Holiday Highlights . . .

• Beautiful Basque guesthouse with 200 km of documented trails from the door
• Diverse walks in the Pyrenees: Villages, farmsteads, rivers, meadows and mountain peaks
• All-inclusive weeks with off-the-beaten-track cultural activities
• Dinner parties with private chef, wine tastings and Basque music concerts
• Family business with over 20 years of experience

The Total Basque Mountain Experience

Clandestine Paths of the Basque Pyrenees
These Basque borderlands echo with the footsteps of pilgrims, smugglers, witches, allied pilots and political refugees. But NOT with the sound of tourists. Previous political tensions have kept the area off the beaten track, and preserved a living mountain culture with ancient traditions and human integrity.

Walking 'House-Party' Holidays. What exactly do we mean?

These weeks a small number of guests join us at our family home in a tiny hamlet of the Pyrenees. The guest wing has its own private dinning and living rooms, library, landscaped gardens and sunny terraces. After the day's walking we enjoy private dinner parties 'en famille' and a programme of cultural events: wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and music concerts. Here the history and traditions of the Basque medieval landscapes are slowly revealed.

Detailed maps and walking notes unlock 15 different 'circular' walks in the Pyrenees. Each one leading straight from the farmhouse door. Choose a different village and landscape to explore every day.

Our walks in the Pyrenees range in length and difficulty and each offer contrasting landscapes and cultural experiences. All walks are circular and start at the door of the guesthouse. Choose a different walk each day.

  • Gentle: These walks follow gentle country paths around our hamlet and along grassy ridge tops without descending to the valley floor. Our 4.2 km farm walk weaves between farmsteads and meadows giving walkers the chance to observe the shepherds at work on their farms. There are other gentle walks around the 17th century villages on the valley floor.
  • Moderate: The majority of the walks are of moderate difficulty and link one or several of the 10 villages surrounding our farmhouse. These 8 km – 15 km village-to-village river walks (with 300 – 500m ascents) pass through quintessential Basque villages such as Ituren, Zubieta, Elgorriaga, Donestebe, Donamaria and Saldias. Here you can stop for a drink or a Basque lunch in the bar and observe village life.
  • Challenging: For more advanced walkers we have multiple 18km plus crest top and summit walks (with ascents of 900 -1000 m).The higher peaks of Mendaur to the north and Muñazorrotz to the south (both over 1000 m) can be reached by a 5 – 7hr mountain walk with a 800 – 1000 m altitude gain with views of the Atlantic and the Central Pyrenees.

Our walks in the Pyrenees come with their own privately-produced maps and detailed walking and culture notes. They are also available on-line on our private Wikiloc page which provides guests with on-line maps and GPS co-ordinates.

To see examples of a couple of our walks in the Pyrenees such as the gentle Ameztia Farm and Meadow Walk 4.2 km (Ituren) or the high-level mountain walk Ituren -Mt. Mendaur - Elgorriaga Walk 17.8km click here.

Accommodation

Guests are lodged in a separate wing of our home in one of our 5 en-suite double rooms, each with a view over the valley. Here you can breakfast on our sunny south-facing terraces or enjoy evening aperitifs in our landscaped gardens. Our guests have full use of our open-plan kitchen, library, living and dining spaces and a free self-service bar of tea, coffee, wine and beers. There is WIFI, central heating and a log fire.

Read more about our Farmhouse Accommodation.

Meals

Guests are invited to help themselves to coffee, tea, beer, wine and biscuits etc.  The house is always full of bread, cheeses, fruits, salad and wine and so no one ever need go hungry! We provide:

  • Full continental breakfasts
  • Lunchtime sandwich service
  • Full three-course evening meals with wine and a private chef.

Many walkers opt to explore local Basque gastronomy during their walks and visit one of the many restaurants and inns in the villages near-by. One of our favourite Basque restaurants in Donamaria even turned down a Michelin star!

Read more about our House Party Ethos.

Our holidays are enriched by our private ‘house-party’ programme of cultural events, wine seminars and music concerts. Our portfolio of walks in the Pyrenees can be combined with:

  • Cycle: Rent bikes to cycle along 500 km of documented mountain bike routes in the area or smooth-surfaced roads from village to village.
  • Spanish Lessons: Guests can choose a 10 hour package of formal Spanish lessons and informal conversation at beginners/elementary level with a professional Spanish teacher. These 10 hrs of Spanish lessons cost an additional 200 Euros per booking.

Guests with an intermediate or advanced level Spanish course may be interested in our Total Immersion Spanish & Walking Holiday.

  • Visit Surrounding Villages and Cities: Local buses go south to historic Pamplona or north to the tapas bars and beaches of sophisticated San Sebastian. The medieval fishing village of Hondarribia is also worth visiting.
  • Monday 20th – 27th May 2019 (SG1)
  • Monday 3rd – 10th June 2019 (SG2)
  • Friday 21st – June 29th 2019 (SG3)
  • Wednesday 18th – 25th September 2019 (SG4)
  • Monday 30th September – 7th October 2019 (SG5)
  • Thursday 10th – 17th October 2019 (SG6)

Prices

1000 € OR £695 + 250€ (payable on arrival). Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing. 

Price Includes:

  • Welcome reception and introduction to the Basque culture of the Baztan Valley and the Basque Pyrenees
  • Several guided orientation walks to set reference points for the week’s walking and give insights into the culture and traditions of the Basque mountain people.
  • Local maps, detailed walking and cultural notes and access to our private Wikiloc page and on-line maps.
  • Accommodation: A double en-suite room with views overlooking the valley
  • Meals, drinks and snacks: Full continental breakfasts, a lunchtime sandwich service and a full three-course evening meal with wine at our house dinner party.
  • A Basque gastronomy and culture programme of events tailor-made for our guests each week.
  • A free shuttle service from Biarritz airportat specific times or pick up from the local village Santesteban/Doneztebe. PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS.

Spanish Lessons: Guests can choose a 10 hour package of formal Spanish lessons and informal conversation at beginners/elementary level with a professional Spanish teacher. These 10 hrs of Spanish lessons cost an additional 200 Euros per booking

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, by public transportation from San Sebastian or Pamplona to our local village of Santesteban/Doneztebe (where we can meet you) and we also offer a free shuttle service from Biarritz airport at specific times. PLEASE ASK FOR TRAVEL DETAILS.

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