“5-room B&B near the Costa Verde in Asturias, where the focus is on relaxation, well-being and the glorious surrounding countryside”
La Calma has 5 modern double rooms. On the top floor are 3 Superiors. These are the quietest rooms and 2 have private balconies, 1 has a very large window with views of the gardens and countryside beyond. On the floor below, the 2 Standard rooms are the same size but with lower ceilings and a standard window, no balcony.
Both room types are decorated in the same low-key way, using natural materials in the Asturian style, and soothing pale colours. Bedding is neutral in colour, armchairs are a pale plaid, and throws are beige, brown or green, all adding to the feeling of calm.
As well as a nod to the traditional, there are modern facilities like power showers, Nespresso machines and baskets of L’Occitane products. All rooms have a discreetly positioned 22” plasma TV and share the small DVD library in the salon; the TV is local only, rather than satellite.
Guests also share the salon, with sofas and armchairs, and the large garden with its picnic tables and scarlet parasols.
La Calma only serves breakfast, but in a fantastic rural setting with access to great produce, it is a breakfast to shout about. Expect a Spanish feast with Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, chorizo, homemade muffins and cakes, and organic local honey. It’s a self-service buffet but with plenty of thoughtful touches and local flavours. There are 2 sittings, at 9.15am and 10.15am.
Rooms come with well-stocked minibars including carefully chosen local Rioja and Cava, as well as a selection of snacks. Each room also has a Nespresso machine, from which there are 2 free coffees and teas every day (the rest are charged).
For lunch and dinner, Morelia should be your first port of call when it comes to deciding where to eat - she knows the region well and can show you on an iPad exactly how to get to each of her recommendations. Food is a serious part of Asturian culture: Cabrales cheese is its most famous export, along with cider, fish stew and apple tart. There are cider bars along the river in Ribadesella (3km), providing an atmospheric and traditional take on the area; you'll find stylish cocktails and fine dining at the more upmarket La Huertona, and if you don't want to drive, walk to Mesón la Fuente and feast on hearty Asturian stews on their charming outdoor terrace.
If you’re walking in the hills, ask for a packed lunch including some of the region’s traditional delights. Many of the nearby beaches have snack bars and restaurants.