|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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!
Citizen of the world and intrepid traveller, Cecilia has had the good fortune to have travelled far and wide as photo-journalist. Her love of gardening, art, literature are reflected in the contents of the house she rents out. Principal interests now lie in personal growth through meditation and yoga.
The unique setting and love which has been invested in putting this property together will ensure you have a very special holiday. Its full of character and personality much more so than your usual holiday homes.
Peace and tranquility in the most beautiful and charming setting.
Hemos estado en la casa este verano. Es un espacio privilegiado, en medio de la naturaleza. Se nota el cariño, gusto y alma con cual Cecilia ha diseñado la casa y el jardín. Precioso, perfecto para desconectar, disfrutar de comidas y noches en el exterior y también genial para que nuestros peques pudieran disfrutar y estar a su aire.
Además, Cecilia nos ha facilitado todo antes y durante la estancia, con un montón de ideas y recomendaciones para restaurantes, excursiones y sitios que disfrutar. Gracias.
The cove I recommend is Cala Ambolo - see photo airbnb web - near Cabo de la Nao. I’m not sure what it’s like now but the road last year was difficult to access and the council does nothing to repair it. As a result parking is terrible thus you have to arrive early to find a slot but its well worth the effort as the beach is DIVINE. I recommend you take a picnic kit.
In the same neighbourhood is also located Granadella beach. Beautiful but crowded in August. There is a spectacular hike to do in the surrounding area if you have the energy and its not too hot. You can eat agreat paella under the pines trees.
When you want to get to away from the maddening crowd, the only beach where you will not find people is in Cala de los Franceses. (“Cala” means cove beach) Impossible to find without indications. This cove is named after the French family that live just above it, a family that bought this prime land hovering above it and owned by a famous painter called “Lambert”.
When I get too lazy to embark on these trips to the beach, I take the easy way out and go to the harbour instead. Early morning dip is miraculous to awaken the spirit. It’s refreshing and the water is clean and clear. After which you can have breakfast in one of the bars that are scattered all along from the harbour to the Parador.
For hippie shopping you have “the mercadillo”, spread in front of the Arenal. There are some stalls with very beautiful, quality stuff and a lot of rubbish too.
However there is a shop that I have a particular affinity to and that is INDIGO, in front of the harbour in Javea. I would decorate my entire house with the wonderful selection of things for the house from this place. You can also stop there to have tea and cakes whilst looking at the boats going by....
If you want to eat out, I recommend "La Tasca" in Jesus Pobre. (Evening) One of my favourites but you must book in advance as August is very busy. Contact 965 75 62 85. Calle Obispo Hervas 4. The restaurant is located 20 minutes drive from GB house and a great opportunity to see the other side of the Montgo. It serves Mediterranean food, which translates into a combination of Spanish, Italian and Grilled BBQ meat. The setting is delightful, and food excellent. Tuna fish to die for. The chocolate “bomba” desert amazing.
On Sunday afternoon in Jesus Pobre a market is held in the evenings from 7pm, which is bubbling with atmosphere. You can find local crafts but the highlight is the enormous selection of home cooked tapas and fine organic vegetables for sale. The atmosphere is lively, and familiar. The first Sunday of the month also includes antiques fair but I think antiques in the morning, food evening. All very select and tasteful. Don't miss it!
If you want to order paella to eat at home, there are two options. You can order one at the restaurant "Amanecer" next to the house, where whilst you are waiting you can have a dip at the pool OR you can order it at Tonica's, a woman from the village that makes, in my view, the best paella in Javea. Seriously GOOD. You can pick it up at her house next to the church in the old town and return the dish after. Her Contact is 965 79 02 84. Call from my behalf or I will call for you. I order it the previous day to give her time to do the shopping. 8€ per head. She serves very generously. A total bargain!
The municipal market in Javea is worth a visit. If you don’t want to shop at the supermarket, this is a great place to buy your fresh produce. I enjoy having breakfast in one of the bars, which is next to the entrance. I do not remember the name but they serve delicious "pinchos de tortilla". I particularly recommend the fish one. Otherwise the toasts, with tomatoes and olive oil. You can ask for cheese or whatever on top. Very nice indeed.
Street food market and plus takes place on Thursdays in the car park next to the police station old part of town.
The municipal Market in Denia is also excellent. Open from 8 – 2pm. Friday is the day for Street market right next to it. Get there early as parking can be a bit of a nightmare in the summer. There is a very good Asian supplier for those who like Asian ingredients, otherwise a little difficult to come by, as Spaniards don’t really eat Asian food. Thursday, Friday and Saturday you have organic food stall open. Great tea and coffee shop in this location.
Another place to eat tapas, which I’ve been going to since I was a kid, is “The Clavo” in the port of Javea, in front of the beach. Beautiful view. I love the fried fish and grilled veggies accompanied by a cold beer and the “patatas bravas”, the best in the whole of Spain. Seriously, I’m not joking! Even if you leave everything else out its worth going to just for this.
A bit more up market is “Sancta Sanctorum”, Calle Sandunga 56, telf: 96 643 22 24, a traditional tapas bar in Denia, that I go to regularly with my family. The setting is modern, the quality of the ingredients excellent and not expensive
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
NB: During the winter months an additional fee of 5€ will be charged to cover expenses for heating (covering gas, wood and electricity)