Casona de la Paca is a large Spanish-American house built at the end of the XIXth Century by José Martinez, an eccentric man from Cudillero who having made a fortune in Cuba returned to his roots full of memories of the new world. With the riches obtained and the homesickness accumulated he built with pride a stately home, full of crossed memories: neoclassical architecture, exotic vegetation and rich people’s manners in poor man’s land. The house has been through complete restoration. Today La Casona de la Paca is a welcoming hotel, the restoration done on it has left the Spanish-American spirit of the house intact, but has adapted it to the new needs and with the comforts we expect from a hotel with charm. The common areas, as are the main drawing room with a fire place, library and a small bar or the breakfast room which turns into a meeting room, or a space for playing games or reading, are our favourite corners. The new summer drawing room, a totally glassed in gallery, also turns into a privileged meeting room with views over the garden. The silence, the singing of the birds and the aromas from the garden change with the seasons in this hotel which nearly peers out onto Cudilleros´ port which we can go down to, on a pleasant walk. In the garden there are also some two storey apartments integrated in the surrounding landscape and very well equipped. This is an extra sensorial hotel, a coastal refuge sheltered from the buffeting of the Cantabrian Sea.
The Hotel has no architectural barriers, and there are rooms comfortable for wheel chairs, although the bathrooms are not totally equipped. Signage in Braille and relief for clients with impeded vision.
A wide selection of sport and leisure activities to do with the sea, countryside and mountain. Excursions on horseback, canoeing, sailing and rides on a boat with space for 8 people, idea for spending the day out fishing with friends.
Cudillero and its fishing port, Playa del Silencio (Silence beach), Ruta de los Miradores (Route of the Viewpoints). Oviedo (old part of town, cathedral and pre-Romanesque monuments, San Miguel de Lillo, San Julián de los Prados and Santa María del Naranco), the port in Luarca, Castropol.
- Spain Northern Eyewitness Guide. Dorling Kindersley. By Nick Rider and Mary-Ann Gallagher. 2011. 14£.
- Northern Spain (Adventure Map). National Geographic Maps. 2011. 7,5£.
Breakfasts are very complete, home baking typical of the area such as aniseed ring shaped pastries, frixuelos or torrijas (typical Easter time bread in honey and milk). There are also cold cuts, Asturian cheeses, yogurts, bread with tomatoe and oil and orange juice. The Hotel has no restaurant, but Cudillero has a wonderful gastronomic offer.
Fabes (big white beans), cheeses from Asturias, various cold cuts, pottery, knives of Taramundi, dried fish of Cudillero, natural cider.
By car. From Oviedo by motorway A8, in 40 minutes.
By bus, daily service by ALSA from Oviedo, Avilés and Gijón. Tel. 985 969 696 and 902 422 242.
By plane. Asturias airport 10 minutes away from the Hotel.
By train. FEVE has the lines Ferrol-Oviedo and Oviedo-Santander-Bilbao.
El Pito station just a few meters from the Hotel. Tel. 985 982 381.