Tradition And Sustainability Come Together In A Modern Mountain Hideaway

La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain
La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • House
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from € 150 nt
Architect Marc Furnival Forms A Connection Between Past & Present

Once the site of a derelict stone barn, this vacation home rental in Spain honors its place among the historic and rugged northern region with a modern and rigorously sustainable design and a palpable sense of belonging. 

Developed and designed by UK and Spain based architect and owner Marc Furnival for himself, the underlying design concept was to make the interiors and exterior complementary but distinctive, with both traditional and contemporary elements – achieving a sense of connection in balance with the surroundings and local context.

Advocating that good design is about interpretation, care was taken to study traditional architectonic elements and details, proportions, colors and materials and state-of-the-art sustainability efforts. Part of a case study on sustainable development, Furnival also used only local craftsmen whose skills and techniques are native to the region. 

Just a short walk down to the village, the area is a charming rural hamlet along an ancient cattle route where you’ll periodically have to make way for the shepherds and their bovine friends on their way to the high mountain pastures. 

This is a stylish and thoughtfully designed home in a beautiful region meant to be savored.

Description

Facing south towards the Picos de Europa National Park above the tiny village of La Molina, this vacation home for rent in Spain is a work of modern design both in contrast and in context to it’s rural surroundings.    

Completely redesigned and rebuilt from a decaying stone barn, architect Marc Furnival and his wife embarked on the restoration project following years of travel, settling into this tiny hamlet in the breathtakingly beautiful north.

Extensive research into the local vernacular resulted in a unique combination and balance of traditional and modern design practices, achieving a sense of connection with the surroundings and the cultural aspects of the region.  

The spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas feature sleek concrete floors, exposed timber ceilings and picture windows framing the Picos mountains, with a stone fireplace and a terrace with lovely views. Upstairs is a master suite and an additional double bedroom, each with gorgeous mountain views.

The house is part of a case study in an article on sustainable development that outlines the wider relationships between human activity, function and building design and is constructed using the highest sustainable standards: aero-thermal systems, limestone and natural lime plaster, clay block, brick, and local materials sourced from within an hours drive, including sustainable labor and craftsmen whose unique skills are inherent to the area.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, cable TV with DVD player and DVDs (Spanish and English), universal audio speaker system, library of Spanish and English books, bath and kitchen amenities with basic pantry items included, laundry facilities. 

AROUND

The village of La Molina lies in front of the Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias, in Spain’s rugged and less widely traveled north. The Cueto Pando National Park is within a short walk from the house with historic tree-shaded paths along the Casaño river leading into the park, with views into the heart across to the sea.

From dramatic mountains and unspoiled coastline, beautiful forests and sparkling rivers, there are a few less well known natural wonders to be discovered.  

La Olla de San Vicente along the River Dobra marks the edge of the Picos de Europa National Park where you can walk to a small lake along the river. 

The longer walk to Mofrechu peak grants you panoramic views of the coast near Ribadesella and across to the Picos de Europa National Park while the lower El Hayedo de Biescona forest closest to the coast, is a beautifully atmospheric route with mountain views across the Sueve range. The lesser well known Ponga park and the town of Cangas de Onís with its traditional market every Sunday are nearby with good access to the coast and its many beautiful beaches. 

The dramatic and sheltered Gulpiyuri beach and Bufones de Pria, near Ribadesella are set amongst the rocks where natural fissures in the rock make for spectacular cliff top jets of water and wild waves that crash into the cliff face below. San Antolín beach is gentler for fun on the water with a lively beach cafe during high season. The small fishing village of Tazones, west of Villaviciosa is a good spot for enjoying the fresh catch of the day.

LOCATION

La Molina, Asturias, Spain. Nearest Airport: Santander Airport (115km) or Asturias Airport (131km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall with a fireplace for cooler seasons

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  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
  • La Molina Mountain House, Asturias, Spain | vacation homes for rent
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Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bed Type1 Queen, 1 Double
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms1 Bathroom
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewGorgeous Picos de Europa National Park and countryside views
Rates
Check-In4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Check-Out12:00 PM
Cancellation100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
NotesPayment accepted by bank transfer, or PayPal.
A 25% deposit is required on confirmation of booking with the remaining 75% to be paid at least one month before arrival.
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Reviews

4 Reviews

  • Helga, July 21, 2020

    Beautiful designed house in a mountain village. The library in the house is extensive and interesting. The silence is unbelievable. You only hear the wind and the sound of the bells of the goats and the cows in the mountains. A lot of  nice hi kings in less than 30 min away. I would recommend it to everyone 

    Helga

    Malle, Belgium

  • Elena, March 8, 2020

    La experiencia ha sido fantástica. Casa Cusau es acogedora, con un diseño muy minimal, tiene todo lo que se puede necesitar. Yo destacaría la terracita de entrada que es muy agradable y la planta superior con una cocina perfectamente equipada, con unas vistas muy chulas de los picos de Europa, un sofá en el que da gusto sentarse un ratito a descansar y la chimenea es imprescindible. Nos llevamos recuerdos de la gente del pueblo, sencilla y encantadora, de la ruta del río Casaño, de la visita a Asiego … Asturias siempre en nuestro corazón! Gracias!

    Elena

    Majadahonda, España

  • Sam, June 24, 2019

    Marc and Olga have created a little bit of heaven in Asturias. Located at the end of a one lane road at the foot of the Picos de Europa behind the small town (if that) of Canales de Cabrales is Casa Cusau. A modern living space that feels a bit like it is located at the end of civilization. There are details throughout the house that make it feel very much like home. Fantastic amenities, a veritable library, but as wonderful as the place is, the real star is the location. Wake up to birdsong. Have the Rio Casano and it’s swimming holes as your backyard. After two days I was ready to move in. Even now, a few weeks later, I can’t wait to return.

    The pictures on the site are accurate. The place is beautiful. Marc and Olga have plenty of great recommendations. We felt that perfect balance of left just enough alone, but well responded to when needed.

    Sam

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States

  • It is very difficult to put into Words how  Beatifull the house in  la Molina is. The house is a architectural wonder, modern but very relaxed. We felt at home immediatly maybe also due to the warm welcome of Marc and Olga. All details in the house are right and we highly recommend it.
    Thanks 

    Jan Willem en Marleen de Waard

    Hoorn , Netherlands

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