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Olmares Apartment Picos Europa

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 3 reviews

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed

We have 5 spacious completely self-contained apartments. To afford maximum privacy and peace four of these apartments are let to only 2 people per apartment. Two have a balcony and the other two a terrace, each with garden furniture and running the full width of the apartment with french doors opening onto the spectacular view across the valley to the mountains beyond. The fith apartment sleeps 4 people, has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, its own terrace and eating-out area.

The 'terrace' apartment has a bedroom with comfortable twin beds, duvets, extra pillows and blankets. The bathroom has bath, pressure shower, heated towel rail and soft towels. The living area has a well equipped kitchen, a dining area and sitting room area with a polished chestnut floor giving a 'home' feeling. There is a comfortable sofa and armchair, coffee table, reading lamps, bookcase and TV with UK satellite and Spanish channels. The entire front wall of the sitting room is of glass – windows and french doors leading onto the terrace. The substantial terrace with garden furniture runs the full width of the apartment. It's perfect for eating out, relaxing, bird-watching and enjoying the magnificent view. You can also access the gardens from your terrace. The entire apartment is centrally heated. The apartment is for 2 people – either friends or a couple but is not suitable for children.

The Olmares apartments, with their superb situation on the side of a mountain looking across the valley to the distant peaks, are perfect for doing nothing at all should you so choose. The terraces and balconies offer glorious views and weather – sunshine most days but enough cloud or rain just to cool the place down to the perfect temperature – mid 20's – low 30's in summer, 18º - 25º in autumn and spring and this sometimes even on Christmas Day. We've only had the snow plough through the village 4 times in 16 years! Usually the snow lies, like icing on a cake, higher up on the mountains all around.

Doing nothing is a definite option. We call it “Basieda Disease”. That said, Olmares is a first-rate base for taking part in any of the activities mentioned above but Olmares's true “raison d'être” is walking, bird-watching, wild life and wild flowers.

Because it's so unspoilt here flora and fauna survive and prosper as they have done throughout the ages. In the 16 years since we came to live here there have been almost no changes to the old farming methods. You can set your telescope up on your balcony or terrace and watch birdlife from giant raptors to tiny serins go by. We can tell you where to go for golden orioles or wall creepers. For moths and butterflies you need go no further than Basieda – we have buddleia everywhere in the gardens. The short walk to the local stream produces so many different sightings – it's like strolling through a special butterfly garden. Wild flowers in the Picos de Europa are just glorious – walking the routes from your apartment front door at any time of the year will delight you in the variety of flowers you will see – just about every one in the book of Alpine flowers from cover to cover. For mushroom lovers the woods and meadows around produce an amazing variety and abundance of them in spring and late summer but particularly in autumn when the forests are anyway at their most glorious. The colours of the leaves in the soft golden autumn sunshine is a genuinely uplifting experience.

After all the above, the cool, shady courtyard will seem like heaven. Sit down here, have a drink, cook something on the barbecue, if you want, meet others who've had a similar day or sit on your private terrace or balcony and enjoy the perfect peace of the place. You may prefer not to eat at home – in this case there are several restaurants within 20 minutes drive and two only 5 minutes away.

Finally, when night comes and the owls and nightjars take over, have a night cap outdoors under a bright, clear, starry sky

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Wi-Fi available
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ

The Cantabria province region


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Review 1-3 of 3

16 Aug 2012


"stunning location in the Picos"

We had a fantastic week at Olmaris. Appartment was tasteful and spacious for two. Beautiful sitting out area with superb mountain views up the valley. Lovely walks from the doorstep. Short drives to o… More

11 Jul 2012


"Picturesque and Peaceful"

We stayed at the Olmares apartments as part of our Honeymoon and it provided the perfect setting to both rest and recuperate post the fervour of the previous few weeks.The apartments were beautifully … More

20 Apr 2011


"More than we ever could have hoped for"

Arriving at night, we were not prepared for the stunning panorama awaiting us when we threw open the shutters on our first morning. Photos do not do justice to the location and views across the valley… More

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Based in Spain

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