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Auberge de l'Ostapé, Navarre

Auberge de l'Ostape


Luxurious country farmhouse hotel in a picturesque part of Navarre (French Basque Country)

Double rooms from £ 177
22 rooms
Guest Rating: 9.3 / 10
Swimming pool, Auberge de l'Ostapé

Reflecting the traditional format of Basque farms, Auberge Ostapé is comprised of five houses on a 45-hectare plot of land in the heart of the green hills of the French Basque Country, and features whitewashed lime-plastered walls, red shutters and exposed stones throughout. The auberge has 22 suites (Junior, Standard, Luxury and Prestige). The restored farmhouse was constructed in 1665 and antique furnishings abound throughout. Dinner is served out on the terrace or in the cosy dining room with its fireplace. The owners have tried to combine this old-style comfortable way of living with facilities that you'd expect to see in a four-star hotel. This means free wi-fi access, a telephone, safe and hairdryer, minibar and tea and coffee-making facilities in suites, and an abundance of activities on offer, such as a heated swimming pool, sauna, Moroccan-style hammam and fitness room, or even a game of pelota (a traditional Basque sport). This is also the case in the surrounding area, with hot-air ballooning, rafting, canyoning and quadding all possibilities.

The local area is also delightful to explore: purple rocky mountains, undulating green hills with white sheep scattered about, a winding stream, small stone bridge and Roman church made from pink sandstone, as well as paths through the fields on which to take a stroll.

Suites range from 45m2 to 91m2 (ie from big to huge!) and each has its own entrance and grand fireplace. They are each decorated differently and have either a terrace or a garden-level balcony.

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Junior Suite
Luxury Suite
Prestige Suite

Chef Cédric Roubin, his three cooks and his pastry chef enjoy crafting a menu representing Basque culinary tradition, blending local produce. The menus are both well-thought out and extensive, and there is a huge wine list (60 to choose from). As a sample, there is tuna from St. Jean de Luz, Banca trouts, Aldudes pork, vegetables and herbs, ewe cheese, and fruits from the auberge's own orchard.

Breakfast takes place in the large restaurant or out on the sunlit terrace and includes Basque cakes, vanilla custard with caramel sauce, rice pudding, fruit salad, lemon cakes and home made chocolate cakes.

Cookery course with the hotel chef
Good walks
Cycling routes
Rafting/ canyoning
Hot-air ballooning
Freshwater fishing (wild trout and salmon in the River Nive; possibility of hiring a guide). Big game fishing at St. Jean de Luz or Hendaye fishing ports.
Vineyard visits and wine-tastings
Navarrenx- France's only cigar producer (visit to plantation and factory by appointment- 1 hour's drive).

Places to visit:
Aldudes Valley (25 minutes' drive):
Black pigs of M.Oteiza (farm visit, ham tasting)
Banka trout farm, tasting
Ewe cheese in Bidarray
Espelette peppers ('controlled designation of origin' product)
Txopinondo Basque cider in Ascain
San Sebastian, Spain
St. Jean de Luz
Bayonne (Fêtes de Bayonne festival takes place every July)
Pelota matches
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

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Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:

"Probably the nicest place we've stayed in, top class luxury at affordable prices. the scenery and solitude was amazing. we will be back!"

"We liked the comfortable spacious suite in the most idyllic, tranquil, rural position, good food and friendly staff. The use of a personal golf buggy to get to and from the main hotel building was an enjoyable bonus." James, Edenbridge

"It's a fabulous hotel to relax at. Absolute tranquility. Excellent cuisine." Miren, San Sebastian

Guest Rating: 9.3 / 10
This rating has been calculated by combining data from various websites which publish ratings for Auberge de l'Ostape.

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In the hotel
  • Bar
  • Gastronomic restaurant
  • Library
  • Living room
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna and Hammam
  • Massage room
  • Fitness room
  • Pelota
  • Boutique and Gift shop
  • Free car park

In your room
  • Free wi‑fi access
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee‑making facilities
  • En‑suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer

We Say

The sense of space provided by 45 hectares and the dispersed villas is something to be savoured. One of our favourite features was the golf buggies that you can drive to get to your suite. This is very special: the height of luxury high in the green hills of Navarre.

A Word From the Owner

There are no ecological worries- no cars are allowed around the land; only golf buggies circulate. There are woods and an orchard, and gardens with such species as oaks, wild cherry trees, birches, chestnut, medlar and walnut trees, as well as camellias, holly, wild rose bushes, hydrangeas and tulips.

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