Cuatre Finques

Jalon, Valencia & Costa Blanca, Spain Book from

Relaxing rural retreat on the edge of Jalon, surrounded by vineyards and almond groves in the stunning Marina Alta region
In the Jalon (Xalo) Valley, where the mountains of the Sierra de Bernia meet the beaches of the Costa Blanca, Nicky Scott and Pep Mestre Calafat have created a beautiful retreat which combines his passion for the outdoor life and Nicky’s love of entertaining and interior design.  

Nicky (from Edinburgh) met Pep (born and bred in Jalon) after listening to him play the saxophone in a bar in his home town. When they decided to spend their lives together they bought 2 acres of land, along with 69 almond trees and little else other than soil, sunsets and dreamy views of the Marina Alta hills. There they built this charming casa rural  - a home with 6 beautiful guest rooms, a pool terrace and a sunny Mediterranean garden. As well as Pep and Nicky, you will meet their little girl Isla; they also have a soppy dog called Natap, and 6 chickens all called Susan (fresh eggs for breakfast if they are in the mood). As their guests, you are invited to relax, have spa treatments, enjoy the gardens (planted with baby olives, melons, mango, figs and apricots) and make the most of this unspoiled region of Spain.  

Highs

  • Nicky and Pep are natural hosts - warm, attentive and delighted to share their deep love of the area
  • A friendly, sociable, house-party atmosphere; popular with friends, solos and couples (and great for families, too)
  • Good value
  • Stunning scenery, fresh air and spectacular views. Hike and bike through cool pine forests and between the Jalon Valley's 8 mountain villages
  • Delicious group paellas, and sociable wine tasting and tapas evenings, some with live music by Pep

Lows

  • The sound insulation between rooms is not man enough to deal with plumbing noises (or the water pump)
  • Evening meals only available 4x a week but Jalon is 800m away, with good local restaurants
  • Rooms are on the small side, though they are well planned and beds are kingsize
  • No tea- or coffee-making kit in the rooms; you can help yourself from the terrace's honesty bar
  • No credit cards accepted; the balance at the end of your stay must be paid in cash or by bank transfer

Best time to go

Come in April before the summer crowds and enjoy the warm springtime air. The freshly sprouted grape vines are stunning throughout the valley, and because it’s not too hot, walking and cycling are wonderful. Though autumn is cooler, the summer heat lingers well into October. The hotel is open from Easter to the end of October annually.

Our top tips

Come during Jalon's fiestas (the middle weekend in April, the first fortnight of August and the third weekend of October). There's bull running, eating and drinking on the streets, and live music and dancing until the sun comes up.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 6
  • Daily breakfasts & lunches (+ local restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 1 Nov 2016 - 15 Mar 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Yoga and pilates classes on request
Room:

Rooms

There are 6 rooms, each with a Valenciano name (Tossalet meaning little hill; L’Ametla is the word for almond) and all housed in a stone building overlooking the pool terrace, the gardens or the mountains. Each has a slightly different look, but they are all simply furnished with clean white, soft grey or cream décor, cool ceramic tiled floors, painted furniture, art on the wall, decorative feature headboards (natural stone or rustic timber) and crisp linens.

Luxury Double/Twin Moscatell is the most private, with a tucked-away garden terrace where you can have your breakfast served. The other 5 rooms are all standard Double/Twins. L’Ametla and Frigola sit side by side on the ground floor, with French windows opening onto an area of shaded poolside terrace. Upstairs, Tossalet, Pansa and Bernia have a little less space but more light and better views. Tossalet and Pansa have small sit-out balconies. Bernia is dual aspect with a little Juliet balcony. All bathrooms have showers; no tubs.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Umbrella
  • WiFi

Eating

Choose a table in the garden or on a terrace, and breakfast on muesli, yoghurt, beautifully presented trays of fresh fruit (whatever’s in season), baskets of crusty bread with Serrano ham, wedges of Manchego cheese, and little bowls of grated tomato. There's local honey and freshly squeezed juices and, when available, slices of sweet almond cake plus fresh eggs to order.

Cooked lunches are available most days (perhaps calamari with spring salad, or Fideuà), as are sandwiches, salads and tapas.

Evening meals are on offer 4 x a week. Two of these are group meals (paella and music, wine tasting and tapas), and 2 are served at separate tables, and are called 'Huerta Sopresa', which translates as kitchen garden surprise - veggies grown by Pep, along with cod and chorizo or chicken. Picnic hampers are often on offer, too - local produce including tortilla, empanadas etc - which guests can take to their balcony, the beach, wherever.

For eating out, Nicky recommends local restaurants, from a decent pizzeria and town tapas bars to traditional Spanish bistros.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Relax: help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar, grab a sunlounger by the pool, or curl up on a sofa with a book
  • Hike: Nicky and Pep can suggest many lovely walks in and around the Jalon Valley or up in the mountains. Ask for maps and routes
  • Cycle: for pootling around the valley, Cuatre Finques has mountain bikes for guests to use. For more adventurous road cyclists, there are 2 serious bike hire shops in Jalon
  • Unwind with a spa treatment (a number of beauty therapies are on offer, along with reiki and reflexology). There's also a complimentary yoga class one morning a week
  • Paraglide: go with Pep - he’s a qualified tandem pilot and instructor and knows his stuff
  • Beaches: there are numerous beaches on the Costa Blanca, all within a 30-minute drive. Try the popular resorts of Altea, Denia and Moraira, or the more intimate coves at Benissa or Granadella  
  • Wine tours: visit the vineyards of the Jalon Valley - best known for the sweet Moscatell grape and a variety of dessert wines
  • Stroll into Jalon, a quaint little town with a blue-roofed church, bodegas and a Saturday flea market

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

Although guests tend to be adults, children are welcome and Pep and Nicky cater brilliantly for them. There's a pool and the beaches are 20-30 minutes' drive away.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Frigola can sleep a family of 4, with bunk beds or a rollaway bed and baby cot. Moscatell can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed, as can L’Ametla. Upstairs, a baby cot can be added to Pansa.

Babysitting:

Available with advance notice

Baby listening:

Monitors to borrow that can stretch from bedrooms to the dining terrace

Baby equipment:

  • Travel cots
  • Highchairs
  • Baby bath
  • Nappy bin
  • Toys
  • If requested in advance, baby milk, bottled water, nappies and wipes can be bought for you and added to your bill

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

Children's meals:

Kids' menu available

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Sandpit
  • Chickens to feed
  • Swing
  • Board games
  • Wendy house
  • Petanque
  • A bicycle carriage to go on the back of an adult bike

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Playgrounds
  • Beaches (20-30 minutes' drive)
  • Walking and biking
  • Aqua parks (30 minutes' drive)
  • Markets

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour (Alicante)
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
  • Shops: 2 minutes by car, 10 minutes by foot (Jalon)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

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Food
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Service
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Value
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