Accessible cottage with a fabulous view
This visit included a person who uses: Powerchair
Mahastí is a wonderful single storey cottage at Epotx Etxea, high above Getaria in the Pais Vasco or Spanish Basque Country. It sleeps four in two bedrooms, and there is the bathroom and a kitchen-dining-sitting room combined, plus the terrace where you can sit in the shade of the wide eaves and gaze at the fabulous view of the sea and the coast and also eat meals as there is another dining table and chairs there. It’s all very neat and clean and beautifully done with pretty tiles and curtains and very well-equipped for basic cooking, plus there was a bottle of home-produced txacolí (white wine) in the fridge! Unusually for Spain, it has an oven as well as a microwave, although no kettle – but who wants abroad to be just like home?! The garden is lovely, with lots of birds, flowers and is trees, including a lemon, an orange and a fig tree, plus more outdoor furniture on the lawn and a serious barbecue! Although walkers passed up and down the road that leads to Epotx, it is quite a trek to Getaria and involves a few hairpin bends – you would probably want to go by car. Getaria itself is on quite a slope and although it has some beach (including beach wheelchairs) it is a working port. For more of a resort, pop along to Zarautz to the east, which has a great long promenade with cafés, accessible loos (and two different kinds of beach wheelchair!) and is a very accessible place all round, what with drop kerbs and smooth surfaces. It also has some sort of wooden beach walkway, although we didn’t actually seek it out, as there was plenty of prom to explore anyway. Zumaia, to the west also has a prom, this time by the river and very pleasant. I booked Mahastí through Handiscover, but if we were to go again it’s cheaper to book directly. Andrés and Maikar are incredibly friendly and can provide lots of useful information but they do not intrude - the perfect hosts!
Transport & Parking
Parking is next to the house with tiled surface all the way to the front door.
Level entrance and step-free throughout. The beds were very near the walls, so getting a chair alongside the bed would be problematic unless it was a very narrow chair like mine. There are plenty of photos on the property's own website and also Handiscover.
The loo was very high. It had a drop-down rail to one side and a fixed rail on the other. Grab rails in the wet-room shower area and a freestanding but good and solid shower seat. Shower was rather high, even on it's lowest setting.
Not staff exactly, but the proprietors Andrés and Maikar and their family are very friendly and helpful. Their daughter speaks English.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
If the level of accessibility suits you, I really recommend this place as it was so peaceful and attractive and the view was amazing.
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