Peaceful & Pastoral Sosola
After years of spending our vacations in cities, this year my husband and I opted for a more relaxing break to get away from it all. We found Esther’s farm house Sosola on http://www.nekatur.net/ and were drawn to its central location, within about an hour’s drive from both Bilbao and San Sebastian.
The house itself is absolutely beautiful. It’s a 12th century farm house, renovated with love, and eye for authenticity, but with ultra modern bathrooms and conveniences. The hillside location is quite gorgeous too. As you sit on Esther’s patio, you can hear bells tinkling as sheep graze the hillside above. The peaceful setting makes it hard to believe that you’re just minutes from the city of Eibar.
We have an 18-month old boy and Esther was extremely accommodating, providing a crib, and special breakfast treats for him. Speaking of which, breakfast in general was a treat. Each morning Esther laid out a delicious spread that included homemade breads and jams, cheese made from the farm’s own sheep, yogurt, cereal and fruit. It’s a foodie’s dream - local, sustainable and organic. And thoroughly delicious too.
Esther doesn’t really speak any English, and my Spanish is pretty rusty, but she’s such a great hostess and communicates her love for the house with a passion, that we sat together with her and absorbed her stories of generations of her family’s history in Eibar, and at Sosola.
We thoroughly recommend staying at Sosola. We split our stay between 4 days in Sosola and 2 days in a hotel in San Sebastian. The hotel was quite nice, but we missed the warmth and personality of our stay with Esther at Sosola. There are so many places of interest that we’d never have visited had it not been for her recommendations.
My one warning is that driving through Eibar was a challenge as there was a major road reconstruction project, and Google maps was giving us bad directions. From the center of town it’s just a 5 minute drive up the hillside, but finding our way the first time was quite confusing. I’d recommend arriving during daytime to make things easier on yourself. And if you go, please say hello to Esther for us.