Country House in Vall de Laguar | Ref: AX10411 Orba Valley
How would you like to wake up each morning to one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Spanish Costa Blanca? Looking down onto the Mediterranean Sea, with the island of Ibiza on the distant horizon, this beautiful 300+ square metre home is constructed in the traditional Spanish style ... but with many stunning features influenced by the Moorish kingdom of Andalusia. A ‘Patio Andalus’ Internal Courtyard, with a marble fountain from Granada, is at the heart of the property, enclosed on two sides by a cloister supported by pillars surmounted with intricately carved filigree arches. Ground floor doors are of heavy wooden construction with ironwork elements in the style of medieval castles. In the cloister, there is a downstairs toilet with a hand wash basin, as well as two cupboards.
The property is situated some 550 metres above sea level but with good access via asphalt and concrete roads which lead up from the Orba and Jalon Valleys. You drive up through the pine forests, to the ‘upper valley’ gloriously named La Vall de Laguar (‘the Valley of the Caves’). This remarkable home has 360-degree views and faces the sunrise across the Mediterranean Sea.
This large, two-storey villa has four bedrooms, an L-shaped, open-plan kitchen/living room/dining room, which leads out (through two sets of sliding glazed windows) onto a large ‘Naya’ balcony, itself framed by glazed sliding windows across its entire length, providing outdoor living in the spring, summer and autumn, while protecting house plants and visitors in the cooler winter months. The view – looking out across the large pool terrace towards the orange fields far below in the broad Orba Valley – is simply breathtaking. The lounge has a Tosca stone fireplace with a large cassette for burning logs.
Another special feature is the attached ‘tower’ which, on the ground floor, houses a large, carpeted, two-level studio/library, with an office niche and a door leading to bedroom four. The library is lined with fitted bookshelves. This complex of rooms is accessed from the cloister and could be converted into a separate apartment if required. On the upper floor, the tower forms a large octagonal Master bedroom, with mirrored wardrobes, an ensuite bathroom (with an extra-wide bath & separate shower), plus a separate toilet (with bidet & washbasin).
Ascending the ornately-tiled staircase from the living room, you arrive at the upstairs lounge, again opening out through sliding, French windows onto a large upper terrace, perfect for sunbathing or entertaining guests for an outdoor evening meal. The courtyard below is surrounded by a corridor on the upper floor, of which is access to bedrooms two and three, plus the family bathroom (with shower, toilet & washbasin) while, at the end of the corridor, through a small sitting area (which catches the winter sun), you will find the door which leads into the Master bedroom suite.
Outside, facing the sea is the extensive tiled terrace with a 9 x 4-metre infinity pool. The terrace is bounded by a balustrade. To its side, there is a small ‘secret garden’ with a wrought iron pergola where one can sit in quiet moments to absorb the magnificent view. The garden features various exotic plants and a productive fig tree. On the other side of the property, the gravel drive leads to a detached garage with a built-in kitchen lining the inside back wall. The house is surrounded by a large gravelled area with enough space for several vehicles. There are also a number of cherry trees on the various terraces. The villa is approached by a 150-metre concrete driveway, which belongs to the property but is also occasionally used by the local villagers to access their cherry-tree terraces.
The villa sits in an 11,000 square-metre plot of stone-walled terraces, built by the Moors centuries ago. The land is bounded by two ‘barranc’ gorges, with olive, cherry, and almond groves in every direction, and beyond, pine forests at the foot of a long limestone ridge behind the property. The ‘upper valley’ is famous for its exhilarating country walks and dramatic vistas. It really is a paradise on earth for those who love the peace and tranquillity of countryside living. The World Health Organisation has rated Costa Blanca as the healthiest place to live on the planet, with its Mediterranean diet and 300 days of sunshine each year. It is one of the greenest parts of Spain because of the thirty-odd days of rain per annum. The water supply for the villa comes from aquifers, maintained by the local council, brought to the property by underground pipe from the highest of three villages in the upper valley. Triple-phase electricity is supplied first by a series of pylons from the middle village and then via underground ducting to the house (so as not to interrupt the view). Hot water is provided for eight months of the year by solar panels mounted on the roof and stored in a large tank (hidden away in a cupboard located in the ensuite bathroom). For the remaining months, there is an immersion heater powered by electricity.
The bustling port-town of Denia, with its beaches and ferry to the Balearic Islands, is a thirty-minute drive away through the orange groves. The holiday resorts of Javea and Moraira are forty minutes away, while Calpe and Benidorm are a little further south. There are international airports at Valencia and Alicante, both about ninety minutes by car on the A7 motorway. Orba has a well-stocked supermarket within a ten-minute drive, while a further ten minutes will take you to the excellent Marina Portal shopping mall. There is also handy supermarket shopping in Benissa (including an Iceland supplied with British produce ... if you have that yearning). Jalon, again just twenty minutes away, has lots of nice cafes and bars, plus a weekly ‘Rastro’ market on Saturdays. There is a primary school in Fleix (the middle village) and a secondary school in Orba. The Vall de Laguar has an excellent medical service with three surgeries, while Denia has a fine, recently built hospital. Though the property is high up in the ‘Campo’, it is well provided for, with every necessary amenity for a comfortable lifestyle ... and don’t forget those unmatched views to stir the soul!