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  • Authentic Basque Country house 
  • Short walk to two Michelin-starred restaurants 
  • Woodland park with mountain views 
  • 10-minutes by bike to  Guéthary 
  • 6-minute drive to  Bidart

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One of the Basque Country’s most seductive qualities is the sense of timelessness; drive a kilometre or two away from the coast and you’ll find landscapes that have changed little in hundreds of years. Life moves on however, and some of the old houses have been reborn as holiday homes such as Villa Mendi, a delightful and traditional country retreat.

Cocooned in 1.3 hectares of private wooded parkland, this authentic Basque Country house has bags of charm, from the colourful poolside tiling to the galleried living space that lets light flood in from all around. With its elegant furnishings, Farrow & Ball palette and terracotta floors worn smooth with age, Villa Mendi looks for all the world like an interiors magazine spread, yet feels warmly welcoming for a family gathering. The sunny living room is full of squashy sofas for grown-up chat, while outside, your younger ones have almost limitless space to play, with a pool alarm for extra peace of mind. The grounds are a delight, with mature trees framing mountain views and lots of sunny spots to sit and contemplate them. For maximum flexibility, all of the five en suite bedrooms can be configured as twins or doubles, perfect for a group of friends or a family party.

Located in a sought-after residential area, Villa Mendi feels blissfully remote, though the views from the first floor balcony remind you that beaches and charming villages lie just a couple of kilometres away. Better yet, it’s less than 15-minutes' walk to not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, putting you at the heart of everything this delightful region has to offer.

The local area

For shopping, beach days and eating out, you’ll find everything you need within a few kilometres of Villa Mendi, a spot that’s favoured over busier Biarritz by those in the know. A six-minute drive brings you to Bidart’s best beaches: the Plage du Centre and Uhabia, plus local shops and a handful of restaurants around the pretty village square. Guéthary village is the other real character close by; a ten-minute bike ride brings you to its restaurants, bars and small shops, and there’s also a train station here if you feel like exploring more without the car. The line runs along the coast, making it a convenient way to visit places like St Jean de Luz, famous for its sweep of golden sand and celebrated thalassotherapy spas. Biarritz, with its unique surf scene and fin-de-siècle charm, is a 15-minute drive.


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Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-10)

Ground floor

  • Double-height living/dining area, multiple access to terrace/grounds
  • Kitchen with gas hob, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Living /reading room with TV
  • Twin bedroom (can be converted into a double on request)
  • Shower room with WC
  • Utility room
  • Staircase to galleried landing

First floor

  • Double bedroom (180cm bed, can be converted into a twin on request) with en-suite bathroom and WC, dressing area
  • Double bedroom (160cm bed, can be converted into a twin on request)
  • Twin children’s bedroom (can be converted into a double on request) connects to other twin room
  • Twin children’s bedroom (can be converted into a double on request) with old-fashioned en-suite bathroom (no WC or shower), connects to other twin room
  • 2 shower rooms (no WC)
  • WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer and Simpson pool/beach towels provided
  • Smoking/vaping is not permitted in the house
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Table tennis and table football
  • Private swimming pool 10m, spring diving board, alarm protected
  • Over 3 acres of parkland 
  • Nearby activities include surfing, body-boarding, golf, cycling, thalassotherapy, pelote basque
  • Some light background noise from the autoroute is occasionally audible

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.

Villa access times

  • Check-in time – 5.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Services

  • Weekly cleaning with change of linen and towels

Location

  • Restaurant 5min walk (350m)
  • Shops and supermarket 1.5km
  • Guethary (beach) 2km
  • Bidart (beach) 2.5km
  • St Jean de Luz 15min drive (7km)
  • Biarritz airport 20min drive (10km)

Flights

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 

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 130km/1hr 25min drive

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

Bordeaux 

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.

Grading Help

Property Grading Key:

  • 5/5

    Excellent

  • 4/5

    Very good

  • 3/5

    Good

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  • Location

    4.5/5

    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort

    4/5

    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*

    4/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4/5

    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

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.

Visit our collection of handpicked villas or boutique hotels in Biarritz & The Basque Country to complete your luxury holiday on the Aquitaine Coast.

Read more on our Aquitaine Coast region page

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