Casa Rural Aristondo

C. de Pilotegui 70, San Sebastián, Basque Country Spain, Spain

Daniel Hogan

Casa Rural Aristondo is a working organic farmhouse surrounded by green pastures in the hillsides above San Sebastián. The rural, family-owned B&B here is a tranquil hideaway for nature lovers and offers four large and simple rooms with breathtaking views of the region. It’s a 15-minute drive into San Sebastián.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The owners are extraordinarily friendly but they speak very little English.


There are just four rooms in this tiny lodging, each with their own entrance from the driveway. They are pleasingly spacious and decorated in a modest home-style fashion. The rooms all share a sprawling wood-decked terrace that provides vistas of the rugged landscape and the glittering lights of San Sebastián and its famed La Conche Bay beyond. Free Wi-Fi, TVs, refrigerator and a microwave are found in every room.

Two of the rooms have separate living areas with optional beds that can accommodate families in need of some extra sleeping space.


The clean bathrooms are well sized with tile floors and walls and full tubs.

YOU SHOULD KNOW We suggest bringing your own toiletries.


A breakfast is served out on the terrace; its homemade and simple and very good. But we also recommend bringing some extra food or else you’re stuck with what you get way out here. There is no formal restaurant for lunch or dinner.


Getting Around

A car is definitely needed for Casa Rural Aristondo. The house is up a steep road in the hills above the city; there are not any public transport options and a cab will be a pain to catch. Luckily the house offers free parking so its easy to come and go as you please with a car. For going into San Sebastián, there is a public parking garage with reasonable prices underneath the Kursaal Theater between the old town and Playa de la Zurriola.


The out of the way rural house happens to be serendipitously close to the also out of the way Restaurante Akellare, Pedro Subijána’s world-renowned three Michellin-star restaurant. Panoramic ocean views, Basque gastronomy on steroids, and a serious price tag all included. Make sure to reserve far in advance.

Down in San Sebastián, Parte Vieja (the old town) is where you want to be. Renowned for its plethora of out-of-this-world pintxo bars, it is a must for anyone in the area. Ganbara, Gandarias, and La Cuchara de San Telmo (22-minute drives) are a few of the standouts.


San Sebastián’s nightlife is some of the best in the Basque Country. In the Parte Vieja is a dense concentration of bars, pubs, and discos. Atari Gastroteka (22-minute drive) is always a good place to start, with strong drinks and a lively crowd.

Just outside the old town is Bar Swing, a classic English lounge housed in the renowned Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra that provides sweeping views of La Conche Bay. It’s an elegant place to have a drink day or night.


Casa Rural Aristondo is a romantic rustic lodging for those who prefer the quiet tranquility of the country to the city. You won’t find amenities or places to walk to around here but you are guaranteed some serious rest and relaxation at a budget-friendly price.


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Phones: 94-321–5558

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