“Relaxing rural retreat on the edge of Jalon, surrounded by vineyards and almond groves in the stunning Marina Alta region”
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.
- 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
- The sound insulation between rooms is not man enough to deal with plumbing noises (or the water pump)
- 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
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Daily breakfast + dinner by arrangement (+ local restaurants)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 24 Jan 2020 - 2 Apr 2020
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Yoga and pilates classes on request
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.
Moscatell is the most private, with a tucked-away garden terrace where you can have your breakfast served. The are also 5 other 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.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Ipod dock
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
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 5-6 times a week; on 2 evenings there are group dinners - think BBQs and paellas cooked on the fire, sometimes accompanied by live music. On other nights 4-course private dinners are offered at a table of your choice in the garden with your own chef.
For eating out, Nicky recommends local restaurants, from a decent pizzeria and town tapas bars to traditional Spanish bistros.
- Children's meals
- Communal dining
- Dinner by arrangement
- Organic produce
- Vegetarian menu
- 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:
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
- Wine tasting
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)
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.
Available with advance notice
Monitors to borrow that can stretch from bedrooms to the dining terrace
- Travel cots
- Baby bath
- Nappy bin
- 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
A kids' menu is available, and a special 'Kids tea' is offered 6 evenings per week at 17:30/18:00.
Kids Activities on site:
- Swimming pool
- Chickens to feed
- Board games
- Wendy house
- A bicycle carriage to go on the back of an adult bike
Kids Activities nearby:
- Beaches (20-30 minutes' drive)
- Walking and biking
- Aqua parks (30 minutes' drive)
Families Should Know:
The pool is unfenced
- Airport: 1 hour (Alicante)
- Hospital: 20 minutes
- Shops: 2 minutes by car, 10 minutes by foot (Jalon)
Cuatre Finques is set on the edge of Jalón (Xalo) in the Marina Alta region, half an hour’s drive inland from Spain's Costa Blanca.
The closest airport is Alicante (95km), roughly an hour by car. Valencia is a little further (112km) and takes 1.5 hours by road. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport
The best option is to hire a car so you can explore the area while you're here. Alternatively, take a taxi (Nicky can arrange in advance), but then you'll have to rely on taxis while you're here. For car rentals, click here to see our recommendations. You can park for free at Cuatre Finques.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
More on getting there and getting around
- Alicante 95.0 km ALC
- Valencia 112.0 km VLC
- Beach 45.0 km
- Shops 0.8 km
- Restaurant 0.8 km