From the moment Richard open the doors to our balcony and we saw the most amazing views before us, to the moment we left this holiday was as peaceful and adventurous as we had hoped. Everything you need near by in Potes and the amazing beaches within an hour is you fancy a day of sun bathing.
Olmares is set up on a side of a hill in a small hamlet with just bird song a& cow bells. Portes with it's shops and restaurants a short drive away. Fabulous walks and wildflowers in May, still snow on the high peaks of the Picos de Europa, a tremendous antidote after a week of city sightseeing!
Our first time in the Picos but it won't be the last. Olmares House is simply magnificent, full of character and in a tremendous location high up on the side of a picturesque valley. The house is comfortably furnished and the garden and the courtyard were both well used for outdoor meals,barbeques and just lounging around in the sunshine. Being first timers we did appreciate Richard's helpful written suggestions regarding days out, local walks, where best to see the local wildlife ( which is plentiful ) and the best resturants. We stayed with my son,daughter in law and our two young grandchildren who never tired of endless games of hide and seek in this big old rambling house
The Olmares manor was the perfect place for our family vacation. I can't praise the place enough! The manor was an incredible foil for our trip in Spain: a 250-year-old home, with all the sweet niches you'd expect, but with enough modern comforts (we weren't upset that the TVs were small, since there was free WiFi to keep us all occupied). The home was incredibly clean, the beds comfortable. And the view was unbelievable. As observant Jews, it was important to us to have a full kitchen--with a large fridge and stove top. It was also important that we have places to walk on the Sabbath--since we don't drive. There were hikes right outside our door. In terms of a family vacation, the place was ideal: tho' we needed to drive about one hour to get to any major hike in the Picos de…
If you're looking for peace and quiet, this is the place for you. Situated in a small mountainside village, all you can hear as you sit on the terrace are cow bells and birds - very peaceful and the views are simply amazing! The accommodation is very well equipped and finished to a high standard. There's also a lovely communal lounge with lots of maps, books, DVDs etc. The nearest main village (Potes) is about 20 mins away by car - well worth a visit (especially on a Monday if you can which is when the market takes place). I'd also pay a visit to Caloca - a hillside village from which we did a beautiful circular walk and ended up in a meson (inn) for lunch, recommended by Richard. All in all, a beautiful place which I would definately recommend.