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Casa de aldea Goje - self catering in Asturias

Casa de aldea Goje is a self catering house that comfortably sleeps 4 people in 3 bedrooms. There is a mezzanine bedroom that will sleep a small child. In addition to the main house there is a converted bread oven that sleeps 2 persons. This is very small but very unique!!
It is situated in a beautiful hamlet just over 6 kilometres from San Tirso de Abres. Click here for a map. San Tirso is just inside Asturias and is about an hour and a half from Asturias airport. San Tirso itself is about 10 kilometres from Vegadeo which is the nearest large town with supermarkets, bars and restaurants. San Tirso itself has a couple of bars and restaurants.
There is a large entrance hall with a games room leading off it. There is table football and a games console. There is also a washing machine in a utility area. Up a few stairs there is a large room with a wood burning stove and dining area. This is a nice area for eating and sitting. There is a simple kitchen leading off this which has a ceramic hob, microwave and dishwasher. There is  no oven.
To the right is a large lounge with a TV and DVD/CD player. There is Spanish TV only. Leading off the lounge is the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom (shower). There are 2 additional bedrooms which share a bathroom. This has a bath, shower, toilet and bidet.
The bread oven is very small but has a toilet, shower, TV, sofa bed and kitchen unit. It is completely self contained and can be rented on its own or in conjunction with the main house.
The price for the house is 120€ per night or 675€ for a week
The price for the bread oven is 35€ per night or 200€ for a week
To check availability or make a reservation, please call +44 7799 332361 or e mail

Flower carpets - Castropol, Asturias 2013

Flower carpet
This years flower carpets in Castropol were blessed with nice weather. After last year's disappointment due to wind and rain, everyone was hoping for kind weather this year. It was a bit breezy but the sun shone and the carpets looked fantastic. People started arriving early (for Spain) and the coaches of tourists started to fill up all the local car parks. The local bars were rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of a busy day in the middle of the recession.
The Castropol flower carpets are some of the best in Spain and the local villagers spend all year planning the carpets. They stay up all night laying them on the streets of the village. They are laid on paper and for the borders they use Eucalyptus gum nuts. A whole variety of products are used from flowers, reeds, coffee, tinted sawdust, wheat husks, scallop shells, sand etc. 
The flower carpets are only there for a very short period of time. At 12.30pm there is a mass and when this is finished, there is a procession around the village through the carpets. This destroys them and they are then swept up and put away for another year. If you visited the village in the evening you would never know anything had happened!!