In the foothills of the Pyrenees located near the Basque village of Bidarray lies Auberge Ostapé, a spectacular retreat boasting lush green meadows, dense woods and picturesque views across the Valley of the Nive. Ostapé has 22 guest suites divided between 5 whitewashed, red-shuttered traditional Basque houses dotted around the estate. A 17th century Basque manor house sits in the center of the property, housing a bar and restaurant, while an adjacent building contains a shop selling locally produced wine and homewares.
Ostapé is as much about the food as it is the beautiful surroundings, serving refined Basque-influenced dishes from their restaurant, prepared with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. While the retreat provides the perfect setting to simply lay back and do nothing, more adventurous visitors can day trip to nearby Spanish cities like San Sebastian or Pamplona, located only a short drive away.
01. Vanessa Jackman