During one of “our slices of life “, we held a hotel with restaurant in Guiana. It pleased us so much that we wished to buy it.
But at the same time, we had the opportunity to acquire this old farm to make our host’s house in the Basque Country, and we jumped at the opportunity!
We were able to fall in the long term on this project: return to our origins and create a place for all those who want to discover our born region.
The surface of the ground and the farm were sufficient to allow us to create several independent deprived spaces while preserving a vast ward for the dining room and the rest close to the fire.
We thought of the complete renovation with the priority of the comfort of all our future guests:
Azkena, it is the name of our house. It means “last one” in Basque.
This name makes a reference to homecoming after many journeys worldwide.
Arrast-larrebieu, This is the name of our small village, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Azkena, it is the name of our house. It means “last one” in Basque. This name makes a reference to homecoming after many journeys worldwide. We were both born in the Basque Country where we met while we were still in school. Then we left more than 30 years abroad, in diverse regions of the world. A few years ago, we wished to return in our region of heart and we reinstalled where we grew up. This destination is “the last one” we wish to have.But “Azkena” is also the “last one” house of the village, thus the quietest!
We bought an old farm, which was in ruins. This house always belonged to our family, which is why we were able to buy it. Indeed, a Basque house is passed on from generation to generation, as you can discover it in our page dedicated to “the house “. We renovated it from the ground to the ceiling to make a place of exchange and conviviality. The hayloft became our kitchen and dining room. Stables and sheepfold, the rooms onto the backyard. And fields around the farm became the park which surrounds the house for the comfort of our guests, as well as a garden where we cultivate a big part of the vegetables which we cook for the “table d’hôtes”. The rest consists of a big meadow lined with forest for our 4 mares.