'La Arganosa' is an idyllic retreat with a large leafy garden, set high in the mountains on the edge of the Picos de Europa National Park. From its elevated position, it enjoys spectacular and uninterrupted views of wide open skies and mountains. 'La Arganosa' is not isolated, however; it lies on the edge of the Asturian farming village of Villaverde which is surrounded by delightful hay meadows and apple orchards - this area is at the heart of Asturian cider making. A ten minute drive takes you to the larger village of Santillan with a restaurant, bakery and bank, although a local van can make daily food deliveries to 'La Arganosa.' The house is completely eco-friendly; electricity is provided by photovoltaic (solar) panels and the water comes from a mountain spring. Wooden floors and ceilings, no TV or washing machine and just the sound of cowbells create a simple rustic ambiance. As such, 'La Arganosa' is ideal for the independent-minded who enjoy something a little bit different.
Holiday Home in Villaverde, Cangas de Onis, Asturias - On the Doorstep of the Picos de Europa National Park
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jan 2019
About Maria Burton
I am a teacher, traveller and dog-lover who was enticed back to this area after a cycling holiday many years ago.
Maria Burton purchased this House in 2008
Why Maria Burton chose Amieva
The views are stunning, the locals are friendly and the interior of the house is typically rustic and Asturian with a cosy log fire. It’s magical to sit in the garden and soak in the peace and quiet of this lovely area.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We loved our holiday in this mountain retreat. The location and views are stunning. If you like to get away from it all this is for you. We enjoyed swimming in the local rivers, walking in the mountains and meeting the friendly neighbours. The nearest supermarket is 25 minutes away so stock up on your way up. Our teenagers just about coped with no wifi! Maria was very helpful and responded to e mails quickly. Thank you for a super holiday
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Peaceful And Beautiful
Winding your way up into the mountains you find this lovely little house overlooking the town. The snow capped mountains behind lead down into the lush green valley with the prettiest cows. It is a truly stunning location. The weather and time of day bring new hues to the view from the veranda so you could just sit there all day becoming ever more relaxed and at peace. At night you can sit enjoying the stars and the hoots of the owls. We arrived in spring so got to enjoy the garden with the daffodils & tulips in full bloom. Inside it is comfortable, cosy with everything you need.
There are plenty of good walks straight from the house into the mountains or the one out the back of Pen to Santillan is well worth the effort, the bakery there do nice pasties too. The cheese factory is a short walk away and they give a warm welcome to visitors.
Maria is lovely, met us with coffee on arrival and she couldn't have made us feel more at home. Her bright personality and love of the place is infectious.
Thankyou so much Gwen, Ian and Sprocket for writing this lovely review of La Arganosa and the area. I'm so glad you guys came and enjoyed yourselves. Remember you're welcome back any time.
All the very best,
La Arganosa - a lovely house in an exceptionally beautiful and peaceful setting.
We have just returned from our second holiday at La Arganosa. We are so happy to have discovered this lovely house with its wild flower garden nestled on a beautiful hillside among lush meadows, apple orchards and hazelnut trees. How lovely it is to sit out on the veranda in the morning and watch the mist rolling across the valley and the shadows stretching across the hills beyond, and to enjoy the garden in the evening - cooking up a feast on the barbecue, listening to Owls hooting and watching a sky glittering with stars.
We've had many great days out at the Rio Dobra that winds through the valley. We discovered a fantastic spot which is perfect for swimming, diving into deep pools, and getting pummelled by a glorious natural 'jacuzzi '. We have also enjoyed lots of hiking in the surrounding hills - there are many wonderful walks you can do directly from the house or a short drive away.
Maria, the owner of the house is delightful
- always incredibly helpful and full of great suggestions for new places to discover. La Arganosa is a very special place and we are already looking forward to returning!
A special place
Although the property is remote, it was easy to find. If anything the description and photos of the setting don't do it justice. It is a truly spectacular setting in a very beautiful part of the world. It is so quiet there.
The property was clean and comfy and had a nice feel about it. If you want 5* luxury and convenience you probably need to choose a different sort of holiday. For those who love the great outdoors, and being close to nature, Arganosa is a wise choice.
Our trip had a cycling theme, La Vuelta passing through the area. The well maintained roads in the mountains are a cyclist's dream, as long as you like climbing and descending! To get to a stage in Burgos we drove all the way up the Sella gorge - absolutely breathtaking.
The villages are pretty, the mountains inspiring and the rugged coastline hard to resist. I find it hard to believe that I won't be back some time soon.
For those who obsess about food, it is mostly quite basic. For vegetarians it isn't always easy, and you might get fed up of cheese sandwiches and Spanish omelette. But we got by, as you do away from home, and if you eat seafood it's a whole lot easier. You can always make up with the lovely, inexpensive local wine anyway! Eating out was very cheap compared to the UK.
Getting about by car is easy enough. Drivers are slower and more considerate than in the UK, and it's hard to go a km without some advice as to the speed you should be doing!
If you've not been to Asturias, you should go. Arganosa is a great base - in the heart of the quiet countryside, but near enough to villages, shops, towns, the coast and the major roads.
Getting away from it all.......
Driving up the hill to La Arganosa and leaving the world behind - that's what it felt like. No noise. No cars. Nothing. Just the distant sound of cowbells somewhere in the surrounding valley/hills to wake you - the night before having been spent drinking the local wine, and eating the local foods, sitting out on the balcony, until God knows when, watching the shooting stars rocketing across the sky!
Daytime however was different and full of activities such as White Water Rafting, Surfing, Gorge Walking - all of which are terrific and local.
Top that off with the friendliness of the locals, and the relative cheapness of absolutely everything, I have to ask myself what the hell I'm doing back in the UK!
Comfortable, cosy and in a beautiful setting.
This was certainly a simple retreat with stunning views. The position was idyllic-on a hillside overlooking the valley and Pen village, across to beautiful mountains.
Although we felt we were in a remote setting, neighbours in the village were very friendly and there was the additional joy of leaving a bag on the gate with 1Euro in it for the baker to leave a fresh loaf for us every day which we ate with our breakfast on the beautiful terrace.
Inside the house there was everything you could need and it was very comfortable, once we got used to the gas cooking and gas fridge.
We had the most wonderful holiday in La Argonosa despite having no tv or internet. We really felt we were in an adventure!
Maria the owner couldn't have been more helpful and the cottage exuded her love for the place.
Located on the edge of the Picos de Europa National Park, the accommodation is ideal for walking, bird watching and those who love outdoor pursuits, including canoeing and mountain biking.
Beautiful, unspoilt Asturian beaches can be reached in about 40 minutes drive from the house. These vary from delightful calm coves to vast open expanses of white sand and exciting surf. There are also picturesque fishing harbours where you can sample the morning catch with the locals in harbourside cafes. The larger ports of Ribadasella and mediaeval Llanes offer numerous seafood restaurants. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy the cliff-top routes overlooking the wild and rugged coastline.
Oviedo (Asturias): Easyjet daily flights. (1.5 hours drive to house)
Santander: Easyjet and Ryanair daily flights. (2 hours drive to house)
Valladolid: Ryanair daily flights (3 hours drive to house)
Car hire essential - available at all airports.
Santander: Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth (2 hours drive to house)
Bilbao: P&O Ferries from Portsmouth (3 hours drive to house)
Villaverde: (village) 5 minute walk
Pen village (with bar/shop) 10 minute walk
Santillan: (village with restaurant, bakery, bank, pharmacy, Nat Park Office etc) 10 minute drive
Los Beyos Gorges: 15 minute drive
Cangas de Onis: (large town with all facilities) 25 minute drive
Covadonga: (Historic pilgrimage and mountain trekking centre) 40 minute drive
Beaches: 40 minute drive
Ribadesella: (large seaside resort) 45 minute drive
Llanes: (Mediaeval seaside town) 50 minutes drive
The Picos de Europa, translated as 'the Peaks of Europe', is a small but spectacular mountain range full of environmental richness. Snow clad peaks, beautiful forests, abundant wild flowers and tumbling waterfalls make this a naturalist's paradise. The Picos is home to over 70 mammal species including lynx, wolves and bears. It is ideal for bird-watchers with over 176 bird species including hawks, kites and eagles and 155 species of butterfly. Distinctive red-roofed villages, steeped in culture, combine with traditional farming activities to give the region a truly timeless quality. These mountains offer fantastic walking from gentle strolls to exciting high altitude treks amongst glaciers. There are also many world class climbing venues.
'La Arganosa' is the perfect getaway for those who wish to retreat to an alpine-feel mountain base and yet still be within easy reach of the sea and lively centres for restaurants, shops and Spanish ambiance. You can spend the day lazing in a hammock, wandering along the ancient paths which meander through the fascinating villages around the house, or venture onto the trails on the mountain slopes above the garden - without starting the car. Yet it is still easy to find something a bit more lively and head to a beach or town for the day. Nearby Cangas de Onis, on the beautiful River Sella, is the region's capital and home to Spain's largest annual canoe race. It has many restaurants with outdoor terraces, Asturian craft shops, supermarkets, internet cafes and banks. There is a busy tourist information centre, a lovely outdoor pool, a zoo, several 'siderias' (cider houses), a Sunday farmers' market and frequent fiestas and music events in the tree-lined squares. It is the place to buy the local cheeses and to try the 'fabada' dish. Cangas is the home of several Adventure Centres offering quad biking, horse riding and canoeing. Other activities include canyon descent, climbing, hang gliding, cycling, fishing and surfing.
Booking Notes: 'La Arganosa' is available to rent all year round. A deposit of £100 will secure your booking with the balance being payable 8 weeks before your holiday. On receipt of the balance, directions and details for the keys will be sent. Dogs are welcome by arrangement. Changeover Day: Changeover day is usually Saturday but this can be flexible if the house is available. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds or equivalent at the time of booking in Euros. Available to rent all year round. Short breaks available - please contact the owner. Please note there is an extra charge of 20 euros per week for gas (payable locally).