Welcome - Ongi Etorri - to our Enchanting Farmhouse in the Pyrenees

A home-from-home in a beautiful shepherding hamlet of Ituren, Navarre

Morning mist during the walking holidays in the Pyrenees

Open-house and a Friendly Welcome

Two decades ago our amazing renovated farmhouse in the Pyrenees was just a tiny shepherd's croft but with  some of the most beautiful views I had ever seen. Then there was just one tiny bedroom in the hayloft and an outside bathroom.

Many things have changed since and now our amazing farmhouse in the Pyrenees offers guests 5 en-suite bedrooms set within landscapes gardens and flowery, south-facing terraces.

However, there is one thing that has not changed: these stunning - other-worldly - views and the constant ringing of the sheep bells  in the hills.

Pyrenean Experience suite
Pyrenean Experience twin suite
Pyrenean Experience suite bathroom

Guests are given maps of the 200 km of walking trails that step out from our farmhouse door and this means that there is absolutely NO NEED for a car all week!

Farmhouse Facilities

Guests are lodged in a separate wing of the farmhouse and each will be allocated one of our 5 en-suite double rooms with its sweeping views of the valley below. We have an open-plan kitchen, dining room, library, WIFI, central heating and a log fire. I also have a washing machine which you are welcome to use (and guests on European tours tend to make a beeline for it when they arrive!). The entire house is open to our guests so please make yourself at home; there is coffee, tea, wine and biscuits in the kitchen, books in the library - and a stock of extra jackets, walking poles, umbrellas etc. if you need them.

And then there are the grounds. This fairy-tale farmhouse in the Pyrenees comes with enormous south-facing terraces and landscaped gardens with such incredible views over the valley that my morning cup of tea often goes cold by the time I draw myself away!

Self-guided walking wine tasting
Pyrenean Experience live music concert
Self-guided walking week wine tasting

Absolutely everything is on the house  - food, wine, coffee etc. - which seems like the only decent way to invite guests into our home!

Gastronomy

Informal dinner-parties with superb farmhouse cooking and fresh local products

Pyrenean Experience Baztan Valley seminar
  • Full continental breakfasts (self-service)

  • Tapas or lunch in village restaurants or picnics (for guests on the guided walking or Spanish courses)

  • Sandwich service of bread / local hams / cheeses and salads (for guests on the self-guided walking holidays)

  • Full three-course evening dinners with wine freshly prepared by our private chef (all house guests)

  • A cultural 'house-party' entertainment programme which can include a mixture of cooking demonstrations / music recitals / history talks and wine tastings.

Spanish holiday food

Guests on our self-guided walking holidays find the villages full of great family-run restaurants and an experience that offers a fascinating window on local village life.

Insiders Tip:  One of our favourite Basque restaurants in Donamaria turned down a Michelin star! Many of our walks lead there and its shady gardens on the river bank offer a great place for an aperitif on a sunny afternoon.

Pyrenean Experience farmhouse at night

Accommodation

Mi Casa es tu Casa

Relaxed 'house-party' atmosphere

As I am inviting guests into my home it is very important that we all feel comfortable, and that you understand the ethos of these holidays. Firstly, I would like you to feel at home so do help yourselves to tea, coffee, wine whenever you want. By the same token I welcome a helping hand from time to time serving the wine or laying the table, and I am convinced that the more you feel part of the family, the more we all gain from the experience.

Most often our guests do not know each other and our relaxed 'communal' dinners and 'open house' philosophy are designed specifically to put guests at their ease and group dynamics to flow.

However, as we are all sharing the same communal areas we naturally hope that guests treat the house as they would their own: i.e. blowing out the candles or swilling through a wine glass after dinner and please close the gates (as the sheep are desperate to get into my newly planted garden!).

Oh and please remind me to water the flowers, feed the cats or restock on beers and wines when stocks run low!

Pyrenean Experience Walking Holidays medieval architecture

Location / Travel to our Farmhouse

Ituren is a small village in the western Pyrenees in northern Navarra. We are situated just 30 minutes south of the French border, an hour south-west of Biarritz, an hour south-east of the glorious seaside town of San Sebastian and an hour north of the medieval town of Pamplona.

You can arrive to our farmhouse by car (but please ask for directions). By an easy local bus from San Sebastian or Pamplona to our local village of Santesteban/Doneztebe (where we can meet you). We also offer a free shuttle service from Biarritz airport but only at specific times.

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