Simmons Raffo Villa
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This gorgeous villa is situated on a private road close to the village of Valverde, an easy, twenty minute drive south by car or taxi from Alicante airport and only ten minutes from the nearest beach at the seaside town of Santa Pola - the minute we walked through the villa gates, we fell in love with the sense of peace and spaciousness of both the house and the garden and everyone who has visited it, has felt the same way.
One of the things that attracted us to this part of the Costa Blanca is that visitors to the area are mainly Spanish - more paella than fish and chips and the coast offers miles of beautiful, sandy beaches, yet both Elche and Alicante are close enough for an evening in the city.
The villa has been renovated over the last eleven years to provide a very high standard of accomodation and is just as perfect for a couple as it is for a family. With garden walks, a boule court, plenty of space for just being quiet and excellent space for al fresco dining, it will surprise and entrance you from the moment that you arrive.
We now have a brand new 40" Smart TV, FreeSat HD TV (BBC, Channel 4 and ITV HD channels), Wireless Broadband Internet connectivity, DVD player (and a big pile of DVD's), iPhone or iPod player and loads of music CD's for your pleasure.
It is perfectly possible to spend a week in the villa and not feel bored - sunbathing by the large, private pool, relaxing in the shade under the palm trees in the garden, or, as the sun sets, walking the gravel paths through the orange, lemon and pomegranate groves that surround the villa.
However, if you like to go out, the surrounding endless sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca, the old towns in Alicante and Elche, the Moors and Christian Fiestas with their colour and passion and the warmth of a summers evening in a bar or restaurant are not to be missed.
We hope that you too will enjoy your stay and feel the benefit of a well deserved holiday because of the care and attention that we have brought to our villa.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Santa Pola 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alicante 13 km, Nearest railway: Alicante 20 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, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
INSIDE: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (one is ensuite), large kitchen, dining room, lounge and utility room,
The VILLA has a lovely rustic feel and is decorated and furnished to a standard of comfort that we believe will offer you all that you need for a really wonderful holiday.
DOWNSTAIRS is completely open plan with airy, cool places to escape the noon-day sun. The accommodation comprises:-
• A lovely large lounge with large, comfortable leather sofas, a bar and a wood burning stove (for winter visitors);
• Satellite Television with BBC, Channel 4 and ITV HD;
• A dining room with traditional furniture for indoor dining on chillier evenings;
• A fully equipped kitchen with high quality appliances and every gadget you can think of;
• A shower room with sink and toilet;
• A large naya and a terrace surrounding three of the villa's four sides.
UPSTAIRS – there are four air conditioned bedrooms and two bathrooms
The accommodation comprises:-
• A gorgeous master bedroom with French doors opening onto the large balcony from which you can see the large gardens, the surrounding countryside and mountains and get a peak at the sea;
• An ensuite bathroom room and walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom;
• A delightful smaller double bedroom with doors opening onto the external balcony;
• Two simply furnished twin bedded rooms;
• A large newly re-furbished main bathroom;
• A utility room with washing machine and other equipment.
|Further details outdoors|
The villa is set in the middle of 1500 sq metres of land which has developed into a lovely garden with well established palm trees, almond trees, lemon and orange trees,bougainvillea and other bushes and lawns.
In it, you will enjoy:-
• Ancient palm trees
• Two lawned areas (unusual in Spain)
• Flower beds which include bougainvillea, roses, geraniums, hibiscus, honeysuckle as well as cacti and other flowering shrubs;
• Depending on the time of year that you visit, you will be able to pick dates, oranges, lemons, figs, pomegranates and almonds from our own trees;
• There are two barbecues to choose from, one on each side of the villa, a gazebo to eat lunch under and a path around the garden for an evening stroll;
• Plenty of places to relax, hide away, read a book, commune with nature or socialise with your friends and family under palm trees or on the terrace.
THE LARGE PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL is 5x10 meters.
The pool is close to the house with full screening which allows discrete sunbathing. There are tiles surrounding the pool area and a small arbour providing shade as well as a picnic area with table and chairs. There is also a shower by the side of the pool.
At night, you can sit with a long cool drink and then, as dusk settles, swim with the pool lights on and gaze up at the stars!
We prefer our guests to come from Saturday to Saturday
The Valenciana region
Alicante is a mediterranean city on the east coast of Spain, the capital of the Province of Alicante in the south of the Valencian Community and set in the middle of the Costa Blanca. It is also a historic Mediterranean port with a population of 334,418 in 2010, ranking as the second-largest Valencian city. Including nearby municipalities, the Alicante conurbation was populated by 458,843 residents and the population of the metropolitan area (including Elche and satellite towns) was 769,284, ranking as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain.
Santa Pola is a small fishing and holiday town that lies just twenty kilometres south of Alicante and is very easily reachable either by car on the National highway N-332 or by air when landing at the El Altet Airport just 15 kilometres away. It is more paella than fish and chips with a mainly spanish population that grows in size in the summer with many visitors from Madrid.
Santa Pola quickly takes you back to Roman times. It was here where the Portus Illicitanus, the Roman ruins, were found. The Roman House of the Palmeral which was built during the Low Imperial and the Roman factory for pickling and salting fish from the 4th century BC are also clear signs of this era.
It was the most prosperous fishing village on the Costa Blanca and still lands some of the biggest Spanish fish catches, but today this has been somewhat overtaken by tourism. The harbour offers a wonderful venue for an evening visit with fresh fish to buy, multiple restaurants and an evening drink and stroll along the harbour and sea front.
Santa Pola is built around the Renaissance Castle-Fortress built in the 16th century to defend the town from pirate attacks. This building is found in the city centre and has a military appearance with a wonderful calm square at its centre.
It houses the magnificent Archaeological Museum where you can feast your eyes and admire Iberian and Roman findings. Along with this, the Fishing Museum with a rich selection of maritime objects and a fascinating aquarium
There is a Safari Park in walking distance to the Villa in Valverde which has a children's park, playing area and a go-kart track. Before you enter the Safari Park there is a small cafe which serves egg and bacon to die for and another restaurant further along the lane that borders the Park.
If you can bear to tear yourselves away from the pool, there are some very nice sandy town beaches in Santa Pola itself and the beach at Playa Lissa has some great bars and restaurants where you can eat and watch the young guns windsurf and kitesurf. At the far end of Playa Lissa (to the right as you look at the sea) is a place to hire and learn windsurfing and kitesurfing but park before you leave the tarmaced road. Similarly, there are wonderful beaches at about five kilometres to the east of Santa Pola (including the magnificent Carabassie Beach) below Gran Alcant, including a naturist section for those wishing for nude swimming and sunbathing.
There are really lovely sandy beaches set in pine forests if you go south to La Marina and Guardamar and beyond. Here are the beaches of El Pinet, Les Pesqueres, La Marina and El Rebollo, where clear waters and fine sand provide excellent swimming, which can be combined with pleasant strolls among the pine groves flanking the beach. As you make your way across the salt water lakes, notice the beautiful pink flamingos to the right.
Guardamar harbour also does boat trips and has a Sunday market.
The Nature Reserves - The villa is within ten minutes drive of two nature reserves - the salt lake nature reserve and the palm tree reserve. This area offers a marvellous landscape with a very special ecosystem at the lagoon of El Fondo.
Inland from Santa Pola is the small city of Elche - you will know immediately that you are coming close because all the roads leading to Elche are lined with palm trees and there are a lot of signs proudly announcing that this city was named part of the World Heritage in 2001 for its Palmeral, the “Huerto del Cura” and for its Mistery Festival which takes place over two evenings in August.
Ever since Iberian times, Elche was an important centre of civilization as we can clearly see with the impressive statue of the Dama de Elche ( The Elche Lady ) which was discovered in 1897 and is now found in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid.
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24 Jul 2014
This is our second visit to the villa and once again not disappointed in any way. We took three teenage children and an 18 month old baby girl. The house itself has lots of space, very cool downstairs and aircon upstairs and very very well kitted out, we wanted for nothing the whole two weeks. The outside has the pool (grandaugher loved it, we all did) and huge garden area with palm trees for shade when needed. The pool is well maintained always very clean, outside shower, sitting area and ample sun beds. The garden has a large grass area and a further landscaped section with olive, lemon and fig trees and all well maintained. There are two outside BBQ's, covered area's for eating outside and a garage to keep the car cool. We spent many a full day at the home, relaxing, swimming and enjoying the warm evenings sat outside. You do need a car, its only 15 mins from the airport (but not under flight path) and about the same to Santa Pola where there are nice beaches, restaurants and some shopping. We love the area, it's not in a "tourist trap" lots of locals/Spanish holiday in the area, eating out was very reasonable and we thought food and drink from the supermarkets were cheaper than home. The Rio Safari zoo is a ten minute walk away, (though you wouldn't know it from the home) the grandaugher loved to see the flamingo's and Peacocks at the entrance when we walked down before it opened. Tip if you want to go we went at 1030 when it opened stayed till lunch time came home for the afternoon and went back at 5 till 7pm when it was cooler, the shows were almost empty and the animals a lot more active than the height of the day. We would certainly have no hesitation in going back again, if you are looking for somewhere to relax, in comfort and quality away from a town or lots of other people this is the place to go.
22 Apr 2014
"Wonderful villa - certainly recommended!"
We absolutely love this villa. This is our second time - and it is truly a home from home. Our daughter loves that fact that we can walk to the zoo. It is ideally located for Santa Pola, but nicely away from all the mayhem of the town center. The villa is a traditional Spanish style, which is tastefully furnished and the gardens are lush and mature. We had a great time, and would highly recommend Simmons Raffo villa!
16 Oct 2013
"Would highly recommend to everyone"
A beautiful property set in a peaceful location, what more could we want. We didn't want for anything during our stay apparent from food (although the welcome basket kept us going) and with the supermarket only a short drive away this was not a stress. I stayed with my husband and 1 year old and also my parents, there was ample space for us all. There is always a part of the outside terrace in the shade and in the sun so it suited us all. We enjoyed walking through the garden and our little girl enjoyed smelling the oranges and lemons. We eat our dinners in different locations outside as all areas were lit and felt safe and cosy. The local village is lovely and the shop has a bakery and butcher if you didn't want to drive into santa Pola. We loved Santa Pola and enjoyed the restaurants and beaches, it was very clean and just had a good atmosphere about it. We will defiantly be looking to stay again in the near future and would recommend to anyone.
2 Aug 2013
The villa was lovely, the directions the owner gave us were excellent and
Allowed us to find it easily.
Welcome package excellent and the pool fantastic!
The beaches not so close and not too good in Santa Pola but the pool makes up for it.
Very nice stay
I agree about the beaches in Santa Pola - fortunately there is the fantastic beach below Gran Alcant at around 8km called the Carabassi Beach and further south at 10km there are several wonderful beaches set amongst pine forests at La Marina.
9 Jun 2013
"Fabulous villa - faultless - perfect holiday"
It is rare that reality of a villa in Spain lives up to the photos on the website but this one certainly did. Absolutely stunning beautiful gardens (and SO peaceful), amazingly large and well situate… More
9 Apr 2013
"Beautiful Villa in Great Location"
Not a stereotypical Spanish new-build villa. Classy authentic villa with lovely large gardens in a great location walking distance from the Safari Zoo. I would recommend this to anyone looking for fiv… More
7 Nov 2012
"Lovely house and garden - a great place to relax"
My wife and I stayed here in the first week of September. This is a great time to visit the Alicante area and this is the perfect place to stay. The villa is spacious and well appointed sitting in beautiful gardens with a lovely pool. The things I liked best about my holiday here were: leisurely breakfasts on the back terrace in the morning sunshine; relaxing in the shade on the balcony overlooking the garden reading and keeping up with emails; barbeques and candlelit suppers in the evening.
8 Oct 2012
"Authentically Spanish, comfortable and roomy villa with stunning gardens and gorgeous pool"
There were 6 of us and the villa met our needs really well. The gardens, fantastic pool and the house afforded us all plenty of space to be together or separate according to what we felt like doing. The villa is in traditional 'finca' style, cool and roomy with a superb kitchen and lovely open plan dining and sitting areas. Bedrooms are comfortable with lovely views from the huge balcony of the master bedroom toward the sea. Just 10 minutes drive from the villa Santa Pola is a lively town with a working harbour and some fantastic bars and restaurants. There was a festival while we were there and we were treated to wonderful Spanish 'street food', fireworks and the extraordinary pageants that go on into the early hours. Some of our party were 'beach fiends' and spent most of their time at Gran Alcant, one of several glorious beaches about 20 minutes drive from the villa. We enjoyed day trips to Alicante (check out the wonderful contemporary art museum), the amazing Palmery at Elche and the historic castles in the area before returning 'home' to barbecue freshly caught dorada from the Santa Pola fish market. There is so much to see and do locally but also the villa is so peaceful this is a perfect place to gather together and simply relax. We all had a great time, I highly recommend it!
26 Aug 2012
"The Simmons Raffo Villa was a holiday letting which lived up to all our expectations."
The villa is as good in reality as it looks in the photographs. It was more than adequate for our two families - eight adults in total. We were delighted to receive a welcome basket which contained enough food to provide our first meal (bread, olives, wine etc) and this meant that we could have a quick swim before setting off to the local supermarket for provisions. We found that the shop in Valverde catered for most of our culinary needs (the bikes were well used for this purpose).
We all loved the pool which was warm and clean. There were ample sunbeds and picnic areas in the substantial grounds. It was also great to have English TV for the duration of the Olympics.
It was fun to explore the area (you would not guess that you are only 20 minutes from an airport). We found some great beaches and towns. This is not a tourist area though, in the main, and some knowledge of the Spanish language is vital in my opinion.
The restaurants in the old town of Alicante were excellent as were the two in Valverde. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday market in Santa Pola.
I would recommend speaking with Michael or Julia if you are considering renting this villa. They are passionate about the place and are genuinely interested in their guests enjoying it as much as they do.
22 Aug 2012
"Perfect family Villa for all ages,"
We have just returned from a week at this lovely Villa, it really felt like home from home, lots of kitchen equipment, dvds, books and games. we were a group of 8 from 16 -80 and the fabulous gardens meant peace and quite for the grandparents, whilst the teenagers messed about in the pool all day long. It was ideal for us to enjoy a week and not feel under each others feet too much. We fully intended heading into Santa Pola (where we last visited some 23 years ago!) to eat, but were so happy at the villa we just shopped and stayed in. On our final morning we headed into town and enjoyed coffee and churros in the main square and then drove to Elche to stay overnight before heading back to the airport, a lovely way to extend our break.
We all came home feeling refreshed and thinking of how much we would love to return again. Having stayed at a few Holiday Lettings villa's in the past few years, I can honestly say this one was one of the best, and felt like a bit of home in the sun.
We arrived to a lovely basket of food, and there was plenty of loo rolls, kitchen rolls, salt, pepper, oils, herbs etc for cooking which we happily replenished.
Elche is a delightful city, the big fiesta was on whilst we were there and the fireworks went on all week, but not very late and it added to our party atmosphere as we sat by the BBQ eating, drinking and taking late night swims.
I am not sure about taking very young children as the pool has steps and edges to the path surrounding it which could be dangerous, but as long as people are aware of this before they book.
We completely agree about the importance of making sure young children are safe near the pool and should never be left alone without supervision - thanks for the reminder.
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