Fontebona is a small-scale eco-finca where you can follow us along on our daily chores or participate in special activities. In between times you relax near your own tent or in our Sala de la Luz.
You can participate, but there's no obligation whatsoever to do so. As far as we're concerned it's all up to you. See it as a natural and informal thing. Your curiosity is raised by something, you ask us about it and we tell you about our experiences. Or we show you something. Give explanations. Go on a joint adventure to find out how things really are. But you can also go your own way. Or do nothing at all. Simply enjoy the peace and quiet. Whatever you want.
Our activities and chores are
Our activities usually have a relation with life in the open air and a self-sustaining existence. In the summer season you can simply follow us along while we go about our daily chores. The average day offers so many interesting things already. In the other seasons, but certainly in summer also, we take more time to study subjects in depth during special activities of one or several days.
What's there to be learned in Fontebona then? Well, what not? From scraping out donkey hooves to building a new wall of hazelnut branches. From visiting a museum because we feel like it and everyone who wants to can join in, to a walk in the Picos because not only us but also our guests fancy a hike.
Prices and conditions
We ask 10 euros per person per day for following us along on our daily chores during a basic day. Free for children up to 2 years. We offer a family discount. If you come with your own tent, it shouldn't be too big because of the limited sizes of our terraces. You are welcome, but please tell us well in advance that you are coming. Preferably by email. You can also call. Then we discuss who, what, how and when.
You get a 50% discount on daily activities or stay if you come by public transport. This is funded by donations from Friends of Fontebona. We keep this up for the current year "while stocks last".
o basic days when you can follow us along while we go about our daily chores
o special activities of one or several days
o activities annex reception building
o 15 places on 2 hectares, for special activities or tents
o the sanitary facilities, warm showers included, are simple but good
o panoramic shower
o modest bar-restaurant annex shop
o cars only at the parking place
o communal sockets on solar power, but only in the reception area
o 2 fire places + 1 rocket stove
o courses, activities, Sala de la Luz, walks and donkey hikes
o general information and documentation about Asturias
o water from our own spring. Fontebona (Good Spring) is named after the spring on our land
We are Astrid and Thomas, Dutchmen living in Asturias, Spain since 2007. We left the Netherlands in search of a more simple lifestyle. After a two-year search we bought this sloping piece of land with an old barn on it: Fontebona. We built up a different life here.
The way we are living is lowtech, playful, creative and off-the-grid. We live in and with nature as much as possible. The pleasure this gives us, we like to share with our guests.