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Baztan Valley Area. Beautiful Chalet for Walkers.

Entire house hosted by Georgina
10 guests5 bedrooms8 beds6 baths
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Stunning, sunny Basque farmhouse in Ituren near the Baztan Valley with 15 mapped circular walks from the door. Surrounded by traditional Basque villages and rivers. San Sebastian, Pamplona and Atlantic sandy beaches are an hour away.
I am an English teacher, mountain guide and writer and I am happy to introduce my guests to the area. Intensive English lessons and guided walks etc. can be organised. This private house is rarely rented and has 5 * reviews in the international press.

The space
Our totally renovated Basque mountain farmhouse offers a separate and fully independent wing of the house to discerning guests with a love of walking and a genuine interest in the enigmatic culture of the mountain Basque people. The views from every terrace and every window are unbeatable in every way ... (they even stated this on the deeds of the house when I bought if many years ago!). The farm lies 400 metres up from the valley floor and about 4km from the village of Ituren in the farming hamlet of Ameztia. It is set in 10,000 squared metres of land with a mediaeval patchwork of fields, mountain homesteads, oak and walnut groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. Flocks of sheep and herds of wild horses are often found on the track up to the house (a worn-out excuse for dropping off my daughter late at school each morning!). This wing of the house has 5 en-suite double rooms.

Guest access
The farmhouse (an extended Basque mountain cottage) has 5 double en-suite bedrooms (four of them with their own terrace doors). With its large open-spaces, glass conservatories and south-facing terraces this 200 year old building is ideal for groups of friends and families wanting to escape the hectic pace of life.
The cottage combines the mod cons of wifi, central heating and washing machines with the rustic charms of a log fire and spring water, the ring of sheep bells in the fields and the call of kites and vultures from the skies above. The facilities include a number of terraces, a large, glass, kitchen/dining room with various sofa nooks and spaces. There is a small library, and a series of large south-facing terraces over the valley allowing everyone their own private space.
I am English, a professional mountain guide, language teachers and writer with close ties to our local community. I came out here years ago, literally in pursuit of a dream. I have a 16 year old Spanish/Basque/English daughter, Marion. Apart from the very few occasions when we rent out this private wing of the farm, we spend most of the high season running international walking holidays and language courses (which we have done for the past 20 years). We all agree the guests we receive from all over the world have immensely enriched our lives. We live in a separate wing of the farmhouse … just over the terrace ---and are very happy to share our experience with our guests and help them unlock the secrets of this still little-known and stunningly beautiful part of the Spanish Basque Pyrenees that we feel so lucky to live in. Between us we speak most western European languages and embrace people from all walks of life.

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We can give our guests detailed notes on circular walks from the house.
Stunning, sunny Basque farmhouse in Ituren near the Baztan Valley with 15 mapped circular walks from the door. Surrounded by traditional Basque villages and rivers. San Sebastian, Pamplona and Atlantic sandy beaches are an hour away.
I am an English teacher, mountain guide and writer and I am happy to introduce my guests to the area. Intensive English lessons and guided walks etc. can be organised. This privat…
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Bedroom 1
1 single bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

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Wifi
Free parking on premises
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Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed
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Ituren, Navarre, Basque Country, Spain

The village of Ituren (Basque Navarre) is famous for its traditional Basque fiestas and pagan carnival traditions and is set in the middle of chocolate box styled walking country. There are lots of superb Basque restaurants in the area - our nearest having recently rejected a Michelin star. All in all a magical area, with lots of mills, dolmens, mushroom and cheese fiestas .... to surprise travellers who want to get off the beaten track.
The village of Ituren (Basque Navarre) is famous for its traditional Basque fiestas and pagan carnival traditions and is set in the middle of chocolate box styled walking country. There are lots of superb Basqu…

Hosted by Georgina

Joined in August 2013
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I am English and have been living in the Pyrenees for the past 20 years with my 16 year old daughter. We run a language school (and walking company) in the mountains where we combine language teaching (English/Spanish/Basque) with walking and local cultural events. We only rent our house occasionally as we spend most of the summer months hosting multi-cultural groups at our home in Ituren. We love to meet people from all over the world and embrace diversity. Between us we speak English, Spanish, Basque, French, Danish and German. You will find out more about us and the lives we live if you just write my name and the word Pyrenees into any search engine! We are friendly and out-going and sporty and interested in other people.
I am English and have been living in the Pyrenees for the past 20 years with my 16 year old daughter. We run a language school (and walking company) in the mountains where we combi…
During your stay
We are an English/Spanish/Basque family of professional mountain guides and language teachers with close ties to our local community. I came out here years ago, literally in pursuit of a dream (having written the books ´Freedom to Choose´ and ‘Breaking the Language Barrier’ during my years in Copenhagen) and for 15 years I have been doing just that! Helped by my Spanish/Basque partner, Iñaki, and (sometimes not so much) by my 11 year old ‘Basque’ daughter, Marion, we have been running international house parties, walking holidays and language courses for the past 15 years. We all agree the guests we receive from all over the world have immensely enriched our lives. We live in a separate wing of the farmhouse … just over the terrace ---and are very happy to share our experience with our guests and help them unlock the secrets of this still little-known and stunningly beautiful part of the Spanish Basque Pyrenees that we feel so lucky to live in. Between us we speak most western European languages and embrace people from all walks of life.

Landscapes and Walks:
These bucolic and little-known Pyrenean valleys of Basque Navarre are frequently hailed as the cradle of the Basque culture with over a thousand megalithic sites testifying to its primordial past. There is still very little tourism here (for matters better discussed over a glass of wine when you arrive) and the unexpected visitor will stumble upon a mediaeval patchwork of fields and dry stone walls, chestnut groves and watermills, mushroom fiestas and pagan carnival rites (as well as our favourite Michelin-recommended restaurant (who turned down a star) at the bottom of our hill!).
As walking country it is glorious; the numerous river valleys offer shade during the summer months and its vicinity to the golden sands of the Atlantic mean that the winters are rarely harsh and inhospitable. A labyrinth of walks leads you over the hills from one hamlet to the next in the footsteps of smugglers and witches, shepherds and pilgrims, allied war pilots and political refugees. A stretch of the oldest (but lesser known) Camino de Santiago runs along the valley floor close by. We have maps, self-guided and guided walks to offer our guests. Spanish/English lessons, horse-riding, bird-watching etc. can all be done in the area. There are some superb cycling routes: not only hilly ones but also flat cycling routes along river valleys and reconditioned railway lines and bicycles can be rented all year round.
Culture & Gastronomy:
For the culturally intrepid, nowhere will you find Basque traditions as pure and local as they are here. In April villages bubble to life with spring festivals and by May, while the farmers make cheese with the last of the sheep´s milk, the village squares reverberate with the sound of Pelota, the Basque national sport. Fiesta season erupts in June with celebrations of the summer solstice and the pagan bonfires of San Juan and throughout July, August and September the mountains come alive with fiestas and village feasts and lambs roasting on spits. Amid the golden autumnal colours of October and November, the figs ripen and the walnuts drop from the trees. Mushroom and cider festivals pop up while family restaurants elaborate ‘game and wild-berry’ menus in their kitchens. Come the winter months of December and January you can witness the Basque winter traditions of Olentzero (a coal man who visits the houses on a cart bearing gifts) and by the end of January there is arguably the most powerful, vibrant and atavistic of all Basque celebrations; the pre-indoeuropean carnivals of Ituren and Zubieta. Taking place in our very village of Ituren these carnivals are internationally-recognized as arguably the oldest carnivals in Europe. February and March witness other pagan Basque carnivals in the valley while cider-houses grill T-bone steaks and local watermills serve up corn talos with cheese, chistora and chocolate!
We are an English/Spanish/Basque family of professional mountain guides and language teachers with close ties to our local community. I came out here years ago, literally in pursui…
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