|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
New detached traditional Basque-style house overlooking the village of Etxalar, a well-preserved picturesque typical Basque village. Set in 12,000m2 of land.
Downstairs: open-plan living area, and kitchen with all mod cons. Toilet.
Upstairs: three double bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom and terrace. Can sleep up to six adults. Bathroom with bath.
My sister lives near the house, and is available to help you out with anything you need, for example: excursion planning, babysitting, and food shopping.
In the Pyrenees mountains, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Ideal for walking, riding, skiing, rafting, canoeing etc, to name but a few of the activities available.
20km from the coast and very fine beaches. Perfect for watersports, surfing, diving, sailing, fishing etc. Safe, clean beaches perfect for children and sunbathing!
There are many interesting towns and villages in the area including San Sebastian, Pamplona (with its bull runs), and Hondarribia in Spain. Biarritz, St Jean de Luz and Hendaye in France.
Very near the French border (8km) and TGV train station in Hendaye, with Eurostar connection in Paris.
35km from San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
35km from Biarritz International airport with daily Ryanair flights from London Stansted.
Keywords: villa, mountains, sea, coast, traditional, house
We loved everything about this vacation - the location, the house, the town, the weather, the activities, and our host! Once you find the town of Extalar (a feat in itself), everything is as described and rated by others. Although you can drive right up to the house, we loved taking the 45 minute leisurely walk to and from the village of 829 (and counting) people. Four of us shared the accommodation for a full week. With open doors and windows (screens not needed except for the occasional fly or mosquito), we could hear the distant cow bells as well as the trickle of the mountain stream empty into the fountain in the yard. Many hikes are available in the area as well as day trips by car. We weren't as adventurous of some of the previous guests who hiked to France for lunch, but we did make a short car trip to Hendaye to shop at the local open-air market. Be prepared to switch from Spanish to French quickly, but most of the locals know enough English to be able to communicate. Days usually consisted of a leisurely breakfast followed by a hike or car trip, lunch out, and dinner at home where we could watch the changing landscape of the approaching evening. Our host, Beki who lives in the garage apt. on the property, was a delight. Never hovering, but always available with tips, suggestions, maps, and answers to our many questions. We weren't ready to leave and are now counting the days until we can return.
My wife and I just returned from spending two weeks in the Basque Country with another couple, the last week based in this lovely house. The house is located on one of the high hills surrounding Extalar and, so has beautiful views of the village below and its’ surrounding landscapes. The views are ever and continually changing as the sun travels through its’ arc. Clouds pass by, morning fog fills the valley, hiding the village below then clears, revealing the sun warmed tile roofs below. We often had rainbows.
The road takes you to the village in just a few minutes where, in the morning there is a great bakery for croissants, breads and other delectables. And the baker and his family are a delight to talk to. There is a small grocery and several places for a coffee and light snack. There is a walking trail to the town as well which doesn’t take much more time than a drive.
We hiked a number of beautiful trails around the hills surrounding the village as well as those we drove a bit to get to. Hendaye and St. Jean de Luz in France as well as San Sebastian and Hondarribia in Spain, all with great markets, are 30-40 minutes away.
The house is beautiful, interesting and comfortable. Everything was very clean and in top working order. Beki was always easily available and very helpful in planning trips, hikes, markets, etc.. We enjoyed pulling chairs out on the patio and just soaking up the sun and breeze while taking in the amazing vistas. Slept like so many babies. Would love to go again.
Spent a week at the house and the house felt like part of the holiday experience not just somewhere to stay. Lovely views from the terraces, amazing to wake up to in the morning. Inside of house well kept with lots of space and has all you would need. Kitchen well equipped. Boys loved the outside shower and had it checked out in less than 5 minutes of arriving! Handy walk into the town which was good and within easy reach of supermarkets in Hendaye etc. Useful tips from Beki on where to go, places we wouldn't have found on our own. Loved San Sebastián and got the train there from Hendaye which was much better than driving in. Great base for exploring this gorgeous region and Beki was great to have on hand for any questions and for tips. Would definitely recommend this house.
The location of the house was outstanding, in a way remote but still within easy walking distance to the next little town which was very pretty and and absolute pleasure to walk to. The house itself was beautiful, build in the local style and been only about 10 years old in a good condition. The kitchen was well equipped and cooking a meal was easy, seating area with plenty of plates, cutlery and glasses was provided. Washrooms where clean and in a very good working condition. The bedrooms where also very nicely designed with lots of windows and a very nice rustic charm to it, unfortunately we all (family of 4) found the beds rather uncomfortable as they where rather soft and springy. We also did found that the blankets, pillows and towels provided where all of a rather musty smell which made sleeping a bit less enjoyable, maybe it was due to the recent moist weather in the region. Yes, it was a beautiful house in an amazing location and I can absolutly recommend staying in this nice house, but I do would like to offer a few suggestions to make a stay more enjoyable. It did felt that the upkeep of the house has been neglected a bit as the landscaping was heavily overgrown and in terms of lounging or just hanging out in the house the seating possibilities where rather limited as the living room had no couch/sofa and the outside area had also no seating or dining area.
I'm not sure how to describe this house and this part of the world...it was simply magical. We spent 2 weeks this summer - alternating between Spain and France whether on foot or a short ride by car. And every afternoon, we'd return to our farmhouse and breathe easy. Many days, we'd simply walk down to the village (7 min walk past sheep and horses), see how many kids were playing in the river, buy a baguette, some sheep cheese, a bottle of nice rosado, and return to sit on a balcony, on the patio, or in the kitchen area. Beki, Kyra and their father (who built the house) have done a wonderful job of having everything there you might need yet having it all be authentically Basque - which the family is. Things to do - hike to France, enjoy the outdoor shower (in addition to indoors of course), shop produce markets in France, see the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the Navarra Museum in Pamplona, buy Lorpen socks in Etxalar, taste peppers in Espelette and Irougeluy wine in France, hike up to the cima of Askua for the vista from the Pyrenees to the Cote Basque, see the witches/smugglers caves, try to learn Euskara, visit petit Bayonne, San Sebastian, Hondarribia (take the boat from Hendaye), and the list goes on and on.
The house is very comfortable. The library is fascinating. There is no wifi but it is available in the village - we found we preferred to be without. Comfortable beds, hot showers with great water pressure, fully equipped kitchen (we cooked almost every night and had all breakfasts chez nous), maps and ideas for exploring, washing machine and dishwasher. There was nothing else that we needed.
We would have stayed a month; there was so much more to see, to do, and to simply savor.
Concerning the VRBO review tips/guidelines - listing was absolutely accurate, photos too. Property impeccable, owner very helpful including allowing us to follow her to our first local market in St Jean de Luz. Would I recommend this spot to family and friends - unequivocally.
We just spent three lovely days at this beautiful house in the Basque region. Nestled on top of this hill, overlooking the picturesque village of Etxalar. This house was ideally situated for enjoying the village, or hiking in the mountains or driving to nearby French and Spanish villages. We could go on beautiful hikes directly out the front door through rolling hills, passing by sheep, cows and wild horses. We drove into the beautiful village of St. Jean de Luz to buy extraordinary cheese and pastries. We ate at this Michelin three star rated restaurant only 30 minutes away. You can walk into the village from the house and have a glass of wine at the local bar. But don't expect to speak English, because the signs and the people speak Basque.
The house is a beautiful two story house full of art and objects collected from all over. I came across a book of jokes from 1897, signed by the previous owner in 1897. There is a beautiful garden out the kitchen door full of flowers and herbs. The sun streams in through the doors and windows. You can hear the spring fountain, the sheep and cow bells, and the sounds of the village bells ringing. You can sit on the porch and soak in the sun and watch the sheep roam the hilly countryside. It is a very beautiful place.
I would recommend that you rent a small car, because the roads are very narrow as you approach the house, often leaving room for only one direction. Getting to the house involves a lot of twists and turns but Beki, the owner's sister, is very helpful in taking you to the house and providing helpful suggestions of where to visit and day trips.
I would unreservedly recommend this house for a get away. You can experience the peace of the Basque region and culture and also the nearby villages. The city of San Sebastian is a short 30 minute drive away. The only disappointing thing was not having more time to experience the lifestyle here and the villages nearby. I think the thing I will remember and hold dear the most is the sheep, donkeys, cows and wild horses we would come upon on our walks in the hillside.
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