Casa Zalama

San Pelayo Merindad de Montija, Burgos
Bed & Breakfast
+34 947 565961
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€75 - €130
per night

Brilliant birdwatching, heavenly countryside, a generous welcome and lovely furnishings... A place to linger as long as you can


3 beds


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

€75 - €130 per night

The Experience

Who would guess this bucolic spot was an hour from Santander, Bilbao and the beaches of Laredo? In a farming village in time-forgotten Burgos, Casa Zalama is a place to seek out: linger as long as you can. English Graeme and Maria from the Basque country uprooted from Brighton and now are living the dream. Maria’s lovely furnishings are matched by rustic stone walls and big chunky beams, bedrooms have comfortable beds and earthy colours, and, some, balconies with views of the hills. As for the garden, it’s a feast for the eyes, beautifully tended yet half-wild, alive with Graeme’s wooden masks and stone sculptures; soak up the peace, drift off in the hammock. Dinners are served in the atmospheric old stables, and the food is country Spanish and delicious: local sausage, home-grown vegetables, pear tart. Opposite the house is a colourful self-catering cottage, a cosy retreat for a couple or a small family. The birdwatching is brilliant, the countryside a dream, and creative workshops are planned; Graeme works with wood, Maria with felt and their energy and generosity is contagious. What value.


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €75
Dinner, B&B €22 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €25 per person per night.
1 Suite for 2
From €95
1 Cottage for 4
From €115
5 Twin/doubles
From €75


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement. Singles €68-€75.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast €7. Dinner €20.


We stayed at Casa Zalama for one night on our way back to catch our ferry at Santander. We arrived after a long drive and were greeted by Graeme and soon sitting in comfortable fireside chairs enjoying a pot of tea and Mari’s home made cake . We had time for a local circular walk through the delightful surrounding countryside to work up an appetite for a delicious home cooked three course dinner . The casa is a beautifully renovated barn and farmhouse and is full of character. Our bedroom with en-suite was comfortable and furnished with personality . We hope to return.

Alison, Tavistock

This is a wonderful place to stay. The house and garden brim with character, there are interesting and quirky things to see around every corner. Graeme and Maria restored the house themselves and have retained many of the original features. Food is a real feature of a stay here, their evening meals are not to be missed. We ate out one night and were sorry we did, Maria's food was so much better. Casa Zalmata is very convenient for Santander and Bilbao and we will certainly hope to stay there again if we return to Northern Spain.

Liz, Newton Abbot

Excellent! The hosts, Mari and Graham, were most helpful and provided superb meals. We got great advice regarding sightseeing. The house, the room, the gardens, the ambience combined with the charming hosts and the cusine left us with one regret - that we weren't staying another night.

Conall, Greystones

We were greeted with a warm welcome and a pot of tea. Graeme and MarieCruz were wonderful hosts - nothing was too much trouble, and MarieCruz went out of her way to ensure we had a good time and visited the best places. We had dinner at Casa Zalama twice and the meals were absolutely delicious. The communal areas were cosy and full of interesting artefacts. We loved our room and the comfortable bed. As we'd like to return to the area we'd have no hesitation in booking here again.

Karen, Exeter

What a lovely place! Graeme and Maria were great hosts and made us feel very welcome. Great house and beautiful garden. Fantastic home cooked meal every evening. We were passing through on a tour of northern Spain. Maria's recommended routes for the days we were there provided some of the most beautiful scenery of the whole holiday. We wished we could have stayed longer. Hope to return.

Sue, Cambridge

Estupendo! Super casa, super hosts and super food. Maria and Graeme could not have been more welcoming. They very kindly allowed me to bring my retrievers, which enabled me to attend a local dog show in September and again, in November on route back from Portugal. Thank you both so much. I highly recommend this special place to stay!

Andrea, Chambon Sur Voueize

What a wonderful Casa Rural!! We were fortunate to have Casa Zalama recommended to us and decided to come for a stay as it looked so nice on the Sawday's website aswell. Thank goodness we did as we discovered a Spanish rural heaven! Graham and Mari-Cruz are fantastic people and we felt like old friends at the end of our 2 night stay. The food is wonderful - don't go anywhere else. And to sit and eat in the cosy diningroom with the fire crackling in the back ground is just bliss. Do ask Graham to put his "special" music on! If in Northers Spain - stay here! We will absolutely be back!


Loved the house - very comfortable accommodation with fantastic food. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and really made us feel at home. A bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit. We would definitely go back, if only for more of Marie-Cruz's cooking!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Maria Cruz Totorika & Graeme Hobbs

  • Ojo Guareña Natural Park, a beautiful cave system, the longest in Europe with over a 100km and the enchanting San Bernabe hermitage carved into the rocks.
  • Zalama Mountain, fantastic walk from the house in San Pelayo, to enjoy fantastic views of the valley, you can horse riding also from the village.
  • Frias, Puentedey, Valle de Mena, Medina de Pomar are some of the many places you can visit around us, offering you fantastic walks, waterfalls, Romanesques Churches and very interesting natural beauty.
  • Ebro Canyon offers a stunning walking route following the river and surrounded by very impressive villages to visit like Orbaneja del Castillo selected as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
  • Santiago Natural Park, very spectacular area with enjoyable walks through a beech forest with the tallest waterfall in Spain.
  • Bilbao with the Gugemheim Museum, Burgos with it magnificent Catedral and Santander with a stunning coast line and beautiful beaches are an hours drive from the house.