Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Javea Old Town - Hacia el Sur
Beautiful 4 Bedroom Villa Specifically Designed For Al-fresco Living
Hacia el Sur is a very beautiful traditional villa on two levels with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, surrounded by 3,000m of sloping Mediterranean gardens with panoramic views from the Mediterranean Sea across the valley to distant mountains.
It has a tranquil setting on the edge of the Montgo National Park with a stunning and very private gated pool and Jacuzzi built within a natural mountain ravine, huge barbecue, a large dining terrace and two sun terraces. It has hot and cold air conditioning and central heating throughout, a log-burning stove, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Three bathrooms are en-suite shower rooms and one full separate bathroom, plus fifth shower room and W.C. on the garden level.
Hacia el Sur has a lovely position with wide southerly views and an incredible backdrop of the Montgo mountain which looks more like a film set than reality. One of the most attractive features is that, in addition to the upper level lounge, dining area and kitchen, the owners have created a complete summer environment at the garden level, including an superbly equipped summer kitchen, a lounge and bar area, a large al-fresco shaded dining terrace plus a summer dining room for less clement weather, and a huge barbecue big enough to roast a whole lamb. This gives guests the advantage of several very different environments to enjoy, rather than just the more normal 'pool holiday'.
On the upper level, the master bedroom has a double bed, TV (BBC and main Sky channels), en-suite shower room with W.C. The Second bedroom has a double bed, en-suite shower room with W.C.
Two further double bedrooms each have two single beds, one with en-suite shower room and W.C., the other adjacent to the main bathroom.
Also on the upper level is an excellent kitchen with gas hobs, built-in oven, microwave and dishwasher and all the usual small appliances. Separate laundry area with washing machine and hand-wash sink.
There is a large living room with settees, log-burning stove, 42' TV. and DVD player and a large glazed veranda (locally known as a 'naya') with wicker chairs and tables and wonderful panoramic views from the sea across the valley to mountains.
On the lower level there is a fantastic summer kitchen with induction hobs, two built-in ovens (one with a pizza stone, the other with a steam cooking function), tall stainless steel fridge and separate freezer, dishwasher, a coffee maker and microwave and Sky TV. The cupboards are a feature, fitted with antique doors and Indonesian printed fabrics.
There is a lounge area with fully opening glazed arches (another 'naya'), a kitchen bar with six bar stools, low tables and seating, plus an interior dining room (for less clement weather) with a dining table for eight created from an antique door. Off the dining room is a shower room and W.C.
For normal summer days, there is a large exterior dining terrace with a shaded dining table that can seat 14 people with lighting for evening meals.
The huge BBQ is capable of cooking a whole lamb – but it is just as effective for lamb chops and sausages!
The impressive 10m pear-shaped pool is built in a natural ravine, surrounded by rocks and gardens with a backdrop of the Montgó mountain behind and glorious Southern views.
The 2m circular Jacuzzi pool* is built in a hollow in the mountain rocks. Guests tell me they can sit in it and watch the leaves unfold on the banana tree beside it! (Yes, sometimes we do get tiny bananas - but the flowers attract hundreds of bees so normally we cut them off).
The pool area has gates to close it off for young children. Pool side furniture includes two large sun terraces, eight sun loungers, cast aluminium table and chairs, a stone-topped table and four large umbrellas.
The villa was built to a traditional design about 50 years ago, on a 3,000m plot on the low slopes of the Montgó mountainside. It is one of the highest in the area so has spectacular views from a glimpse of the Mediterranean across the Jávea valley to the hills and distant mountains on the other side.
The plot is sloping with several sets of steps and unfortunately unsuitable for people with mobility problems.
Much of the plot is left to the fragrant and natural plants of the area and maintained on a 'keep tidy' basis. The rest of the garden contains many Mediterranean plants, plus orange, lemon, grapefruit, fig, mango, avocado and nispero trees.
*The Jacuzzi pool is unheated: we have found that when permanently heated, a very large amount of chlorine is needed for safety against legionnaire's disease. High chlorination is not suitable for all skin types and can cause bad rashes. However, in the summer the pool is quite warm anyway!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
I am an artist and my studio is a separate building within the 3,000 sq. m grounds of the villa, with its own entrance, which I use when I am not working in the open. When the villa is let, we live in our apartment in the Javea pueblo, although sometimes you may find me painting in the studio. Many of my paintings are studies of people in Guatemala, where we spend quite a lot of time. The villa is, of course, full of my work.
When I am not painting, I am cooking - thus the big summer kitchen that I designed and had built in what used to be a huge water tank under the house. When the villa was built in the late 60's, there was no water in summer so a deposit was necessary - thankfully things have improved.
One of the most distinguishing and attractive features of the villa is that the pool is not immediately in front of the house as in most high quality Spanish villas. Instead, there is a complete and very relaxing summer environment designed specifically for al-fresco living with a huge, excellently equipped summer kitchen, an internal lounge and breakfast bar, a dining room and a large shaded dining terrace and barbecue. The gated pool area, Jacuzzi and sun terraces are at a second level, allowing a richer and more varied holiday experience where you can choose to relax in different ways, perhaps chatting quietly over a glass of wine on the terrace as others frolic more noisily in the pool.
Fabulous villa, tremendous pool, stunning views, tranquil setting, excellent facilities nearby, beautiful beaches, well preserved historical town with no local high-rise buildings, a council-supported policy to deliver high-class cuisine in all the local restaurants, golf a few minutes away, great sailing, water sports and scuba diving, and a theme park half an hour away if the kids get bored. What else could one want?