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About Richard Beazley
We are in our 60s and live in a nearby apartment - there to help but not to intrude!
Richard Beazley purchased this Apartment in 2002
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This is a lovely place. Precioso. When you get back from a good walk, which you can start at the door and progress in several directions, there is a picturesque interior patio to greet you with calm and quiet, there is a fully equipped kitchen in the apartment to provide refreshments, and, above all, there is a view from the large and comfy balcony which is beautiful and changing. The silence wafts up from the valley with the cowbells and the hourly car.
The property manager, Jaime, was diligent, friendly, warm and welcoming. He speaks excellent English and the owners did well to recruit him.
Thoroughly recommended. And thank you.
Beautiful location, perfect flat wonderful holiday.
Flat is excellent with all the best facilities. Wonderful views from the balcony and located in an area of outstanding walking.
Thank you Jeremy and Anne for your stay.
It has been a pleasure to have you as guests. We sincerely hope you can return other year
A week in the Picos
The apartment was very clean,furnished and decorated to a high standard. An excellent restaurant for dinner just a short distance away. A very enjoyable holiday. .
Thank you David for your review.
It has been a pleasure for us to have you as guests.
We hope we can see you again in Olmares. You will be welcomed
I would recommend this place to people who would like to stay in a typically Spanish rural setting in the beautiful Picos de Europa mountains, with easy access to good walks,stunning scenery and not such a long drive to the beautiful sandy beaches.
The property was extremely well maintained and very clean and tidy when we arrived upon which we were warmly greeted by Richard our host (even though we arrived quite late at night).
A car is essential to make the most of the attractions in the area and be prepared to do a fair amount of driving however, the spectacular views are worth it!
Thank you Sean and Joanne
We rented Property 18847 in the Picos De Europa Mountains for the first week of May, having found it on a search of your site. The site has a lot to choose from and it made our decision on where to go very difficult. Olmares, up in the mountains, was our final decision and what a good one that turned out to be. Our hosts Richard and Suzanne were absolutely fabulous, such good hosts, always on hand but never in your face, and both a fountain of knowledge. The facilities were amazing, the standard of accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The directions to get there were spot on and the location was great. Sitting on the balcony all day just looking at the mountains around us was the perfect way to unwind. The walks around the area were great, although neither of us are great walkers, it was great fun to explore. The area is quite spectacular and the wild life exciting to watch. We would definately recommend the property to others. Thanks to everyone for helping to make our holiday the best we’ve ever had.
Alison and Alex, Kilkenny, Ireland
We stayed here for a week and loved the peaceful location and the view from our sitting room, terrace and bedroom. The apartment is very well set up and as there are several apartments and a communal lounge and bbq area it would make a fantastic location for a family or group to holiday together.
Olmares in Basieda is ideally situated in the Liébana Valley between the National Parks of the Picos de Europa and Fuentes Carrionas in the Cordillera Cantabrica and is just an hour from some great beaches. For shopping Potes is 15km away.
The Liébana Valley: The wildlife and flowers here are varied and wonderful. The local walks from your doorstep are excellent. There are several restaurants close by and the locals are friendly – always ready to help and advise.
The Picos de Europa National Park: is justly famous for its natural beauty though it has become somewhat crowded in the season. Activities include birdwatching (the wallcreeper in particular), walking, climbing, horseriding, canoeing, canyon ascending and lots more. Fuente De with its cable car ascent is famous. The mountains are high – Torre de Cerredo is the highest at 2,648m.
Fuentes Carrionas: part of the Cordillera Cantabrica are much more of a back to nature experience. This Park is not nearly as commercialized and as a result has a special subtle attractiveness. The scenery is more open, the walking a little easier and the wildlife and flowers equally, if not more, wonderful. Because it’s quieter bears roam the high places at peace with the world. The highest Peak is Peña Prieta at 2,575m.
Peter Walker, the well-known environmentalist, has written an inspiring guide including this region – ‘Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica’ .
The Sea: There are 2 roads from the Liébana Valley to the sea. The usual one through the dramatic Hermida Gorge is a little shorter but much busier than the Polaciones road. The Polaciones road takes you through some spectacular scenery and ancient villages of historical interest. Basieda is about half way between the 2 routes.
Touring: There are many wonderful drives with Basieda as the convenient centre base. Take the West to León and Asturias. The East to the Meseta with its Romanesque churches (the largest concentration in all Europe – details in our communal ‘salon’) and on to historic Burgos. Or take in the Roman ruins close to Aguilar de Campoo, some golden orioles and a very good restaurant for lunch! Further South drive through villages skirting the mountains and then home by the famous reservoir at Riaño. Take a picnic or eat in any of the great restaurants on your route.
We can give you a travel account number which will give you a discount of 20% when booking a Brittany Ferries crossing to Santander or Bilbao.