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This is a really lovely property. There are views to the coast from the terrace, and bedrooms, while the garden and pool are secluded and surrounded by greenery. The pool is a good size for swimming. The large wraparound veranda gives several places to relax, eat or barbecue sheltered from the sun (or rain).
Inside it is equally comfortable. It’s been completely renovated recently to a very high standard and is immaculate. The kitchen is very generously equipped and it’s the perfect place to cook and enjoy good food and company. TV, audio and wifi services are also high-quality and the aircon in the bedrooms efficient.
Mark and Marcello are excellent hosts. They were generous and attentive, yet unobtrusive. They have equipped the villa with extras like an array of herbs and spices, swimming pool toys and beach umbrellas.
The villa is about 15 minutes from Oliva – a pleasant town with all the local facilities you need. It’s the same distance to glorious sandy beaches. Those near the town probably get busy in high season but it’s easy to drive to quieter ones where there is low-rise development and a strip of protected sand-dunes. If you drive south of Denia (about 40 minutes) there are rocky coves and opportunities for snorkelling.
We particularly like being able to walk in the hills from the villa – there are two waymarked routes from the end of the road that take you to fabulous viewpoints. There’s an extensive network of paths nearby although we didn’t manage to find a good map locally.
For sightseeing, there are castles at Xativa and Denia and the Ducal Palace at Gandia. We started our holiday with a couple of days in Valencia – it’s a wonderful city and a day trip would be possible from the villa.
Are there any downsides? We couldn’t think of any. There are a number of steps from the road to the property which may be an issue for some people.
If you would like a stylish, elegant villa with excellent facilities and in easy reach of the coast and places to visit you couldn’t go wrong.