St. Jean Pied-de-Port has been declared a UNESCO site for a reason!! For approximately 1000 years this tiny village(?)town(?) has been a funnel point for the French Routes converging in the south to cross the Pyranees into Spain on the way to Pamplona for the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. And today one STILL can feel , to some extent, what a long-ago Pilgrim might have experienced walking up and down the steep "main" street to the church and over the bridge southwards "towards salvation". For the past 900 or so years, there have been the equivalent of "tourist-tat" shops along this street and many places offerring food and lodging (from good and "good value" to bad, indifferent to rip-off). And the setting is exquisite (especially, at glorious sunset, from the area of the tiny bridge and along the tiny river.....) One truly feels here the anticipation that "heaven" is attainable.
MAISON DONAMARIA is, similarly, a "heavenly" and peaceful place to stay while visiting St.Jean Pied-de-Port. It is a charming old house, decorated in an "artistic" and traditionally "antique" manner, tucked about a 5-minute walk away from the "Pilgrim street" in the woods along a small river.
The owner is a kind, thoughtful, helpful and intelligent man who really understands hospitallity and what being a good host is all about: Rooms are peaceful and lovely, breakfast is substantial and delicious.; The owner is generous with his time providing any information and help you may need about the area and your journey plans. You are made to feel as though you "belong here" and are valued! There is also a pool to swim and relax about and a lovely, peaceful garden extending along the shady, wooded riverbank.
Note: Deposit can be made in advance by PayPal and then balance in cash, rather than by credit card, and arrival time is c. very late afternoon. You should book well in advance as such a good B & B as this books up very quickly.
We really did NOT want to leave!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This traditional Basque house is situated in a quiet spot along the banks of the river "La Nive." Five minutes will take you to the historic center of the village... ... more less