House near Xativa, Valencia, Spain - Very private rural location but close to village. Beach 35 minutes. 100% positive reviews.
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About David Millen
Retired early while I still had my sanity and could enjoy good food, sunshine and a less regimented existence.
David Millen purchased this Villa in 2003
Why David Millen chose Barxeta
Easy access by motorway and train to two international airports doesn't often come together with an "away from it all" feeling, but that's what we found here. It took a while to realise that we also had a generous helping of the great outdoors, excellent restaurants, shopping and Mediterranean beaches, even closer than the two airports. A mixture of careful research and just plain luck, but no complaints!
What makes this Villa unique
A lot of large rental properties consist of a big house on a postage-stamp garden. Not this one - you can't see into the house or garden from any other property, and the pool area can't be seen even from the house itself. You can park a fleet of cars here if you're so minded.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
! We want you to have a great time here, so if at any time there’s something you think is not right, or could be improved, please say so immediately – don’t wait until you get home and then tell all your friends how terrible it was because the gardener made too much noise/the cleaner missed the dust on top of the light switch/there was a spider in the pool. Children are hugely welcome here and indeed it’s a fabulous place for them. It is not, however, a cotton-wool-wrapped kindergarten; it’s a rural environment and there are things for them (and adults) to fall over/into/off. Please be alert to the dangers. In particular, the pool is not visible from the house, and also there are numerous walls and terraces and irrigation channels which children love to climb onto or into with potentially unpleasant consequences.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Barxeta one week holiday
Our family of 3 adults and 5 kids rented this property in the end of July.
Our host David met us at villa with his extremely friendly dogs and gave us a quick tour around his villa and beautiful and spacious garden, full of nice surprises which makes it very interesting for kids.
Swimming pool is big enough for swimming, has areas for sunbathing and table with tent above, so you can sit at pool in the shade.
Villa itself is very spacious with lots of trees and plants outside as well as it has nice patio with plants inside. There was enough space for our big family.
Location of villa is not very far from Xativa where you can find many interesting historical places as well as city center offers a lot of small restaurants with delicious food.
Our holiday at the Villa was great and kids enjoyed it a lot.
Great family, perfect guests. Thank you for the positive comments, Aleksej, and you´re welcome back any time!
Superb Family Villa
Great place for a family holiday. David was a great host, couldn’t have been more helpful.
Beautiful, comfortable, spacious
We rented David's home for a week over Christmas. It was an important event for our family, with three generations coming together from different parts of the world. Communication with David was easy (and enjoyable!) with all queries answered promptly. We were thrilled to arrive to a welcoming, well-appointed, beautiful home set in lovely grounds. The house was a perfect fit for us all, with plenty of room to be together or to have our own space, as the mood took us. At the front gate there are walking tracks into the hills and nearby orange groves so each day we ventured out for an hour or so. The rest of the time was spent playing games, reading, cooking, eating and chatting. It was the holiday we'd hoped for. David was a terrific host and we look forward to our next visit, perhaps in warmer weather to take advantage of the beautiful pool.
Thank you Klay. It's a pleasure to have guests who immediately fit into their surroundings, are straightforward to deal with, and who simply get on with the business of enjoying themselves. You'll be welcome back, any time.
Lovely villa with beautiful pool
We hace just returned from a fabulous holiday in Xativa. We arrived quite late but David was there to meet us and show us round. Throughout the holiday if we needed anything, David was more than happy to offer help or advice, whether it be booking tickets or directions into Valencia. Although there is only air conditioning in the upstairs room, the villa is very cool and there was plenty of space for both families (we were 4 adults and 4 children). We visited the castle in Xativa, which is well worth a visit, and David's recommendation for lunch in the restaurant Terassa Sant Josep went down a treat, the food was delicious and the view of the castle is fabulous! The villa itself is quirky but comfortable. The children loved the resident terrapin and David's dogs who are very friendly! We found driving around Xativa very easy and shopped at the Mercadona supermarket (and validated the parking ticket for free parking) and Aldi. Both were very reasonable and had everything we needed. The Bioparc and the aquarium in Valencia are definitely worth a visit, as is the Cathedral. We also visited the shopping centre Plaza Major which was good for the children as there was a little play area right next to some bars cafes and restaurants. We felt very comfortable and well looked after for the entire trip and can't thank David enough for his hospitality!
Absolute pleasure to have you all here at Finca Casablanca - "quirky" in the sense that it's not a mass-produced hotel or apartment complex, it's just a large family home and I'm glad it felt like that for you. The dogs, by the way, seemed to think the kids were great, though I should point out that they (the dogs) are not in residence while the villa is rented, they just sometimes visit dog-friendly families!
You're welcome back any time you like.
Large, spacious and well equipped
Expansive, well-equipped family-friendly villa in lovely surroundings. Plenty of space, good-sized pool and "away from it all" feeling, despite being under an hour to Valencia and 20 minutes from Xativa.
David was a generous host- with advice and guidance on the local sites, things to do and restaurant recommendations.
Thank you for the kind words, John. You and the family are welcome back whenever you wish. I'm delighted you had a great time.
Great house, great hospitality
We had a great stay with the family. The mature gardens are beautiful and peaceful and we were made especially welcome by David with comprehensive restaurant recommendations and advice about Spain. Highly recommended.
Special interest holidays:
GPS tracks of local walking and 4x4 routes are available at no additional cost.
The nearest beaches to Finca Casablanca are 35 minutes away at Tavernes de Valldigna. On the way, the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de la Valldigna in Simat de Valldigna is a rewarding detour. Gandía is about 45 minutes away, and the resort towns of Denia and Jávea around one hour. However, the entire coast both north and south from Tavernes is essentially one long beach, except for the breaks caused by ports or marinas, so there's a spot to suit everyone's personal tastes.
Valencia airport is closest, at around 45 minutes. Alicante airport is around 75 minutes. There are frequent and inexpensive trains from Valencia to Xátiva, so if your hire car (essential) won't accommodate both luggage and all guests, just drive ahead while the others make their way from the airport. Detailed instructions available and possible pick-up from Xátiva. If bringing your own car from the UK, Santander is 8 hours, Bilbao 7 hours, the French border at La Jonquera 6 hours.
Barxeta 1 km
Xátiva 11 km
Tavernes de la Valldigna beach 25 km
Valencia 70 km (airport, city slightly closer)
Alicante 130 km (airport, city slightly closer)
Basic shopping can be done in the village of Barxeta. The nearest proper town is Xátiva, where a modern shopping area with international and local names adjoins the old quarter of the town where street markets are to be found in the market square and the narrow streets around it. There is also an out-of-town shopping centre. The town’s numerous bars and restaurants are complemented by a surprisingly frantic night-life, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, when the sun is often well up before the last revellers make their way home. Xátiva is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” and although there is no record of any serious attempt to count them, there is certainly ample evidence of the ready availability of water in the area. One of Xátiva’s other claims to fame is that it is unique in having been the birthplace of two Popes – Calixtus III and Alexander VI, the "Borgia Pope" – who are commemorated in the square adjacent to the cathedral.
For some years, many would-be Costa Blanca holidaymakers have been starting to turn their attention inland, benefiting in the process from lower prices, fewer tourists and a more Spanish feel to the area than the coastal resorts. Join them!