La Pisa

Cabezon de Liebana, Cantabria
Bed & Breakfast


Unfussy accommodation and a warm welcome await in this old farmhouse. Eat tasty home-cooked food and hike in the Picos de Europa

Bedroom

8 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

You can almost reach out and touch the steep wooded hillsides of the sunny Liébana valley – they hug this tiny hamlet. Opposite an old waterwheel where sheep’s fleeces were once pounded into Cantabrian felt, find a large, robust Spanish farmhouse that beats with an English heart: John and Gwynneth, from Cumbria, relish the peace and off-the-beaten-paths of the Picos de Europa. John cooks tasty dishes – local lamb, black pudding, apricot crumble, home-churned ice cream – served at bright tables in a fire-flickered dining room. Before dinner, mingle with locals in the bar or take a drink out to the suntrap terrace, or the large lawn where children can play; all you hear is a gurgling stream and birdsong. Nothing disturbs the peace. Tired muscles rest soundly in simple, homely rooms with patterned bedcovers, rugs and armchairs; the triple, under the eaves, breathes in light and landscape through a velux window. Your hosts know the best hidden hiking and snow-shoeing spots; you’re close to the Fuente Dé cable car and the classic Picos town of Potes. No fuss, no frills, just friendliness and good value.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Christmas, New Year, 12 November - 28 February.
Meals
Lunch €10. Dinner €23. Wine €5-€20.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €45
Surcharges
Singles €44-€88. Dinner, B&B €55-€64 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €10 per person per night.
8 Doubles
From €45

Reviews

Beautiful journey through the gorge to get here - just take the signposted route to the village not steep downhill track our Satnav told us. Gwyneth and John are very welcoming hosts and the venue is perfect - a cosy bar and sunny terrace that came complete with a wonderful gin and tonic and good company when we stayed. Our hosts asked questions (without prying) and helped you to find the best of the area to suit your tastes and the weather. We'd love to stay here again to explore more (and eat more of John's cooking especially if his special apple pie is on the menu).

Nickki and paul, Northwich

WOW! Booked for 3 nights, stayed 7 (seems to be a recurring theme in these reviews). Really great location, really nice people, excellent food... I have eaten worse in places with Michelin stars at three times the price, and the standard was consistently high every night. Casa La Pisa is more of a boutique hotel than a B&B, that term just doesn't do it justice.

Alistair, Swansea

booked for two nights and stayed for eleven,what a brilliant place and the most welcoming hosts,bikers most welcome,the rooms are excellent in every aspect and the food prepared and cooked by John was second to none(he must have been on master chef) puddings to die for,and a different menu each night and what a fabulous hostess Gwen is, nothing is too much trouble for either of them.Thank you John and Gwen for making our holiday one of the best we have ever had. Harry and Jacky.

Harry, Northwich

John and Gwyneth are great hosts. Full of knowledge for the local area, specifically with advice on walking and hiking. The house is located in a sleepy village around 20 mins from Potes. I would highly recommend for a visit.

Anthony, Penarth

It's hard to describe how we all felt when we approached La Pisa. We all had grins on our faces because it is such a beautiful setting. We were only there for two nights but could have stayed so much longer. The tranquility, sounds of nature and beautiful flowers will stay with us for a very long time. Thank you John and Gwyneth for your warm hospitality, helpfulness and absolutely delicious food.

Tracey, Newbury

This little place is a gem. Perfect location for exploring the area, wonderful hosts with character and local knowledge. Comfortable bedrooms and REALLY good food is an added bonus. Truly a special find.

Gail, York

Really enjoyed our stay at La Pisa. As the site says, comfortable, unfussy accommodation and with a very warm welcome. The quality of the food is excellent and the bar a real plus, especially after a day's biking in the Picos.

Jonathan

Stayed at this lovely hotel and was made to feel very welcome during our stay. The owners Gwen and John are perfect hosts. The rooms are very comfortable and the food cooked by John is excellent. We hope to stay again in the near future and have already recommended this hotel to friends

Pat

We would definately recommend this Hotel as is was wonderful. Gwen and John made us feel really welcome and at home. The rooms were very good and the food was excellent, cooked by John himself. We would have like to have stayed longer but it was not possible on this occasion. We did some walking whilst we were there and it was really good to be able to come back to a fantastic meal and very good company. We will return!!

Pat

Very welcoming and friendly couple, John and Gwen, who run an attractive B&B in a stunning locaction in the Picos. Rooms all have great views and are scrupulously clean. John and Gwen are very helpful in lending maps and advising on the right route for your walking ability and sightseeing. Food is homemade & very good classical cooking. We would definitely return!

John

My wife and I stayed at La Pisa for five nights in early June 2015. Arriving late afternoon we were warmly greeted by Gwen, who showed us our lovely room with a view out over the old water mill. Even though we had not pre-ordered supper Gwen showed us the menu and took our order. The house and its setting are marvellous, and John and Gwen are charming hosts, ready to chat, offer advice on trips even including maps and guides etc. We normally tend to eat out when on holiday, but John's meals were top class so we dined in every night. We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning.

Clive

Three very rewarding days spent here, with superb food (John is a trained chef) and very helpful advice from Gwyn about walking possibilities - in fact, she sent us one day on our best walk ever in the nearby Picos. A charming couple who really care about their guests, and are great fun into the bargain.

Rodney

Our stay in La Pisa was one of the best ever. The food was highest standard. The tree course meals of John changed daily and used only local product. The food was so good that we wished to try every dish. Gwen and John are lovely, very hospitable and interesting to talk to. They help you to find the right walks and the local wine. Our three days were the highlight of our holidays and Great Value. Health permitting we will return, return, return – Evelyn and Peter

Peter

A fantastic position in the mountains. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming and the food was terrific.

Richardson

Perfect! Food, accommodation, location and hosts are all fantastic, we have just spent 3 nights at La Pisa and enjoyed every minute of it. The walks are amazing, the weather was beautiful and the welcome at La Pisa was lovely. John is a great cook, we ate incredibly well, our room was extremely comfortable and both John and Gwen made us feel extremely welcome and at home. Thank you!

Pauline

We cycled up to La Pisa via the fantastic Hermida Gorge and found a fabulous welcome in the most scenic of locations. Not only was a cold beer available upon arrival but also a really friendly welcome from John, Gwen and Claire, a fabulous room with a view of the Picos d'Europa and a booked evening meal. And what a meal!! This is fine cuisine, served with local wines in the very finest of style in good company. We stayed three nights and had three fabulous meals based on a different bespoke menu each evening. A great location for cycling and walking - a very special place. We'll return!

John

Definitely a place to recommend. A very warm welcome from John, Gwen and their daughter Claire. Wonderful food cooked by John: a special blend of Spanish and English cuisine, with some sumptuous sauces and flavours. The dining room is full of maps and guides, with John as a real expert in advice on walks and climbs in this wonderful but challenging mountain range. Architecturally unexceptional but located in a charming hamlet well off the tourist track.

Edward

A fantastic place to stay. We travelled from London with our little one who had just turned four. We had a wonderful time.John and Gwen were great and John is a wonderful cook. A place where time stands still. What more could you ask for: lovely hosts, great food, beautiful scenery, peace and quiet. We'd certainly go again. Raj, Sue & Aniya.

Raj

A fantastic place to stay - excellent location and lovely hosts. John and Gwen were so welcoming from the start - the outstanding home cooked food, great company and excellent knowledge of the region made this a super base for the start of our holiday. We would absolutely return and recommend this fantastic guesthouse - well worth the visit!

Emma

La Pisa is a superb place to stay, wonderful location, rural but within 10 minutes drive of all amenities. John and Gwen wer perfect hosts, good company with an unrivalled knowledge of the region making it perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. John's home made, seasonal food was nothing short of outstanding. A perfect base for anyone visiting the region, particularly for those with beginners or little Spanish. We enjoyed every minute of our weeks stay.

John

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Claire McCann

  • Plan excursions in the peace and tranquility of the terrace to the chapel of the Patron Saint of Liebana, Santa Toribio Monastery and Romanesque Churches.
  • Flowers abound in the hay meadows, roadside verges, woodlands and bare rock regions at high altitude. Where ever you view flowers there will be an abundance of other wildlife, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Take the cable car from Fuente De, one of the longest single span cable cars in Europe at an altitude of 1070m up to over 1800m in four minutes. Simply enjoy the views and a coffee or more extensive walking.
  • Visit the paleolithic caves at Altamira to see the cave paintings, or El Soplao where mother nature carved out labyrinthine galleries where dripping water has formed stalacmites, stalactites and amazing helictites.
  • We can advise on all year round walking routes for all ages and ability from strolling through dappled woods to snow shoeing. For cyclists who enjoy a challenge, follow the routes taken by the tour of Spain.
  • Liebana Valley offers ample opportunities for more adventurous outdoor activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, canyoning, and climbing. We can put you in contact with the relevant professional guides.