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Our wheelchair and eco-friendly scenic hide-away, Casa de La Finestra, with stunning views of the Cirque de La Safor, is named after 'La Finestra', a huge hole in the mountain above the house.
The pool garden has an 8x4 m wide 1.5 m deep pool with shallow end steps (it's raised 18cms making it safer for toddlers). It has mosaic shower, cushioned swing-seat in an arbour of bougainvillaea overlooking the pool (so you can sit and read whilst watching the children swim and play), a Spanish tiled BBQ by a shady vine arbour with 8 seater picnic table, 5 cushioned sun-loungers, a parasol and a mimosa tree, all accessed by a romantic wooden Japanese bridge from the front Veranda.
Our villa has 2 double bedrooms (one with childs bed) and a twin bedroom all with fitted wardrobe and drawers. A twin room and a bunkbed room.
Downstairs there is a 2 bedroomed studio flat (sleeps 3) with kitchenette and wet room shower/utility (extra charge for this and it can only be rented separately when the main house is not let).
It is an eco-friendly villa (solar panels) in its own secure grounds, breathtaking panoramic views from a huge kitchen/dining-room with cosy sitting area, with wood burner, leading down to a traditional paella kitchen.
There is another large sitting/dining room with wood-burner, TV with 22 channels in English and a PC, many books and a games table This room leads to a large covered veranda, (overlooking the pool garden) with extending table for alfresco dining and comfortable seating. The children's DVD 'lounge' has a large bunk bed with a sofa - toys, books and a DVD player.
At the back of the house there is a secluded terraces, as you go down to the river, featuring 'the Buddha garden' - an outdoor sleeping/cooking area. Here there are lemon, avacado, fig, pear, cherry, plum, pomegranate, persimmon, walnut, mimosa & nispero trees. Our bridge over an acequia (irrigating orange groves) leads through oleander & bamboo to the river Serpis. It's a natural 'adventure playground'; a paradise for fishermen/anglers, ornithologists, botanists, geologists, artists, writers and children. Great for wild swimming, gorge walking and body surfing in the magical waters of the river Serpis. Opposite, orange and almond terraces lead up to Moorish terraces & huge limestone crags.
We are eco friendly and have solar panels and organic gardens.
There are 2 bathrooms in the main house; one has a claw-foot bath with shower taps, a separate shower and a bidet, the other has a wheelchair friendly shower and laundry facilities. There is a third shower room, also with laundry facilities, in the studio apartment.
We are in a gated hamlet of four houses. There is off road parking for 3 cars, screened from the house by bougainvillaea.
Something different - Romance and Adventure : 30 minutes from blue flag, duned, surfing beaches at Gandia & Oliva. Nestling in the 'Circ de La Safor', a breathtaking limestone 'enrgy vortex', featuring 'La Finestra' (Valenciano for 'the window' - the hole at near top of La Safor 1013m). In great walking, climbing, mountain biking terrane 'Casa de la Finestra' is approached by a lush, wooded, wildflower strewn, adventurous track. The house stands 20m above the river Serpis (teeming with trout, carp & barbel), as it tumbles out of the wooded gorge of El Raco del Duc; great for wild swimming gorge walking and body surfing. We are on the 'eco-tourist' disused railway trail from Gandia to Alcoi, mentioned mentioned in 'Lonely Planet Guide' (Gandia). 13km of unsurpassed forested mountain scenery, waterfalls, birds, flora & fauna, limestone crags, following the river's course as it tumbles out of Raco del Duc. A paradise for walkers & cyclists of ALL abilities, anglers, bird watchers, botanists, geologists, climbers, mountaineers, cavers and don't forget children! (Golf course, 10km away - Oliva Nova, designed by Savi Balasteros). All will find this area spellbinding, exhilarating and unique.
Flora & Forna: Sit in the comfort of the 'panorama' kitchen and count kingfishers, egrets and purple herons; daily visitors! Marvel at the antics of crag martins, swallows & bats as they admire their reflections in the windows and the pool. Watch out for hoopoes, red kites, peregrines and eagles. At night, framed in the arches of the kitchen windows, the sun sets over El Raco Del Duc and the moon rises. You'll be enthralled by the chorus of frogs and cicadas and enchanted by the song of the nightingale. Pine martens, otters & wild boar are native here. Butterflies, insects, lizards and geckos will delight you. Walking along the disused railway trail, you will discover a myriad of flowers you're used to seeing cultivated in gardens, here, they're wild, as nature intended, orchids, hyacinths, lilies, succulents, cacti, sweet peas, fennel, thyme, rosemary, cistus, lillies, bamboo & oleander. Here we have a breathtaking diversity of flora, fauna & geology second to none.
History: We are in the Natural Park of El Raco del Duc (see Google), 'the retreat of the Duke', the father of Lucretia Borgia & grandfather of the Borgia Pope. 'The cirque de La Safor', a huge limestone crater, featuring 'La Finestra', an enormous hole in the mountain, said to be an energy vortex, is right outside our door. It is laced with Neolithic caves, containing paintings and artefacts, mineral water springs and refugios. The view is stupendous.
The disused railway from the Ducal town of Gandia to Alcoi, was built by the British to bring coal from Newcastle, to fuel the textile industry. Only the flat wooded path remains, punctuated by five exciting tunnels, ideal for cycling and walking for ALL abilities. Following the river Serpis, ten minutes walk from the house is a magical place, the shrine of 'Mare de Deu de la Font', a pilgrimage site where a 15 century wood cutter, discovered a wooden casket floating upstream. Inside he found a statue of the Virgin. Below the crags are lagoons to fish & swim in or just float in the healing waters among fish, birds and flowers, swim endlessly against the current. A tile in our kitchen depicts the scene and every March an extraordinary sand picture is made on the floor of her church in the nearby town of Villalonga for her festival.
Looking for something more intrepid? You only need to wander off the track to discover routes up the mountain, walking and bouldering up to 'Font de la Mata' and 'La Finestra' and La Safor itself (1013m).
A short cycle or car ride takes you to our own 'sleeping dragon', Mt. Benicadell (1104m), an incredible sight in the sunset viewed from the refugio of Font Dels Olbits on La Safor.... see our website www.casadelafinestra.com
We are Trixie and Allan,
Allan is a retired physical and adventure pursuits teacher. He is a champion swimmer in the Transplant Games; he had a heart transplant in 1986.
Trixie is a retired Chef, craft teacher and carer and now looks after Casa de La Finestra. She is a hand wool spinner and wild artist. She can make celebration cakes, vegetarian dishes and organic spelt bread for you, Child minding or baby-sitting is also available
We welcome you to our home and our wild river gorge..
Trixie and Allan Taylor purchased this villa in 2005
Nestling in the limestone crags of the Cirque de La Safor, in the River Serpis gorge, on the 'Rail Trail'; 13 k of unspoilt natural park, Moorish terraces and orange groves. The views are stupendous. This is the place to recharge and connect with your creative energy. Though we are quite remote and in a peaceful, unspoilt natural park, the nearest music bar is ony 3kms away, 1/2 an hrs walk through amazing lime stone forest scenery.
Our tap water comes from an underground lake in Mount La Safor and has all the health benifits of being filltered by the limestone and is therefore full of minerals like the best bottled mineral water.
a vast compex of caves has recently been discovered nearby containing ancient artefacts and paintings. see our website www.casadelafinestra.com for more activities available here.
Wheelchair friendly. No traffic noise, only the sound of the river and the birds, no light pollution, surrounded by wildlife, limestone crags, Moorish terraces and trees and of course the river Serpis as it tumbles out of Raco del Duc. Wild swimming; the river is wonderful for gorge walking and of course swimming and fishing. Many children have learned to swim here. Have a go at hand spinning sheeps wool and learn to knit Fair Isle and Arran (Trixie will teach you). 'TrixTreats Earth Eats' homemade cakes and spelt bread availabe on request and an authentic Valencian paella can be made for you by our friend Santi, who will seranade you with Spanish and popular songs while you eat. Railtrail: 13 k through five exciting tunnels following the river serpis gorge, mentioned in the Lonely Planet Guide (Gandia). It suits all abilities; great for cycling and running. Being flat, it's good for pushchairs too. We are totally eco-friendly here. TrixTreats cakes available on requeat. We offer a catering service if you wish. And don't forget the lovely cushioned swing-seat in an arbour of bougainvillaea, overlooking the pool while you read or watch your children safely playing and swimming..
'The most beautiful place we have ever been to. It is so breathtakingly beautiful'. - Savage & Young families, Midlands UK (Sept. 2006). They enjoyed gorge-walking.
'Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely villa. We have stayed in many villas but not one has been as well equipped as this one. The beds have been comfy and the wood fires have kept us warm. The views from the kitchen/dining room are stupendous, fantastic' - Steve and Rose Sutton and family from Wales, here at Easter 2007. Steve was a keen bird watcher and saw a Great White Egret while he was here.
'A paradise on earth. We loved the mysterious sound of the river at night and swimming in the moonlight'. - Zosia and Wojtek Sak, here for their Honeymoon from Poland (August 2006)
'The photos don't do it justice'.- Mark and Kate Carol, Dublin (July 2006)
'With 174 sport climbing routes, varying from 4 all the way through to 8b, a whole climbing holiday is not out of the question in this area' - Andrew Warner, Ripon.
First time to this part of Spain. A good mix of small villages, friendly locals, great scenery and Valencia just a train ride or drive away.
Definitely a level of welcome and hospitality that we've not experienced at any other villa - Trixie and Allan do everything they can to make the holiday very special.
Views are spectacular and the local river is a good way to cool off if you want a change from the pool.
Watch the roads to the villa - a challenge if you don't enjoy gradients and pot holes.
Paella cooking and guitar / vocals by Santi (Trixie and Allan's friend) should be compulsory on any spanish holiday.
- a great holiday destination and a unique experience!
Our Norwegian family of five (three teenager boys, two adults) had ten wonderful days in Casa de la Finestra. This is a perfect place if you need 100% relaxation and like to stay away from noisy tourist areas. But the Casa is also a perfect starting point for discovering the area.
We drove the exciting railway track with beautiful scenery, walked to the nice river (excellent for swimming) and drove to the village Villalonga. This is not a picturesque village, but it has a really good supermarket and a few good restaurants. 20-30 minutes drive from the Casa you'll find some of Europe's best beaches (Oliva and Gandia).
The Casa de la Finestra has all you need; swimming pool, good kitchen facilities, two bathrooms and wireless Internet connection (when the genny is turned on in the evenings). And do not forget to visit the charming pub/restaurant Diddly Bar, 2-3 kilometers from the Casa.
Thanks to Trixie and Allan for ten wonderful days in Casa de la Finestra.
Before I comment about my recent stay at your home, I would just like to say thank you Trixie and Allan for your warm hospitality and friendship, It's hard to find these days and it was just what I needed.
I loved the overall relaxed feeling and easygoingness and the homemade cooking, very comforting!! It's been a while since I had a "kick back" and relaxed break and I will be back again for more of the same!! keep up the honest approach to your business, that's why I will be coming back. Looking forward to seeing you both soon and thanks again for everything.
Can't say enough good things about our stays at Trixie and Allan's. We've been there 3 times now and each time we have been so well looked after! The house has all the home comforts you need and is really cozy. The peace all around means you can have a true holiday - FAR away from the rat race. Children are particularly welcome here with a children's bedroom full of books and toys and, of course, the swimming pool. Trixie's home baking is also a real winner with my daughter!! Many many thanks for making us so welcome. Looking forward to our next stay!
If ever one week was not enough, then this was it.
Casa De La Finestra was everything our family of five could wish for and more. Nothing appeared too much trouble for Trixie and Allan. The House of the Windows is perfectly positioned for 24 hour senses overload. Sunshine and heat by day, fantastic moon and stars by night, best viewed from the pool. The scenery is breathtaking, every corner turned there is another fabulous view.
Walks, tracks, climbs, the tunnels, the river/pool in which to constantly cool off in. Birds, lizards, (pigs, not seen but alot of noise heard in a bush), insects, flora and fauna are abundant. The most at home, away from home, you could feel.
Regrets for me, forgot to bring my binoculars and did not bring my bike (next time). For the rest of my family none, except it was not long enough.
Our two boys (14 and 12) loved exploring the local area, fishing the river, walking the tunnels, and playing in the pool but they mostly appreciated Trixies cooking and baking and we sampled one of her delicious cakes and paella.
We enjoyed the fact that there was no mains electricity, there was every convenience at the house, the generator was at our disposal and could always be turned on, even for the children to watch a dvd, however we mostly liked it off, eating by candlelight and viewing the stars. It made it more magical and showed our children a new way of life without constant computer games.
We left Casa del la Finestra having made new friends with Trixie and Allan. We will be back again soon. Thankyou.
Graham, Kirsty, Jennifer, Marc and Stephen
Be aware, villa has power supply by generator only. Bringing flashlights is not only for exploring the tunnels.
AV & GRB
30min from the sea, Casa de la Finestra, named after the feature above in La Safor (1013m), is down an adventurous track, in the heart of the wooded gorge of El Raco del Duc (the retreat of the duke), surrounded by Circ de la Safor [see Lonely Planet guide: Gandia]. Our wheelchair and eco friendly house is 120m above sea level on the river Serpis, teeming with trout, carp and barbel. The eco-tourist route follows the disused railway from Gandia to Alcoi & runs past the house; 13km of unspoilt Natural Park, through spectacular scenery, unsurpassed for birds, wildlife & flowers and wild swimming. In the heart of the Costa del Azahar, Gandia is a vibrant, historic city with great shops & fine restaurants. Excellent local train service to Valencia city, 40 minutes, free all day parking. Nearby are busy markets, Flamenco & bars. 1hr 30min from Valencia and 1hr 45min from Alicante airports, by car, on the AP7 toll road. Come off at junction 61 (Oliva-Pego) on to N332 to Gandia. Meet us at the ES Garage, Villalonga. See Google map!.
Other Activities: We can arrange Mountain Biking and Bird -watching tours, Horse riding, gorge-walking, climbing, caving and bouldering, cayaking/canoeing, live music, flamenco, wine-tasting, cooking, painting, yoga and massage, hand wool spinning and basket making.. Learn to cook traditional Valencian Paella. Trixie can make cakes for your celebrations..
sSee our website www.casadelfinestra.com.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Private, secluded riverside walk/access below house. Last minute bookings welcome. The house being all on one level, we are family friendly and it's suitable for the elderly or infirm, whilst being in an area of outstanding beauty and in an adventurous place. The disused railway trail makes for excellent walking or cycling holidays, to suit most abilities, along 13 km of unspoilt national parkland