1691. Carlos II appoints Dionisio Ximénez de Urea y Camargo, at the time Count of Aranda and Knight of the Military Order of Calatrava, Marquis of Vilueña. It is the beginning of a saga and a title that will be passed down from generation to generation, until it reaches one of the members of the Carrillo family, a native of Vinuesa. That is why in 1764 that visontino Marquis ordered the construction of a rectangular-shaped palace in the village, with large ashlar stones and dignified sobriety, with the intention of using it to rest. Its large size and the majesty of its materials are striking. And so is a façade whose elegance is rare at that time: carved in white ashlar, and, if you take some time to look for it, you can find the largest stone ever placed in any visontino building. After all, many simply call it “the Palace”.
Also known as the Palace of the Valtueña, the building has got, like the rest of the big old mountain houses, large wooden eaves that protect it from downpours and, on sunny days, cast their wide shadows on the cobblestones. Its gate is also typical of the region, with a semi-circular arch with a large voussoir, this time decorated with coffers on jambs with boxed pilasters.
Above, four balconies on stone bases surround a centre piece dominated by the Vilueña coat of arms. It is divided into two very differentiated sections: on the right side, you can see coat of arms of the Montenegro of Vinuesa, ancestors of the Carrillos; on the left appears the emblem of other predecessors, the Neyla, along with five black cauldrons. All this is covered by a border with eight Xs, which should be golden if they were properly decorated, and the words “Ave Maria”. Two lions support the ensemble, crowned by a feather-crested helmet that reveals the date of construction.
The passing of the centuries was responsible for giving different uses to this building, which would one day be bought by a Visontino and later on donated to the village that gave birth to him. Thus, “the Palace”, which once was a Vocational Training Institute, today houses a nursing home. The street where it is located is named after that son of the village: Andrés Villacieros Carretero.