Basque Villa Urdaibai, Spain

Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
  • Villa
  • 8 BR
  • Sleeps 18
  • from € 700 nt
What we like about this property

A grand residence in the old world tradition, this luxury villa in Spain’s Basque country was restored to balance its historic elegance with contemporary refinement in a seamless transition. We love the meticulous craftsmanship and detail and the graceful sense of style. 

Description

Located in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in Basque country, this luxury villa in Spain is an ode to elegance and old world charm. Originally a 19th century farm house, the structure has undergone several transformations along the way to it’s current incarnation as a stately manor house. Perfecting the grace and character of a bygone era with a modern sense of refinement, Barcelona based architects SaizVerdoux gently updated the structure to showcase its lovely features while staying true to the spirit of the era. Collaborating with Bilbao based designers Gakoak Studios, the interiors are luminous and expertly crafted with oak and tile floors, vibrant wall papers and color blocking and spectacular friezes and ornate detailing. 

Set on three floors, the villa’s ground floor houses two sitting rooms with fireplaces, a formal dining room and a gallery space as well as a sleek modern kitchen. There are a total of eight bedrooms above (seven en suite), and an office as well as an old chapel that has been converted into a library.  Combining contemporary brands such as Treku, Stua and Punt Mobles, Gakoak oversaw the restoration of many valuable antiques that refer back to the home’s past.

The grounds and gardens are beautifully maintained with a large pool and lounging areas among the grassy lawns. 

Graciously designed and spacious enough for family and friends, this is an unique and elegant way to experience the Basque country.  

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, satellite cable TV, library, kitchen and bath essentials. Optional daily housekeeping, laundry facilities. Children’s equipment including high chair and crib available. 

AROUND

Made up of lush forests and valleys, soaring cliffs and wild beaches and marshes, the UNESCO designated Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve is an area of outstanding natural beauty in Basque country. There are fantastic hiking trails within minutes of the villa and the nearby islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and the magical Oma forest are not to be missed. Laga and Laida, two of the regions finest beaches are just minutes away with the best surf in the country. Indulge in traditional Basque cuisine and pintxos (small bites similar to tapas) in the neighboring bars and cafes and tour some of the finest vineyards and wineries in Rioja and the Cantabria region to try the txakolí which is unique to the northern areas. 

Nearby Gernika, almost entirely lost to the tragic events of 1937 and immortalized in Picasso’s famous painting of the same name, is the cradle of Basque identity and a vibrant town that hosts the best market in the region (Mondays).

The industrial port city of Bilbao is considered the heart and capital of Basque country and is just under thirty minutes by car. Most famous for the stunning titanium-clad Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum, the city has emerged from it’s gritty working class roots into a cultural hub for art, cuisine and commerce. It’s just over an hour to the beaches of San Sebastian and Salinas de Añana.

LOCATION

Urdaibai, Basque Country, Spain. Nearest Airport: Bilbao (42km), San Sebastian (94km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round 

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  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
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  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
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  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
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  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
  • Etxelaia, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Spain |
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Basque Villa

from 700 to 900 / nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info
Bedrooms8 Bedrooms (7 en suite)
Bed Type5 Large doubles, 2 Singles in each of the three other bedrooms plus 2 Sofa beds and 1 Cot
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms7 Bathrooms
AccommodateUp to 18 guests
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewGarden and forest views
Rates
Sec. Deposit€1,500
Check-In5:00 PM
Check-Out12:00 PM
CancellationIf reservation is cancelled up to three months prior to scheduled arrival, guests receive 50% refund
If reservation is cancelled from three months to 15 days prior to arrival guests receive 25% refund
If reservation is cancelled less than 15 days prior to arrival guests receive no refund
Notes25% of the rental due at time of booking 50% due 2 months before arrival 100% due if reserved 15 days before arrival
Non smoking only
Ground floors and exteriors are wheelchair accessible
No pets allowed
No parties allowed
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Min Stay
July to SeptemberJul 1Sep 30€900€5,9502 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends€150 per night on FRI SAT SUN
October to JuneOct 1Jun 30€700€4,5502 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends€100 per night on FRI SAT SUN
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Reviews

5 Reviews

  • Almudena, December 13, 2017

    We have been tremendously comfortable, no lack of detail and perfectly equipped! It has been a real pleasure and of course we will return!

    Almudena

  • Mark V., August 20, 2017

    Top Location! It is a very nice, and very well maintained house with lots of space. The interior design is exceptionally stylish, the kitchen equipped with every comfort. The house has a large pool, a wonderful wooden terrace and a fantastic garden. There are many exciting excursions and cultural excursions in the area. The only downer is that some of the rooms lead to the street. But if you have a deep sleep, you will still be able to sleep masterfully. Swiss family, 3 children, 8 days on site.

    Mark V.

  • Unai, July 23, 2017

    Absolutely spectacular Without a doubt it is a house with a lot of charm. Spacious, comfortable and very cozy. In a very short time you feel at home. It is located in a spectacular environment. Totally recommended!

    Unai

  • Oliver K., July 17, 2017

    Peace

    We premiered ETXELAIA. It is an honor to have been the first to enjoy this magnificent house. Unforgettable weekend!

    Oliver K.

  • Clement, May 11, 2017

    We had a wonderful stay in Etxelaia, the house is unique, very beautiful, its furniture is finely selected, tastefully furnished it is in addition very nice & functional. It is surrounded by green mountains, typical gourmet restaurants and a quarter of an hour from the Basque coast, with its ports and cultural and nautical activities. Bilbao is 40 minutes by car … Ideal to rest by the pool between two trips on me theme of Basque heritage. We were all very seduced by its charm!

    Clement

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