The Chateau d'Urtubie is a unique "b&b" in that it is a beautiful castle dating to 1341. Our lovely room - decorated with toile linens and antiques - had an adjoining bath that was in the turret of this lovely venue. And the bath was spacious and modern with lovely green tile. We were greeted by the Count (the owner) , who is charming and helpful, and is a direct descendant of the original family which built the castle. We stayed here for five days, loving every minute of it, and exploring the coast and the Basque countryside as well as venturing into Spain to see the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, only an hour and a half drive. It was fun to see all the French tourists coming to see the castle, but it did not interfere at all with our privacy or the quiet of the place. Don't miss the private chapel and l'orangerie. A car is a must here as there is really nothing within walking distance except the very good restaurant owned by the Count's brother. This is a bit of a disadvantage, but St. Jean de Luz is only a ten minute drive at the most. We would definitely stay here another time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Near the beaches of Saint Jean de Luz on the Spanish border, this fortified castle has belonged to the same family since it was built in 1341. Louis XI once visited the château, now renowned for its fine 16th and 18th century architecture and splendid 17th century lounges. It was raised to the status of Viscounty by Louis XIV. In the carefully restored interiors, it is easy to imagine the past splendour of the place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau d`Urtubie Hotel Saint-Jean-De-Luz