- English, basic Spanish & German, all enquiries English plea
About Brigid Doherty
Hi, Im 55 year old,married & living in Dubai. I used to have my own marketing business which I sold and bought properties. I go to Spain & Tenerife at the beginning of each season to do a complete clean from top to bottom, I prefer to do this myself as no one tends to clean as well as I do. I am a complete clean freak. I make a list of things to be repaired or replaced, this is done at the beginning of a season. I would not rent to anyone less than I would expect myself. I have very high standards & my properties reflect this. I have never had one single complaint & I have people returning year on year (this speaks for its self. I love both places for different reasons.I love the tranquility however like the fact if you want shopping & night clubs you can also do just 15 min away.
Brigid Doherty purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Brigid Doherty chose Gandia
I had looked all over Spain & decided on this area because it was well located for many amenities. Benidorm, Terra Mittica, water parks, Valencia,which I would recommend you do by train from Xraco or Gandia. The beaches are the nicest you will find in Spain, the mountains are just breathtaking, I would recommend you take a walk up the mountain at the back of the house as on a clear day you can see the sea. This is the real Spain not just tourist. The neighbours behind the villa are Nicky & Hose. They are good friends of ours. They also hold a key to the villa. Nicky is English, Hose Spanish thus you will have no language barriers. You have the tranquillity of the Mountains with the wonderful fresh air & smells from the orange groves all around. The villa is completely secluded but not isolated as you have about 30 villas in the urbanisation, but all sit in about 1 acres of ground thus you have no one looking in. However if you want the Spanish experience you go to the villages in orange groves 5 min away or a bit more in land to Rotova which is 10 mins drive through the mountains, where on route you will find a lovely monistry. If you want a more tourist feel the take yourself in to Gandia where you will find a lovely street cafe culture & Gandia beach is 10 minutes away, this is where you will find the night life & Casinos.
What makes this Villa unique
I love being at the Villa as I like to dine alfresco. The views from the front terrace are breathtaking. This villa has the best spot on the Urbanisation. I love to ponder in the garden & of course all I do is clean inside & outside. I am happy for 2 weeks of complete tranquillity I enjoy going cycling in to the orange groves which also has its own little Chapel. The 3 restaurants in the orange groves are all very good & great value for money. If you want Paella you must order the day before. The people are very friendly & don't speak much English. I think this adds to the Spanish experience. If you go to the Beach 10 min away by car you will find English speaking Spanish. I love this beach as very safe, very clean with plenty parking. You will find everything you want in Gandia at Carrefour.
Pool / Spa
NO Hen or Stag doos.
Only outside using ash tray provided, no littering
very secure & children can't escape, even fenced
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Amazing villa in a stunning location!
A group of us stayed at the villa near Gandia in late July ,7 adults and 4 children. The villa is huge and has all the amenities you could need, pair that with a stunning location and you have an amazing package. The kids loved the pool and there is loads to do within a few short drives, I would recommend the water park at Cullera (Aquapolis). The beach at Gandia is immaculate and there are loads of great restaurants and bars. Step away from the touristy front and you can eat amazing food at a great price. (€140.00 for 11 people) !! Drive to the local cafes and restaurants in Barx and Simat to experience real Spain. Two of us are into our cycling and we hired a couple of road bikes from Gandia, the mountains surrounding the villa are a Mecca for cyclists, great climbs and stunning scenery. I would give the villa and area 9/10, the only negative is the lack of air conditioning, with temperatures hitting the high 30’s we all found it difficult to get a good nights sleep. John the caretaker was really helpful on arrival and is on hand if you need anything. It’s only a 90 minute drive from Alicante which is worth it for a traditional Spanish holiday. Matt Newman
Perfect Villa with postcard setting!
We travelled from Alicante airport in hire vehicles to the Villa, which was a good way to get there. A car is essential for your stay at this Villa.
What can i say, we pulled up into the drive and we were really happy with what we saw. Great looking Villa, great garden and awesome swimming pool. We were then greeted by the friendly Villa caretaker called John. Who ran us through the villa and explained how some of the utilities worked and closest shops etc. John told us that he will be cleaning the pool on Wednesday, he wont bother us and will just pop in and clean and then leave. He stuck to his word but we had to have a chat with him as he is a great bloke with a lot of local knowledge that we required whilst travelling around. As he left on the first day he also said that any problems even if so small to just contact him by the Villas telephone and he would be here within 20 minutes. We also tried his paella that he cooks as a hobby, it was great and worth trying.
Back to the Villa, it swallowed our large family of 12. We had everything we required for the 2 weeks stay, even down to metal skewers to make our own skewered kebabs for the BBQ. The BBQ is awesome a massive gas BBQ which we used on many occasions it suited the outdoor lifestyle and our needs whilst we were there. The kitchen is well equipped too, being typically English we had a Roast dinner one day and had all what we needed for this. The garden and swimming pool was our base for the holiday and we found this to be great, enough sun loungers, great pool to cool off and enough seating for us all when we decided to sit down to eat. The views of the mountains from the garden are idyllic, its a dream location and a dream Villa. Very clean, top quality furniture just a very nice place to stay for our holiday.
However there was one negative being English and from a cold climate, this Villa could do with Air conditioning. A few very hot nights we did find ourselves uncomfortable whilst sleeping. (Spain is hot!!)
I would highly recommend this Villa to stay you will not want for more than what is provided.
Thank you so much for your kind words & great review. We always aim to please. John is a bonus to have. Please come again.
Everything we wanted and more.
The only decision we got wrong at Villa Mar was we should have stayed longer!
This is a beautiful, private, well kept, spacious and relaxing villa living up to all our expectations and more, a lovely place to spend time with the whole family.
The views of the mountains were breath taking and we were still only 15 - 20 minutes from the lovely beaches at Gandia. A car is definitely needed to allow complete flexibility as well as allowing you to enjoy and explore the region. Carrefour and Lidl are only 15 minutes away as are many other shops.
There are many good local restaurants to enjoy both in Barx and Gandia, although we spent most of our time as a family eating on the terrace of the villa.
The pool is without doubt a bonus for everybody, a nice size allowing you to enjoy a good swim if you are an early riser and want some exercise, whilst large enough to enjoy good family games, smaller children who cannot swim need to be supervised.
We were welcomed by Jon and Ann, who without doubt helped us settle in much more quickly, what a great couple, nothing is too much for them and they are always there to help or offer suggestions in order to make your holiday much more relaxing.
Jon's Paella is a must - one of the best we have ever tasted.
Being in Spain you have to put up with what Spain has to offer, so leaving food around will only attract whatever creatures want to get to it, so if you do not want any ants just ensure you use containers and shut the peddle bin tightly.
Our thanks to Brigid, Jon & Ann for an excellent family holiday.
Thanks for you welcomed Review.
Its great to hear that we meet expectations & continue to keep our standards high.
This is due to having yearly appraisals by the owner & John (the manager) to ensure everything is Tip Top & ready for the beginning of the rental season . Standards are never let slip. The property manager & his family are a great asset & always on hand to help with any queries. Offering a delivery service for Paella has been a well received extension to the Spain experience.
We always aim to please & go beyond expectations.
Beautiful villa.Highly recommended.
We stayed in this fantastic villa for 12 nights and would highly recommend it.The villa is very well equipped ,comfortable and very clean.Great kitchen.The huge terrace area has plenty of sunbeds and seats and we enjoyed many meals and relaxing evenings on the terrace.The outside area,pool and hammocks were thoroughly enjoyed.The villa is very well looked after.The mountain and forest views are stunning.Gandia beach is great-sandy and clean.Carrefour and Lidl in Gandia makes shopping easy.A car is definetly needed. We were looked after so well during our stay by Jon who was very friendly and helpful.We arrived late at night to the villa and having the welcome pack was brilliant.It is such a peaceful relaxing place to be yet the town and beach is only a 10 minute drive away. We didn't want to go home !! Thanks Brigid and Jon
Im so glad you enjoyed it we do aim to please & take all comments on board in pursuit of excellence .
A* Villa absolutely stunning holiday!
we arrived and was greeted by the lovely john, first impressions were 'WOW' the pool area an garden is just lovely. we had 2 weeks here and were very sad to go, villa itself was gorgeous, very clean, high standards.
the only thing we struggled with was heat, the fans seemed to just blow around warm air, air-con would make this villa fit for a queen! we hope to visit again, i miss it very much!
Thanks so much for your nice comments . I will consider a/c for next year . Please come again .
Regards Brigid .
Lovly villa but a very rural location
This is a beautiful and spacious villa and the interior, pool and gardens are lovely and gave our party of 8 (one child) a place to chill and call their own. The local mountains views are breath taking and all balconies in the villa have a beautiful vista.
The villa is exceptionally well kept and John and Ann could not be more helpful; especially seeing we had quite a bad ant problem during the whole of our stay (both upstairs and down - which was surprising seeing no food was ever taken upstairs during our stay).
To enjoy this villa you MUST have a car as the rough guide of how far you are away from local towns and amenities we found to be much more than quoted. We tried at least twice to 'walk' to the nearest restaurant down the hill but this was not suitable for many in our party and a large part of the route has no footpath - which could be quite dangerous. Therefore if you like to have somewhere to walk out to of an evening then this maybe a consideration.
This villa really does need air con - as the ceiling fans in two of the bedrooms provided no relief in August and the stand alone fans in the other three rooms much less. This made sleeping for everyone exceptionally difficult and really must be considered for that 5th star.
We as a family would have welcomed a safe; as we have been broken into in a villa in Portugal and whilst we appreciate this villa is very safe and has a proven track record - it is also about giving guests that peace of mind.
This is a beautiful tranquil spot in a real part of Spain but just to be aware you can't do much without a car.
Thanks for that . I will consider your comments for next year . Glad you had a nice time .
Special interest holidays:
Mountain climbing and cycling are very very popular in this area. In fact this area is famous for it.
Situated just north of Costa Blanca and at the start of Costa Del Azahar. Beside the market towns of Oliva and Gandia, which is the Real Spain. There are 18km of magnificent white sandy beaches to choose from. The beaches have many amenities & are wheelchair accessible with many bars & restaurants . Beautiful marinas are also available if you want to sail . This region is located on one of Europe's largest subterranean lakes and drinking water quality is excellent. Its a 10 minute drive to beach
Alicante airport is 1 hour 30 mins drive.
Valencia airport is 60 mins drive.
Benidorm is 45 mins drive where you can find the fun parks of Terra Mitica and Aqua-land. Marchuquera is a 4 min drive . Barx is a ten minute drive & Gandia is 10 min drive .
Valencia is a very cosmopolitan city with lots to do and see. You can drive to the train station in 15 minutes and take the train straight in to the centre of Valencia which has something for everyone.
Gandia is 10 minutes away with many shops, restaurants and bars. It has a beautiful tree lined avenue with lots of cafes on either side. It is a city with a rich historical heritage, which is reflected in its monumental buildings. It is fully prepared to satisfy the demands of even the most sophisticated of visitor.
Gandia is great for fashion shopping with many designer shops & great leather goods .
I would thoroughly recommend going to Denia to Mundomarine & doing the days Catamaran with a BBQ lunch on deck & a plunge in the crystal clear water to cool off & off course you also can have a wee apéritif.
Most people like to just enjoy the beautifull villa with its very well apportioned sun decks however I can thoroughly recommend the Catamaran, its superb, so much so that I do it every year. Suitable for persons with limited mobility. Ramps to entrance & at rear of property