Hugging the side of a valley, in the heart of the Picos de Europa, find a lovely 18th century Casona with glorious views across the peaks. Warm owners Elena and Javier welcome you and make an enormous effort to make their guests comfortable and at ease. What is most striking as you enter the living area is the large terrace looking out over the valley – a wonderful spot to have breakfast or dinner – both are made with delicious local products. Your bedrooms are delightful: wooden-beamed, rustic and stone-slatted, and each with its own terrace. Perfect for taking in that first rush of fresh mountain air. Bathrooms are large, with good showers and tubs, and tiled with terracotta. When you’re ready to explore, you won’t want for adventures: from small cider manufacturers, to cheese makers, to farms, to walking routes throughout the peaks – Javier and Elena have a wealth of knowledge on the locality and can advise. Nearby too are the famous sites of Covadonga and the lake, as well as cable car lifts up to the peaks. The coast and Atlantic beaches are only a 30 minute drive away – so off you go!