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« on: September 30, 2007, 12:22 PM »
Casa Gustavo, Aliezo, Potes, Picos de Europa


Close to Potes along side the Picos de Europa National Park, (Cantabrian part) is the hamlet of Aliezo where we found the house of Lisa and Mike Stuart. This building breathes history through its very walls. Wooden creaky floorboards a warren of corridors and rooms with such character are an absolute pleasure. This is no ordinary guest house that’s for sure. This is a working home where parents are raising a family and where it is impossible not to get caught up in the infectious passion for the surrounding mountains and wildlife.

This place is also a meeting point for the serious mountain hiker and winter sports enthusiast. Having been in the area for over 17 years Mike has knowledge of this area in sunshine or snow, inside and out. His enthusiasm about the mountains is a pleasure to listen to and when you get there take a look at the picture of him snow boarding down what looks to me to be a vertical cliff face!

 Luckily for us and those who simply “appreciate” nature there is an alternative to the radical scary stuff of scree slopes and snow. Various maps and books are available in the dining room to help you learn more about the area. If Mike is out guiding a group then Lisa is on hand to help you get the most out of where to walk or visit for she too knows the places to avoid and the best places to see. The value of a local person for inside information is priceless.

Both breakfast and dinner are served at one table in the dining room. The food is absolutely excellent and is prepared by Lisa herself. Conversation flows as fast as the wine between guests who all have information to share about where to visit and what was seen during their day. Nature networking at it’s very best!

Lisa is also running an online petition at the moment to save a stunning pass named San Glorio from developers that wish to turn it into a winter sports complex. Read more about this at her petition site. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/418999897

Clive and Sue
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