Here we have a very interesting rural holiday deal in Cantabria. Accommodating ten people, the villa has polish, comfort and dramatic views of the Picos de Europa.
The location is just fantastic. Even within the inimitable Liébana, it occupies a special position: just before the mountains start and in an unspoilt valley where tiny villages are interconnected by pathways.
Just a few minutes away is the regional capital of Potes, replete with restaurants, shops selling walking guides, equipment and souvenirs, banks and all major facilities. It’s the focal point of La Liébana and yet only a small town with some medieval architecture and the River Deva flowing gently through.
The same river is a stone’s throw from the villa, which stands alone in an expanse of lawn, looking somewhat proud and imposing for such a likeable house. We wouldn’t call it secluded, since it’s part of a hamlet, but it feels private within its 250 m² of garden.
The villa has a character all of its own, somehow managing to be traditional and familiarly modern at the same time.
Dignified steps from the private garden rise to the sheltered porch of a handsome granite residence, as solid and square as a squat tower. We felt immediately drawn to seat ourselves at a table out here, to enjoy afternoon coffee and watch the changing face of the mountains (snow-peaked most of the year) framed by the gentle archway.
As we weren’t vacationing, we went about our inspection…
It has a surprisingly modern look and feel in spite of wood floors and occasional antique pieces of furniture and a sculpted fireplace. New tables, an up-to-date kitchen, marble-floored bathrooms all indicate that practicality and neatness really come first here, even if one or two items seem out of place.
The main room is very spacious. Three large sofas are arranged by the hearth and a dining area is divided between two tables. One of these is extendable, but not enough to seat a full house at the same table. The covered porch area is more convenient for dining together.
Also on the ground floor is a large, fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast table; a utility room for clothes washing (and ironing, if you so desire); a bathroom and a double-bedded room. This bedroom could suit someone with reduced mobility as the bathroom is equipped with grab bars.
Upstairs, a landing leads to a broad, furnished wooden terrace, slung with hammocks. The views from here are simply marvellous, taking in many peaks of the Alpine-looking Picos de Europa. Sunrise and sunset are both quite special at this location.
The only building you see is a country inn run by the brother of your villa’s proprietor. You’re a considerable distance away, so it doesn’t impinge on your sense of privacy. Trees and bushes around the property means that the gardens are not overlooked.
There are three upstairs bedrooms:
-a very pretty double-bedded room with an en suite bathroom and door opening to the large gallery terrace and juliet balcony
-a double-bedded room with juliet balcony
- a twin-bedded room
These last two share a full bathroom. Bedroom floors are of varnished wood and bathrooms are finished in marble.
For greater comfort, we suggest a maximum of 8 people for this villa. There is, however, a fifth bedroom which can accommodate 2 more guests at no extra charge. It’s located a few steps down from the main ground floor and has a double bed, a couple of small windows, and its own en suite bathroom.
A door leads out to the back garden where you have a simple barbecue area flanked by walnut trees, apple and pears. It’s a nice spot, even if the outdoor furniture is pretty rudimentary, unlike the front garden where furniture is more comfortable.
The way the house and the gardens are arranged – all very even and without drops – makes this is a perfectly suitable holiday home for families with children. Cantabria and children go well together.
Yews and even a small vineyard remind us of the surprisingly good climate. The Liébana has very rich vegetation and better weather than other areas of northern Spain, thanks the maritime influence and, especially, the protection afforded by the bowl of surrounding mountains.
There is private parking in a garage beneath the property (column-free for easy parking) with direct internal access to the house.
Motoring round the lanes of the valley may return a sense enjoyment to driving that you have not experienced in quite some time. It’s such a lovely, wild area dotted with little stone hamlets, often with a bridge over a river or a tavern or restaurant.
4 ring vitroceramic hob and electric oven; microwave; coffee maker; juicer; toaster; fridge freezer; dishwasher; washing machine, iron and board; 2 hairdryers; 2 cots; TV (Spanish channels only); central heating; open fireplace (firewood included); terrace and furniture; private parking in garage; all bedding and towels provided, except for beach use.
Basement: private garage.
Lower Floor: double-bedded room with en suite bathroom (shower over bathtub/WC).
Ground floor: open plan living / dining room; kitchen; utility room; double-bedded room; bathroom (shower over bathtub/WC); door to back garden; covered, furnished porch terrace.
First floor: 30 m² furnished gallery terrace; double bedded room with en suite bathroom, doors to gallery terrace and small balcony; double-bedded room with small balcony; twin-bedded room; bathroom (shower over bathtub/WC).
Exterior: gardens to the front and rear of the house and ramp down to basement garage.
-Although house can accommodate up to 10 people, we consider it more comfortable for 8 only for eating and sitting together.
Before you travel, we’ll send you an up-to-date Local information file containing ideas for excursions, activities, recommendations for walks (one of less than a mile ends at a hamlet with a great inn for lunch), and visits to historic monuments and beaches.
Walking is the best way to get into La Liébana, of course. Your home village of A Lama features on any decent map of the Picos de Europa National Park, so those interested can plan hikes from one village to another, to the top of nearby Pico Jano for panoramic views (active children can manage this walk), or to reach some of those incredible high peaks before you.
An easy drive brings you to the cable car at Fuente Dé. Just the base with its the sheer cliff faces and rocky crags, is interesting enough for people who don’t care for the high lifting experience. Those that do go up are taken to another landscape altogether. It’s exciting up there and walking boots itch to start rambling the high mountain paths.
Back home, a shorter walk (just 300 metres approx.) takes you a camp site which normally allows anyone to use the summer swimming pool for a small fee. You can also eat a simple but tasty meal here at a fair price and do simple shopping.
Potes, less than ten minutes away, is your main reference for shopping and facilities, including banking and internet.
Location & Distances
In the small Liebana village of San Pelayo
Camp site with small shop, restaurant and pool in summer 5 mins walk
Lon (good restaurant) 3 mins drive or 25 mins walk
Potes (banks, shops, internet, hub for La Liebana) 6 mins drive
Fuente Dé (cable car) 20 mins
Lovely beaches (La Franca) 50 mins
San Vicente de la Barquera (attractive fishing town) 1 hr
Santander (ferry and airport) 1 hr 30 mins
Bilbao (ferry and airport) 2 hrs 30 mins
Asturias Airport 2 hrs 40 mins
Activities and attractions
If an active holiday with walks in glorious hills, valleys and mountains and lots more to do is your plan, you’ll love it. But it’s just as suitable for those who wish for no more than a garden sunlounger aimed at the mountain scenery, and to lie back in serious relaxation, letting the others go off up winding paths to ancient forests, canyons, up the famous cable car at Fuente Dé (just 20 minutes away), horseriding, kayaking on rivers, mountain biking, driving off to visit a monastery, coves and beaches, or taking the narrow gauge train along the coast.
Rentalia Reference num: 143639
Pets not allowed
Multi adventure activities
Calle San Pelayo
39587 San Pelayo Cantabria (Spain)
Ideal Holiday Accommodation
Enjoyed our second holiday using this property as our motorcycle touring base. Many upgrades from our previous stay e.g. new fridge/freezer, new tumble dryer, new mattresses etc. this house is ideal for a large family/group and has everything needed to enjoy a perfect self catering holiday. Also includes some useful extras; provided as part of the overall charge. Perfect location, great host and large underground private parking. Would definitely stay here again if in the region. Would be really useful if an agreement could be made with the Posada San Pelayo (opposite) for guests to use their pool at an additional charge per person per day.
Ideal bike tour base.
Just coming to the end of our weeks stay at this lovely house (Sept 2017) We are a group of 6 motorcyclists touring the Picos mountains for the first time. This is an ideal base. Very clean, well presented and clearly a family home when not rented out. Owners relatives live close by but we only saw them to collect and return the keys. Nice touch that towels are left out for each guest and bathrooms are stocked with toilet rolls so a panic first shop is not an emergency. The garage is superb and could easily accommodate a dozen or more bikes comfortably. A locked garage behind the main house gates and the bikes are very secure. Plenty of room for six people, well stocked kitchen and ample tables inside and out for eating. The local campsite, 2 mins walk away but out of sight and hearing has a large pool which can be used for €4 each, it also has a bar and serves food. The town of Potes is 3 miles away and has everything you need. The cable car at Fuentes De is about 15 miles away and is a must visit. Communication with Anna the owner has been easy and very helpful. A definite recommendation for others to use this venue.
Hi Ana, just a quick note to say what a fantastic house you have in San Pelayo. It was so perfect for us 8 English bikers especially with the garage for the safety of our motorcycles. The local area and Picos generally is so beautiful, with empty winding roads which are superb for riding. The good weather was a bonus as we'd expected some rain ! Pongo the dog was great at greeting us every morning when we got up and then again when we got home .... maybe food had something to do with it ?! We also used a Potes taxi driver named José who spoke good English and helped us get around at night. We hope to return soon. Best wishes
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