Bold, glamorous, and slightly eccentric, this chic little hotel features a fun and unpredictable blend of psychedelic bohemian style. An eye popping contrast of edgy, vibrant design and laid back rural country life, we were hooked.
Club Basque Guethary, Le Cote Basque, France
One of the only boutique hotels on the Basque coast, this stunning villa features all of the traditional architectural charm of the region, but the facade is deceiving. Set in the Pyrenees countryside among sheep farms and rolling hills just above the shore, the classic alpine like structure of bleached stucco and vibrant maroon accents is typical of the rustic Basque aesthetic.
Local designer Pierre Couteau’s imagination ran wild once inside however, and he has re-imagined this sedate villa with a kaleidoscopic array of color, bespoke decor and cool avant garde design. Classic antique and contemporary furnishings and silhouettes have been updated with surprising fabrics and textures while the materials used throughout the hotel range from driftwood to neon, chrome to…fur. The saturated color blocking and patchwork floors lead you throughout the house and up to the five rooms honoring famous locals of the region including Charlie Chaplin and poet Paul-Jean Toulet. Highly stylized and completely individual, you’ll have your choice between the flamboyant to the serene, all with en suite baths and lovely countryside views and balconies.
The spacious open plan living area, library, reading room and groovy bar and lounge are relaxing and chic with plenty of space to share. The expansive grounds slope and sprawl seamlessly into the surrounding countryside creating a bucolic and very private retreat. A visual feast of exciting detail and design, this peaceful setting offers a unique country escape with cool modern style.
Breakfast served daily. Wifi throughout. TV, DVD and CD music library in lounge. In room iPod audio docks, safes and minibar. Complimentary Anne Semonin personal care products provided. Housekeeping and laundry service available. Yoga and massage services available. On site parking.
Guethary is a small fishing port and village just a short drive to the coast and neighboring St. Jean de Luz. The countryside is rural and dotted with sheep farms at the base of the Pyrenees but you are only a short drive to both Biarritz and San Sebastian Spain as well as Bayonne. A famed surf destination, the Cote Basque is the best stretch along the Atlantic for world class breaks.
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Club Basquefrom €135/ nt
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