We stayed here after seeing some reviews when we were looking for somewhere quiet to stay off the beaten track in Spain. We came across several excellent review before booking and were not disappointed.
This place is definitely off the beaten track but in an absolutely beautiful area. It is in Cantabria in the north of Spain about an hours drive from the Port of Santander and a little further from Bilbao. The last 15km or so of the roads to the valley are narrow and winding although in excellent condition. It is not hard to find but is not signposted so make sure you have directions.
The hotel is run by a couple and a few staff all of whom could not be more welcoming. They are proud of the area and full of tips and ideas of things to do. The owners and staff all speak some English as well as some French beyond their native Spanish so communications should not be a problem. Efforts at communicating in Spanish though will be rewarded.
The building is an old but sympathetically renovated country house. The rooms are all different and I think vary quite a lot in size - the one we had was billed as a junior suite. It was of a decent size with an nice sun lounge/enclosed patio area overlooking the garden, village and valley. The only small criticism I would have of the room was lack of comfortable seating - there are chairs but they are not designed to sit in for any length which is a shame given the lovely view. The bathroom was large and well equipped with ours including a spa bath and shower.
The is a shared lounge/bar and a small shop on the ground floor with comfortable seating and books and games for when the weather is not great.
Breakfast and dinner is available in the hotel - talk to the owners earlier in the day if you want to take dinner. Food is of a home cooked standard with fresh and local ingredients.
In summary - a lovely place to stay run by really nice nice people.
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