Villa Erreka

Feefo Rating 1 Old mill house in secluded grounds near coast
Ref: 220 Ahetze
  • 5 bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bath/Shower Rooms
  • private pool
  • Comfort Rating Good quality
  • Charming and tranquil

We Say

Beautiful, quirky renovation for this ancient mill house, nestled in the basque hills in Ahetze, just a 10 minute drive from the coast and Biarritz.

Pricing & availability

Villa Erreka
5 bedrooms, sleeps 10

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Notes on prices

  • Price includes: Bed linen & bathroom towels; change of linens every weekend; basic welcome pack; pool heating May - September inclusive
  • Compulsory extras: None
  • Optional extras: Exit clean 200 EUR
  • Security deposit: EUR 800 (GBP 700)
  • Changeover day: Saturday from mid June to mid September. Flexible at other times subject to agreement
  • Arrival and departure: Arrival from 17:00, departure by 10:00 please.
  • Fortnight booking restriction: No

What makes Villa Erreka a great holiday rental:

  • Heated swimming pool with ozone filtration (healthier alternative to chlorination)
  • Short walk to Ahetze village centre (mini-market & pizzeria)
  • Retro 1980's architecture & interior
  • Extremely private and spacious gardens bordering woodland
  • Separate 'maison secondaire' with 2 bedrooms - perfect for grandparents or teenagers
  • Less than 10 minutes by car to Bidart's beach, waves and restaurants

​For a special occasion or just to make your holiday even more relaxing, why not book one of our bespoke catering packages as part of your stay at this villa.

Best for:
Families who want a peaceful and stylish retreat with potential for the odd beach day and excursion. There is plenty to keep you occupied and relaxed at the villa. Outside the summer, this is would be an excellent rental for a few couples on a golfing break or to discover the wonders of the Basque Country.

Suitability for:

  • Toddlers - pool protected by cover.  Very large enclosed grounds with swing and stick wigwam! Please note comments below re water hazards
  • Teenagers - quiet location but only a short drive to the buzz of Biarritz and Bidart 
  • Reduced mobility - probably just a few too many steps to negotiate.

Anything to watch out for?
Being an old mill house, water is a feature of the property and grounds. There is a stream that runs underneath the house and there are water hazards (small streams and a small pond) in the garden close to the house and at the boundary. Families with very young children have been very happy holidaying at the villa but it's important you are aware of the potential hazard. 

Two of the bedrooms (and shower room) are in the 'maison secondaire' separated by a few metres from the main house.

Why French Basque Country?
A genuinely distinctive corner of France with its unique architecture, cuisine and language. Enjoy pretty villages amongst rolling countryside, famous seaside resorts such as Biarritz & St Jean de Luz, venture into the Pyrénées mountains and take the short journey to Spain to sample San Sebastian.

Accommodation

Beautiful blend of old stone and retro architecture in this atypical villa rental

Originally an old mill house ("Erreka" means mill in Basque), the 15th century stone wall remains but everything else is pure 1980's retro-architecture!

The house has been modernised with good taste and thoughtfulness in a 80's 'retro' style. Owned and loved by a Belgian/German family, the house provides plenty of space and accommodation for a large family or 2 families, especially with teenagers or grandparents looking for a little space and independence all of their own!

The main house:

The entrance to the house is down several steps from the driveway and several more into the entrance hall. The main entrance and living area share a fireplace and the living room has cleverly inserted glass viewing panels to show off the stream running under the house!

The living/dining room are lovely and bright with glass doors leading out onto the terrace ideal for outdoor dining. The raised dining area leads directly into the well-equipped kitchen on the same level.

There is one double bedroom with ensuite shower room on the ground floor. Separate WC situated in the hallway next to the bedroom.

An open-tread steel and wooden staircase leads up to a further 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor.

The first bedroom has 2 single beds and its own shower room and separate WC.  

The master bedroom, with windows on 2 sides of the room, overlooks the large garden and has its own terrace with table and chairs.  There is a walk-in dressing area and open bathroom with large bath enjoying the same views over the garden and countryside beyond. There is also a large separate shower.

Maison secondaire:

Overlooking the pool, the 'little house' provides additional good quality accommodation ideal for teenagers, grandparetns or indeed a second family.

The space features 2 double bedrooms (beds can be set up either as 160cm doubles or 2 x 80cm singles), a large shared shower room and WC, a small sitting area and kitchenette.

Direct access from the living room to the pool terrace.

Outdoors:

The garden is very large, private and completely enclosed.  There is a stream the other side of the garden fence and the whole garden area backs on to countryside beyond, so is not overlooked at all.  It is a haven of tranquility!

10 x 5 m private swimming pool - heated and with hard cover. The pool features ozone filtration (rather than chlorinated) - better for the eyes and skin.

Enjoy some family fun playing table tennis

There is a BBQ area with raised table in front of the pool house.

There is an outdoor shower to the side of the pool house for rinsing off before a dip, after a day on the beach.

The mill pond to the side of the house is not fenced and means that small children should be supervised at all times.

Plenty of secure parking on the property.

Bedrooms

2 x doubles + 1 x twin in main house; 2 doubles in pool house which can be separated into singles

Bathrooms

Main house: 1 bath & shower ensuite to master; 1 ensuite shower; 1 separate shower room. Second house: 1 shared shower room

Pool

10m x 5m heated pool treated with ozone filtration. Hard cover

Equipment

Kitchen

  • dishwasher
  • tumble dryer
  • washing machine
  • oven & hob
  • microwave
  • fridge freezer
  • kettle
  • coffee maker
  • toaster
  • iron & ironing board

Entertainment

  • dvd player
  • music dock/speaker
  • tv with French channels
  • wi-fi

Outside

  • table tennis
  • bbq or plancha
  • parking space

General

  • cot
  • high chair
  • fans
  • hair dryer

Additional House Info

A cot and high chair are available on request.

House Rules

No smoking, no pets

Location

Villa Erreka benefits from a very peaceful and private setting yet it's a mere stroll into the delightful village centre - Ahetze is a pretty village well-loved by the Basques. It's transformed on the 3rd Sunday of every month when the brocantes market draws crowds from all over.

You will certainly feel as though you are in tranquil countryside but it's only a 10 minute drive to the sandy surfing beaches of Bidart and just a little further into the heart of Biarritz.

For excursions further afield (e.g. St Jean de Luz, French Basque Country tour, the Pyrenees, San Sebastian) the autoroute is reached in 10 minutes or you can hop on a train.

Local Amenities

Nearest village / town: Ahetze
Nearest beach: Bidart 4.5 km
Boulangerie: In the village mini-market 350m
Restaurant: Pizza restaurant in village square 600m; wonderful Ostalapia is 2 mins' drive up the hill
Market: Ahetze flea market every 3rd Sunday

Distance to nearest major transport connections

  • Biarritz airport: 10 km
  • Pau airport: 125 km
  • Bilbao airport: 130 km
  • Bordeaux airport: 200 km
  • Biarritz railway station: 5 km
  • Santander ferry port: 235 km
  • St Malo ferry port: 730 km
  • Calais ferry port: 1100 km

Things to do and see

Our Highlights

  • An evening stroll of St Jean de Luz's bustling streets, before drinks & supper!
  • Sampling the pintxos - Basque tapas - in St Jean de Luz or Ciboure old town
  • Catching a game of Basque pelote at one of the village frontons
  • A visit to Ainhoa or Sare - both 'picture perfect' Basque Country villages
  • 18 holes at gorgeous Golf de Chantaco - then lunch in the clubhouse
  • A day's hiking in the western Pyrenees, including an auberge lunch-stop

Nearby Activities

  • Surfing
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding
  • Spa & thalassotherapy
  • Pelote Basque
  • Wine-tasting
  • Degustation
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Adrenaline park
  • Boat trips

Day Trip Ideas

  • Tour Basque Country villages: Ascain, Ainhoa, Sare, Espelette
  • Visit Bayonne, the under-rated ‘capital’ of the Pays Basque
  • Cross the border into Spain - San Sebastian, Pamplona & the Guggenheim
  • Explore the Pyrenees National Park for its wildlife, walks & scenery
  • Taste the glitz & glamour of 'Belle-Epoque' Biarritz

The Local Area

Ahetze                                                                                                                                        
Ahetze is a typical Basque village set in the foothills of the western Pyrenees yet it's just 10 mins drive from Bidart and the famous Basque resort of Biarritz. There are shops and a bakery within walking distance, as well as a pizza restaurant and the obligatory fronton, of course. About a mile and a half up the hill is La Ferme Ostalapia, a very well-known restaurants of the area. It has been known for guests to walk there and back but the lane is not ideal for pedestrians. On the 3rd sunday of each month, Ahetze is taken over by a hugely popular brocante market which attracts people from far and wide and is a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning hunting for treasure!

Bidart
Bidart is a charming Basque village-by-the-sea - a church, a fronton (an outdoor court for playing Pelota, similar to squash), a little sleepy but pretty and characterful. It sits on the hill above the Atlantic, on the edge of a cliff, at the highest point on the Basque coastline. There is a little supermarket, bakery, cafés, newsagents, gift shops and a couple of bars and restaurants.

Its cliff-top chapel Ste-Madeleine is remarkable - you won't see many smaller churches anywhere in the world. The views from the coast path are fantastic - there aren't many places where you see mountains meet the ocean.

Neighbouring Guéthary is a similar treasure, a traditional fishing port, large villas and small houses rise in tiers from the seafront.

There are plenty of life-guarded beaches to choose between - almost all offering surf equipment hire and tuition on the excellent waves. (A private surf guide is available - please enquire.) Bidart is often a venue for surf competitions. Out in front the Plage du Centre has volleyball and pétanque courts. South of Bidart, Plage de l'Uhabia offers summer activities and games for children. Plage de Parlementia offers access to the Phare de Koskenia (lighthouse) from Guéthary.

There are plenty of good golfing options nearby. We recommend buying a Biarritz golf pass, which entitles you to play at Arcangues, Bayonne, Biarritz, Ilbarritz, Moliets or Seignosse. Nearby Ilbarritz provides spectacular ocean-side golf (9 holes, par 32). In 1998 it was chosen as the most beautiful nine holes in France.

Beautiful coastal walks link the coves from Bidart through Guéthary and St-Jean-de-Luz, all the way to Hendaye on the edge of Spain. Nearby there is also horse-riding through forests, or along the beach.

Festivals: June to September see festivals and events all along this stretch of coast: horse-riding & surfing competitions, basque culture (especially the Fete de Bayonne in August), art, jazz, wine, beer, film and dance.

Markets: there's Biarritz's fabulous Les Halles covered market (every day), antiques markets in Anglet and Bayonne, plus Bidart's own Saturday morning market in the village centre.

Restaurants: the cuisine in this corner of France & Spain is some of Europe's finest. We can guide you on where to eat.

Biarritz
After the wilderness years of the 1980s, this town is back in fashion. Celebrities and sports stars are flooding back to live in the region, turning their back on the Côte d'Azur. Biarritz is an eclectic place; it somehow manages to mix an affluent elderly population with a steady flow of well-dressed surfers plus a sprinkling of super-rich jetsetters on top. A compact and stylish town, Biarritz really does have something for everyone...famous beaches, museums, fine restaurants, boutiques, casino, golf courses, horse-riding and the south west's famous spa and thalassotherapy centres.

St Jean de Luz
Whether its beaches, boutiques, culture, restaurants or festivals you are looking for, this town is hard to beat. Stylish but without the pretence of the Riviera, St Jean is an authentic and colourful seaside town and working fishing port. It has plenty to offer discerning visitors of all ages. In particular, this is a great place to eat out - St Jean de Luz is recognised as the capital of Basque cuisine and is noted for its seafood (it is one of Rick Stein’s favourite places).

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Customer Reviews By Feefo

Review posted on 05 Jul 2017

Service: Feefo Service Rating Product: Feefo Product Rating

Service: The accommodation was exactly as described. The host was delightful and contactable and gave great recommendations and instructions.

Product: Villa Erreka was beautiful - even better than the photos might suggest. The owners left us some treats and basic supplies which was very helpful

On 07-Jul-2017 we responded:

Product Comment: Thanks for your fantastic feedback - the owner will be really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay at Erreka and it sounds like the surf and cuisine of the Basque Country went down well too! 


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