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Spacious 16thc House in Picos Europa Mountains

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Eastern massif of the Picos de Europa


Last updated: 08/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cantabria chateau / country house description

Our spacious 16thC house is 5km from Potes in a well watered orchard filled valley, backed by spectacular mountains. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with fridge freezer and dishwasher. Off this is a utility room with loo. Another door gives on to a patio with table, chairs and BBQ. A delightful garden, bordered by a meadow, affords extensive views of mountain, village and valley. The flagged hall has a big dining table, a wood burning stove and a sofa. On the 2nd floor is a large comfortably furnished room (25 sqm) where one sofa converts to a double bed. Off this is a big, en-suite, double bedded room which has a cot. There are also two, twin bedded rooms that share a bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided. There is a narrow south facing balcony from one end of which is a view. There is central heating.

In Potes there is an internet cafe which also has a telephone line

Outdoor Pursuits: A net work of mule tracks and footpaths covers the forests and meadows, ideal for walkers, bikers or horses, (stables in the next village). There are agencies in Potes supporting all outdoor pursuits inc.river canyoning, parapente, mountain biking. There are sports crags in the valley. There is safe swimming and surfing at nearby beaches, lakes and rivers provide refreshing dips, canoes can be hired and there is game fishing.The cable car at Fuente De whisks you up 800m to access the Central Massif and can provide a great start to your walking,climbing or mountain biking day. In winter the area lends itself to ski touring and snow shoeing, equipment can sometimes be hired from Mike Stuart at Casa Gustavo Guesthouse telephone (00 34) 942 732010. He may also be available as a companion. Casa Gustavo is also useful source of information. At all times the high areas in the Picos need to be treated with a great deal of respect and in winter are unsuitable for the inexperienced.

Cultural Interests: The vernacular architecture with its red pantiled roofs,over hanging balconies and heavy beams make for very attractive villages. There is a very modern and impressive visitors centre at Tama.The monastery at San Toribio with its satellite hermitages, the mozarabic church of Santa Maria de Lebena, and the ancient church at Piasca are among the most important sites of their type in Spain. San Toribio was second only to Santiago de Compostella in its importance.On the coast the medieval village of Santillana del Mar is a national monument and the nearby Altamira cave are less than about an hour's drive from the house, the new cave's pre-historic paintings are stunning, visits and an English speaking guide to the cave can be booked at Banco Santander in Potes, on the previous day.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the cities of Leon, Oveido and Burgos with their cathedrals, churches and museums can each be visited in a long day. Madrid is a day away.

Flora and Fauna: The Picos de Europa, Cordillera Cantabrica and valleys of Liébana are home to an amazingly diverse range of species of both flora & fauna.More than 40 species of orchid alone have been recorded in the Picos. Between the lower meadows and high alpine pastures the opportunity for botanising is endless, partly due to the locals’ use of traditional methods of land management.With eagles and vultures soaring the thermals, capercaillie and black woodpeckers lurking in the woods, little egrets on the coast, redstarts, wrynecks and nightjars around the house and wallcreepers on the limestone, this is a birders' paradise.Among the alpine species to be found here are rock thrush, wheatear, alpine accentor and chough, snow finch and that elusive wallcreeper. .
As to raptors, Griffon & Egyptian vultures are plentiful. There are golden eagles, while booted and short-toed are fairly common in summer, Bonellis' being rather more rare. Kestrels, buzzards and honey buzzards are abundant.

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 175 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Pets Considered
          • Children Welcome

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 4: 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            double sofa-bed...moreless

          • The 4 singles are in 2 rooms, one with a French window with a view over the garden to the village beyond. All rooms are shuttered. Beams proliferate. The cot is stored in laundry room....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • The ground floor hall is the dining area and has a wood burning Jotul stove with sofa and 2 easy chairs. There is a door to the bodega wood store. Some reference books (birds, insects ,butterflies, moths, flowers) other books, maps, guides and lots of games. The salon de estar -25 sq metre lounge - has no fire place ( not needed.) There are 2 sofas (one converts to a double bed) and 2 large armchairs. A table, a desk and a welsh dresser....moreless


              • Radio
              • CD Player
              • Audio Tape Player
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • Games For Kids
              • Games
              • Books


                  • Away From It All


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Bird Watching

                  local services and businesses

                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Medical Services
                  • Groceries

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Spelunking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Fly Fishing

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                      • Dining Room
                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Seating for 8 people


                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Parking
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Parking On Street
                      • Wood Stove
                      • Living Room


                      • Grill
                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Freezer
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Toaster
                      • Blender
                      • Stove
                      • Kitchen
                      • Stove
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Coffee Maker


                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Balcony
                      • Barbecue
                      • Bicycles
                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Beach Chairs
                      • Patio

                      property descriptor

                          • Detached


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                          from 7 traveler reviews
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                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Aug 30 - Sep 26, 2014
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Sep 27 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Nov 1 - Nov 28, 2014
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Jan and Feb
                          Jan 3 - Feb 27, 2015
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Taxes Not included


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                          Cheques only made payable to H. R. Stuart.

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                          Last updated: 08/26/2014
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                          110 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Santander (Bilbao 210km more)
                          110 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          30 minutes
                          5 Kilometres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          40 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ski
                          1 hr
                          5 Kilometres
                          Nearest Restaurant

                          Car: Recommended

                          Arguebanes is a tiny village 4km from Potes. This is the Liebana region forming the eastern flank of the Picos de Europa National Park, which with its dramatic spires of almost translucent limestone, is home to eagle, vulture, goat and chamois. The house is a superb base for explorations on foot. The valley sides are clothed in oak (some cork), beech and hazel. Home to a rich fauna that includes deer and boar. Many tracks and paths traverse these woods emerging onto flora rich alpine pastures with plenty of orchids and butterflies.The valley supports a rich bird population including many species rarely seen in Britain. The region enjoys a micro climate that permits viniculture and the growth of many Mediterranean species. The cable car at Fuente De provides access to the high ground and is an easy drive . The coast with its coves and caves is only 35 minutes from Potes.The area has a rich cultural life, with fiesta's, pipe music, and folk dancing. Local cheeses and orujo are STRONG.

                          The prehistoric cave paintings of Santillana are a must.

                          The Torre in Potes houses a museum devoted to the ''Beatus de Liebana'' world famous illuminated manuscript of the 8th centuary

                          . All outdoor pursuits including, botanizing & ornithology.


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                          • Eastern massif of the Picos de Europa

                            Eastern massif of the Picos de Europa

                          • El Empedrado and the Picos mountains beyond

                            El Empedrado and the Picos mountains beyond

                          • The master bedroom

                            The master bedroom

                          • The upper lounge.

                            The upper lounge.

                          • One of the twin bedrooms

                            One of the twin bedrooms

                          • The well-appointed kitchen

                            The well-appointed kitchen

                          • The stream in Arguebanes

                            The stream in Arguebanes

                          • Arguebanes. Just visible  ^            North

                            Arguebanes. Just visible ^ North

                          • The ensuite bedroom

                            The ensuite bedroom

                          • The second floor en-suite bedroom, from the lounge

                            The second floor en-suite bedroom, from the lounge

                          • The upstairs hall from the lounge

                            The upstairs hall from the lounge

                          • The dining area with kitchen beyond

                            The dining area with kitchen beyond

                          • A corner of the garden

                            A corner of the garden

                          • The cosy downstairs sofa by wood-burning stove

                            The cosy downstairs sofa by wood-burning stove

                          £350 - £550 per week (GBP)

                          3 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 08/26/14
                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                          Spacious 16thC House in Picos Europa mountains

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