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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Detached house, mountain views, 3 bedrooms.

This beautiful house is set in a half acre plot on the edge of a quiet village, situated on the slopes of the Cabrales valley. Located near the Picos de Europa national park it is a place to get away from it all and enjoy peace and tranquility. Accommodation is on two storeys with a generous open plan living space on the upper floor with cosy sofas and a wood burning stove. There is a large covered deck leading off the living space with fabulous views looking across a green wooded valley and the houses and church of a village below. The majestic mountains of the Picos de Europa rise up in the background.  

This area of Spain is easily reached by ferry or plane from the UK and other parts of Europe. Ryanair fly from Stansted and Edinburgh to Santander, Easyjet fly from Stansted to Asturias airport and from Manchester to Bilbao. Vueling fly from Heathrow to Bilbao. If you want to go slow, then there are regular ferries with Brittany Ferries departing Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander.

This house was built in 2008 following the traditional Asturian style. The wooden balcony on the south facade gives a fantastic first impression when you arrive. It has lots of character and charm with all the conveniences of a contemporary house. It was built by father and daughter team Julian and Anna Usborne who bought the plot of land in 2005 after visiting the area. We really love this house and visit it as often as possible. What makes the house so amazing is the mountain location and the village where it is situated. The local people are very friendly and will go out of their way to help although most people don't speak English so it is a great opportunity to practice speaking Spanish! There are about 60 residents in the village and people buy their groceries from visiting vans that supply fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and other groceries. There are also a range of shops and restaurants 10 minutes away by car in the villages of Carreña or Arenas de Cabrales.

There are lots of things to do and places to see within easy driving distance of the house. You can drive up into the mountains and explore the high snowy peaks. We walked to the base of the 'Naranjo de Bulnes' which is one of the highest peaks in the Picos range at around 2500 metres. If you don't fancy exerting yourself too much, there is a funicular railway that takes you up to the small village of Bulnes, high in the mountains and inaccessible by car. There are many routes for all levels of walking from gentle strolls to all day hikes. Other popular activities in the area include swimming at the local river or the nearby beaches. There is a fantastic beach at about 30 minutes drive called Niembro and the neighbouring naturist beach of Torimbia is also worth visiting. Continuing with water activities, canoeing is a popular activity along the river Sella and canoes can be hired with the possibility of being picked up downstream after a hard day's paddling.

There are many interesting places to visit within an hours drive or so. The town of Cangas de Onis is about 35 minutes away and has a fantastic market on Sunday mornings. This is well worth a visit especially if you are a foodie. There are hundreds of different types of local cheese for sale as well as smoked and unsmoked chorizo, dry cured ham and fruit and vegetables. Further afield at about 1hr 30 minutes is the city of Oviedo, where you can see beautiful architecture, hang out in the street cafés and enjoy the amazing covered food market. Again a foodie paradise, with many different types of fish you never see in the UK. The city of Santander is also quite easy to reach, at about 1hr 30 minutes drive. It is a beautiful port city with beaches and lots of shopping options. A bit further away is Bilbao, at about 3hrs drive but still possible for a day trip or overnight stay. There is the amazing Guggenheim museum and lots of shopping and restaurant possibilities.

More Details

Owner
Anna Usborne
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Anna Usborne

I love the Spanish culture and way of life. Having spent 6 years living in Madrid, I am fluent in Spanish and so managing the house is quite fun and a way of keeping up with the language.

I currently live in Gloucestershire, UK and divide my time between teaching ceramics and designing and making furniture (see my website www.annausborne.com).

I also own two donkeys, Teddy and Chester (pictured) and enjoy taking them for walks (see the website www.chalforddonkeyproject.com).

Anna Usborne purchased this house in 2005

Why Anna Usborne chose Berodia

When I was living in Spain I went on holiday to the Cabrales area and fell in love with the landscape. I later took my father to the area and he was also enchanted with the area. We decided to look for a shepherds hut or small cottage to renovate. But we soon realised that this type of remote property was only for people who don't mind a very basic existence. One day, whilst looking at a small mountain shed perched on a damp northern slope, we got talking to the owner who said she also had a piece of land in the nearby village for sale. We went and had a look and my father pronounced that this was the spot. So we embarked on a much bigger project than we originally planned and the purchase of the land and building project took us around 4 years to complete. After many trips between Stansted and Santander airport to manage the build, we finally finished the house in 2008. But it was worth all the time and effort and we now enjoy visiting the house two or three times a year.

What makes this house unique

This property is in the most fantastic location, tucked away on the outskirts of the village, with spectacular views on three side of the house. I love sitting on the deck and watching the mountains, listening to the cow bells and feeling the warm sun on my face. I also love the fact that it never gets too hot here and you can always snuggle under a duvet and night, not like in southern spain where the heat is too much in summer. This year it was lovely to see how the garden had come along, we even ate grapes from the vine which has now grown so high it is climbing up to the deck on the first floor. The other thing I love is the people in the village. They are so friendly and happy to help. Remembering everyones names is a challenge!

Walking is obviously the number one activity here and I always try and go up the mountain behind the house for an invigorating walk with fabulous views looking down to the coast.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house and would definately return. The location was perfect for us to spend some quality family time together (grandparents, daughter and son in law, grandsons 8 & 10). We enjoyed some of the adventures with Jaire Aventuras, leaflet left in the house, ensure you can swim if you attempt the "descending canyones"; the canoes were good and the assault course too. A trip to Bulnes is a must, we stayed over night at Casa Chiflon, which added to the experience. Unfortunately the Caris Gorge has been closed half way and will not open until beginning of July, we managed to visit both sides though. Poncebos is steeper than the Cains side, both spectacular. Wifi in the house has been a bonus, perfect connection. Only Spanish channels available on TV, not a problem for us as we are from Lanzarote but you can always change the audio language to the original language on most series and films.
Jun 2012
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Berodia in Oriente de Asturias

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All en-suite. Separate toilet on first floor
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • All three bedrooms en suite located on ground floor. One master bedroom with king size double bed, one double room with double bed, one double room with twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming

Reviews

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House in mountain location with amazing views. Picos de Europa.
average rating of 4.9761906 based on 43 reviews
United Kingdom
5

The perfect HomeAway booking

  • 5 of 5

Anna’s home is simply perfect. We’ve stayed in many rental homes - Anna’s is definitely one of our favourites and one which we were sad to leave.

Anna has created an incredibly welcoming and modern space. It has all the home comforts you’d expect and at the same time maintains a feeling of country authenticity.

The views from EVERY room are superb. We enjoyed several meals in the dining area and on the porch; watching the clouds shift over the mountains, with the sound of cow bells in the distance.

Berodia is conveniently situated for a number of great walks and activities, so you can make the most of being in one of Spain’s most beautiful mountain ranges.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

This is the most beautiful and tranquil home. It was so hard to leave it behind!

  • 5 of 5

If you want peace and tranquillity away from people and traffic and enjoy beautiful mountain scenery then this house is perfect. It is extremely clean and the kitchen is very well equipped. The terrace is the best part, looking over the mountains with only the birds and a few distant cow bells as the sound. Just absolute bliss! I have been all over the world and never fallen in love with a place as much as this. Thank you to Anna for making this special retreat and for sharing it!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mount Vernon, ME
5

Magical Place to Stay, Truly Extraordinary

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Casa Usborne. Its location may be a bit out of the way, but driving up to Berodia is worth the effort. Views from the house are stunning - nothing to do but employ an overused word. The Picos rise sharply to the south, foothills and mountains stretch for as far as the eye can see to the east and north, with the cute little village rising on the western slope behind the entry door. Clouds and mist drift by in the valley below the house, across the peaks as well as way high up - a constantly changing spectacle of light and water molecules. The sounds of jingling bells on sheep, donkeys and cattle mingle with the babbling noises from the nearby river. Some days we sat mesmerized for 3-4 hours on the upper porch listening to it all and soaking in the scenery. The house itself is intelligently designed and well-appointed; it was perfect for our party of four. We enjoyed cooking and grilling at Casa Usborne after shopping from the vans that came to Berodia selling groceries, fish, meat, fruit & veg or at markets and bakeries in Arenas and Carrena. We worked off some of the calories by walking in virtually every direction: Down to Inguanzo, over to La Molina, and (full disclosure) to many dead-ends on gorgeous hillsides. The neighbors and villagers were very warm and welcoming as were folks in places farther afield: Asiego, Bulnes, Sotres, Cangas (for the San Antonio fiesta!), Llanes. We had a wonderful stay and are already thinking about how/when we can return.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect accommodation in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't fault it. We chose the accommodation first which then took us to Asturias and the Picos de Europa. A full week of glorious warm and sunny weather in such a stunning landscape of high mountains teaming with wildlife and beautiful coastlines including dinosaur footprints! And the best view of Naranjo de Bulnes was just down the road, stunning in the evening sunshine from a picnic area high up in the village of Asiego. The Pintxos (Tapas) were so tasty and inexpensive.

Booking and communication were first class. Thank you Casa Usborne for such a wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Breath Taking Views

  • 5 of 5

This home is a fully equipped and a very comfortable home. Every window, terrace or balcony has breathtaking views. It is clear that you are staying in someone else's home, not just a rental and therefore there is nothing missing. In very close proximity, you can enjoy incredible hikes and make your choice of destination based on Anna's and other guests suggestions located in the "hiking log". I have personally recommended this accommodation to friends, don't pass it up.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leuven, Belgium
5

wonderful and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Casa Usborne! The house is beautiful, light, clean and roomy. And the views from the spacious balcony are just nd amazing. The village is nice and quiet and the house has everything one could need. We found the walks folder and maps particularly helpful and did several amazing hikes which were strenuous and adventurous enough to also please our children (7, 10, 12 and 14). Some minor remarks: the drive was not easy to negotiate with our mini-van and it was a bit of a pity that the garden and paths were rather full of weeds.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Carreña
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Llanes
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Posada
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Carreña
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Valgrande-Pajares
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Niemro
Car: recommended

A narrow two mile winding road leads to the tiny village of Berodia in the foothills of the mountains of the National Park known as the Picos de Europa. Snow-covered peaks tower over the lower fertile slopes.The surrounding region is the Cabrales valley, where orchard views and the mellow tinkle of cow-bells are the outward sign of the cheeses and cider for which the region is famous. A good range of shops can be found 5 km distant in the village of Arenas de Cabrales, while the secluded beaches of Torimbia and Niembro on the north coast are 30 minutes away. Great for walking, climbing, riding, canoeing but above all for relaxing in deepest countryside away from traffic noise.

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