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Experience this Basque Style Retreat with Charming Gardens and Heated Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 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, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • 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
  • Queen size Beds (2) Master Suite includes private dressing area and full bath. Two rooms with two twin beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Experience this Basque Style Retreat with Charming Gardens and Heated Pool
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 20 reviews

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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Fabulous Christmas and New Year's destination celebration

  • 5 of 5

What a special time of year to enjoy Biarritz and the basque country. The house (and house manager) couldn't have been more welcoming and warm. Our evenings spent enjoying the magical "Biarritz en lumieres" activities and displays (runs from Dec 20th thru Jan 4), included: 2,500 lanterns launched from the beach, sound and light shows against the backdrop of ancient and beautiful buildings, an entire park guilded with lanterns and lights, were just some of the holiday splendors we enjoyed. Returning to the peaceful and bucolic corner of the world where the house sits, allowed us to take a bath, relax in front of a fire in the grand fireplace, and commune with one another for some much needed family time. Mornings were spent with the locals, in search of our daily bread. As we are pretty dedicated foodies, we took time out to visit local fabricators and artisans of foodstuffs such as jambon de Bayonne, an ancient and still operating grist mill and patisserie, a (new discovery for us) trip to a basque beer/cider manufacturing sagardoa cidererie, and a chocolate factory, to name a few...all within a 10 to 15 minute drive from the house! We were blessed with good weather the whole time (amazing to see many swimmers and surfers in the ocean at this time of year) and enjoyed several games of croquet in the large and beautiful yard. We are determined to return again to Villa Maitagarria!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of Both Worlds Indeed!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Maitagarria was a splendid Basque gem perfectly situated in the quiet pastoral country village of Arbonne (Biarritz) but less than an hours drive from dozens of wonderful Basque French and Spanish towns! We visited Pamplona, Bilbao, Vitoria Gasteiz and Hondaribbia Spain for fine Michelin star dining, shopping, Guggenheim museum and charming site seeing.

The house is spacious, clean, cozy and comfortable! Perfect for our 50th birthday gals reunion! We enjoyed breakfast out on terrace, dessert by the fire, and cards and conversation at both tables and seating areas. The beds were comfy and kitchen well stocked.

The local manager Marie-Christine provided us with the perfect "picnic" dinner of local delicacies for our first night as we arrived very late. She took care of all our requests (like booking a fabulous masseuse to come to house) and answered all of our tourist questions.

I would unreservedly recommend a visit to Maitagarria for friends or families!


  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family house

  • 5 of 5

Never experienced before such a warm welcome in a house that we have rented on our arrival by Marie. Our 4 children (age 11-17) were in love with the well equipped house, surrounding garden and the great swimming pool from the start. We had a phantastic week enjoying the house, surfing on the waves of the Biarritz sea, local festivities in Arbonne and cycled in the city of San Sebastian. Moreover the Basque food and culture has been a very good experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Romantic Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic honeymoon in The Basque. We took a week starting in Paris and working our way to Beaune, then La Rochelle, Bordeaux then Arbonne and Villa Maitagarria. We were graciously greeted by Marie who made sure that every detail was put into place to accentuate our romantic stay.

I would highly recommend the area and the home to anyone. It was well situated for the daily adventures we took seeking the next city or village in France or in Spain. Our days were full with exploring nature, fabulous cuisine and culture. We found the people to be warm and wonderful and would gladly visit the area again.

The home was a comfortable retreat where we would return with great wine and the ingredients to prepare a delicious dinner. The kitchen had everything we needed and a washer and dryer was a huge plus!

The pool was lovely and put to good use as well as both the indoor and outdoor fireplaces!

We look forward to returning, perhaps in celebration of an anniversary or two!

Many thanks to Marie, as well as the owners for providing such a marvelous home of their beloved grandmother. We were enchanted by her creativity and passion.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Arbonne Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer 1
Jun 2 2017 - Aug 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
summer 2 (high season)
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 1
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

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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