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Agroturismo Maddiola
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“So happy we found this Agroturismo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in mid-September, 2012. It was a fantastic experience in every way! The views are outstanding, the grounds are impeccable, the spa is a nice amenity, and the hosts are very accomodating. Although the husband and wife don't speak English, their English speaking children were very helpful. What a nice family!!

As a group of five, and we stayed in an apartment on the second floor. It was spacious and very clean. The breakfast each morning was wonderful, and consisted of fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee cake, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, and baggette and jams. If we could export a coffee machine like they have back to our house, it would be terrific. It was superb coffee con leche!

This was a perfect location for us to use as a home base as we took day trips throughout the area, including into France. (You should have a car if you stay here.) We didn't realize it when we booked it, but this is along the route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. We drove a few kilometers to the west and then hiked the Camino route for a a couple of hours down to the town of Orio. The views on this hike were spectacular, as well.

Although we live on a ranch with plenty of critters, our college aged children still had a great time with the farm animals!

The beautiful pictures on the Maddiola website give you a peak into the this wonderful place. We're so glad we didn't stay in the city of San Sebastian. What a shame to have missed these accomodations, and what a value it is!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

Very friendly. Lovely rural location with great sea views. Great home produced breakfast, yogurt from on site farm.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

Everytning at Maddiola is perfect!! The views to the sea, the breakfast, the nice rooms, the heating under your feets, the decoration, the rooms and the apartments, the helpfull owners, and the Spa!! There is a restaurant very near where you can have dinner and taste the good basque food, don't forget the cheesecake!! Ideal if you go with your partner, for the romantic atmosphere and the spa, or if you go with your childrens, because of the little farm that they have. San Sebastian is very near and you can try the famous pintxos.

Room Tip: I prefer the ones with sea view, and the apartments in the upper floor.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2010

This is a great little B&B, we stayed here for a single night as part of a road trip through the Basque country.

It’s worth noting the B&B is some way outside of San Sebastian, however we simply walked down the hill and got a very cheap bus into town (so we could have some Txakoli!) and got a taxi back (about 12 Euros). It still worked out significantly cheaper than staying in town, and the view from the sea view room (try to specify one of these) was simply stunning.

The property itself is lovely, the rooms are simple but comfortable and the bathrooms surprisingly modern. The breakfast was simple but very tasty, and I also enjoyed very much the homemade yoghurt.

The highlight was the owners, who cannot speak English but their children can. We were in dire need of a laundry, and asked the owners where we could find one. Instead of pointing us back into town, they simply took our washing from us, washed it all, hung it out to dry and gave it back all clean!! I tried to pay them something for this but they would not accept! This really helped us out and allowed us to spend out limited time exploring the fantastic town of San Sebastian and enjoying the pintxos hopping! You won’t beat this for the money or the view!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2010

Firstly, this B&B is good value for money and in a great situation (but poor location), with friendly owners. There appear to be 6 groundfloor rooms, all ensuite; 3 are called "mountainview" but basically face a wall and 3 are supposed to be seaview but more on that below.

All bedrooms appear to be ensuite and each has a private patio. All bedrooms (including their shower-rooms) and all private patios are about 10 square metres each in size. The house is shabby and cluttered, the bedrooms have old, but sturdy, brown wood furniture. The bed is also basic but comfortable enough. The shower-rooms have good plumbing.

The breakfast is not "fantastic" as an earlier reviewer put it but can be called "good" for the price of 5 Euros per person. Each room has its own breakfast table which is preset, including the food. On it you will find 1 roll per person (exactly 1 roll), 1 slice of cake per person, some butter and two tablespoons each of two types of jam. Also fruit (we got 1 kiwi each and some slices of melon/pineapple) plus (a pleasant surprise) a glass of excellent fresh (not the concentrate stuff, which even 5 star hotels serve up) orange juice and a little homemade yogurt which was delicious.

The breakfast coffee was from a machine (even the 5 star hotels in this area serve only machine coffee so quality depends mainly on the beans used) and it was adequate (NOT fantastic as another reviewer who claimed to be Italian has written) and there is a choice of teabags and powdered hot chocolate too.

The location is a good 20 minutes (not 10 as others have written) by car from the old town, and the road is narrow, steep and windy. The peace of the place, its second greatest strength after the seaview, was broken the morning we were there by the angry sound of a buzz saw or strimmer, less than 100m away, going for hours.

The seaview is superb but therein lies a puzzle. 3 times - when we booked a couple of months ago, a few days before we arrived, and also when we checked in - we requested a seaview room if possible but were always told they were all taken. Yet at breakfast only 3 tables were set and we know they were all in rooms on the non-view side because all the others who had breakfast had been occupying the patios adjoining ours, on the non-view side.

Why would we be refused a seaview when none were occupied?! Those seaview rooms are their greatest strength, yet they put ALL their guests in the "bad" rooms (there was no price difference so it could not have been that). As you can imagine, this soured our visit.

I have rated the place as very good because of the value for money but the distance from town and the narrow, windy road are major negatives if you want easy access to San Sebastian.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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midlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2009

This guesthouse is situated in one of the most beautiful settings, in the countryside overlooking the sea. The property offers excellent facilities with plenty of seating outside to enjoy the views. The bedrooms have modern deco and are very clean, we had a view to the back of the house which was ok but some have views over the sea. Breakfast was the best we had in or week travelling the Basque region, with fresh fruit, and homemade yoghurt and cake which were lovely. There is a large sitting room with a comfortable setee and plenty of books to have a look at. They also have a fridge where you can purchase drinks and have a vending machine with small snacks.
Although the owners don't speak English, their children do and they gave us a pack with details of the local area and maps which were really useful.
The property is remote, however you can walk to the nearest bus stop which is about 20 mins away and then catch the bus into San Sabastian for a couple of Euros and the journey was only 20 minutes. We caught a taxi back which cost 15 euros.
Highly recommend this property and would go back again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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North of England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2007

Spent a week in San Sebastian. Travelled there with a hire car from Santander airport (about 2 hr drive).

You need to have a car for this hotel, as the only other option from town is a taxi or a long walk. The drive in/out of San Sebastian is about 10 minutes.

We (couple in our 20's) had a lovely apartment with 2 bedrooms, shower room, toilet, open plan kitchen/living room with TV. Paxi, the co-owner, has done a lot of the woodwork around the house, which is of a high quality and adds a real personal touch. For the price (sorry - forgotten how much!) we felt it to be very reasonable.

The Maddiola sits on top of a hill overlooking the sea, with great panoramic views. The area is sparsely populated, so there's lots of greenery with the odd horse around (but a couple of tapas bars close enough to walk home after a few drinks). At the Maddiola itself, you'll see quite a few animals owned by the hotel owners, including goats, cows, pigs, chickens, and some donkeys.

In fact, during our visit, we were introduced to a donkey that had been born that morning - see the picture attached (you can also just about make out the sea view).

The staff were helpful and very friendly. We were given plenty of good suggestions for things to do in town. And Paxi speaks fluent French, in case your Spanish/Basque is not up to scratch.

Definitely a good place to stay if you have a car and don't need to be too central. If you're younger and up for lots of parties, you might want to look for somewhere in the town itself.

Stayed May 2007
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Property: Agroturismo Maddiola
Address: Aita Orkolaga, 161, 20008 San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
Location: Spain > Basque Country > Province of Guipuzcoa > San Sebastian - Donostia
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa
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Ranked #5 of 76 B&Bs / Inns in San Sebastian - Donostia
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Number of rooms: 5
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