Ongi Etorri - Welcome - 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 of our 5 en-suite double rooms has sweeping views of the valley below. We operate an open-house policy for all our guests and invite you to feel at home and make full use of our open-plan kitchen, library, living and dining spaces. There is WIFI, central heating and a log fire.

This fairy-tale farmhouse in the Pyrenees has enormous south-facing terraces with tables and sofas and has such incredible views over the valley that my morning cup of tea often goes cold by the time I draw myself away!

The open-house 'house-party' ethos of our farmhouse in the Basque Country is designed to put our guests at ease and to encourage a relaxed and informal dynamic among our house guests who often do not known each other when they arrive.

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.

Pyrenean Experience cooking lessons and Basque gastronomy on our walking holidays in the Basque Pyrenees near San Sebastian

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

The first and most important step is for our guests to feel at home, so do help yourselves to food, wine and washing machine, borrow books from the library or leave your slippers under the sofa.  By the same token we welcome a helping hand from time to time; serving the wine or laying the table, and we are convinced that the more our guests relax and feel part of the family the more everyone gains from the experience.

Our farmhouse in the Pyrenees aspires to be a home-from-home and is stocked with teas and coffees, beers and wines, snacks and nibbles for our guests to help themselves  in addition to our catering programme. Oh - and by the way - we also have a washing machine (which proves very popular for weary travellers on longer European tours!)

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.

PLEASE ASK FOR TRAVEL DETAILS BEFORE YOU BOOK.

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