|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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 Train 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, and 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 lovely views with gorgeous Cathedral ceilings and a large fireplace. 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), two full beds that sleep two and one with a set of twin beds. 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 you are 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 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) 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. Head over the boarder to 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!)
Anglet (7km) boasts 200km of Pristine beaches, great for walking, horseback riding and cycling and delicious seafood.
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.
What a special time of year to enjoy Biarritz and the basque country. The house (and house manager) couldn't have been more welcoming and warm. Our evenings spent enjoying the magical "Biarritz en lumieres" activities and displays (runs from Dec 20th thru Jan 4), included: 2,500 lanterns launched from the beach, sound and light shows against the backdrop of ancient and beautiful buildings, an entire park guilded with lanterns and lights, were just some of the holiday splendors we enjoyed. Returning to the peaceful and bucolic corner of the world where the house sits, allowed us to take a bath, relax in front of a fire in the grand fireplace, and commune with one another for some much needed family time. Mornings were spent with the locals, in search of our daily bread. As we are pretty dedicated foodies, we took time out to visit local fabricators and artisans of foodstuffs such as jambon de Bayonne, an ancient and still operating grist mill and patisserie, a (new discovery for us) trip to a basque beer/cider manufacturing sagardoa cidererie, and a chocolate factory, to name a few...all within a 10 to 15 minute drive from the house! We were blessed with good weather the whole time (amazing to see many swimmers and surfers in the ocean at this time of year) and enjoyed several games of croquet in the large and beautiful yard. We are determined to return again to Villa Maitagarria!
Villa Maitagarria was a splendid Basque gem perfectly situated in the quiet pastoral country village of Arbonne (Biarritz) but less than an hours drive from dozens of wonderful Basque French and Spanish towns! We visited Pamplona, Bilbao, Vitoria Gasteiz and Hondaribbia Spain for fine Michelin star dining, shopping, Guggenheim museum and charming site seeing.
The house is spacious, clean, cozy and comfortable! Perfect for our 50th birthday gals reunion! We enjoyed breakfast out on terrace, dessert by the fire, and cards and conversation at both tables and seating areas. The beds were comfy and kitchen well stocked.
The local manager Marie-Christine provided us with the perfect "picnic" dinner of local delicacies for our first night as we arrived very late. She took care of all our requests (like booking a fabulous masseuse to come to house) and answered all of our tourist questions.
I would unreservedly recommend a visit to Maitagarria for friends or families!
Never experienced before such a warm welcome in a house that we have rented on our arrival by Marie. Our 4 children (age 11-17) were in love with the well equipped house, surrounding garden and the great swimming pool from the start. We had a phantastic week enjoying the house, surfing on the waves of the Biarritz sea, local festivities in Arbonne and cycled in the city of San Sebastian. Moreover the Basque food and culture has been a very good experience.
My husband and I had a fantastic honeymoon in The Basque. We took a week starting in Paris and working our way to Beaune, then La Rochelle, Bordeaux then Arbonne and Villa Maitagarria. We were graciously greeted by Marie who made sure that every detail was put into place to accentuate our romantic stay.
I would highly recommend the area and the home to anyone. It was well situated for the daily adventures we took seeking the next city or village in France or in Spain. Our days were full with exploring nature, fabulous cuisine and culture. We found the people to be warm and wonderful and would gladly visit the area again.
The home was a comfortable retreat where we would return with great wine and the ingredients to prepare a delicious dinner. The kitchen had everything we needed and a washer and dryer was a huge plus!
The pool was lovely and put to good use as well as both the indoor and outdoor fireplaces!
We look forward to returning, perhaps in celebration of an anniversary or two!
Many thanks to Marie, as well as the owners for providing such a marvelous home of their beloved grandmother. We were enchanted by her creativity and passion.
Our Mother-Daughter week in France was perfect in every way thanks to this lovely home in this excellent location. Two moms and 2 teenage girls had more fun with so many things to do using Maitagarria as our base. Surfing in Biarritz, shopping in St. Jean de Luz, visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao, eating tapas in San Sebastian, exploring the mountain town of Sare (so great!!) and of course enjoying all of the local shops, restaurants and services in the quaint town of Arbonne. Do not miss the wonderful restaurants Moulin de Bassilor & Arosta only minutes away. Make sure you check out the fresh vegetables, breads and meats at the Docks de la Negresse (near the station for the high speed train to Paris). There's also Le Hammam Biarritz at the Docks for a really fun experience! The house was so comfortable - the beds are heavenly, the grounds kept to perfection and the pool is crystal clear and refreshing. We only wish we had more time to spend at this wonderful home! We will be back, thank you!!
Spent a fast paced week touring France and then arrived at Maitagarria.
Exactly what we had hoped for. A wonderful little hide away, with great views all the way to the Pyrenees. House was fully equipped with a shopping center only 3 miles away.
New pool heater got pool up to a very pleasant temperature and we swam every day.
Toured Biarritz, its beaches, San Sebastian, and countryside near Pau. Hiked in the Pyrenees.Cooked out on the grill and ate at the very nice restaurant just a kilometer down the road.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,014|