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An old Basque farmhouse turned boutique hotel, Hotel Iturregi is a gem in the hills above the coastal town of Getaria, with views across the vineyards to the sea beyond.
There are eight rooms and suites, all as lavish as the next, and all decorated with the highest attention to detail. Huge beds, pretty fabrics, a hotch potch of antiques and more modern furniture, and contemporary art all make for idiosyncratic rooms. Touches such as painted panelling in Jaizkibel or a basin in the mantelpiece in Zarautz give each room an individual character.
Set within 20 acres of gardens and with a stunning swimming pool, this is the perfect place to relax and do nothing. Food wise, breakfast is served with spectacular views, and there is a small room service menu and honesty bar. There is no restaurant at the hotel, but the staff know all of the hot spots in the gastronomic hub of San Sebastian, which has fantastic restaurants including three restaurants each with three Michelin Stars.
When the book's finished or guests feel like getting out and about, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Nearby Getaria has a pretty - and fairly quiet - beach and is home to the Cristobal Balenciaga museum; the old town of San Sebastian is half an hour's drive away and boasts two beaches - one for surfers and the other for sunbathers; and Guernica - eponymous with Picasso's famous painting - is also well worth the visit. Inland, head to the mountain villages, valleys and vineyards (where staff can arrange tastings and tours).
Borrow one of the hotel's bikes and explore the local area. We recommend heading along the coastal path to Zarautz, a modern town with shops, restaurants and bars galore.
Harriet, Original Traveller