Château d’Urtubie

Saint Jean de Luz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
+33 (0)5 59 54 31 15
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Minutes from the beach, this listed retreat comes with beautiful rooms in classical style, charming hosts and a family-run restaurant nearby


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

The Experience

Urtubie is old, very old: built in 1341 with permission from Edward III. The keep is still intact, though the roof was changed in 1654 to resemble Versailles. Your host Laurent, generous, charming, passionate about the place, is a direct descendant of Martin de Tartas who built it. Inside, all is elegant and inviting, and that includes the bedrooms, reached by a stair (or discreet lift). The first-floor ‘prestige’ rooms are light, airy, classical, imposing, and the ‘charm’ bedrooms on the second-floor are smaller. All are air-conditioned and are beautifully maintained, while bathrooms stock the family’s new range of soaps and creams made from shea butter and verbena. On the outskirts of this pretty little Basque town, a hop from the motorway (you barely hear it) and five minutes from the beach, Urtubie is a sweet retreat in fine gardens with an elegantly decked pool. Don’t imagine it’s stuffy: Laurent couldn’t be easier or more welcoming. Just walk 500m to the farm next door to eat at its Michelin-approved restaurant with views. 


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 12pm
1 November - 30 April.
Breakfast €12. Restaurant 500m.


Nightly price
from €90
1 Single
From €90
9 Twin/doubles
From €90



Another gem from Sawday's..! A really lovely stay in a beautiful château. We were very warmly welcomed by our most charming host who explained the history of his castle and gave us very useful information on all aspects of the wonderful Basque country we were discovering for the very first time.. Very elegant and comfortable room, delicious and generous breakfast.. We loved the chapel and the orangerie with the exhibition on Basque plants. The Dalzate products are excellent.. All highly recommended!

Catherine and Graham, Blanzay-sur-Boutonne, Charente-Maritime

Another wonderful Sawdays find. A great welcome by the Count who gave us a personal guided tour of his ancient chateau. Our "charm" room was delightful and we had an excellent breakfast on the little terrace outside the dining room. Very glad that there is a lift as climbing the stone spiral staircase from bottom to top is quite challenging . The nearby Ferme Lizarraga serves delicious food in wonderful surroundings.


Chateau D'Uturbie is a totally delightful place. Antique with a fascinating history but beautifully restored and comfortable. It's full of lovely furniture but beds and bathrooms are clean and elegant. There is a wonderful breakfast and even an honesty bar. Best of all, the owner Laurent is a truly delightful and courteous host attending to your every need. Don't miss the wonderful restaurant his mother runs, in walking distance from the chateau and with superb food. One of the best Sawdays we've stayed in but they are all always very good.

Kate, London

A delightful chateau and a delightful host! Laurent, the current owner took us on a tour of the Chateau himself, twice(!) and provided us with lots of fascinating details as his family has owned the chateau for over 600 years. Also, really conveniently is the nearby "Farm Restaurant", just over 1km from the chateau where we had a delicious meal. This is a superb place to stay if you have a car and wish to explore the french basque countryside. Laurent also helped us with highlights of the area and restaurant recommendations, a most charming count!

Denise, Carnegie

We spent one night here. The Count is such a gentleman. A charming man and clearly passionate about maintaining his heritage, this historic Chateau. The rooms are very individual. Comfortable and clean. If you have a car it is in a great location for touring the area. Be aware it is close to major roads but as other guests have said the noise is not so great once in the chateau.

Cheryl, Hertford

beautiful small chateau, charming host, extremely comfortable room and a very good nights sleep. Delicious supper 5 minutes walk away at the Count's brother's restaurant and excellent breakfast - very easy to find

liz, dorchester

A huge thank you to the Count of Chateau d'Urtubie for welcoming us into his fabulous home. The Castle is so incredibly historic and interesting but the hotel bedroom accommodation is pretty and cosy and utterly comfortable. It is certainly the best stay that we have ever had during our many autumn visits to St Jean de Luz. We loved the turret staircase for our late evening exercise (!) and eschewed the modern lift! And we helped ourselves to the free tea and coffee at the base of the tower. Don't miss a visit to the brilliant restaurant by the Counts brother. Thank you both.

Felicity/John, The Dordogne

We stayed here for two nights and it is a fantastic hidden gem of a place to stay. The Chateau is located a couple of miles from St Jean de Luz and hidden from the main road in its parkland. We were met on arrival by the Count, who gave us lots of information and then gave us a tour of the chateau. Our room was fabulous - the Louis XVI room. Huge with great views over the gardens. It was super clean and comfortable. There's a great little honesty bar in the tower and breakfast was very good indeed. In the evening, we ate at Ferme de Lizzaraga, next door - also brilliant.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Laurent de Coral

  • The basque villages around the château : Urrugne , Ascain , Sare , Ainhoa , Espelette , Bidaray et Saint jean pied de Port . The road going from village to village is very nice (half a day).
  • Saint Jean de Luz with the beautiful church where Louis the 14th married the daughter of the king of Spain in 1660 (half a day).
  • Biarritz with it's pretty little port and a good Restaurant "Albert" . Biaritz is also the town of Napoléon III and his wife Eugénie . I recommend to have a cup of tea in their résidence called "the Hotel du Palais" (half a day).
  • The old part of the town of Bayonne is like it was during 18th and 19th century . You have to walk in the small streets full of shops, walk near the river, have a hot chocolate "chez Cazenave" and finish by visiting the Cathedral and the Basque museum.
  • Visit Socoa village and have a look at the miltary fort on the beach, then take the cliff road 7 kilometer along the sea and then walk on the beach of Hendaye . From the port take the boat for a short trip and visit Hondarribia.
  • In one day you can go to Bilbao (1 hour from the chateau) and visit Gugenheim museum the on the way back stop in San Sebastian (half an hour from the château) and visit the old town after a walk on the beach