Advertised since Jan 23, 2014
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 fifth 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 Sky News 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.
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There is also a separate communal sitting room used by all our guests. This beautiful room with picture windows has a mezzanine floor with giant tv. and dvd player with a small library of paperbacks and books for improving your Spanish. On the main floor there is a library of reference books on birds, wildflowers, mushrooms, moths and butterflies etc. together with guide books on walking, biking and maps covering the area.
There is a separate laundry room and drying area.
Not suitable for young children. Those over 12 by prior agreement only.
Free Wifi is available in the courtyard and in the communal sitting room. Internet access is available free at the local Ayuntamiento (Council building 3Km).
|Airport (Santander):||120 kilometers|
|From||To||1 week||night||Min. stay|
|29 Apr 2016||15 Jul 2016||€ 560£ 452$ 620||€ 95£ 77$ 105||2 Nights|
|15 Jul 2016||21 Aug 2016||€ 740£ 598$ 819||-||1 Week|
|21 Aug 2016||16 Sep 2016||€ 560£ 452$ 620||€ 95£ 77$ 105||2 Nights|
|16 Sep 2016||22 Dec 2016||€ 460£ 371$ 509||€ 85£ 69$ 94||2 Nights|
|22 Dec 2016||01 Jan 2017||€ 560£ 452$ 620||-||1 Week|
|Reservation fee:||25 %|
|Pay balance on arrival|
|Refundable security deposit:||€ 60.00£ 48.45$ 66.40|
|Final cleaning:||Included in the price|
|Linen and towels:||Included in the price|
|High chair:||Not available|
|Electricity:||Included in the price|
|Water:||Included in the price|
|Wi-Fi:||Included in the price|
|Payment methods accepted:||Bank transfer, Cash on arrival|
|Notes:||Prices are for the apartment and not per person. Also your stay with us can normally start on any day of the week to allow you to take advantage of cheaper mid-week airfares. In the low season we accept bookings for less than a week but there is always a minimum of 2 nights.
Prices include: water, wood, electricity, central heating, bed-linen (real sheets, not nylon), towels & tea towels, cleaning products and starter breakfast pack.
Water is supplied direct from mountain streams and this is drinkable, we like it, but you may prefer to drink bottled water.
Your accommodation will generally be ready for your arrival between 4 and 6 pm and you are requested to leave by 10.00am.
To confirm your booking we ask for 25% of the rent in advance. In the event of cancellation less than eight weeks before your stay this deposit is non-refundable. The balance is payable on your arrival and also a deposit of €60 to cover breakages, damage and any extra cleaning.
We can give you a travel account number which will give you a discount of 20% when booking a Brittany Ferries crossing to Santander or Bilbao