Casona de Quintana
- Style Curated country house
- Setting Silent Soba valley
Casona de Quintana hotel in Cantabria is a secluded valley stay with artfully placed antiques, charming hosts and verdant mountain views. Idle sorts will enjoy the slow pace of rural life, city fans can head to Bilbao and activity enthusiasts can birdwatch, cave walk or hike the hilly trails.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $174.06 (€127), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€10).
- Facilities Gardens, shop and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with a built-in DVD player, CD player and Pure Harvest or Lauren Hutton bath products.
Children Welcome, but the trinkets and antiques may not be toddler-proof.
- Also Buy a little bit of the owners’ chic French style in the hotel shop, selling beautiful pieces for your home, white blouses and candles, as well as preserves.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each room is styled with a particular ambience in mind (regal, rustic, etc) – our vote goes to the romantic Junior Suite El Castano for its feminine French feel, with whitewashed furniture, drapes over the bed and grey and white antiques. Contemporary-cool hunters will like the modern El Roble (a Junior Suite), especially its all-slate bathroom. Splash out on the Tower Suite to see how the old wooden beams were used to create an impressive centerpiece in the bedroom.
- Packing tips The hotel may be close to the Bay of Biscay, but the misty mountains can get muggy – wellies and a brolly may come in handy.
- Also Pillows are big business around here: each room has a menu with options for various feather preferences.
Food and drink at Casona de Quintana
- Hotel restaurant Co-owner Nuria heads up the kitchen, where she uses only local produce to make hearty dishes that are gracefully presented. The dining room has an airy feel thanks to high ceilings and whitewashed Provençal furniture. Elegant, feminine touches include a French dresser and a cabinet of porcelain.
- Dress code You'll feel as though you're staying with friends or family – no need to dress up for dinner.
- Top table Admire the lush valley views alongside one of the windows.
- Hotel bar Upstairs in the cosy living room of this country-house hotel is a bar with board games in the corner and a fireplace. When it's quiet, it's run as an honesty bar, though during busier months, the room will be staffed.