Pikamendi is a very special place, in fact our inspector said it’s probably the most interesting he’s ever visited and he’s seen a few! You’ll delight in this eclectically yet exquisitely decorated house filled with the owner’s finds from Europe and Asia and with views sweeping over vineyards to the sea. The total silence is absorbing but you’re within easy striking distance of buzzing San Sebastián, Bilbao or Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz in France. Your hosts know the area well; it has the highest number of Michelin stars anywhere, and they can book you into all the right restaurants. It’s all in the details of course: when you sweep into the drive your luggage is taken to your room and you may walk, or get a lift, to the house; a uniformed maid serves excellent breakfasts; there’s a smart pool and treadmills – with a view. The bedrooms in this ancient building are fabulous, the suites are huge and every room is lavishly furnished and unique. Bathrooms are spoiling with walk-in showers, deep tubs, piles of fluffy towels and a smorgasbord of smellies. And you get the rest of the house to roam: veranda with sea views, sitting room with open fire, library and snooker room.