Townhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This is a beautiful old house dating from a very elegant period and it retains many original features. It was built by a Moorish architect shortly after the fall of Granada, and predates the Carrer Major, the church and the town hall. Carrer Mig is known as the most traditional street in Castalla and is consequently a focal point in many of the fiestas and processions. The street balconies of Castlenel give a privileged and unforgettable view of processions while the roof balcony affords a tranquil Sunday morning view of the mountains.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alicante 35 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alicante 45 km, Nearest railway: Villena (Barcelona Alicante line) 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors||
Wi-Fi availible but there is no Computer.
There is a 42" flat screen TV available (surround sound), there is also a large range of DVDs and Videos and a Wii to use with several games.
Cooking is on a gas cooker.
Three of the bedrooms have A/C in, there are several portable electric heaters around the house if required.
And a large log burning fire on the ground floor - the chimney to which heats much of the house if used correctly.
While smoking is absolutely not permitted indoors, you can smoke on the top floor roof terrace.
Castelnel is a traditional Spanish town house on three floors. As the kitchen/dining room is on the top floor, visitors need to feel comfortable tackling our traditional Spanish steps several times a day.
The builders of the house understood how to design a house for the Castalla climate, and it largely remains cool on the hottest of days. However, we have supplemented their ingenuity by adding air conditioning units to two of the bedrooms.
The Costa Blanca/Valencia region
The Costa Blanca is a well known coastal resort stretching unbroken from Valencia to Cartagena. It is rightly famed for its warm climate, fine beaches and vibrant nightlife.
What is less well known about the Costa Blanca is that a few miles inland from the sea there is an area of high valley and of noble mountains. This highland area extends throughout the province of Valencia, and is not unlike the Alpes Maritimes of Southern France. It contains "Some of the finest walking and climbing country I have ever seen" wrote an English visitor in our visitor's book recently.
The mountains are impressive. Mount Maigmo behind Alicante at over 4,000 feet rivals Ben Nevis. The valley at its foot where Castalla is situated is at 1,800 ft. The climate of these high valleys is sunny and warm, sometimes very warm in midsummer but it is seldom oppressive or humid. The reason for this is that the fall of evening brings a cooler air in from the mountains and with it the delicate scent of woodsmoke as neighbours prepare supper and, like us, light the wood stove.
Carefully tended vineyards and olive groves, pink and white almond blossom and green mountain herbs give visible evidence that the highlands of Valencia possess a thriving local agriculture producing fine wine in abundance, olive oil, wild honey and almonds.
Castles abound for this is borderland, the border between Aragon and Castille. But this is also modern Spain. Although Castalla preserves its traditional culture and independence, it is nevertheless highly accessible due to the recently completed links to the motorway network.
The beaches of Alicante are half an hour's drive away. The airports of Alicante and Murcia are 30 minutes and just over an hour away respectively. Granada, with its magnificent "Alhambra", can be reached in a morning's drive (approx. 3 hours), as can Madrid.
The nearest railway station, Villena, is a stop on the Mare Nostrum line. This famously scenic train runs daily from Cartagena to Montpellier, via Alicante, Valencia and Barcelona. High-speed trains are about to start running to Barcelona and Madrid.
Castalla is, depending on the time of year, either a sleepy town or a hive of activity and partying...
It is the County town so there are two markets every week to which the local growers bring fruit and vegetables in abundance. There are seasonal specialities: cherries in springtime, fresh figs and mandarines in summer, mostly picked that morning and still trailing their green leaves. There are grapes in Autumn and the wild woodland mushrooms for which this region is justly famous. Winter brings almonds and the new season's walnuts. Autumn brings the "vendange" with the grape harvest being processed in the town centre where the farmers' co-operative makes and sells the wine for the entire valley. The little town also produces ten thousand litres of olive oil every Autumn, a spicy dark first and only pressing which is almost addictive.
But the town is quiet every afternoon with only the street cleaners active. Evening brings the time of the Paseo where everyone goes out walking in the park, children play and chatter like starlings, older people sit in the shade and greet their neighbours including you with a smile and a 'Buenas Tardes'. But most of us sit out at the plentiful cafe tables for tapas while we await the time of the evening meal.
Fiestas abound and bring dance and music and colourful carnival costumes to the streets. Special times are at Christmas especially the children's feast of the Three Kings in early January; Easter with its solemn processions; San Isidro in May; and above all the Moors and Christians of September. "Nobody sleeps in September" as the locals say.
We are near the ancient towns of Biar, Villena and Alcoi. Their festivals provide a rolling calendar of festivities which the owners will provide upon request .
There is a fine swimming pool in town and a well equipped gymnasium. There is excellent walking and climbing on well maintained routes including a branch of the world famous Camino del Santiago. A red Michelin Restaurant at 3,000 feet beckons for Sunday Afternoon family lunch. Buen Provecchio.
Did I mention that the Castle does Guided tours and is Roman restored by the Moors restored by the Christians? Oh, and we had two famous battles in our street during the Peninsular War. But you have to be there. Hasta Proxima.