This large handsome detached house is one of charm and character, set in its own grounds looking over the village of Ballota and its green fields to the sea beyond. The slip road down into the village from the main coast road runs behind the grounds at the back of the house, and there is access from here as well as up a drive from the village road. There is plenty of space to play (NB not enclosed), and a large paved patio at the back of the house has an awning for summer sun. An horreo (grain store) is used for storing wood and for drying clothes in wet weather. Now a hundred years old and at one time belonging to the governess of the Duques de Alba, the house has been recently (in 1998) restored and decorated inside and out to a very high standard, keeping original features. It is beautifully furnished, fitted and equipped, with many antiques, and is spacious, elegant and comfortable. Full central heating makes it a good choice for an out-of-season holiday.
Door (at back) to hall, cloakroom (wc), utility room, large fitted kitchen with table and sofa, dining room (table for 6-8), sitting room: both these latter rooms have open fireplaces and views to the sea, the sitting room has French windows opening to outside steps to field below. Upstairs to bathroom (bath) then on to first floor, with wide landing, two large bedrooms (1 double, 2 singles), both with sea views, opening onto balconies and connecting to a spacious bathroom. Upstairs to attic floor, with a sitting/play area off which are three bedrooms (2 singles, 2 singles, 1 single plus 1 folding bed) and a bathroom (small bath/shower); all rooms on this floor have sloping ceilings and windows are low. Automatic washing machine. Dishwasher. Television. Full central heating. Garden furniture.
On the rugged coastline west of Gijón, Ballota is a peaceful cliff top village midway between the charming old fishing ports of Luarca and Cudillero (each about 20 minutes’ drive). About a four-hour drive from Santander but a mere half-hour from Asturias airport, it is well located for exploring east and west along the coast, for going south into the Pico de Europa, and for visiting the historic town of Oviedo or the bustling port of Gijón. Its beach, accessible on foot or by four-wheel drive vehicle only, is used mainly by the locals; other lovely beaches are within easy reach. Good walks are to be had, and both sea and trout fishing in season. The village has a small shop, a bakery and a very good restaurant/bar; nearby Soto de Luina has a supermarket, and there are numerous restaurants within easy reach.