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Urrugne

Villa Iratz Aldea

A historic neo-basque house facing the Rhune

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Recently renovated by an interior designer, this grandiose Neo-Basque architect house sprawls across the iconic hills of the Basque Country, offering an ideal balance between the ocean and mountains in the picturesque village of Urrugne.

A historic neo-basque house facing the Rhune

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"A true sanctuary, far from the hustle and bustle and very easily accessible."

Just 20 minutes from Biarritz and 10 minutes from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Villa Iratz Alda – or “La Maison des Fougères” in Basque – stands on a small hill, isolated amid unspoiled nature. The meticulously renovated house, all in shades of green, houses eight carefully appointed bedrooms, including three suites with en-suite bathrooms. A peaceful setting in which to gather up to 14 guests and enjoy the magnificent views of the Pyrenees: from inside the house, through its many large windows, but also and above all from the garden, or comfortably seated on one of the many terraces under a natural pergola of Virginia creeper, in front of the sunset.

A house of family(ies)

The exteriors of the villa: a canvas of nature

The exteriors of the villa: a canvas of nature

Love at first sight. For us, but also for the couple who, in the early 1930s, fell in love with this building, seen from the nearby Chapelle de Soccori. It was built in the 1920s, during the golden age of the Basque Country, by Maurice Darroquy, one of the architects who developed the neo-Basque style, highly inspired by Art Deco. Diane de Sedouy and her husband represent the third generation to bring this house and its family history to life.

The garden is a veritable canvas of colors and scents, constantly complemented by new species. Guests in search of calm and serenity can take advantage of the large garden to stroll among the flowers: hydrangeas, bougainvilleas, lantanas, camellias…; or read in the shade of the plane trees, Japanese maples, and other conifers. Villa Iratz Aldea is distinguished by its castle-like exteriors: a tennis court, a large swimming pool, and a trampoline to delight parents and children alike.

The art and the way

What was then known as “the little village castle” blends characteristic Art Deco and Spanish influences: a monumental staircase in dark wood, elaborate wrought-iron details, sizeable solid oak doors, cast-iron railings, and old Spanish cupboards. These assets and constraints inspired Diane de Sedouy, who brilliantly combined all these original elements to create an ultra-welcoming family retreat. Influenced by her attachment to this place, she has preserved the Villa’s strong identity while adding her savoir-faire.

Huge American windows cover the façade of the house, bathing the interiors in light. Some of them have been created in the original style to amplify this feeling of openness, notably in the new dining kitchen, which was previously a partitioned space reserved for the household staff. A solid oak herringbone parquet floor has been installed for greater clarity. In contrast, the entrance hall’s travertine floor features a mosaic of ferns, a reference to the house’s name, created by Mathilde Herrero. This meticulous work gives the impression of always being part of the décor.

Diane de Sedouy, interior designer

Diane de Sedouy, interior designer

The house pays particular attention to the local environment. What’s striking is the color scheme: outside is the original Basque green, very dark, almost black. Inside, a palette of greens revolves around Diane’s favorite color: Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball, which is also found in the kitchen—a beautiful tribute to the surrounding nature. The fireplace and its precious cast-iron details in the living room are surrounded by a sofa custom-made by an upholsterer in Ascain, reflecting Basque know-how. A series of Basque regionalist paintings adorn the walls. The wrought-iron doors with Basque cross handles have been preserved and complemented by a resolutely Spanish floral motif. Outside, the retro-styled garden lounge features fully restored white wooden furniture from the 1950s.

The living room, the masterpiece of the Villa

The living room, the masterpiece of the Villa

An open door to the Basque Country

Nestled in a landscape of green hills and valleys, the Villa is an ideal starting point for a stroll: you’ll love taking one of the hiking trails and being overwhelmed by the surrounding calm, the vast park planted with trees and rare species, and the breathtaking view of the corniche. Villa Iratz Aldea is also ideally located for exploring local treasures. The afternoon is spent in Urrugne and its singular charm, a captivating encounter between the region’s cultural richness and natural beauty. The narrow, cobbled streets reveal a preserved architectural heritage, with half-timbered houses with colorful shutters and stone facades bearing witness to the village’s ancestral past. The famous Chapelle de Socorri offers breathtaking views of the Rhune and Saint-Jean-de-Luz bay, while the Corniche road, linking Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Hendaye, promises spectacular ocean and cliff views. To complete your stay, savor the local delicacies of the Chacola butcher’s shop in Socoa, the Lizarraga farm in Urrugne, or the uniquely delicious wines of Egiategia, vinified in the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

The 3 things

we love the most

Meticulous interior design
Tennis court, pool and trampoline
Breathtaking views of La Rhune, gem of the Basque Country

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Destination Urrugne

Transports

Saint-Jean-de-Luz Station

8 min

Hendaye Station

12 min

Biarritz Airport

20 min

Restaurants

Ferme Lizarraga

5 min

Gaua

5 min

Chez Mattin

10 min

Ahoa

15 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Zugasti (bakery)

5 min

Chakola (butcher)

10 min

Egiategia (wines)

10 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Socorri Chapel

5 min

Domaine d’Abbadia

10 min

Hendaye

10 min

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

12 min

San Sebastián

30 min

Villa Iratz Aldea

64122, Urrugne, France

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