BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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BEAUTIFUL HOUSE IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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.

Location:

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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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4.8
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
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Etxalar Cinco Villas
5

Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
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Etxalar Cinco Villas
4

Indeed a beautiful house in the basque region

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
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Etxalar Cinco Villas
Norway
5

A magical place

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
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+44 7947 011 824 (United Kingdom)
Etxalar Cinco Villas
Canada
5

Lovely house in the Basque Region

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Beautiful House in the Basque Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p224732vb
+44 7947 011 824 (United Kingdom)
Etxalar Cinco Villas
5

A Dream Location

  • 5 of 5
Have just returned from 5 weeks travelling in Spain. During my stay I rented 6 different homes/villas/apartments for various times. Without doubt our time in Etxalar was our favourite accommodation for a ream of reasons.

First off the location of this glorious home in the mountains overlooking the village of Etxalar. The House is beautiful, a piece of art to live in. It was clean, spacious, countless nooks and patios to sit and breath it all in and the decoration of the home......just lovely with origional art and bright clean colous.

Secondly, Beki, our host. Thanks so very much Beki for making our stay such a wonderful experience. Your enthuasim for the country, the nearby village, the people and culture of Spain, and your daily interaction with us truly contributed tremendously to our stay...not just in Etxalar but also in our perspective of Spain in general.

I would highly recommend this property for anybody travelling to Spain who wants a taste of the wonderful Basque country.....a haven for sleeping and enjoying wonderful meals at the end of a long day of wandering or simply to come, unpack and enjoy the wonderful vistas, quiet and beauty of this place in the mountains outside the village.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
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+44 7947 011 824 (United Kingdom)
Etxalar Cinco Villas
Australia
4

Basque Country town

  • 4 of 5
If you are looking for a "get away from it all" location, this is for you. The town of Extalar is only 30 minutes from the western Spainish coastline to towns such as San Sebastian on good quality highways. If the travelling doesn't bother you and you want to have access to the more touristy spots while staying in a very non-touristy area, then this town is for you. Our host, Becky was delightful and very informative. This part of the Basque country consists of beautiful hillsides, lovely walks in nearby national parks (everything is a windy road drive to get to which seems normal for this part of the world). Restaurant selection is minimal in the town and the surrounding towns, however, again, if you are willing to do the drive there are nice restaurants 30-60 minutes away. Ensure you telephone to check if restaurants are open as we were disappointed on 2 or 3 occasions where we arrived to closed restaurants. Suggested day trip is the Cog Railway in France in the town of Sare. Other activities in the region which were worth a visit included a visit to historic timber boat museum (great tour, very personalised) and the cider museum. If you want a busy hub then go elsewhere, if you want peace and quiet with lovely views and self-catering opportunities, then definitely this is a good location. The house itself is just as advertised and the photos were accurate. A bit chilly for those of us not used to European cooler climates so bring an extra jacket if you are from the southern hemisphere! Thanks again Becky, it was lovely having the opportunity to meet with you and gain some local insights.
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Amenities

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Etxalar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Garage
  • Parking Off Street
  • Covered Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have bath, shower, sink, toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • water skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sailing
  • cycling
Notes:
Set in 12,000m2 of land
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