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Historic mountain hotel, Cantabria

Regules | Ref: HREG1 | Bedrooms: 9


This delightful "Indiano" mansion, built in 1850, sits comfortably beside a bridge over the lovely Río Gándara in the beautiful, untouched Valle de Soba, in the Alto Asón area of eastern Cantabria.

A house with a long history, it was virtually a ruin when the present owners bought it in 2005, but they have lovingly and painstakingly restored it to its former glory and opened its doors as a hotel in 2011. The bridge itself was and is a very important link from the coast to the farming valley of the interior and the amazing Parque Natural de los Collados del Asón where there are over 4000 subterranean caves!

With elegant spacious rooms, all creature comforts provided, each individually furnished and decorated, most with balconies and all with splendid views - of river, hills and mountains - this family-run hotel with its stylish restaurant and large glass-covered terrace by the river where you can wine or dine, makes for a very special stay.

Only half an hour to the coast and the popular beaches of Laredo and Santoña, an hour to Santander and to Bilbao and the Guggenheim, yet in true countryside, this is the perfect combination for a relaxing break or an active one -the area is very popular with cyclists and fishermen.

Emilio, the owner, will make sure you have a memorable stay at this warm and welcoming hotel.

Accommodation Description

All the hotel rooms have en-suite bathrooms, most of them with hydro-massage shower. They all have satellite t.v., central heating and wi-fi connection. Types of accommodation;
  • Two double rooms with 2 small balconies overlooking the river.
  • One triple room with double room + single room in attic.
  • Six suites sleeping 2-5 people;
    - Picón del Fraile: Sleeps 4. Two bedrooms.
    - Mirador: Sleeps 3. Double bed + sofa. Terrace.
    - Gran Gándara: Sleeps 4. Bedroom + sitting room with sofa bed. Large terrace.
    - Puerto de Lunada: Sleeps 5. 3 bedrooms.
    - Villauso: Sleeps 4. Two bedrooms.
    - Puerto de la Sía: Sleeps 4. Two bedrooms. Terrace.
  • Apartments (3) sleeps 4 to 9 people


    Bar and large glass covered terrace overlooking the Rio Gándara and the mountains. Restaurant. (These are open to the public). Spa - jaccuzi and sauna, free to all guests. Children's enclosed playground by the river. Sitting room with fireplace. Lift. Free WI-FI connection throughout the hotel. Bicycles available for guests' use. Laundry service.


    The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals can be taken on the covered terrace. Menú del día and à la carte available. Traditional, regional cooking, but "pinchos de lechazo Castellano" - baby lamb kebabs, a speciality.

    There are country restaurants at Casa Tablas at 5 kms and at La Gándara (9kms). Ramales de la Victoria at 8 kms has plenty of choice and at 27 kms going towards the coast is the Michelín one star restaurant Solana at Ampuero.

    Nearest Shop:8 km
    Bars/Restaurants:In the hotel
    Nearest Airport:Santander (72km)
    Nearest Ferryport:Santander (73km)

  • Regules

    Regules, a sleepy, little farming hamlet, sits happily by the gurgling Rio Gándara in the beautiful Valle de Soba in the eastern part of Cantabria, just half an hour to the coast and popular beaches of Laredo and Santoña. Small though it is, it has some fine 19th century mansions, La Casona de Los Martinez del Valle with a magnificent coat of arms, a 12th century church and La Ermita de San Bartolomé.
    The sign outside the local bar says it all - "Bienvenidos a Regules, Salud y Pesetas" Welcome to Regules, Health and Pesetas!
    There are no facilities in the village, but at 8 kms you have the interesting old town of Ramales de La Victoria which should have all that you need and there are restaurants at 5kms at Casatablas and at 9kms at La Gándara and the Michelín one star restaurant Solana at Ampuero is half an hour's drive away.

    Local Activities

    1. Visit the prehistoric caves of Cullavera and Covalanas with their impressive paintings at Ramales de La Victoria.
    2. Explore the natural park of Los Collados del Asón either by car, on foot or by bike. The hotel Casa del Puente can organise guided excursions. There are over 4,000 caves here.
    3. Visit the source of the Río Gándara and the viewpoint of Las Cascadas del Gándara at the village of La Gándara and the source of the Río Asón with its magical waterfall and karst rock formations in a glacial valley.
    4. Tour the local area taking in the villages with some fine examples of domestic and religious architecture. It is amazing how many grand old houses there are!
    5. Visit the Sanctuary of La Bien Aparecida, patron of Cantabria, in Hoz de Marón, near Ampuero. On September 15th pilgrims flock here to celebrate mass.
    6. Drive over the dramatic Puerto de la Sía to interesting old Espinosa de los Monteros and Burgos beyond.
    7. Visit the only square bullring in Spain at Rasines.
    8. Watch the running of the bulls at the beginning of September in Ampuero (the mini Pamplona).
    9. Trout fishing (with a licence) in the Rio Gándara and Rio Asón.
    10. Cycling - very popular in this area.
    11. Enjoy the simple, but hearty local gastronomy trout, salmon, pork products, veal, baby lamb and kid, wild mushrooms and cheeses a speciality.
    12. Visit Santander, Bilbao and the Guggenheim - all within an hour.
    13.Go to the coastal towns and beaches of Laredo and Santoña. The best anchovies in Spain come from Santoña. Also there is a very good weekly market there on Saturdays.

    Holiday Ideas near Regules

    Guggenheim Bilbao
    Guggenheim Bilbao
    Cabarceno wildlife park
    Cabarceno wildlife park
    Santillana Zoo
    Santillana Zoo
    Rambling in coastal Cantabria
    Rambling in coastal Cantabria
    Castro Urdiales
    Castro Urdiales
    Valle del Pas
    Valle del Pas
    Valles de Asón y Miera
    Valles de Asón y Miera
    East Cantabria coast
    East Cantabria coast
    Playa de Ajo
    Playa de Ajo

    Getting There

    Santander and the east of Cantabria has excellent access by air and sea:

    Stansted, Dublin or Edinburgh to Santander with Ryanair;
    Stansted to Bilbao or Asturias with Easyjet;
    Heathrow to Bilbao with British Airways.
    Gatwick to Bilbao with Vueling (4 weekly).
    Bristol to Bilbao with Easyjet (2 weekly).
    NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

    Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 5 sailings weekly.
    We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

    Getting Around

    If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

    If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

    In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.