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La Quintana, Cantabria and Asturias

La Riera | Ref: COL2 | Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 4

Attractively restored traditional house in a peaceful village near the Dinosaur coast.

A traditional Asturian terraced house in a row of three, set in the pretty "barrio" of La Viña, part of the farming village of La Riera, with fields, fruit trees and vegetable patches around and a small river with trout and eels nearby.

The owner has lovingly and beautifully restored this house, maintaining many of its original features to make a very comfortable home from home with great attention to detail. Accommodation is on the ground and first floor, (upper floor empty at present). There is sitting out space at the front and to the side where there is a nicely kept grass field for visitors' use (mostly enclosed, shared with the owners).

Although just four kilometers to the beach and two kilometres to the interesting old town of Colunga, you are in a very peaceful spot here, ideal for keen walkers who will get the best in local advice from the owners, themselves enthusiastic walkers.

Ideal for those who enjoy country life and a traditional seaside holiday – there are plenty of lovely beaches and fishing villages nearby and the mountains rise up just inland. And there's prehistory in plenty, as you are just by the Dinosaur Coast.

Accommodation Description

Front door opens into sitting room. Leading off from this is the kitchen with a backdoor onto a lane which leads round to an enclosed grass field for clients' use - shared with owners. From the sitting room, up wooden staircase to landing, bathroom, one double bedroom and one twin with a balcony for sitting out.

Reg No. VV565AS

Bedroom Details:1 dbl and 1 twin
Bathrooms:1; (1 bathroom)
Beach: 4km
Nearest Shop: Colunga - 2 km
Bars/Restaurants: Colunga - 2 km
Nearest Airport: Aviles (70km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (138km)

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Booking Seasons
Peak 22 Jul - 13 Aug £730
High Easter; 15-21 Jul; 14-31 Aug £700
Mid 1-15 Jul; 1 - 15 Sep £630
Low Rest of year £580
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)

Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)
Short break (4 to 6 nights)
Small Party (max 2) Holiday (min 7 nights)

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Playa de Isla - 6km
Playa de Isla - 6km

La Riera

A sleepy farming village divided into several "barrios", situated in the pretty countryside with fruit trees and vegetable gardens and cows grazing, just two kilometres from the interesting old town of Colunga, four kilometres to the beach, Playa La Griega, and the Dinosaur Coast, and six kilometres to the lovely old unspoilt fishing port of Lastres.

It is ideally situated for visiting the cider town of Villaviciosa, the elegant resort of Ribadesella and not far away are the cities of Oviedo and Gijón, both great for shopping and for culture.

There is no shop or bar, but mobile vans come to the village and Colunga should have all that you need.

Local Activities

  • Fantastic beaches - Playa La Griega, Playa la Isla...
  • Watersports - sailing, diving, surfing, fishing.
  • River fishing (with a licence).
  • Coastal walks. Beaches with fossilised footprints all along this coast.
  • Dinosaur museum on way to Lastres.
  • Feast on fish and seafood at the lovely old fishing port of Lastres.
  • Cider houses in the local Asturian style.
  • Visit the Picos de Europa
  • Go up to El Mirador del Fitu for the most spectacular views of the coast.
  • Day trips to the cities of Gijón and Oviedo for culture and shopping.

Getting There

Coastal Cantabria & Asturias region 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

"Our hosts Marisol and Saturnino were very welcoming and generous. They made our stay relaxing and a true taste of life in rural Spain." (client 2017)

"Just a short message to let you know how much we enjoyed La Quintana. Our hosts were very sweet (and patient with my terrible Spanish) and bent over backwards to make our stay memorable. The house was in a perfect location - quiet yet 10 mins from town, beach and motorway and with space for the kids to run around in the "area recreativa". Our hosts were really generous with food from their small-holding - the most delicious runner beans and lots of other produce which was in season. I'd recommend this property for a family, perhaps not with children under 4 given steep steps, looking for something near the beach - there was lots to do in the area. The local beach (playa la Griega) was immaculate, lovely sand, well patrolled and super for the kids to jump in the waves and try out body-boarding.
Asturias was a brilliant place for a holiday and we're already recommending it to all sorts of friends and colleagues", (Client 2016)

"This was probably the nicest house we have stayed in with Casas Cantabricas. Amazing location very close to beaches and services but quiet and rural. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. The decor and quality of the house was the most surprising thing and we were very impressed by the quality of the finish", (Client 2015)

"We had a great time in Asturias. Nino and Marisol were a delight. Thank you very much for your help with our holiday", (Client 2014)

"La Quintana is a beautiful example of an Asturian country house. It is very well cared for by its owners. We were made to feel very welcome and the owners are so thoughtful and kind we would be happy to return", (Client 2014)

"The owners were wonderful. They gave us lots of help and advice on the area. They also left fresh fruit and vegetables from their garden. The house was cozy and in a beautiful and peaceful spot but close to Colunga for shopping/beaches etc.", (Client 2014)

"The house was great and the owners very friendly and helpful", (Client 2014)

"The key holder couple were lovely", (Client 2013)

"La Quintana was fabulous - a beautiful house helped greatly by the friendly neighbours", (Client 2013)

"I have had a fantastic time staying in your property, I feel very relaxed and welcome when I am here", (Client 2013)

"Thank you for a lovely few days in a gorgeous cottage, the owners were lovely", (Client 2013)

"We have had a lovely week here at La Quintana. A lovely house with everything we could need. We have been well looked after by our lovely hosts and will be back again in the future", (Client 2013)

"This is the best house we have stayed in. It had all the equipment needed, was very comfortable. The owners were incredibly friendly. It is also a great place to be based to visit the coast and picos", (Client 2011)

"The owners were kindness itself and could not have done more to ensure we had a really great time", (Client 2011)

"Nino and Marisol made us feel so at home we didn't want to leave. La Quintana is one of the most welcoming, comfortable properties we have ever rented at home or abroad", (Client 2011)

"Nino and Marisol are the most hospitable and generous owners that we have encountered in our many years of holidaying in self catering accommodation", (Client 2011)

"We've had a lovely time here at La Quintana. The house had everything we needed. Enjoyed canoeing, cycling, body boarding, some breathtaking views and the fresh produce shared by the owners. All in all a lovely holiday - Asturias is stunning", (Client 2009)

"Many thanks to Nino and Marisol for their generosity in attending to our every need; the oranges and veg, and arranging horse riding for us. Spoilt for choice as regards beaches," Client 2009

"Casas Cantabricas were excellent. The property was super", (Client 2009)

"Lovely peaceful location and delightful owner next door", (Client 2009)

"Had a really good holiday-so helpful-great. Would go again thanks, (Client 2008)