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WELL. We had a great week staying at Casa Azul.
The property is beautiful and the views of the surrounding park are amazing. While sitting on the terrace for coffee or breakfast the backdrop is like a painting.
And my partner went swimming in the lake every day - her opinion? I WANT TO KEEP IT.
Also, keep an eye out for the neighbours gatos - the friendly cats that want to know what you're up to and hope you have food in the offing. We formed quite the bond.
A walk or very short drive away is Castil - a beautiful town made up of white buildings nestled in the hills. A great joy was walking in to the town and having coffee or raciones at one of the lovely cafes.
All the surrounding towns are worth a visit, for the cave houses, churros, beautiful buildings, and markets on offer
This is a fabulous place away from anywhere - glorious meals over looking the lake with just swifts and eagles overhead for company.
Swimming in the lake, exploring the surrounding mountain trails and walks and tapas in small town of Castril were delightful.
Worth stocking up on basics - we missed market day on Mondays and the small supermarkets in the town are limited - although nice butcher and bakery.
We definitely hope to return
Could not recommend highly enough! We had a short break here and absolutely wish we could have stayed longer.
It doesn’t look possible but the views are even better than in pictures. We didn’t see another person at the lake while we were here, it was a very tranquil getaway from city life.
Neighbours Paco and his son (and their many cats) were very welcoming.
Go for at least a week - we wanted to see lots more and wished we could stay!
A unique place with remarkable natural beauty.
Stunning view, cosy and very comfortable, spacious house with everything you need.
This is a place for nature lovers, people who seek to be away from the distractions of everyday life or those who love sports such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, trail running or canoeing.
The road is actually ok, a bit bumpy but have seen much worse. It’s one of the very few locations that are even better in reality than the already most promising photos suggest! We arrived in the middle of the night but once we saw everything in daylight it was breath-taking.
What else should I say? I am sure we will return…it was awesome.
I just wrote a more comprehensive review then lost it as I'd timed out.
So....Go to this house.
It's utterly incredible. Extraordinary. Breath-taking.
We had a lovely time in this beautiful location, way off the beaten track and so peaceful. Wonderful swimming in the lake and a very relaxing stay in a delightful property.
Casa Azul is a lovely traditional house sited spectacularly by Lake Portillo.
We had excellent weather and enjoyed our stay enormously.
Castril is a very friendly town with a tardis-like supermarket and great bars/restaurants.
We had a great time in this house in Castril.
The surroundings are beautiful! Just like the pictures.
We enjoyed our daily breakfast at the private terrace with lake view.
We did nice hikes and haven't seen any other tourists.
There are good facilities in the house and Castril is a friendly little town.
Not speaking Spanish could be a problem, but the neighbour can use sign language and locals are likeable and patient.