This 14th-century fort has a fascinating history. Originally the Earl of Beaumont’s under British rule, it was built to control the entrance to the Basque Country. Now, it is an incredibly special B&B – delightful Ana puts so much effort into the finer details and loves to fuss over her guests.
She used to be a Cordon Bleu chef so you’ll eat well here: homemade granola with yogurt and fresh fruit, pastries, scrambled eggs with salmon or brioche French toast for breakfast; nibbles, aperitifs, tea and cake in the afternoon, and globally inspired dinners. Find three of the bedrooms in the main house with views over the garden or river, and the fourth in the garden lodge with its own private terrace.
Borrow a bike or set out on foot to explore the Basque country, drive to the coast in half an hour or head to San Sebastian for the day – it’s just under an hour’s drive. Return for a swim in the pool, and a glass of wine on a terrace shaded by fine old plane trees next to the river.