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Mrs Sara Aubrey

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, spanish

Traditional Asturian farmhouse in tranquil village setting

18 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Fuentes holiday house

Detached house with garden and terrace for 4-6 people

La Rondita is a fully-equipped holiday home suitable for families, groups or independent travellers, situated at the edge of a traditional Asturian village, close to local facilities and many outdoor activities. Located in the foothills of the Sierra del Sueve, La Rondita is equally close to the Picos de Europa National Park and the Costa Verde's fishing villages and beaches.

Because of this location, La Rondita is ideal for either an active holiday or a relaxing break. To view the house details, please see below.

If walking is your passion, La Rondita offers a number of walks both long and short that can be undertaken directly from the house without needing to drive, plus others that are slightly further afield both in the mountains or on the coast.

Fuentes, where La Rondita is located, has a train station on the narrow gauge FEVE railway, linking between Santander and Oviedo.

This coastline is also known as the Jurassic Coast and there many beaches offering actual dinosaur footprints, plus a visit to the Jurassic Museum of Asturias (MUJA) is a must for any dinosaur enthusiast.

Lunch is an essential part of Spanish life and stopping at one of the many Mesones (Inns) or Sidrerias (cider houses) in the area to try the amazing value Menu del Dia (set meal of the day - 3 courses with choices) is highly recommended. Also, La Rondita is fortunate to be located extremely close to 3 of the 4 Michelin -starred restaurants in Asturias: Casa Marcial (2 stars), El Corral del Indianu (1 star) and Arbidal (1 star). Gastronomy is a key feature of this area.

Recommended local places to visit:

1. Ribadesella - pretty, nearby coastal town with fishing port and beach.

2. Cangas de Onis - gateway to the Picos de Europa, popular tourist town, weekly Farmers Market.

3. Covadonga - religious shrine dedicated to Our Lady set in a grotto in the Picos de Europa, incredible mountainside Basilica plus also spectacular natural lakes set up in the mountains - great for walking!

4. Picu Pienzu - our local 'biggie'..this mountain is 1268m tall and offers breathtaking views across the Sierra del Sueve in the directions of both the Picos and the coast.

5. The Cares Gorge (the classic Picos walk).

6. Incredible beaches, both wide and open (fantastic for surfing) or small and cove-like (good for sheltered swimming and rock-pooling).

7. Oviedo, the capital of Asturias is 45 minutes drive away, small, clean and full of culture, curiosities and shopping!

Interesting fiestas to witness:

1. El Bollu (pronounced bo-yu) - in July celebrates the local chorizo bun!! Local music (bagpipes), traditional costumes, parades, and lots of cider.

2. El Descenso del Sella - the annual canoe race down the River Sella between Arriondas and Ribadesella on the coast, which occurs at the beginning of August. A truly international event, with competitors from many different countries. Worth seeing, both for the party and parades before and the incredible fiesta spirit that absorbs the town for these 24 hours.

3. Amagüestu - the annual fiesta to celebrate the chestnut harvest at the beginning of November. Live music, a traditional food and craft market selling local honey, chestnuts and chestnut products, jewellery, baked goods, freshly-pressed apple juice from the new harvest and many hand-crafted local items.

4. La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos - every 5th January, Arriondas hosts a parade through the town at night, welcoming the Three Kings who will deliver presents to lucky children the following morning (Epiphany!)

THE HOUSE:

La Rondita: La Rondita is located at the edge of our village, a tranquil and peaceful location. It has its own natural spring and is surrounded by orchards and beautiful mountain scenery. The River Sella, famous for its canoeing, salmon and trout fishing, runs close by. The house is detached and has 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people. It has been sympathetically restored and is equipped to ensure your comfort. Its English owners, who live independently opposite, are available for advice

and support and have an expert knowledge of the area. La Rondita has central heating and offers free WI-FI 24 hours.

The Property Details: Spacious open plan living room with comfortable seating area, TV, DVD player (guests are advised that there is DVD library in the house) portable stereo, books, games plus local maps and an indispensable information folder full of suggestions and walk details for the area.

Fully-fitted large kitchen-diner (oven, hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer, dining table and chairs).

Family bathroom (toilet, sink, bath with overhead shower).

1 double bedroom (big enough for a travel cot, if required).

1 twin bedroom (big enough for a 3rd single bed if required).

Separate WC and sink.

Outside of these 3 rooms is a separate bedroom area (double sofa bed, with own bedroom furniture).

Bed linen and bath towels are provided; please bring your own beach towels.

Outside: At the rear of the property is a private garden with BBQ. Here you will find a terrace with peaceful and beautiful views across the village and valley. You can walk to a local village (10 min.) which has a restaurant and bar and the nearest town (Arriondas) is 5 km drive away offering bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, as well as activity centres, parks and picnic areas, a sports centre and an indoor swimming pool.

You can walk to beaches next to the River Sella (5 min.) for swimming and sunbathing; you don´t even have to get in the car to go to the beach.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs Sara Aubrey (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About Mrs Sara Aubrey

We came to live in Asturias in 2005 when our two girls were very young. We chose Asturias for its unique, authentic culture, being the part of Northern Spain where the Spanish holiday to escape from the heat of the rest of Spain. Parts of this region are like time and nature have stood still, so rich and real is its landscape and way of life. The open land, fields full of cows grazing, miles of orchards, four clear seasons with a milder climate than the UK.

We live and work in the house opposite La Rondita so we are always around to help with questions and give advice. We have a small collection of animals (sheep and chickens), we grow some of our food and hope to grown even more over the coming years in this fertile and unspoilt land.

Our lives have changed dramatically since coming here, for the better as we have new jobs, our Spanish has improved dramatically (and our children of course speak it better than ourselves), we have friends and have learnt that life doesn't always have to be frantic, a slower pace still gets the job done, especially if you take time to eat and drink well along the way as the locals definitely do.

Mrs Sara Aubrey purchased this house in 2005

Why Mrs Sara Aubrey chose Asturias

We came here on holiday in 2004 for the first time, as a family. We were here for two weeks in Spring and it rained a lot. But we were enchanted and captivated by its lush, natural beauty. We had already decided to move from the UK and realised we had found what we were looking for here.After hunting for what seemed like an age and viewing so many other properties (some real wrecks, full of natural 'character'), we finally managed to find two houses for sale, separate yet close by, one for us and one as a rental. Plenty of land for growing fruit and veg, animals and adventures! Close by to a local town, where our children could go to school, located in a traditional village alongside the River Sella. Very curious neighbours who were overjoyed to see that we had brought children to live in the village! Several years on and the entailing peace, beauty and tranquillity still convince that we chose well!!

What makes this house unique

When we first visited Fuentes (the village where we live), we knew it was perfect because is is located near both the coast and the Picos de Europa National Park - La Rondita is equidistant!

It is a five minute walk from the River Sella, where we have our own river beach, perfect for an end of day swim or even a trip to the beach without the car!

La Rondita is very private, set down a lane, completely detached and with its own private garden, overlooking our orchard.

The house is very comfortable; we have tried to give it a 'home away from home' feel and it has a garden terrace with fantastic mountain views, a fully equipped kitchen, 24 hour WiFi, a flat-screen TV with many films and TV programmes available in English.

From the house various mountain and forest walks are possible, you can walk to a bar and two restaurants plus we have a train station in the village for trips to the coast or cities without the car.

The location is not too isolated, quiet and peaceful yet only 5 km (8 minutes by car), from the nearest town with supermarkets, doctors and hospital, many great restaurants and bars, even a couple of Michelin starred eateries. Airports and ports and also close by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Very nice home in a calm environment between nice mountains and the sea. Very nice beaches at less than 30 mn from the house."



Dominique g. (France)



5 out of 5 review from Homelidays, part of the HomeAway group
May 2006
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4.8
based on 18 traveller reviews

Traditional Asturian farmhouse in tranquil village setting
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 42 reviews
5

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at la Rondita and it won't be our last! A charming village, an excellent location (between the coast and the mountains) and an absolutely lovely place to stay. The house was very clean, well-equipped and we had plenty of room (a bonus when you have two small boys!). The garden was a lovely place to sit and take in the view. The welcome pack with information about the region was excellent and Sara and Bill were always willing to add their personal recommendations which were always spot on! They really were exceptionally helpful and welcoming, making sure we had everything we needed (including lots of thoughtful extras such as toys and books for the children). A wonderful holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hannah, Thank you so much for your kind words about us. We try to be available to our guests, without getting in the way as it's important to have your privacy. We loved having you all here to stay and so fulfilling to see you all out and about and the boys getting to grips with swimming with confidence and mountain hiking. It was great to see you all again, to catch up and hear about your plans. And most of all, just to see that we have happy guests which is so satisfying. Thanks for the photos and see you again soon, we hope. Sara.
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Beautiful place near the Picos de Europa

  • 4 of 5

La Rondita was exactly what we were looking for in our first stop of a month long trip to Spain. The narrow roads surprised and delighted us. The house is large and clean and in a spectacular setting. We immediately felt we were getting a taste of what it would be like to live in the area which is what we were looking for. Bill and Sara are lovely hosts and made us feel welcome and immediately comfortable. They had great suggestions for us and we found their library of books about the area indispensible. We had easy access to the mountains and to the beaches and we loved every minute of our trip to this beautiful place!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Rondita - Oct'16

  • 4 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay at Sara and Bill's cottage. They were very welcoming, and the cottage ideal for the two of us and the "little one". Autumn was arriving so it was chilly, but they turned on the heating for a small extra charge and we were comfortable. Good location, and nearby Arriondas has a couple of good spots to eat, and it's only 20 mins from Cangas which has lots of choices and tourist shops etc. Great area of course, close to the splendour of the Picas de Europa. Loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A superb location and fantastic owners.

  • 5 of 5

The house is situated in a small hamlet within easy walk of the river. Next to a spring, the calming sound of the water adds to the peaceful atmosphere of the house. There are wonderful views from all the windows which constantly remind you you are on holiday.

This was our third visit to this house and this is largely because of the very friendly and helpful owners who moved there from the UK over a decade ago.

The facilities in the house are just what you need, the dishwasher is a welcomed addition since our first stay.

There is loads to do in the area from canoeing, beaches, walking, surfing, birdwatching to just reading a book.

We will be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear All, How wonderful to see you all again...it's been too long. Thank you for your very kind words and I have to say it was a wonderful time for us as well, having you all re-visit and seeing how everyone (children) has changed. If you are really hoping to return some day, then you know where and how to find us. Can't wait... Kind regards, Sara and Bill.
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Idyllic setting, wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Asturias was a real highlight of our time in Spain, and La Rondita was a wonderful base for us. The house was clean and spacious, with a lovely private outdoor garden area. Sara is a wonderful hostess, and not only left us a welcome basket, but also a book full of suggestions for things to see and do in the area. We strongly recommend that you follow her suggestions for local restaurants -- crossing the footbridge and walking through the beautiful Asturian countryside to a huge and delicious lunch in the valley was a particular highlight of our trip. The local walks are stunning but be sure to take a walking stick (lots of working farms in the area, so you may well encounter goats or cattle). And while it would be tempting to just settle in and enjoy the local settings, La Rondita is also within easy distance of other incredible attractions, such as the Picos de Europa. All in all, this was an idyllic week in a beautiful rural area, and we're already planning our next trip to Northern Spain.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect to get to the beaches and the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely house! We stayed there for one week during August. The house has everything we wished: it is quiet, spacious, clean, well equipped, and of course very comfortable! Especially, we enjoyed our meals in the garden with a wonderful view of the area! Sara was a great host giving us a warm welcome and having great suggestions for getting around! Also, the written information she prepared for her guests were extremely helpful! For our two girls the little kittens were the highlight of the holidays! We do hope to come back to Asturia within the next years, and we would love to stay in Sara´s house again! Of course we highly recommend it to other guests!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Renate, WOW, that's great! So glad to read your kind words. Thanks you so much; it was a pleasure meeting and hosting you all. Sara
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Oviedo
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
El Llosu, Triongo
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Ribadesella
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Fuentes (FEVE)
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Ribadesella
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
El Llosu, Triongo
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
San Isidro
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Ribadesella
Car: recommended

The nearest river beach is a couple of minutes walk away and the nearest coastal beach is only a 20-minute drive away.

Locally there are many activities on offer:

Walking and hiking (coastal, mountain and river routes; information re: routes supplied by owners and available in the house also), canoeing (in local Arriondas there are a number of activity centres offering the local speciality, canoeing down the River Sella, a glorious day out on the water with a picnic lunch,safety equipment and transport back included.), quad-biking, paint-balling, caving, surfing, mountain-biking, fishing (salmon and trout are locally available), horse-riding, bird-watching (kites, eagles, vultures and many other birds can be spotted locally). Amazing local fauna (pine martins, wild boars, genets, foxes, badgers)

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Fuentes, Spain

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Rate 1
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$931
 
 
2017 standard
8 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$645
 
 
2017 Easter
9 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$215
A$931
 
 
2017 standard 2
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$645
 
 
Mid rate 2
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$931
 
 
Mid rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,111
 
 
Peak
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,541
 
 
Mid rate 5
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,111
 
 
Mid rate 6
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$931
 
 
2017 standard 3
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$645
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$103
A$717
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$287

Check-in 16.30.
Check-out 10.30
Changeover day (in busy periods) is Saturday.

€200 breakages deposit is required.

Central heating is charged for separately, should it be required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Fuentes, Spain

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Second double bedroom open plan between bedrooms one and two, with double sofa bed, window and furniture.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis