La Cumbre is a pretty farmhouse lovingly restored by its owners (Spanish and American). It is found on a hillside organic farm above the Asturian coast in Western Asturias with spectacular views of the mountains in front, the valley below and the coast beyond. La Cumbre, true to its original nature and history, offers a rustic country setting complete with farm animals without neglecting any of the comforts of home. It is a quiet, rural location. While off the beaten path it is within minutes of beaches, villages and shopping. Walking trails lead off from the house to include the famous pilgrim route the 'Camino de Santiago', where you may enjoy more spectacular views of the Atlantic coast.
Couples! We offer special rates to couples outside July and August in La Cumbre and have smaller cottages available. Please see El Balcon #1613472 and El Pajar #438784.
NB: The property is at the end of a partially paved drive (200m) which can seem challenging the first time up for those unaccustomed to mountain driving. It is completely manageable and a 4x4 is NOT at all necessary. There is plenty of parking at the top. We guarantee it is worth the effort and Pepe makes himself available to assist in any way possible the first day.
A welcome pack is included containing wine, coffee, teas, bread, milk, sugar and eggs (when our chickens cooperate).
The Farmhouse: This two-story house has an open plan downstairs living/dining room and complete well-equipped kitchen, big sunny windows, rustic tile floor, exposed stone walls, wooden ceiling and a wood-burning stove. The kitchen is beautifully tiled in blue and white with white marble counter tops and sink. The house is nicely furnished with a mix of antiques and traditional Asturian pieces all working together to make for a comfortable stay. Upstairs is a complete bathroom with large bathtub/shower and four bedrooms. The bedrooms have the original chestnut floors, rugs, bedside tables, reading lamps, mirrors, chairs and plenty of storage space. The beds are one Queen, one Full and two Singles. One single room has a curtain door.
The Surroundings: Enjoy a day in the hammock, walk the hills or jump in the car and in only 10 minutes you can be on the beach. There are many to choose from, quiet and secluded to busy with all the amenities. In 20 minutes you can find yourself in the bustling fishing ports of Luarca and Cudillero where a wealth of local fish and seafood, as well as typical Asturian dishes await you. Just inland have a look into the past at the traditional lifestyles where life revolves around cows, both dairy and beef. Throughout the summer villages offer a 'fiesta' in honor of their patron saint with live bands, competitions, children's events and, of course, mass and a religious procession. Market days are not to be missed and arts and crafts shows are common in the summer. The cities of Aviles, Gijon and Oviedo are less than an hour away by car for nightlife, museums, the new aquarium, cultural events, and shopping. Take the narrow guage FEVE train instead of the car! Asturias is known for its natural beauty.
The Farm: Access to the property is up a steep and partially paved, mostly gravel road. It is a challenge to the unpracticed but easy enough to master. There is room on the side to park and walk if need be and Pepe is available to help. As with all good things in life the extra effort is well rewarded with beautiful views and a stunning setting.
Because we are committed to and enjoy our organic lifestyle our linens are washed in natural soaps and sun dried. The house has features which save on energy and firewood is provided for your warmth. We encourage recycling and the chickens are the first step in the composting process. We do not own a tractor or heavy farm machinery therefore the place is doubly safe for children since there is no traffic. Herbs and flowers are free for the picking and we are always happy to share the seasonal abundance of the garden. You are welcome to enjoy and explore the grounds. Pepe loves to share his enthusiasm for Asturias by helping with translations, reservations and tips on where to eat and what to see and do. There is a great deal of information in the house as well as in the 'Resource Center'. Asturias is full of pleasant surprises.