Experience the best of both worlds at this Basque Style Retreat
Description from the owner
Location: Arbonne, France. Located in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region in the south-west of France. Most visitors fly into Biarritz airport (Bordeaux is another option). The town of Biarritz is 6km from the property. Also TGV option from Paris (5 hours)
Located in the charming countryside of Arbonne, this cozy farmhouse offers the tranquility and privacy of country living, while being just minutes from the vibrant, hip, cosmopolitan town of Biarritz. Spend your mornings buying fresh Basque style treats from the local bakery in Arbonne, and your afternoons in Biarritz taking tea at Hotel Du Palais and laying on the picturesque Cotes de Basques watching experienced surfers maneuver world class waves. There is a little something for everyone when you vacation at ' Villa Maitagarria' or 'The Beloved',
Although the Villa Maitagarria is located in the center of it all one might find it hard to leave this welcoming French Farmhouse. The ground floor features an open floor space that provides a ethereal feel with gorgeous Cathedral ceilings and a large fireplace. The walls are adorned with paintings by the internationally acclaimed Artist Yetty , who is also the villa's owner. Unique antiques collected over the years, and views of your own cornfield, give this farmhouse a flair unlike any other. It is truly a hidden world of art and sophistication. Huge French Barn Doors open to the terrace a luxurious pool, great for entertaining adults and children alike. There are three generously sized bedrooms on the ground floor (all 28m2), all with full beds that sleep 2. Similar to the living area, the bedrooms' large doors open to a beautiful view of the gardens. Upstairs, the Master boasts its own private bath and changing boudoir . Linens are provided for all rooms.
The kitchen is fully equipped with anything one would need to create a marvelous meal at home. Outfitted with high-end quality appliances, including a four burner stove, 3 gas one electric, coffee maker, juicer,dishwasher, blender, toaster and all the fixings. Dine in the dining room with seating for eight or share a more intimate meal in the kitchen which has bench seats for four.
Outside enjoy a BBQ with family and friends in the beautiful enclosed garden (2250m2) with seating for eight. The large pool with sun beds for four provides our guests with endless hours of relaxation under the Basque sun.
If your able to pull away from the comfort of your retreat, you would find yourself literally in the center of it all. With Biarritz an easy 6 km away, and San Sebastian Spain (20km) there are endless possibilities for entertainment. Biarritz (a popular resort since the mid-19th century when Empress Eugenie and her husband, Napoleon III, chose it as their summer residence, know the Hotel du Palais) has something for everyone. Little ones will love playing on the beaches, or exploring the Museum of the Sea. Adults can enjoy shopping, which includes everything from High end boutiques (Hermes, Natasha, Sonia Rykiel) to local surf shops. If you are a golf enthusiast, Biarritz is known as the golf capital of France and has several highly regarded golf courses to choose from in the vicinity. The world class waves as well as some of Europes most beautiful beaches, including La Grande Plage, have created a unique surf based culture, as well as vibrant nightlife. San Sebastian Spain (20km) Capital of the Basque providence of Guipuczoa , is a city of gastronomes, amazing dining for food conesours.
If its a little adventure you seek, the spectacular nearby Pyrenees Mountains offer hours of opportunities for hiking, caving, camping, skiing, or paragliding, all with sensational vistas.
If you choose to stay local you will be charmed by Arbonne's quaint yet elegant appeal. A weekly outdoor Market boasts delectable local treats, flowers, and fresh fruit and vegetables. A small restaurant with outdoor dining under the trees is perfect for a romantic night out or a little afternoon people watching over a cup of 'cafe'.
Other nearby towns include:
Saint Jean de Luz,( 15 km) a fishing village, full of local artists displaying their artwork on the streets.
Bilbao Spain( ) Home to Frank Gehry's extraordinary Bilbao museum ( worth a weeks pilgrimage in itself!)
And Anglet (7km) boasts 200km of Pristine beaches, great for walking, horseback riding and cycling.
Your enjoyment of Villa Maitagarria is very important to us. A local guide is available to assist you with any of your requests. Various Staff are available daily to make sure your visit will always be a special one.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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