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Peaceful country Finca set in the Vinalopó Valley (**Contact us for discounts**)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, swimming pool and extensive gardens set in the mountains


La Zafra (some maps spell it La Safra) is our holiday home in a quiet hamlet containing a church, a small Bodega and a handful of houses all owned by Spanish families. The surrounding countryside is dedicated to growing olives, grapes, cherries, sunflowers and almonds. There are many great wines you can buy from the local vineyards. If you are looking for peace and quiet, great scenery and a traditional Spanish experience this is the place for you.

Guest access

Outdoors you have full access to a gorgeous 8x4 metre pool, a large surrounding pool area with giant comfy bean bags for lounging around the pool and a selection of inflatables and pool toys. The garden is mature with cherry, pear, plum and apricot trees that you are welcome to help yourself to if they are fruiting during your stay. There is an outdoor veranda (known as a naya) with a large family dining table that seats 8 people. Next to the naya is a vine covered swing seat with views over the mountains. A large chimenea barbecue is situated close to the naya. There is an additional seating area and table situated nearer to the pool which is a great place to have breakfast in the morning sunshine. The interior is very traditional and has original wooden beams and features running throughout. The majority of floors are covered in typical Spanish tiles. The lounge has a large log burner that is fantastic if you're there in the winter months and there is plenty of olive wood to use if required. There is a large dining table that seats eight people comfortably. Each room has an oil heater for the winter months and fans for summer. The kitchen and utility room are fully equipped and include an oven / hob, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, kettle and a large fridge and separate freezer. There are lots of pans for self-catering and plenty of glasses, china, mugs, cutlery and cooking utensils. To the rear of the kitchen is a bathroom (with shower) and a utility room that contains a washing machine and a dishwasher. To the rear of the house is a games room complete with a fridge, pool table and dart board. The master bedroom is very large with a king size bed, lots of wardrobe space and bedside lights / tables, tub chair, big en-suite bathroom with large rain-forest shower, sink and toilet. The master bedroom has double aspect views via an individual terrace overlooking the mountains and vineyards to the front. The second bedroom is large with a sloping ceiling. It contains twin single beds, a double bed, a chest of drawers and a velux window. Bedroom three faces onto the vineyards and gets amazing sunsets. This room comes complete with a chest of drawers, bedside table and a double bed. There are security bars on all downstairs windows except for the kitchen which backs onto a lovely enclosed courtyard with a small breakfast table and chairs. The location is extremely safe and everyone looks out for each other. We have unlimited Wi-Fi and there are books, games, DVDs, internet enabled stereo and a TV that picks up all freeview UK stations. Linen and towels are provided and there is a washing machine and plenty of drying areas. There is also a Bluetooth enabled waterproof outdoor speaker. The pool and gardens are maintained weekly by the the people listed as the emergency contacts for the finca. The pool can sometimes need a quick hoover during the summer months in between cleans and there are instructions in the house on how to do this.

Neighbourhood overview

The local area has countryside walks, waterfalls, mountains, multiple castles and beautiful villages. If you need a change of scenery Alicante is only a 45 minute drive away or you can be in Valencia within an hour. The entire area is very unspoiled and very typical of this area of Spain. There is a full guidebook in the house providing you with information on the local attractions we have discovered as well as a Lonely Planet guidebook. The nearest town is Villena (pronounced just like Vienna but with a B rather than V) which is a 20 minute drive from the house. Villena has plenty of shops, bars, supermarkets and restaurants. There is also a picturesque village 10 minutes drive from the house call Fontenars del Alforins that has a few bars, restaurants, small grocery shop, bakery, butchers and every Sunday morning there is a market selling locally produced fruit and vegetables. This is also the closest ATM to the house.

Getting around

You will need a car to get here as there is no public transport. The nearest bus and train stations are located in Villena. We can provide you with a list of reputable car rental companies and advise on how to avoid surcharges at Alicante airport for additional insurances.

Other things to note

As this is a country house, depending on the time of year you go you can expect there to be countryside 'visitors'. These can range from bees / wasps / bugs / flies / bats (at night). The wasps will ignore you if you ignore them. There are fly curtains on the downstairs entrances to the kitchen. As the house is over 100 years old, the doorways are quite low so anyone over 5’ 6” will have to be careful going between rooms. There are strategically placed 'Duck' signs to help remind you to! Ceiling height is good unless you are over 6’ where you might struggle in the kitchen area and bedroom 2.

More Details

Carl & Laura
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Carl & Laura

We have a love of travel, both independent and the occasional luxury stay. We are English but have lived most of our lives overseas and intend to eventually retire to our home in Spain.

Carl & Laura purchased this house in 2012

Why Carl & Laura chose Villena

We searched high and low for a secluded property that was away from the tourist hot spots. When we found this house we made an offer the same day and moved in 8 weeks later. We have amazing mountain views but are only 45 minutes form the airport. Villena, the nearest major town is only 12 minutes drive.


Villena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We know that accidents happen, so if you break something like a glass or a plate all we ask is that you let us know so that we can replace it.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • There are two bathrooms at the property, one downstairs and one upstairs. Both have fully tiled shower enclosures (1 with rain-forest shower head), toilet, wash basin and large mirrors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master with Ensuite - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The master bedroom has double aspect views via an individual terrace overlooking the mountains and vineyards to the front. The second bedroom is large with a sloping ceiling. It contains twin single beds, a double bed, a chest of drawers and a velux window. Bedroom three faces onto the vineyards and gets amazing sunsets. This room comes complete with a chest of drawers, bedside table and a double bed. The fourth bedroom is located at the back of the utility area (downstairs) and contains a single day bed with an additional single pull out bed below and a chest of drawers. There is also a double sofa bed in the relaxation area upstairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Cleaning Fee $77.67
Additional Guest Fee $12.94 per person per night
Refundable Damage Deposit $517.8

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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