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Traditional Asturian farmhouse in tranquil village setting

Mrs Sara Aubrey

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Mrs Sara Aubrey

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
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Traditional Asturian farmhouse in tranquil village setting

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Arriondas House Rental Photos and Description

Detached house with garden and terrace for 4-6 people

La Rondita is a fully-equipped holiday home suitable for families, groups or independent travellers, situated at the edge of a traditional Asturian village, close to local facilities and many outdoor activities. Located in the foothills of the Sierra del Sueve, La Rondita is equally close to the Picos de Europa National Park and the Costa Verde's fishing villages and beaches.

Because of this location, La Rondita is ideal for either an active holiday or a relaxing break. To view the house details, please see below.

If walking is your passion, La Rondita offers a number of walks both long and short that can be undertaken directly from the house without needing to drive, plus others that are slightly further afield both in the mountains or on the coast.

Fuentes, where La Rondita is located, has a train station on the narrow gauge FEVE railway, linking between Santander and Oviedo.

This coastline is also known as the Jurassic Coast and there many beaches offering actual dinosaur footprints, plus a visit to the Jurassic Museum of Asturias (MUJA) is a must for any dinosaur enthusiast.

Lunch is an essential part of Spanish life and stopping at one of the many Mesones (Inns) or Sidrerias (cider houses) in the area to try the amazing value Menu del Dia (set meal of the day - 3 courses with choices) is highly recommended. Also, La Rondita is fortunate to be located extremely close to 2 of the 4 Michelin -starred restaurants in Asturias: Casa Marcial (2 stars) and El Corral del Indianu (1 star). Gastronomy is a key feature of this area.

Recommended local places to visit:

1. Ribadesella - pretty, nearby coastal town with fishing port and beach.

2. Cangas de Onis - gateway to the Picos de Europa, popular tourist town, weekly Farmers Market.

3. Covadonga - religious shrine dedicated to Our Lady set in a grotto in the Picos de Europa, incredible mountainside Basilica plus also spectacular natural lakes set up in the mountains - great for walking!

4. Picu Pienzu - our local 'biggie'..this mountain is 1268m tall and offers breathtaking views across the Sierra del Sueve in the directions of both the Picos and the coast.

5. The Cares Gorge (the classic Picos walk).

6. Incredible beaches, both wide and open (fantastic for surfing) or small and cove-like (good for sheltered swimming and rock-pooling).

7. Oviedo, the capital of Asturias is 45 minutes drive away, small, clean and full of culture, curiosities and shopping!

Interesting fiestas to witness:

1. El Bollu (pronounced bo-yu) - in July celebrates the local chorizo bun!! Local music (bagpipes), traditional costumes, parades, and lots of cider.

2. El Descenso del Sella - the annual canoe race down the River Sella between Arriondas and Ribadesella on the coast, which occurs at the beginning of August. A truly international event, with competitors from many different countries. Worth seeing, both for the party and parades before and the incredible fiesta spirit that absorbs the town for these 24 hours.

3. Amagüestu - the annual fiesta to celebrate the chestnut harvest at the beginning of November. Live music, a traditional food and craft market selling local honey, chestnuts and chestnut products, jewellery, baked goods, freshly-pressed apple juice from the new harvest and many hand-crafted local items.

4. La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos - every 5th January, Arriondas hosts a parade through the town at night, welcoming the Three Kings who will deliver presents to lucky children the following morning (Epiphany!)


La Rondita: La Rondita is located at the edge of our village, a tranquil and peaceful location. It has its own natural spring and is surrounded by orchards and beautiful mountain scenery. The River Sella, famous for its canoeing, salmon and trout fishing, runs close by. The house is detached and has 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people. It has been sympathetically restored and is equipped to ensure your comfort. Its English owners, who live independently opposite, are available for advice

and support and have an expert knowledge of the area. La Rondita has central heating and offers free WI-FI 24 hours.

The Property Details: Spacious open plan living room with comfortable seating area, TV, DVD player (guests are advised that DVDs can be borrowed from us) portable stereo, books, games plus local maps and an indispensable information folder full of suggestions and walk details for the area.

Fully-fitted large kitchen-diner (oven, hob, microwave, washing machine, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer, dining table and chairs).

Family bathroom (toilet, sink, bath with overhead shower).

1 double bedroom (big enough for a travel cot, if required).

1 twin bedroom (big enough for a 3rd single bed if required).

Separate WC and sink.

Outside of these 3 rooms is a separate bedroom area (double sofa bed, with own bedroom furniture).

Bed linen and bath towels are provided; please bring your own beach towels.

Outside: At the rear of the property is a private garden with BBQ. Here you will find a terrace with peaceful and beautiful views across the village and valley. You can walk to a local village (10 min.) which has a restaurant and bar and the nearest town (Arriondas) is 5 km drive away offering bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, as well as activity centres, parks and picnic areas, a sports centre and an indoor swimming pool.

You can walk to beaches next to the River Sella (5 min.) for swimming and sunbathing; you don´t even have to get in the car to go to the beach.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs Sara Aubrey (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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About Mrs Sara Aubrey

We came to live in Asturias in 2005 when our two girls were very young. We chose Asturias for its unique, authentic culture, being the part of Northern Spain where the Spanish holiday to escape from the heat of the rest of Spain. Parts of this region are like time and nature have stood still, so rich and real is its landscape and way of life. The open land, fields full of cows grazing, miles of orchards, four clear seasons with a milder climate than the UK.

We live and work in the house opposite La Rondita so we are always around to help with questions and give advice. We have a small collection of animals (sheep and chickens), we grow some of our food and hope to grown even more over the coming years in this fertile and unspoilt land.

Our lives have changed dramatically since coming here, for the better as we have new jobs, our Spanish has improved dramatically (and our children of course speak it better than ourselves), we have friends and have learnt that life doesn't always have to be frantic, a slower pace still gets the job done, especially if you take time to eat and drink well along the way as the locals definitely do.

Mrs Sara Aubrey purchased this house in 2005

Why Mrs Sara Aubrey chose Arriondas

We came here on holiday in 2004 for the first time, as a family. We were here for two weeks in Spring and it rained a lot. But we were enchanted and captivated by its lush, natural beauty. We had already decided to move from the UK and realised we had found what we were looking for here.After hunting for what seemed like an age and viewing so many other properties (some real wrecks, full of natural 'character'), we finally managed to find two houses for sale, separate yet close by, one for us and one as a rental. Plenty of land for growing fruit and veg, animals and adventures! Close by to a local town, where our children could go to school, located in a traditional village alongside the River Sella. Very curious neighbours who were overjoyed to see that we had brought children to live in the village! Several years on and the entailing peace, beauty and tranquillity still convince that we chose well!!

What makes this house unique

When we first visited Fuentes (the village where we live), we knew it was perfect because is is located near both the coast and the Picos de Europa National Park - La Rondita is equidistant!

It is a five minute walk from the River Sella, where we have our own river beach, perfect for an end of day swim or even a trip to the beach without the car!

La Rondita is very private, set down a lane, completely detached and with its own private garden, overlooking our orchard.

The house is very comfortable; we have tried to give it a 'home away from home' feel and it has a garden terrace with fantastic mountain views, a fully equipped kitchen, 24 hour WiFi, a flat-screen TV with many films and TV programmes available in English.

From the house various mountain and forest walks are possible, you can walk to a bar and two restaurants plus we have a train station in the village for trips to the coast or cities without the car.

The location is not too isolated, quiet and peaceful yet only 5 km (8 minutes by car), from the nearest town with supermarkets, doctors and hospital, many great restaurants and bars, even a couple of Michelin starred eateries. Airports and ports and also close by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Very nice home in a calm environment between nice mountains and the sea. Very nice beaches at less than 30 mn from the house."

Dominique g. (France)

5 out of 5 review from Homelidays, part of the HomeAway group
May 2006
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Traditional Asturian farmhouse in tranquil village setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at la Rondita and it won't be our last! A charming village, an excellent location (between the coast and the mountains) and an absolutely lovely place to stay. The house was very clean, well-equipped and we had plenty of room (a bonus when you have two small boys!). The garden was a lovely place to sit and take in the view. The welcome pack with information about the region was excellent and Sara and Bill were always willing to add their personal recommendations which were always spot on! They really were exceptionally helpful and welcoming, making sure we had everything we needed (including lots of thoughtful extras such as toys and books for the children). A wonderful holiday!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hannah, Thank you so much for your kind words about us. We try to be available to our guests, without getting in the way as it's important to have your privacy. We loved having you all here to stay and so fulfilling to see you all out and about and the boys getting to grips with swimming with confidence and mountain hiking. It was great to see you all again, to catch up and hear about your plans. And most of all, just to see that we have happy guests which is so satisfying. Thanks for the photos and see you again soon, we hope. Sara.

Peaceful, central, clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The location of this quiet, clean, comfortable and clean farmhouse was just what we were looking for in wanting to be surrounded by country and not city. Great walks, farm animals and orchards were nearby as well as the small town of Les Arriondas that had decent restaurants when we didn't make anything at La Rondita. When we were ready, the location was a perfect starting point to get to Picos de Europa for hiking, any of the many coastal towns including Ribedesella which is the site where you can visit the Tito Bustillo cave system and points further afield such as Gijon or Oviedo to the west and Santander or Bilbao to the east. Throughout it all Sara was always available and a super help to help get us oriented. She was a perfect host. This place is highly recommended in our view.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul and Paul, What a delight to hear from you over this festive period! I hope you're having a great one!! Just wanted to thank you both for the fantastic review that you wrote for us; sounds like we're doing something right and that you had such a good time here before returning to life in the Big City. It was a pleasure to meet and chat to you both. Take care and a very Happy New Year to you both! Sara, Bill, Maya and Rosa

great location - lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We chose La Rondita for its location,and we chose well . It is an ideal base for all the "must do" activities in Asturias. Not only that , but the house is lovely and has everything you could possibly need . Plus, evenings spent up in the garden are a delight.

Phil and Marion Isle, Seville, Spain

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Quiet and peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 2 children (7&12 years old)) spent 10 days at La Rondita. The place is very quiet and peaceful. We liked location as we were making day trips to the sea and mountains and La Rondita is in the middle. We recommend La Rondita for people who are ready to make day trips on the car (sometimes long enough) but prefer to come back for silence for the night. Regards to Sara and Bill.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tomas and Ruta, Many thanks for your kind words in your review. It really was a pleasure having you and your family stay here with us, seeing how you enjoyed the location and it's obvious benefits of coast and mountains so close-by. The book you returned has arrived safely - thanks a million for that!! Regards to you all from us both, Sara and Bill

Beautiful house in the Asturian countryside

  • 5 of 5

A week was not long enough to enjoy everything there was to do and see on this holiday!

Rondita is perfectly placed between mountains and sea. The weather was beautiful for our week and we visited three different lovely sandy beaches. We also took a cable car up the Picos de Europa where there was still some snow on the ground. We got lovely views from the top of the world over all the surrounding peaks.

The village Rondita is in is very small with lovely old Asturian buildings and the house itself is perfect.

The very best things about Rondita were the views from all the windows, the lovely garden to sit out in, the birdsong and swimming in the river (5 mins from the house) at the end of the day before enjoying a nice cold beer in the garden!

Sara (the owner) was so helpful with advice and recommendations. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family were a joy to have stay with us at La Rondita. Experiencing both the near (coast, river, garden!) and far (Fuente de cable car ride on the other side of the Picos), enthusiasm abound, eating out at our "local" at night, going to Oviedo....they truly tried to do a bit of everything without giving the impression that they were doing to much yet with a constant chorus of "there's so much to do and not enough time to do it in!" We loved having them stay with us and hope very much to see them again. Many thanks for the pressies and some day, see you all again soon Judy, Mark, Peter and Matthew.

Fantastic escape in breathtaking location

  • 5 of 5

Recently returned from La Rondita after a superb week of peace, rest and adventure in beautiful Asturias. The house is extremely comfortable, private and exceptionally clean. Evening drinks or morning coffee on the terrace can't be beaten; the views! The owners, Bill and Sara, live nearby and were so helpful in helping us organise ourselves. They really know the area and the locals, plus they gave us lots of tips to make the most of seeing the coast (dramatic beaches and charming fishing villages) and the Picos de Europa and nearby mountains (left info in the house for a lot of local walks which were all stunning). The village has a train station; really recommend the afternoon visit to Cuevas – spectacular local cave with bar next to station.

This place is so beautiful; green, lush and quiet. On so many of the walks, we hardly saw a soul. Really recommend the local restaurant, El Llosu; the "parrillada" (barbecued meat) is incredible, plus the "fabada" (bean stew) at El Meson is divine. We'll be back and will tell all our friends and family all about it. Thank you La Rondita!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Geraldine and Charles....thank you so much for your very kind words!! We're always so pleased to have guests such as yourselves who really make the most of their time here and do so much. Also we're glad that our Welcome Folder proved to be so helpful. Looking forward to seeing you next year. Regards, Sara and Bill.


Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
El Llosu, Triongo
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Fuentes (FEVE)
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
El Llosu, Triongo
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
San Isidro
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The nearest river beach is a couple of minutes walk away and the nearest coastal beach is only a 20-minute drive away.

Locally there are many activities on offer:

Walking and hiking (coastal, mountain and river routes; information re: routes supplied by owners and available in the house also), canoeing (in local Arriondas there are a number of activity centres offering the local speciality, canoeing down the River Sella, a glorious day out on the water with a picnic lunch,safety equipment and transport back included.), quad-biking, paint-balling, caving, surfing, mountain-biking, fishing (salmon and trout are locally available), horse-riding, bird-watching (kites, eagles, vultures and many other birds can be spotted locally). Amazing local fauna (pine martins, wild boars, genets, foxes, badgers)


Rates & Availability

From €72 Per night

Arriondas House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
mid rate
May 23 2015 - Jul 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
Jul 18 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
mid rate
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €200
Notes Check-in 16.30.
Check-out 10.30
Changeover day (in busy periods) is Saturday.

€200 breakages deposit is required.

Central heating is charged for separately, should it be required.

Cancellation Policy

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Arriondas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Second double bedroom open plan between bedrooms one and two, with double sofa bed, window and furniture.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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