Donamariako Benta

Donamaría, Navarra
Bed & Breakfast


Relaxing riverside retreat next door to a very good restaurant; hike or walk in the surrounding area, Pamplona and San Sabastian are close

Bedroom

5 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

This ancient stone house is hidden away in a small hamlet on a pass through the mountains between France and Spain. It was a farmers’ rest and is now an authentic retreat with a secluded garden and terrace overlooking the river.

Maité’s organic breakfasts feature home-produced apple juice, homemade jams, cakes, muffins and biscuits, perhaps scrambled eggs and toast with local olive oil and tomatoes and kiwifruit from her husband’s farm when in season. There’s an excellent restaurant next door serving traditional Navarra dishes with a modern French touch. It closes most of the week in winter, so Maite offers evening meals Sunday to Thursday (in summer: Sunday/Monday).

You’re two minutes’ drive from the good-sized town of Santesteban, which has cafes and restaurants; Pamplona and San Sebastian are 45 minutes away. Hire bikes for challenging cycles through the mountains or walk in the nearby botanical gardens or forest; return for a leisurely al fresco dinner by the river.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and quiet
  • Being close to hiking routes
  • Having easy access to San Sebastian and Pamplona
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Home truths

  • You can’t walk to shops
  • There isn’t a huge amount of lolling about space inside
  • It’s very quiet indeed – not for thrill seekers

Essentials

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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Breakfast €7. Lunch & dinner €18. À la carte €25-€30. Not Sunday evenings or Mondays.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €70
5 Twin/doubles
From €70

Reviews

Real countryside charm. A lovely setting by the river with wonderful views of the nearby mountains. A lovely hotel and great to have such an excellent restaurant just next door. Very warm, friendly host. Pamplona and San Sebastian easy to visit.

Cathy, Sawday's inspector

This is such a beautiful place to ckme to. The views are stunning. The hotel is everything as described. We are so grateful that we can find hidden gems like this through Alastair Sawday's website - we would never have found this place!

Lynn, Hemel hempstead

This is the fifth time that we have stayed at Donamaria in the past 20 years. Lorea and Haizea are carrying on the superb tradition of their parents and it's always a joy to stay here. Very comfortable rooms and excellent Navarra cuisine. We look forward to our next visit.

Tony, Penzance, cornwall

I chose Donamaria as it looked beautiful and sounded lovely. We found it a little difficult to get the right place as Sawdays photo is not up to date. Sadly the waitress told us there was only a fixed menu so we missed the great fare. Otherwise it was lovely......your UK adaptor may not work but you will be supplied with another. The owners are delightful people and sell great wines and conserves.

Debbie, Exeter

Set in the middle of beautiful countryside, this is a little oasis. The rooms are stylish and cool and Lorea makes you feel very welcome. Dinner can be taken next door in the restaurant and is highly recommended for local specialities. Breakfast was personally prepared by Lorea who cooked perfect scrambled eggs. There is a garage for motorbikes which makes this a excellent stop before or after the Santander ferry.

Louise, Falmouth

We spent a delightful couple of days here. Lovely spacious room and delicious dinner each night. Our hostess was charming, very helpful on suggestions where to visit and had very good English!

Jenny

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Location

The neighbourhood

The house in the hamlet of Donamaria, which has a medieval tower and a Carmelite Convent. The botanical gardens at Bertiz Natural Park are a 15-minute drive, as are Leurtza Lakes, which are surrounded by forests of oak and beech.

Local points of interest from Maité

  • Enjoy our local Fiestas with rural character, intense flavours and joyful colours. Walk through centuries and join us for the famous fiestas of San Fermin and Pamplona Festival.
  • Visit the beautiful Leurza lakes and Bertiz natural park
  • restaurant is bib gourmand MICHELIN guide.
  • Have dinner al fresco with the whisper of the river flowing by.
  • Try wine-tasting and salmon fishing.

Introducing

Maité

New owner Maité also speaks fluent French as she grew up just across the border in Hendaye. She’s very enthusiastic about local produce – her husband runs a farm growing kiwis and apples. Very conveniently, Maité owns the large house right next door to the hotel, which is how she heard that it had come up for sale. The daughter of the previous owners, Lorea, runs the restaurant next door with her sister.