Esconced in the Natural Park of El Montgo, (between the coastal towns of Denia and Javea) Ginger Bread Cottage surrounded by pine forests and wild Mediterranean brush, offers the best of both mountain and sea, where one can either enjoy peace and tranquillity or if you are looking for more action there are plenty of activities at hand, depending what it is you are looking for. Walking, swimming, sailing, cycling, tennis yoga, etc..... Its all within easy reach.
Cecilia has put all her energy to ensure that her home is both comfortable and well equipped. Ideally suited for a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family with small children looking for something special, Ginger Bread House is bound to seduce you with its charm, and magical atmosphere.
Decorated with fragments collected from her travels around the world, Cecilia has aimed to provide a space where you can relax in a homely atmosphere, exploring the wonderful collection of travel, art and photography books collected over years working as a travel and interiors photographer for magazines around the world.
Cosy cottage provides the perfect platform from where to contemplate nature, sitting around doing nothing, or from where one can set off to discover the network of paths that meander around the park of el Montgo, otherwise known locally as"La Plana".
In the garden, dinosaurs and lizards peek out shyly from time sculpted rocks found during her lengthy walks, butterflies, birds and insects dip in and out of the succulents Cecilia has collected over the years. Every nook and cranny is waiting to reveal some hidden detail surreptitiously placed to make one gurgle with pleasure.
It's all about beauty Cecilia confesses, the absolute need to create beauty around her, for the pleasure of all those who have an eye for this type of scenario, for she believes it requires a special kind of eye to appreciate the detail. If you are looking for a sterile, clinical, environment this is not the place for you. On the other hand if you are creatively inclined and appreciate nice things you will no doubt be in your element.
Little by little Cecilia has been investing in necessary changes that are contributing towards making Ginger Bread house more convenient for herself and her guests.
A modern bathroom extension has just been built as part of a significan upgrade, that has enlarged the kitchen, permitting a more comfortable sitting room area. What was once the living room has now been converted into the guest room that doubles as TV room when there are no guests around. This is a perfect space for kids, if they tag along as part of a family.
Ginger Bread house is entirely surrounded by fence or forest, giving it a wonderful sense of intimacy and protection, conveyed by the halo of solar lights at night. The amazing variety of plants which line the interior fence, mark the bounderies and attract the chirping birds.
The house can only stretch so far, as its a thimble after all, but considering its size, it's amazingly flexible. You have to remember you spend most of your time outdoors anyway, so the boat has been pushed out, so to speak, to make the outdoor living as amenable as possible, given the building restrictions in the protected area of the Montgo.
A new pergola (that will not be blown down by the wind) has just been built to provide shade and a more extensive exterior sitting area protected from the sun and wind. The latter is "a must" as the "Levantine" winds can be quite un-abating.
Taking the good with the bad, La plana boasts a micro climate that makes this part of the coast so much more tolerable than being down by the sea. It makes sense. We're on a Cape, and this enables the wind to consistently cool the terrain. In the evenings I would even recommend wearing a pullover as it can get quite chilly. Go down to the coast and you might suffocate from the humidity.
This makes this lieu a very privileged spot indeed, with so many options where to hang-out both inside and out. What "seemed" to be a tiny house, has unsuspectingly multiplied to provide many nooks and crannies where to chill out, rest and play, be it stretching out on the yoga platform, unwinding in the hammock or sitting back on the sofas.
"Ive become a bit of a hermit," Cecilia confesses, admitting to only going into town when she needs to shop for food and necessities. "Otherwise I have everything I need here, peace and quiet being the two most important ingredients". Its something visitors to the house systematically comment when visiting the house, as there is no traffic coming by, other that from ramblers on route to the "Cova Tallada" or the ancient Moorish tower overlooking the sea and facing the island of Ibiza. This spot is definitively off the beaten track.
One of the things that makes this abode so unique is the care that has been taken in its decoration. Festooned with bits and pieces collected in her travels working as an "Interiors" photo-journalist, its no wonder cecilia wants to make her home special too.
The bedroom, adorned with motifs from India reflects the interest and time spent in that country. A beautiful silk painting found abandoned in her boyfriend's garage, depicts the "Rhasa dance" from Hindu mythology. Though dominating the room, it fills the space with a flurry of energy and bright colours. It describes Krishna multiplying himself infinitely to dance with his beloved's maidservants, bringing joy to the heart, gladdening the spirit and sweetening one's sleep.
Food and entertainment form an integral part of Cecilia's life, so despite the cottage being pocket size, the dwelling accomodates many for meals and spontaneus cooking often takes place for guests dropping in to savour the "fusion" cooking Cecilia loves to indulge in. Having lived in many places, she brings in all these influences into her food. The cuboard is full of exotic spices you can experiment with if cooking is your thing.
But to enjoy this food the outdoor dining area is ideal when the warmth graciously arrives. A new roof was put on this winter when the last, built of recycled material, caved in with the heavy rains. Now it is solidly built and well protecd from the sun, the rain, and sneaky winds. The kitchen, well equiped for those who have a preference to do their own catering, is also furnished with a solid oak table that doubles as work surface and dining room table.
For all this feasting, there are two wonderful municipal markets in Denia and Javea where you can do your food shopping to satisfy all tastes. Organic and health foods can be found in several locations for those who are interested. You have only to ask and I will point you in the right direction.
If you are looking for "high life big city", you have plenty to choose from. Ten to twenty minutes down the hill there is an ample selection of restaurants and bars running along the coast where you will find the answer to your dreams.
All in all Ginger Bread House is equiped with all the ingredients necessary to make it a special and unique escapade. If you decide to go for it, undoubtedly you will be treating yourself to an unforgettable holiday!