About the property
- Chateau / Country House3928 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Large traditional country estate set in stunning mountains near to the sea.
In its normal configuration, the finca is set up to sleep up to 16 people/children. But, with the provision of extra single beds, the finca can sleep up to 20 adults/children. Casa Andrago and the three Casitas are all superbly and fully equipped separate properties with a kitchen or kitchenette, bath or shower room and spacious living/dining rooms. They are attractively and colourfully furnished and decorated with part of the owners’ extensive collection of art and old farm antiques and implements.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Derek Cornthwaite
Derek and his fiancee, Penny de B Cookson, are British. Derek lived internationally for many years in the UK, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada - during which time he also became a Canadian citizen. For ten years he was Chairman of a company involved in agriculture in Spain - so is familar with all parts of Spain. Penny is a linguist. She speaks Spanish and French as well as Portuguese, German and Japanese. She taught languages until she retired as an Oxford Fellow and college administrator a couple of years ago. Both are interested in Opera, Ballet and Theatre and in international travel. Penny is also interested in archaeology particularly of the Roman period. They love Spain and its fascinating history and make it their main home. They also have small homes in Oxford and the Peak National Park in the UK and an apartment on Lake Como in Italy. They run Finca La Asmoladora together as a hobby - life style business. Derek Cornthwaite purchased this chateau / country house in 1999
Derek Cornthwaite purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1999
Why Derek Cornthwaite chose Parcent
About 17 years ago, Derek and his late wife, Pam, searched for a large old finca estate to use as their Spanish home for part of the year. They found Finca La Asmoladora at the mountain end of the beautiful Jalon valley. It was Valentine’s Day and all its hundreds of almond trees were covered in incredible pink and white blossom - the finca looked idyllic. They fell in love with its charm, its history which dates back to Roman times, its terraces of almonds, oranges, vines and olives, its spectacular location with mountains on three sides and its perfect peace and tranquility They recognised that the finca, which had been neglected for a number of years, could be gradually converted into the spectacular and lovely country estate for themselves and their guests that it is today. Sadly Pam died some time ago. But their project of careful and sympathetic restoration and improvement which started that February day long ago, continues today as an active and ongoing project of love for Derek and Penny.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The finca is an excellent and unique base for groups large and small to combine sea, beach and sporting activities with riding (horses or mountain bikes), walking, biking, climbing, driving or just roaming the surrounding mountains. The finca has its own excellent hard surface tennis court, basketball and outdoor table tennis facilities - racquets/bats/balls all provided. There are also rentable mountain bikes. The valleys lined with fruit and almond trees - an endless sea of pink/ white blossom in spring - and the unspoiled mountain pueblos are a delight to explore. There are two safari parks a short drive from the finca and 45 mins away, a wide variety of theme parks in Benidorm. The family resorts of Javea and Denia - 30 mins away - both have a wide variety of beaches, coves and caves to explore and fascinating historic centers.
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Villa au calme, avec vue sur les montagnes
Une très belle villa, au milieu de la vallée.
Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour à Parcent entre amis (4 familles). La villa est spacieuse et bien entretenue. Mais il y a quelques points négatifs.
Par exemple, il est dommage que la cuisine et le séjour soient tant éloignés de la terrasse de vie et de la piscine car cela oblige à de très nombreux déplacements lors des repas. Le coin terrasse-piscine est en effet séparé des villas à louer par la villa du propriétaire ( qui donne sur la piscine).
Toute la literie mérite d'être remplacée car dormir sur des ressorts n'est pas des plus confortable en vacances !
La piscine est grande mais n'est pas éclairée, et il est appréciable d'avoir un cours de tennis dans la propriété. La villa est bien équipée pour 16 personnes.
Pour une semaine la climatisation est facturée 175 euros pour l'ensemble des villas, ce qui est assez onéreux.
Situated at the spectacular mountain end of the very pretty Jalon valley. At the end of its own private road close to the delightful small pueblos of Parcent - famously described as 'paradise between mountains' - and Alcalali. A private and a peaceful large 16 acre estate set in a landscape of oranges, lemons and olive terraces built a 1000 years ago. The finca produces its own Rose wine and extra virgin olive oil. The local area is a 'destination' area for restauants - there are more than ten within a five minute drive. Supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, bars etcetera are also within a few minutes drive. 25 minutes from the superb family resorts and beaches of Javea and Denia - both have harbours and fishing fleets. The major resort of Benidorm with its many theme parks is a 45 minute drive. The historic port cities of Alicante and Valencia are 90 minutes away. Guadalest, the fascinating fortified mountain top village - entered through a small tunnel, so no cars - is one hour away. Close to Guadalest is Safari Aitana - a excellent mountain safari park. Other activities: rock climbing, mountain walking, mountain biking. Golf: La Asmoladora is ideally placed for golf - fifteen courses within about an hour. These include three championship course, the beautiful Olazabal inspired La Sella course 25 minutes away, the Ballesteros designed Oliva Nova course 40 minutes away and the links course, El Saler, one of the top fifty courses in the world, an hour away. The finca's casa/ casitas are perfect for couples or small groups of up to twenty people wanting a golfing holiday while staying in an area of idyllic, spectacular rural beauty.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
All reservations Saturday to Saturday and for a mimimum of one week in the Summer period. . Special prices apply over Xmas and New Year and over Easter - please enquire. Small charges made to contribute to the cost of final cleaning. Air conditioning is available in all bedrooms/sleeping areas at extra cost. Extra beds/cots available. All twin beds can be converted into large King sized beds,