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“B & B as it SHOULD BE!!!! (Excellent!)”
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Maison Donamaria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2016

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!!!!!

Room Tip: ALL are lovely!
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

my room overlooked the river. tranquillity, birds singing, beautifully decorated, historical, traditional, clean. Good quality bedding and towels. lovely host. all very romantic. superb breakfast - all you can eat, fruit, yoghurt, breads, cheese, eggs, and a variety of honey - from different seasons. (The honey may have been a one-off).

Room Tip: You either have views of the mountain or the river!
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Very happy with our 2 night stay to this delightful part of France. Accommodation very comfortable. House beautifully decorated. Breakfast bountiful. Host willing to go the extra mile to make our stay a special one. Nothing was too much trouble. Absolutely recommend.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Wow! Wow! Wow! 2 weeks traveling by the country side of France and this was our last stop before Spain. And...Wow! We were a family of 7 adults traveling and this is the best place we have stayed during our holidays. The place is just beautiful. The location, well, it is just beside a little river and 3 minutes away from the downtown,walking on one of the best passages ever. What else can you ask for?
A great host. He is so dedicated, full of good energy and peace.
The best place to stay in the world. Seriously.
Oh! one last thing: the homemade breakfast is delicious!!!!!!!! Don't miss it.

Room Tip: The one beside the river!
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The house. Perfect in every way. 2 minutes from the downtown, so totally quiet, just the sound of the beautiful River. Beds are very comfortable. And you hear the river when you lay by the pool in the backyard.
The Host. Funny, smart, attentive and totally knowledgeable re Basque area and all of the walks.
The Breakfast. Yummy! Somehow he buys the best bread in town. Sheep yogurt.
This was our second time staying here. Every guest we met was a returning guest. We know why. Jean Francois is a true gentleman and his trusty companion Zubi is adorable.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Maison Donamaria

Address: 1 chemin d'Olhonce, 64220 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Basque Country > Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Price Range: $83 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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