2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, country views, close to restaurants, beaches, hiking
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About Margaret Jova
In 1988, the Jova brothers recuperated this old family house where their great, great grandmother was born. The house had been abandoned for decades and was in a state of ruin. The North American brothers, Henri Jova, an architect and Joseph John Jova, a career diplomat restored the palacio. Their family lovingly maintains the house and continues to gather here every summer.
Margaret Jova purchased this Cottage in 1988
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Having spent vacation in historical Italian Vrbo homes we were super excited for this cottage. Booked 2 days, but left after 1. The outside appeared it had not been cleaned in a long while. The inside had a peculiar musty odor. I love shabby boho style, but the place just is shabby. There was nothing charming in the barrio. The photographer did a great marketing job, we were duped.
Dear Kate and Cynthia Quackenbush,
I am very sorry to hear that the Gatehouse was a dissapointment.
I have to say that this is the first time that our guests in the Gatehouse have ever made a complaint of this nature. The house has gotten solid five star reviews until now!I am very sorry indeed.
The Palacio de Hualle and the Gatehouse are a 17th Century construction. The stones and wooden beams have been in place for four hundred years. The stones sometimes "shed" somewhat. But this is not a lack of cleanliness, but a characteristic of ancient stones and an old, historic farm house.
Another consideration is that our region is very damp and this has been a particularly rainy spring. However, Mari is very dilligent about cleaning and airing the house, the latter being essential in this damp region. But we make a special effort to make the house welcoming , by lighting a wood fire for the arrival of guests, and arranging fresh flowers in a vase.
Also, the Gatehouse is in a country setting, with horses and other livestock grazing in immediate area, local dogs and cats roaming more or less freely, in an area that perhaps has been muddy with recent rains.
Again, I apologize if the Gatehouse was a dissapointment.
Lovely gatehouse in beautiful setting
We really enjoyed our stay here. The gatehouse has been sympathetically renovated and is very comfortable. The master bedroom has lovely views across the rolling countryside and the rustic outdoor furniture situated under the ancient vine covered awning is a really lovely place to eat - even in a rain shower!.
The kitchen is brilliantly stocked with plenty of equipment (even a tumble dryer) and the extras such as washing powder were appreciated; thank you.
The gatehouse is in a tiny and very picturesque hamlet just off a main road into Cabezón de las Sal, about 5km away. There are loads of super bars and restaurants there, and also in the village of Carrejo, where there are a couple of easy walks to do with kids and lovely river swimming spots.
Closer to the hamlet of Hualle there’s a good shop, which is open in the mornings, a couple of good bars and restaurants within walking distance.
All in all a brilliant stay with a friendly and welcoming host who was very kind and accommodating! Thanks so much. Highly recommended.
A lovely property in a good location
A great place to spend a few days or even a week. Lots to do in the area and a well appointed property. Nice outside space too.
Lovely Apartment in a real rural village
Overall everything here was great. Clean and well presented.
The location is easy enough to find, and handy for day drives to the Picos Mountains, Altamira Caves, Santillana del Mar and the beaches at Comilla and Cobreces.
My only comment would be; it would be nice to turn the outside lights off after 11 pm so that we could experience the real dark of a rural area.
Eric from Dubai
Simply marvellous holiday home
We spent a week at the Gatehouse which was just not long enough. My 9 year old son Sebastian just said "Time flies when you are having fun."
The home from home is very well equipped with everything we needed and we loved the peaceful, beautiful location in the small village of Hualle. It's a short walk to the nearest restaurant and a short drive to a choice of marvellous, Green Coast beaches and historic towns.
The nearest station on the Feve Railway is Treceno, about a mile away, where you can catch trains to Oviedo and Santander with lots of interesting places in between.
We hope to return very soon.
Thanks you so much Margaret.
David, Julia and Sebastian
Encantados con la casa y el entorno
La casa es perfecta para una familia limpia y comoda. Mari muy atenta y amable en todo momento con nosotros. Muchas gracias
The beautiful beaches Oyambre and Gerra (great surfing!) are a 10 min drive away as are the picturesque villages Comillas, San Vicente de la Barquera and Santillana. You may hike on the ancient Roman Road in nearby green hills , climb in nearby Picos de Europa mountains, kayak or fish in Sella or Deva rivers. Browse the markets for the freshest produce, local cheeses and cured hams, sausages. There are wonderful little restaurants in the region noted for the excellent seafood and meats. Explore prehistoric caves with wall paintings. The young people will love the superb aquarium in Santander or the nearby safari park. There is a wonderful golf course in Santa Marina and in Oyambre. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is just over an hour away. Or just relax and sip a local sherry in the little cafe in our own village, Hualle.
Ryan Air has regular flights to Santander airport from the United Kingdom.
Other Activities: Kayaking, explore prehistoric caves
Golf: The Real Club de Golf de Oyambre. It is the first golf course created in Spain, in the late 19th C. It was created for the use by the King of Spain, Alfonso XII, and his entourage, who spent some holidays in the area. It is a 9 hole course, right next to the sea, but very pretty. Rental of equipment is available.