“Lovingly restored guesthouse in a quiet village near Valencia, with a sun-warmed pool, lovely food and 5 great-value bedrooms”
Step through to the rear courtyard, where flowers burst out of window boxes, and a slim pool (the only one in the village) is warmed by the sunshine for which Valencia is famous. Enjoy delicious alfresco dinners here, courtesy of cordon-bleu trained Charlotte and charming Sophie - French-born, Spanish aficionados, with excellent English too. The 5 bedrooms upstairs are spick-and-span, with immaculately kept bathrooms. Your hosts can explain the best route to beaches (30 mins' drive) and the latest happenings in buzzy Valencia (45 mins). This is a well-priced, under-the-radar little gem with a lovely, friendly vibe - you’ll want to explore the region but we bet you’ll be back in the evening for dinner and drinks.
- A winning combination of authentic Spain with cosmopolitan touches: modern art, wrought-iron chandeliers, Art Deco lamps
- Delicious food bought locally; Charlotte always has a tasty array of cordon bleu-inspired choices for the supper menu
- We loved lounging by the spotless 11m swimming pool and flower-filled courtyard
- Friendly hosts are eager to ensure your stay is all it should be
- The elegant city of Valencia is within easy reach, as are sandy beaches and rugged mountains
- Don't expect formal hotel service or designer decor: this is a simple, friendly, immaculately kept guesthouse
- Rafelguaraf has a few bars and diners, a bank and a post office - but it isn't much to write home about
- Most villages hereabouts are small and sleepy, with little in the way of tourist sights; you're here for laid-back authenticity
- You'll need a car to explore (there's free parking in the street)
- Not a great set up for families (the atmosphere is tranquil) unless you book the whole house
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Our top tips
- Boutique Guesthouse
- Restaurant (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 3 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 5 bedrooms at Casa Sibarita are named after Spanish towns. Girona and Sevilla are doubles with their own balcony overlooking the pool, Granada is a double with a Juliet balcony facing the street, while Salamanca and Valencia are twins without a balcony (the latter is the only one which can take an older child). Fresh white bedspreads and excellent quality linen are overlaid with bright silk throws (ours in Girona was a pretty blue) and vibrant tapestries adorn the walls. We liked the roomy wardrobe (with proper hangers) and our little private patio, complete with sun umbrella and lounger. Note that rooms are normally only cleaned every 3 days, but we found them spotless. Bathrooms have towelled robes and large tiled shower rooms, but not much by way of toiletries.
All bedrooms are on the first floor, and a mosaic-covered staircase leads down to a high-ceilinged hallway and a communal living/dining area. Bright red sofas and chairs make a cosy circle around the fireplace. The imposing back doors open onto the plant-dotted pool terrace, which is, in the summer months, an all-day sunny hangout. The casa is also available for whole house rentals (sleeping up to 15).
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cots Available
Cordon bleu-trained Charlotte offers a simple and flavoursome bistro-style set menu each evening (you do need to let her know in advance if you're dining in, as ingredients are freshly bought daily). The simply laid-out dining room is within the large open-plan ground floor. Starters include a very tasty stacked mozzarella, balsamic and tomato salad, and mussels gratinée; we really loved our mains of salmon fillet and confit of duck, as well as our desserts (cheesecake for me, rice pudding with meringue and strawberry syrup for my partner). You're asked in advance for any dietary requirements, and vegetarians are well catered for.
Breakfast can be taken in the dining area or out on the pool terrace. Expect homemade cakes, yoghurt, plates of cold cuts and cheeses, boiled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice and pots of Earl Grey tea or cafetières of coffee. You can request snacks and sandwiches for lunch, and at the lovely vintage wooden bar, you can oder a drink any time for relaxing fireside or on the terrace.
if you fancy a change of scene, there are no fewer than 7 tapas bars and cafés in the village.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Meander about the nearby medieval town of Xàtiva (15 mins), set at the foot of the Serra del Castell. An amazing and imposing Roman / Moorish / Crusader castle looms over its cobblestone lanes and tinkling fountains (it’s known as the ciudad de las mil fuentes)
- Swim and sunbathe on the beautiful sandy beaches at Platja de Tavernes (30-45 mins), which run between the towns of Cullera and Gandía
- Shop along the tree-lined promenade in Gandía, also home to the magnificent 14th-century Palacio Ducal de los Borjas
- Hike through the pine-clad hills surrounding Rafelguaraf
- Spend the day in Valencia (45 mins) with its revamped waterfront, historic centre and stunning City of Arts and Sciences complex
- Or stay put for a day, soaking up the rays by the tranquil pool
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Children are welcome at Casa Sibarita and will enjoy the pool, though bear in mind that the ambiance is generally a tranquil one. Cots are available and there are 2 twin rooms. Over 10s are charged as adults.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
All rooms can take a baby cot or an extra bed
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Families Should Know:
There are some steep stairs up to the bedrooms. The pool is unfenced.
- Airport: 1 hour (Valencia)
- Shops: 2 minutes