Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Casa Lovina is ideal as a luxury holiday home for a family or groups of friends. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the most prestigious and sought-after areas of Javea, it is nevertheless only a five-minute walk from banks and restaurants, pharmacy, and a superbly-equipped seven-day English-run supermarket. And it is only fifteen minutes’ walk (five minutes by car) down a quiet country lane to the long, wide and sandy beach at Arenal (see photo), the low-rise resort area of Javea, and the coves of the Cala Blanca. A further half-hour’s walking brings you through cliff-top pine-forest to a spectacular view-point (see photo) looking out to sea past Cap Marti and the island of Portichol, and the idyllic pebbled cove of Portichol itself.
Casa Lovina is very private, located in a quiet, beautifully green locality full of cypress, palm and pine trees. It is set in lavish grounds enclosed by fully-grown hedges with large areas of shaded and immaculately-kept lawn, ideal for families and children. The garden is well-developed with mature palm trees, mimosa, fruit and fir trees, and filled out with oleander and hibiscus bushes and attractive rock-edged corners arranged with plants and flowers. The 10m x 4m pool has roman steps and wide natural stone surrounds with loungers and garden furniture and an attractive rock-garden with a waterfall feature at one end. There is also a BBQ area with a fixed table and seating and traditional Moorish-style mosaic tiling.
Inside, with its tosca-stone arches and beamed ceilings, Casa Lovina is spacious and beautifully furnished in colonial style, with chests and cupboards, Persian carpets, woven hangings, paintings, ceramic vases and handicrafts from the Far East and East Africa. The living area comprises a large L-shaped living-room/dining-room with tosca-stone fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, utility area, three bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite). There is also a large covered south-facing terrace at the front of the house, ideal for al fresco dining, and a back terrace and roof terrace.
Facilities include satellite TV with a wide choice of English channels, DVD player, and a built-in log stove and full central-heating for the winter months.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arenal 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alicante 90 km, Nearest railway: Gato de Gorgos 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Casa Lovina comprises a large living-room/dining room with log stove, sofa and easy chairs, a large six-seater dining table, sideboard, chests and cupboards; kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine; utility area; hall; 3 bedrooms, all with fan, wooden shutters, mosquito netting and ample wardrobe space, one with double-bed, others with twin beds; 2 bathrooms (one en suite). The house is centrally heated throughout.
|Further details outdoors||
These consist of a large covered terrace with table and seating for six; spacious mature gardens with trees and large lawned areas; a 10m x 4m pool with roman steps, rock-garden and waterfall feature, floodlights, shower, broad stone-tile surrounds with loungers and other garden furniture; driveway. The gardens and pool are continuously maintained. There is an automatic irrigation system (operating at night).
There is secure driveway parking within the property.
Local hire-car at competitive rates can be arranged.
Through the summer months, a public bus service connects from a point 3 minutes from the house to the Arenal Beach and Javea shopping areas.
The rental charges include cleaning prior to arrival, and electricity and water charges in the summer months. For winter lets tenants are responsible for paying electricity and heating costs. Linen and towels are provided, but visitors are asked to bring their own beach towels. A welcome pack is included. Books, brochures and maps with useful information on Javea and the surrounding area are available in the villa for reference.
The Costa Blanca/Valencia region
The area around Javea, known as the Marina Alta, deservedly famous for its verdant mountain terrain and its dramatic coastline, is considered to be the most attractive in all the Costa Blanca. Free of the high-rise high-density tourist centres in the more arid areas further south, it has been voted ‘environmentally near perfect’ by the World Health Organization.
Within an hour’s drive of Javea there is much to see in all directions. North out of the town, the coast road twists up the lower slopes of the Montgo mountain and then drops down to the coastal town of Denia ten kilometres away. The centre of the town, in the shadow of the hilltop castle, is a collection of small plazas and pedestrian walk-ways full of sophisticated shops and dominated by Valenciano-style architecture with attractive house-fronts painted in a variety of pastel colours. The main street, Marques de Campo, is lined with sidewalk cafes and shaded by tall plane trees, and has a charming French feel to it.
Beyond Denia the coast flattens out and there is a superb stretch of continuous sandy beach stretching for miles towards the towns of Oliva and Gandia to the north. This area is a favourite for families enjoying a day by the sea as well as fly-surfers and surf-boarders on more windy days. Inland, at El Verger in the Pego valley, is the region’s one safari park, and beyond the Parque Natural de la Albufera is a breeding ground and sanctuary for many kinds of migrating and indigenous birds. Albufera is also the birthplace of paella.
Ten miles north of Albufera, an hour from Javea on the A-7 motorway, lies the city of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest, with its ancient buildings, museums, book shops, cafes and wonderfully-equipped department stores, and of course its internationally famous Arts and Science theme park.
To the south of Javea, beyond the quiet but increasingly fashionable seaside resort of Moraira and town of Calpe with its Gibraltar-like rock, Penon de Ifach, protruding like a giant molar from the sea, is Alicante, the second city of the Valencia region. A bustling and fast-growing commercial as well as tourist centre, Alicante is well-worth a visit with the labrythine streets of its old quarter huddled under the 16th-century Castillo de Santa Barbara overlooking the city. A two-carriage passenger train known as the Lemon Express plies between Denia and Alicante and the railway line, with its bridges and tunnels and explosive sea and mountain views, offers a unique way of travelling along this scenic stretch of coastline.
Between Valencia and Alicante, reaching inland in a great arc behind Javea, the mountain country rises out of lush green river-fed valleys through terraces of olive and almond to lines of rugged peaks and crags piercing the skyline. Within this vast and unspoilt hinterland there are many places to visit. Among them, the valleys of Jalon and Orba and Ebo make an interesting day out from Javea. Both are sprinkled with attractive villages, many of Moorish origin, which retain to this day their original character and charm. One of the most popular haunts for visitors to Javea is the old Muslim settlement of Guadalest in the Sierra de Aitana east of Calpe, with its historic Castillo de San Jose, reached by a natural tunnel and perched on a pinnacle high above the waters of the beautiful Embalsa de Guadelest.
There are three main areas to Javea: the old town on the lower slopes of the Montgo mountain with its narrow picturesque streets, its fourteenth-century church and its covered market; the port (see photo) tucked against the cliffs of San Antonio with its lively fresh-fish market and its mix of fishing vessels and luxury yachts in the neighbouring marina, and its waterside cafés, bars and restaurants; and the beach area, known as the Arenal, with its excellent sandy blue-flag beach fringed with palms and backed by a wide promenade lined with shops, local and international restaurants, bars, discos and open-air stalls, all of which help to keep it alive and buzzing till late into the night at all times of the year. The atmosphere of the Arenal is truly a cosmopolitan mix, with residents and holidaymakers from northern Europe mixing with visitors from Madrid and Valencia in the summer and on weekends.
Boasting more than three-hundred-and-twenty days of sunshine a year, Javea’s climate is excellent. Sheltered from continental winds by the Montgo mountain, winters are mild; and summers are freshened by cool breezes off the Mediterranean.
Thanks to its colourful Moorish past, there are many fiestas in Javea throughout the year. Most notable are the Fogueres de Sant Joan in mid-June, the spectacular Moors and Christians parades in July, and the main Javea fiesta held in honour of the Virgen del Loreto in early September when the streets of the town are full of running bulls, firecrackers, bands and parades. All fiestas are highlighted by brilliant firework displays in the port area in the evenings.
Taking in the port and the beach and old town areas, the shopping in Javea is extensive and ranges from open-air markets selling antiques and handicrafts and fashion goods, as well as fresh local produce of all kinds, to sophisticated designer shops, art galleries and boutiques. There are also a good number of supermarkets, fully stocked with a complete selection of fresh produce and as well as a large range of international products.
Outdoor activities abound around Javea. Water sports, fishing trips, sea excursions, tennis, go-carting, cycling and horse-riding are all readily available locally. The climate and the crystal-clear waters off the coast make the area excellent for scuba-diving and snorkelling, with the limestone rock of the shoreline offering many subterranean arches, walls and caves to explore. For walking enthusiasts there are countless areas to head for – not only the dramatic Costa-Blanca coastline with its stunning pine-topped cliffs and its hidden bays and coves shimmering with clear, emerald-green water, but also the inland mountain areas, crossed with exciting trails and paths, many of them dating back to Moorish times. Perhaps the most enticing walking country of all is the slopes of the Montgo mountain at Javea’s very back door. The Montgo is 2400 ft high, and its peaks and dramatic summit spine command breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding country and coastline, and on clear days of the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Formentera in the distance.
There are five golf courses – some championship – within half an hour’s drive of Casa Lovina. Many have excellent facilities, most of which are available to non-members. Club de Golf La Sella, set in a valley close to the western wall of the Montgo, is perhaps the best known.
Reference books, brochures and maps with more detailed information on Javea and all the surrounding areas described above are provided in the villa.
The Javea Tourist Offices in the Avenida del Pla behind the Arenal and in the port area are also useful sources of information on all aspects of life in and around the town.