From the off, our lovely Colletts hosts Sonny, Izzie, Anna, and Emily made this a wonderfully convivial holiday, added to by an interesting and friendly mix of guests. The Colletts 'office hour' every evening gave us an opportunity to investigate and discuss each walk that was offered, and to consider its merits. Beers and G&Ts, delivered on request by the team, also helped make this a part of each day to look forward to. Then, on every walk, one of the team lead the way while chatting to everyone as we went, all of us enjoying the company and stunning scenery. Our lunches were tasty and filling, and the hotel was comfortable and spotless with the adjacent bar and restaurant offering perfect surrounds for our meals and drinks together to finish off each day. We also enjoyed discovering nearby Potes, which has some beautiful bars overlooking the river, and restaurants with traditional Spanish dishes to choose from. All in all, we had a fabulous week and can't wait to repeat the whole experience while discovering some more of the many walks Colletts has put together. Thank you Emily, Sonny, Izzie and Anna for all the effort you put in to make this such a special holiday for us and our group.
Wonderful holiday, made enjoyable by your staff Sonny, Emilie, Izzy and Anna, a great group of people, very helpful, knowledgeable and good fun. Accommodation and variety of walks were brilliant and Sonny & Emilie managed the entire trip with skill and laughter.
Thank you for a wonderful stay in the Picos. We really enjoyed the walking, the supportive and helpful staff in particular, the scenery and the company. The hotel was good, too. Great.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in the Picos. We spent a lovely week walking, eating, drinking and socialising, with others who shared a common interest. The atmosphere was most convivial. The leaders Sonny, Emily, Anna and Izzy were friendly and welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Office hour provided an opportunity to share experiences of the day and plan the walking for the following day over a relaxing Picos gin and tonic. What fun!
I cannot praise enough you selection of resort staff. They are sociable, knowledgeable and long-suffering. Congratulations to your recruiting people.
We have been twice before - to the Pyrenees and Dolomites. The staff have always made the holiday. We had already met Keith and Henry last year and we were pleased to see them again. All the team are great fun, easy to talk to and get along with and they have a whole range of interests which they can talk about on the walks.
The team at the Picos were great, as usual you have selected your team very carefully and they all added to our enjoyment with their enthusiasm and intelligent conversation and knowledge.
Previous Collett's holidays. Like the flexibility of the arrangements and the walks. Staff very ;lovely
Accommodation was great. We soon got used to spanish bread and enjoyed the choices for lunch.
Office hour is a really good idea. It meant we could consider the next day's plans but the opportunity to talk with other holiday makers and the staff was also welcome. We made good use of the reference books to identify what we had seen and were able to look at other people's photos from their days out. We also enjoyed the walk leader's slideshow of local flora. It gave us an idea of what to look out for on upcoming days.
We were able to vary what we chose to do and make it a really good holiday. Any restrictions we experienced were our own and their were even more things we could have done. (e.g. Swimming - next time!)
We can't speak too highly of John and Jo Morris's guidance on the walks. They were both very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the flowers in the area which is what we were interested in. They followed up questions and came back to us later if there was a query which couldn't be answered on the spot. We enjoyed their book which was written by a previous walk guide and loved their own passion for the place. They were very receptive to our interests and went out of their way to show us orchids when we asked. Following the holiday we sent photos to John both for his interest and to check ids. He was quick to respond and accurate and enthusiastic in his replies.
After arriving an hour late and being met by a smiling and helpful Henry, we knew right away that were going to have a great holiday......especially as one of us had been suffering from ill-health recently. The other guides - Emily, Natalie and Becky were also aware of this and planned very easy walks for us accordingly.
Accommodation-wise, the lodge had to be rated 'a 5'...so clean and beautifully decorated throughout. The breakfasts and evening meals served were most adequate for hiking folks; thank you Lily.
We must say a special word for Collett's young guides - Henry, Emily, Natalie and Becky.....even though there was a huge age-difference we felt a genuine friendship developing between us. We wish them all the luck in their futures.
Our walking holidays could be coming to an end in the next few years; we hope to spend some more of them with Collett's.
p.s. To Viv: Our contact with yourself was most pleasant and helpful; thank you for booking us on to the ferry-ship it was very different......and fun!
Regards: Joe and Pat .
In pictures – A Collett’s Picos de Europa Holiday
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