About this listing
A suite (bedroom + living room + private bathroom) for 6-8 places in a peaceful setting, just 30 min. the center of Bilbao and Vitoria 35. Ideal for families or groups of friends. We live in the house and rented two double rooms more.
Utopia is a Basque country-style mansion with garden, beautifully restored on 2002 and located in Amurrio, just half an hour from downtown Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum) and Vitoria (with a beautiful medieval town).
The Suite is located in the first floor, and it has capacity 6-8 persons, as it has a connecting living room, a private bathroom and a separate entrance from the garden. If you are less than 4 people, we have other smaller rooms in our house that could be cheaper or more convenient, please ask us about it.
The room is very spacious and bright, is 20 square meters and has two large windows facing south and east, with pleasant garden views. It is equipped with two double beds of 1.35 m. wide, wardrobe, chest of drawers, a chair and an extendable table. Under the beds there are two mattresses that can be enabled as beds for two persons more; this is specially convenient for children.
In the living room there is an attached bed for two people that serves as a sofa, an armchair and a TV.
The bathroom is also spacious and bright, and is equipped with bath / shower, bidet, toilet and sink.
The house is very large and we have more rooms, please contact us if you need more space or if the Suite is busy in the days that interest you.
The suite is not equipped with kitchen, but in the living room there is a fridge and a kettle to make coffee or tea, and a set of cups to prepare a simple breakfast.
The house is fully equipped and has a spacious garden, and two porches. Parking, wifi internet, telephone, central heating and fireplace in winter, in summer the air conditioning is not necessary because the thick walls keep the interior cool even on the hottest days.
Guests can contract the breakfast, lunch and dinner (family kitchen and home) apart from the room. If you prefer, you can also buy your own food and use the kitchen and the dining room of the house.
We are well connected by train and bus. You can also arrive trough Bilbao airport (40 min), Santander airport (70 min., Ryanair) And Vitoria airport (30 min).
Amurrio is a town of 10,000 inhabitants located in the region of high Nervión, a mountainous setting ideal for hikers: there are multiple paths that can be made out from the home, go Garobel saw in nearby Orduña (10 km) or Gorbea, the roof of the Basque Country, a 15 minute drive.
Amurrio is also a great base from which to visit any part of the Basque Country, as it is half an hour away from Bilbao, 45 min. Mundaka and Urdaibai (Biosphere Reserve) on the coast, and just over 60 minutes from San Sebastian and Pamplona.
In short, a good place to relax, play sports and of course, enjoy the great local cuisine.
The house is fully equipped and has a spacious garden and two porches available to guests. Parking, wireless internet, telephone, central heating and fireplace in winter.
In summer the air conditioning is not necessary, since the thick walls keep the interior cool even on the hottest days.
Breakfast is not included in the price.
For guests who request it the night before last, we serve a great breakfast at a very affordable price, with coffee, tea or chocolate milk, toast, butter and homemade jam and a piece of fruit. In summer breakfast on the back porch, and in winter by the fireplace. Most of our guests appreciate this service so much, and some even bought us jam jars as souvenirs.
Guests can use the kitchen, in consultation beforehand not to interfere with the normal running of the house.
Interaction with Guests
Utopia is the house in which we live and in which I (Pablo) work every day in my office. We are therefore available for a query or problem virtually anytime.
Also, we try to respond to calls or messages airbnb.com, SMS or (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) immediately or as soon as possible.
Amurrio is a quiet town of 10,000 inhabitants, with all necessary services, shops, sports facilities (a magnificent public swimming pool in summer) and several great restaurants.
Our street is on the outskirts, 7 min. walk from the center, in a quiet semi-rural area and no noise.
It is a magnificent setting for trekking lovers, with several routes that can be started from the house or within 30 minutes drive.
It's a great headquarters to visit the Basque Country making day trips to Bilbao (30 min.), Vitoria (30 min.), San Sebastian (70 min.), Pamplona (70 min.), Santander (70 min.) , La Rioja (70 min.) or Burgos (70 min.).
Our house is a ten minute walk from the train station, with trains every half an hour, with a 35 min. trip to the center of Bilbao.
Also 10 minutes away is the bus stop to Vitoria, with numerous daily trips with a journey time of approximately 40 min.
Communications with Bilbao Airport are easy by train and bus.
If you are planning to visit the coast and San Sebastián, the best is to rent a car.
Other Things to Note
We know very well our area and we like our guests to enjoy. We love to help them make the best plans according to their interests, proposing cultural itineraries or to see the most interesting and spectacular places, giving clues about the best places to eat or even providing maps for trekking routes nearby.
Utopia is the house where our family lives.
The house rules are thus the same as we do for the guests, and that can be summarized in a friendly respect for others and their privacy, independence, willingness to help, do not disturb, etc.
We ask our guests to respect the maximum public areas, avoiding monopolize them and leaving them clean and tidy after use. This rule is especially important with respect to the shared bathrooms on the ground floor and the second floor, where we ask that guests do not leave their personal effects.
The guests' belongings (bags of food, bags, shoes, etc.) must be kept inside the room, not in public areas. Contact us if you have bikes or other sports equipment, you can save quietly in the garage.
The room cleaning is done before each new guest, or once a week, like the change of sheets and towels. If it is necessary to do it before, just tell us. It is also possible to hire the daily cleaning of the room at an agreed rate.
In the rooms inside the house you can not smoke. That they are the garden and porches where easily find an ashtray;).
Our house has a unique cuisine, which we use in our daily lives. In this kitchen also we prepare breakfast for guests and we requested.
In our immediate environment there are several good restaurants that we can recommend to our guests for lunch or dinner, where we can also manage the reservation if we are asked.
In the living room adjacent to the room there is a small refrigerator to store food and a kettle to make coffee or tea, and a set of cups to prepare a simple breakfast.
When a group of guests want to use the kitchen to prepare your meals, you should consider the following rules:
1. We ask guests to let us know in advance when they intend to use the kitchen. So we avoid interference with normal family use, or use by other guests.
2. The kitchen is used in turns, avoiding the occurrence of two groups at the same time using it. If it is occupied, you have to wait for the previous group to finish cooking and cleaning.
3. For this reason, we ask guests to planify their use, and avoid monopolizing the kitchen, and leave it free and usable as soon as possible.
4. Once a group has finished cooking, should wash used utensils, dry it and leave it in its place again, and clean countertops and properly remove waste and garbage.
5. Guests can use the plates, glasses and silverware that will indicate to them and condiments such as salt, spices, oil, etc, when we request it.
6. We provide a tablecloth and napkins paper if guests request we needed.
7. Using the dishwasher is unique to the family. Guests must wash, dry and store the crockery used immediately after eating (or as access to the kitchen). For this feature soap, washing utensils and cloths for drying.
8. Both before and after cooking, food should not be stored in the refrigerator or pantry kitchen. There is a fridge for it in the living room adjacent to the room.
9. We ask our guests to not leave food or drinks in the fridge when they leave the room, to avoid creating problems of space or expired food. If you are not going to throw them out and do not want, you can leave them in the kitchen.