House in Villacibio, Palencia area, Castilla-Leon, Spain - Village Location, Mountain Views, Close To A Thriving Market Town And 1 Hour To The Coast
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About Steve Barrow
We are a family of five and we lived in Spain for 2 years in the property we are now renting out. My wife is half Spanish and we have strong links to this area of Spain. We also holiday in the area at least once a year. Our children are all of school age and we are both teachers. We are passionate about Spain and we love this area because of its scenery, wide variety of activities and it is unspoiled nature.
Steve Barrow purchased this House in 2006
Why Steve Barrow chose Aguilar de Campoo
We have always loved this area of Spain because of the countryside, the climate, the outdoor lifestyle and the people we have met. It is an unspoiled part of Spain where many traditions still continue. The economy is mainly agricultural and thriving communities have developed within the small villages and the local town of Aguilar de Campoo. Our children went to the local school for 2 years and we have many close friends in the area. We return every year to catch-up, relax and enjoy all that the area has to offer from walking in the mountains, cycling, experiencing the local cuisine and to just wind down.
What makes this House unique
The property has an open plan feel with four spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house combines exposed stone walls and timbers with tiled and wooden floors. It is cool in the summer and cosy and warm in the colder months with the added benefit of a wood burning stove. Parts of the house date back 400 years and the renovation has retained all the old charm of a traditional stone house but carefully integrated it with modern living to include underfloor heating, solar panels for hot water, well equipped kitchen with larder and plenty of space to relax and entertain. The house has its own private courtyard garden surrounded by stone walls with a variety of areas to enjoy both in the shade or to soak up the sun.
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A wonderful house in an idyllic country setting.
We fell in love with the house, it has been very well restored; a wonderful kitchen and super bathrooms. Plenty of space and lots of places to sit, inside and outside.
The setting, in a small hamlet, in the countryside is delightful. Lots of interesting walks and great scenery. Plenty of birds including Griffon Vultures flying overhead.
We had a lovely time.
Fantastic large cottage with loads of character, but beautifully modernised inside.
Lovely and peaceful in a rural undeveloped area of spectacular scenery. Perfect for walking and wildlife watching. The house has everything you need and is full of charm, and comfort.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the house and the local area. It truly is a beautiful and largely undiscovered part of Spain.
Beautiful property in an idillic setting
We had the most fantastic two week holiday here during August 2017. The property has been renovated to a very high standard and is the perfect place to live for two weeks. It is extremely comfortable, tastefully decorated, has loads of room and is very well equipped. The views from the bedrooms and terrace are simply stunning. (Lots of good spots for a yoga mat too!) The outdoor space is gorgeous, tranquil, has both sunny and shady spots and is perfectly adequate with a built in BBQ too. We stayed here with our 12 year old son and thought it might be a bit too quiet and remote for him but that was not the case at all. The perfect start to the day for us was a run along the beautiful the countryside. We were particularly pleased to be able to use the family bicycles for an early evening cycle, taking in all the delights of the local farms, villages and wildlife too. The basketball hoop was put to very good use over our two week stay! The local town of Aguilar de Campoo is just a 10 min drive away and is great for food and sight seeing. The locals are really friendly and it is entirely accurate when other reviews say that people don't speak English. (Well why should they!) Our Spanish was very limited but so much better by the time we got home. People were really patient and helpful as we found our way with our phrase books. There is plenty of swimming locally too in both the reservoir, which can also take in a beautiful woodland walk or scenic drive, and an outdoor swimming pool that is great for a fun afternoon and cool down. I echo what is said in other reviews about all the great places to see within an hours drive. We did most of them. We really loved Santander, Comillas and Palencia, not to mention all the places you discover on the way. In summary this is an absolutely great place to stay with loads to do and yet the perfect place for total relaxation too. The owners were really helpful in providing all the information you could possible need.
Thank you so much for your great review. All of your experiences and feelings about this area of Spain echo ours and it is the reason we love the opportunity to share it. We are also very pleased the house and garden met the high standards we are aiming for and you should expect.
Steve & Hannah
Beautiful property inside and out in a unique plac
I’ve stayed in lots of self-catering cottages in the UK and abroad, some of them very expensive, and this probably had the best interior finish of any. The stone walls, wooden beams and many other features made you feel you were in a Grand Designs house. Yet it wasn’t intimidating, just comfortable.
The garden is on the small side but perfectly big enough for a BBQ, or relaxing on a lounger. We live in the countryside but what is almost overwhelming is the silence and peace of the place. There are plenty of walks and bike rides from the house. I went out on my bike in the morning along normal roads for two hours and saw only 5 cars. The area is very quiet.
The nearby town has most things you could need and the market is definitely worth a visit. There was a good atmosphere there and you would probably be the only tourists there but without a sense of awkwardness. The nearby lake by the town is definitely worth a visit. It’s great for swimming and there’s even a sandy beach next to pine trees.
Burgos is worth a visit and the beaches by Santander are great, and both only an hour away. Lots of mountains are closer and whether you want to walk or cycle, there is a lot to do and explore.
The English owners were very helpful and the business side of things was very straight forward and efficient.
Don’t come here if you want clubs and crowds but if you want a relaxing or active holiday, staying in a beautiful cottage, this is a great place to come. Don’t miss out on ordering an empanada from the housekeeper!
Already Planning our Return
If you want some peace and quiet, in beautiful countryside, under blue skies, come to this place! We had a fabulous week here at the end of July with our two daughters. The house is beautiful - clean and modern but with all the character retained. There is loads of space and the kitchen is well-equipped. I don't think there was anything we looked for and couldn't find. It didn't take long for each of us to find a favourite spot in the garden to read our books with only the buzzing of bees to disturb us. If the girls got bored (which they didn't), there were plenty of games to keep them busy. We really appreciated the bikes as it was lovely to explore in the early evenings. There are any number of little tracks to follow. We did many of the activities and visits suggested by the owners and loved the walks. The scenery is spectacular in places. We were a bit worried about being so far from the sea as we usually book a beach holiday, but we found the lake which was uncrowded and the water was warm.
The locals were friendly and helpful, but be warned, they speak no English, so a good phrasebook and guidebook are essential if you speak no Spanish, and especially if you want to understand a bit of the history. There were no leaflets available in English in the places we visited and we saw not a single Brit during the whole of our stay. This is authentic Spain!
Best bits for me: the beautiful, tiny Romanesque churches; the storks who flew in to feed in nearby fields in the early mornings and evenings; the food!
Best bits for my husband: the first time we have come home from a holiday with euros in our pockets; the walking in beautiful countryside; the food (lovely restaurant at Salinas de Pisuerga called ‘Casa de Las Campanas’)!
We thoroughly enjoyed a most relaxing and restorative week in Villacibio. If you want a beautiful house in perfect quiet in which to zone out, then this is the place for you. We have never stayed in a better equipped house - everything you could want - excellent cooking equipment, loads of dishes, great chairs for garden, games for kids and fantastic information packs for each town and area nearby. The house is a real pleasure in itself - the pictures don't really give you the scale of the spacious, luxurious feel of this lovely renovation.
You do need to be organised about food as shopping needs to be done in Aguilar - a real treat in itself. We had terrific weather and we did two long walks, a couple of bike rides on the local caminos through the amazing limestone gorges and hillsides plus visits to Burgos and the Ebro gorge. Families can swim in summer at the lake 5 miles away - it looked idyllic.
The peace, quiet and privacy of this house touched us deeply - highly recommended!
Special interest holidays:
Walking, mountain climbing, bird watching and cycling are all well catered for with numerous tracks and open countryside.
The area is famous for its Romanesque architecture and cave churches.
Pisuerga River is accessible for experienced canoeists.
Beautiful coastal beaches are within a 1 to 1.5 hour drive to the north near Santander and towards Gijon to the west and Bilbao to the east.
In addition, the Embalse de Aguilar provides a man made beach and fresh water swimming with stunning mountain views.
Santander airport 1 hour drive.
Valladolid airport 1.25 hour drive.
Bilbao airport 2.5 hours drive.
Madrid 3.5 hours drive.
Santander Ferry from Plymouth/Portsmouth 1 hour drive.
Numerous small villages to explore within walking distance and/or a short drive.
Aguilar de Campoo is a 10 minute drive.
Major cities include Santander (1 hour) and Bilbao (2.5 hours) to the north and Valladolid (1.5 hours), Palencia (under 1 hour) and Burgos (under 1 hour) to the south.
Aguilar de Campoo provides all major needs including supermarkets, banks, restaurants and bars and tourist information. The town includes a medieval castle, collegiate church, convent and converted monastery. It is also a gateway to the Montana Palentina mountain range.
Burgos has a famous castle, cathedral and museums (including a recently opened museum of humankind).
Santander has the famous Cabarceno Zoo and Sardinero Bay and Beach.
Picos de Europa are within a 1 hour drive.
Valderredible valley following the Ebro River and containing many famous cave churches.
La Olmeda Roman Villa, Palencia (30 minutes)
Cueva de Los Franceses (30 minutes)