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Casita La Pipa, Cantabria and Asturias

Villaverde | Ref: AST3 | Bedrooms: 1 | Sleeps: 2

Stylish, cosy cottage with spectacular mountain views.

This magical, little, semi detached cottage, forms part of a traditional Asturian farmhouse (the part on the left in the main photo above). Beautifully restored and renovated by its English owners, who live in the adjoining property, it sits in a tiny mountain hamlet, still a true farming community.

With spectacular views of the surroundings, it is perched high above the Desfiladero de Sella between the magnificent Picos de Europa and the dramatic Ponga Natural park. A paradise for bird watchers and walkers!

Stylishly decorated and furnished, making the best use of space, it has a comfortable and homely feel, and just sitting out on the porch with a glass of wine in the evening, you will feel a world away from the troubles of the present world.

Although seemingly remote, the nearby neighbouring village has a bar with Wi-Fi, local restaurants are a short drive and the nearest town, Cangas de Onis at thirteen kilometres has most amenities and a great Sunday market. The coast with fantastic beaches and fishing ports is a fifty minute drive.

This property is available for short breaks (minimum 3 nights) throughout the season.
Dogs are welcome.

Accommodation Description

Front gate opens into terrace and covered porch. Front door goes into open plan living room with a kitchen corner.

Up stairs to mezzanine with one double bed and small bathroom.

Reg No AS 946

Bedroom Details:1 dble (140 cms) (upstairs).
Bathrooms:1; (Ensuite bathroom with shwr.unit, washbasin and W.C.)
Beach: 43km
Nearest Shop: 18 kms Cangas de Onis
Bars/Restaurants: Bar at 2km at Pen.
Nearest Airport: Aviles (110km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (150km)

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Booking Seasons
High 1 Jul - 15 Sep; Easter £480
Low Rest of year £460
Short breaks available
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 (3 to 6 nights)

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Villaverde is one of several mountain hamlets perched high above the Rio Sella in the Desfiladero de los Beyos between the Picos de Europa and the Ponga Natural park.

With around thirty inhabitants (more at weekends and in the summer), it is a true farming community, breeding Asturian cattle, tending apple orchards and brewing local cider to celebrate the fiesta of San Antonio in late July.

The bread van comes daily and a mobile shop twice a week and there is a bar with WIFI at Pen at less than two kilometres.

Cangas de Onis with most amenities and a great Sunday market is thirteen kilometres away and the nearest restaurants are at Sellano at nine kilometres.

Fantastic beaches and fishing ports are a fifty minute drive.

Local Activities

1. Local walking in hills from village.
2. Birdwatching from the house - eagles, vultures...
3. Swimming in nearby river.
4. Canoeing in Cangas and Arriondas.
5. Outdoor activities offered by numerous companies in Cangas and Arriondas and in the Desfiladero de Beyos.
6. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Parque Natural de Ponga.
7. Visit the pilgrim shrine of Covadonga and the beautiful lakes of Enol and Encina.
8. Walk the Ruta de Cares.
9. Local gastronomy - many local, family run restaurants, but also two Michelin star restaurants in nearby Arriondas - El Corral del Indiano (one star) and Casa Marcial (two stars).
10. Sunday market at Cangas de Onis.
11. Fantastic beaches and fishing ports a fifty minute drive.
12. The vibrant city of Oviedo and the lively port at Gijon just over an hour away.

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

"Wonderful place in a wonderful region.
Casita La Pipa in the remote mountainside village of Villaverde was exactly what we hoped it would be and was a relaxing, enjoyable experience. The walking in the Ponga and Picos National Parks was amazing and this experience was greatly enhanced by the knowledge and advice of Peter and Gill who were excellent, friendly and helpful hosts. The cottage itself was well-equipped and comfortable, ideal for our needs with great views from the patio at the front as you sat and ate breakfast and dinner. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to any other couple who were interested in walking and not bothered about nightlife. A real highlight were the chickens, dogs and horse that made regular appearances and the bird life. A great holiday."
(Client 2019)

"Brilliant location (for us). Pete and Gill were perfect hosts, there but not intrusive. It was spotless and well equipped."
(Client 2018)

"Fascinating and welcoming experience in an unexpectedly beautiful place
We stayed in very high quality and beautifully restored accommodation next door to our welcoming and helpful hosts. We were able to properly explore the fascinating area through making use of our hosts' local knowledge. They even invited to accompany us to the local village fiesta and introduce us to the locals." (Client 2018)

"Enlightening Odyssey In Northern Spain
Two centre, DIY fly drive, of Northern Spain using Casa Cantabricas to source our accommodation..... I have never visited the north west coast of Spain and was persuaded too. What a revelation. Lush, verdant, mountainous and 'alp' like. Simply stunning and a warm, welcoming populace too. Excellent roads and so lightly used. We booked two properties, both fairly remote but in total contrast to each other. One being suited strictly to two while the other slept six with ease. In each case the properties were exactly as described. We will certainly return to the region." (Client 2018)