Casa Alexandra is located on the outskirts of one of Spain's hidden gems; the beautiful historic town of Xativa, once the capital of Valencia and the birthplace of the Borgias.
The town offers an excellent choice of restaurants and cafés complemented by a variety of smart modern shops, beautiful architecture and tree lined avenues. The old town is a sight seeing delight; from the splendid cathedral and medieval castle which sits high on a mountain overlooking the town, to a local market twice weekly and a nightlife that buzzes with friendly family atmosphere on the weekends.
On the doorstep of the villa there are several scenic walks with lovely mountain views, Bixquert tennis club with a bar and restaurant as well as the luxury of being well connected by the towns excellent
railway station which provides only a 40 minutes journey to Valencia. And if it's a beach you are after, then a 30
minute car ride takes you to the gorgeous sands of Travernes or Gandia.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Nearest beach||Gandia 20 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Valencia 75 km, Nearest railway: Xativa 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (4), Single Beds (3), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Casa Alexandra is set over two levels, this spacious villa boasts 4 double bedrooms two with en suite, a further family shower room, ample dining area and a fully equipped kitchen ready to provide al fresco dining in a relaxing rural setting.
The main indoor living space features a large bright family room with double doors opening onto a balcony all tastefully decorated and furnished. With enough seating for a number of people, two very large comfortable settees and an armchair complement a matching coffee table, cabinet and Tv stand upon which a sits a 40inch flat screen with access to British Freeview.
The dining and kitchen area gives a spacious open plan feeling. The dining table seats 8 to 10 people overlooked by a kitchen that generously comprises all major appliances including a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, oven and hob as well as all the cutlery you will need.
With a beautiful and incredible retro 70's suite including a super king size bed, wardrobe and dressing table, bedroom 1 also contains a separate single bed, en suite bathroom and private entrance to the property grounds. There is also a ceiling fan, and being on the ground floor the room is easier to keep cool during hot nights. It also provides extra privacy from the main areas upstairs making it ideal for those within the group to find a little peace and quiet.
Upstairs, bedroom 2 has a spacious feel, comprising a queen size iron frame bed, tastefully fitted wardrobe with bedside tables a chest of draws and an ensuite toilet with shower room.
Across the hallway bedroom 3 finds itself with a built-in wardrobe fitted cupboards and queen size bed.
Right next door, bedroom 4 is perfect for the kids or those who don't mind sharing. A fitted wardrobe, chest of draws and bedside table provide storage with 1 standard double and 2 single beds in bunk bed form occupying the main floor space - all decorated in a relaxing colour.
Each of the upstairs bedrooms house remote control air conditioning units to keep you cool, as well as an outside blind, easily pulled down and perfect for those who wish to sleep in!
|Further details outdoors|
Heading to the rear of the Villa is the conservatory or games room, where not only will you find a huge array of holiday reading material but also some very comfortable wicker furniture that can be taken outside as well as our pool & snooker table that brilliantly flips over into air hockey. Needless to say this is great entertainment for the whole family.
Large sliding double doors then open out onto the patio and garden area.
Perfect for al fresco dining, surrounded by mountains and looking out onto a lovely landscaped garden that is just great for kids, the exterior of the property features a well maintained 10 x 5 metre swimming pool as its centrepiece along with a barbecue and all the outdoor furniture one would expect for a group of up to 10 people.
In addition to this we have a full size table tennis table complete with four bats and loads of spare balls, this and a huge selection of DVD's is just perfect to keep everyone entertained.
The city is wonderful and offers so much to see and do. What first strikes you is the relaxed atmosphere of the people, compared with the hustle and bustle of Madrid. Valencians seem to make the most out of every second of the day, perhaps this is a side-effect from living so close to the beach, or generally the Spanish way of life, but I feel this laidback lifestyle is particularly special in Valencia as the city and people pull off an elegance and refinement unlike any other urban seaside destination.
There is a huge mix of styles and designs, a surprise around every corner ranging from the medieval buildings of the centre and the Baroque mansions and palaces around Gran Via to the modernist train station and markets and, of course, the stunning avant-garde structures of the City of Arts and Sciences and the America’s Cup Pavilion.
Obviously the warm climate and sea breeze is a lovely change to a standard British summer! It is a treat to spend the weekend on Malvarrosa beach soaking up the holiday atmosphere, as well as a few rays!
Xativa is a beautiful, lively town of approx 30,000 inhabitants, the old capital of the Valencia Region. We had never heard of the town until my sister came to live here, she originally intended to make her home in Denia, but was persuaded to have a look further inland and discovered this hidden gem, we came out for a visit and immediately fell in love with the place.
The Town, originally Roman, was founded because of it’s unlimited supply of fresh water which is provided by natural springs, you will often see people filling their water bottles from one of the many fountains. The historic old town is fascinating, particularly the castle ruins which is serviced by an excellent tour. From the beautiful Basilica houses to some of the effigies that are paraded through the town on Good Friday, something not to be missed. At Christmas the tree and Nativity Garden stand for the 12 days and are never vandalised, something that would be a miracle in the U.K, the festivities conclude on the 6th Jan with the festival of the Three Kings, a lovely festival for the children. Then, in March is the Spectacular Fire Festival, when the most incredible paper mache effigies are built and then burnt, all this in the middle of a busy town.
On summer evenings the atmosphere is one of family and community, people of all ages out until very late enjoying life, certainly the older residents of Xativa are not worried about strolling around the town at midnight.
The surrounding countryside is very green, the mountains offer a a breathtaking backdrop to the orange and olive groves which are abundant here. There are lovely walks through quiet areas and rivers full of fish. Birdlife is varied and some are very pretty, a visiting friend, counted 22 different species in one morning while sitting in our garden. All this and only 30 mins drive from the sea. I could go on about the place forever, but don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed.