|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
'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 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).