15-22 September 2018 (taking bookings now)
Etsaut - The village where we are based
Etsaut is a sleepy village, situated on the East bank of the Aspe River. It has 78 full-time residents. Its position is unique inasmuch as it is on the crossing point of two major walking routes: the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (which follows the valley from North to South), and the GR10 (which stretches from West to East, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coasts). Consequently, in the summer months, it is an important stopping point for both for pilgrims and for hikers and climbers. In the main village square, there is a café-bar, which is open every day from 7.30am, which also has a small grocery shop attached to it. On the other side of the river, about 10 minutes walk from Etsaut, is the medieval village of Borce, which also has similar facilities. In both villages, there is a variety of accommodation available.
There are single, double, and 2-bed (twin) rooms in Paul’s guest-house, La Maison d’en Bas in which we are able to sleep up to 7 guests. If necessary, further rooms are also available in the village (within 100m from Paul’s house)
If you want a single room, or are coming with a partner and want a double room, please let us know as early as possible as there is limited availability.
For a single room we charge a surcharge of €14 per day. There is no surcharge for a double room. Please contact us for details. Luckily, as far as we can ascertain, there don’t appear to be any mosquitoes in this part of the village!
Paul’s place: double room Paul’s place: evening meal
We’ll use Paul’s house for most meals and most activities. Our dining room can comfortably seat up to 12 people. In the house there are also a couple of other rooms that you are free to use socially, as well as a back garden. Wifi facilities are available in the house and garden.
Eating and Drinking
We’ll provide a (continental) breakfast in the mornings and cooked evening meals. We are always grateful for volunteers who would like to help with some of the preparation. All the dishes we will provide will be vegetarian. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate them.
We also provide ingredients for picnic lunches to take with us on the walks (including bread, cheese, tomatoes and fruit etc.). Of course, you are welcome to supplement these with food you can buy in the shops.
At home, we will supply coffee, a variety of teas, milk (cows’ milk and a vegan alternative). In this part of France and Spain you can drink the water out of the taps (and from any village fountains labelled “eau potable”). In Etsaut the tap water is direct from the mountains. We recommend that you buy a bottle of water to take with you on walks, and then refill it from the taps through the week.
You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. However, we do ask that you do not drink alcohol during the week (with the exception of the final evening—during which we will relax this rule.)
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