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O lmares

The Olmares House

Picos de Europa, Cantabria, N. Spain.

The large house, known locally as La Casona, occupies prime position in the mountain hamlet of Basieda in the Picos de Europa. Basieda is in the Liébana Valley 15km from Potes.

Potes is a market town and is the main jumping-off point for the Picos de Europa in Cantabria.

The Olmares house was both a farmhouse and villa built by the famous de Monasterio family over 200 years ago.

It's a beautiful example of the local traditional style - built with thick walls of local stone, huge hand-hewn beams and wide stairways of oak from the ancient forests of the Picos de Europa.

This large, spacious, self-catering, rental sleeps 6-8 people very comfortably - we prefer small groups - although it can sleep up to 14 people. An ideal holiday home for rent all year round.  

For details of the nearby Olmares apartments for 2 or 4 people visit

The house has a perfect situation at the front of the village with this spectacular view across the valley below and to the hills rising steeply to the high mountains beyond.

TThe area around is very beautiful with first rate bird-watching, wild flowers and lovely places for walking.

The self-contained and enclosed garden, which has a barbecue, is completely secluded and therefore a good sunbathing spot

The holiday coast of North Spain with it's white sandy beaches is an hour away through the dramatic Hermida Gorge.

Sunday Times 26/1/2014 “One of 50 best European Villas”

Sunshine is good for your bones

Picos de Europa