A cottage with rustic elegance in idyllic seclusion near Santander

Valles Pasiegos, Cantabria, Northern Spain Property Ref: AC15
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    2 Bedrooms
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    Sleeps 4
  • Property Ref: AC15

Beauty and quality go together to make a perfect hideaway located in a wooded grove between two of Cantabria’s most unspoilt valleys. Half an hour away are some of Northern Spain’s most impressive beaches. Sleeps 4.

Booking information for AC15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit may apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AC15

  • Start and finish day has some flexibility except from early June to early October when the changeover day is Saturday.

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Booking information for AC15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit may apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AC15

  • Start and finish day has some flexibility except from early June to early October when the changeover day is Saturday.

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Summary

Beauty and quality go together to make a perfect hideaway located in a wooded grove between two of Cantabria’s most unspoilt valleys. Half an hour away are some of Northern Spain’s most impressive beaches. Sleeps 4.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    2 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    1 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 4

Enjoyment

TV (some English/German channels); CD/radio; Sauna; Barbecue.

Self-catering
Vitroceramic hob; Oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Toaster; Coffee-maker; Blender; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Tumble dryer; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Central heating; Simple outdoor furniture; Outdoor lighting; Cot (on request); All bedding and towels provided; Private parking.

Layout

Ground floor
Open plan living room-dining-kitchen; Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Steep steps up to interior gallery that opens to a balcony.

First floor
Bedroom 1: Double bed (1.50 m x 2 m queen size bed); Bedroom 2: Twin beds; Bathroom/WC with bathtub and shower.

Exterior
Terraces around the cottage; Porch with barbecue area; Sauna hut.

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Overview

You look out from this cottage onto blissful views. But you will also be casting an approving eye round the accommodation. It’s a cottage of distinction, with delightful attention to detail throughout, crafted from stone and wood to elegant precision.

It’s just what we look for in a genuine rural holiday home. It achieves an exemplary balance of tasteful rusticity, comfort and practicality in a setting that is prettiness itself, as peaceful as it comes and perfectly secluded.

The views hint at the natural treats you are going to discover. To the west are the Pasiego Valleys, to the east is the Ason river valley. Add Santander and its endless sandy beaches to the picture and you’ll see that a week here is short indeed.

The cottage was once a farm dwelling for cattle herders working in here in rural Cantabria, and its size and out-of-the-way location suited it ideally for reinvention as a holiday cottage.

A house-proud owner makes sure that it is very well looked after. He also goes one step further with an imaginative, state-of-the-art sauna in a separate building outside.

The house is built on two floors. Downstairs is the living accommodation and kitchen. There’s a lovely old tiled floor and well chosen natural materials have been wedded together by a stonemason and carpenter.

The wooden seating for mealtimes might look rough-hewn but we found the furniture to be surprisingly solid and well-made like everything else in the house. We also expected the wooden kitchen drawers to stick but they pull out and push in very smoothly.

Appliances include dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, music system, and a TV with a USB port if you bring your own films. There’s no WiFi out here, but we found that some areas of the property had a 3G signal.

The views are a marvel. You can also go up a steep set of steps (not suitable for very young children: see photo) to a raised gallery and out to a balcony.

Upstairs, the two bedrooms are not especially large, just very pleasant, and mattresses are very comfortable. They share a bathroom with a handsome bathtub and separate shower.

The house is fully centrally heated and suitable for winter lets.

Dressing gowns are provided for going out to the sauna hut next to the cottage. The innovative installation emits infra-red radiation (just like the sun) and achieves the effects of traditional saunas, but at a much lower temperature of between 36⁰C and 40⁰C. It is apparently especially apt for weight loss, skin tone and muscle relaxation.

A terrace runs round the house, ending with a covered barbecue. There’s automatic night lighting outside, too.

Spreading out from the cottage, which is reached by a tree-lined driveway, are forest, meadows and mountains with more cows and horses than people.

Less than ten minutes away, the village of La Cavada is the place to do your shopping and eat out. We’re assured that the hotel restaurant here does the best mountain stew in all Cantabria (we know they all say that, but maybe it’s true!).

For as many country walks as your legs can bear and pretty drives, too, the three Pasiegos valleys and the limestone river valley of Ason extend to either side of the house’s location. Here you will find waterfalls, caves and little old villages. The salmon-rich Ason river is just 30 km long and ends in marshes at Santoña on the sea, famous for its anchovies.

Along the coast you are spoilt for beaches. Laredo has immense, very natural, sandy beaches: La Salvé is over 4 km long and El Regatón with El Puntal not much less. The coast is only 30 minutes away and includes Santander, which is one of Spain’s most attractive seaside towns as well as being the normal point of entry from abroad, whether by plane or ferry.

Santander has its own beach, El Sardinero.

For a special excursion, Cabarceno wildlife park has exotic animals living in semi-liberty in an area of some 750 hectares. It’s curious to come across rhinoceros and gorillas in the same bucolic environment that you are staying in, and also a chance to view a local endangered animal that you are otherwise unlikely to see: the Cantabrian brown bear.

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Location

Setting

Secluded in pristine wooded valley. In the "Pasiego" region.

Location

Private wooded grounds of 5,000 m², 9 km from La Cavada village.

La Cavada 9 km
Bars, restaurants with WiFi, shopping
Pasiegos & Ason 10 min
Beautiful green valleys, walking
Cabarceno 35 min
Wildlife park
Santander 40 min
Sardinero beach
Laredo 40 min
Beaches
airport Nearest Airports
Santander (SDR) & Ferry 35 min
Bilbao (BIO) & Ferry 1 hr 15 min

Prices

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Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€620
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€980
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€620
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€680
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€840
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€980
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€820
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€620
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€980
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€620
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€980
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
€620
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
€680
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€840
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€980
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€820
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€620
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€980
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£523
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£827
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
£523
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
£574
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
£708
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£827
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
£692
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£523
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
£827
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$570
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$900
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
$570
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
$625
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
$772
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$900
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
$753
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$570
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
$900
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$830
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$1,311
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
AU$830
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
AU$910
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
AU$1,124
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$1,311
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
AU$1,097
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$830
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
AU$1,311
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$1,235
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$1,953
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
CAD$1,235
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
CAD$1,355
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
CAD$1,674
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$1,953
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
CAD$1,634
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$1,235
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
CAD$1,953

Booking information for AC15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit may apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AC15

  • Start and finish day has some flexibility except from early June to early October when the changeover day is Saturday.

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Booking information for AC15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit may apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for AC15

  • Start and finish day has some flexibility except from early June to early October when the changeover day is Saturday.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Tim | September | 2016

Excellent. Thank you."

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Lynn | June | 2016

My wife and I spent a delightful month at property AC15. It was all that we expected and more.  The appliances and fixtures are top end, the view from the picture window and the loft, breathtaking, and the sauna, new and scrupulously clean as well as multi-functional.  The house is fully and very thoughtfully decorated (many of the antiques are museum quality).  Etel is an exceptionally conscientious host, readily available should you need assistance, ans she is fluent in English, near if not at native command of the language.  The neighborhood is totally tranquil and privacy is complete.  The house and furnishings are solid---nothing flimsy here.

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Fokke | June | 2016

House was stunning, Everything as on the pics on the site. Very relaxing and good help at site."

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Rosamund | June | 2016

What a gorgeous peaceful place. We were wonderfully welcomed and shown around the cottage. It is fantastically equipped with thoughtful touches - robes for the sauna, store cupboard essentials, a local cake.....The surrounding area is stunning - the Ason Valley a must, the Museum in Santander, Cabarcerno Natural Park, beautiful beaches.....a week was not enough. Very impressed with Rustical Travel too - efficient, lots of information and clear directions - we will definitely be back - thank you."

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Valerie | May | 2016

"A cottage with rustic elegance in idyllic seclusion..." I couldn't put it better myself. My husband and I enjoyed a very relaxing break here in June. The property is equipped for all your self catering needs. You can tell the owners have put a lot of love into their charming property. When out exploring it is a lovely retreat to return to. The beds were very comfortable with spare linen if we wanted. The bathroom is clean and a pleasure to use. We appreciated having both a washing machine and tumble dryer but there were plenty extra towels we could use. Extra points for providing a good supply of washing powder, washing up liquid and cleaning material. So often you arrive at a property and realise you need to go to the shops to buy these basics but the owners have thought of everything. They even left a cake on the table neatly wrapped - a nice touch. It is a very peaceful place with beautiful views. I would say it is more suited to a couple or an adult family. I would be a little concerned about letting children use the stairs as even adults have to take some extra care (especially after a glass of wine or two). In the evening it was easy to relax with a glass of wine and you can get English channels on the TV if you wish (not just CNN). I don't know if it might put some people off but there are bats roosting in the eves. They didn't cause a problem and it was fascinating to watch them fly in and out in the evening (not in the house I might add). On the whole one of the better cottages we've stayed in and we would recommend it."

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Elinor | September | 2015

Myself and my 8 year old son enjoyed a fabulous week at this gorgeous cottage. On arrival we were met by the friendly owner took the time to show us all we needed and made sure we were well settled in with some delicious cake as a welcome gift. The cottage is amazing, every corner filled with fabulous artwork. After days on the beach or exploring the many local villages nearby we were so glad to retire to the peace and stunning beauty of this place. La Cavada and Lierganes are close by for all the necessities and places to eat and meet the locals who were patient with our limited Spanish! Our thanks to the owner and Rustical Travel who made it such an easy process to book this holiday and for the invaluable local and tourist information provided even before we arrived. I would recommend them both highly. - Elly & Sean (Melbourne, Australia)"

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David | August | 2015

We found the cottage to be beautifully decorated with plenty of very individual design. We found everything that we needed - it is very well equipped. We had no problem to find the property and we met the contact exactly as described. We loved the remote location and the beautiful surroundings. We would recommend this to anyone who enjoys peace and quiet! The property does have a very rustic stairway to the upper floor and I would be nervous about young children using this. This is certainly NOT a complaint - this is part of the charm!"

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Rupert | February | 2015

Despite being only half an hour's drive from Santander you are in another world. At over 1000 metres high, the walking is fairly savage to say the least. Make sure you come equipped with decent cartography. The only item of clothing that we had forgotten were our waterproof trousers! You do need them. On the day we arrived it was 20 centigrade in Santander and just above freezing at the house. Two foot of snow lay on the ground. Helicopters were delivering food to people in other parts of Northern Spain . Under these conditions the owners are to be congratulated on ensuring that we had a memorable holiday. Our two year old Labrador loved the whole experience and spent ages playing with the farm dogs. The house is as described on the website. It was very warm and an abundant supply of logs was available. The approach roads are steep but very few of the locals have four wheel drive vehicles. The local farmer goes up and down the lanes in his Peugot 205 without any difficulty.Our party were pleased with the accommodation and had no complaints. Etel, the owner's daughter, despite being 9 months pregnant could not have been more helpful."

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Julie | September | 2014

We had a wonderful time in our little place in the woods.Etel was very hospitable and helpful.We loved the handmade soap and the house itself was beautifully dressed and put together in a very unique style.We loved it. Rustical travel was exemplary in giving us all the information we needed which was very comprehensive and accurate. Thanks to all who made our holiday memorable."

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Richard | June | 2014

Lovely cottage with all we needed for a great family holiday. Fantastic views with access straight on to the mountain. We all very much enjoyed our stay spending some time at the cottage resting, walking on the mountain and visiting the beach."

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Kirsty Duff | May | 2014

A fantastic cottage that lives up to the description. We had a fantastic holiday with our one year old girl and although the stairs up to the bedrooms were not for the faint hearted it only added to the charm of the property. It was fantastically decorated and had all mod-cons. The location of the cottage was perfect for exploring Cantabria or just relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding countryside."

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Piers | August | 2013

Where do I begin. Idyllic rural location with wonderful views. Fantastic attention to detail throughout the house, with individual touches that highlight great care and thought. Peaceful and private, yet I could watch the boys help herd the cows while reading my book on the balcony overlooking the valley, wonderful memories. Great sauna, which was generally followed by eating and drinking in the rustic eating area. Please thank the owners for a marvellous home to stay in, and you guys for directing us there!"

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Shelley | August | 2013

Hi - we had a lovely stay here. The cottage was totally isolated and really peaceful, and the owners very friendly and helpful. The house is beautiful, and has been decorated very stylishly. The kitchen was well-equipped, and the outside eating area was lovely on a sunny day. I would say that the house isn't particularly friendly for very young children - there wasn't really an outdoor area where they could play, so we ended up driving to the beach most days. The long grass area looks very enticing for little ones (a jungle!) but we discovered that there were too many biting creatures for the children to play there. But a lovely stay all in all, and an absolutely idyllic spot!"

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Jeanine | July | 2013

I just wanted to send you a mail to thank you for the fantastic service we received. The accommodation was everything you described on your website and more!! Truly a beautiful place and the photos do not come close to the actual thing. We were very comfortable and loved the region as well. Once again, thank you for your professional service, I have already recommended to you to everyone I know if they want to book something."

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Suzanne | July | 2013

The cottage was one of the most beautiful in which we've had the pleasure to stay. We also found our contact with the owners to be friendly and helpful. RusticalTravel were also efficient and pleasant when making arrangements. I would certainly recommend the cottages and RusticalTravel to my friends and hope that maybe one day we'll use your service again and stay in another beautiful cottage."

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