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Historic hotel, near coast, Cantabria and Asturias

Libardon | Ref: HLIB1 | Bedrooms: 15


Nestled in the Asturian mountains at the foot of the Sierra del Sueve yet only fifteen minutes’ drive away from the beaches and unspoilt fishing villages, Palacio de Libardon offers a perfect rural retreat and at the same time a great base for exploring Asturias.

The hotel itself is a fine example of a ‘Casona de Indianos’, the palaces built by adventurers returning from Latin America, and consists of two main buildings, the main part dating from the 18th century and several outbuildings forming a typical Asturian ‘Quintana’.

It has been recently and lovingly restored by the young owner, herself returning from Mexico to her Asturian roots, achieving a good balance between period authenticity and creature comforts.

One of the most striking features is the large gallery which enjoys great views to the mountains and seems to flood with sunshine even on the dullest days but wherever you look in the hotel you’ll find lovely period details – and then there’s the gardens! With 3000 square meters of grounds and gardens set in and amongst the buildings providing several different spaces for guests to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings you may not want to go out exploring after all!

The owner, English speaking and a real local enthusiast, will give you the warmest of welcomes and help to make sure you get the most out of your visit to Asturias.

Accommodation Description

In the main building there are 5 doubles, 3 singles, 1 family room and 2 superior rooms. There are two triples and two family rooms in the cottages within the grounds. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style, are spacious and have en-suite bathrooms. Superior rooms have access to the gallery with views to the mountains. Triples have balcony.


Cafe-bar with cosy lounge area.
Dining room.
Terrace, walled garden and covered porch furnished for sitting out.
Parking within the grounds.
Library and games room.
Function room (sometimes live music, world music / folk).
Extensive grounds with stables and rare native Asturian breed horses at pasture.


Breakfast and evening meal only.
Breakfast is a country style buffet with home grown and home made produce when available. Evening meal is available by prior arrangement at hotel, 25€ per person all inclusive (childrens menu also available).
NB Meal times may be late by British standards

Beach: 12km
Nearest Shop: In the village or 10km Colunga
Bars/Restaurants: In Hotel
Nearest Airport: Aviles (77km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (150km)


Set at the foot of the beautiful Sierra de Sueve, with good access both to the beaches near Colunga and up into the Picos de Europa mountains, Libardon is not so much a village as a neighbourhood, but with an interesting past. Many of the houses here were built on the fortunes of adventurers returned from Latin America in the distinctive colonial style known as Casa de los Indianos, the best example of which is the Palacio de Libardon hotel.
Its other claim to fame is that it is the bithplace of one of Asturias' greatest bagpipe players and on a misty day you can really feel the Celtic connection!

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

"We had understood there would be only one choice when dining here. In fact we were offered at least 3 choices for every course and it was excellent.
Sandra was a charming hostess and gave us lots of advice on places to visit in the area", (Client 2014)

"Best location and overall hotel of holiday ... genuine friendly and welcoming couldn't have been nicer. Would rate Libardon as among the nicest hotels we have stayed in around the world for beauty and welcome", (Client 2014)

"Amazing breakfast with Mexican influence
Arrived on Mexican Day (evening) tasting restaurant full
Sandra is an excellent host - 5 year old daughter Amelia kept us amused as she played with her cat. Everyone smiley, Sandra's mother made divine tiramasu for supper. So glad we went here", (Client 2014)

"Very happy. Decor furnishings … loved large room, level of equipment excellent. Info excellent.
Outstanding breakfast quantity and quality. Excellent dinners well priced.
Very friendly and helpful.
Worth noting off beaten track and too far to go elsewhere for dinner but not an issue this is a fantastic hidden gem", (Client 2014)

"Dinner at hotel extremely good - compliments to Sandra", (Client 2013)

"Excellent! Sandra made us welcome. Dinner and breakfast excellent. Highly recommended", Client 2012)

"Really stunning building and magnificent location. Fantastic breakfast. Dinner was also good. Excellent hosts", (Client 2012)

"Sandra at the Palacio was really great, we felt like guests in her own very splendid house. She told us where all the good places were and how to get there. The food was truly excellent", (Client 2012)

"Especially liked Palacio Libardon - lovely area, staff and accommodation perfect in the hotel. Excellent food we would like to go back there", (Client 2011)

"The hotel was delightful and the mountains spectacular", (Client 2011)

"This met our expectations and with the excellent Sandra's help in planning trips made it a very enjoyable stay. Restaurant very good and the whole place had friendly/family atmosphere", (Client 2010)

"Sandra was so welcoming and could not have been more helpful. The food was excellent and value for money outstanding. We wished we could have stayed longer", (Client 2010)

"Sandra, the owner, was a most congenial host as were her staff and the rest of the family. We felt as though we were saying as guests in her own home", (Client 2010)

"A cracking place and we enjoyed our stay there", (Client 2008)

"Palacio de Libardon was a wonderful surprise, especially the food whch was outstanding. We throroughly enjoyed our 3 days there and wished we had booked a whole week", (Client 2008)

"A delightful place in a wonderful setting. The staff went out of their way to help us particularly as our Spanish is almost non existent", (Client 2008)