House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Blanca is a light and airy, well-equipped country house with stunning views. It is set in a beautiful and tranquil hilltop setting that is virtually traffic free. There are gorgeous walks through woods and valleys direct from the house. The area is a veritable paradise for nature lovers and the trails also showcase traditional Asturian architecture and a culture that is largely untouched by modern life.
Within a 5 kilometre radius there are a number of eating-out options, from hearty, traditional Asturian fare in the local bars to fine-dining in destination restaurants in spectacular locations.
Also, as a base for exploring the many attractions of coast and mountains that Asturias has to offer, Casa Blanca is ideally situated. The famous Rodiles beach is 30 mins from the house, with tens of other beaches & coves all within 45 mins. Likewise, Cangas de Onis, the 'Gateway to the Picos' is at 45 mins.
Casa Blanca offers spacious accommodation spread over 3 floors, with the top floor given over to a spacious lounge making the most of the stunning views. Externally a large garden with bbq, garden furniture, table tennis table and organic fruit & veg in season - perfect for kids to play in, adults to relax in or dining al fresco.
There is a fully equipped children's play park 100m from the house.
As keen rock climbers, walkers and general lovers of Asturias we are delighted to be able to provide detailed information on the region to all our guests. We make available several marked-up maps and leaflets within the house and are always happy to answer any questions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rodiles 25 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Asturias (Oviedo) 70 km, Nearest railway: Infiesto 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
A Sony Playstation 2 with a selection of games is also supplied.
A selection of dvds, cds and books are available for your use at the property.
A wide selection of local information is provided at the property - including walking guides, detailed maps, information on climbing, surfing and many local attractions.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a brickbuilt barbecue in the garden.
There is an outdoor table tennis table.
We can hire surfboards with soft surf racks for your car.
Bodyboards also available for hire.
Bicycles available for hire.
There is a fully equipped children's play park in the village, 150m from the house, with swings, slide, see-saw, trampoline etc
The Asturias region
Asturias, on Spain's Green Coast or 'Costa Verde', remains a hidden gem, unsullied by the excesses of mass tourism and ripe for exploration by the traveller in search of a holiday off the beaten track. This is a region of dramatic beauty, from the stunning limestone coastline to the breathtaking magnificence of the Picos de Europa mountain range.
Asturias does not suffer the harsh lack of water that much of the rest of Spain does - it is verdant and green thanks to a more temperate climate. It is still a thousand or so miles south of the UK though and thus generally a few degrees warmer than the south of England.
Whatever you are looking for from your holiday, Asturias has lots to offer you. If you are the active type, there is plenty to exercise you - be it walking, horse-riding, climbing, canyoning or surfing. For nature lovers there are birds of prey circling the mountain skies and an abundant flora and fauna. For those simply seeking relaxation there is a tranquility to the countryside that transports you back in time.
Cabranes is a rural county of rolling valleys peppered with traditional Asturian villages with their horreos (wooden stilted granarys) and 'huertas' (veg allotments) - a living lesson in olden farming methods! There are many beautiful walks with an abundance of flora and fauna to be spotted.
The county town of Santa Eulalia is famed for its Rice Pudding Festival at the beginning of May but most weekends there is a fiesta of some description in one of the local villages, be it in celebration of San Juan or of local cuisine.
From here you are well-positioned to explore the many beaches of the Asturian coast (30mins to Rodiles) or equally to head to Cangas de Onis (35 mins) gateway to the Picos and base for all kinds of adventure activities - canoeing, climbing etc.
The town of Villaviciosa is a bustling market town (20mins from La Casa Blanca) on an enviromentally protected river estuary. It has many bars, restaurants and of course the famous sidrerias (cider is the regional drink and a very special ritual!)
It is on this estuary that the famous beach of Rodiles is to be found - famous both for surfing and beauty.
For cultural events, nights out and shopping the capital of Asturias, Oviedo (55mins) and the beautiful coastal city of Gijon (45mins) are within easy reach.
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25 Aug 2014
"Idyllic views & peaceful surroundings"
This find was such a tonic. Make sure you shop in Villaviciosa before you arrive as you won't feel like driving back down & up the hill once you get there! The house is in a little hamley with n… More
23 Oct 2013
"TRANQUIL, QUIET HOUSE IN SUPERB SETTING - GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY"
Thanks to Mary's directions we arrived at La Casa Blanca without any difficulty. Finding the key in the door we entered into a very clean, basic kitchen/dining room through which we found the do… More
24 Oct 2011
"A perfect home-from-home for a family holiday with small children - very welcoming and very relaxing."
We've been to stay at La Casa Blanca 3 times now (2008-2010). We're all looking forward to heading back in summer 2012. The property is wonderfully secluded so children can be allowed free rein; it's also quite a simple establishment in terms of the amenities which again is great with young children - you don't need to worry about them breaking too many things. Both the owners and the other villagers are very welcoming which makes it really feel like a home from home - the owner's pets are an optional extra which our kids loved! The nearest beach is only 35 mins drive away and it's wonderful (very clean with nice amenities too).
22 Oct 2011
"True rural Asturias, but within easy reach of beaches, restaurants and shops"
20 minutes drive into the foothills of the Asturian mountains you find yourself in the middle of a true Spain - a small and very rural village and a fabulous rustic house on three levels.
Ritchie and Mary could not have been more welcoming and helpful and the house was quiet and comfortable with all the amenities you could need. A hermetically-sealed villa it isn't, but it has character, views, location and charm. Not to be missed if you like authentic Spanish living.
We would recommend trips to Rodiles beach, to the Mountain lakes and Llanes on the coast - as well as a dozen other amazing sights in this quiet part of the country. If you haven't yet tried Green Spain, you won't go far wrong if you start here.
10 Oct 2011
"Beautiful location, friendly and helpful hosts."
This is the second time we have visited this delightful house and once again we had a terrific time. The location is quite simply stunning with views of forests and mountains all around. Dinners outside in the garden were a particular delight and the peace of the surroundings is only disturbed by the gentle sound of cowbells and the occasional 'ola' from the very friendly neighbours. The house, which is nicely appointed and very well maintained, makes a great base for exploring the mountains and coastline of Asturias and is a 20 minute drive from the fabulous beach of Rodiles. Richie and Mary are wonderful hosts and have a wealth of local knowledge - their friendly advice and help with how to get the most out of this lovely part of Spain has made both of our holidays in this area very memorable indeed.
9 Oct 2011
"Great house in tiny Village, experience life in Asturia's"
The house is spread over 3 floors. It has a garden area for eating and relaxing. The views are amazing.
The rooms are spacious and clean. Enjoyed the TV and selection of DVDS.
The owners are close by and very helpful and knowledgeable about the region, particularly outdoor sports - surfing/climbing. Lots of information provided in the house too.
The village is small and friendly very very Spanish. Think this is only holiday let. Perfect peaceful getaway but within easy reach of some amazing beaches and places to visit. Recommend Oviedo for browsing, history and food and local beaches - Rodiles is blue flag, sandy beach with excellent facilities.
8 Oct 2011
"breathtaking scenery with comfortable, at home accomodation and caring hosts"
Easy journey from the airport culminating in a windy climb up to the village which has the most spectacular views and friendly atmosphere. The children played with the neighbours in the village; we were made to feel part of this life for the 2 weeks we were there and especially made very welcome by our hosts Richie and Mary who were extremely accomodating and friendly. We had everything we- and the children needed for a most comfortable stay in this idyllic part of the country. Everything was clean and tidy.
This property was close to amazing beaches- great for relaxing with the kids - with loads of other wonderful outings such as the dinosaur museum and the valley of the bears bike ride.
A must location for families or couples looking for a relaxing, rural / beach holiday or for the more adventurous - a brilliant base for outdoor activities such as climbing, walking, surfing.
8 Oct 2011
"Great place to stay"
Location perfect for mixing beach holiday with mountain walking. Owners very helpful and friendly especially when we had the odd mishap. Kids loved the ping pong table and the DVD collection. We found great places for river swimming and will definitely return to discover more in this area.
1 Oct 2011
"Beautiful area but poor property"
The house was not very clean, particularly the kitchen. We did not use various items as they were just so dirty and had to clean other items ourselves before we could use them.The worst thing about i… More
We can obviously only apologise if any guests have experienced problems with our house and would only ask that anyone reading this review would also read the other reviews of our property as we sincerely believe this review to be very much out of character with the feedback we have received over the last 3 years.
To which end we would offer the following response to the comments made:
Firstly, our house is of course cleaned between guests which includes hoovering, mopping and cleaning all surfaces as well as putting crockery through the dishwasher that's provided (and all guests use) in the kitchen and checking all pots and pans. Obviously there is the chance something was missed, and in which case we can only apologise, but in the three years we have been doing this we haven't ever been left crockery or utensils that to be truthful even needed our secondary cleaning. Our guests all use the dishwasher provided and in leaving the house pretty clean to start with have been very thoughtful to both us and those who've followed.
Secondly, the guests who wrote this review stayed in the house during a week when there was exceptional humidity – there were high temperatures of 30+ degrees, the first three days they were here had some rain - and almost all of the time there wasn't really clear skies. Asturias is known as green Spain because of the lushness of the region but that also means there can be hot and wet weather in summer which can lead to very high humidity.
And as the houses in this region (as in much of Spain) are built to be cool in summer with stone or tiled floors and as a consequence of the high humidity there can be condensation internally. This is obviously not ideal but is as we told the guests this is a function of the weather and is difficult to avoid – however, what made this into more of problem for them was that in the week they were here they didn't open the windows to the house at all and on many days did not even raise the secondary blinds.
Now as the solution to stopping condensation is to equalize the temperatures between the inside and out, their actions simply compounded any problem. The room in question has a very large 1.2m x 1.4m double glazed window, which if opened would have allowed evaporation and dissipation of internally condensed moisture. The problem we had was that because they didn't actually tell us about this problem until the day they were leaving we could not advise them or offer a solution. For example we could have simply advised them to open the windows or that if they liked there was a large and comfortable sofa bed in another room which they could have used.
The fact that the bedroom is next to the bathroom is neither here nor there as there is a vent in the bathroom and also a fully tiled wall between the two rooms: and although in her review it states her husband is in the building industry he is in fact a cabinet maker, and not a builder.
Obviously, we can appreciate that these guest suffered some discomfort and we're not happy about that but at the same time we are disappointed that they didn't come to us and allow us to help them out with advice from our experience of over 5 years of living with the Asturian climate – as well as personally living in that house for 2 years and renting it for 3.
As I stated before we would just ask that anyone considering our house would read all the reviews available.
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