Civilised isolation in a spacious family home in the countryside with mountain views and private pool
Very private rural location but close to village. Beach 35 minutes. 100% positive reviews. Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) plus cot. A lot of large rental properties consist of a big house on a postage-stamp garden. Not this one – you can’t see into the house or garden from any other property, and the pool area can’t be seen even from the house itself. You can park a fleet of cars here if you’re so minded.
Under an hour from Valencia, and only slightly further from Alicante, lies Finca Casablanca, a large family home in its own securely-fenced grounds with a large private swimming pool. The area is generally agricultural, principal crops being oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, plums, apples, pears, and some rice. It is fertile and well-supplied with water. The nearest village to Finca Casablanca is Barxeta, with a population of 1,600 and a number of bars, restaurants, and shops including three bakeries, two butchers and mini-supermarkets. Barxeta is about a ten-minute walk. The nearest beaches to Finca Casablanca are 35 minutes away at Tavernes de Valldigna. Xátiva is 7 miles away along a road which winds through orange groves, a prosperous “county town” with a population of around 30,000, dominated by the castle which dates back to before Roman times.
Wheelchair access from the car parking area to the living room and kitchen is no problem, then a single step up to the rest of the ground floor. We can organise a ramp, just let us know. A wheelchair will not fit into the wet room, nor is the pool area wheelchair-accessible.
The grounds extend to approximately 2 acres. The pool is 11m x 6m and is completely private and not overlooked – not even from the house, so if you have small children they MUST be supervised. The pool area has sun loungers and a pergola with table and chairs. There is a barbecue area (a “paella house”) with its own terrace, marble dining table for eight, electric light, and its own fridge. The main south terrace runs the full width of the house (50 ft) and has a swing settee, armchairs, breakfast/dining table and chairs.
All rooms except bathrooms have ceiling fans or room fans. A car is essential – this is a rural environment. There is parking for (at least) half a dozen cars, visitors with motor homes, etc. Access is over a short section of unmade track. Wifi is available throughout the house and much of the grounds at no additional cost – this is a proper 600Mb/s fibre optic connection with 802.11n access points, most unusual in rural Spain! Guests have free access to the home server with hundreds of movies and thousands of music tracks.
Notes on prices
The second and subsequent weeks of any booking are discounted by 50€. Minimum rental one week, extra days pro rata to first week’s rental.
Changeover day by arrangement, but normally Saturday. Arrival after 4pm preferred, departure by 11 am so that we have time to ensure that everything is as it should be for the next guests.
We accept payment in pounds sterling to a UK bank account, or in Euros to a Spanish bank account, whichever you prefer.
A security deposit of 250GBP/350EUR is payable when the booking is confirmed. This is refunded within 14 days after departure from the property subject to deductions for any damage etc. 50% of the rental is due 120 days before arrival with the balance being due 60 days prior to arrival.
How to get there
Valencia airport is closest, at around 45 minutes. Alicante airport is around 75 minutes. There are frequent and inexpensive trains from Valencia to Xátiva, so if your hire car (essential) won’t accommodate both luggage and all guests, just drive ahead while the others make their way from the airport. Detailed instructions available and possible pick-up from Xátiva. If bringing your own car from the UK, Santander is 8 hours, Bilbao 7 hours, the French border at La Jonquera 6 hours.