About the home
Villa Franka is a stunning 3 bedroom, single storey villa situated on El Valle Golf Resort. The Resort itself is situated in the Region of Murcia, a region blessed with year round sunshine and two seas, the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor - a crystal clear salt water lagoon only 20 minutes away.
The villa itself is beautifully appointed with all the amenities needed for as a relaxing or energetic holiday as you desire - the golf course is stunning and of course you have discounted rates at this and all other Polaris World courses that make up the Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail.
A gym is located in the clubhouse and tennis courts beside it.Cycles are also available for hire.
However you can just chill by the pool follwed by a barbecue in the evening - just whatever you want!
We have made the villa child friendly (out of necessity!), and not being front line (i.e. directly overlooking the golf course), no wayward golf balls to worry about. Children are protected from the pool by a sturdy fence, which is easily opened up by an adult in seconds to allow access down the steps into the pool or completely removed by an adult in under two minutes. There are also additional slide bolt locks fitted to all doors and windows. There are two travel cot beds, two high chairs, steps, bed rails, spare pushchair and other childrens equpment in the villa.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Santiago de la Ribera, 18km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pools:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Cots (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ, Shared tennis court on site|
Further details indoors:
The well designed architecture of the villa with very high vaulted ceilings and marble floor make this a lovely cool house even in the height of summer, although for your added comfort and to cope with all seasons it is fully air conditioned and centrally heated.
French windows open up onto the patio and swimming pool from the living room and main bedroom
6 people can be accommodated in absolute comfort with a sofa bed allowing for some additional accommodation if required..
The beds in the spacious Main Bedroom can be zipped together to make a luxurious super king bed, which along with the en suite bathroom with a jacuzzi style bath and double sinks make this an enchanting bedroom. Other bedrooms have single beds, and all bedrooms have 2 bedside cabinets.
All bedrooms are fitted with full length wardrobes and mirrors.
TV (inc BBC, ITV ,Sky Sports,etc), DVD player (inc a selection of DVDs) and a CD radio are provided for your enjoyment. As is a music centre including an i-pod dock, and a USB connection for MP3 players.
Internet connection is available wirelessly.
All linen and towels (apart from beach) crockery and utensils necessary are provided.
Along with the pool fence and child locks there are also 2 travel cots and bedding, 2 high chairs, push chair,changing mat, potty, steps,bed rails etc that you need with young children. (including a selection of kids TV channels), all included in the rental price.
Safety equipment - fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarm are fitted as is a safe.
Further details outdoors:
The exterior is dominated by the private swimming pool surrounded by its fence (which is easily removable by an adult, if desired), and with Murcia claiming to be the home of the sun, the villa is fully equipped to enjoy living outdoors.
There are 3 French Windows from the living room and 2 from the Main Bedroom opening out to the pool area. All have been fitted with additional locks that can be used to stop little ones from wandering.
A large built in barbecue is located in the covered patio area as is a dining table and 6 chairs. Ceiling fans are fitted to this area to further add to your comfort. Plates and glasses are also available that are suitable for use outside.There are 6 sunloungers with plenty of room to lounge in the sun, and also a furnished sofa, chairs and coffee table.
The dining table and chairs or the furnished table and chairs can be easily moved from the shaded area to under the Pergola in the Patio area if desired.
The garden/ patio area is fully fenced in for additional privacy, and is fully tiled to maximise the useable area, giving young ones more space to run around in or older ones more flexibility in the positioning of their sunloungers. (Sometimes it's just too hot in the sun!)
Guests are also free to use the larger swimming pools situated by the apartment blocks.
There is a gym situated in the clubhouse and tennis courts beside the clubhouse.
The villa will be fully cleaned and prepared for your arrival.
The swimming pool is fully serviced all year round but it may be a bit cold to use in the winter months.
We have an English speaking keyholder available on site. There is also a phone line to the call centre for arranging golf etc. (Emergencies can happen).
Child equipment eg pushchair etc is also freely at your disposal.
A welcome pack is also available if required.
No smoking inside the villa, ashtrays are provided for smoking outside the villa.
A deposit of 25% is required to secure the booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before arrival date.
A refundable deposit of £200 is also payable to cover any breakages, damage or excess cleaning charges (eg barbecue cleaning)
Equipment is available for two small children if more required please enquire.
The Murcia region
The Murcia or Costa Calida (Warm Coast with more than 320 days of sunshine on average) region is one of the lesser known holiday regions of Spain (among the British), but the region is very popular with the Spanish people. The area is however becoming much more popular with its ease of access and the increasing number of people who prefer to sort their own holidays out. The climate here is excellent with temperatures in June - Sept averaging more than 21degC and even in winter the average never dips below 10 degC. In fact in the height of summer the temperature can reach higher than 30degC.
El Valle Golf resort is perfectly situated for exploring this varied region with its mile upon mile of coastline punctuated by sandy beaches, lively ports and fishing villlages. The Mar Menor provides shallow calm waters that are perfect for families, not forgeting the spas and thallassotherapy centres of the area. The coastline also provides some superb watersports, for example, jetskiing, sailing, windsurfing and diving activities (eg Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve is of special interest for divers). Or you can discover some of the real Spain and delve back into the history and culture, be it prehistoric (Cave Paintings in the North West), Roman (Cartagena Port of Cultures) or 16th century potteries in Totana.
You can also explore the architecture of the area by wandering through the medieval quarter of the Holy City of Caravaca de la Cruz or the varied period architecture of Murcia Cathedral (it did take nearly 400 years to build!).
If walking in cities is not your thing then there are numerous walks in National Parks and also the River Segura to explore.
There is also Terra Natura Water Park and Zoo for the young and not so young nearby at Murcia (10 mins away).
Or how about the Wine Route - The Jumilla vineyards in the North west of the region produce some exquisite wines. Having covered wine the next speciality of the region is food - especially the seafood, sweets and pastries and not forgetting Tapas, especially in Murcia city where going out for tapas is a real tradition.
Finally the golf courses - this area is fast becoming known as a mecca for Golf - there are many superb golf courses in the region - 50 scheduled to be open by 2010. As well as the Polaris courses, for example there is the nearby Mosa Trajectum and slightly further afield the famous La Manga courses.
Shopping - Both Murcia and Cartagena are major cities with all the shops that you could possibly want, and both have easily accessible out of town shopping centres with Hypermarkets as well as designer shops and Casinos if you are feeling lucky. There is also a large shopping centre at San Javier.
In summary there is something for everyone in the Region of Murcia.
The El Valle Golf Resort area
El Valle Golf Resort is the most prestigious of the Polaris World Resorts with a very low build density, comprising only 369 luxury villas and 319 luxury apartments in low rise blocks on an area of 1,100,00 sqm. It is a secure gated community with regular security patrols and Villa Franka is situated in a very quiet area. The resort is centred around a Jack Nicklaus design desert style golf course with plenty of sand (see the picture of the first hole) and encompassing a lot of the natural terrain. The course is 6185m off the whites and 5634m off the yellow tees, both at par 71. A hole by hole guide is available on the net.
There is also a newly opened (July 08) "Clubhouse" with shops, bars, restaraunts and a very well stocked supermarket. The clubhouse fits beautifully with the architecture and exclusivity of the resort having breathtaking views over the 18th green and golf course all the way down to the Mar Menor. A perfect place for a meal or a glass or two after a round or as the sun goes down.
Also situated in the clubhouse is a gym and a couple of computers with Internat access. Cycles are available for hire and there are Tennis courts beside the clubhouse.
There are numerous small parks with swings etc dotted around the resort, the nearest being 2-3 mins walk away. Regarding Golf at El Valle, residents are entitled to reduced green fees (currently 55 Eu) at El Valle and all the other Polaris resorts. and often there are special deals eg free buggies, meals or multiple round tickets - there are also futuristic Segways - adapted two wheeled scooters with a rack for your golf bag for hire - a challenge in itself!
All the Golf Courses are by Nicklaus design and are beautifully laid out making the most of the natural terrain.
El Valle itself is an extremely interesting strategic course with a beautiful mountain backdrop and many changes of elevation, well bunkered and with some well placed water hazards including a lake and stream coming into play on the 17th and 18th - watch your card! The greens are also something else!
There is a free shuttle bus linking all the Polaris sites to enable you to sample a wider range of facilities without driving. Facilities on Mar Menor Resort and LaTorre resort include an ESPA Spa centre at the Mar Menor and La Torre Intercontinental Hotels, plus a selection of restaurants, and the shuttle bus lets you enjoy them easily.
Approx 20 mins away is the resort of Los Alcazares (see the picture of the stunning beach) which has a very wide selection of international restaurants Chinese, Indian, Italian,seafood etc and bars and is also home to a weekly market. There are also many festivals in the region mostly celebrating religous or historical events including a Roman camp re-enactment in Cartagena. There are also Jazz festivals held throughout the year at various places with the biggest being The International Jazz Festival in Cartagena (November). There are even gastronomic festivals such as the Dia del Cadero in Los Alcazares in October. Local markets can be found at most of the local towns eg Los Alcazares - every Thursday. Full details of all these festivals and carnivals can be found on the Murcia Tourist Board website - there are literally too many to mention here!
How to get there
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El Valle is very easily reached from both Murcia Airport (San Javier) - approx 20km and Alicante Airport approx 45km. Both these airports are well served by all the low cost airlines. The soon to be opened Corvera airport will be about 10 - 15 minutes away.
Road links to El Valle are excellent with it being located just off the main San Javier to Murcia dual carriageway.
There are several hire car companies operating from San Javier and of course Alicante airports. "Carjet" being one of the companies that can be "googled" and used to arrange a hire car.
Activities near El Valle Golf Resort
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
16 Jan 2013
Booked this villa from Holiday Lettings, and all that was written in the advert was true plus much more, the villa was prefect for young children i have a 2 year old who is in to everything and also... more
29 Sep 2012
Villa Franka provides every thing you could possibly need for a self catering break.
It is extremely child friendly, our little 13 month old was able to toddle around inside and out without worrying about her, the safety fence around the pool was a god send!
The supermarket on site stocks a lot of essentials and is quite reasonably priced, but if you want to go to a bigger supermarket they are only about 20 minutes by car.
We had two meals at the club house on site, but both of which were pretty horrible, so I wouldn't recommend going there. You definitely need to hire a car to get around and the roads are pretty straightforward once you've got used to them.
There are plenty of things to do in the villa if you want to get out of the sun for a while, all the UK tv channels you could want, dvd's, stereo, games etc and if you want to use wifi you just have to buy a card from the supermarket.
I would definitely recommend this villa, it is a perfect child friendly villa and if you are happy to drive to all amenities/restaurants etc then this is perfect for you.
19 Sep 2012
We stayed for a week in this villa with our 1 year old son and our friends who also have a 1 year old. The houseowners are very helpfull and the house was indeed ready for two young kids with everything we could possibly need, two high chairs, travel cots, strollers, plastic cutlery, toys and most importantly a gate around the pool! For the adults the house offers plenty of luxury as well, with lovely bbq area, good beds, clean bathrooms, sky tv etc. Car is needed for the location, but once you have a car there is plenty to do and see in the region. The villa is on a quiet resort that is well kept. Only minor point I can think of is that you have to pay for interrnet, but can definitely recommend this villa!
Thanks for your feedback, it is very helpful to us - we aim to have free internet set up for the 2013 season.
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|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Christmas 12||16 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Jan, Feb, Mar 13||6 Jan 13||1 Apr 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Night|
|Easter 13||1 Apr 13||15 Apr 13||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Apr, May 13||15 Apr 13||3 Jun 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|June 13||3 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 600||-||-||5 Nights|
|July 13||1 Jul 13||28 Jul 13||£ 700||-||-||5 Nights|
|Aug 13||28 Jul 13||2 Sep 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Night|
|Sept 13||2 Sep 13||30 Sep 13||£ 700||-||-||5 Nights|
|Oct13||30 Sep 13||27 Oct 13||£ 550||-||-||1 Night|
|Nov, Dec 13||27 Oct 13||22 Dec 13||£ 450||-||-||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
NOTE - Additional compulsory cleaning charge of 100Eu. This is paid locally.
Mid stay cleans for periods of more than 1 week, if required, must be paid locally at 55Eu
Meet and greets can be arranged at resort, or airport, as can airport pick ups.( Additional charges apply for these last two services)
Alternative arrangements can be made to collect a key and full guest information is located in the villa.
Contact owner for nightly and weekend rates
£250 refundable security bond payable with final installment. This will be returned as soon as we have confirmation from our on site key holder.
25% of booking cost to secure booking, balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival date.
Welcome packs can be organised - cost dependant on requirements and paid locally (usually 15 Eu)
Full use of child / baby equipment included.
Additional costs if more than 6 people - please enquire
Payment by Bank Transfer, cheque, or if you prefer via Paypal ( small additional charge to cover paypal charges).
Cancellation charges will apply if less than 8 weeks notice from agreed arrival date.Enquire now
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