Casa Rural Ametzola Landetxea
Adress: Ametzola nº 1—1
The “caserio” (traditional Basque farmhouse) is in the hamlet of Ametzola in the valley of Zeberio, on the outskirts of the Gorbea nacional park and about 25kms from the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
The farmhouse was built in the 16th century, renovated as a semi-detached house in the 18th century after a fire and totally rebuilt about 25 years ago due to the totally ruinous state it was in when we bought it.
The renovations have been made with modern material to make it highly functional, maintaining where posible the existing mateials in the house ( the old wooden beams and stone walls), the design of the interior walls ( vertical wooden beams incrusted into the walls), wardrobes made from the original wood….
Beacause of this, the image we are transmitted takes us back at least 100 years, it is exceedingly confortable with central heating, hot, running water, large bathrooms (3 to 6 m) with hydro-massage showers,toilet, fitted washbasin and heated towel rails in all rooms.
The matresses and pillows are orthopedic and as well as the duvets are mite free. To obtain the best possible textura, all the bed linen is made of cotton.
The sitting room has confortable sofas, divided into two areas, one of which has a hermetically-sealed hearth to enjoy the fire without the inconvenience of the smoke.
The farmhouse is situated on a more or less flat piece of land on the southern side of Mandoia hill, so it gets the sun all day. For this reason, the views from the house are wonderful , being able to see a good part of the valley of Zeberio and the Gorbeia Nacional Park (to the south), part of the splendid Arratia valley to the east, the peaks of the Urkiola Nacional Park to the far east and the hills which surround Bilbao to the west.
On a considerable number of days during the course of the year, dawn breaks with the farmhouse above a valley shrouded in a sea of mist, during which you can see the above-mentioned mountain peaks amongst a sea of mist which generally lasts for over an hour.
We can also enjoy certain wildlife, mostly birds, but hedgehogs,foxes, civet cats, red squirrels can also be seen ……. and observe how the vultures soar upwards.
We bought the farmhouse with a small pine wood, and once we had cut down the pine trees, we created a small garden which surrounds the house with a good number of different plants and flowers. We are beginning a botanical garden with different species like Hacer, Betuna, Fagus, notofagus, quercus ….. together with natural