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Country hotel among the mountains , Castilla y Leon

San Esteban de Valdueza | Ref: HLEO4 | Bedrooms: 10


A typical 'Bierzano' stone building recently converted into a comfortable, charming small hotel by the owners who also run the village's popular 'Mesón' restaurant.

In an idyllic situation at the entrance to the Valle del Silencio the hotel is the perfect base to discover the main highlights of El Bierzo; Las Medulas, Villafranca, Ponferrada with its Knights Templar castle, Peñalba de Santiago and the Camino de Santiago - but you might just be tempted to stay put and soak in the scenery...

Accommodation Description

10 double rooms, of which 2 superior and 1 junior suite.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, central heating, TV and WiFi connection (limited velocity).

Superior rooms are larger and have a jacuzzi bathtub. the junior suite has a high, vaulted ceiling and gallery window.

The hotel has one room prepared for the disabled - please enquire for more details.


Lounge area for guests.
Terrace for sitting out


Popular country style restaurant offering typical El Bierzo cuisine including char-grilled meats, peppers and embutidos (charcuterie), trout and local Mencia wines.
Nice terrace at the rear.

Breakfast served in the hotel.

Beach: 180km
Nearest Shop: In the village
Bars/Restaurants: In the village
Nearest Airport: Santiago (230km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (377km)

San Esteban de Valdueza

At the entrance to the magical Valle del Silencio, at the heart of the El Bierzo region, San Esteban de Valdueza is the perfect base to visit Las Médulas and the castle of the Knights Templar at Ponferrada.

The village itself, on the banks of the Rio Oza and surrounded by vertiginous mountains, offers peace and tranquillity with wonderful walking direct from the door.

Not to be missed is the trip up to Peñalba de Santiago at the top of the valley, the true essence of El Bierzo, untouched by the passage of time.

There's just one restaurant in the village 'Mesón el Nogal' but people travel from miles around to eat there.

Local Activities

1. Visit Peñalba de Santiago
2. Walking in the Montes de Valdueza
3. Las Médulas - unique red landscape sculpted by Roman gold mining
4. Castle of the Knights Templar in Ponferrada
5. El Bierzo and the Camino de Santiago
6. Astorga - Gaudi architecture & Maragato culture
7. Discover the full-bodied wines of El Bierzo
8. Villafranca del Bierzo - 'the little Santiago'
9. Rich local gastronomy -peppers, botilla, cecina...
10. Mushroom hunting, trout fishing, cycling....

Getting There

The area has good motorway links but little direct access by air or sea and is normally visited as part of a tour, or perhaps combined with other locations nearer to the coast:

Stansted to Bilbao with Easyjet or Santander with Ryanair;
Gatwick to Bilbao 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.

Flights are also available from most UK airports to Madrid.
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.