You arrive at this secluded retreat, between the mountains and the sea, under an imposing stone doorway bearing the coat of the arms of the Villa-Setién family, the historic owners of this 17thC stone house. It is situated right next to the village church, San Esteban de Mentera. Current owners - a brother and sister team of Josu and Zorione - provide an excellent Cantabrian welcome and, with their extensive knowledge of the surrounding area, can help organise activities such as fishing, horse-riding and quad biking.
Inside, every effort has been made to ensure the comfort of their guests; there is an airy dining room and a sitting room with an open fireplace for when the temperature drops. The ten bedrooms are spacious and comfortable but ask for a room with a balcony to make the most of the spectacular views.
You'll eat well. The restaurant serves up an excellent buffet breakfast and Cantabrian dinner - and reports of Zorione’s cooking are universally good.
Some have reported that the hotel is hard to find; take the first left after the sign for Mentera village and try to arrive before dark.