“Chic farmhouse set high on a hill in a nature reserve, with huge views, delicious breakfast, great prices - and beaches nearby”
There is not too much to say about the 8 rooms: elegant simplicity rules. Some have whitewashed walls, some have exposed stone, some have both. Views to the front shoot off for miles, those at the back climb up the hill. You get comfy beds, shiny wooden floors, flat-screen TVs, and lovely bathrooms with showers and fancy lotions (some larger rooms have baths, too) .
Rooms at the top have smart pine ceilings and white leather armchairs. There’s an open-plan sitting room up here, too, with a couple of sofas and some games for children. If you want space, opt for a Superior or Twin Room (22 sq.m); otherwise the standard Double (17 sq.m) will serve you well. The Duplex Junior is split-level with wonderful views. It sleeps 4 in a double bed and 2 single daybeds, so is perfect for families. All rooms have attractive prices.
Breakfast (not included in the room rate) is laid out in the dining room, but you can nip onto the terrace if you want. Lovely local produce is beautifully presented: plates of cheese and charcuterie, and irresistible chorizo. You can have bacon and eggs if you like, or txistora - chorizo cooked with eggs. You get freshly squeezed orange juice, slices of pineapple, bowls of fruit. There’s locally baked bread and homemade jam, too.
No lunches or dinners are served, but complimentary afternoon tea is laid up in one of the lounges: a couple of homemade cakes, tea and coffee. While in the evening, cold platters and salads are available on request.
There are several good restaurants in Guernica (4km away). Bolina serves local seafood cooked with contemporary flair. Zallo Barri offers modern Basque cooking - think steak with walnut sauce. And there are various pintxos (Basque tapas) bars.
You’ll find great wine from Spain’s 'Sommelier of the Year' at Remenetxe just south of Guernica. You’ll also find restaurants in the surrounding villages that grill fish and meat and serve them simply, but most satisfactorily. For something a little different, try Gorotxika, a local cider house. Cider is a Basque speciality. The idea here is that you eat grilled fish, then wash it down with a glass of the local brew.
In high season, restaurants along the coast open to serve fish straight from the water: the villages of Bermeo, Lekeitio, Mundaka and Elantxobe are all worth trying. And there’s pintxos all day on Laga beach.
Children are very welcome, and cots are available for babies.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
There's a family room (the Duplex Junior) with a double bed and 2 single daybeds. All rooms can fit a baby cot.
There are games in the top-floor sitting room.