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Beautiful 19th-century stone farmhouse and organic farm near Arriondas close to the sandy beaches of the Cantabrian coast and the spectacular Picos de Europa national park in northern Spain. Imaginative home cooking with emphasis on local food.

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Rooms: 12: 10 twins/doubles, 2 triples
Price:

Rooms from €66.

Meals: Breakfast €9,00. Dinner €26. Wine from €9,90.
Open: Early April to late October
Address: Hotel Posada del Valle, Collia, Arriondas, Asturias, 33549
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Posada del Valle

Hotel Posada del valle is a small quiet country hotel with a cosy friendly atmosphere. It is a perfect place to relax, surrounded by its own 18 acre organic farm, and in privileged surroundings, close to the Picos de Europa and other Asturian mountains as well as the beaches of eastern Asturias.

There is excellent walking in the region, maps and self guided walking notes are available from the hotel. Other activities include; wild flowers, bird watching, swimming, canoeing, gourmet food, Pre Romanesque churches.

In the hotel restaurant we serve an imaginative home cooking with an emphasis on the use of local, home and organic products. A vegetarian option is always available.

In the hotel we operate a no-smoking policy, and guests who smoke are asked to smoke outside the hotel. In February 2008 we achieved the award Organic Food and Biodiversity for the hotel or restaurant which best uses organic food in their gastronomic offer. This was awarded by the Spanish Ministry for the Environment in association with the Biodiversity Foundation. Winning this national award has been particularly satisfying as it symbolises our beliefs - and recognises our work - in organic farming and biodiversity.

Review by Richard Hammond.

"Much of the north of Spain is known historically as Green Spain, which has more to do with a wetter climate than a commitment to saving the planet. But if you look carefully, there are some genuine green gems between the Cantabrian and Basque mountains."

Read Richard's Greentraveller review of Posada del Valle, plus also his feature on it in the Guardian.

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest ferry terminal is Santander Port. Brittany Ferries operate 2 routes from the UK to the north of Spain - Plymouth to Santander and Portsmouth to Santander. From Santander it is possible to reach Arriondas (3kms from the hotel) by bus ALSA or by the slower narrow gauge railway. The hotel is also reachable by train and bus from the UK: first taking Eurostar to Paris then TGV from Paris to Hendaye / Irun and the bus from Irun to Arriondas. Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business and contribute positively to their surroundings.

Top Eco Features at Posada del Valle

 
  • Solar powered hot water

  • Limits flow rate on shower & hand basins to reduce water usage

  • Orchard has 7 varieties of organic cider-apples

  • Organic farm produces fresh fruit & veg for restaurant

  • Nuts come from hazelnut, chestnut & walnut trees

  • Has a flock of Xalda sheep

 

Location

 
Posada del Valle, Asturias, Spain
Nearest train station: Santander Port

Directions from station:
Brittany Ferries operate 2 routes from the UK to the north of Spain - Plymouth to Santander and Portsmouth to Santander. From Santander it is possible to reach Arriondas (3kms from the hotel) by bus ALSA or by the slower narrow gauge railway. It is also possible to reach the hotel by train and bus from the UK; first taking Eurostar to Paris then TGV from Paris to Hendaye / Irun and the bus from Irun to Arriondas. More info on hotel web page.

 

Comments

Posada del Valle

What a place! They really have it going on sustainability wise don’t they! Incredible delicious food. Awesome walking in the Picos. You can tell I’m still buzzing! Good recommendation, thanks a million.