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. Shops and restaurants with excellent seafood, local vegetables, meats are within walking distance from our village. Beautiful beaches are a 10 min drive away as are picturesque villages of Comillas and Santillana del Mar. One can hike on ancient Roman Road in nearby hills, climb in Picos mountains, canoe
- Chateau / Country House4305 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay2 nights
Palacio de Hualle
The Palacio de Hualle is a 17th Century estate and offers three separate, independant houses for holiday rental.
The "Palacio", the main manor house, has six bedrooms and is perfect for groups of ten or twelve people. The "Casa Adosada", immediately adjacent to the Palacio, has three bedrooms and is great for a group of six people. The Gatehouse, or "Casa de la Portalada", has two bedrooms and is perfect for a family of four. All the houses are comfortable and attractive and are furnished with easy sofas and antiques.
The beautiful, large 17thC "Palacio" or villa-manor house is very elegant, and has been 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- bedroom, a 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. Both the Casa Adosada and The Gatehouse are also lovely, spacious houses with views and outdoor seating areas.
Shops and restaurants with excellent seafood, local vegetables, meats are within walking distance from our village. Beautiful beaches are a 15 min drive away as are picturesque villages of Comillas and Santillana del Mar. One can hike on ancient Roman Road in nearby hills, climb in Picos mountains, canoe in Sella River.
Opera at Palacio de Hualle:
Opera Palacio de Hualle (Noches Líricas del Palacio de Hualle) is held over two days in August. 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 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 chamber 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, a hamlet of about 25 traditional village houses. It is extremely peaceful. Nonetheless, well stocked shops are within walking distance.
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 18, 2018
About Margaret Jova
In 1988, the Jova brothers recuperated this old family house where their great, great grandmother was born. The house had been abandoned for decades and was in a state of ruin. The North American brothers, Henri Jova, an architect and Joseph John Jova, a career diplomat restored the palacio. Their family lovingly maintains the house and continues to gather here every summer.
Margaret Jova purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1988
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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Stunning historic house in a lovely location
We needed a house for 10 with space for everyone to do their own thing and get together for meals or drinks or games... In a beautiful tranquil location... the Palacio fitted the bill perfectly.
We liked the fact that the house is somewhat quirky, and not overly modernised. It has lots of character. However with so many stairs and slightly sloping floors it would not suit a disabled person or someone with restricted mobility.
Kitchen - very well equipped with huge American style fridge & freezer.
Bedrooms all a reasonable size, even the one in the tower.
Only slight drawback - beds or rather mattresses need updating.
The attic is fine too for a single person or two friends (sofa beds only!)
The patio is lovely, great to be able eat outside together and admire the view (and watch the bats flitting to and fro in the evening).
Mari, our housekeeper was wonderful, kept the place clean and tidy, and cooked a delicious meal for 10 on one evening, creating both a great meat-based dish and a veggie alternative too. All for an incredibly reasonable price. We should have booked her for two nights!
The area is lush, green, and beautiful. Lots of interesting places to explore. Recommend Comilllas, El Castillo caves and Altamira caves.
Would definitely recommend this house and this area for a big group.
You will never duplicate this experience.
In Spain a "palace" has to have a tower and this does, as well as 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a nice kitchen, a huge dining room, breakfast nook and living area. If you have a need for a wedding, reunion or just a lot of friends this is the place. Near beaches and the town of San Vicente de la Banquera. Marie, does a really nice job making you feel at home. Any issues that might arise, (remember the place is a stone palace dating back hundreds of years) are taken in stride and fixed by the owner.
The area of Cantabria is beautiful with terrific food almost everywhere. Both Santander and Bilbao are close enough with a car. Picos de Europa are within a hour's drive and the towns of Comillas and Santillana de Mar are within 30 minutes including the caves of Altamira. A posada serving exotic wild mushrooms and two places seving excellent coffee are within 5 minutes walk.
We are grateful we had the experience of being a guest here. Not to be missed.
Fantstic Palacio de Hualle
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.
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.
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.
Pastoral Cantabria Mansion
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!
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.
Rates & Availability
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.