Donamariako Benta

Donamaría, Navarra
Bed & Breakfast


Delightful hosts make this a special place. The seasonal Navarra cooking is memorable, authentic rooms are full of flowers and old furniture

Bedroom

5 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

A mouthwatering address! Donamaría is hidden away off to one side of a pass through the mountains between France and Spain, within striking distance of San Sebastian and Pamplona; it was a farmers’ rest, now sisters Lorea (who studied tourism) and Haizea (an accomplished cook) are taking over the helm from their parents. These two ancient village houses are packed full of old furniture, vintage toys, dried flowers and a few surprises to boot; the atmosphere is intimate, authentic, easy. This is a place to linger long over lunch or dinner; connoisseurs rave about the traditional Navarra cooking with a modern French touch. Menus change according to season; warm duck salad with hazelnut vinaigrette, stuffed hake with garlic sauce, apple cake with cinnamon ice cream… all of it memorable. Bedrooms are plain, uncluttered and simple, bathrooms are small but pristine; two rooms have superb little terraces overlooking the river. The garden is beautiful, secluded, with weeping willows children may hide in; the oak forests make the heart soar.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • 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

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

Local points of interest from Badiola Haizea & Miren Lorea Luzuriaga

  • 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.