|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Found in Western Asturias between the beautiful fishing ports of Cudillero and Luarca in the coastal hills, El Pajar & Los Balagos are stone cottages ideal for those yearning for a cosy getaway in rural Asturias. The setting is quiet, rural and secluded yet ideally situated for exploring. Lovingly restored you will find everything you need to feel at home. The Atlantic Ocean, Cabo Peñas, the mountains and the farming villages all provide the views that are constant feasts for the eyes. They are stunning. Behind the cottages is the organic herb and vegetable garden to enjoy and explore. Trails lead off the property to the peak above with fantastic panoramic views of the mountains and coast or onto the Camino de Santiago which connects Soto de Luiña with Ballota along the coastal ridge.
El Pajar is all on one floor. It has its own outdoor terrace for dining and garden sitting areas with table and chairs. There is plenty of garden furniture to enable you to find the right spot and posture for relaxing.
Los Balagos, on two floors, with the ocean views has a lovely terrace for dining out and a small shady garden area with table and chairs. Just one note about Los Balagos, the downstairs kitchen ceiling is a bit low and we recommend that anyone over 6'3' or 190cms not choose this cottage.
The age of these cottages is unknown but they are the original dwellings on the farm. Completely renovated we have left the original bread oven in place in the Pajar while installing a more efficient wood burning stove for heat. Los Balagos had a kitchen hut front of it where there is still a stone oven. We have turned this into the 'Resource Center' where there is selection of CDs, DVDs, books, garden furniture, BBQ, games, etc. Both cottages have a good feel to them and work well for couples.
El Pajar is the most comfortable cottage available for anyone with physical limitations. Although it is not wheelchair accessible it does not have indoor stairs, and the shower with its built-in bench is easily entered.
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. Quite a bit of information and maps are available in the cottages to include our local guide of favorite beaches, towns, routes and restaurants and fiestas. Asturias is full of pleasant surprises.
More about Western Asturias: There are all kinds of beaches to choose from in Asturias and some of the prettiest are right here. In the area, you'll find horseback riding, walking trails, wildlife viewing, surfing, hunting, fishing, Celtic ruins, museums, sightseeing, shopping, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. We are available to help you make any arrangements. The large cities of Avilés, Oviedo and Gijon are all less than an hour away by car for night life, museums, the new aquarium, botanical garden, cultural events and shopping. You may also take the narrow gauge coastal train to any of them or in the other direction to Luarca, for example. Asturias, a green and mountainous region, has numerous natural parks all of which are worth a visit. Somiedo, Muniellos, Redes and Picos de Europa offer opportunities for wildlife sighting: mountain goats, deer, brown bears, vultures and other birds of prey, wild boar, etc. The spring offers a profusion of wild flowers from daffodils to orchids.
We instantly felt at home in this lovingly restored farmhouse and its surrounds. I would recommend La Cumbre to couples of any age, families with kids, singles looking to spoil themselves – anyone who dreams of a rural retreat. The house is sunny, spotless and very well-equipped. The bedrooms are large with just-right touches; the kitchen, bath and living room equally charming and full of everything you could possibly need plus some. There is no artifice, just well-thought out comfort and ease. With three other rental properties on the farm, La Cumbre retains privacy although we enjoyed camaraderie with the other guests. Did I mention the gorgeous views? The farm, Pico Los Rozos, sits atop a hill and invites exploration, bringing hours of delight to adults and kids alike. Breakfasting on fresh eggs and homemade bread on the patio overlooking the valley; walking the old trails with Lex the happiest dog on the planet; feeding the chickens and gathering herbs; delving into the Resource Center’s ample assortment of books, music, games and toys; savoring a glass of the local red as the sun sets across the mountains – you are surrounded at all times by utter peace and incomparable natural beauty. Just down the hill are shops and cantinas, while unspoiled beaches and busy little towns are minutes away. Somewhere nearby, every day, is a farmers market for fresh vegetables, artesianal cheese, local meats and people-watching entertainment. The new motorway is so close you can make an easy daytrip to anywhere in Galicia or Asturias, and there is so much to see! Best of all are Lynn and Pepe, unobtrusive but always ready to provide recommendations (the house has a book-ful), directions, easy conversation and whatever you might need for your home away from home. From the first warm email to the welcome package of wine, bread, eggs and flowers, to the goodbye hugs, they are the most gracious and thoughtful of hosts and among the finest people we know. Living in the mountains has its realities: the driveway is exhilaratingly steep and sometimes the farm is enveloped in a cooling cloud. A city pied-a-terre La Cumbre is not. But if you want to awaken to the fragrance of meadow and woods, stretch out under sun-dried sheets and go to the window overlooking a green tapestry tumbling to the ocean, and ponder the day’s rich possibilities to the sound of distant cowbells – go to La Cumbre. I know we’ll be back.
Owners Lynn and Pepe are very well capable of making you feel at home in one of their cottages.
The cottages are located on a hill side with a very nice view.
Everything that you need is there. And if not then Lynn and Pepe are there for you to help.
We have enjoyed our stay very much and can recommend these cottages to everybody.
Our family - 12 of us - had a wonderful holiday. Remote on a high hill with magnificent views all round, we settled in immediately occupying the house and all three cottages. We have never experienced such well equipped accommodation, which was very clean and beautifully maintained. Lynn and Pepe, the owners, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. Apart from walks with Lynn's friendly dog Lex, we made car trips to the local towns and picturesque villages and were very impressed by Oviedo. We enjoyed the local markets too and the produce sold there made our evening meals, cooked back at base, especially delicious. We highly recommend Pico Los Rozos, our holiday there could not have been better..
Nous sommes partis avec regrets de notre location au Pico Los Rosos.
Nous avons apprécié notre logement qui était fort agréable et d'une excellente propreté.
Le service de Lynn est "top",tout est fait pour favoriser un bon séjour, nous avons apprécié sa gentillesse, son sourire, ainsi que ceux de Pepe.
Nous avons apprécié également les liens avec les autres locataires. Les différents logements sont bien séparés, mais il est facile de nouer contact.
Nous avons déjà recommandé l'adresse à des amis.
This proved to be a stunning spot to stay and an exceptionally well-appointed cottage; very thoughtfully accessorized and organised. Be aware that it's a tricky and steep climb from the road, however...but you get used to it. Lovely views over stunning countryside, hills, mountains though we didn't realise you could see the sea till the day before we left due to murky and mysterious sea frets! The coast is stunning, but you need to be prepared to do some leg-work, preferably some walking, to find the best. If you do, you will be rewarded with some stunning scenery, beautiful, clean beaches...and have them pretty much to yourselves. The whole area puts me in mind of Prembrokeshire in Wales; bit like Cornwall, but without the crowds and better weather than either. We also explored inland a few times and had a particularly stunning walk in the Somiedo Natural Park. This unspoiled area had amazing thatched shepherds huts in the mountains as well as bears, eagles and vultures! I especially liked the road signs with 'beware of the bear' symbols! Lynn, the owner, considerately provides maps and information on a range of activities, by the way, which saved an awful lot of time and effort trying to do everything one selves....especially if one doesn't speak a lot of Spanish.
Lynn and Pepe were great hosts, very helpful and friendly; we loved the vegetables, eggs and communal conviviality of the whole arrangement. We liked the fact that we were right at the hub of things and could meet/chat with just about everyone from the interns to the other guests....not to mention Lex, the resident friendly hound who just LOVES a walk with you. If you prefer more solitude then choose El Balcon which is gorgeous but a little more expensive.
We also loved the food in the area, especially going out to local small restaurants or cafes for lunch; very good value, very authentically Asturian but you have to realise that you don't HAVE to eat or drink everything! If you do you'll put on at least two stone! Very common to provide 3 courses, bread, dessert, water, wine for about 10 Euros all in on the Set Menu.....and the helpings are often BIG.
So, a really wonderful experience all round and one that we couldn't recommend highly enough....we would love to go back ourselves some day.
Wir haben zwei Wochen in dieser Oase der Ruhe fernab jeglicher Hektik verbracht. Das kleine Häuschen mit wunderbarem Blick auf das Meer hat alles, was man für einen erholsamen Urlaub benötigt. Es ist liebevoll eingerichtet, so dass man sich von Anfang an wohl fühlt. Lynn und Pepe sind nette und hilfsbereite Gastgeber und die Landschaft in der Region ist atemberaubend schön. Wir kommen gerne wieder! :-)
El Paja is situated in a wonderfully quiet, peaceful and lush part of northern Spain, and although it`s up in the hills with panoramic views, there are some great beaches only a10-15 minute drive way.
The property contained everything listed in the description. It was straight forward in layout, clean, tidy, and well looked after.
Lynn and Pepe were terrific hosts - both helpfull and discreet, nobley assisted by Lex the most friendly, charismatic and endearing dog you will ever meet. The free range chickens visiting in the evening gve it an added country home feeling.
Asturias is still wonderfully rural and unspoilt by industry or tourism. It`s not called Green Spain for nothing - as one would expect some damp days along the westerly coast of Britain, expect some here, but when we went in June the rain was warm - however, when the sun comes out - wow!
There are plenty of things to do and places to see either by car or (if ones feeling energetic), by foot as even the ancient pilgrims way to Santiago de Compostla passes near by.
Overall, we found the property compact, comfortable, relaxing and would love to return again sometime.
Easily accessible via the Cantabrican Motorway A-8 in Western Asturias. While close you can neither see nor hear the motorway. Stay home and enjoy our peaceful setting or in just 10 minutes find yourself choosing a beach or a restaurant. In 20 minutes you can visit the fishing ports of Cudillero or Luarca, both offering a variety of places to eat and shop. Go inland and see the more traditional areas where dairy farming is still a way of life. Throughout the summer every town has its festival dedicated to its patron saint with live bands, children's activities and competitions. Market days are not to be missed in certain towns and the flea markets in Gijon and Oviedo on Sundays can be fun. In the area, you'll find horseback riding, walking trails, wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, Celtic ruins, museums, sightseeing, shopping, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, canoeing and kayaking. Boat tours leave out of Cudillero. We will help you make any arrangements.
Other Activities: Canoes and Kayaks
Golf: Luarca has a 9 hole golf course 20 minutes away by car.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
El Pajar and Los Balagos are the same price. The availability calendar reflects when both are booked. Please inquire as to the availability.
NB: Los Balagos kitchen has a low ceiling and anyone over 6'3' or '191 cms will find it impossibly low.
Our private road up the hill is steep and mostly unpaved. It takes some practice but is manageable and we guarantee that it is worth the effort.
A deposit is required to confirm your reservation. This deposit is non-refundable in case of cancellation unless we are able to re-rent the entire cancelled period, in which case we will be happy to refund your deposit. Full payment on arrival.