The woodcutter’s forest home, half an hour from Santander beaches

Valles Pasiegos, Cantabria, Northern Spain Property Ref: AC20
  • Doors
    2 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 4
  • Property Ref: AC20

A very well put-together cottage, nicely located between Cantabrian mountains and the coast at Santander. Sleeps 4.

Booking information for AC20

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

  • We don't consider this property to be suitable for toddlers.

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

Changeover day for AC20

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

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Booking information for AC20

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

  • We don't consider this property to be suitable for toddlers.

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

Changeover day for AC20

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

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Summary

A very well put-together cottage, nicely located between Cantabrian mountains and the coast at Santander. Sleeps 4.

Facilities

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

Enjoyment

TV (Spanish channels only) with USB port; CD/radio; Sauna; 2 Sunloungers; Barbecue.

Self-catering
4-ring vitroceramic hob; Electric oven; Microwave; Toaster; Coffee-maker; Blender; Small fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine & dryer; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Central heating; Log fire (firewood included); Wooden outdoor furniture; Outdoor lighting; All bedding and towels provided; Dressing gowns provided; Cot (on request); Private parking for 2 cars.

Layout

Ground floor
Open plan dining room-kitchen; Archway to living room; Bathroom/WC (shower over full bathtub); Utility room with washing machine/dryer.

First floor
Bedroom 1: Double bed; Bedroom 2: Twin beds.

Exterior
Patio terrace; Sauna hut; Semi-open, furnished barbecue hut with viewing terrace; Private parking.

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Overview

This amiable, self-catering rustic retreat is an opportunity to get well away from it all and enjoy a natural experience all to yourselves. Even though you’re secreted away here, glimpses of Santander Bay remind you that beaches and the elegant town itself, with its ferry and airport, are only half an hour away.

The solidity of the cottage’s local stone-and-wood architecture is testimony to the sure hand of its craftsman, who has smoothed and polished interiors to a neat finish in a meticulous design.

Hidden away in its forest setting, we thought it the kind of tidy home the woodcutter in Little Red Riding Hood might have built for himself, when he was no longer busy rescuing maidens and their grandmothers. Maybe the sauna was added afterwards, for special visitors.

You reach the supremely private property along a maintained track of some 300 metres from a country lane. The house, obviously well-made even at first sight, sits on firm rock, where it feels protected by the canopy of trees that surround it.

Steps go down a large, furnished and covered barbecue hut for wood-fired roasts (see photos). The terrace here has a tremendous view.

Directly outside the cottage is a brick-built sauna, which works efficiently and is included in the rental: an interesting luxury facility that one wouldn’t expect to find at a cottage here.

The house is practical (everything works well) and attractive. It’s all tastefully decorated and more than adequately equipped for self-catering holidays.

The ground floor has a dining room with kitchen, connected via an archway with the living room where a glass-protected log fire can be lit for winter stays, in addition to central heating (firewood is included at the woodcutter’s home).

The beds have quality latex mattresses on chunky wooden bedsteads, lighting is gentle and homely and nights couldn’t be more peaceful. You wake up and look out onto the forest. Dressing gowns are provided.

Just bear in mind that the bathroom is downstairs and the staircase railing has gaps: we wouldn’t recommend the cottage to families with very young children. The staircase can, however, be gated.

Older children will love the place. It really is hidden away in nature where they can feel very safe, playing games of hide-and-seek, perhaps discovering a feel of freedom away from electronic devices for a refreshing change.

For practical purposes, La Cavada 15 minutes from the house has shops and a hotel with free WiFi in the bar. It also has a restaurant where dishes are typically hearty mountain fare.

The local area is a joy to explore no matter which way you go. To the west are the Pasiego Valleys, to the east the Ason river valley. You’ll 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.

There are no wolves in the forest hoping to meet Red Riding Hood but you can visit them — and bears, too! Just 30 minutes from the cottage, Cabarceno wildlife park has a variety of animals living in semi-liberty in an area of some 750 hectares. It’s here that you can find wolves and the very rare Cantabrian brown bear, now both endangered species with only very few examples still living in the wild. You’ll also see more exotic mammals, such as rhinoceros and gorillas, lions, emus and pigmy hippopotami.

In summertime, the seaside becomes another significant reason for a holiday here. Along the coast, 30 minutes away, 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.

Santander is the main town and point of reference. As well as being one of Spain’s most attractive coastal towns, it is the normal point of entry from abroad, whether by plane or ferry.

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Location

Setting

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

Location

At the end of a 300-metre track, in secluded wooded grounds. La Cavada village (most facilities) is 12 mins drive away.

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

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 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
€620
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
€800
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
€620
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
€680
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
€840
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
€980
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
€820
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
€620
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
€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 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
€620
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
€800
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
€620
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
€680
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
€840
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
€980
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
€820
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
€620
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
€980
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£549
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£868
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
£549
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
£602
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
£744
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£868
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
£726
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£549
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
£868
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
£549
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
£708
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
£549
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
£602
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
£744
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
£868
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
£726
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
£549
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
£868
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$727
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$1,149
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
$727
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
$797
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
$985
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$1,149
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
$961
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$727
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
$1,149
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
$727
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
$938
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
$727
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
$797
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
$985
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
$1,149
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
$961
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
$727
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
$1,149
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$960
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$1,517
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
AU$960
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
AU$1,053
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
AU$1,301
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$1,517
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
AU$1,270
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$960
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
AU$1,517
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
AU$960
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
AU$1,239
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
AU$960
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
AU$1,053
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
AU$1,301
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
AU$1,517
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
AU$1,270
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
AU$960
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
AU$1,517
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$932
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$1,473
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 31 May 201731/05/2017
CAD$932
01 Jun 201701/06/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
CAD$1,022
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
CAD$1,262
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$1,473
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
CAD$1,232
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$932
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
CAD$1,473
Sleeps up to 4 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -4
03 Jan 201803/01/2018 23 Mar 201823/03/2018
CAD$932
24 Mar 201824/03/2018 06 Apr 201806/04/2018
CAD$1,202
07 Apr 201807/04/2018 31 May 201831/05/2018
CAD$932
01 Jun 201801/06/2018 30 Jun 201830/06/2018
CAD$1,022
01 Jul 201801/07/2018 31 Jul 201831/07/2018
CAD$1,262
01 Aug 201801/08/2018 31 Aug 201831/08/2018
CAD$1,473
01 Sep 201801/09/2018 30 Sep 201830/09/2018
CAD$1,232
01 Oct 201801/10/2018 18 Dec 201818/12/2018
CAD$932
19 Dec 201819/12/2018 02 Jan 201902/01/2019
CAD$1,473

Booking information for AC20

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

  • We don't consider this property to be suitable for toddlers.

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

Changeover day for AC20

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

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Booking information for AC20

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

  • We don't consider this property to be suitable for toddlers.

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

Changeover day for AC20

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

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YOUR REVIEWS

Steve | September | 2017

Just to say a big thank you. The Woodcutters Cottage was simply charming and the sauna an added bonus. The surrounding area was very beautiful and unspoilt and the local people very friendly - beating in mind our almost total lack of Spanish. Lierganes is a lovely town and the service from Rustical Travel was superb. Best wishes."

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Gerry | August | 2017

My family and I rented this cottage for the second part of our Spain trip, after a stay in the South, near Malaga. This property surpassed every description we saw online. Our contact there, Etel, was very friendly and helpful throughout our holiday. The cottage was clean and well equipped but the surroundings and the geography of the plot are the main attraction. A very nice outdoor seating are with a barbeque and clay oven is available and for the more chilly nights you can cuddle up in front of the fire or have a nice relaxing sauna. A few very small niggles could be: the property felt very damp, due to the woodland surroundings so whenever you got into the fairly small bed, the sheets felt a bit damp. Also, for those who want total seclusion without any wi-fi or cell reception, this is your cottage. For those who need communications, be aware of the very poor reception. All in all, this fairy tale cottage comes very recommended. It's location, not far from the Sierra's or the beaches at Santander is excellent. Etel was a wonderful help during our stay. Five star cottage!"

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Jen | July | 2017

We really loved our holiday at the Woodcutter's Cottage. A very different kind of holiday for us in the middle of nowhere and without wifi, but just what we needed! We live in Barcelona so it's pretty busy and hectic so a complete back to nature contrast for us! Etel, the keyholder was absolutely lovely and incredibly helpful, sending us restaurant recommendations, links to places of interest in the area and general info, she couldn't have done more., The house itself is really nicely done, quirky and rustic with lots of interesting features. We especially loved the outdoor seating area and the sauna was a great little treat everyday, especially somewhere pretty remote. Also the jacuzzi bath was another welcome luxury and the view from the bathroom window will stay in my memory banks for a long time. We've got two more dogs and of course they loved it too! I've also recommended Rustical Travel to a lot of people. I'm really impressed from the outset at your communication and obvious passion for Spain. I wanted to find something a bit off the beaten track and you definitely deliver that. The description, photographs and information you provide is great. I'll be booking again and thank you so much for your attention to detail. Until the next time, Muchas gracias"

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Michael | April | 2017

The cottage is fantastic... Rustical Travel staff were brilliant as was Ella who came to meet us at the cottage... There's nothing more to say"

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Mike | May | 2016

The Woodcutter's Cottage is unique and beautiful. This was our second visit, we enjoyed it just as much as the first. If you like rustic cooking in a wood fired oven, barbecuing, bird song and the sound of cow bells, it's the place for you. Near enough to a village and small town not to be isolated and only 45 minutes from Santander. We had first class service while we were there."

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Suzie | April | 2016

We had a fabulous, calm and peaceful holiday in the Woodcutter Cottage. A fabulous combination of rustic charm and all modern facilities.....and more. The cottage was equipped with even more facilities than listed. Despite the weather being wet a lot of the time (which was to be expected when we went in April) we still enjoyed fantastic views across the mountains and to the sea. Indeed on the wettest day we 'went for it' and had a BBQ in the covered terrace. We found the people of this area to be particularly friendly and helpful bearing in mind this is not a 'full English breakfast sold here' (thank goodness) area. Made use of the sauna too which was a lovely bonus. The owner actually speaks very good English which was helpful as our Spanish is non existent. We would recommend this property for those looking for a country retreat holiday. Our only comment, which didn't effect us personally is that if two couples were to share the property the lounge only has comfortable seating for two on a small sofa, but for a couple there is no problem. Must also mention the very friendly bar/restaurant at Bustabaldo(?) very good food, amazing prices and fantastic people, definitely worth a visit, or two."

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Camilla | September | 2015

We had a wonderful holiday. The house was even better than the photographs; it was the kind of place I imagine Heidi would have chosen after moving out of her grandfather's. It's unusual to find a holiday cottage made and furnished with such craftsmanship and imagination. Not only was it superly cosy inside but it also had all the creature comforts you could wish for - plus an outdoor wood oven and the best view from a bath I've ever had. The location was ideal; secluded woodland and within half an hour of lovely beaches and spectacular mountain scenery. We were met by the property owner who was very friendly and was always at the end of the phone if we needed help. Her English is excellent which really helped as our Spanish is very basic. We also found RusticalTravel very professional and responsive to our correspondence. The directions to the house were very comprehensive (with photographs of key junctions and rendezvous point) and the suggestions for places to visit/eat nearby were much appreciated."

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Trudy | July | 2015

The property was wonderfully secluded and very well equipped. We were given a lovely welcome by the owner who also texted a few days later to check all was well. The surrounding area is beautiful. We were also very impressed by the service offered by Rustical Travel and hope to use it again in the future."

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Anna | June | 2015

This was a delightful cottage in a wonderful setting, peaceful, calm, just what we needed. The sauna was definitely an added bonus. We did find the lack of view a bit frustrating, there was so much we could have seen if the trees weren't quite so close to the house, however, in the heat of summer ( or a canicule as we have now) then I am sure it would have been most useful! Loved it Anna"

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Scott | June | 2015

We had a lovely week at the woodcutters cottage, and even in the misty rains of June it has a very special feeling to it. A lot of love and care has gone into the restoration and the owners are wonderfully welcoming. A great place to just sit back, slow down and refresh yourself."

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Sandrina | October | 2014

The stay at the cottage was like a visit to a fairy tale The view from the jacuzzi bath must be the best in the country certainly better than the five star hotel we stayed in before we visited the cottage The owners daughter who met us was really helpful and the whole experience was one of peace and relaxation The interior of the cottage is really artistic and interesting We loved it"

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James | July | 2014

We cannot speak highly enough with regard to this property. We have hire many cottages over the years and very few have come even close to this one. Location, facilities, and welcome were all first class. We are seasoned travellers when it comes to seeking out and staying in Rural locations such as this, but the woodcutters cottages takes this to another level which we greatly appreciated. However we do feel that your description on the web site should do more to warn of the some of the cottages more rustic features."

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Mike | June | 2014

Not long back from 2 weeks in Property AC20. One of the best holidays we've ever had. The house is beautiful, very well equipped, we have never before had a garlic crusher, pestle and mortar or a blender, let alone a clay oven.The owner is very friendly, considerate and helpful. She speaks perfect English too. I have a feeling we will be back."

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Kieran | May | 2014

Our stay at the woodcutter's cottage was magical. The setting is private and peaceful and the aesthetic of the house is rooted in traditional materials and impeccable rough-hewn craftsmanship. Everywhere you look there is rustic charm and beauty. We could have been living in another century. Except we also appreciated the modern conveniences - including the electric sauna. The owners, who built the cottage, are also wonderful and gracious. We highly recommend staying here and hope to return next year. Eileen & Kieran"

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