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Traditionally Restored Fisherman's House in Delightful Seaside Town of Luarca

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Fisherman's House in Luarca, Valdes, Asturias, Spain - Mountain Views,Central Location, Close to Historic Port And Beaches, only 35 Mins Drive From Airport

Architect owner, recently restored this former fisherman's house situated in the historic port town of Luarca, one of the stops on the ancient coastal Pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostela. Commanding lovely views over Luarca and the beautiful countryside and mountains beyond, the house has accommodation on 4 levels including a modern bathroom and separate shower room, traditional timber balconies, and wooden floors and ceilings. Owing to the open-plan staircase which accesses all levels, the house is not suitable for young children, particularly under the age of 6.

Relax in the south-facing terrace garden with its own Orange and Lemon trees. This comfortable and pleasant house is an ideal base for the discerning holidaymaker to enjoy all that Asturias has to offer, providing an increasingly rare opportunity to experience a real sense of traditional Spain. The house is well equipped with maps and excellent guidebooks as well as a Spanish/English dictionary.

Fresh linen and towels are provided, but not beach towels, so please bring your own. All bedding is non-feather.

Luarca, historically a whaling port, is the capital of the Asturian region of Valdes. This characterful and attractive town provides an excellent variety of bars, cafes, and very good seafood restaurants, as well as banks and supermarkets and several pharmacies, which are all within walking distance from the house. You can access Wifi at the local library and also in the numerous bars and cafes.

There are two beaches within walking distance of the house and a harbour where you can watch the fishing boats unloading their catch at the local fish market or stroll along the harbour front and gaze at the yachts and watch the world go by.

The local tourist office in the main plaza will advise you on the numerous walks, cycle routes, museums and attractions in the surrounding area.

In an article in the New York Times from July 2015 Virginia Irurita* described Asturias as follows:

" The northern part around the Asturias region is our best kept secret and where Spaniards vacation. Forget going to the beaches on the Mediterranean; the ones here are long with soft, white sand and beautiful, clean water. The area also has the Picos de Europa mountain range, spectacular scenery and amazing food, including mountain cheeses and all sorts of beef. Throw in the great prices, and it’s unbeatable."

*(Founder and Co Owner of Made for Spain and named Top Traveler Specialist for Spain by Conde Nast Traveler magazine yearly since 2004, and named Best Travel Specialist for Spain and One of the World's Top Travel Agents by Travel+Leisure A-list yearly since 2009)

Please note that during the high season (25 June to 30th September) we let the house from weekend to weekend (arrival/departure on a Saturday or Sunday)

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live with my husband, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. I originally trained as a teacher and now works within the arts sector. I spent my formative years in Spain and speak Spanish fluently, so owning a house in Asturias enables me keep my Spanish up to speed.

Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to let you know we enjoyed our holiday in Luarca. The house and its location were perfect and we enjoyed exploring the surrounding area. Carol and Mike Sarll

We are just back from Spain which we loved. I can understand why you bought a house in Luarca, it was lovely. You have developed the house beautifully and it felt like staying in a real family home. Trevor Moores and family

Just to say how much we enjoyed staying in your house and exploring the area- Anne and Neil

Thank you very much for letting us stay at your comfortable house - Naoko Shikaura

Your house is very comfortable and well equipped and we loved the location, it was great to be able to walk down into the town. We have stayed in many holiday houses over the years and yours was a joy! Your description and the photos on the website were exactly right. Penny Searle.
Jun 2008
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15 Reviews

4.7
based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

4

An excellent base from which to explore Asturias.

  • 4 of 5

This was an excellent base for us to tour Asturias and to enjoy the quaint fishing village of Luarca. The cottage was clean and well equipped and we enjoyed the proximity to a variety of good local bars and restaurants. The booking process was easy and Frances the owner was helpful and responded to any queries very quickly.All in all a very good choice.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy that you found our house to be a very good base from which to discover the rest of Asturias, and that you enjoyed its proximity to the local bars and restaurants, which abound in Luarca. We strive to have the house well equipped so that our guest feel quickly at home, and can relax and enjoy their holiday. I hope you will visit us again.
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4

The house was lovely, clean and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

It is located in a very nice village. We were able to reach many places with our bicycles and we have appreciated a lot the country all around.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted that you liked Luarca and enjoyed cycling around the local area of Valdes. The scenery is astounding, and is how lovely to appreciate it by cycling on the country roads, many of which lead to unspoilt beaches along the coastline. Asturias is such an eco friendly place!
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Truly Spanish holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Luarca. The drive up to the house was a little hair raising - especially in our large car! - but once you get used to the turns and the best places to park it is fine.

Luarca is a lovely town and we all enjoyed being able to walk down into town to the shops, restaurants and beaches. There was a fiesta while we were there which was great fun - marching bands, papier-mâché heads, bunting everywhere, boats and rockets! Being so close to the A8, Luarca is a good base to explore from and we enjoyed days out in Taramundi and the Senda del Osa.

The house is very well equipped, the beds are comfortable, the showers are great and the lounge and terrace are very relaxing places to spend time.

Thank you Frances, we had a lovely break in your fisherman's house

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely it is to hear that you had such a great time in the house and found it to be well equipped, found the beds comfortable, and enjoyed relaxing in the lounge and terrace. We have put a lot of effort into the house and it is a joy to know that people are enjoying it. Luarca is such a great and convenient place to stay in, because, as you found, everywhere is so accessible from the house. I loved that you enjoyed the fiesta of San Timoteo, it is such a wonderful spectacle. The Easter processions are also worth seeing, it takes place in the evening, and the whole town is involved. It is very, very moving. Perhaps you might return and witness that in the future?
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4

Clean & comfortable. Not ideal for young children.

  • 4 of 5

Luarca is a nice town and pleasant to walk around - it was nice to be immersed in Spanish culture and language. The house is well equipped, clean, easy to find and homely.

The house is not ideal for young children - the house has open stairs (fine for competent walkers), and some windows are (scarily!) easily accessible leading straight to outside and the roof.

The loft room has a mezzanine style floor with access to one bed next to the top of the stairs (we left a light on overnight to avoid slips).

Cars drive very fast past the house - and exceedingly close to the front door which can be a bit hairy.

Restaurants don't open until later in the evening - we found 8/9pm at the earliest which might be worth noting with little ones.

The nearby beaches are lovely - lifeguards, showers/toilets and easy to find and explore. We particularly enjoyed Otur about 10 minutes away.

Local conveniences are great - deli shops, cake shops (mmm!) and supermarkets which include Sunday opening times which is handy on holiday.

Check local festival dates as they are really popular in the town during the day and night. Especially San Timoteo.

Parking is fairly easy, although make sure you tuck right into the wall opposite the house and take out extra insurance if you have a hire car - we were knocked 4 times during our holiday both on the road and in car parks.

Overall a really lovely house and area, and one we would have enjoyed a lot more with older children. The scenery is beautiful and access via the A8 is easy for lots of places.

Please note that this is not meant to be a negative review at all - just hopefully some honest feedback for other young families.

Frances has been excellent at keeping in touch and responding to emails.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very happy that you and your young family found the house well equipped and homely, and that you enjoyed all that Luarca has to offer, especially during the exciting fiesta time of San Timoteo. I am also glad that you found everything to be convenient locally, and enjoyed the local bakeries which are particularly good. As you say, the scenery in Asturias is very beautiful, the Asturians call it ‘virgin territory’ because it has been so unspoilt by tourism, I hope you will return here again. Thank you very much for your comments about young children which have made us aware that the statement you missed on the website about the unsuitability of our house for young children, should be made more visible. We have altered our description in our introduction on the website accordingly so that other young families do not make the same mistake.
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5

Lovely cottage in coastal fishing village

  • 5 of 5

As a family of 4 we had a great stay in the cottage. The house was clean with tasteful furnishings and had everything we needed. The small terrace was perfect for meals outside with views towards the hills. We enjoyed walking down the steep lane to the village for shopping, coffees, beers and meals. A 10-15 minute walk takes you to the beaches (the furthest one is worth the walk). The lack of non-Spanish tourists made the whole stay an authentic experience. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed decorating the house, we were very keen to maintain its character and charm while providing a modern, functional and pleasant environment for our guests to enjoy, so thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed Luarca, it is such a special place, not having been ‘spoiled’ by tourism and such an accessible base from which to discover all that Asturias has to offer. That is why we love it. We hope you will be back!
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4

Charming house in a charming town

  • 4 of 5

This charming and comfortable house worked out well for our family's trip to Asturias. The house is well decorated with comfortable furniture. The kitchen is well stocked and all appliances worked well. Overall, a very pleasant place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you found the house comfortable and pleasing. We know from experience, how important it is to have a good working kitchen on holiday with all the things you would use at home, so we are so happy that the house catered for the needs of your family and that you enjoyed your holiday in Asturias.
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Location

From the Owner

I fell in love with Asturias because it reminded me so much of the unspoilt Spain in which I grew up. Tourism has barely reached the areas where we have our properties. It is an astoundingly beautiful country and we have found the Asturians to be warm and generous spirited people, rich in their traditions, and respectful of the natural world. The geological contrasts within Asturias are extraordinary, as the land sweeps from the Picos de Europa mountain range down to quite wonderful bays, where you can still find yourself the only people on the beach.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Oviedo Airport Asturias at 50.3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 259 Kilometres Nearest Train : FEVE train station at 1.1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A8 at 2.8 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Playa de Luarca at 600 Metres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Minutes walk to Luarca port and to the local sandy beaches. These two beaches are safe swimming beaches with lifeguard attendance in July and August. There are also two surfing beaches very close to Luarca, Playa Cueva and Playa Otur, which are beautiful beaches. The Asturian coastline is populated with beaches and coves, and the visitor will be spoiled for choice. Sea fishing is a popular pastime in Asturias (licence can be obtained at a cost of 15 euros).

Travel:

( Easyjet from Stansted) Aviles (Oviedo) Airport Asturias is 35minutes drive to Luarca. Car hire is recommended, and although Luarca can be accessed by bus and train, this is a much longer journey from the airport than by car. For those travelling by car on the ferry Luarca is 2 hours and 45 mins drive from Santander (160 kms). (ferries, Plymouth, Portsmouth).

Gijon about 1 hour away, (ferries, Nantes to Gijon).

Distances:

Town centre is 5 minutes walk from the house. Luarca is 45 minutes drive from Galicia and the elegant Asturian capital city, Oviedo is 1 hours drive away.

Luarca has very good rail and bus links to the rest of Spain.

Further Details:

Hidden on the Asturian coast, Luarca is a quiet town of white houses which preserves all the charm and attraction of its seafaring tradition. Luarca is a charming and friendly town and has everything you would expect in a medium sized town, such as good local restaurants, supermarkets, bars, cafes, excellent bakeries, banks and a post office. It has 3 pharmacies and a modern health centre.

Built around an S-shaped cove sitting between sheer cliffs, the historic quarter of Luarca, its promenade and the port are all worth visiting. A small river divides the town in two, although several narrow bridges are there to unite it. Its most characteristic buildings are the lighthouse, the chapel of Atalaya and the cemetery overlooking the sea, cut from the rock by pickaxe and the final resting place of the remains of the Nobel laureate Severo Ochoa, a native of this town. Luarca's traditional character is reflected in its chigres -old Asturian taverns-, where visitors can learn the art of drinking cider.

The local tourism office can advise you on the numerous walks, cycle routes, museums and attractions in the surrounding area.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury or accident, personal or otherwise, whilst staying at the house. We strongly recommend that you take out good quality travel insurance.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn/Winter 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Christmas and New Year 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£730
for 7 nights
£730
 
 
Early Season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£730
for 7 nights
£730
 
 
Autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Winter 2017
22 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Christmas/New Year 2018
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£730
for 7 nights
£730
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

A 25% non-refundable and non-negotiable deposit is required to secure the booking. Remainder payable 8 weeks before arrival, as well as the £50 refundable security deposit.
Cancellation refunds:-
Anytime until 8 weeks before arrival – Any payment made excepting the deposit will be refunded.
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded.
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded.
Less than 2 weeks – no refund.

A 25% non-refundable and non-negotiable deposit is required to secure the booking. Remainder payable 8 weeks before arrival, as well as the £50 refundable security deposit.
Cancellation refunds:-
Anytime until 8 weeks before arrival – Any payment made excepting the deposit will be refunded.
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded.
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded.
Less than 2 weeks – no refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

This is a comfortable house of character which has been sensitively restored, and the gardens elevated position, ensures wonderful views over Luarca.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Television

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is a 'wet room' shower and loo.
  • Bathroom comprises full size bath with shower over, wc. Shower room with wc.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed accesses traditional balcony. Bedroom 2 with bunk beds (adult). Bedroom 3 with 2 single (adult) beds (limited loft headroom though light and spacious)

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This house is not suitable for children under the age of 6, owing to the open-plan staircase which accesses all levels. Although the loft bedroom has limited headroom, it has a sunny and spacious feel, and the Velux windows are fitted with blackout blinds. The house has full central heating. It is a non-smoking house. Note on Parking: Luarca is an old fashioned town with limited off-road parking, however, you can park across the street to the house, and there is a an additional parking area 100 metres further up the street. Outside: The private south facing terrace garden with its orange and lemon trees, commands fantastic views to the mountains above Luarca and a splendid view down into the historic town centre. It is equipped with a table and seating from which to enjoy the local ambience over a glass of wine or a morning coffee, or to dine outside, during the warm, summer evenings. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We supply all bedding and towels. Please provide your own beach towels. We take great care to ensure our guest's satisfaction and the house and garden are well looked after. For 2 week stays, bedding and towels are changed at the end of the first week.

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