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Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Summer rental needed in Asturias Reply with quote

The owner of LaTienda.com in Virginia (purveyor of Spanish foods in the US), has sent me an email requesting help in finding a rental in Asturias this summer for a family holiday. If you have any leads, please let me know and I will pass the information on to him.

I regard Don not only as someone I have done business with over the years, but also as a friend. This is an opportunity to promote Asturian tourism (not only for Don and his family, but also through his reviews on his business website) while also doing a favor to someone who provides Asturian (and other Spanish) food to us a decent prices and with wonderful service (I can attest to this myself).


Bob

Hola Bob,

The whole Harris family is planning to travel to Spain for the first two weeks of July.... So I thought of Asturias. As a long shot I thought I might contact you.

We are looking for a large house which sleeps 12. Or a large one which sleeps less and a smaller one close by. Tim and Jonathan have 4 and 7 year old boys; Jonathan and Stacey have 1 and 4 year old girls. Then there is Ruth and me, and our youngest son Chris and his wife Rian.

All things being equal we would like a semi-rural, small town location (or beach-side) where the little kids could run around safely as the adults enjoyed each other. We would like a large enough town so that there is some option about restaurants. If the dwelling was old and romantic, with a.stream or lake nearby, and the ocean accessible -- that would complete our dream. Within reasonable bounds, price is not a factor.

Do you have any suggestions that we might follow up? Time is fleeting!!!

Tu amigo
Don


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:26 am    Post subject: Ca Xuacu (Valdes-L.luarca) Reply with quote

hi Bob:

I mailed Pepin, from Ca Xuacu, yesterday to inquire about availability at his 'apartamentos rurales'. This is his response:

'Hola Paul, en esas fechas tienes disponibles dos apartamentos, 6 y 9 plazas, los precios son: 85 ¤+iva el de 6 plazas y 110 ¤+iva el de 9 plazas , esta es la situación en este momento, pues cambia rapidamente. Puedes ver más información en nuestra web:www.caxuacu.com
Un saludo, Pepín, Ca Xuacu.'

Ask your friend Don to visit the web site www.caxuacu.com to look at the picture gallery ('galeria fotografica') and the exact location ('Situacion') of this place. It is located off the main road going east-west along the Asturian coast just ahead of the turnoff to L.luarca/Luarca. The county name is 'Valdes'. The village of Quintana is a beautiful hamlet, with no traffic and 75 souls, within walking distance to beaches.

It's near the beautiful beach of Cueva, as well as of Cape Busto, with impressive views of the cliffs along the coastline. I've never stayed at Ca Xuacu, so this is all just based on the location, which I do know quite well. Have Don try to negotiate a price per week as opposed to per day. If it doesn't work out, I'll keep posting other places.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got this mail from Pepin, where he quotes a price of 1,000 euros (=$1,360) per week for 12 people. You might ask for a better price considering there are 4 smal kids. He also says there are several beaches from the house about a half kilometer away. Again, this is a very quiet area with little or no traffic. For restaurants, etc., the nearby fishing port of L.luarca/Luarca is beautiful.

"Hola Paul, el precio para 12 personas por semana seria de 1000 ¤ +iva.
Hay varias playas, la de aquí, está a 500 m. 15 minutos andando, las que nombras están por la zona, se llama Plumineiro y se puede ir andando.
un saludo, Pepín, Ca Xuacu."
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Hola Paul, siento decirte que en Julio y agosto está todo completo, puedes verlo en nuestra web: www.caxuacu.com en los calendarios."

Sorry Bob. Looks like Ca Xuacu is all booked for July. I asked him if he can recommend another place near the coast in the neighboring counties of Navia, Cuaña, Tapia Casariego...Either way, let me know if Ca Xuacu is more or less what Don is looking for.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It does seem to be what he is looking for, so if you have any other ideas, please forward them to me.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:18 pm    Post subject: A Casoa, Taramunde/Taramundi Reply with quote

http://www.terrae.net/acasoa/index.htm

Try this link, Bob & Don. Click on 'Entrar', then on the picture of the door and then on 'Album de fotos' to get an idea of the place.

This is the small county of Taramunde/Taramundi in westernmost Asturias where the whole eco-tourist movement started regionally. A Casoa (the big house, in the local Galician) apparently has 5 rooms and in theory can fit 10 people--but given that 4 of those are kids, you may be in luck. It's also a great deal cheaper than the other places I've seen.

I guess the downside here is the distance to the coast, about 25km to Vegadeo and then a few more to the ocean. But the mountain area here is bucolic and there's a very interesting ethnographic complex nearby called 'Os Teixois' showcasing the metalworking tradition of western Asturias powered entirely by hydraulics.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 2005, I think it was, Carlos took us to see Taramundi. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and the town is charming. There are a few good restaurants in town, too. The ethnographic museums (in Boal, Taramundi, Grandas de Salime, and Tineo, I think) nearby are very interesting, and Taramundi is fairly close to the castro at Coaña, a Celtic hill fort. There are parks, too, but I've not visited them. I'd recommend it as a wonderful vacation place.

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En el año 2005, creo, Carlos nos llevó para hacer una visita a Taramundi. La zona es impresionante por su belleza y el pueblo es encantando. Hay unos restaurantes buenos en el pueblo, también. Los museos etnográficos (de Boal, Taramundi, Grandas de Salime y Tineo, creo) son muy interesantes y Taramundi está más o menos cerca de el castro celta en Coaña. Hay parques también, pero no los he visitado. Lo recomiendo como una lugar estupendo para vacaciones.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I agree that Taramunde is absolutely beautiful. But it seems like the Harris family wants to be near a beach and 25km may be a stretch. However, they can have it both ways: 1. beautiful, wild mountains 2. beaches in Tapia Casariego in 30-40 minutes.

Pepin, from Ca Xuacu (the first farmstead that I checked out in County Valdes) says www.infoasturias.com is the best place to look for rural accomodations. Because not all of the places available are listed on other web sites, this is the best place to go to see absolutely everything. I've even checked for the county of Allande and they have most of the places listed that I've personally checked out before.

Here's how it works. Click on the English flag icon on the upper right once you're on the web site Then click on 'Sleeping' (they mean overnight stays, NOT a place to hang out if you are narcoleptic). You then need to click on the area on the map of Asturias you are looking for. Taramunde and Valdes are both in Western Asturias, where there is less mass tourism, prices are lower and the nature is wilder. It's also the part of Asturias where traditional culture is best preserved.

After clicking on the areas of the map you will see small clips for 'country houses' (casonas asturianas), 'apartamentos rurales' (rural apartment rentals) and one other option. I think Don should look into the country houses because they are typically larger and might fit 12 people. These are also the more charming, remodeled farmsteads.

Whenever you see 'Council' in English, they mean 'County'. Asturias is divided into 'conceyos', like Galicia is divided into 'concellos'. These are the equivalents of English or Irish 'counties'. Good luck. Let me know if you have questions.
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