Para Dos - Just for Two
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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
This is a very special detached studio cottage, IDEAL FOR COUPLES seeking a quiet getaway with a VERY PRIVATE LARGE HEATED POOL, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and panoramic mountain views, even from the bed!
LOCATION - "Para Dos - Just for Two" is a ROMANTIC RURAL RETREAT set in a peaceful, elevated setting among orange groves and mountains, perfect for TOTAL RELAXATION. But it is not remote as the village, 2km, has basic shops and bars, with local towns, 10km, providing more complete facilities.
LOCATION - It can be a tranquil base for activities such as WALKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, BIRDING or GOLF.
LOCATION - In a beautiful and historic area, away from tourist hordes, close by to explore are superb sandy beaches, mountains, lakes, ancient castles, monasteries and the historic centers of Xátiva and Valencia.
WE ARE THE BEST, apparently. Our guest reviews below, frequently use the word "best", as well as, "blissful, fabulous, fantastic, peaceful, perfect, relaxing and wonderful".
We even provide illustrated directions to Para Dos, as well as Satnav GPS co-ordinates for all the above and more, plus our area guide DVD with a local map, so that you can easily find your way around this delightful area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tavernes Playa 15 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: (or Alicante - ALC 150 km) VALENCIA - VLC 50 km, Nearest railway: Alzira or Tavernes 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The en suite bathroom has a full bath (tub) with shower over.
Towels provided include pool/beach towels, to help minimise luggage weight.
Wi-Fi is effective inside and on the terraces. Mobile phone signals are good.
Television - Spanish digital TV has many film, documentary and other channels available in English. Sports channels have Spanish commentary.
The DVD player plays CDs and has a USB port for input from mobile devices.
|Further details outdoors|
TWO VERY PRIVATE TERRACES, with completely different mountain views. The Para Dos terrace includes sun loungers, parasol, table, chairs and a gas fired, griddle type barbecue. It is a secluded sun trap in an elevated location, with delightful views across "Valldigna" and the village. The pool terrace faces in the opposite direction, with a peaceful and unspoiled view up to "Eagle Ridge", with a choice of sun or shade, sun loungers or chairs.
The SUPERB SWIMMING POOL is a special feature of this property. Located behind the adjacent owners house, it is very private and not overlooked. At 11 meters (36ft), it is longer than most private pools and is thus suitable for serious swimming, or just the occasional refreshing dip. It is heated by a powerful Solar heating system, so that the comfortable swimming season is greatly extended, being warm enough for most people from April to October.
Secure and shaded parking with electric gate.
A welcome pack includes bottled water, wine, beer, hot drinks, fruit juice, and snacks. For late arrivals, a suitable food pack can be ordered if required.
As the owner's home is adjacent, they are on hand to welcome you and provide any necessary support during your stay, but will otherwise leave you alone to relax. They speak English and will also understand a little Spanish or French.
Reduced mobility is not a problem as car parking, the cottage and terrace are all on one level, but there are some steps, with hand rail, up to the pool area.
The Costa Blanca/Valencia region
CLIMATE - Valencia claims at least 325 sunny days per year, but this lovely green valley enjoys perhaps only about 315! In summer, rain is rare or non-existent for three to four months. At other times, some rain can be expected on 3 to 5 days per month, sometimes very heavy for a few hours. But the sun soon comes out again, averaging 5.5 hours per day in winter, rising to 10 hours in summer, when maximum temperatures are 25C to 30C, occasionally around 35C. Even in mid winter most lunches can be enjoyed on the terrace at 15C to 20C.
VALENCIA CITY - is charming and less than one hour by car, or more conveniently by train that will take you from Alzira or Tavernes in 35 minutes, right into the centre of the old city, which has many historic buildings to explore. The City of Arts and Sciences, has stunning modern architecture and includes concert halls, an Imax cinema and a great science museum. Elsewhere there is much to satisfy a wide variety of interests, including the Bioparc (zoo), Europe's largest aquarium and some fabulous shopping opportunities. La Albufera, just to the South, is a wetlands nature reserve, with relaxing boat trips and many good restaurants.
LAS FALLAS - is the truly amazing spring fiesta, March 15th to 19th. There are hundreds of huge satirical figures to be seen, before they are burned on March 19th. Thousands of Falleras, girls in traditional dress, bring millions of flowers to adorn the huge figure of the Virgin Mary. Fireworks can be seen and heard daily at 2.00pm, on a spectacular scale. NB. Our local town of Alzira also puts on an amazing display.
If you have special interests, see if your visit can coincide with a major event, such as a concert, opera, jazz, Cirque du Soleil, football, F1 or Moto GP, ATP tennis, FEI show jumping etc.
"Para Dos" is situated in a delightful, elevated position, surrounded by terraced orange groves in "Valldigna", a remarkably green valley that leads from Alzira down to the Mediterranean at Tavernes. This is about halfway between Valencia and Denia, just North of the Costa Blanca.
Our AREA GUIDE DVD, LOCAL MAP and 50+ SATNAV COORDINATES will help you find your way around.
BEACHES - Glorious wide sandy beaches mostly Blue Flag and amongst the best in Spain, are only well known to Spaniards and a few French. They are thus busy in July and August, with a great Mediterranean atmosphere, but surprisingly quiet for the rest of the year. Tavernes Playa (15km) and Xeraco Playa are small resorts, with a few good restaurants and quiet dunes close by. A little further along the coast Cullera (25km round the mountains) and Gandia, are larger and more elegant, with extensive promenades and a wide choice of restaurants and shops.
BIRD WATCHING - Guided trips in English, are available locally to key locations.
GOLF - Opened in 2011 the La Galiana course just across the valley, enjoys a spectacular setting, high up in the beautiful "Valldigna" valley, surrounded by pine forest and orange groves. Unlike most Spanish courses, it is not overlooked by property development. The course is simply amazing, it has everything, including views, testing golf, excellent quality of greens and great staff. This is a public course, with no membership and fees are competitive.
MOUNTAIN BIKING - Bike hire, private guided trips and beginners' skills courses, are available locally and in English. A great way to explore the beautiful Valencian mountains.
WATER PARK - Aquapolis near Cullera for a fun day out.
WATER SPORTS - JetSki, windsurf, sail etc. Gandia, Cullera or further afield.
WALKING - Many signposted scenic walks among the mountains, both from "Para Dos" and further afield.
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13 Jun 2014
Kleines Häuschen mit sehr schöner Terrasse und toller Aussicht. Bad ist ok, Küche ist etwas klein geraten. Der beheizbare Swimmingpool ist fantastisch! Der Grill auf der Terrasse macht wirklich Spa… More
17 May 2014
Mike and Chris you really have made this into the perfect get away, your hospitality is second to none and your description of "para dos" is perfect. Amanda and I have just returned from the… More
3 Aug 2013
"A wonderful holiday"
We wanted a relaxed holiday away from the urban feel of our country. Usually, our holidays are packed with sight seeing so that we absorb as much as possible from the place's culture. This time we decided to take things slower, and this cottage was just the right place for that. The owners, Chris and Mike made us feel at home and welcome. We enjoyed swimming in the 11m heated pool. We had wonderful Spanish BBQ nights at our private veranda, enjoying the stunning views of the cottage surroundings. The beach is just a short drive away, but who needs the beach when you have a secluded pool for your own. The pool will not be available for 1hr a day as the owners will need it to clean it and personal use.
We will be back for sure.
1 Aug 2013
""The perfect getaway""
This was the first holiday together alone for 19 years, so we wanted it to be very special. It was perfect !! didn't want for nothing..
The accommodation was great, had everything you needed. The views were breathtaking and watched the sunset in the evenings by the pool..Beautiful...
Mike and Chris were there if needed but never intruded in our privacy.
A very relaxed holiday which we are sure will visit again in the future.
4 Jul 2013
"Fantastic place, the holiday bible provided by owners was fantastic."
We had a fantastic holiday at para dos, brilliant villa, and private pool. The owners were lovely and never intruded on our stay but were there if needed. The welcome pack of drink and nibbles was a l… More
21 Jun 2013
"A tranquil retreat amongst the orange groves of Valencia"
We have just returned from a blissful two weeks spent in a self catering apartment called Para Dos, which is nestled within the orange groves, up on a hill in a small town called La Barraca de Aguas V… More
3 Jun 2013
"Fabulous cottage, fabulous views, fabulous hosts"
The casita was lovely, the views superb, the pool was wonderful and our hosts were friendly and effiicient.
1 Jun 2013
A perfect location surrounded by some beautiful countryside, within easy access to lots of great places. We were made most welcome to Para Dos by Mike and Chris who were happy to leave us to it, but were always there for any help and advice. The accommodation was ideal with everything we needed and was presented beautifully.
The area offers some quiet Spanish towns, however there are some busier places if you want them, and we didn't have one bad meal all the time we were there.
Definitely recommend for a peaceful, stress free and relaxing stay.
10 Nov 2012
"Lovely studio cottage"
Beautiful setting in orange groves with lovely terrace views. The owners (next door) are extremely helpful and welcoming. The "get you in pack" of food and wine was a great gesture. The book… More
13 Aug 2012
"A little taste of Heaven"
Having visited Para Dos last year and loved it we returned this year for another two weeks of peaceful bliss. What a wonderful place this is - the pool, the air con, the wifi, the views, all make for … More
We much look forward to your third visit in 2013.
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