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Beautiful House in the Basque Country

Bedrooms 3
Space 160 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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. Breathtaking views and the perfect place to use as a base to explore the area and to completely unwind.

Update 2018: after years of trying, we now have wifi throughout the house!

A note about the approach to the house: the road approaching the house is a gravel track, which had extensive work on it at the start of 2018. It is perfectly adequate for a normal car, however may not be be very suitable for a sports car or an especially low car such as a Porsche.

Downstairs: open-plan living area and kitchen with all mod cons. Toilet and cloakroom.

Lots of comfortable seats and sofa, brand new smart TV, open fire with firewood. Really cosy and a great place to relax and unwind. Kitchen has all the mod cons to cook big meals. Big dining table and doors onto the terrace and garden.

Upstairs: three double bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom and terrace. Can sleep up to six adults. Bathroom with bath.

Bedroom 1: wonderful huge room with office area, large double bed, two balconies etc. Can be used as an extra sitting room.

Bedroom 2: access to the shared balcony. Double bed.

Bedroom 3: twin room, with its own ensuite bathroom and terrace.

Both the ensuite bathroom and family bathroom have bath, shower, toilet. We have a large tank, so lots of hot running water!

Outside: BBQ, sun loungers, large table and chairs, parasols etc. We have an outside shower fed with mountain water if that takes your fancy! Lots of different areas of the garden to relax in.

There is a mountain path taking you down to the village in about 10 minutes - all downhill on the way there (so quite steep on the way back!). The house is on the GR11 walking route that crosses the Pyrenees.

My sister and I both have kids so do ask if you have young children and need anything such as travel cot, highchair, stair gate etc.

We're fine with dogs but do bear in mind that there is livestock in the fields around the house, and that the garden is not fenced in.

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. The house is not that easy to find, so she always meets guests in the village and shows them where the house is.

Guests will always find a surprise welcome hamper on their arrival!


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 - Hendaye beach is ideal for families.

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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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Etxalar, Spain

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have bath, shower, sink, toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Set in 12,000m2 of land


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Beautiful House in the Basque Country
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews

Peaceful hilltop house

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped mountain house, beautiful views, tinkling of cow/sheep bells. Nice village with good cafe for food and drinks. Steep partially paved road to property. Great access to San Sebastián and beyond.


  • Review Submitted: 16/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, very comfortable and well-furnished with plenty of space and with lovely views of the surrounding hills and Etxalar down in the valley. We particularly enjoyed sitting on the balcony looking at the views, admiring the birds of prey circling overhead, soothed by the sound of bells and the scent of honeysuckle. We also had fun exploring the book collection - some quirky choices, others, like the guidebooks, very useful. The road to the house twists and turns and we definitely needed Beki to show us the way when we first arrived. We soon discovered that it was surprisingly quick to walk down to Etxalar to the local shop, the bar and the wonderful Basque restaurant. It is a great area for hikes from the door - including over the border into France and Beki helped us out with suggestions of places to visit. A fabulous base for exploring this part of the Pyrenees.

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my wife, 1 year old son and my parents. Great house and views with plenty of space and well equipped. Beki was a great host.

Beautiful part of the world and all so green, could have mistaken the scenery for Switzerland. We had day trips to Biarritz, St Jean De Luz, San Sebastian, Bilbao and Pampolma, all within 1.5 hours.

  • Review Submitted: 10/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A house to be enjoyed in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

A distinctive chalet-style house which is quirkily and lovingly decorated (and filled with interesting books). The downstairs is open plan with a lovely large terrace so it's a lovely space to spend time in. The views over the valley and village are beautiful. The house was very clean and well equipped. Beki and family could not do enough for us and were available for tips/questions or just a chat. Accessible to French and Spanish towns and beaches which we enjoyed visiting. To be recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Off the beaten path treasure

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had in September of 2015 staying in this charming Basque village and delightful home! A GPS was most helpful in finding this quaint, out of the way little village of less than a thousand people. The house is handsome, comfortable, and very well furnished. It has an eclectic collection of books, board games and music and lots of comfortable seating. The upstairs balconies look out over hills with cows and sheep and other farm houses and are the perfect place to read, visit, or nap. Each morning we walked to the village bakery where we enjoyed an assortment of fresh breads and pastries and a chance to visit with the friendly owner. There is a small grocery store in the village where one is able to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs, and other supplies. There is an old church in the village with a dekightful if slightly out of tune bell that rings throughout the day.

One day we packed a picnic lunch and hiked to France. Another day we drove to France and enjoyed the beach and a delicious crepe lunch. Because the house is so comfortable and charming, it was tempting to never leave, but there are many interesting things to do in the area, either on foot or by car.

Host Beki is a bright, warm, non-intrusive woman who lives in an apartment on the grounds. She was most helpful in suggesting outings and providing tips for interesting options in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day stay and would love to return!

  • Review Submitted: 12/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Really nice house, very friendly owners and located at the border of the nice village of Extalar in a beautiful area with eagles etc. We stayed for 5 nights in July 2015 and it was very relaxing. Would love to keep this quiet place a secret, but that would be selfish. Highly recommended. Huib, the Netherlands

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Biarritz airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
107 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Hendaye beach
Car: recommended


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