Country house lodges are generally old farmhouses, or other rural dwellings that have been adapted to provide guest accommodation. They range from modern houses with huge swimming pools to welcoming cabins with open fires and a barbecue on the terrace.Attractive rural tourism destinations like the Basque Country, Navarra and Asturias were the first to take advantage of the charms of these country houses, promoting them as intimate, secluded holiday accommodation options.Here you will find a series of tips that’ll help you to get the most out of your holiday in a country house lodge, and forget that the rest of the world exists!
Whatever the time of year, in Spain you’ll find a country house lodge that’s perfect for you
There’s no need to wait for the holiday season, a country house lodge is always a great option for a getaway. If you want to avoid the high temperatures in July and August, you’ll be pleased to know that in the north of Spain, summer is cooler. You can hike impressive routes such as the Cares Trail (between Castilla & Leon and Asturias), which offers views over the incredible landscapes that characterise the area.It could well be said that the country house lodges in the north of Spain are especially welcoming in winter. After all, what could be better than arriving home to a blazing fire on a cold day? In Spain you can stay in rural cabins in the heart of nature, like those of the Val d'Aran (in the Catalan Pyrenees) and the Valle del Pas (Cantabria).If what you’re looking for is a mild winter climate, that’s just what you’ll find in Andalusia. Or you could take advantage of the permanent springlike climate of the Canary Islands, and rent a house on the beach to see the New Year in with a dip in the sea.
If you’re looking for a country house lodge in the high season or on bank holidays, book in advance
If you want to book accommodation at key times such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter Week, or in months like July and August, it’s advisable to book well in advance (four to six months beforehand). Above all if your chosen location is a key tourist area such as coastal areas in the summer, or Madrid at Christmas.At these times, accommodation prices tend to rise, given the high level of demand expected. The majority of country house lodges allow cancellations up until a few weeks before the chosen date, so don’t be afraid to make your reservation well in advance!
Enjoy a holiday in Spain with your pet
Country house lodges not only offer competitive rates - you can also find houses with vast gardens that are right up there with a good hotel suite. And some of them are pet friendly! In Spain you have a wide range of houses in the countryside to choose from, where your pets can run around and play to their heart’s content. You might like to book accommodation on a broad esplanade in the Tiétar Valley, or perhaps rent a country house lodge in Huesca close to the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, so that your pet can accompany you on all your walks.
In Spain you’ll find country house lodges to suit every taste
In Spain you’ll find a whole world of possibilities, so it’s easy to find whatever it is you’re really looking for. If you want to switch off and escape from the stresses and strains of the city, you can rent a house in the middle of nowhere, in a hamlet lost in the woods, or in a fishing village, for example. Or have you ever imagined sleeping in a cave house? There are many of these to be found in Granada; in the town of Guadix there’s even a whole neighbourhood of cave houses!