catalonia: the eastern massif, El Montsec de Rúbies, is separated by the river Segre in the east and the Noguera Pallaresa in the middle, and to the west the Noguera Ribagorçana divides the central massif, El Montsec d’Ares, from the western El Montsec d’Estall, in Aragon. Two gorges (congostos), those of Terradets and Montrebei, or Bonremei, have been opened by the action of the rivers and tectonic movements. The highest peak, Santalís, is found in the central massif, standing at 1,678 mm, and dominates views over Àger and the plains of Lleida to the south and the Pyrenees to the north. The southern face is virtually a great wall with a “step” about two-thirds of the way up, and the northern side, although by no means as steep, still stands at 1,000 metres above the Tremp basin below. The Serra del Montsec consists of a series of calcareous mountain ranges. Runs from east to west, it is about 40 km long and 186.96 square kilometres in area. Montsec’s formation goes back to when sediments of several thousand metres deep were deposited in the Cretaceous sea, raised and partly covered by the Eocene sea, and then raised again by Pyrenean folding. Fossils from the Mesozoic era are relatively easy to find, and at Vilanova de Meià the deposits there are one of the most important in the world.

Fauna and Flora 

Here, it is possible to find a number of relatively rare species of fauna, including the capercaillie. The most representative species are the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), the common vulture (Gyps fulvus) and the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). The golden eagle, the eagle owl and the peregrine falcon also prowl the area. The most numerous mammal species found in this area are the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), badger (Meles meles), fox (Vulpes vulpes) and wild boar (Sus escrofa). The Pyrenean chamois (Rupricapra pyrenaica) is also an occasional visitor to the area. It is possible to get a closer view of the birds in the area by visiting the “Casal dels Voltors” (House of the Vultures), two chambers located in their feeding and nesting areas, a spot where these birds, the inhabitants of one of the region’s beauty spots, can be observed in their daily life. The predominant vegetation is scrub, which hosts a wide range of Mediterranean aromatic plants. There are also many other type of trees found in the lands such as hazelnut trees or bushes and flowers like equisetum arvense or the wild rose. The acres of forest are formed of black poplars, olive trees, oaks and holm oaks. This last one was vastly introduced for coal production in the past. We can also find truffles, which are highly valued in the culinary market for its scarcity. These can as well be cultivated. There are also ongoing tasks carried out by the local council in order to improve the forests of the valley so to make them more sustainable and homogeneous.

Activities 

The valley offers a great recreational space for all kind of sports and activities. It is the ideal spot to enjoy with its landscapes and wonders and explore the many possibilities that it offers; from lovely walks alongside the genuine beaches of the two lakes composing the valley, Camarassa and Canyelles (These are 2 km away from La Regola and are just the idilic spot for spending the day near by, under the shade of the trees whilst enjoying a refreshing swim every now and then), to trotting or mountain biking. There many aquatic sports that are also practiced in these lakes; From kayaking or canoeing to surfing or kitesurfing. One can also hire a quad bike or try archery or paintball. There are also around 180 caves and caverns discovered so far. It is for this that caving becomes a very recommended and demanded activity. Hiring the equipment is also posible in the many adventure companies in Ager. Looking north from the house and the land there is the magnificent Congost de Mont-Rebei gorge, which offers a great hiking or canoeing experience throughout its impressive 500 meter walls. Which divide two Spanish regions, Aragon and Catalonia. Although the canyon also offers a worldwide known spot for rock climbing lovers, there are great climbs all around. There are also many hang gliding and paragliding schools in Ager as the high mountains surrounding the area offer one of the best locations for their practice worldwide. The quality of the skies of Montsec has recently prompted the establishment of the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (Astronomical Observatory), near Àger. This facility offers visitors the chance to discover more about the sky, nature and the history of the valley. La Regola is also an hour away from Port Ainé and Super Spot ski stations. And two hours drive up north, in the high Pyrenees, one can opt for the exciting outings across the magnificent paths of El park natural d´Aigües Tortes i Sant Maurici or visit the outstanding fauna and flora of Cavallers natural park. There is also an important paleontological museum in Isona few kilometers away which arises the interest of many adepts and tourists with its famous dinosaurs’ fossil tracks. The valley in itself is also a zone containing important palaeontological remains, which include sites at the Meià quarry and at Cabroa. As historical heritage there is also the charming romanic village of Santa Lis, the Shrine of Colobo, the Stone Shrine, the Tower of Cas and El Pla de les Bruixes, amongst many others. The places to visit and the possibilities are just endless. Therefore the valley represents a great tourism attraction throughout the whole year.

History of the Valley

The valley is also considered an important place due to the richness of its history; uncountable epic battles between the Islam and the Christians took place during the Reconquista period, which compound great part of the history of the valley and its people. It is also a place remembered for the intrepid adventures of the Duke Mir the Tost. The Basilica of Ager, of romanic style, is also considered human heritage. And the house of the Conqueror of California is still conserved and honoured with a commemorative nameplate. Among many traditions and local fests there is the highlighted side of La Vall d’Ager history; its food and its culinary recipes and secrets, transmited from parents to children through uncountable generations.

Production in the lands and local economy 

The main local businesses are agriculture (mostly barley and almonds) and tourism. Most of all planners are looking to tourist development to give the region an important boost. Thus Casa Pasqual could become a great rural house to accomodate the thousands of tourists that visit the area yearly. However, there are also great possibilities for farming (orange trees, lemon trees..etc) for permaculture and for honey productivity. This last must be highly taken into consideration as the flora in the lands is just ideal for the installation and proliferation of beehives due to the richness of flower species that grow all along. Moreover, considered the land UNESCO heritage there are substancial subsidies for apicultural development at European level within the reach of any entrepreneur. Further to this, the existence of bees enriches the flora of the lands as these serve as natural seed spreaders, ensuring the sustainability of the area. Along whith this comes the medicinal and aromatic plants production, another great and highly demanded solution in our industry nowadays. The valley also produced vast amounts of wine and olive oil in the past years, before the arrival of the “Filoxera” plague. However there are still few vineyards and wild olive trees which have started to recover and it is foreseen that La Vall d’Ager will soon host a great wine culture and become again the grape paradise that once was. The wine and olive/sunflower oil industries are highly profitable.

The properties offer the ideal location and ways for those lovers of forests and mountains who look for a secluded setting in nature to engage in any rural activity. However the house and the lands also offer a great scale for business. The possibilities are just endless and rely mostly on a good eye and on a little initial investment.

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All titles deeds are in order and all rates are paid up to date.