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Simple Mountain Retreat with Stunning Views

Overview

Property

Updated: 22-Nov-2016
Holiday Home in Villaverde, Cangas de Onis, Asturias - On the Doorstep of the Picos de Europa National Park

'La Arganosa' is an idyllic retreat with a large leafy garden, set high in the mountains on the edge of the Picos de Europa National Park. From its elevated position, it enjoys spectacular and uninterrupted views of wide open skies and mountains. 'La Arganosa' is not isolated, however; it lies on the edge of the Asturian farming village of Villaverde which is surrounded by delightful hay meadows and apple orchards - this area is at the heart of Asturian cider making. A ten minute drive takes you to the larger village of Santillan with a restaurant, bakery and bank, although a local van can make daily food deliveries to 'La Arganosa.' The house is completely eco-friendly; electricity is provided by photovoltaic (solar) panels and the water comes from a mountain spring. Wooden floors and ceilings, no TV or washing machine and just the sound of cowbells create a simple rustic ambiance. As such, 'La Arganosa' is ideal for the independent-minded who enjoy something a little bit different.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Comments from guests include:



We had a fabulous time: helped, I am sure, by the wonderful weather, almost constant blue skies and comfortable 25/26 degrees. It is the most perfect mountain/beach holiday I have ever experienced, and I have been looking for that for a long time!

The house was fantastic. We have stayed in a large number of holiday cottages in the UK and Europe over the years and I have to say that La Arganosa has to be in the top three. As soon as you open the door you can see how much care and thought you have put into making it such a lovely holiday home. Thank you.



The setting is superb and it was a joy to wake every morning to the glorious views and the sound of cowbells.



What a cosy and welcoming atmosphere - the smell of the log fire, a good book and a glass of Spanish wine - a place to really relax and unwind.



Everything has gone so well, weather and walking great, house cosy and locals very friendly Relunctantly tearing ourselves away.
Jun 2009
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4 Reviews

4.3
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

4

A special place

  • 4 of 5

Although the property is remote, it was easy to find. If anything the description and photos of the setting don't do it justice. It is a truly spectacular setting in a very beautiful part of the world. It is so quiet there.

The property was clean and comfy and had a nice feel about it. If you want 5* luxury and convenience you probably need to choose a different sort of holiday. For those who love the great outdoors, and being close to nature, Arganosa is a wise choice.

Our trip had a cycling theme, La Vuelta passing through the area. The well maintained roads in the mountains are a cyclist's dream, as long as you like climbing and descending! To get to a stage in Burgos we drove all the way up the Sella gorge - absolutely breathtaking.

The villages are pretty, the mountains inspiring and the rugged coastline hard to resist. I find it hard to believe that I won't be back some time soon.

For those who obsess about food, it is mostly quite basic. For vegetarians it isn't always easy, and you might get fed up of cheese sandwiches and Spanish omelette. But we got by, as you do away from home, and if you eat seafood it's a whole lot easier. You can always make up with the lovely, inexpensive local wine anyway! Eating out was very cheap compared to the UK.

Getting about by car is easy enough. Drivers are slower and more considerate than in the UK, and it's hard to go a km without some advice as to the speed you should be doing!

If you've not been to Asturias, you should go. Arganosa is a great base - in the heart of the quiet countryside, but near enough to villages, shops, towns, the coast and the major roads.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Getting away from it all.......

  • 4 of 5

Driving up the hill to La Arganosa and leaving the world behind - that's what it felt like. No noise. No cars. Nothing. Just the distant sound of cowbells somewhere in the surrounding valley/hills to wake you - the night before having been spent drinking the local wine, and eating the local foods, sitting out on the balcony, until God knows when, watching the shooting stars rocketing across the sky!

Daytime however was different and full of activities such as White Water Rafting, Surfing, Gorge Walking - all of which are terrific and local.

Top that off with the friendliness of the locals, and the relative cheapness of absolutely everything, I have to ask myself what the hell I'm doing back in the UK!

Brilliant!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Comfortable, cosy and in a beautiful setting.

  • 4 of 5

This was certainly a simple retreat with stunning views. The position was idyllic-on a hillside overlooking the valley and Pen village, across to beautiful mountains.

Although we felt we were in a remote setting, neighbours in the village were very friendly and there was the additional joy of leaving a bag on the gate with 1Euro in it for the baker to leave a fresh loaf for us every day which we ate with our breakfast on the beautiful terrace.

Inside the house there was everything you could need and it was very comfortable, once we got used to the gas cooking and gas fridge.

We had the most wonderful holiday in La Argonosa despite having no tv or internet. We really felt we were in an adventure!

Maria the owner couldn't have been more helpful and the cottage exuded her love for the place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

How to fall in love with Asturias

  • 5 of 5

It is always nice when expectations are exceeded. La Arganosa and its idyllic location greatly exceeded ours.

Maria has provided local guides, maps and suggested walks that rendered much of my planning for the week unnecessary. There is enough in the 'house book' to provide a month's worth of exploration and adventure! It is possible to leave the car behind much of the time and explore the nearby villages via a network of tracks and paths. Do take the 'Mythological' walk from Pen (10 minutes down the valley) and have lunch at either Santillano or Sames. The tarmac roads are so quiet and drivers so courteous that they also afford opportunities for exploration. What a lovely walk to Argolibio we had!

A car is essential though for trips to the main town of Cangas de Onis for its shops, restaurants and Sunday market.

La Arganosa is a gem of a mountain cabin, evocative of a slower, simpler life that many can only dream of returning to. I certainly dream of returning to La Arganosa and would like to convey my warmest thanks to Maria for 'lending' it to us.

And if you don't know what Fabada Asturiana is now - you will, you will!

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Oviedo Airport/ Fantander Airport at 130 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Santiallan at 4 Kilometres Nearest Train : Arriondas at 17 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Santiallan at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Riberdesella at 26 Kilometres

Coast/Beach:

Beautiful, unspoilt Asturian beaches can be reached in about 40 minutes drive from the house. These vary from delightful calm coves to vast open expanses of white sand and exciting surf. There are also picturesque fishing harbours where you can sample the morning catch with the locals in harbourside cafes. The larger ports of Ribadasella and mediaeval Llanes offer numerous seafood restaurants. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the cliff-top routes overlooking the wild and rugged coastline.

Travel:

Nearest Airports:

Oviedo (Asturias): Easyjet daily flights. (1.5 hours drive to house)

Santander: Easyjet and Ryanair daily flights. (2 hours drive to house)

Valladolid: Ryanair daily flights (3 hours drive to house)

Car hire essential - available at all airports.

Nearest Ports:

Santander: Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth (2 hours drive to house)

Bilbao: P&O Ferries from Portsmouth (3 hours drive to house)

Distances:

Villaverde: (village) 5 minute walk

Cerienu: (village with bar/shop) 15 minute walk

Santillan: (village with restaurant, bakery, bank, pharmacy, Nat Park Office etc) 10 minute drive

Los Beyos Gorges: 15 minute drive

Cangas de Onis: (large town with all facilities) 25 minute drive

Covadonga: (Historic pilgrimage and mountain trekking centre) 40 minute drive

Beaches: 40 minute drive

Ribadesella: (large seaside resort) 45 minute drive

Llanes: (Mediaeval seaside town) 50 minutes drive

Further Details:

The Picos de Europa, translated as 'the Peaks of Europe', is a small but spectacular mountain range full of environmental richness. Snow clad peaks, beautiful forests, abundant wild flowers and tumbling waterfalls make this a naturalist's paradise. The Picos is home to over 70 mammal species including lynx, wolves and bears. It is ideal for bird-watchers with over 176 bird species including hawks, kites and eagles and 155 species of butterfly. Distinctive red-roofed villages, steeped in culture, combine with traditional farming activities to give the region a truly timeless quality. These mountains offer fantastic walking from gentle strolls to exciting high altitude treks amongst glaciers. There are also many world class climbing venues.

'La Arganosa' is the perfect getaway for those who wish to retreat to an alpine-feel mountain base and yet still be within easy reach of the sea and lively centres for restaurants, shops and Spanish ambiance. You can spend the day lazing in a hammock, wandering along the ancient paths which meander through the fascinating villages around the house, or venture onto the trails on the mountain slopes above the garden - without starting the car. Yet it is still easy to find something a bit more lively and head to a beach or town for the day. Nearby Cangas de Onis, on the beautiful River Sella, is the region's capital and home to Spain's largest annual canoe race. It has many restaurants with outdoor terraces, Asturian craft shops, supermarkets, internet cafes and banks. There is a busy tourist information centre, a lovely outdoor pool, a zoo, several 'siderias' (cider houses), a Sunday farmers' market and frequent fiestas and music events in the tree-lined squares. It is the place to buy the local cheeses and to try the 'fabada' dish. Cangas is the home of several Adventure Centres offering quad biking, horse riding and canoeing. Other activities include canyon descent, climbing, hang gliding, cycling, fishing and surfing.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
April-May-June
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
July-Aug.-Sept.
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
'La Arganosa' is available to rent all year round.
A deposit of £100 will secure your booking with the balance being payable 8 weeks before your holiday.
On receipt of the balance, directions and details for the keys will be sent.
Dogs are welcome by arrangement.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday but this can be flexible if the house is available.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds or equivalent at the time of booking in Euros. Available to rent all year round. Short breaks available - please contact the owner. Please note there is an extra charge of 20 euros per week for gas (payable locally).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

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

General

  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Small Upstairs bathroom with small low height bath/shower over, wc, sink. Separate large bathroom downstairs shower,wc and sink. The water for bathroom and kitchen is heated effectively by calor gas.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with single beds. Two loft bedroom areas, one with twin beds, one with single bed.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The large garden is safe and enclosed for children. The property is set above a small quiet road and is completely private. Please note that as the electricity is provided by photovoltaic panels, it may be necessary to supplement this using a generator during the darkest months of the year. Outside: At the front of the house is a large private sun terrace with fantastic long range views over villages and mountains. It is equipped with a table and seating to enjoy the scenery and distant village rooftops over a glass of wine or a morning coffee. The house is surrounded by a large garden with fruit trees and grassy areas. A large barbecue oven with wooden table and benches give the opportunity to cook and dine outside on summer evenings. There is also an Asturian sink for washing clothes. A separate shady seating area is perfect for relaxing with views up the valley to the mountain, Pico de Pierzo. Many birds, including vultures, sparrowhawks and owls can be spotted from the terrace and garden; its elevated setting gives a clear view of the valley below and the meadows and forests beyond. In summer, the surrounding meadows are full of wild flowers and butterflies and in the autumn, the sounds of the apple harvest echo from the valley below. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, duvets and blankets are included and the beds are made up ready for visitors. The property is cleaned between lettings. Visitors need to take their own towels. Other: The two downstairs bedrooms have a double and single bed respectively with panoramic views from the double bedroom. Upstairs, the under the eaves sleeping area is separated by a stained glass partition; it sleeps three + travel cot and has a stair-gate.

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