Cuatre Finques

Jalon, Valencia & Costa Blanca, Spain Book from Book from £129 per night

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 and 1 family suite, 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, donkeys named Bella and Stella, 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 paella dinners and group BBQs often with live music

Lows

  • The sound insulation between rooms is not man enough to deal with plumbing noises (or the water pump)
  • Evening meals only available 2-3x a week but Jalon is 800m away, with good local restaurants
  • Rooms are on the small side, though beds are super-kingsize
  • No tea- or coffee-making kit in the rooms; help yourself from the terrace's honesty bar
  • No credit cards accepted; the balance must be paid in cash or by bank transfer. Note there's a 7-night minimum stay in peak season

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
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 7
  • Daily breakfasts & lunches (+ local restaurants)
  • 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
  • Bicycles Available
  • Yoga and pilates classes on request
Room:

Rooms

There are 7 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 are also 5 other standard Double/Twin rooms. 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.

Mistela is the Family Suite located on the first floor within the main house. It has a master bedroom with a beautiful wooden 4-poster bed, a dressing room and wonderful views from the Juliet balcony. There is also an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, and a separate kids' rooms with bunk beds.

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.

Light lunches and snacks can be prepared at the honesty bar (perhaps calamari with spring salad (home-grown veggies by Pep!), or Fideuà). Evening meals are on offer 2-3 times a week as a group dinner, think BBQs and paellas cooked on the fire, sometimes accompanied by live music. On other nights a tapas board can be ordered from the bar in the evenings.

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

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's 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

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:

Mistela, the family suite, can sleep a family of 4, with a separate kids room containing bunk beds and various toys, as well as sun hats. Frigola can sleep a family of 4, with bunk beds or a rollaway bed and cot. Moscatell can fit a baby cot, as can L’Ametla. Note all rooms have shower bathrooms; no tubs.

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:

A kids' menu is available, and a special 'Kids tea' is offered each evening at 17:30.

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...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
10/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

This is a beautiful place with many thoughtful touches. We were only here for 3 days so we did not eat the evening meal but there is a fantastic and cheap Spanish restaurant near by. Lunch was made for us every day and was delicious, as was the breakfast. We have a 6 year old who was very well accommodated but this place also works for adults too as there is a limit on the number of children. There is also a free weekly yoga class and massage - both of which were superb!

9/10,

We had just had an absolutely perfect break at Cuatre Finques. Nothing was too much trouble for Nicky and her staff including an early arrival, late check out, a vegetarian & an egg allergy! Breakfast on the terrace outside our room was delicious and the paella and tapas evenings the best food of the trip. I can't wait to return.

10/10,

The hotel was beautifully designed and in a lovely setting and the service, from Nicky the owner and the staff, was really friendly. We were able to arrange to have an evening meal on two occasions and the food was delicious. We had a very relaxing week there.

9/10,

Nicky was a fantastic host and we had a lovely time at Cuatre Finques. Such a beautiful and peaceful place with a really nice, laid back atmosphere.

9/10,

Honoured to be their first guests from i-escape, we had a most relaxing short stay. We arrived to a very warm welcome from all the family, and the stress and strain of the drive down from Madrid very quickly ebbed away as we shared a bottle of Cava chatting to Nicky. The location is idyllic, and there is a lot or not a lot to do depending on how one wants to spend their time there; walks, bike rides, swimming, petanque, and sunbathing. Sadly we only had time for a one night stay but hope to return.

10/10,

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