ABOUT A COTTAGE WITH RUSTIC CHARM IN GREEN SPAIN
Beauty and quality go together to make a perfect hideaway located in a wooded grove between two of Cantabria’s most unspoilt valleys. Half an hour away are some of Northern Spain’s most impressive beaches. Sleeps 4.
Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 8 p Normal check-out time: 12 pm.
Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit may apply. Please ask.
Start and finish day has some flexibility except from early June to early October when the changeover day is Saturday.
You look out from this cottage onto blissful views. But you will also be casting an approving eye round the accommodation. It’s a cottage of distinction, with delightful attention to detail throughout, crafted from stone and wood to elegant precision.
It’s just what we look for in a genuine rural holiday home. It achieves an exemplary balance of tasteful rusticity, comfort and practicality in a setting that is prettiness itself, as peaceful as it comes and perfectly secluded.
The views hint at the natural treats you are going to discover. To the west are the Pasiego Valleys, to the east is the Ason river valley. Add Santander and its endless sandy beaches to the picture and you’ll see that a week here is short indeed.
The cottage was once a farm dwelling for cattle herders working in here in rural Cantabria, and its size and out-of-the-way location suited it ideally for reinvention as a holiday cottage.
A house-proud owner makes sure that it is very well looked after. He also goes one step further with an imaginative, state-of-the-art sauna in a separate building outside.
The house is built on two floors. Downstairs is the living accommodation and kitchen. There’s a lovely old tiled floor and well chosen natural materials have been wedded together by a stonemason and carpenter.
The wooden seating for mealtimes might look rough-hewn but we found the furniture to be surprisingly solid and well-made like everything else in the house. We also expected the wooden kitchen drawers to stick but they pull out and push in very smoothly.
Appliances include dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, music system, and a TV with a USB port if you bring your own films. There’s no WiFi out here, but we found that some areas of the property had a 3G signal.
The views are a marvel. You can also go up a steep set of steps (not suitable for very young children: see photo) to a raised gallery and out to a balcony.
Upstairs, the two bedrooms are not especially large, just very pleasant, and mattresses are very comfortable. They share a bathroom with a handsome bathtub and separate shower.
The house is fully centrally heated and suitable for winter lets.
Dressing gowns are provided for going out to the sauna hut next to the cottage. The innovative installation emits infra-red radiation (just like the sun) and achieves the effects of traditional saunas, but at a much lower temperature of between 36⁰C and 40⁰C. It is apparently especially apt for weight loss, skin tone and muscle relaxation.
A terrace runs round the house, ending with a covered barbecue. There’s automatic night lighting outside, too.
Spreading out from the cottage, which is reached by a tree-lined driveway, are forest, meadows and mountains with more cows and horses than people.
Less than ten minutes away, the village of La Cavada is the place to do your shopping and eat out. We’re assured that the hotel restaurant here does the best mountain stew in all Cantabria (we know they all say that, but maybe it’s true!).
For as many country walks as your legs can bear and pretty drives, too, the three Pasiegos valleys and the limestone river valley of Ason extend to either side of the house’s location. Here you will find waterfalls, caves and little old villages. The salmon-rich Ason river is just 30 km long and ends in marshes at Santoña on the sea, famous for its anchovies.
Along the coast you are spoilt for beaches. Laredo has immense, very natural, sandy beaches: La Salvé is over 4 km long and El Regatón with El Puntal not much less. The coast is only 30 minutes away and includes Santander, which is one of Spain’s most attractive seaside towns as well as being the normal point of entry from abroad, whether by plane or ferry.
Santander has its own beach, El Sardinero.
For a special excursion, Cabarceno wildlife park has exotic animals living in semi-liberty in an area of some 750 hectares. It’s curious to come across rhinoceros and gorillas in the same bucolic environment that you are staying in, and also a chance to view a local endangered animal that you are otherwise unlikely to see: the Cantabrian brown bear.
90 € per day minimum 3. If it is a holiday 100 € day.
Weekend € 250 from Friday to Sunday ,Week € 550. in idyllic seclusion near Santander
High Season from June 15 to October 1
From June 15 to July 1 600 €
July € 700
August € 850
September 650 €
No Smoking Only
- 2 Bedrooms
- 4 Sleeps
- 1 Queen Size Beds
- 2 Twin / Single Beds
- 4 Sleep Sofa / Futon Beds
- 1 Bathrooms
Nearby Places & Activities
- Nearest Airport
- Nearest Beach
- Children Welcome
- No Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Pets Considered
- Satellite Cable
- Music Library
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Living Room
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
Kitchen And Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Child's High Chair
Pool And Spa Facilities
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck Patio
- Lawn Garden