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Fiesta de San Marcos - 25th April 2013

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The fiesta of San Marcos is on the 25th April every year. It is one of the few fiestas that is date specific, so this year it was on a Thursday. It takes place at A Cadeira which is on the road between Trabada and Lourenzana and only 10 minutes from the self catering at Granero del Burro. There is a beautiful little chapel and an area of open land at the top of the hill. This year was a fantastic day with blue skies and sun. There was a good turnout of folk who seem to use it as an excuse to just get together and natter.

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There were the usual collection of stalls selling everything from belts to slippers, and tee shirts to shoes. There were also a good selection of stalls selling local food products. There was a cheese to die for! The fiesta is also well known for its horses and donkeys. There were lots of both and if you were brave enough to ask, they are for sale! There were some beautiful horses and several had their foals with them.

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The 'hora de Vermuth' (hour of the Sweet Martini literally) was very busy with everyone enjoying the sunshine and a glass of the red stuff. The band 'Jerusalen' played for about an hour and a few of the elder folk had a little dance. After this it was time for that very Spanish indulgence.........lunch. This is in a tent in the middle of the field and the menu is usually pretty much the same. Octopus, boiled Ham, Pork Ribs, big tasty sausages, Padrón Peppers (try and get a hot one!) and lots of bread. Washed down with a bottle of local red or white, and that's it - the local fiesta!

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Hotel for sale in Asturias - 870,000€

Casona del Bosque de Pumares (3)

The Casona del bosque de Pumares is a 17th century restored property that is on the market as either a private residence or as a hotel. It closed as a hotel in October 2012 due to the owners retiring. The property has 11 bedrooms which comprise 9 en suite letting bedrooms, a basement en suite apartment, and an owners bedroom. It could also be used as a large family house as it is ideal for entertaining. In addition the the 11 bedrooms it has a thatched grain store, a restored chapel, a barn to restore and a beautiful enclosed courtyard.

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Pumares is a tiny hamlet close to Santa Eulalia de Oscos. This is a pretty part of Asturias and is about 40 minutes from the coast. There are lots of walks from the property as well as a spectacular waterfall nearby. A river runs close by and it is possible to fish here for Trout!

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The building was restored in 1999 and opened as a hotel. It maintained a lot of the original features such as the doors, the slate floors, the shutters and lots of agricultural relics. There is a very cosy room with a central open fire - very nice in Winter.

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The lounge is also very spacious with a galleried breakfast room leading off it. The bedrooms sit on two floors and are all individually decorated. All have en suite bathrooms. There are 6 rooms on the first floor and then 3 in the attic. The ground floor apartment could be used for self catering or for private use. The owner's apartment has its own lounge and bedroom with bathroom.

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