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Spacious 16thc House in Picos Europa Mountains

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Eastern massif of the Picos de Europa

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Last updated: 11/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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.

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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 175 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

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

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

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

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          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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          • 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

              Entertainment

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

              Theme

                  • Away From It All

                  Attractions

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

                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                  Leisure Activities

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

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

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

                  Dining

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

                  General

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

                  Kitchen

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

                  Outside

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

                  Property Descriptor

                      • Detached
                       

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

                      £350

                      Changeover Day: Saturday


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                      Cheques only made payable to H. R. Stuart.


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                      Last updated: 11/20/2014
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                      Location

                      110 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Santander (Bilbao 210km more)
                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      potes
                      110 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Santander
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Unquera
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Unquera
                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      potes
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Ski
                      1 hr
                      40 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      30 minutes

                      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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                      Photos

                      • 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 per week (GBP)
                      7

                      3 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

                      View calendar: Updated 11/20/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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