Time to discover the Basque Country!: for sale

Time to discover the Basque Country!

Les Aldudes, France


995 000 EUR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Bed and Breakfast
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Showers: 5
Parking: 7
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 5 Star

Les Aldudes

Les Aldudes is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France.

It is located in the former province of Lower Navarre.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aldulais or Aldudar.



The village Aldudes is part of Le Pays Quint (Kintoa in Basque or Quinto Real in Spanish). The commune is an area of pasture belonging to Spain but cultivated by French farmers.

It is located in the Aldudes valley on the banks of the Nive des Aldudes in the Basque province of Lower Navarre. It is on the Spanish border some 20 km southwest of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port although it can not be directly accessed from there.


Access is by the D948 road from Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry in the north, which passes through the village then continues south to Urepel. The D58 road goes from the village through the length of the commune before continuing to Spain through Urepel commune. The Spanish border of Navarre forms the southwestern and northeastern borders of the commune.


Located in the watershed of the Adour, Aldudes is traversed by the Nive d'Aldudes with its many tributaries, such as the Urbeltch Labiaringo erreka, the Aktieltako erreka, and numerous unnamed streams. Paul Raymond mentioned the Autrin, a stream which rises in Aldudes and joins the Nive des Aldudes.


The name of the commune in Basque is Aldude. Aldudes was also the name given to the entire valley bordering the Baigorry Valley and the Spanish border.

Jean-Baptiste Orpustan proposes the construction ald(a)-uhide meaning "the path beside the water". According to Ernest Nègre however, the name Aldudes is a contraction of the basque Aldubide meaning "way to the summits" from the root aldu meaning "heights" and bide meaning "way". The romanisation into Aldudes is actually a plural.

The following table details the origins of the commune name and other names in the commune.


A fish farm is active on the road to Urepel.

Basque pig breeding is an activity in full revival in the Aldudes valley, under the leadership of the Technical Institute of Pork (ITP).

The commune hosts the Ets Pierre Oteiza company (gourmet pork products) which is one of the fifty top agribusinesses in the department.

It is part of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) zone of Ossau-iraty.

Culture and heritage


According to the Map of the Seven Basque Provinces, published in 1863 by Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte, the dialect of Basque spoken in Aldudes is western Lower Navarrese dialect.


In 1952 the square in front of the church and the town hall was converted into a playing field for "laxoa". This ancient game of basque pelote is played with leather gloves.

At the entrance porch of the church is the target for the game.

Civil heritage

The commune contains a number of sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • Houses and Farms (18th-19th century):
  • The Menementa Farm (1827)
  • The Iguxkagerrea Farm (18th century)
  • The Joalginenborda Farm (19th century)
Other sites of interest
  • Cromlechs: There are three Harrespils on the Argibel site. These are great circles of stone or "menhirs" for funerary purposes, dated from the 1st millennium BC. The Harrespil are notable due to their number (over 100 registered) and their witness to knowledge of ancient burial rites.

Religious Heritage

The commune has two religious sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The 'Chapel of the Assumption (1868) at a place called Eznazu has been listed on the Inventory of cultural heritage since 21 March 2003. It contains a Retable and Statues (17th century) which are registered as historical objects.
  • The Parish Church of Notre-Dame (17th century)has a rosary which belonged to the Emperor Maximilian.
Other religious sites of interest

Some Hilarri in the cemetery are from the 19th century - two from 1805.

Environmental heritage

  • Palombière is the property of the association of the Baigorry Valley. This hunt at 500 metres above sea level was created in 1840 by the mayor of the town, Charles Schmarsow. Reorganized in 1880, it then passed into the hands of the Ospital family who still lead the hunt. The five Filetiers use five pantières or special nets and ten beaters to direct the pigeons to the nets.


Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a department in the southwest corner of France and of the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Named after the Pyrenees mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, it covers the French Basque Country and the Béarn. Its prefecture is Pau. In 2019, it had a population of 682,621.


Originally named Basses-Pyrénées, it is one of the first 83 departments of France created during the French Revolution, on 4 March 1790. It was created out of parts belonging to the former greater province of Guyenne and Gascony, as well as the Béarn-Navarre (still, at least nominally, Kingdom of Navarre), meaning the Basques provinces of Basse-NavarreLabourdBayonne (detached a few years before from Labourd) and Soule, as well as Béarn.

The 1790 administrative design brought about the end of native institutions and laws. All Basque estates representatives from Labourd overtly opposed the new administrative layout since it suppressed their institutions and laws. The representatives of Lower Navarre refused to vote in Paris arguing that they were not part of the Kingdom of France; those of Soule voted against. The brothers Garat, representing Labourd, eventually voted yes, thinking that it would give them a say in upcoming political decisions.

On 10 October 1969, Basses-Pyrénées was renamed Pyrénées-Atlantiques.


Pyrénées-Atlantiques is part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwestern France. It is bordered by the LandesHautes-PyrénéesGers departments and the Bay of BiscayLac Gentau is located in Pyrénées-Atlantiques, as are the Lacs de Carnau.

Is is a department in the southwest corner of France and of the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Named after the Pyrenees mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, it covers the French Basque Country and the Béarn. Its prefecture is Pau. In 2019, it had a population of 682,621.


Urban areas

Pyrénées-Atlantiques, a border department, has cultivated a number of economic and cultural links with Spain.

Two urban concentrations exist in the east and west of the department: Pau, which has 145,000 inhabitants and 344,000 workers in the local area; and Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz which has 166,400 inhabitants and 235,000 workers in the local area.


The department is known for its tourism industry:


The parts of the department that were part of Guyenne and Gascony, as well as Béarn, have a culture heavily influenced by the Basques, but clearly different identities.

Both the Gascon Bearnese variant and Basque language are indigenous to the region in their respective districts. Gascon in turn is a dialect of Occitan, formerly the main language of southern France. It is more closely related to Catalan than it is to French. Basque is a language isolate, not related to any known language. Today, French, the sole official language of the French Republic, is the predominant native language and is spoken by virtually all inhabitants.

Pyrénées-Atlantiques is also home to a number of professional sports teams, including rugby union football clubs Aviron BayonnaisBiarritz Olympique and Section Paloisebasketball club Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez; and association football club Pau FC.

The Pau Grand Prix, an auto race first held in 1901, has hosted the World Touring Car ChampionshipBritish Formula ThreeFormula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

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About Us

Welcome to our Bed & Breakfast, situated in the heart of the French Basque country, near the Spanish border in the middle of the Pyrenees. The house was built in 1800 in typical Navarre style with its robust building features and white-red detailing.

For active tourists this region offers lots of possibilities like hiking, biking, rafting and canyoning. Les Aldudes is also an excellent operating base for discovering the local specialties and visiting villages and cities like St. Jean Pied de Port, Pamplona, Biarritz, Bayonne and San Sebastian.

Hospitality and quality are our most important values. We would be delighted to welcome you in 2023 as our guests.

Perfrect For Relaxing

A holiday at our Boutique B&B means relaxing in nature without mass tourism. Let your body and mind enjoy the pure mountain air of the Pyrenees. Plenty of hiking opportunities (GPX trails available).

Luxury Rooms

All rooms are luxurious and all have sufficient closet space, free WiFi, luggage rack, 2 armchairs, satellite television and modern bathrooms.

Delicious Food

Exquisite breakfasts,  every Wednesday delicious dinner, excellent basque restaurants at 5 km.


DeLuxe Mountain View rooms “L’Ours” 1 & 2

“L’Ours” 1 & 2 are two luxurious double rooms of 25 m2 and are located on the first floor. The rooms are stylishly decorated in a romantic style, have a view of nature and have a double bed of 1.60 x 2.00 m., Satellite TV, minibar (L’Ours 1), Tassimo device for coffee or tea and two seats. The use of coffee and / or tea in these rooms is included. The modern bathrooms have a walk-in rain shower, toilet and sink.

DeLuxe Suite “Le Cœur”

Deluxe Suite “Le Coeur” is a stylish 2 persons luxury Suite of 40m2. The Suite consists of a bedroom with a Double Boxspring of 1.80m x 2.00m. A Lounge / sitting room with Satellite TV, Minibar and Tassimo device for coffee or tea.

The bathroom is very spacious with a large freestanding bathtub, a separate shower with rain shower, toilet and sink. The suite is located on the south on the 1st floor and has a very nice view of nature and the mountains. The use of coffee and / or tea in this room is included.

DeLuxe Design rooms “La Rose” & “Le Taureau”

These rooms are luxury double design rooms of 27 m2 and are located on the 2nd floor. They are decorated in modern white and grey and have a double bed of 1.60 x 2.00 m, satellite TV, wardrobe and 2 comfortable seats.

In the spacious, modern bathroom you will find a toilet, sink and a walk-in rain shower. In the room “Le Taureau” there is also a bath.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

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