El Gran Sueno

near Infiesto, Asturias, Spain Book from Book from £105 per night

Mountain retreat and eco-chic guesthouse, where the views are magical and the food sublime
If Asturias were any more enticing, you’d never leave. This cossetting, comforting 5-room guesthouse, inspired by contemporary design, sits in a picturesque hamlet off a small mountain road. Eagles soar above the Picos de Europa, El Sueve Nature Reserve is a 15-minute drive, and wild adventures abound. What’s more, owners Javier and Dave, consummate professionals who love what they do, have carried out a beautiful, sustainable restoration.

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)

Best time to go

The warmest months are end of June to end of September, but if you’re here for the beaches, avoid August. Asturias is wonderful at any other time. Infiesto´s very own Feria de Abril is in April, there’s jazz in July in Ribadesella, a hazelnut festival in early October. The wild flowers of Picos de Europa are the most diverse in Europe: a glory from April to June.

Our top tips

The capital of Asturias, land of pastry chefs and chocolatiers, is the charmingly bourgeois Oviedo. Unmissable are the casadielles, carboyones and Muscovites of the grand old pastry shops ‘Camilo de Blas’, ‘Rialto’ and ‘Bombones Peñalba’.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 5
  • Breakfast and dinner (booking required)
  • Over 16s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • 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.

Features include:

  • Bose bluetooth speakers
  • Central heating
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • 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:

  • Birdwatching
  • Canyoning
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Pot-holing
  • Private guided tours
  • Surfing


El Gran Sueño welcomes over 16s only.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We’re already missing this hilltop retreat and its three residents - Dave the modest master of sauces, who takes such care over every detail, Javi with his gentle warmth and personal recommendations and the adorable Carson, who won our hearts from the outset.
If you’re looking to recharge your batteries, eat delicious, thoughtful meals, drink in endless mountain views and come away feeling like you’ve stayed with good friends, this is the place to go. Highly recommended!


We had a truly great couple of days at El Gran Sueno and we will certainly be going back to explore the region further and to enjoy Dave's and Javier's exceptional hospitality. Our room surpassed our expectations and the memory of sitting on the terrace listening just to the sound of cow bells and taking in the stunning scenery will stay with us throughout the winter months. Dave's cooking was exceptional and Javier's cocktails were spot on - all in all, a really wonderful place to stay!


Great location, magnificent scenery, peace and tranquillity.
Clean, spacious room and tastefully decorated. Comfortable bed and good sized, well thought-through en suite. Friendly and knowledgeable hosts, focused on making our stay really enjoyable.
We were delighted by our first evening meal: gaspachio, roasted butternut squash and mascarpone risotto, falafel with tzatziki, followed by fantastic local artisan cheeses. It was an easy choice to eat there again most evenings, and Dave's varied and expertly-cooked menu didn't disappoint (breakfast was great too!)
A wonderful week. We look forward to staying there again...10/10!


El Gran Sueno is a beautiful, peaceful house in a lovely rural setting surrounded by hills. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners Dave and Javi, who were full of great advice about places to go and things to do. Dave's home cooking is amazing, with homemade bread, jam and cake for breakfast every morning and delicious vegetarian-friendly dinners. There's some great walking in the area, as well as beautiful beaches, canoeing, and swimming in clear, cold, blue water straight down from the mountains, but you definitely need a car to get the most from it.


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