Casa Sibarita

Rafelguaraf, Valencia & Costa Blanca, Spain Book from Book from £250 per night

Lovingly restored guesthouse in a quiet village near Valencia, with a sun-warmed pool, lovely food and 5 great-value bedrooms

If you're looking for a welcoming, good-value, unpretentious getaway in a small, authentic Spanish town, with near-guaranteed sunshine to boot, then look no further. Built in 1880, this traditional townhouse a short drive from vibrant Valencia has been artfully restored and imbued with a simple, colourful charm. Enter through giant carved doors to find an open-plan ground floor boasting high wood-beamed ceilings, pretty tiled floors and a vintage wooden bar; numerous books invite relaxed lounging.

Step through to the rear courtyard, where flowers burst out of window boxes, and a slim sun-warmed pool awaits (the only one in the village). Enjoy delicious bistro dinners here, courtesy of cordon-bleu trained Charlotte and charming Sophie: French-born, Spanish aficionados, with excellent English too. The 5 bedrooms upstairs are simple but spick-and-span, with immaculately kept bathrooms. Your hosts can point you to sandy beaches (Cullera, 40 mins' drive, is a favourite) or spectacular Xàtiva castle (15 mins), and give you the lowdown on Valencia's best bars and boutiques (45 mins). This is a well-priced little gem with a lovely, friendly vibe - a great base for exploring this under-the-radar region, before returning for a refreshing swim and alfresco dinner.
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  • 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 11-metre 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 full hotel services: this is a simple, friendly, immaculately kept guesthouse
  • Rafelguaraf is an authentic Spanish town with a few bars and a post office - but it won't keep you up at night
  • 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

Best time to go

We'd advise going in spring or autumn if you can - or even winter, which can be mild and sunny and makes a delightful break from northern Europe. Summer in southern Spain can of course be very hot, but there is a pool here, and bedrooms have air-con.

Our top tips

We absolutely loved exploring Xativa (15 minute drive) for its preserved historical centre and fantastic castle, which has a long history, two peaks and fabulous views

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 5 rooms
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


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).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • WiFi


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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Restaurant
  • 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:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


Children are very welcome at Casa Sibarita and will enjoy the pool, though bear in mind that it's right next to the dining tables. There is a kids' menu, cots are available and there are 2 twin rooms. Over 10s are charged as adults.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can take a baby cot or an extra bed

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' menu is available

Kids Activities nearby:

Sandy beaches within 30-40 mins' drive

Families Should Know:

There are some steep stairs up to the bedrooms. The pool is unfenced.


  • Airport: 1 hour (Valencia)
  • Shops: 2 minutes
Kid Friendly:


Casa Sibarita is in the village of Rafelguaraf, a 45-minute drive from Valencia.

By Air
Fly into Valencia Manises (65km) or Alicante (140km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
We recommend hiring a car. Otherwise book a taxi; or take the metro from Valencia airport to Estación El Norte, then catch a train to Xàtiva (30 mins) and a taxi from there (15 mins).

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Valencia and getting around


  • Valencia Manises 65.0 km VLC
  • Alicante 140.0 km ALC


  • Beach 30.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We stayed only 3 weeks after the new owners Eric & Frederique took over, and pleased to say they are upholding and even improving on the high standards of hospitality that preceeded them. Casa Sibarita is indeed a hidden jewel amidst the orange groves and once through the doors one can't help but be seduced by the oasis of quiet calm in the exquisite courtyard. There are plenty of beaches within driving distance - our favourite was Playa de Xeraco; nothing like an early morning swim and seeing the sun rise before dashing back to a lovely breakfast. The bustling city of Xátiva, with its ancient historic 'Little' and 'Big' castles is definitely worth a day trip. There are a few bars that offer simple meals in the village of Rafelguaraf, and further afield in nearby Manuel, Bar Restaurante Sol offers a tasty lunch set menu, although always try to save some room for the even tastier evening meals back at Casa Sibarita. We loved it, had a most relaxing week there, excellent value, well looked after, we are already planning to return.


Casa Sibarita is a beautiful hotel, well placed for exploring the towns and villages near Valencia. The staff are so nice and couldn't have made us feel more welcome. The garden/pool area in particular is so lovely and secluded. We would definitley go back!


The village was very quiet with only a quiet locals bar, and beware that it's also particularly hard to find an ice cream here! Without a car we were rather stuck, so we would recommend having a car for more freedom and ability to explore around the area. However we found the hosts were very friendly.


We stayed here with our two daughters (aged 10 and 13) as part of a journey through France and Spain in a Tesla - it was a bit of an experiment and meant staying in lots of different places. I can honestly say that Casa Sibarita was one of our favourites.

There was a struggle to charge our car! (which our hosts tried very hard to help us with) The house was authentic, typically Spanish, a cool retreat from the heat and the hosts were kind, welcoming and cooked us a great meal ordered in advance for which we were grateful. A nice bottle of cava and delicious langoustine were thrown in. They also russled up a picnic for our onward journey.

It’s not a slick air conditioned hotel, and that is reflected in the price. The heat at that time of year can be quite oppressive - but I can say we all found it a welcome change to the ‘uber-boutiquey’ hotels and b&bs we’ve stayed in on this journey and others. It had a personal touch - that can’t be replaced. I was glad my daughters stayed there and had the experience.

It’s other benefit is that it there are very few places to stay around that area. We didn’t venture out much into Rafelguaraf itself, but it’s a small, local town - very hot in August with few tourists. Casa Sibarita felt like an oasis within.


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