You can gaze at the Cantabrian Sea as you breakfast in the glass-fronted annexe of this convenient getaway – close to the motorway and the airport but tucked away and surprisingly peaceful. Narrow country lanes wind up to the century-old whitewashed main house, smartly renovated with original indoor architectural features rubbing shoulders with a contemporary extension and rather snazzy decor. Charming owner Tomás, who also cooks and gardens, makes sure couples wanting to rest, or see the sights, or walk for blissful miles are happy. You’ll sleep like a top in one of six airy bedrooms overlooking the mountains and coast with interesting artwork on the walls and old beams crisscrossing the ceilings; big bathrooms have colourful floor tiles and smart fittings. Share the light-filled sitting room and lounge with other guests; there’s a fire for chillier evenings and stacks of books to borrow. Seasonal dinners with local produce and home-grown veg are served at separate tables looking over that view. It’s a short drive to the pretty fishing village of Luarca and the botanical gardens of Fonte Baixa.