Descending the Cares river route towards the sea of San Vicente de la Barquera we are close to discovering a unique hotel space, on the plain of Cabezón de la Sal. El Jardin de Carrejo, takes its name from its hamlet; because of its size one would say there is no other garden in Carrejo but this one. This is the reason it resembles an established public park, in which huge trees such as sequoias and cedars grow in close proximity of each other, along with a few Washington palm trees so common to these “Indiano” homes in this northern region where the stone pool system surprises us in what used to be a fish farm and “light factory”, with its canals and sluicegates . Beautiful industrial archaeology. The Sajón river-bed goes through the estate irrigating this three hectare plot, which also contains elms, maples, hollies, walnuts, birches and lime trees, with an 800 m path to stroll along. Amongst all the greenery stands the main house, dating back to 1881. Built of masonry, typical of the area, it was once the estates caretakers home, stables and barn. It surprises us with modern rooms, vanguard spaces and warmth from the fire place. An impeccable property which has been a “smoke free hotel” since it opened, espousing a healthy life style which is apparent throughout the complex. The decor has been expressly designed for the hotel. Walnut and chestnut wood have been used by local cabinet makers, from the walls hang the work of great contemporary Spanish photographers such as Chema Madoz, Garcia Alix, Ciuco Gutierrez amongst others. In another area of the property where the chicken house once stood, we find two cubic suites particularly comfortable for clients with reduced mobility adding a modern component to this grand centennial garden.