HOUSE IN MOUNTAIN LOCATION WITH AMAZING VIEWS. PICOS DE EUROPA.

Anna Usborne

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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HOUSE IN MOUNTAIN LOCATION WITH AMAZING VIEWS. PICOS DE EUROPA.

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Detached rural house, mountain views, 3 en suite bedrooms.

This beautiful house is set in a half acre plot on the edge of a quiet village, situated on the slopes of the Cabrales valley. Located near the Picos de Europa national park it is a place to get away from it all and enjoy peace and tranquility. Accommodation is on two storeys with a generous open plan living space on the upper floor with cosy sofas and a wood burning stove. There is a large covered deck leading off the living space with fabulous views looking across a green wooded valley and the houses and church of a village below. The majestic mountains of the Picos de Europa rise up in the background.  

This area of Spain is easily reached by ferry or plane from the UK and other parts of Europe. Ryanair fly from Stansted and Edinburgh to Santander, Easyjet fly from Stansted to Asturias airport and from Manchester to Bilbao. Vueling fly from Heathrow to Bilbao. If you want to go slow, then there are regular ferries with Brittany Ferries departing Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander.

This house was built in 2008 following the traditional Asturian style. The wooden balcony on the south facade gives a fantastic first impression when you arrive. It has lots of character and charm with all the conveniences of a contemporary house. It was built by father and daughter team Julian and Anna Usborne who bought the plot of land in 2005 after visiting the area. We really love this house and visit it as often as possible. What makes the house so amazing is the mountain location and the village where it is situated. The local people are very friendly and will go out of their way to help although most people don't speak English so it is a great opportunity to practice speaking Spanish! There are about 60 residents in the village and people buy their groceries from visiting vans that supply fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and other groceries. There are also a range of shops and restaurants 10 minutes away by car in the villages of Carreña or Arenas de Cabrales.

There are lots of things to do and places to see within easy driving distance of the house. You can drive up into the mountains and explore the high snowy peaks. We walked to the base of the 'Naranjo de Bulnes' which is one of the highest peaks in the Picos range at around 2500 metres. If you don't fancy exerting yourself too much, there is a funicular railway that takes you up to the small village of Bulnes, high in the mountains and inaccessible by car. There are many routes for all levels of walking from gentle strolls to all day hikes. Other popular activities in the area include swimming at the local river or the nearby beaches. There is a fantastic beach at about 30 minutes drive called Niembro and the neighbouring naturist beach of Torimbia is also worth visiting. Continuing with water activities, canoeing is a popular activity along the river Sella and canoes can be hired with the possibility of being picked up downstream after a hard day's paddling.

There are many interesting places to visit within an hours drive or so. The town of Cangas de Onis is about 35 minutes away and has a fantastic market on Sunday mornings. This is well worth a visit especially if you are a foodie. There are hundreds of different types of local cheese for sale as well as smoked and unsmoked chorizo, dry cured ham and fruit and vegetables. Further afield at about 1hr 30 minutes is the city of Oviedo, where you can see beautiful architecture, hang out in the street cafés and enjoy the amazing covered food market. Again a foodie paradise, with many different types of fish you never see in the UK. The city of Santander is also quite easy to reach, at about 1hr 30 minutes drive. It is a beautiful port city with beaches and lots of shopping options. A bit further away is Bilbao, at about 3hrs drive but still possible for a day trip or overnight stay. There is the amazing Guggenheim museum and lots of shopping and restaurant possibilities.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house and would definately return. The location was perfect for us to spend some quality family time together (grandparents, daughter and son in law, grandsons 8 & 10). We enjoyed some of the adventures with Jaire Aventuras, leaflet left in the house, ensure you can swim if you attempt the "descending canyones"; the canoes were good and the assault course too. A trip to Bulnes is a must, we stayed over night at Casa Chiflon, which added to the experience. Unfortunately the Caris Gorge has been closed half way and will not open until beginning of July, we managed to visit both sides though. Poncebos is steeper than the Cains side, both spectacular. Wifi in the house has been a bonus, perfect connection. Only Spanish channels available on TV, not a problem for us as we are from Lanzarote but you can always change the audio language to the original language on most series and films.
Jun 2012
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Anna Usborne

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks spanish, english
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I love the Spanish culture and way of life. Having spent 6 years living in Madrid, I am fluent in Spanish and so managing the house is quite fun and a way of keeping up with the language.

I currently live in Gloucestershire, UK and divide my time between teaching ceramics and designing and making furniture (see my website www.annausborne.com).

I also own two donkeys, Teddy and Chester (pictured) and enjoy taking them for walks (see the website www.chalforddonkeyproject.com).

Anna Usborne purchased this house in 2005

When I was living in Spain I went on holiday to the Cabrales area and fell in love with the landscape. I later took my father to the area and he was also enchanted with the area. We decided to look for a shepherds hut or small cottage to renovate. But we soon realised that this type of remote property was only for people who don't mind a very basic existence. One day, whilst looking at a small mountain shed perched on a damp northern slope, we got talking to the owner who said she also had a piece of land in the nearby village for sale. We went and had a look and my father pronounced that this was the spot. So we embarked on a much bigger project than we originally planned and the purchase of the land and building project took us around 4 years to complete. After many trips between Stansted and Santander airport to manage the build, we finally finished the house in 2008. But it was worth all the time and effort and we now enjoy visiting the house two or three times a year.

This property is in the most fantastic location, tucked away on the outskirts of the village, with spectacular views on three side of the house. I love sitting on the deck and watching the mountains, listening to the cow bells and feeling the warm sun on my face. I also love the fact that it never gets too hot here and you can always snuggle under a duvet and night, not like in southern spain where the heat is too much in summer. This year it was lovely to see how the garden had come along, we even ate grapes from the vine which has now grown so high it is climbing up to the deck on the first floor. The other thing I love is the people in the village. They are so friendly and happy to help. Remembering everyones names is a challenge!

Walking is obviously the number one activity here and I always try and go up the mountain behind the house for an invigorating walk with fabulous views looking down to the coast.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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THE PERFECT HOLIDAY HOUSE!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Casa Usborne the last week of February. The forecast had told us rain all week but luckily that changed quickly into quite nice weather that allowed us to make long walks almost every day. Even our boys of 7 and 9 enjoyed themselves on the long, often steep, walks because there was so much to discover. The impressive rocky mountains, the water falls, the unexpected sheep and goats on the way kept them and us going for hours as much as the idea of returning into the comfortable and warm house at the end of the day.
We very much appreciated all the care for details, like the smooth bedlinen, the nice cooker and a great Spanish film collection for the evenings.

We'd love to come back some time to discover more!
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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IDEAL SPOT TO DISCOVER THE PICOS DE EUROPA

  • 5 of 5
Casa Usborne is the ideal spot to discover the Picos de Europa. You can start your walks directly from the house, or take the car and choose from a variety of magnificent walks like the route through the Cares Gorge.

And it takes you only half an hour to reach the beaches that can easily compete with the beaches in Southern Spain (in fact they are much better).

Also in the neighborhood: plenty of good restaurants in various price ranges where you can enjoy Asturian dishes, tapas and fresh fish!

The house itself is wonderfull. A spacious living room with open kitchen and dining room, 3 bedroom with excellent beds all equipped with shower/bath. So al the comfort you need to relax after another adventure. And then the views from the balcony, they are just magnificent.

So a place highly recommended for lovers of tranquility, nature and authenticity.
  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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+0044 (0)7952 535814
Cabrales Oriente
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BEAUTIFUL HOUSE WITH WONDERFUL VIEWS

  • 4 of 5
we loved Casa Usburne. A lovely house: spacious, elegant and comfortable. The balcony is the piece de resistance. We could have happily sat there all day looking at the mountain views had it not been for all the fabulous walking in the area. It was also the quietest place we'd ever stayed so slept amazingly well.
Our only very minor cavil is that the showers weren't quite up to the same high standard as the rest of the property - hence 4 rather than 5 stars.
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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GET AWAY FROM IT ALL HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
If you want a "get away from it all" holiday then this is the place to come. Spent a lovely two weeks in this gorgeous house with all that you could wish for. Property clean and with a manager that solved any issues we had. The owner Anna was very prompt with our booking and emailing joining documents. Easy to get to the coast, but a car is a must as you are quite isolated in a small village at the top of a hill. As stated previously do get your groceries before arriving as no where really close by.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Usborne. It really is a great place to get away from it all. Just to add to what you say about buying groceries, there are shops in the vacinity, at 15 minutes drive from the house. However, as you mention, it is advisable to buy groceries elsewhere if you arrive on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday as the local supermarkets are closed. The house is tucked away but you can get most things nearby (most of the time!). Good to hear Carolina was helpful. Thanks for the 5 star review! Anna
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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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IDEAL HOLIDAY BASE

  • 5 of 5
We're not about to be the first to award anything less than 5 stars!

This property is ideally situated at the edge of a village and has lovely views of the surrounding mountains and valleys where fine walking opportunties abound. It is also close to the coast so beach visits are easy (and there are many lovely beaches to choose from).

The house itself is immaculate with everything that could be wished for. The balcony is perfect for sitting with a drink and binoculars for viewing the local wildlife (eagles and vultures are plentiful).

We'll always look back fondly on our stay at Casa Usborne - we have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone visiting this beautiful area.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
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Cabrales Oriente
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A LOVELY HOUSE IN BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS.

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at Casa Usborne. The house was a great place to stay in, in beautiful surroundings with lovely views. We all enjoyed our stay very much.
The time went really quickly and we managed to do something each day.
Sunday, we visited the market at Cangas De Onis in the morning and in the afternoon we did a short walk around Berodia.
Monday, we went on the funicular railway to Bulnes and walked around the area. Tuesday – walks around Los Lagos,
Wednesday, the Cares Gorge walk from Cain, Thursday we went to the Coast and Llanes and Friday to Fuente de, up the gondola and a walk to Refuge Veronica.

Hoping to stay there again in the near future.
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Llanes
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Posada
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Niemro
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Carreña
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Valgrande-Pajares
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Carreña
Car: recommended

A narrow two mile winding road leads to the tiny village of Berodia in the foothills of the mountains of the National Park known as the Picos de Europa. Snow-covered peaks tower over the lower fertile slopes.The surrounding region is the Cabrales valley, where orchard views and the mellow tinkle of cow-bells are the outward sign of the cheeses and cider for which the region is famous. A good range of shops can be found 5 km distant in the village of Arenas de Cabrales, while the secluded beaches of Torimbia and Niembro on the north coast are 30 minutes away. Great for walking, climbing, riding, canoeing but above all for relaxing in deepest countryside away from traffic noise.

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Availability & Rates

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Cabrales House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Summer 2014
Jun 14 - Aug 1
7 night minimum stay
£798
 
 
August 2014
Aug 2 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
£952
 
 
September 2014
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
£700
 
 
October 2014
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
£86
£602
 
 
Winter 2014/15
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 27 2015
4 night minimum stay
£72
£504
 
 
Spring 2014
Apr 19 - Jun 13
7 night minimum stay
£602
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£72
£504
£1,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rental period in high season is Saturday to Saturday.
In low season shorter or longer lettings may be considered and special offers may be available. Please enquire.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Cabrales House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Basic Soaps
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All en-suite. Separate toilet on first floor
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All three bedrooms en suite located on ground floor. One master bedroom with double bed, two bedrooms with twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • forests
  • caves
  • nude beach
  • churches
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • paragliding
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • skiing
  • mountaineering
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
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