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  • Charming characterful home
  • Wonderful views of the Pyrenees
  • Set in beautiful countryside
  • Independent 2-bedroom suite
  • Ideal for a group of friends
  • St Jean de Luz 12-minute drive

This charming country villa is beautifully light and airy, with exposed beams and contemporary artworks providing character and colour. It’s a house that lends itself brilliantly to outdoor living, from the generously sized heated pool to the handy plancha barbecue where you can grill some spicy local merguez sausages or perhaps the catch of the day from St-Jean-de-Luz, just a short drive away. The views are delightful, creating a glorious green backdrop of hills and rolling Basque countryside, yet little more than five kilometres from the coast.

Travelling with friends means twice the fun, and this characterful five-bedroom villa is ideally configured to ensure you don’t all get too much on top of each other. The lower level is nicely self-contained, with two separate en-suite bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find three further bedrooms, a large country kitchen and an open-plan living/dining area, so whether you’ve got early-rising little ones or privacy-seeking teens, there’s ample opportunity for you all to spend time together or apart as desired. For a group of friends keen to explore the area’s magnificent walking, cycling and dining opportunities both inland and by the coast, Batzari is an excellent choice.

The local area

The villa enjoys a tranquil position within 15 minutes’ drive of St Jean, Urrugne, Ascain and the Col d’Ibardan pass into Spain. Lively Hendaye, with its three-kilometre long beach is just a little further. Despite the proximity of the coast, pretty Ascain has an authentic feel, characterised by half-timbered houses and typical village shops that pre-date the hypermarchés by a hundred years or more! You’ll also find excellent traditional restaurants here for both lunch and dinner, but for the widest choice, we recommend St Jean de Luz. Arguably the most appealing town in the area, this fishing-port-turned-holiday-town is known as the gourmet centre for Basque cuisine, with a rich cultural calendar, stylish shops and lovely beaches.

Days out

A day tour of the Basque villages such as Ascain, Ainhoa, Sare and Espelette makes for a pleasing contrast to the coast; for something different again, don’t miss a trip into Spain and the old town of Hondarrabia or the celebrated cities of San Sebastian, Pamplona and Bilbao, home to the famous Guggenheim museum. Hendaye beach beckons with all manner of watersports and a thalassotherapy spa. For a more typically Basque experience, take a wander around the old town to sample pintxos or perhaps catch a lively game of pelota. Bayonne, capital of the Pays Basque, sits quietly under the tourist radar but rewards visitors with narrow medieval streets and a fine Gothic cathedral, not to mention of course its eponymous jambon. Some of southern Europe’s most majestic mountains are accessible in the Pyrenees National Park, whilst the grandeur and lively surf chic of Biarritz make for a unique atmosphere, whether you’re braving the waves or just enjoying the spectacle from the cafés and restaurants along the shore. Stunning coastal walks connect from Bidart through Guéthary and St Jean de Luz, and as far as Hendaye on the Spanish border. Drinks, dinner and sunset from one of Bidart or Guéthary’s sea-view restaurants is a holiday highlight.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living/dining area with flat screen TV (English-speaking channels), DVD player
  • Country-style kitchen with oven, microwave, coffee-maker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher

First floor

  • Double bedroom (can be converted into a twin on request) with en-suite shower room
  • 2 double bedrooms (can be converted into twins on request)
  • Bathroom with shower
  • WC

Lower level (self-contained independent suite)

  • Living room leading to terrace
  • Kitchen with cooker, hob, microwave, coffee-maker, fridge-freezer
  • 2 double bedrooms (can be converted into twins on request) with en-suite shower rooms
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer and pool towels provided
  • Cot, high chair and baby bath available
  • Table tennis
  • Smoking is not permitted in the house
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Outside dining area
  • Barbecue
  • Poolhouse with shower and WC (could be converted into studio bedroom)
  • Heated swimming pool 12m x 4.5m (depth 1.55m throughout), Roman steps, electric cover
  • Parking with electric gates
  • Activities nearby include surfing, sailing, kayaking, golf, cycling, horse riding, birdwatching, children’s adventure park, spa and thalassotherapy

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Weekly change of linen, bath and pool towels for bookings of two weeks or more
  • Cleaning 2 hours/week every Tuesday

Optional services offered

  • Chef (pre-booking essential)
  • Babysitting €15/hour
  • All extra services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Getting there

  • Airports
    Biarritz 24km
    Bilbao 133km
    Bordeaux 221km
  • Ferry ports
    Bilbao 135km
    Santander 233km
    St Malo 744km
  • TGV stations
    Biarritz 22km

Location

  • Bakery/butchers/restaurant (Urrugne) 8min drive (4km)
  • Golf La Nivelle 7min drive (5km)
  • Ascain 10min drive (5km)
  • Beach (St Jean de Luz) 12min drive (6km)
  • Beach (Hendaye-Plage) 16min drive (12km)
  • Taxi boat from France to Spain (Hendaye Port) 20min drive (14km)

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Biarritz 24km/22min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
Southampton Flybe Saturday 25 May - 31 Aug
London Gatwick Easyjet Saturday 01 June - 21 Sep

Bilbao 133km/1hr 35min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season

Bordeaux 221km/2hr 10min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May - 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar - 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May - 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Saturday 31 Mar - 2 Sep

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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  • Amenities*

    3/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

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Steeped in Basque traditions as old as the hills, this destination reflects a very different take on ‘Frenchness’: one that’s also imbued with the colours of Spain just a short drive away. And if swimming, sunbathing, surfing and sandy beaches don’t appeal, you can try a thalassotherapy spa session, watch an adrenaline-fuelled game of Basque pelote or flex your cultural muscle along the narrow streets of ancient towns and pristine villages where museums, galleries and restaurants are in plentiful supply.

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