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Experience this Basque Style Retreat with Charming Gardens and Heated Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

**New Listing!**

Location: Arbonne, France. Located in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques region in the south-west of France. Most visitors fly into Biarritz airport (Bordeaux is another option). The town of Biarritz is 6km from the property. Also Train option from Paris (5 hours)

Located in the charming countryside of Arbonne, this cozy farmhouse offers the tranquility and privacy of country living, while being just minutes from the vibrant, and cosmopolitan town of Biarritz. Spend your mornings buying fresh Basque style treats from the local bakery in Arbonne, and your afternoons in Biarritz taking tea at Hotel Du Palais and laying on the picturesque Cotes de Basques watching experienced surfers maneuver world class waves. There is a little something for everyone when you vacation at ' Villa Maitagarria' or 'The Beloved'.

Although the Villa Maitagarria is located in the center of it all one might find it hard to leave this welcoming French Farmhouse. The ground floor features an open floor space that provides lovely views with gorgeous Cathedral ceilings and a large fireplace. Unique antiques collected over the years, and views of your own cornfield, give this farmhouse a flair unlike any other. It is truly a hidden world of art and sophistication. Huge French Barn Doors open to the terrace a luxurious pool, great for entertaining adults and children alike. There are three generously sized bedrooms on the ground floor (all 28m2), two full beds that sleep two and one with a set of twin beds. Similar to the living area, the bedrooms' large doors open to a beautiful view of the gardens. Upstairs, the Master boasts its own private bath and changing boudoir . Linens are provided for all rooms.

The kitchen is fully equipped with anything one would need to create a marvelous meal at home. Outfitted with high-end quality appliances, including a four burner stove (3 gas one electric) coffee maker, juicer,dishwasher, blender, toaster and all the fixings. Dine in the dining room with seating for eight or share a more intimate meal in the kitchen which has bench seats for four.

Outside enjoy a BBQ with family and friends in the beautiful enclosed garden (2250m2) with seating for eight. The large pool with sun beds for four provides our guests with endless hours of relaxation under the Basque sun.

If you are able to pull away from the comfort of your retreat, you would find yourself literally in the center of it all. With Biarritz an easy 6 km away there are endless possibilities for entertainment. Biarritz (a popular resort since the mid-19th century when Empress Eugenie and her husband, Napoleon III, chose it as their summer residence) has something for everyone. Little ones will love playing on the beaches, or exploring the Museum of the Sea. Adults can enjoy shopping, which includes everything from High end boutiques (Hermes, Natasha, Sonia Rykiel) to local surf shops. If you are a golf enthusiast, Biarritz is known as the golf capital of France and has several highly regarded golf courses to choose from in the vicinity. The world class waves as well as some of Europes most beautiful beaches, including La Grande Plage, have created a unique surf based culture, as well as vibrant nightlife. Head over the boarder to San Sebastian Spain (20km) Capital of the Basque providence of Guipuczoa , is a city of gastronomes, amazing dining for food conesours.

If its a little adventure you seek, the spectacular nearby Pyrenees Mountains offer hours of opportunities for hiking, caving, camping, skiing, or paragliding, all with sensational vistas.

If you choose to stay local you will be charmed by Arbonne's quaint yet elegant appeal. A weekly outdoor Market boasts delectable local treats, flowers, and fresh fruit and vegetables. A small restaurant with outdoor dining under the trees is perfect for a romantic night out or a little afternoon people watching over a cup of 'cafe'.

Other nearby towns include:

Saint Jean de Luz,( 15 km) a fishing village, full of local artists displaying their artwork on the streets.

Bilbao Spain( ) Home to Frank Gehry's extraordinary Bilbao museum ( worth a weeks pilgrimage in itself!)

Anglet (7km) boasts 200km of Pristine beaches, great for walking, horseback riding and cycling and delicious seafood.

Your enjoyment of Villa Maitagarria is very important to us. A local guide is available to assist you with any of your requests. Various Staff are available daily to make sure your visit will always be a special one.

More Details

Property Manager
Rikki Galusha
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

La maison est spacieuse, très confortable, très bien placée (très proche de la plage, de Biarritz, Bayonne, Saint-Jean de Luz), idéal pour découvrir le Pays Basque. Les enfants ont passé beaucoup de temps dans la super piscine. Nous avons été très très bien accueillis dans la maison à notre arrivée. Un séjour très agréable!
Apr 2017
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Arbonne Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Two rooms with queen beds, one room with two twin beds, and one room with a double bed. Air mattresses and baby bed also available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
-Weekly cleaning service included (Additional cleaning upon request) -gardener/pool maintenance -boogie boards available -childcare available upon request


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Experience this Basque Style Retreat with Charming Gardens and Heated Pool
average rating of 4.875 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful house and garden and a wonderful warm welcome from Marie.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many places on holidays over the years but the best has to be at Villa Maitagarria. The house was clean and charming, with everything we could possibly need and the pool was lovely. The warm reception we received after our very long journey was a standout. Wine, cheese, fruit, Basque gateau and foie gras plus luxurious bath products. We felt very special! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We hope to have you back.
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Charming and comfortable--fantastic vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family (husband, two sons, sister and father) had a fantastic vacation at the Villa Maitagarria. The house is wonderful: charming and comfortable. The windows open up to a beautiful yard and we enjoyed swimming in the heated pool. My boys loved the beach just a short drive away. The food: particularly the bread, produce and cheese are unbelievable and we enjoyed many a delicious meal in Biarritz. (One of my favorites was La Cabane à Huitres). We crossed the border into Spain and visited an outdoor market sampling olives and cheese. We enjoyed shopping in Biarritz (love the espadrilles) and walking along the old promenade. It was the perfect vacation. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We are so happy you that you were able to enjoy the beautiful area. We look forward to having you with us in the future.
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Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had been on a frenzied work schedule for months before arriving at the villa. The moment we pulled into the driveway the stress started to melt away. The villa is large--but so welcoming--overlooking beautiful, well-tended lush gardens and a sparkling pool. The french doors throughout the house allowed the cool air to circle through the villa and you never felt too far from nature. Everything was clean, comfortable, and lovely. The villa is set in the charming countryside, but is only a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches we've ever seen. We spent our days exploring the nearby villages, beautiful old churches, and bustling cities, GPS made it surprisingly easy to get around. A few evenings it cooled down, so we enjoyed local wine and baked goodies in front of a roaring fire in the large fireplace. This would also be a great place for families or a group of the best friends. This was our first trip to the south of France, and the villa made it perfect! We are already mapping out dates to return to the villa next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us, it was a pleasure having you and your husband with us. We look forward to having you with us in the future.
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Great spot and lovely home

  • 5 of 5

We loved out stay here. Wonderful home, pool and garden. Terrific location in Basque Country - easy access on both sides of border to great locales.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Retreat in the Basque countryside

  • 5 of 5

We arrived here after some travel challenges --our stress and weariness melted within minutes in the sun, beauty and welcoming air of this lovely home. Rental homes face a tricky tension between adjusting to a variety of visitors while maintaining a feeling of home & aesthetic-- too often this is sacrificed for the anonymity of rental spaces. This incredible space-- inside & out-- made us feel welcome and at home-- the vibrant paintings, the beautiful garden surroundings (but not so particular that we couldn't relax into them), the treats of food and bath products that awaited us-- we felt as though we were arriving at the home of loving relatives. Of course-- the pool is fabulous-- morning & night-- the enclosed garden is perfectly private and the surrounding countryside is exceptional-- but the sense of comfort in this place made for a most magical holiday. We hiked up Rhune Mountain (great birds!) swam in the sea in Biarritz & Saint Jean de Luz, hiked from the house for an amazing French country meal in Arcangues accompanied home by the full moon, sampled pastries in local shops and dined under the stars relishing local cheeses and wines. We left goals for our next visit (surf lessons! adventure swims! Tapas in Spain...)-- and left relaxed and healthy--reinvigorated to our lives. Merci beaucoup pour une bonne visite!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation for all the family.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I didn’t know what to expect. Effectively, we gave a veto to our eleven year-old twins plus a friend. What if living in a French Basque Villa and former artist’s studio with plenty of space to comfortably fit our entire family only sounded cool to my wife and to me? What if the incredible romanticism of the place got trumped by social needs of the kids? Well, fortunately it all worked out. Louise and I got to stay in a place graced by history, art and tranquility—right next to a corn field with church bells ringing from the nearby hillside! Our kids moved right into sunning and swimming in a beautiful, stone enclosed garden and pool and ten minute hops into Biarritz for surfing lessons and almond macaroon runs. Don’t even think twice!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,250

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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