Villa Esperanza is owned and operated by a husband and wife; Esperanza and Rafael.
Esperanza serves the meals and made us feel very comfortable and at home away from home.
Rafael is an excellent chef, and we had the opportunity to eat all of our dinners during our five night stay in their restaurant after traveling throughout Cantabria each day.
We enjoyed numerous meals such as fresh hake stuffed with crab meat and shrimp and cooked in a light bechamel-tomato sauce, beef tenderloin with a wild mushroom sauce, roast baby lamb, roast suckling pig, fresh grilled tuna from Cantabria, etc.
Rafael also showed a small wine cellar that he has within the hotel, and offered other excellent wines from throughout Spain.
Each dinner that we had a Villa Esperanza was the best meal that we enjoyed each day after traveling and having lunch in numerous restaurants throughout Cantabria.
We looked forward to the return after each exhausting day of travel.
The location of Villa Esperanza is ideal in that it is only 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Santander, and yet it is a world apart.
Liérganes has a beautiful central part with a river that runs through the middle of town.
There is a train that runs to the center of Santander for anyone who does not have a car, but we used this area as a central location to travel throughout Cantabria.
Fortunately Liérganes is not as well known as Santillana del Mar, and is not overrun by tourism.
With the great experience that we enjoyed at Villa Esperanza, I would highly recommend this hotel-restaurant to anyone, and I hope that we will be able to return someday soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Esperanza is a charming place. The comfort of your stay, Villa Esperanza provides services, lighting, ambient music and cuisine are set according to the environment of peace, relaxation and tranquility in the hotel and its surroundings, for lifelong enjoyment. Villa Esperanza is in Lierganes (Cantabria), next to "Palacio de la Ranada". It is a house built in the nineteenth century and recently restored whole, which houses a delightful inn with eight rooms. Surrounded by its original wall that encloses an intimate garden and private parking for our guests. Just steps from the main tourist attractions of the region; 10 minutes from Park Cabarceno, 20 minutes from the center of Santander where you can also access via rail from the same village, 15 minutes from the beaches of Somo and the Pedrena Golf pitch (Severiano Ballesteros)... We have a cozy dining room where you can enjoy both local and international cuisine. Can host small events and meetings with complete privacy ... more less