The Palación de Toñaneswas one of the most unforgettable hotels we have ever stayed in. A 300-year-old farmhouse made from cut store - even the doorways were chiselled from stone. Add matching furniture and it was like living in a period house. The gardens are extensive and immaculate. Lods of area for kids to play and a securely fenced swimming area. The Hotel is surrounded by working farms with cattle, deer, horses, goats, chickens and rabbits. A little piece of paradise. Yes, you can touch them. The closest beach is 2 miles and a beautiful walk over the headland. The sunsets from the headland (5 mins walk) over the Atlantic / Bay of Biscay are stunning as are the waves crashing into the cliffs.
The menu is extensive and the food was superb. Given how few rooms there are, it has the feel of a personal chef. Best fish I have ever tasted.
The rooms were spotless and the staff were super helpful and friendly, with lots of advice about the surrounding area and food.
Great area for walking - especially if you want to experience a few miles of the Northern Camino. The hotel is on the route. Comillas is 9km and Santillana del mar 8km. Good base for sightseeing and touring by car.