Where the Romance of 1920s Basque Country Endures

Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain
Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain | vacation home rentals
  • House
  • 5 BR
  • Sleeps 8-9
  • from € 500 nt
A Historic Preservation That Gets Every Detail Right

Villa Magdalena, built and designed by architect J. Martinez de Ubago in 1920, is located at the beautiful Paseo del Faro (Lighthouse Road), above Eduardo Chillida’s sculpture “Peine de los Vientos”, and has spectacular views of the bay and city. This vacation home in San Sebastián is a protected heritage property of the Spanish resort town. 

Owner Olatz is a fashion and interior designer who was born in San Sebastián and spent many summers and holidays there. This was a masterful renovation, decorated with utmost respect to its original style as a 1920 country Basque villa. 

“I could see the potential right away, and I fell in love,” she says of the day she first saw Villa Magdalena. It had been abandoned for many years, but Olatz felt it would be a privilege to restore its early beauty; to make it look like not a day had passed.

To add space, the kitchen and dining room were moved into the former basement, which now leads into a garden and a terrace with views of the sea, perfect for alfresco dining. 

Filled with the treasures of a life often spent traveling, the home contains a collection of modern art, fabrics, rugs and tiles from Marrakesh and Bali, and antique furniture that she found in France and Spain. Novels and art books adorn the tables – a favorite of Olatz is a gigantic book given to her by Peter Beard, which she says is like its own piece of furniture.

In an iconic Spanish port town, here is a home with a romantic soul, holding the past in stunning reverence.

Description

This five-bedroom, five-bathroom vacation home in San Sebastián can accommodate up to about 8-9 people. Villa Magdalena is a 2-minute walk from Monte Igueldo, and 1,800 feet from Monte Igueldo Funicular. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Internet, TV, Heating, Cable TV, Kitchen, Dryer, Buzzer/Wireless Intercom, Washer, Breakfast, Free Parking on Premises, Shampoo, Family/Kid-Friendly, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit

AROUND

San Sebastián is known for gastronomic tourism (boasting a trio of three-Michelin star restaurants, and its famous Basque pintxos bars), some of Europe’s most beloved beaches, and a thriving art scene.

The owner recommends cruising around San Sebastián’s bay, and checking out Chillida Leku, an outdoor museum and sixteenth-century Basque farmhouse sprawling across 27 acres, devoted to the works of the late abstract sculptor Eduardo Chillida, managed in consultation with Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser. Also in art, the Guggenheim is not to be missed.

Stroll through the historical quarter and in its center, the Plaza de la Constitución, formerly a bull-fighting arena. You can still see numbers over the windows that denoted ticketholders’ boxes, although today it has been transformed into a romantic plaza replete with outdoor dining. 

Complete your holiday with plenty of beach-hopping. While San Sebastián has plenty of iconic shores, the owner also suggests the 20-minute drive over to the French side: Biarritz is that close, and has its own elegance and charm.

LOCATION

San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa, Spain. Nearest Airport: San Sebastián Airport (26 km), Biarritz Airport (52 km), Bilbao Airport (97 km)

Best time to visit: Spring, Summer, Fall

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  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
  • Villa Magdalena, San Sebastián, Spain |
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Villa Magdalena

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Info
Bedrooms5 bedrooms
Bed TypeRoom 1: 2 single beds, Room 2: Queen-size bed, Room 3: Queen-size bed, Room 4: King-size bed, Room 5: Queen-size bed
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen
Bathrooms5 bathrooms
Accommodate8-9 people
InternetInternet
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyNo pets
ViewSea views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)€80
Tax10% for total rate
Sec. Deposit€400
Check-In2 PM
Check-Out12 PM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Monthly Min Stay
Low seasonJan 11Mar 27€500€3,500€10,0005 nights
Spring holidayMar 28Apr 4€600€4,200€12,0007 nights
Low seasonApr 5Jun 30€500€3,500€10,0005 nights
SummerJul 1Oct 1€600€4,200€12,0007 nights
Low seasonOct 2Dec 19€500€3,500€10,0005 nights
Winter holidayDec 20Jan 10€600€4,200€12,0007 nights
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