Stylish country living
Beautiful mature gardens
Wonderful for entertaining
Light and airy feel
High quality finish
Excellent transport links
Close to all modern amenities
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautiful French-style country house in the Basque Region of Northern Spain, only 20 minutes from Bilbao, with its futuristic Guggenheim museum, stylish shopping streets and world renowned gastronomic culture. This country retreat has a tranquil picturesque setting while at the same time being only15 minutes from Bilbao International Airport and 30 minutes from its ferry terminal. Santander International Airport and its ferry terminal are only an hour away as are San Sebastian and the Rioja wine region.
This stylish 4-bedroomed semi-detached house is approximately 25 years old and has been finished to a very high standard. It is surrounded by 5000m2 of beautiful landscaped gardens with a sunny southwest facing aspect which make it extremely private.
The house itself is built over three floors. The ground floor is accessed via a garden room which overlooks the swimming pool. There is a rustic woodburning stove to one side for those chilly winter evenings.
From here you enter the main reception room which comprises the living area and library and has three sets of french doors. The library has a log burning fireplace and is fully lined with bespoke wooden shelving. To the left of the living room is the dining room which also has two sets of French doors that give out onto the garden room and the swimming pool. Both living and dining rooms are floored with rustic terracotta tiles, whilst the library has a solid cherry wood floor.
The kitchen can be accessed from the dining room or living room area. It has a lovely country feel with a tiled alcove for the oven/hob and cream made-to-measure units finished off with a white marble countertop. There is also a separate breakfast area with a backdoor leading out to a breakfast patio for those sunny summer mornings.
On this floor there is also a cloakroom and guest WC located on the short hall between the kitchen and living room.
Heading up the wooden staircase, lit from above by a velux skylight, you come to a small landing that gives on to three double bedrooms (1 ensuite) and a family bathroom.
The master bedroom has three large sets of windows on two sides and includes a separate dressing room, walk-in shower, toilet and bidet. The dressing room has two walls of built-in wardrobes.
The second bedroom is very large with three sets of windows on three sides including french doors that give on to a fantastic south-facing balcony that is wonderful for taking in the evening sun. This room also has a wood burning stove.
The third bedroom has two sets of windows on two sides and is very stylishly decorated with French-style wall paper on both walls and ceiling and beautiful built-in solid oak wardrobes along one wall.
All bedrooms and stairways have solid cherrywood flooring.
The tastefully finished bathroom is fully tiled with a large built-in cupboard, bath and shower.
The garage and fourth bedroom are accessed by a wooden stairs from the living room that ends in a short hall with ample built-in storage space.
A door leads to a small vestibule to the right of which is a guest bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower. The vestibule also gives access to the garage which houses the washing machine and dryer. The garage was originally designed for three cars but has been split in two to create a den/gym room at the back whilst still leaving room for one car. It can easily be changed back. The boiler for the oil fired central heating is also located here.
The house is surrounded on three sides by beautiful landscaped gardens. There is a large driveway accessed via automatic gates that provides parking for up to five cars. A green mosaic-tiled swimming pool overlooks the garden and is set between a rose-covered gazebo to the left and a formal arrangement of quince and ornamental apple trees to the right. A rose arch connects the house to the parking area.
The garden also contains a small orchard and a fruit and vegetable garden with well stocked flower borders, a wood and stream.
The entire garden is extremely private and not overlooked.
The gardens are easily maintained due to an extensive automatic watering system.
This beautiful house is a 2.5km walk from the nearest village with 4/5 “pintxo” bars and restaurants. There is a dedicated cycle/walking path that makes this ideal for all ages.
The nearest town is Mungia, 5 minutes drive away which has all local amenities, including doctor’s surgery, banks, town hall post office, sports centre, schools, supermarkets, and many bars and restaurants. A busy local market takes place every Friday in the main square and there are lively fiestas and farmers fairs held at regular intervals throughout the year.
There are 4 buses an hour from Mungia to the centre of Bilbao (20 minutes) as well as buses to the busy fishing town of Bermeo, Bakio with its beautiful surfing beach and Gernika with its famous market. The popular beaches of Plentzia and Gorliz are only 15 minutes away by car and also act as centres for kayaking, padel boarding, surfing, rowing etc.. There are many horse riding facilities within a 20 minute radius and numerous golf courses.
If you are looking for international schools, the American School of Bilbao, St George´s English school, the French school and German school are all only 30 minutes by car, and some of these have a school bus facility.
We have spent 10 wonderful years in this house but now feel it is time to move on as our children have headed off to university and new horizons beckon.