“Relaxing rural retreat on the edge of Jalon, surrounded by vineyards and almond groves in the stunning Marina Alta region”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
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.
Available with advance notice
Monitors to borrow that can stretch from bedrooms to the dining terrace
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' menu available
The pool is unfenced