- GEORGINA HOWARD
- HOLIDAY TYPES
- DATES 2022 & 2023
- PRESS & REVIEWS
Our self-guided walking holidays in the Pyrenees offer full logistic support and are perfect for discerning, independent travellers, curious to learn more about the landscapes through which they walk.
Situated in a magical region of the Basque Country, far off the beaten tourist trail, our Total Basque Mountain Experience Walking Weeks offer at least 10 self-guided circular walks from my farmhouse door. No car is needed.
On the first day we offer a fully guided orientation walk to help our guests understand the lie of the land. During the week we also offer - free of charge - a couple of optional guided, behind-the scenes forays into the culture, history and traditions of the Basque mountain people.
We are situated in the traditional Basque farmlands of the western Pyrenees, which offer a very different walking experience from the glaciated valleys of the high Pyrenees or the Alps.
These landscapes are softer, dissected by hundreds of mountain streams and river valleys, and dotted with tiny medieval villages and isolated homesteads. Each turn of the path reveals another landscape and breathtaking views while Griffon vultures fly high in the sky above us.
These personal, self-guided walking weeks from my home in the Spanish Pyrenees, zigzag in and out of wooded glades of chestnut, oak and beech trees that change with the seasons, offering a photographer's paradise!
Decide over breakfast on our terrace which landscape or village to visit each day. No rush. No timetables. There are walks for most levels (see below). And I am here too to kidnap you from time to time and to entertain you with the legends and stories of the paths you walk.
These fully-supported walking holidays are also perfect for walkers embarking on a self-guided walking holiday for their first time.
The last few years in tourism have reinforced my thinking on many subjects but, primarily, that people need people.
Firstly, although during the day you may be exploring the area on your own, in the evenings join us around the dinner table for an informal, international meeting of minds.
On several evenings during the week, our cook freshly prepares delicious three-course evening meals, while on other evenings dinners are a simpler buffet affair. On these days we encourage our guests to make the most of the wonderful 'Menú del Día' lunches served at local village restaurants. There are many great opportunities to enjoy traditional Basque cuisine - one of them even turning down a Michelin star! People need people and supporting our local community is also a vital part of our philosopy.
In addition to our house-party meals, we also organise a couple of private cultural and gastronomy events (which may change each week so I will keep them a secret for now). However, our aim is for our guests on these eclectic self-guided walking weeks in the Pyrenees to experience these landscapes not only in distance but also in as much depth as possible.
And inevitably, as the evening grows long and the sun sets on the valley, our conversations around the terrace table turn to tales of the Basque shepherds, smugglers and witches and also the World War II COMET escape lines that crossed these mysterious borderlands of the Spanish/French Basque Pyrenees.
During the week we offer:
Guests on both these luxuary self-guided walking weeks are lodged in a separate wing of our home in one of our 5 en-suite double/twin rooms, each with a view over the Pyrenees and morning mists in the valleys below. These rooms can also be adapted for single and solo travellers.
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.
DATES 2022: Friday 29th April - 6th May / Wednesday 8th - 15th June / Tuesday 21st - 28th June / Friday 29th July - 5th August / Tuesday 9th - 16th August / Monday 12th - 19th September / Monday 26th September - 3rd October / Thursday 6th - 13th October / 17th - 24th October 2022. PRICE 2022: 1100€ (per person sharing).
DATES 2023: Thursday 1st - 8th June, Monday 12th - 19th June, Thursday 22nd - 29th June, Monday 3rd - 10th July 2023. Monday 4th - 11th September, Thursday 14th - 21st September, Monday 25th September - 2nd October, Thursday 5th - 12th October 2023. PRICE 2023: 1550€ (per person sharing).
Articles on the culture, languages, traditions and values of the Basque Pyrenees as well as stories taken from over two decades of our own, personal Pyrenean Experience.