the pyrenean farmhouse

Experience the life, landscapes, languages and food of the Basque Pyrenees

Walks from the door

Self-guided and Guided Walks from the Door

Accomodation in spain

Spanish Language Immersion & Walking Holidays

Dinners on the terrace

House Party Ethos

Basque Pagan Culture & Traditions

Spanish conversations with Spanish people

Inside Stories

Basque food and wine and history lessons in Irurita

Basque Food and Culture

Vulture Nests

Vulture Breeding Grounds

The personal touch

The Personal Touch!

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“The Pyrenean experience was truly a tonic for body and mind. Physical exertion and mental stimulation coupled with exhilarating views, great conversation with new friends made these walking holidays in the Pyrenees feel like I'd been transported a million miles away”. Cherry. Teacher. Cambridge.
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Types of holidays at our beautiful Basque walking and cultural centre in the Pyrenees

Our guided walking holidays in the Pyrenees are based in the Baztan Valley, the cradle of the Basque culture. Meandering through medieval landscapes, white-washed villages and mountain farms, they offer a unique invitation to join pagan fiestas and village feasts.

Independent walkers can join us at our mountain farmhouse for a fairy tale week of ‘car-free’ walking. We have documented 200 kms of diverse, circular walks from our farmhouse door, many of which pass through charming Basque villages with great family restaurants.

Join our Spanish family, friends, farmers, cooks and musicians for a unique Spanish house party. Our professionally-run immersion Spanish courses combine glorious country walks, great food, Spanish lessons and round-the-clock, focused, Spanish conversation.

More than just walking holidays in the Pyrenees

Each evening winds down with dinners on the terrace and a lively, intercultural – often multi-lingual – meeting of minds. We open our doors for a few weeks a year to a limited number of guests and no two weeks are ever the same!

Unique House Party Holidays at our Pyrenean Farmhouse:

For years our Basque family farmhouse near the Baztan valley in the Spanish Pyrenees has run a limited number of exclusive 'open-house' weeks for walkers, Spanish linguists and discerning travellers from all over the world. With space for just a handful of guests each week our international ‘house-parties’ offer more than mere walking holidays in the Pyrenees, or Spanish language courses in Spain, they offer guests a home-from-home and a cultural ‘base camp’ from which to explore these wildly beautiful Basque landscapes.

See reviews in Tripadvisor, The Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

THE BAZTAN TRILOGY

The international best seller, The Invisible Guardian, the first of Dolores Redondo’s Baztan Trilogy, is an atmospheric crime fiction blending FBI forensics with Basque myths and superstitions, based here in the Baztan Valley. The film by producer Peter Naderman, (Milennum and Wallander), will no doubt cast a spot light on these deeply traditional mountain villages of the Basque Pyrenees. Our walking holidays in the Pyrenees visit the Baztan valley and the villages of The Baztan Trilogy; Elizondo, Irurita and Arizkun. They are not only accompanied by the stories of the shepherds, witches and smugglers that forged them, but also by the Basque myths and traditions that The Baztan Trilogy brings to light.
Who?

Who are we?

I am English and host our house parties together with my partner, Iñaki, and my rambunctious Basque/Spanish/English daughter, Marion (who without doubt offers me the steepest learning curves of all!). We are totally integrated into the local community and family, friends, shepherds, millers, cooks and musicians often join our walking holidays in the Pyrenees.  They, too, are equally enthusiastic to enlighten our guests to facets of Basque mountain life.  Vultures, lace petticoats, watermills, Snowflake and Blackie – perhaps the odd Robin-hood styled smuggler - enter the plot!
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Where

Where are we?

Our farmhouse is an eagle’s eyrie in a Pyrenean paradise (my morning cup of tea inevitably goes cold just starring out of the window!). We live in northern Navarra in the mountain village of Ituren, (known for the pagan Basque traditions of the ‘Joaldunak’) and San Sebastian, Pamplona and Biarritz are less than an hour away. I have documented over 200kms of circular walks from the farmhouse door which link the surrounding villages, hill-top farms, and great Basque restaurants. This is 'Sound of Music' styled walking terrain which offers our guests unique ‘car-free’ walking holidays in the Pyrenees.

Why

Why do we do it?

We love our work and are acutely aware that these cultural exchanges with our guests vastly enrich our lives. Our ethos is relaxed and informal, the international house-party spirit is dynamic and fun and every meal and glass of wine is on the house (which seems the only civilised way to run a holiday!). But do not be deceived, we are also a team of highly focused professionals, passionately dedicated to all we do. Is there any reason why the two should not go hand in hand?

We are Georgina, Marion and Iñaki
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