“Mountain retreat and eco-chic guesthouse, where the views are magical and the food sublime”
Each piece of furniture has been carefully chosen. Windows, floors and shutters shine; the palette of chalky greys, whites and creams is pleasing and harmonious; and there are fairy lights at Christmas. The dining room and sitting room are small - games, guides, wood-burner – while the bedrooms, with geo-thermally heated floors and armchairs positioned for the views, are designed for lounging in. The garden comprises sweeping lawns and vistas, and on warm days you dine on the veranda. Asturian gastronomy is famed, but the meals at El Gran Sueño have surprised those who’ve stayed: not only can Dave do vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, but breakfasts and multi-course dinners are “organic, seasonal and sublime”.
- Breathtaking views towards the Picos de Europa mountains
- Warm, welcoming bedrooms with spoiling extras and very friendly prices
- Javier and Dave are natural hosts and delightful company
- Unusually good food – organic, seasonal, beautifully presented
- This part of Asturias has it all – mountains, coast, culture, food, tranquility
- Strict no children policy
- Only the Jardin room's bathroom has a tub (just in case you don’t like showers)
- The climate here is wetter than other parts of Spain
- Apart from your hosts, not much English is spoken locally (which is why we love it)
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- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast and dinner (booking required)
- Over 16s only
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
El Gran Sueño offers 5 immaculate double rooms, each large enough for leisurely lounging. The Terraza and Jardin rooms can be set up with twin beds.
The Deluxe Double Room with Terrace, Terraza, is worth splashing out on. It's large furnished terrace has a breathtaking mountain view, where you can watch the sun rise. Terraza connects to Jardín - useful for groups (but no under 16s). The Deluxe Double with View, Jardín, boasts original features, a bathtub with overhead shower (plus candles!), and dreamy country views.
All the rooms are full of light, but Galería, another Deluxe Double with View, has a traditional galleried window that is particularly bright. Deluxe Double Room Loft overlooks picturesque barns. What distinguishes Loft is its seating area under the eaves (the cosy mezzanine reached by a ladder) and a skylight view of the stars. Deluxe Double Room Plaza, overlooking the rustic hamlet, has a gorgeous bathroom with an exposed brick wall.
Those who’ve stayed speak of high-quality mattresses, top-notch linens and super-soft towels. Ceilings are a calming white, while poured resin floors are heated underfoot. Pristine bathrooms, four with walk-in showers, come in for particular praise. There are characterful touches, such as salvaged wood for bathroom shelves. Expect magazines, flat-screen TVs, Bose speakers, organic Spanish toiletries and free WiFi.
- Bose bluetooth speakers
- Central heating
- Internet access
A complimentary all-organic breakfast is served at crisply dressed tables in the dining room, or on the terrace. Their own bread and cakes (Dave rises early) are served alongside local cheeses, tomatoes and homemade jams. Coffee is delicious, oranges are freshly squeezed in season.
Their set three-course dinner - described by guests as some of the best food in Asturias - is based on the market choice that day: fresh, seasonal, local. Dishes include ginger and pumpkin soup, tiger prawn and monkfish salad, onion tartlet with Pedro Ximénez reduction, steamed hake and clams served with albariño wine and parsley sauce, chicken in red wine, and traditional Asturian rice pudding. Wines are local, and good. Book dinner well ahead!
Failing that, your hosts know the best little eateries nearby, from simple bars in Infiesto (8km) to a Michelin star in Arriondas (25km).
Lunch boxes can be prepared for daytime excursions, with fresh baguette sandwiches and local cakes. Teas, coffees and mineral water are available in the dining room all day, and there’s a selection of carefully chosen wines, local beers and cocktails.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Room service
- You're on the edge of wild, snow-capped Asturian mountains: circular walks from the doorstep lead through rolling green hills, chestnut and apple orchards, and you may spot vultures or semi-wild Asturcon ponies
- Kayak down the River Sella, or try horse-riding, canyoning and potholing with local operator Frontera Verde (Dave and Javier can advise and book)
- Check out the luscious beaches of the emerald coastline - sandy sweeps, pebbly coves, great surf, no crowds - stopping off in the villages of Ribadesella (45km, stamping-ground of Queen Letizia) and Lastres (40km, densely-packed fishermens' houses)
- Nearby Infiesto (8km) is an authentic, gentle town with cafés, clothes and food shops, and sidrerías where you can try locally brewed cider, poured from a great height
- The Romanesque churches of Santa María (Villamayor) and San Juan de Berbío (Infiesto) line a stretch of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Horse riding
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours