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Molino del Canto

Spain   Castilla y Leon   Barrio la Cuesta, Burgos   Why Castilla y Leon?
Burgos 78km / Santander 95km
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Reviewed by Laura Dibben

A LABOUR OF LOVE............

In Northern Burgos, Las Merindades is a region of unparalleled natural beauty with its countless mountains, waterfalls, rivers and gorges, and innumerable species of flora and fauna that thrive in its forests. Add to this the highest concentration of castles, Romanesque churches, palaces and ancestral homes in all of Spain, and this privileged location just a stone´s throw from the Picos de Europa is enough to make any nature, art or history lover weak at the knees.

Tucked away on two acres of the stunning Zamanzas Valley next to the Ebro River, Molino del Canto is a labour of love. When Javier and Valvanera found this abandoned 13th century flour mill and adjacent miller´s home, they knew there was no other place for them. After five years of intense restoration, they rebuilt the house from the ground up and miraculously brought the mill back to life. I was lucky enough to have received a demonstration of the wheel in motion - it is fascinating!

This country cottage is as welcoming as your hosts. In the small open-plan salon and dining room that are oozing with charm, original wood beams line the ceilings, and the exposed stone walls are proof of the love that went into re-builing this home. The flickering log fire is best accompanied by a soothing cup of herbal tea in the winter months. The large garden separates the house from the river is an ideal spot for taking in your surroundings, and watching the birds flutter around the feeders that dangle from the centuries old trees.

The 6 duplex en-suite guest rooms beckon respite after a day´s adventures. A comfortable sitting room can be found on the main level of each room, whilst the bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. All have skylights through which one can wish upon a star before drifting off to sleep at night. Three of the rooms are Doubles, the others Twins – the large ¨twin¨ beds are in fact two antique doubles! The décor is simple and tasteful, and many of the antique furnishings that can be found throughout the house have been lovingly restored by Javier and Valvanera themselves; these among many other little charming touches will not go unnoticed.

Breakfasts are delightful, prepared with care by none other than Valvanera; cakes and pastries are homemade, and the fruit grown on site are used for jams, quinces and fresh juices. Snacks are available for lunch, and when it comes to dinner, her traditional home cooking gets rave reviews. Served at the large dining table, a daily fixed menu is on offer. All veggies are hand-picked from their ecological veggie garden. The wine selection is plentiful, and there is no better way to end your meal than with one of the homemade liqueurs; rose, green walnut and blackberry to name but a few! What an enterprising couple they are!!

Walkers, welcome to your paradise. A multitude of routes can be explored from the Hotel, and Javier, also an avid bird-watcher, has designed treks and bird-watching trails for guests´enjoyment. Horse riding and kayaking can also be arranged through the Hotel.

An ideal Hotel if you are looking for a charming rural hideaway where rest and relaxation are the order of the day. For an extended stay or a stop-over point en-route to Madrid or Portugal from Bilbao or Santander, Molino del Canto is a special place that cannot be missed.

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A 40% deposit is required by the Hotel in order to guarantee a booking.

Cancellations received 10-20 days before the arrival date: 50% of the deposit will be refunded.

Cancellations received less than 10 days before the arrival date result in loss of deposit.

For all cancellations, will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.