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Beautiful 17th C villa-manor house, minutes to beaches, near Comillas - Palacio

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Palacio de Hualle

Beautiful, large 17thC villa-manor house, very comfortable and elegant, recently fully renovated to provide an unforgettable summer holiday rental on the green northern coast of Spain. The estate includes a vast park and gardens and a lovely little chapel. The big, beautifully decorated living room with fireplace and the dining room for twelve will provide the perfect setting for a gathering of family or friends. There are five spacious bedrooms as well as a study, TV room, small dining and several terraces, balconies and patios to enjoy the lovely views of green hills and fields with horses grazing nearby. A stream flows at the edge of the property where locals sometimes fish trout. This secluded village has one tiny café to try local sherry and “Serrano” ham, yet shops and restaurants with excellent seafood and meats and are less than 1km.away. Beautiful beaches are a 10 min drive away as are picturesque villages. Hike on ancient Roman Road in nearby hills, climb in Picos mountains.

Opera at Palacio de Hualle:

Opera Palacio de Hualle (Noches Líricas del Palacio de Hualle) will be held for the fifth season August 10 and 11, 2012. A beautiful concert in the covered patio of the Palacio, followed by a reception with a cocktail buffet and wines and sherry sponsored by Gonzalez Byass, producers of Tío Pepe pale dry sherry. Opera Palacio de Hualle is part of the Santander International Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious summer festivals in Spain. The upcoming concert will be dedicated to baroque French opera. Four singers and five players will perform arias and pieces by composers such as Lully, Rameau, and Charpentier. The stonework of the tower and arches of the 17th C Palacio de Hualle serve as a beautiful backdrop for this exceptional and exclusive evening that celebrates early opera, Cantabrian countryside while opening to the public this beautiful manor house.

The Palacio de Hualle has been featured in various country house and decorator magazines.

Located in tiny village of Hualle: Note about the location: Actually not in Cabezon de la Sal, as the headline notes, but in a neighborhood of Treceño, Hualle. Hualle is a hamlet of about 25 traditional village houses. It is extremely peaceful. Nonetheless, well stocked shops are within walking distance.

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Margaret Jova
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

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Security deposit required. Rates include a daily housekeeper (Monday- Friday) for 3 hours. Meals can be arranged. Requests for stays shorter than one week will be considered, and rates adjusted accordingly. Upon acceptance of reservation, a deposit of 30%-50% is required. Full payment is required one month before arrival and occupation of the house. Consult special rates provided to couples.


Valdáliga Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Blue Room - 2 twin/ single
    Corner room - 2 twin/ single
    Façade Room - 1 double
    Garden view Room - 2 twin/ single
    Top Floor Room - 2 twin/ single
    Top floor TV-studio - 2 twin/ single
    Summer guesthouse - 2 twin/ single , Only in summer. Best for young people.
  • All the bedrooms are spacious, with plenty of natural light and are beautifully decorated. The bedrooms have generous closet and drawer space. They all sleep two persons per room. There is a baby cot-crib at the house.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Mari, the housekeeper lives close by and will come in daily for three hours, Monday - Friday, to keep the house running smoothly. This housekeeping service is included in the rental fee. She will tidy up, clean the rooms and can help with laundry. She is very helpful and can also answer inquiries about shopping and restaurants. If you would like Mari to come in for additional time and prepare an evening meal, you may arrange with her directly. Mari is a fabulous cook and can propose many local dishes such as the Cazuela Marinera (seafood casserole), Veal or Chicken Stew , Spanish Tortilla and various other dishes.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Fantstic Palacio de Hualle

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely fantastic place! A real treasure--charming in every way. We loved it and wished we cold have stayed longer. Little walks in the village; horses and donkey waiting to greet us at the fence, interesting object's d'art throughout; great place to make day trips from; close to stores (loved the Sat. market in nearby town), friendly neighbors -- just great in every way.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and my two children (ages 5 and 8) had an amazing albeit short stay of four days. It was a lot of house for 4 people! One quickly feels at home here-I have decided it's part of the magic. We found the house very comfortable and slept wonderfully. I would recommend earplugs as there were occasions when the neighborhood dogs went bonkers barking through the night. They are hounds and they bayed at some foxes rather incessantly (this was Mari's theory when we shared our story the following morning). We enjoyed the large yard and visiting with the 2 mother and daughter horses and donkey Enriqueta in the pasture next to the house. As an equestrienne, I would have loved to have horse riding included in the program but alas, it is not. The location, although ideal for us, may be a bit quiet for those desiring to see the "sights". We had been in Asturias/Cantabria for the previous 2 weeks so we looked forward to a relatively low key stay in Huelle. That said, the beaches and towns ( San Vicente, Comillas, etc) are nearby. The house is well appointed and we were particularly excited to have a "real" dryer. Parents of young children will understand. In order to make the most of that big field with children, I would recommend bringing a soccer ball, paddle ball set, etc as no such items are available at the house. Watch how you kick that ball as the river runs right at the edge of the property. It would have been nice to have a little path cut down so that we could explore the water. Speaking of exercise, my husband and I are runners and we ran the nearby trail into the woods, the roman trail. It is pretty but it is short (1 mile?). I tried most of the off shoots but it did not seem you could go that far. We compensated by doubling back and running on the road where there is a short path). Maybe we have to check it out again when we come back...

As mentioned in previous reviews, the housekeeper Mari is a delightful person. Her stories are very funny in Spanish and still funny if you don't speak Spanish (according to my non Spanish speaking husband). Mari comes to clean the house around noon everyday for a couple hours (even if you are very neat). She really makes the place special. The owner Margaret was very responsive. I am a cook and I found the kitchen well enough supplied. We enjoyed our meals outside. Cantabria is a dream for a foodie. We hope to come back one day. It is a magical place.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The house is magnificent, the owner gracious, and Mari the caretaker truly lovely and helpful.

The area is quiet and beautiful, all of the owner's suggestions about what and where to go were spot on. If I could I would return every year with family and friends and stay for a month.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pastoral Cantabria Mansion

  • 5 of 5

This is a very large House in the tiny village of Hualle, a few km from the main freeway. The house itself is clean and perfectly well equipped with everything needed for a comfortable and extended vacation, including of course all modern appliances, phone & wifi. At the same time, it's thick stone walls, huge living and dining rooms, heavy wooden doors, and touches of antique furniture and art give a wonderful feeling of living in a 17'th century mansion. We loved it. Outside are spacious gardens, beyond which are lawns with horses, a small creek to stroll by and serene mountain views.

The house and estate are taken care of by a local housekeeper, Mari, who comes in daily to clean. She is extremely friendly and kind, but speaks only Spanish. The owner, Margaret, was happy to assist over the phone with translation to English when needed, and we even asked Mari to cook dinner for us once - it was nice to return home from a long day trip to the wonderful aromas of local dishes made by Mari.

The location is great if you have a car. A big supermarket and various dining options are minutes away. Within a 30 minute radius are many amazing medieval towns such as Comillas and Santillana Del Mar, prehistoric caves like Altiamira, and beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast. A radius of an hour to an hour and a half will get you to Bilbao and the Guggenheim, as well as the magnificent canyons and mountains of the Picos de Europa.

One comment - the electricity in the house cannot support simultaneous usage of several appliances like dryer + oven. It would probably be a good idea to upgrade it.

Bottom line - this is a perfect retreat for a large family for exploring wonderful Cantabria. Thanks Margaret and Mari!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
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A magical multi generation family retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and charming and expansive house that was perfect for our three generations to stay for a week. The pictures accurately represent how well maintained and well appointed the house and grounds are. We found the place even more magical than we thought it could be. Multiple outdoor spaces to lounge about. Horses on the property to watch.

Every room has a comfortable chair, beautiful art, beds with lovely linens, and lots of space in the house in general.

What made it most special for us was Mari. She was there from the beginning with a smile and lots of spanish(it was good practice for us).

She cooked a delicious meal for us when we first arrived. And sorted babysitting on another evening.

We organised a special dinner one night. And while Margaret had kindly sourced and organised having a chef come in, we realised that Mari would make us a wonderful meal and it would be more relaxed. The whole thing was delicious. We found pasteleria de pedro in cabezon de la sal for scrumptious postre for the dinner.

We also found a three piece musical group who played a small concert for us. everything was really reasonable.

There is a little lane to walk about 1k in pretty woods to get to the next village. Or you can walk the road. The village is full of happy and helpful people, and you can walk to the town of treceno (along the highway) where you could get what you needed - a coffee, good bread, a supermarket, and an ATM.

Hualle is tucked away. It is mountainous and rural.

We drove to Comillas (15-20 minutes) multiple times. It's really easy.

We found awesome surf lessons on la playa de luana with Jose, right outside of cobreces.

We had a delicious meal at Marinero in San Vicente de baquero.

We went to an adventure park right beyond cabezon de la sal on an "off day" and the kids loved the ropes course.

Thanks Margaret for a truly magical week. We hope we will be back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Great place for a family stay

  • 5 of 5

Together with our three children we spent one week in the Gatehouse and really enjoyed it. The owners and neighbours are really friendly and helpful. Our children loved to play in the courtyard and to visit the neighbours.

The house is a great place for a family stay and there a lots of things to do in the surroundings (beaches, mountains, villages, mines, blacksmiths).

The best however were the rehearsals of the "Noches Liricas" which will be unforgettable for our daughter... :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Autovia del Cantabrico
Car: necessary

The beautiful beaches Oyambre and Gerra (great surfing!) are a 10 min drive away as are the picturesque villages Comillas, San Vicente de la Barquera and Santillana. You may hike on the ancient Roman Road in nearby green hills , climb in nearby Picos de Europa mountains, kayak or fish in Sella or Deva rivers. Browse the markets for the freshest produce, local cheeses and cured hams, sausages. There are wonderful little restaurants in the region noted for the excellent seafood and meats. Explore prehistoric caves with wall paintings. The young people will love the superb aquarium in Santander or the nearby safari park. There is a wonderful golf course in Santa Marina and in Oyambre. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is just over an hour away. Or just relax and sip a local sherry in the little cafe in our own village, Hualle.

Ryan Air has regular flights to Santander airport from the United Kingdom.

Other Activities: Kayaking, explore prehistoric caves

Golf: The Real Club de Golf de Oyambre. It is the first golf course created in Spain, in the late 19th C. It was created for the use by the King of Spain, Alfonso XII, and his entourage, who spent some holidays in the area. It is a 9 hole course, right next to the sea, but very pretty. Rental of equipment is available.


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