Former farmstead delightfully converted into top-quality self-catering accommodation in the Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Northern Spain. Perfect combination of rustic charm and modern comforts. Part of an 8-apartment (of 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms) establishment in Tudes, Cantabria Village of the Year 2010 - a quiet, sunny yet living village. Wonderful mountain views. Family-run (joint British/Spanish). Each apartment is fully independent and furnished and equipped to very high standard. Decoration includes charming murals by local artists. Communal areas consist of swimming pool (warmed by solar panels), social room (pool table, large-screen TV, DVDs, free Internet access, games, library, maps and information), gardens laid to grass, stone, brick and flower beds (with table football) and a lovely wooden-roofed entrance with seating beneath, ideal for relaxing in the shade. Old perimeter wall creates effect of a village within a village. Owners have a bar in the village with pool and darts.
Food and drink: The kitchen is extremely well appointed, making self catering an obvious and attractive option. There are well-stocked supermarkets in Potes (a 10 minute drive). For those wishing to eat out, there are restaurants and other eating houses in Potes and La Vega (10 minutes by car), and in some of the other villages in the area. Details are included in the information pack provided on arrival.
The water comes straight from a mountain spring. While to date no guests have experienced problems with it, buying bottled water is of course an option.
How To Get Here: There is now greatly improved (and cheaper) access to the Picos de Europa from the UK. Ryanair have frequent flights from London Stansted to Santander and Valladolid and (depending o the season) from Liverpool to Santander. EasyJet fly from Stansted to Oviedo and Bilbao. There are Plymouth - Santander and Portsmouth - Bilbao ferry crossings. From Santander the journey by car to Tudes takes 1 1/2 hours (1 3/4 from Oviedo, 2 1/4 from Bilbao and Valladolid). There are also two buses a day from Santander to Potes. Detailed instructions on how to reach Tudes will be provided following booking.
The Social Room: One of the most popular features of La Casa de Las Chimeneas is the social room, open to anyone staying in the apartment. It contains a number of different areas each with its own atmosphere:
- two sofas before a wood-burning stove, with maps, leaflets etc nearby.
- a pool table and other games.
- a large-screen TV for watching films, DVDs, football matches or whatever.
- a computer with free Internet access, for those who want, or need, to stay in touch.
- a small library.