Quite simply one of the best houses we have inspected in Asturias. One of those very complete places where the owner is always thinking of ways to make the house more comfortable or pleasant for people to stay. We find this attitude immensely reassuring because we know that our clients will be the people who benefit.
The setting has just what we look for in an Asturias holiday villa: a natural and utterly genuine village and the scenic mountain views you associate with the cider country.
The village restaurant – an easy stroll away – is authentic, too, with heart-warming home cooking.
The holiday home originally belonged to the owner’s grandparents and her fondness for it, as she showed us around, was apparent. The attention to detail is excellent and an understanding of what constitutes quality and comfort shines through.
The house accommodates 5 people in perfect comfort. We also imagined it being a popular choice for a couple, and if you only need the Master double bedroom, you’ll see that the owner agreed to nicer prices in off-peak months.
As you will also see, the style is luxuriously rustic and furnishings well chosen in this practical and high quality villa.
Everywhere feels very homely and decorative detail has been taken given as much attention as the practical arrangements. In the kitchen, for instance, the owner decided to change the bare stone, so attractive elsewhere, for a wallpapered depiction of a mountain village, in order to make the snack area a cozier spot.
Little things like this can make all the difference in the atmosphere of a holiday home.
The three bedrooms, an upstairs lounge (which can double as a dressing room), and the main bathroom, are on the first floor. The other bathroom is downstairs, but the wood staircase is banistered and easy to use. Wood floors and timber ceilings, nicely chosen lamps and pictures make the bedrooms attractive and welcoming. They each have character.
Beds are 1.35 m or 1.05 m wide, although only 1.80 m long, so tall people might find them a little short. Mattresses are cushioned with viscoelastic, particularly comfy, and bedlinen is of Egyptian cotton.
The shared upstairs lounge-cum-dressing room has additional cupboard space, a chaise longue and mirror, and opens to the typical covered gallery balcony that is almost de rigueur in traditional Asturias cottages.
It’s the very best vantage point for the beautiful view of garden, mountains, hill and dale. The early morning view from here is an inspiring way to start the day.
The outside world is just beautiful and the main reason people choose the location. You have walks from the doorstep and it’s a perfect place for kids.
Children will be intrigued by the old wood store (accessible inside from the living room), which is now more of a rough-and-ready museum featuring old farm implements. An old horse-drawn cart sits on the stone-paved patio under the porch outside.
This is a good, safe space for children to play, as is the large garden directly below, where they will find soft, green grass and a swing. The private garden with its mature trees is looked after, too, looking and feeling lived in, the kind place that children will have fond memories of later on, when they’re grown up.
The garden slopes down to the dale to provide a fabulous vista from a well-built, covered dining area by the cottage. There isn’t a barbecue, but you can bring meals out here and use the sturdy wooden furniture.
Villas positioned on the edge of villages, as AT27 is, are often promising. Here rural seclusion and tranquillity combine with being walking distance to a long-established village bar-restaurant (children welcome), which serves inexpensive set lunches menus and totally authentic, delicious dishes with good quality ingredients. Don´t miss the cachopo mountain stew. It’s humble food, served professionally, where locals come to eat.
La Piloneta is as pretty and real an Asturian village as you could wish to find. Yes – it’s real rural Spain. Not a lot happens here: the historical character seems to have slowed time to a stop.
But you’re not cut off from shops and services, either. Just 2 km down the road is Nava, capital of the Cider Country. Nava town has a pleasant main square with a good place to eat out, supermarkets, some decent sidrerías (cider bars) and the area’s cider museum.
It’s an unpretentious small town, but no more than that. When you’re ready to leave the villa (we suspect you’ll want to spend most of the time there), then you’re better off heading for unspoilt little villages like Espinaredo, or areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the enthralling Redes and Ponga Natural Park, just one valley away, or even the Picos de Europa some 45 minutes’ drive.
Closer to home, it’s nice to just walk around where the cottage is. One proper walk takes you up the Pico de la Mue and beyond.
Your seaside destination is Villaviciosa and its beaches, half an hour from the cottage. Rodiles beach, just 35 minutes away, is a real beauty. It has a lifeguard all summer and is also ideal for surfing.
Around Villaviciosa you’ll see cider breweries. Do try Asturias cider and cheese, the cider decanted in its special ritual, it’s such an enjoyable way to get a true feel for local culture.
If you want to get off the beaten track, we have a place that will surely amaze you. Drive straight up the mountain road opposite the villa, to Les Praeres. The views (and we’ve seen a few at Rustical) are superb. On weekends a rustic bar restaurant here is open and cooking simple good food.
From Les Praeres, if you want even more eye-opening views, walk up to Peña Mayor. On a clear day, the scene of sea and mountains is simply unforgettable.