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The Olmares Manor House In A Mountain Village In The Picos De Europa



Updated: 22-May-2017
  • Sleeps 14
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Farmhouse in Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Spain - 8 Bedroom Holiday Farmhouse In Picos De Europa - Cantabria

The living quarters are on 3 floors. The first floor has the huge and beautiful kitchen/dining area with its magnificent traditional stone hearth. This is a splendid, historic house ideally suited to those who appreciate comfort – good beds, cotton sheets, central heating etc. It’s perfect for relaxing - sunbathing or enjoying the marvelous local walks. This part of the Liebana Valley remains unspoilt with first rate bird-watching and wildflowers. The coast with its white sandy beaches is an hour away through the dramatic Hermida gorge.

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.

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About the Owner

Richard Beazley
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

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 farmhouse in 1990

Why Richard Beazley chose Picos de Europa - Cantabria


3 Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Solitude in the mountains

  • 4 of 5

Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed our stay in particular the location.

The house was extremely interesting and offered all the modern comforts in a very old dwelling. The view was spectacular and the walks around the area were equally as good.

The home was always warm and there was ample hot water for our group.

Richard was attentive and offered plenty of suggestions for things to do and see.

We would recommend a stay at Olmares for anyone looking for a peaceful stay in the mountains.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

The Liebana Valley and the 'Big House' at Olmares really is one of those truly special places and we can honestly say that in many years of travelling far and wide we have never found anywhere so perfect. If you love stunning mountain scenery, not the harsh rocky type but the sort that is filled with dramatic mountain peaks that tower over verdant valleys filled with ancient oak forests and an abundance of flora then this is the place for you. These secretive and properly wild mountains and valleys are comparatively unknown and little visited, they are a true bastion of exciting wilderness and home to wild boar, brown bear, eagles and wolves, completely uniquely..in Europe certainly. My kids..boy 13 and girl 8 loved it..the 'Big House' is a beautiful, big old village manor house filled with history and character that sits magnificently on the side of the valley with views from every beautifully shuttered window, that each deserve individual awards. The real great outdoors is right on the doorstep and after a couple of days of driving off to further flung walking spots [of which there are loads!] we realised after a massive breakfast at the huge old kitchen table that demands such breakfasts, that all we had to do was don our boots and head in any number of directions from the front door to find some proper wilderness adventures right there. It's real 'Boy's Own' stuff..wild boar tracks everywhere, sticks to whittle and streams to dam..when we were there it was sunny and warm [in April] and we didn't see another soul!

The other great piece of news, for all of us, was that the valley is filled with some absolutely fabulous local inns and restaurants, not the prissy michelin type, but small places run by charming people that serve some of the biggest, freshest and tastiest steaks you'll ever eat and washed down with delicious local wines. Of course, there is all sorts of other delicious local fare on offer and which we enjoyed, but the steaks took the biscuit and all at a very reasonable price!

The house is full of books to read, maps and guide books, Suzanne and Richard have lived in the valley for years..know everyone and everything and are hugely welcoming and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just returned from our third trip to Olmares in the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. The house is so beautiful and well situated that it is difficult to make ourselves do anything other than lean out the windows and stare at the fantastic views or sit in the garden and soak up the atmosphere. Having said that, there is much to do. We have taken many walks which start from the house ranging from a stroll down to the stream which is perfect for little children to a challenging hike through the forest behind Basieda. The town of Potes is a twenty minute drive away and has excellent restaurants, several grocery stores and lovely little lanes to wander down. We have also twice taken the cable car to the top of Fuente De and then walked down through spectacular scenery.

As the house at Olmares is so big it is a great place to holiday with friends- we have fit up to seven adults and six children in at once. It is always clean and well equipped. Richard is also very helpful in recommending good restaurants nearby, walks to take and sites to see. I cannot recommend it more highly. My only hesitation in giving Olmares a glowing review is that too many people will discover our favourite getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santander and Bilbao at 135 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Vinona at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander & Bilbao at 135 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Coastal motorway at 58 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vinona at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Pechon at 58 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Basieda is a remote hamlet built into the mountainside 15km from Potes in the Picos de Europa. The Picos de Europa is the most impressive part of the Cordillera de Cantabrica mountain range of the North of Spain. Basieda can be reached by ferry to Santander or Bilbao, by flights to Santander, Bilbao or Madrid or by road through France.

Canoeing, quad biking, bird watching, wild flowers and butterflies.


Nearest Airport : Santander (120km) (also Bilbao 236km) at 120 Kilometres

Nearest Ferry : Santander (also Bilbao 236KM) at 120 Kilometres

Nearest Train : Santander at 120 Kilometres

Nearest Motorway : Unquera at 51 Kilometres

Nearest Beach : Pechón at 51 Kilometres

Nearest Barpub : La Viñona at 1.5 Kilometres

Nearest Restaurant : La Viñona at 1.5 Kilometres

Further Details:

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. (25% until 31/10/2014)

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate B
25 Mar 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate C
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate D
15 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate A
16 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £202.13

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
We are flexible on changeover days and 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. (25% until 31/10/2014)

Notes on prices:
Please enquire for special prices for 2/4 people. Prices given are for up to 8 people, there is a small additional charge for each extra person. Also there is a refundable deposit of €30 per person against breakages or extra cleaning. We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm the booking and the balance is payable on arrival. Deposit non refundable in the event of cancellation less than 12 weeks before your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 22-May-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding

Floor Area

  • 400 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure


  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (8 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed Bedroom 7 - 1 Single Bed Bedroom 8 - 1 Single Bed


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: The living quarters are on 3 floors. The ground floor has a big entrance hall and our store room. The first floor has the huge and beautiful kitchen/dining area with its magnificent traditional stone hearth, a bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom, another double bedroom with a second bathroom and utility room. On the next floor there are two double bed bedrooms, one twin bed bedroom and one single bedroom, a bathroom and a wonderful living room with French windows and fantastic views. The top floor has another lovely sitting room with satellite TV, VCR and DVD player, one single bedroom, one with double bed and another bathroom. There is wifi available in parts of the house and Internet access is available free at the local Ayuntamiento (Council building 3Km). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens Provided & Towels Provided

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