The Old School House & Orchard
About the home
"The Old School House" is a beautifully renovated village schoolhouse, located amongst the rolling green hills of Asturias in northern Spain. Nestled in a tranquil small valley, above the very popular village of Espinaredo (Famed for rural architecture) "The Old School House" will provide a perfect central, yet tranquil introduction to this often overlooked part of Espana.
Relax in the secluded 2 acre orchard, on the banks of your own crystal clear mountain river, or use the house as a perfect location for enviable holiday combinations such as: Mountain walking, white sandy beaches, bird watching, surfing, kayaking, fishing, skiing, quadding,mountain biking, or shopping/sightseeing in charming places such as Gijon, Oviedo, Picos De Europa, Covadonga etc. The area is full of rural charm,stunning sights, outstanding cities with an enviable culture and is home to many historical pieces of architecture, not to mention an irresistible choice of restaurants, muesums, cider bars, cafes and chic shops. All this is now easy to reach using Brittany Ferries, RyanAir or EasyJet...you'll love it!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Ribadesella, 20km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 8km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 shower rooms|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake / river|
Further details indoors:
This house has been beautifully renovated, and the superb quality of the furnishings reflect its exquisite surroundings. With 3 bedrooms, the property sleeps 4 to 6 people in comfort, although we prefer to let to 4 people. Full C/H, and radiators throughout, triple glazed windows, a spiral staircase, wooden and tiled floors and wooden shutters on all windows, the house is cosy and warm in any weather. The lounge/dining area is open plan with a gorgeous leather "L" shaped seating area in front of a ornamental stone fireplace.
The fully equipped kitchen area has all the day to day essentials that any aspiring cook could need, and with a weekly fresh produce market in the local village on Mondays, creating a feast of local fare should be the least of your worries!! 3 bedrooms are located at the top of the ornate spiral staircase, two doubles and one twin, all with lovely views, and the main bedroom with its own balcony. The house also has 2 shower rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.
Further details outdoors:
The property has a delightful gently sloping garden/orchard of approx 2 acres, which leads down to a small bubbling mountain river. The garden has plenty of solar lights for summer evenings. Sunbeds, outside eating area,etc are provided, as are a number of outdoor games for the younger visitors i.e. Swing ball, badminton etc etc. The hills around the house are often full of wandering deer, ponies, cows, red squirrels and Pine Martens.
Smoking is only allowed on the balcony area upstairs and in the external areas outside the property. The house is strictly "no smoking".
The house is registered/inspected by The Asturian Tourist Board as a Casa De Aldea, and all prices include 8% Spanish tax.
Fur unsere Deutsche gaste, wir sprechen flussig Deutsch. Buchungen aus Deutschland sind wilkommen.
All rentals except by prior arrangement with the house owners, run from Saturday afternoon to the following Saturday morning (7 Nights).
Guests are requested not to arrive at the property earlier than 3pm on the first day of their stay, and they are kindly requested to vacate the house no later than 11am on their day of departure. This allows the house and contents to be cleaned and refreshed for the arrival of our next guests.
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What our guests said....
"Thank u so much. The house is fantastic and in a heavenly location. It was perfect for us to relax after our wedding, and somewhere we will certainly be going again. Views are spectacular and the scenery beautiful. The perfect honeymoon!!” – IG
"Had a super time. House and surrounds are really beautiful and peaceful, just what we were after. You have decked the house out beautifully!! Eagles, vultures and wild deer on the nearby hill too. We loved it and will be spreading the word.” - EM
"We loved the house & river. Slept for 2 days on arrival. Adore the kitchen. Adore the garden. Books, DVDs etc nice touch. Sofas sooo comfy!! Saw 2 Pine Martens!! The area and house are a great find, and we would love to stay there again.” – MC
"The house is lovely, we really enjoyed staying there. The boys loved playing in the stream and found some baby salamanders. It was wonderfully quiet and only the buzzards woke us mornings. We found the beach and sights easily too...love the village Thanks for everything, it was a lovely two weeks well spent." – HS
"We had a super time. The house offers a real hideaway and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the UK. Oviedo is stunning,love the hot chocolate,shopping ....and quadding was just brilliant! Kayaking was superb too, need to do it again! Weather great.Thanks again for letting us share your wonderful home in the beautiful area of Asturias." – AW
"A beautiful house in a beautiful location,thanks. Thank you for your help with directions etc. Canoeing down the river Sella on Sunday was the fantastic highlight. Left the house as we found it, PERFECT" – AC
Your home is absolutely spectacular. The moment we opened the door we were so so pleased at how lovely it was. the furnishings, the amenities, the cookware and dishes (although we didn't cook a thing!!), the linens and beds. It was so lovely and cozy. We loved it. You have a beautiful spot and a beautiful home. We also went to the restaurant La Vega a few times! the food was soooo good. Thank you, we really enjoyed ourselves. K&J and Daisy dog.
I just wanted to thank you for the house. It was absolutely fantastic, and we had a really great time. Everything was perfect, the location was great, we had a blast exploring the nearby towns and hiking in the picos. Thanks for everything! RM.
We had a fantastic stay at the old school house, thanks! We all felt thoroughly at home and loved the area and the house. Plenty to occupy everyone and we had great weather, too. In fact the only rain we saw was once or twice at night - MH.
Well we are back, and I can tell you we wish we were still there!!! We had such a great time and your lovely home made the time in Asturias extra special(the in laws were even impressed!!). We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for all your help, especially over the washing machine! The whole experience of staying at the house was superb, so relaxing and we look forward to staying there again. KL
Just to thank you because we spent a fantastic week at the Old School House, it is such a nice house located in a very special place that we are already thinking of going back soon. Thank you. SM
Just a note to say thank you so much for the weeks rental on the Old School House - absolutely fantastic, beautiful place.Thanks again, will write fully soon and you're welcome to use any praise in your web materials. SP
“We had the most lovely time at your house last week. We all had lots of sleep in your incredibly comfortable beds, with just the sound of the owl hooting and the bubbling stream to keep us company....
The weather was great and we actually managed to swim in the sea a few times with our wetsuits on - just about warm enough!
These were our tips for what it's worth:
Caves at Ribadesella - I'd say go to the information centre first because the exhibition is great (and in english) but the tour of the caves is all in Spanish.
Great fabada in the restaurant in La Marea, and we then did one of the walks in your Pilona walking book, alongside the river from the church in La Marea.
We did another lovely walk in your Pilona walk book, starting from the house and ending up at Porciles, through a valley above the house. We didn't complete it because of the kids, but an adult party could easily do the complete circuit to Porciles and back to the house.
Because we were flying back from Asturias airport in the afternoon, we went to Cudillero for lunch and had some lovely fish tapas.
We did a wonderful walk in the Picos from Lago Elcina - circular and about 5 miles long - perfectly manageable for smallish kids. It's in the "Picos de Europa" sunflower book.
Our favourite beach was Playa La Vega for the surfing, although Rodiles was beautiful too (but for some reason much colder sea temperatures)
Foodwise, we did end up in La Vega (Lo De Pelayo) a few times (no hardship there), and they were very happy to cook for us. Lush food!!
I'm sure we'll be back another time.
Many thanks for your help”,
CD and the kids.
The North Spanish Coast / Asturias Province region
Use the house as a perfect location with Asturias for enviable eco holiday combinations such as: Mountain walking in the hills/Picos or from the house!..you'll discover so many amazing views.. enjoy perfect white sandy beaches,marinas and coves all along the coast, all in easy distance..Ribadesella, La Vega, Llanes, Villiavisiosa. Gijon...great surfing. Bird watching is really popular..with some delightful spottings.. owls, hawks and kingfishers. Kayaking on the river Sella is world renouned and suitable for all levels. Fishing, mountain biking, bike hire,quadding, horseriding, skiing on the doorstep. Sightseeing/ shopping in charming places such as Gijon, Oviedo, Picos De Europa, Covadonga, Cangas De Onis etc. a must! The area is full of rural charm, absolutely beautiful with amazing people and sights not to be missed. Food is spectacular, well priced and highly recommended. Asturias is home to many historical pieces of pre Romanesque architecture, Cathedrals, Muesums, Art Galleries and Churches, not to mention an irresistible choice of restaurants, cider bars, cafes and chic shops (Gijon, Oviedo and Bilbao). Of course, its fine to relax in the comforts of the house too!
All this is now easy to reach using Brittany Ferries, RyanAir or EasyJet. The best info on the area can be found at telegraphdotcodotuk/asturias or visitasturiasdotcodotuk.
The Infiesto / Espinaredo area
Just a stroll down the leafy lane to the pretty village of Espinaredo, with some of the best preserved HORREOS or barns in Spain, the little bar also serves a very pleasant tapas. 5km beyond you will find the outstanding restaurant La Vega (Lo De Pelayo), situated on the left just before you meet the main Infiesto road. With its wonderful menu bristling with freshly caught and grilled local fish, venison or wild boar, this is a restaurant not to miss. Make sure you try the spider crab when in season!! An superb 3 course evening meal with drinks and coffee will cost you around 20euros pp. 2 km further on lies the bustling local town of Infiesto, which offers everything from delicious home made pastries, to supermarkets, to kayak hire. The weekly farmers market takes place in the main square on Mondays. Infiesto has banks, a post office, a chemist, a police station, a petrol station, 2 train stations ( Oviedo every 35mins only 5 Euros) plus a medical centre, vets practice and a dentist etc. Good choice of shops, cafes and restaurants. For real precise area info (ie. what to do, what's on etc) log onto visitasturiasdotcodotuk.
How to get there
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RyanAir fly daily to Santander from London Stansted and twice weekly from Liverpool and Frankfurt. Flights from Dublin are available.
EasyJet fly from Stansted to Asturias/Oviedo...... also check out Easy Jet or Ryanair to Madrid from your local airport, as there are great connections from Madrid daily into Asturias/ Oviedo airport. (Iberia airways also have this connection too). Air Berlin also offer direct flights to Bilbao.
The 3 major airports in the NW area (Oviedo/Santander/Bilbao) all have connections with various budget and scheduled airlines to most of the major cities in Europe, inc Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Brussels, Paris etc etc.
Brittany Ferries run a twice weekly car ferry service between Plymouth and Santander, and also operate the car ferries between Portsmouth and Bilbao & Santander
Cars can be hired at all the above listed airports and ports, and the best service and quality of vehicle is usually provided by Hertz. For those people flying with Ryan Air, booking your car hire with Hertz through the Ryan Air website can offer substantial discounts.
Rail travel is quite good in the area using both the RENFE and FEVE services, however, the main line from Santander to Oviedo/Gijon is single track, and rather slow. This is now being electrified and speeded up however.
Activities near Infiesto
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
02 Oct 2012
We booked the Old School House in Asturias so we could enjoy a holiday in a beautiful place away from the traditional Spanish holiday spots. We had an absolutely brilliant week - the weather was... more
17 Aug 2012
A well maintained, clean property in a quiet location, with stunning scenery, about 7km from nearest town. Fully equipped inside, and secluded orchard/garden for relaxing on the garden furniture... more
21 Jan 2012
The Old School House is a real gem; an attractive, cosy house in a beautiful location. There are a few good rental properties in this part of Spain but this one is really special: far enough away to be in splendid isolation but close enough to be convenient for shops, restaurants etc. Well stocked with linen and towels, the kitchen is also very well equipped for cooking for nights in by the fire in front of the dvd. The owners are extremely helpful and informative. We arrived to find a new year bottle of bubbly welcoming us. This was our second stay and we are already booked in for a third. Highly recommended.
It was our pleasure to have you as guests, we are so pleased that you have rebooked too. Thank you for taking the time to review our little hideaway in N Spain.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
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|High||7 Jul 12||15 Sep 12||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||15 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||27 Oct 12||3 Nov 12||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||3 Nov 12||15 Dec 12||£ 425||-||-||1 Week|
|High||15 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 875||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||5 Jan 13||2 Feb 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||2 Feb 13||9 Feb 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||9 Feb 13||16 Feb 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||16 Feb 13||23 Mar 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||23 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||13 Apr 13||4 May 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||4 May 13||11 May 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||11 May 13||25 May 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||1 Jun 13||22 Jun 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||22 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||6 Jul 13||14 Sep 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||14 Sep 13||12 Oct 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||12 Oct 13||26 Oct 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|High||26 Oct 13||2 Nov 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||2 Nov 13||30 Nov 13||£ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid||30 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 595||-||-||1 Week|
|High||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
For UK customers, payment is accepted by cheque, bank transfer, PayPal or bankers draft only. EEC customers may pay by Eurocheque, PayPal or by bank transfer (By prior arrangement only!!)
A 25% deposit (non refundable) is required on all UK/EC bookings, with the full balance being paid no later than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date. All non EC bookings must be paid in FULL at the time of reservation.
The property is fully registered with and inspected by The Asturian Tourist Board and carries 3 stars, the highest standard. All prices inc. 8% Spanish Tax.Enquire now
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