Apartment in La Hayuela, Cantabria - Rural Location, near beaches & mountains.
Roger & Helen
About Roger & Helen
We are a couple from Derbyshire, with two adult and independent children with their own families. The apartment at La Hayuela realises a long held dream of having a holiday home. We are not a business, just an ordinary family lucky enough to have a holiday home in this beautiful part of Spain.
Roger & Helen purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Roger & Helen chose Udías
We fell in love with "Green Spain" some years ago prior to the arrival of budget airlines, when holidaying via ferry from Plymouth. The grandeur of the scenery, the magnificence of the Picos de Europa, and the "Spanishness" always remained in our memories, and it has not changed. The apartment, on the edge of the rural village of La Hayuela, is perfectly situated for magnificent beaches & is just an hour from the picturesque town of Potes and the drama of the Picos de Europa. No discos or nightclubs here, just two "local" bars, a pharmacy and the sound of cow-bells, or cattle and/or horses being driven along the village lane to the fields. Just 30 mins from Santander airport and ferry port, 1 hour 30 mins from Bilbao airport & ferry port & less than 2 hour from Oviedo Asturias airport - all very easy motorway driving with no tolls.
What makes this Apartment unique
A ground floor apartment with large fully enclosed garden, looking out towards the village bar - near enough to watch village life from the terrace, but far enough away not to be a bother. The town of Cabezon is 5 mins, Comillas & it's beach 10 mins, and the beaches of La Oyambre and San Vicente 20 minutes - all excellent for surfing. There are also many walking possibilities, some right from the door and ranging from 10 mins to, well as long as you want. The apartment is cosy, comfortable and with all the necessary amenities. There is nothing nicer after a busy day on the beach, walking and/or sightseeing than relaxed dining on the terrace, a bottle of Rioja and the feeling of being rather happy with life. We are always very reluctant to leave.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Spacious and well-located. Some issues to address though.
Booking and ore-visit information was excellent. The apartment is wee located, close to both the motorway and the coast. The place is spacious with a (largely untended) garden.
On arrival it was a concern that the lock on the external doors of the block was missing. Also, the place really wasn’t clean enough.
There was no WiFi and the TV had a v limotange of channels.
This is not a cheap place to let and similarly priced accommodation often offers a lot more.
From our point of view a very disappointing review.
Firstly & most importantly we are extremely concerned that it was considered that the apartment "really wasn't clean enough". Paulina, our lady from the village who looks after the apartment, prides herself on its preparation for guests.
Up until this review we have only received 5* comments & in fact many of our guests have have commented on the cleanliness of the apartment on arrival.
We have talked this particular issue through with Paulina & she is quite upset that in this instance it is thought she did not meet the standard required. She asks that we pass on her apologies & of course we add ours to those of hers.
As regards the garden, it is mainly lawned with a small number of bushes, & hedging all around the perimeter. It is generally kept mowed & again many of our visitors have commented that they like the garden as it is (it is exceptionally large for an apartment) & certainly those with young children do like the fact that they can let them run around without there being anything do damage.
At the time of this visit we were not aware of the lack of a lock on the external door to the block of apartments. A week later we were advised that this lock had been removed due to failure & that a new one was to be fitted within the next week. At the time we had other guests in residence & these were kept informed of the situation & a key to the new lock was handed to them in the middle of their visit.
We are afraid that it is the nature of life that such failures can occur from time to time, but the lack of an external lock in no way compromised the security of the apartment.
The apartment is situated in a very rural location & as such WiFi is not readily available - this is made clear in our description of the apartment. As this year has progressed mobile phone coverage has improved & several of our guests have found that they can now access their Email in this way.
We admit that there is a very limited number of English-speaking channels on the TV, but this is not unusual for Spain (or the rest of Europe in our experience). We have made sure however that there is a large number of DVDs in the apartment, together with many books & CDs, as well as a wide selection of board games. Once again we have been thanked on numerous occasions for the wide choice & selection available.
And finally, regarding the rental price, we always ensure that this is kept in line with other similar properties in the area.
Beautiful place to stay in a lovely location. Iots of local information about local attractions to visit gorgeous beaches nearby. Lots of places to go off and explore. Would stay again ans reccomend. Fantastic holiday
We are delighted you had a fantastic holiday & loved the village, those gorgeous beaches & the beautiful inland.
Many thanks for the revue & La Hayuela looks forward to seeing you again in the future.
Helen & Roger
very nice apartment - well equipped. lovely peaceful village and friendly people
great location - short drive to nearest town and apartment in staggering distance of friendly village bar! very peaceful and great walks straight from apartment plus the best gin and tonics ever! both coast and mountains beautiful.
Many thanks for your Review. Those GinTonics at the "friendly village bar" are proving very popular....with us as well!! And we are delighted that you enjoyed the local walks.
The village of La Hayuela & the bar look forward to seeing you again another year.
Roger & Helen
Lovely, clean property in beautiful setting
Fantastic apartment will all you need. Very clean and well maintained and the 'magic shed' has all the essentials for hitting the beach.
The little village is very picturesque and there are some beautiful walks around the local area. The bar opposite is great for the morning bread run and essentials; unfortunately we did not have time to sample the famous 'G & Ts' on this visit.
The contact from Roger and Helen was first class and all the information they provide both before departure and in the apartment was most helpful.
Many thanks for the lovely review. We are delighted that you liked the apartment, the "magic shed" & the picturesque & very rural La Hayuela. Those "famous" G&Ts are well worth a return visit!!
Helen & Roger
Lovely property lovely setting
first impressions of the apartment were" Oooh" it's lovely"then. "ooh, it's got a garden". If my children were small again it would have been a perfect place to take them and do lots of days out. As 2 middle aged adults it was pretty good too!
First time for us in this region and it as gone on the list as a must do again, stunning scenery, lovely people and the food.....
This is perfectly situated for adventuring all over the region. We hit the coast several times and the lovely town of Comillas a few minutes away became a firm favourite. We found the weather a bit " British" but if you headed for the mountains It seemed there was adifferent weather system and so we spent 3 days exploring the Picos de Europa again highly recommended.
The bar over the road didn't disappoint either...legendary gin and tonics.......
Highly recommended excellent situation and the info from Roger and Helen the owners is great. Well stocked library, games cupboard and films for when you have no energy left after climbing mountains.
Zoe & Pete,
Many thanks for the lovely review, we're so........delighted you had a brilliant time.
We're sure that La Hayuela, the bar across the road & the Picos would all love to welcome you back again one day - we're sure there are still many walks to do & beaches to wander along.
Helen & Roger.
After some excellent communication from the owners, we were not surprised to arrive at a lovely modern apartment in a quiet, pretty village about 5 minutes from the sea! the apartment was very clean and tidy and perfect for our requirements. We spent a week exploring the beautiful area, wonderful beaches and a lovely village , Comillas just down the road! Historical, with lots of shops and restaurants. Inland in 20 minutes and it seems like you are in the Swiss Alps!! We explored some lovely old villages, the caves and the beautiful valleys and mountains. Magnificent. It was also lovely to come back to our apartment and enjoy a beer or a Gin and Tonic across the road at a lovely friendly bar/café. They don`t measure the gin, they just pour it until you yell "That`s enough."
Many thanks for the review & we are delighted that you loved the area & La Hayuela as much as we do. We also have the same problem at the bar...we are pleased to say!!
We all hope to see you back again another year.
Helen & Roger Cope
The nearest beach is Comillas (easy 10 minutes drive). San Vicente de la Barquera (20 minutes drive) has 4km of lovely golden sands and is very popular with surfers. Oyambre, the most popular beach with our guests, is situated between the two.
There are also many other beautiful beaches & coves in the area - too many to list.
Santander Airport (RyanAir from Stansted & Dublin) and Brittany Ferry terminal 47.5km.
Bilbao Airport (EasyJet from Stansted or Manchester) & Brittany Ferry terminal 142km
Asturias Airport, Oviedo (EasyJet from Stansted) 173km.
Excellent motorway connections from all, with no tolls.
Although there are occasional buses through the village we recommend having your own car.
Nearest shops and supermarkets (Cabezon de la Sal/Comillas town) 4/ 5 km
Nearest beach (Comillas) 5 km
San Vicente de la Barquera (seaside town/long beach) 19 km
Santander (capital town of Cantabria, beaches and shopping) 48 km
Santillana del Mar (medieval village) 23 km
Potes (pretty town in the foothills of the Picos) 65 km
Picos de Europa (Fuente De & cable car) 88 km
There are many shops, restaurants and bars in nearby Comillas, Cabezon de la Sal & San Vicente de la Barquera.
La Hayuela is surrounded by lovely countryside and there are many local walks along quiet country lanes - the views are simply breathtaking. Helen & I have prepared a number of walk "guidance notes" & they are available in the apartment for use by our guests.
The Cantabrian coastline is beautiful with a good number of sandy beaches. San Vicente de la Barquera is a delightful seaside town with a castle and 4km of lovely golden sands ideal for surfers and family days out.
There is also the opportunity for horse-riding and adventure activities.
Inland Cantabria is also well worth exploring for its gorgeous scenery and pretty villages.
The mountains of the Picos de Europa are a one hour drive away with Fuente De (cable car), the mountain village of Bulnes (reached by funicular or a 3 hour hike) and the Cares Gorge all meriting a visit.
There are a number of golf courses within easy reach of the apartment, the nearest being towards Golf Rovacias (Comillas) & Oyambre beach.
It is only 5 minutes to the indoor swimming pool, fitness centre & sauna at the Golf Rovacias Hotel - day & multi-entry tickets are available.
Books, maps and full information on the area is to be found in the apartment. There are many "Visitor Book" recommendation.
Other Arrangements -
Recently retired, Roger currently has “free-time” on his hands & likes nothing more than sorting those minor (but also essential) parts of the holiday – flights/ferry, car hire, insurances, etc.
No special offers, just common sense & practical arrangements, as he has been doing for some time throughout our “travelling” years.
So, if you are keen to stay in our apartment but are not of this ilk, are too busy to sort, &/or find such details rather a bore, then please feel free to ask for his help – he would love it.