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Mountain posada with pool, Cantabria and Asturias

Pesaguero | Ref: HPES1 | Bedrooms: 12


Up in the mountains of the Picos de Europa, this attractive posada is built in traditional style and materials to combine rural charm with modern comforts. Situated in Barrio La Gloria, Pesaguero, a little village twelve kilometres from Potes, in the beautiful Liébana countryside, with views to the high peaks, it is well located for exploring the Picos Mountains, with walks straight from the door or further afield.

The posada is centrally heated, has a bar and restaurant, open to the public. There is a pool, an open grass garden, and ample parking.

Accommodation Description

11 double / twin rooms, including two with "hydromassage" baths, one family room (attic room pictured above) with a double bed, sofa bed (and the possibility of adding an extra bed, so can sleep up to five people) - this has a gallery / sunroom leading off and one superior room, a large room, also in the attic.
There are two interconnected rooms (both leading off a small vestibule which can itself be locked)
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, television and hairdryer.


Swimming pool (not heated but open all year) with sun terrace.
Ample gardens


Breakfast, lunch and evening meal.
Good restaurant, open to public and popular with locals, has a reputation for excellent cooking and for providing great value for money.

Beach: 55km
Nearest Shop: 8kms
Bars/Restaurants: In hotel; next 10kms
Nearest Airport: Santander (120km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (118km)


Just before you leave the valley of Liebana (with Potes at it's centre) through the mountain pass of Piedras Luengas at 1329m lies the small mountain village of Pesaguero. Enjoying fantastic views towards the Picos de Europa and, less well known but no less spectacular, Peña Sagra, this is an excellent base for walkers, nature lovers or those who wish to explore in their cars. Though most will come here to investigate Liebena and the Picos de Europa one can easily reach Palencia and the little known inland side of the Picos.

The hotel El Hoyal is the main focal point here with it's small but lively bar and popular restaurant though there are several small shops, bars and restaurants within a short drive on the way down to Potes.

As in the rest of the valley of Liebana, Pesaguero enjoys a micro-climate which is noticeably drier than the local norm making it a very pleasant (if not necessarily hot) destination all year round.

Local Activities

  • Walking, bird watching, nature. There is a permanent exhibition of the flora and fauna of the area at La Casa de la Naturaleza in the village. They also organise guided and self guided walks.
  • Walk the Ruta de Cares from Posada de Valdeon.
  • Horse-riding in nearby Vinon.
  • Fishing in the River Deva (but with a licence).
  • Swimming in the river below the village.
  • Many outdoor activity companies in Potes.
  • Explore the interesting old town of Potes.
  • Visit the fascinating churches in Piasca and Santa Maria de Lebana and the monastery of Santo Toribio.
  • Take the cable car up to the heights at Fuente De.
  • Sample the gastronomy of the region at many family run restaurants - cocido lebaniego, the local dish, not to be missed!
  • Take a day trip by the San Glorio pass to the city of Leon with its amazing cathedral.
  • Take the scenic route to Aguilar de Campoo on the Palencia road.
  • Drive via Piedrasluengas to Polaciones and Tudanca and visit the museum of Jose Maria de Cossio, a famous writer.

Getting There

The Picos de Europa has excellent access by air and sea:

Stansted to Bilbao with Easyjet or Santander with Ryanair;
Gatwick to Bilbao or Oviedo with Vueling (BA).
Manchester to Bilbao with Easyjet;
Bristol to Bilbao with Easyjet;
Edinburgh to Santander with Ryanair or Bilbao with Easyjet;
Dublin to Santander with Ryanair or Bilbao with Aer Lingus.

NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 7 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.

Reviews of this property

Read our clients' independent reviews

"Excellent service in a beautiful place.
Lovely peaceful, clean and beautiful. Great service, amazing food."
(Client 2019)

"Owners couldn't have been any kinder!" (Client 2018)

"Fabulous hotel. The owners were gentle, welcoming and lovely people and the large room provided for the children upstairs was magnificent", (Client 2015)

"Really friendly, helpful owners. A lovely place to stay. Fantastic food at an excellent price", (Client 2015)

"We can recommend this nice hotel with local food", (Client 2015)

"Wonderful food and hospitality, mealtimes were truly a delight", (Client 2014)

"Excellent hosts restaurant excellent", (Client 2014)

"Food (supper) best anywhere - amazing cook", (Client 2014)

"Nice location for Picos mountains and very friendly young hosts. Nice pool. Dinner and breakfast both good", (Client 2012)

"We loved this hotel. Lovely setting and charming couple running it. The Picos blew us away", (Client 2012)
"Lovely, both in terms of character and location", (Client 2012)

"Owners friendly - food excellent", (2012 Client)

"The hotel food was excellent and staff delightful", (2012 Client)

"Great location, very hospitable with excellent restaurant", (2010 Client)

"Absolutely fabulous hotel with excellent food. The location is superb and as described in the details provided, we were able to walk out of the hotel and immediately start walking in the countryside. We only wish we could have stayed longer", (2010 Client)

"Young owners were fantastic hosts. Carmen's cooking was the highlight of the holiday. The hotel was spotless and nothing was too much trouble", (2010 Client)

"This rural hotel is in a quiet and scenic location and the owners gave us a warm and friendly welcome. Good standard of accommodation and evening meal from the a la carte menu was outstanding", (2010 Client)

"This is the first holiday booked through Casas and we were very impressed. Properties were of high standard. We particularly enjoyed staying at El Hoyal, beautiful location and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful", (2010 Client)

"We found the hotel Hoyal very good, comfortable and friendly", (2010 Client)

"Overall we were delighted with El Hoyal, it was perfect for our needs. Great location and value for money. The food was excellent also, in fact we ate in the hotel every night", (Client 2009)

"The accommodation at El Hoyal was excellent", (Client 2009)

"Best food!", (Client 2008)

"We really enjoyed the holiday. We would return to El Hoyal because of the fantastic situation and delicious food", (Client 2008)

"Owner of Hoyal superb. The holiday was excellent", (Client 2008)

"This was a fantastic place to stay with a family. Friendly, comfortable with great food. Lovely setting and great pool", (Client 2008)

" A lovely hotel, we had a super stay", Client 2008

"Delightful owners, well run hotel, excellent food. We enjoyed our holiday and appreciate the help you gave us when booking", Client 2008

"Lovely", Client 2008

"Very friendly and helpful", Client 2008

"Hotel beautifully kept - delightful location", Client 2008

"Premises and location far exceeded expectations, peaceful,tranquil, staff helpful", Client 2008

"Food at El Hoyal was excellent. Very friendly staff.Even though they didn't speak English and our Spanish is limited they did their best to understand and help us. We would recommend El Hoyal very highly", (Client 2007)

"We had a most enjoyable holiday, thank you. Very impressed with the standards at Hoyal. Hosts extremely friendly, restaurant excellent and they made us feel extremely welcome. Please pass our appreciation on to them", (Client 2007)

"Loved location, food and people", (2007 Client)

"Very friendly and welcoming,good location,good food", (2007 Client)

"Returned today from a wonderful week in Cantabria. We absolutely love El Hoyal and the cooking in the restaurant is fabulous. We would recommend the area to anyone who loves walking and nature......thank you for making those arrangements for us and I will keep you in mind for other holidays in Spain!" (early 2007 Client)