From the United Kingdom.
By air to Barajas International airport, Madrid.
Flights to Madrid are available from several different airlines, and prices are generally very reasonable. British Airways flies in to Terminal 4, which is ultra-modern and very large, making it more difficult and time-consuming to find your way to the car rental desks etc. EasyJet and Ryanair both fly in to Terminal 3, which is much smaller. The car rental desks are close to the Arrivals area, and rental cars are parked within a couple of minutes walk of the terminal.
EasyJet flies to Madrid from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. Ryanair flies to Madrid from Stansted and Manchester.
Detailed instructions for the drive from the airport to La Hacienda de Gredos are available on request.
By ferry to Santander or Bilbao.
Brittany Ferries run a frequent service from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao. The crossing lasts between twenty and twenty four hours and is a really relaxing way to start your holiday. It is also no more expensive than driving through France once all the costs have been taken into consideration.
On arrival in northern Spain, there is a journey of approximately five and a half hours to reach the house. Apart from the last stretch of about fifty miles, which is over a mountain pass in the Sierra de Gredos, the journey is virtually all on well-signposted motorways.