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Stunning Restored School House with Orchard and River - Central Rural Location

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Beautiful 3 bedroom house sleeps 6 quiet location in easy reach local amenities

'The Old School House' is a beautifully renovated village schoolhouse, located amongst the green hills of Asturias in N Spain, with its own sunny secluded orchard and brook.

Nestled in a small valley, above the village of Espinaredo (famed for rural architecture), the property provides a perfect location for all Asturias has to offer together with an excellent quality accommodation and enviable setting.

Relax in the private 2 acre orchard, on the banks of your own crystal clear brook or use the house as a perfect location for a host of holiday must dos! Hill walking and hiking, sandy beaches, bird watching, surfing, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, or sightseeing, shopping in places such as Gijon, Oviedo, Picos De Europa, Covadonga are just a few to choose from.

The area is home to stunning countryside, flora and wildlife, amazing cities oozing with bustle and culture ( check out Oviedo and Gijon), the wonderful mix of coast & mountains, historical architecture, an irresistible choice of restaurants, cider bars, cafes and chic shops all wrapped up with the natural beauty of the region and its the wonderful sights and host of leisure and outdoor activities.

THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE IS FULLY REGISTERED WITH THE ASTURIAN TOURIST BOARD and is an accredited Casa Rural. The Old School House has been beautifully renovated, and the superb quality of the furnishings reflect its exquisite surroundings.

With 3 bedrooms, the property sleeps 4 to 6 people in comfort, although we prefer to let to 4 people. Full radiators throughout, triple glazed windows, a spiral staircase, wooden and tiled floors and wooden shutters on all windows, the house is cosy & warm in any weather.

The lounge/dining area is open plan with a gorgeous leather 'L' shaped seating area in front of a ornamental stone fireplace.

The fully equipped kitchen area has all the day to day essentials that any aspiring cook could need, and with a weekly fresh produce market in the local village on Mondays, creating a feast of local fare should be the least of your worries, great area for foodies.

3 bedrooms are located at the top of the ornate spiral staircase, two doubles and one twin, all with lovely views and the main bedroom with its own balcony.

The house also has 2 shower rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.

The house is also equipped with Spanish FREEVIEW TV including Some UK TV channels. Sky Sports and Movies are NOT included or available but we have a library of DVDs for your enjoyment

The house has a washing machine and tumble dryer in a seperate annexe, these are included in the rental.

For your safety, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are fitted throughout the house in case of emergency.

Just a stroll down the leafy lanes is the pretty village of Espinaredo, with some of the best preserved Horreos or barns in Spain, the little bar also serves a very pleasant tapas, a daily menu, coffee or drinks. This village is very famous for its architecture, and was recently featured on the BBC programme 'Escape to the Continent'.

5km beyond you will find the outstanding restaurant La Vega (Lo De Pelayo), situated on the left before you reach Infiesto. With its wonderful menu bristling with freshly caught and grilled local fish, venison or wild boar, this is a restaurant not to miss. Make sure you try the spider crab when in season. Superb children's area. A super 3 course evening meal with drinks and coffee will cost you around €25e

The bustling local town of Infiesto offers everything from delicious home made pastries, to supermarkets and kayak hire. The weekly farmers market takes place on Mondays. Infiesto has everything you need and more. Tourist information centre, banks, PO, chemist, medi-centre, vets, police station, fuel, train stations. Wifi in almost every cafe. Transport wise you are well positioned from Infiesto with great main-road links (and train/metro stations) to travel around the area on the most direct and easy routes.

More Details

Owner
Marc
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2017

About Marc

Having both lived abroad at various times in our careers, we both settled on having property in the beautiful concejo of Pilona in the Principality of Asturias in Northern Spain after we fell in love with the property instantly! The house, surrounding orchard and hillside threw its arms around us on our first visit, a decision we have never regretted.

We hope you will love it and let it touch your heart as much as it touched ours 8 years ago!!

Marc purchased this house in 2006

Why Marc chose Piloña

Location, culture and the natural beauty of the region and the house in its setting. We are well travelled yet Asturias and Northern Spain blew us away..a real hidden gem!

What makes this house unique

The choice of peace, quiet, tranquility and comfort whilst tucked away at the house and then the ability to thrust yourself into an activity or cultural fix within minutes! ....plus of course the jaw dropping outstanding natural beauty of the area. Mountains Rivers Beaches, quaint villages and bustling Cities..perfect! All wrapped up with the warmth of the Asturian people and amazing cuisine and culture.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for allowing us to book your house in Asturias. We had a lovely time and were bowled over by the scenery of the area. My husband and the boys loved the stream swimming and did it almost ever day.



The house was excellent and very well equipped. The drive up was quite a climb, but got used to it. The area is fantastic we loved the beaches and the mountains alike. The highlight was the kayaking on the river sella- did the whole 15km!



Thanks again.
Aug 2017
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Amenities

Piloña House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs bathroom has shower, sink, toilet and bidet. Downstairs, shower, sink, toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Main bedroom has balcony overlooking gardens and valley. It has a TV/DVD player, and a Bluetooth sound bar. All rooms have shutters ,not curtains, and triple glazing. There are wardrobes in both double rooms and the twin room. The double rooms also have TV/DVD fitted.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The property has a delightful gently sloping garden/orchard of approx 2 acres, which leads down to a small bubbling mountain river. Half of the Orchard garden and riverside grass is cut for you to enjoy so orchard garden has plenty of areas to sit in with sun or shade. Sunbeds, chairs, double hammock, outside eating areas, bbq etc are provided, as are a number of outdoor games i.e. swing ball, badminton etc. The small river is pure mountain water, bubbly, flowing with lovely rock pools to splosh around in and explore. Perfect to sit next to and let the sound wash away your thoughts. Totally private and simply beautiful. ps building a dam is a must do!! In addition we have a small garden house that doubles up as our store and a utility area for our guests. Washing machine, tumble dryer, drying area, iron ironing board, basin sink and extra fridge. Really useful if you have been out and about and need to clean your kit. Just a practical space.

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Stunning Restored School House with Orchard and River - Central Rural Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
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A perfect nature's getaway

  • 5 of 5

I seriously don't even know where to begin our stay at the Old School House was that amazing! The drive to the house was spectacular, as we got to see fields of green and the quaint little village of Espinaredo. When we drove up the lane to the school house we couldn't believe how beautiful it was.

The grounds were very well kept as there were cherries on the cherry tree, wild blackberries & strawberries, apples, pears everywhere. The creek was the icing on the cake! The school house was had everything one needed in it. Everything was in prefect working order, you could tell how much work & love the owners put into this place. We honestly felt it was a home away from home. The owners even had games & beach toys in the garage that my girls loved to play with. Everyday we would wake up to the sound of the creek, sound of the bells on the cows & horses in the area, eat some cherries, and think how lucky we were to find such a magical place for our stay.

Marc & Lisa put so much effort into making this school house a place of tranquility. Thank you so much for letting us share a piece of your Spanish treasure.

Con mucha gratitud,

Tadd, Molly, Meadow, & Violet

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a true pleasure to share our house with lovely people like yourselves who really appreciate the house and the natural environment around it. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will tell your friends in America about us. Thank you Tadd, Molly and the girls for being such great guests.
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5

Beautiful Mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a remote hillside location. The scenery and views are fantastic. There is a stream at the end of the garden which you can swim in.The house is well equipped with garden stuff and cooking stuff- it is very comfortable. You can travel from the house to activities such as Kayaking and go karting (both of which I wold recommend); it is about 20-30 mins away. There is also lovely beaches about 40 mins away. The drives are quite mountainous I should warn you, but the views worth it. The local town Infiesto is lovely with nice square and cafes/restaurants. There you also get a local train to major cities. Also try and brush up on a little Spanish

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to have you as our guests folks, and we are over the moon that you had such a great time. Thank you for your kind words, but most importantly, thank you for choosing The Old Schoolhouse. Mark and Lisa
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5

Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our French family stayed last July in the Old School. We enjoyed our stay. The surrounding nature, the house itself with the quality of its equipments: books, cooking. We really felt like in our own holiday cottage. Kids enjoyed the river, fruit from the trees and the big garden to play. For the parent, view from the balcony is so relaxing when you have the opportunity to observe wild animals. You must go there for the surrounding nature, the quality of the house... We definitively recommend that house.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour vos aimables paroles. Nous sommes très heureux que vous apprécié votre séjour à la maison, et que les enfants ont eu un temps merveilleux. Ne s'il vous plaît visitez-nous encore quelque temps et ne pas oublier de dire à vos amis de nous. Mark et Lisa.
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5

Utter bliss in Asturias

  • 5 of 5

Our third visit to The Old Schoolhouse and we have enjoyed it as much as ever. Beautifully presented and well-equipped, it is hard to imagine a more tranquil, relaxing place. And there has even been a major improvement to the road surface of the single-track lane that leads to the house! Great weather and always a delight to revisit the friendly little town of Infiesto close by. This year we went to Llanes on the coast for the first time and enjoyed it very much. It can be crowded with people out of Madrid in the high summer but at other times you can find parking quite readily and it's free. Less than two hours from the ferry at Santander, the house was a real haven after weeks of non-stop drilling at a property development opposite our home in crowded, noisy south-east England. Many thanks to Mark and Lisa once again. We will go back next spring.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear LP. We are indebted to you for your kind comments. We are so happy that you have found your little tranquil hideaway in Northern Spain, your comments really say it all. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016, and we hope that readers of your comments will take your advice and come and stay with us in our picturesque Asturian location.
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An Asturian Dream.

  • 5 of 5

This little house was a dream come true. Beautifully and thoughtfully equipped and in a fantadtic location, we were soothed to sleep each night by the sweet steam, spent peaceful days relaxing in the garden or exploring the stunning surroundings. Even a spot of jam making using plump golden plums from the fruit trees! Utterly blissful way to unwind and forget our hectic lifestyles in a magical and rural retreat. We WILL be back!.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nick and Katrina. We are so happy you had such a marvellous time in the house. Thank you so much for taking the time to write up your thoughts too. We very much look forward to seeing you again very soon. Mark and Lisa. PS. You will have to keep a pot of jam to one side for us next time!!
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Another great week at the Old School House

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Old School House, an absolute gem in a beautiful hidden valley not far from the very pleasant Asturian town of Infiesto. A small mountain river runs through the garden and the views are magnificent. Generally the only sounds are of running water and cow bells - and sometimes the mooing of cows. They are the only other life (apart from horses) regularly going up and down the narrow (and increasingly potholed, it has to be said) lane. Perhaps best not to take your prize Porsche, unless you are comfortable having it surrounded by large cattle with very big horns! Nearby there are lovely, deserted beaches, stunning mountain scenery and the fine city of Oviedo, the Asturian capital. Worth the fabulous drive alone is a visit to Leon, and the city itself, with its superb cathedral is most pleasing. Don't come to this part of Spain without a phrase book, and, if possible, a little Spanish, though everyone is most friendly and helpful. Above all, if you like all day breakfasts and sunburnt, drunken Brits, this area is definitely not for you. But if you want lovely scenery, tranquillity and great food, this is definitely the place to be.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Oviedo or Santander
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Meson Vizcares, Espinaredo
Nearest Ferry
160 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Ribadesella
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Infiesto (Feve/Metro)
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Ribadesella
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
La Vega (Lo De Pelayo), Infiesto
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Picos
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Ribadesella or Rodiles
Car: necessary

Quad trekking: The most exciting way to see Asturias. We use Jaire Aventura. They are superb, and very safety conscious. Quads cost approx € 40 per hour, the 2hr trek is great.

Jaire also provide canoes, bikes, buggies and horses.

Skiing: Picos de Europa.

Surfing: On one of many local beaches.

Birdwatching: The hills are full of wonderful birds and condors.

Canoeing: Ribadesella hosts a major world canoe championship every year.

Football: Visit Sporting Gijon or Racing Santander of the Primera Liga.

Mountain Walking: Locally and in the Picos De Europa. Pony Trekking.

Mountain Biking: Bikes available to hire in many places inc. 'The Valley of the Bears'.

Fishing.

Other Activities: Quad Trekking, Pony Trekking, Canoeing/Kayaking

Golf: There are 4 or 5 nice courses within easy driving distance, at least three of those are on the coast with great sea views.

Ski: There are two ski stations in the Picos no more than 90 min from the house.

Restaurants and Eating Out- an amazing selection of cafes and restaurants. Please ask us for our recommendations! ( there are many to choose from!) The area is world famous for its cuisine, wine and fresh produce, a foodie heaven to suit all pockets and tastes!

Historical, Monuments, Sightseeing, Arts, Shopping and Culture

If you love culture, Asturias is a wonder. Oviedo and Gijon are just two fantastic cities within easy reach (metro from Infiesto). Bustling, beautiful and full of culture and activity ( please ask for full details) Also the cathedral at Covadonga and the lakes above in the mountains are incredible! We are happy to advise you on the delights, attractions and activities in the area.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $134.1
Tax Rate 10.0%

All rentals run from Saturday 4 p.m to the following Saturday 10 a.m (7 Nights).
The property is a fully registered Casa De Aldea, and all prices include 10% local tax The property has been graded with 3 stars, the highest standard available.
Guests are requested not to arrive at the property earlier than 4 pm on the first day, and they are kindly requested to vacate by 10am when leaving.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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