If you are intending to stay here during the first Sunday in August, and fancy yourself as something of a speed merchant in a kayak, then you could hurry along to nearby Cangas de Onis and enter the race down the River Sella from there to Ribadesella on the coast. On the other hand, you could just sit in the garden of this attractive 19thC stone house on the edge of a pretty village and look at the mountains that seem to have been arranged for the purpose. Inside, old stone floors, soft pale yellow washed walls and pleasing contemporary furniture that doesn't quarrel with the older fabric of the building conspire to produce that fine (and difficult to achieve) balance between comfort and elegance. There is a large drawing room with enormous picture windows displaying the mountain view. A cosy dining room doubles as the breakfast room and it is a measure of the thought behind the management of the hotel that there is always an extra table laid in case of emergencies. A stone and wrought-iron staircase leads up to comfortable, light, freshly decorated bedrooms, all with respectable bathrooms. There are opportunities for riding, trekking, climbing and potholing - but in acknowledgement of the limited number of local marked trails, the hotel can arrange your own personal guide to take walkers safely off the beaten track.