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Hotel Casona de San Pantaleon de Aras

Casona de San Pantaleon de Aras

Badames

A small country house hotel with Spa in the Aras Valley, in eastern Cantabria. Perfect for exploring this beautiful scenic region.

Double rooms from £ 75
7 rooms
Guest Rating: 9.7 / 10
Hotel Casona de San Pantaleon de Aras

Casona de San Pantaleon is a small hotel tucked away in a surprising location, surrounded by water and accessed by a small mediaeval bridge. The isolation adds to the sense of oneness with the environment; the mountains, the rivers and the valleys, yet in reality the hotel is easily accessible from the airports and ferries at Santander and Bilbao.

The restoration and conversion has kept the Casona looking just like a casona (country house) should: big, square, rustic, and looking like it could withstand an artillery siege. The hotel sits in over an acre of land, planted with fruit trees and native species, washed on one side by a mill stream and on the other by the river Clarin.

The hotel has seven rooms, including three suites. They are spacious and individually designed to take full advantage of the 400 years of history that has gone into their making. They all have telephone, television, central heating and most have the option of twin beds or a double.

The heart of the house is the three storey hall and stairs with it's stone entrance arch and huge wooden door. The mixture of stone, brick, wood, plaster, ironwork and tiles bears witness to the long and varied history of the house. The dining room leads off from here, a cosy little space dominated by the stone entrance arch of the mediaeval tower at the centre of the house. There is also a lounge with a large old fireplace, another cosy place for reading, relaxing or chatting with friends. Newly opened in 2011 is the loft spa, where there is a sauna, steam bath, hydromassage shower, mini hydromassage pool and a relaxation zone.

Casona de San Pantaleon is in a handy position, not too far for a visit to Bilbao, and with ready access to all the beaches and marine scenery of the Cantabrian coast as well as the mountains of Cantabria. It's a little populated area of great ecological importance for its varied flora, fauna and geology.


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Standard Double Room

Twin or king size bed available in every room.

Puerta de la Torre. Situated above the entrance arch of the mediaeval tower. Antique and contemporary furniture. Small balcony onto the front of the house.
El Cuarto Secreto. During the restoration, a secret chamber was discovered that forms a part of this room. Decorated with Modernist and Art Deco furnishings and with a small balcony to the front of the house.
El Contador Real. Named after the first owner of the house, who was the "keeper of the royal purse". Antique furniture and a 19th century wash basin. Views of the mediaeval bridge, the gardens and the mountains.
El Arco. A big stone arch discovered during the restoration sets the tone for this room. View of the garden and river Clarin.

Special Double Room

Canal del Molino. Views of the mill stream and wood. Twin or king size bed available. Sofa-bed makes it possible to be used as a triple.

Special Double Room with terrace

La Huerta. The most romantic room, with a four-poster  double bed, a nice wooden terrace with views of the garden and river and a special bath open to the bedroom with hydromassage bathtube.

Duplex Suite (2 guests)

El Escudo. Suite dúplex with a twin or king size bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor and a living room, bathroom and a twin or king size bedroom on the top.  Situated in the 15th century tower where there is the family coat-of-arms. Huge stone walls. Sofa-bed in the living room makes it possible to be used for five people.

Duplex Suite (3 guests)

El Escudo. Suite dúplex with a twin or king size bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor and a living room, bathroom and a twin or king size bedroom on the top.  Situated in the 15th century tower where there is the family coat-of-arms. Huge stone walls. Sofa-bed in the living room makes it possible to be used for five people.

Duplex Suite (4 guests)

El Escudo. Suite dúplex with a twin or king size bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor and a living room, bathroom and a twin or king size bedroom on the top.  Situated in the 15th century tower where there is the family coat-of-arms. Huge stone walls. Sofa-bed in the living room makes it possible to be used for five people.

 

Breakfasts and dinners are available in the Casona's restaurant, where the warm, friendly atmosphere is lulled along by soft music. Being in an area so renowned for its produce, it's natural that the cooking takes full advantage of the best products from the region: yoghurts and cheeses, outdoor-reared beef, anchovies, tuna, and don't forget the home-made cakes and biscuits.

The Cantabria coast is only 6 km away, where there are numerous sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs.
Walking. Fabulous hiking routes, just about everywhere.
Quad bike treks in the Aras valley.
Horse-riding on the dunes at Laredo.
Canoeing on the river Asón.
Pot-holing and cave visits.

Places to visit:
This area of northern Spain is one of great ecological and cultural importance, with the nature reserves on the salt-marshes of Santoña and Noja, and the abundant wildlife of the Collados de Ason natural park.
Santoña, Laredo and Castro-Urdiales are historic fishing towns full of tradition and famous for their lively fiestas.
Santillana del Mar is less than an hour away.
Altamira Museum.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, also less than one hour by car.

The perfect place to stay in Cantabria. The lovely Rosa and her family welcome you into a beautiful hotel that has a family home feel. Their service is outstanding and the location is perfect for getting to know one of the most gorgeous parts of Spain. From fantastic breakfasts to a superb laundry service to a cup of mint tea by an open fire everything was just right. This hotel is different from the usual chain type places to stay and well worth the visit.
The hotel was just as described on the web-site. Rosa and her husband and her team were all very helpful and could not do enough for us.

One criticism would be nice to have a few places to visit in English as the maps we were given were all in Spanish.

We will be using Little Hotels again. Five star.
A fantastic little hotel. We had three rooms, all of which were charming. The service was very good and the owners charming. We had an excellent dinner in the restaurant. We would fully recommend this hotel to others.
Our stay from 18 to 24 June was superb. The welcome was warm and friendly, the hotel very comfortable, relaxed and peaceful, and the food, especially the vegetarian food, delicious. The walks around Santona and the hills not far from Badames are lovely. Information is available at the hotel. The scenery in the Parque Natural Collados del Ason is spectacular. When we were there the roadsides were full of wild flowers, particularly Bee and Tongue Orchids.

I can highly recommend this hotel. If ever we return to the area we shall stay there.
This is a really lovely country house run by a very pleasant young lady - excellent food and a pleasure to stay there.
An ideal location for visitors using ferries at Santander and Bilbao. Excellent accommodation and warm welcome from Rosa and family. Highly recommended and good value.

We may not have as many reviews as some, but we do know their provenance. They have all been written by people who have visited this hotel after booking through Little Hotels. We publish all reviews, unedited, except for the occasional spelling correction.


Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:

Simply unbeatable. This is an ideal place to spend a day or all your life. Thanks to Rosa and Chema for creating the magic so that everyone who passes through their house just wants to come back again. I'm only worried that if I say too many nice things, you'll be full when I next want to stay. S. & A.


We knew the hotel from when it first opened so we know the love and attention that went into it. On returning some years later we were surprised and pleased to be treated with just the same care as before. You always know just how to find the right balance between friendliness and professionalism. One of the best rural hotels we know in the north of Spain. And don't forget the surroundings, beaches, caves, walks, activities, the nights spent over glass of something on the porch. Pure delight! R. & Q.


Guest Rating: 9.7 / 10
This rating has been calculated by combining data from various websites which publish ratings for Casona de San Pantaleon de Aras.

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In the hotel
  • Lounge
  • Library and board games
  • Restaurant
  • Bar service
  • Porch terrace
  • Gardens
  • Private parking
  • Bicycles
  • Spa

In your room
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • En‑suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes (suites)
  • Central heating
  • DVD player (suites)
  • Music centre (suites)
  • Safe (suites)

We Say

The Cantabria coast is one of the lesser-known gems of Spain, and the Casona de Pantaleon in turn is a jewel in the crown of Cantabria. The work that has gone into the restoration is just fantastic. It has been so well planned that it doesn't look planned at all.


A Word From the Owner

We would like to invite all our guests to share a moment with nature in the garden, or come inside and have a chat by the warmth of the fireplace.

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