We have been coming here since 2011 and it's where we go when we need nature to restore us. There is piece and quiet (no children allowed), souring views to feed the soul, fresh mountain air to breath while walking and bird-watching, or just listen to the cows and their bells resonate around the peaceful valley. Spring is the best time to come. We like that it is self-contained so we can cook our own meals then watch a DVD or read a book in the library, or drive into Potes for a meal. The kitchen does, however, need a good knife but we take our own now.
We have slightly mixed feelings after staying for a week. We loved the views, however as someone has said it would have been nice if there had been somewhere to sit outside in the sun in the late afternoon or evening as it was quite cool for some of the time we were there even in June. We even needed heating one afternoon. The apartment was nice, however the kitchen could have been better equipped. We have stayed in a number of Spanish as well as British owned apartments on this trip and the Spanish owned ones were generally much better equipped. Given its remoteness, the cooking facilities could have been better. There was only a very small frying pan and a medium sized pot. Both were not non-stick, which was a bit of a pain. The cafetiere plunger did not work…
The views, the location, the owners and their son Rufus (with his excellent barbecue lighting skills and willingness to tell the story of Olmares) - all took our breath away. We will remember this experience for ever. Just go and see for yourselves.
Husband and I had the 2-bedroom apartment. Lovely hosts in Richard and Suzanne, outdoor eating space, an amazing and ever-changing view depending on the weather, friendly neighbours in the other apartments, peace and quiet, bird-song, cow bells, unspoilt area, close to Potes for shopping, walks, churches, Los Picos... I could wax lyrical about the charms of the area for walking and bird watching but you'll have to come here to appreciate it for yourselves.
Eleven of us from France, UK and Zimbabwe comfortably ensconsed in the manor house with two more in one of the apartments and this was the recipe for a wonderful, memorable visit to Olmares thanks to Richard and Suzanne Beazley: Take 13 completely different well seasoned friends Throw them into a perfect setting, preferably a large house in the Picos de Europa, Add copious quantities of regional wine, excellent conversation, a smidgen of singing, a good dollop of wit, gallons of laughter and a good pinch of repartee. Mix well and keep for a week. Top with plenty of exercise and service with delicious cheese and…..wine.