Casona De El Castañiu Review (A Little Paradise In Asturias)

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Here’s my Casona de el Castañiu review based on my family’s stay in this super beautiful and tranquil accommodation during our vacation in Asturias last July 12-15, 2021.

We stayed in this rural hotel during our entire stay in Asturias and my husband didn’t mind at all that he has to drive from the hotel to Mieres for work because the place is really worth the extra drive!

Casona de el Castañiu Review

Casona de el Castañiu Location

El Castañiu is a 3-star rural hotel located in Serrapio, Asturias, a 20-25 minutes drive from Mieres, Asturias, and around 34-40 minutes drive from Oviedo.

Casona de El Castañíu
Serrapio 33
33685, Aller, Asturias

+34 985 49 42 67
info@elcastaniu.com

Casona de el Castañiu Property

This rural hotel in Asturias is a two storey hotel surrounded by mountains and pure nature! It was rebuilt to reflect a typical Asturian stone house respecting the traditional architecture.

The view is very beautiful, the husband said that it looks like those seen in magazine spreads! The surrounding is also very quiet and the air is so fresh!

Casona De El Castañiu review (a piece of paradise in Asturias).
Casona De El Castañiu – a piece of paradise in Serrapio, Asturias.

On the upper side of the property is a farm (we saw a man working with his tractor) and on the left side is a gated grazing area for sheep. The sound of the sheep’s bells is lovely music to listen to – it’s so soothing and calming!

In addition, el castañiu is on top of the hill that sets it apart from the other houses.

GARDEN AND FRONT YARD

Cason de el Castañiu has a very well-maintained garden and front yard, very picturesque and instagrammable (though I don’t have Instagram anymore)! 🙂

instagrammable view in casona de el castañiu
What a view!

The dew makes the grass wet every morning, though, that I had to change the kids’ socks twice because they were playing in the garden before and after breakfast.

But it’s totally worth it because they had so much fun just by biking and exploring the garden and front yard.

HORREO

Horreo is very typical in every Asturian house in the past as explained by the husband. It is a small structure separate from the main house that serves as a storage for food.

It is built in wood or stone and raised from the ground by pillars. Each pillar has a flat stone to make sure that rats can’t get inside the horreo.

The stairs were also built separately from the main structure to make sure that rats can’t have access to the horreo.

The horreo in Casona De El Castañiu.
The horreo in Casona De El Castañiu.

#2 had so much fun climbing the stairs of the horreo many times!

Casona de el Castañiu Rooms

There are only 5 rooms in el castañiu (4 upstairs and 1 downstairs), which is a very good thing for us because it means fewer people = quieter surroundings!

The 5 rooms are norte, sur, este, oeste, and 4 vientos. We were assigned the norte room, a 35 sq.m. suite with a queen-size bed, 3 luminous windows, 2 40″ TVs, a small balcony, a small sala with a sofa bed, a hairdryer, other bathroom essentials (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste), and a bathtub with a jacuzzi.

The bathtub with the jacuzzi is the favorite of our 3-year old son! On our first night, he was in the bath until 11 pm!

On the 2nd night, we bathed him before going to dinner and when we came back, he declared he’s dirty, so we would let him bathe again. 🙂

Casona de el Castañiu Food Options

There is no in-house restaurant in el castañiu, but it has a small, lovely kitchen and a cozy dining area.

The dining area is close to an old fireplace with some household things of the olden times like an iron (like the old ones we had in the Philippines).

It is also attached to the living room with a tv, so you can watch some news or shows while eating breakfast if you like.

Breakfast is included in the price and it is personalized according to your wishes which is very nice.

The crew will tell you of the available options for the day and they’ll serve you your choices along with the beverages that you request.

We asked omelettes, cereals, croissants, and cola-cao for the kids. My husband and I had omelette, too, coffee, and pan con jamon y tomate (we requested twice because it was sooooo delicious).

Our healthy eating rules were definitely pushed aside during this vacation (and past vacations) and proper portion sizes were definitely not observed 🙁

They’ll serve you breakfast at the time that you prefer. On our first day, we originally preferred breakfast at 9 am. But my husband decided that he will leave early for Mieres and have breakfast there, so we sent a message to change our breakfast to 10 am.

Having breakfast at the dining area of Casona De El Castañiu.

On the 2nd and 3rd days, we requested an earlier breakfast. When we came down from our room, the staff was already there waiting for us. 🙂

Even if el castañiu has no in-house restaurant, but getting lunch or dinner is not a problem at all because there’s a restaurant nearby (I forgot the name), a mere 3-minute walk, just opposite the old church. We always go there for dinner.

We arrived late (10 pm), so we called the staff to inform them of our late arrival. We also asked if there’s a place to eat nearby, they recommended us the restaurant and made a call for our reservation.

You can just ask help from the staff to get a reservation if you wish to have dinner or lunch in the restaurant. The waitress was very nice and friendly, as well as the local people who were in the restaurant having some drinks.

Equipments & Services That Comes With Your Reservation

The reservation at this rural hotel includes a spacious room with a huge bed (sizes depends on each room), luminous windows, tv, balcony with a view, a small sala with a sofa bed (in some rooms), a hairdryer, other bathroom essentials (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste), a bathtub with a jacuzzi, free breakfast, free WIFI, and free parking.

Special Thank You To Casona de el Castañiu Staff

El castañiu staff were very nice, helpful, and friendly. We were personally attended by Almudena on our first day. Then by David on the 2nd day, and by both on our 3rd day.

They were patient, too, in answering and entertaining all our firstborn’s questions and stories!

We were playing in the garden after breakfast on our first day. Almudena was having her morning coffee on the bench outside, and #1 was asking her a lot of questions and telling her stories.

Almudena told me later that #1 was telling her a lot of stories. Even when she was already upstairs cleaning the balcony of the other room, #1 was shouting downstairs trying to ask her more questions!

David didn’t escape our firstborn’s questions and stories, neither!

We sent a message thru their WhatsApp number about the breakfast schedule and there’s no problem at all.

Things To Do Around Serrapio, Asturias

Serrapio is part of Aller, one of the municipalities of Asturias and it’s a very accessible drive to other municipalities of Asturias like Oviedo and Mieres. You can check out some of the top attractions in Aller municipality in this post by TripAdvisor.

If you visit Asturias by car, you can make el castañiu your base and go wherever in Asturias to explore.

We explored Oviedo on our 2nd day and I wrote a detailed post about it in One Day Tour In Oviedo, Asturias With Small Kids.

If we only had more days to spend in Asturias, it’s definitely ok with me to be in Casona de el Castañiu the entire day just relaxing, breathing fresh air, and just swinging in the hammock (there are 2) under the horreo all day long.

On our first night in this rural hotel, we went to the neighboring restaurant to have dinner and we passed by some cow manure on the street. Instantly reminded me of my hometown in the Philippines. Ahhhh, rural life is sooo lovely!

NOTE:

We booked our stay in el castañiu thru booking.com. My husband was the one looking for our accommodation in Asturias to make sure that it’s near Mieres. Once he found el castañiu, he then told me to book it.

I checked it on the booking.com app on my phone, but the price was 20€ higher on the phone app. So, I booked it thru the computer and thought that it won’t appear on my phone app, but it did.

So, check and compare the prices first on your booking.com app (if using) and on the browser on your computer.

Don’t forget to check the accommodation’s website as well, and do the booking where it’s cheaper.

Final Thoughts On Casona de el Castañiu

I highly recommend el castañiu as your accommodation if you’re planning a family vacation to Asturias, especially if you are looking for accommodation that is quiet and surrounded by nature!

Casona de el castañiu is totally a good option for accommodation for those who will be traveling to Asturias by car (there’s no train station or bus stop nearby) whether you travel as a couple or families with small or big kids.

our toddlers having a good time in casona de el castaniu.

You can go and explore the cities of Asturias during the day and go back to a piece of paradise for a good, tranquil rest in el castañiu at the end of the day.

Do you love rural accommodations, too? If yes, would you consider staying in Casona de el castañiu when visiting Asturias?

If not, what type of accommodation do you prefer? Feel free to share your answers in the comment section below.


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10 thoughts on “Casona De El Castañiu Review (A Little Paradise In Asturias)”

  1. Hi,

    for sure I am going to keep the little paradise in Asturias on my bucket list for the next time I go to Spain. For sure seems a great place to stay and visit specially if you have children. Thank you so much for your great article, it was really very helpful for my travel bucket list.

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    • I highly recommend Casona de el Castaniu as an accommodation when visiting Asturias. It’s sooo quiet and lovely, it won’t disappoint.

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  2. Hello Julai, what a beautiful place. I loved your Casona De El Castañiu review. It looks like an amazing place to visit. Gorgeous pictures as well. My family was not considering Asturias for our next vacation but after reading this review, I have put that on the list of options. I could just imagine the wonderful time my family would have at that place. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

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    • Hello Anna,

      I am so happy that you love the Casona De El Castañiu review. Indeed, it is an amazing place to be with your family, especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I am glad that you now consider Asturias as one of your next vacation options. 

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  3. This sounds like such a beautiful place and I loved your pictures. I could see that your sons were enjoying all that freedom and fresh air and you sounded so happy. I liked the building and your information about the separate building for the food was very interesting. I was thinking that the rats could jump from the separate stairs to the building easily!

    What a perfect family holiday in the country, with lovely restaurants a short walk away and great friendly service. I will take your advice to check on the website on my computer and on my mobile before booking this lovely farm stay.

    Thanks for sharing your trip.

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    • Hello Lily,

      We all had a great time in Casona De El Castañiu. My husband said that if he needs to go back to Asturias in the future, we will be staying in the same place. 

      I also find the horreo interesting and I had the same sentiment that the rats could easily jump despite the separate stairs, but my husband assured me that rats can’t jump in at all. 🙂

      I hope you’ll have a great time if ever you decide to visit Asturias and stay in Casona De El Castañiu in the future.

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  4. I had gone to Spain when I was a teenager. And now, my daughter’s husband invited all of us over there. We’re planing to go with several of our grandchildren. My daugther moved with her husband to Asturias, And they have been telling us there are lovely places to see over there. Casona de el Castañiu is at the top of our list.

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    • Hello Abel,

      There are a lot of good things to see in Asturias. My husband’s business partner who lives in Asturias is always encouraging my husband for us to move there. 🙂 I am sure you will enjoy your stay in Casona De El Castañiu.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this amazing article with us all here. I have to say that I found it very interesting and informative. It sounds like a place that I would like to visit sometime. However, it seems to be a bit far for me at this moment in time. But hopefully, sometime soon I will be able to visit this place.

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