Valdes Cottage Rental Photos and Description
1 bedroom cottage, sleeps 2 on organic farm in quiet setting above the coast
Found in Western Asturias between the beautiful fishing ports of Cudillero and Luarca in the coastal hills, El Pajar & Los Balagos are stone cottages ideal for those yearning for a cosy getaway in rural Asturias. The setting is quiet, rural and secluded yet ideally situated for exploring. Lovingly restored you will find everything you need to feel at home. The Atlantic Ocean, Cabo Peñas, the mountains and the farming villages all provide the views that are constant feasts for the eyes. They are stunning. Behind the cottages is the organic herb and vegetable garden to enjoy and explore. Trails lead off the property to the peak above with fantastic panoramic views of the mountains and coast or onto the Camino de Santiago which connects Soto de Luiña with Ballota along the coastal ridge.
El Pajar is all on one floor. It has its own outdoor terrace for dining and garden sitting areas with table and chairs. There is plenty of garden furniture to enable you to find the right spot and posture for relaxing.
Los Balagos, on two floors, with the ocean views has a lovely terrace for dining out and a small shady garden area with table and chairs. Just one note about Los Balagos, the downstairs kitchen ceiling is a bit low and we recommend that anyone over 6'3' or 190cms not choose this cottage.
We do not know how old these cottages are but they are the original dwellings on the farm. Completely renovated we have left the original bread oven in place in the Pajar while installing a more efficient wood burning stove for heat. Los Balagos had a kitchen hut front of it where there is still a stone oven. We have turned this into the 'Resource Center' where there is selection of CDs, DVDs, books, garden furniture, a telescope, BBQ, games, etc. Both cottages have a good feel to them and work well for couples.
Because there are no inside stairs in the Pajar and the shower has no barriers and a built-in bench it is our most comfortable cottage for anyone with physical limitations, although it is not wheelchair accessible.
Enjoy our organic lifestyle. Our linens are washed in natural soaps and sun dried and ironed. The house has features which save on energy and we recycle. Dry organic food items are available for purchase and when overwhelmed with vegetables we are happy to share from our vegetable garden. Flowers and herbs are free and available. We do not own a tractor or heavy farm machinery and there is no traffic whatsoever making for a quiet safe stay. Spend time relaxing while feasting your eyes on the ever-changing views or walk the old paths leading off the property to include the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim route. You may spend your days exploring the many and varied beaches and villages along the coast or in the spectacular mountains. We are available to help with reservations and are happy to share our knowledge of the area. Quite a bit of information and maps are available in the cottages to include our local guide of favourite beaches, towns, routes and restaurants and fiestas.
More about Western Asturias: There are all kinds of beaches to choose from in Asturias and some of the prettiest are right here. In the area, you'll find horseback riding, walking trails, wildlife viewing, surfing, hunting, fishing, Celtic ruins, museums, sightseeing, shopping, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. We are available to help you make any arrangements. The large cities of Avilés, Oviedo and Gijon are all less than an hour away by car for night life, museums, the new aquarium, botanical garden, cultural events and shopping. You may also take the narrow gauge coastal train to any of them or in the other direction to Luarca, for example. Asturias, a green and mountainous region, has numerous natural parks all of which are worth a visit. Somiedo, Muniellos, Redes and Picos de Europa offer opportunities for wildlife sighting: mountain goats, deer, brown bears, vultures and other birds of prey, wild boar, etc. The spring offers a profusion of wild flowers from daffodils to orchids.
Details for El Pajar/Balagos Cottages 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
We instantly felt at home in this lovingly restored farmhouse and its surrounds. I would recommend La Cumbre to couples of any age, families with kids, singles looking to spoil themselves – anyone who dreams of a rural retreat. The house is sunny, spotless and very well-equipped. The bedrooms are large with just-right touches; the kitchen, bath and living room equally charming and full of everything you could possibly need plus some. There is no artifice, just well-thought out comfort and ease. With three other rental properties on the farm, La Cumbre retains privacy although we enjoyed camaraderie with the other guests. Did I mention the gorgeous views? The farm, Pico Los Rozos, sits atop a hill and invites exploration, bringing hours of delight to adults and kids alike. Breakfasting on fresh eggs and homemade bread on the patio overlooking the valley; walking the old trails with Lex the happiest dog on the planet; feeding the chickens and gathering herbs; delving into the Resource Center’s ample assortment of books, music, games and toys; savoring a glass of the local red as the sun sets across the mountains – you are surrounded at all times by utter peace and incomparable natural beauty. Just down the hill are shops and cantinas, while unspoiled beaches and busy little towns are minutes away. Somewhere nearby, every day, is a farmers market for fresh vegetables, artesianal cheese, local meats and people-watching entertainment. The new motorway is so close you can make an easy daytrip to anywhere in Galicia or Asturias, and there is so much to see! Best of all are Lynn and Pepe, unobtrusive but always ready to provide recommendations (the house has a book-ful), directions, easy conversation and whatever you might need for your home away from home. From the first warm email to the welcome package of wine, bread, eggs and flowers, to the goodbye hugs, they are the most gracious and thoughtful of hosts and among the finest people we know. Living in the mountains has its realities: the driveway is exhilaratingly steep and sometimes the farm is enveloped in a cooling cloud. A city pied-a-terre La Cumbre is not. But if you want to awaken to the fragrance of meadow and woods, stretch out under sun-dried sheets and go to the window overlooking a green tapestry tumbling to the ocean, and ponder the day’s rich possibilities to the sound of distant cowbells – go to La Cumbre. I know we’ll be back.