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Country Villa With Large Private Pool And Large Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,475 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Lovely views over orange groves to mountains. Total privacy and tranquility. stunning swimming pool

'Casa Maja' overlooks the orange groves and pinewoods of a magical valley to the sweeping vista of mountains between Xativa and Simat de la Valldigna. From here it is easy to spend days hiking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, playing golf, or exploring the historic castles and sights of this idyllic part of Valencia and the 50 kilometres of Costa Azahar beaches are within 20 minutes' drive. Vine and pergola shaded garden seats, an arched naya, terraces, balcony, formal and informal gardens, shrubbery and a barbecue area are found within the grounds, where complete privacy is assured with gated security and ample parking space. The tiny village of Pla de Corrals is within walking distance and has two bars, serving food. Historic Xativa is the nearest town with splendid castle, atmospheric old quarter, good restaurants and a vibrant night life. Irish author Maureen O'Donoghue offers you a warm welcome at Casa Maja, where guests awake every morning to the unspoilt paradise of the real Spain.

Registration Number : 8070645

Maureen O'Donoghue
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Maureen O'Donoghue

Maureen O'Donoghue has lived in Spain for seventeen years. She is an Irish author with books published worldwide and on Amazon Kindle. Maureen offers a warm welcome to her beautiful villa in the hills of inland Valencia.

Maureen O'Donoghue purchased this villa in 2001

Why Maureen O'Donoghue chose Simat de la Valldigna

'Casa Maja', which means 'House Beautiful', instantly cast its spell over me from its position overlooking a valley bright and lush with orange groves to the mountains. This was the answer to my dreams of moving to Spain. Spain had bewitched me during holidays long before with its high spirited and generous people, always ready for fun and fiesta - like the Irish! - with its music and dance, its exotic landscapes and historic castles, its ancient monasteries and stunning modern architecture, with its blue skies and endless golden beaches, with all its colourful traditions. Peaceful and private, in 'Casa Maja' I had found the perfect place for a writer - and the perfect paradise for friends and guests to holiday.

What makes this villa unique

Casa Maja is available as a vacation chalet from Easter to November and over Christmas and NY.. From here it is easy to spend days hiking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, playing golf, or sight-seeing and the 50 kilometres of Costa Azahar beaches are within 20 minutes' drive. The house sleeps a total of six, provides air-conditioning, fans, satellite TV and wi-fi internet access. The large pool has a special shallow area for small children.

The village of Pla de Corrals is just within walking distance and has two bars serving food. Historic Xativa is the nearest town with a magnificent castle, atmospheric old quarter, good restaurants and vibrant night life. At Casa Maja guests awake every morning to the unspoilt paradise of the real Spain.

Guestbook comments from the owner

TRIP ADVISOR 5 STARS: "'A little piece of heaven surrounded by beauty and peace."

TRIP ADVISOR 5 STARS: "A rare gem of a Villa Holiday inland away from the hustle of the coast."

"Soniya and family, January 2014

We had a great, peaceful time surrounded by beautiful landscape in beautiful big house and lovely garden.

The Dunns , April 2014

Arrived overworked and overstressed. We found peace and tranquility

Two weeks of unspoilt, beautiful countryside and relaxation. A fabulous family ‘chillout’ and look forward to our return.

Jim and Kasia, June 2014

Had a lovely time in your beautiful villa and gorgeous food in the restaurants you recommended. A great week we thoroughly enjoyed.

The Honners. June 2014

Wonderful time here. Space so lovely and pool a delight. Thanks so much for lovely place.

The Kells, July 2014

Our 1st trip to Spain. A lovely location (we even spotted an eagle!) and

wonderful pool. It even beat the beaches for swimming. We’ve had a great

relaxing time.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Simat de la Valldigna in Safor

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2475 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • Large modern bathroom with bath/power shower , bidet, washbasin and WC. Shower room with shower, twin washbasins and WC. Poolside shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , air conditioning, anti-mosquito window screens
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Cot , anti -mosquito screened window, standard electric fan
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 4 Poster bed, air conditioning, anti-mosquito window screen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with four poster bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Cot, travel cot and high chair available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: 'Casa Maja' retains its charm with antique furniture, while providing all the comfort and the necessities of modern life, wi-fi, thermostatically controlled power shower, air conditioning, satellite TV. Outside: Formal and informal gardens, shrubbery, large terraces, wrap around balcony. 12m x 6m swimming pool. Garden chairs, loungers (6), tables (3), parasols. Maid service weekly / Towels / Linen / All towels and linen are included and changed weekly and the pool is cleaned twice, or more weekly.


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Country Villa With Large Private Pool And Large Gardens
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic spot for a relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Maja is well named as it really is a beautiful house in a truly lovely landscape. We stayed there for the first week in September and the sun shone every day. We stocked up at a supermarket in the nearby town of Xativa about 10 k away and didn't stray too far from the villa as we were after a week of just chilling out - reading, swimming and enjoying a few cocktails by the pool... bliss. We had a few trips to Simat de la Valldigna where there is a beautiful monastery that's well worth a visit. The house has everything you need and Maureen is the perfect hostess... available for anything you need but never intrusive. It was a pleasure meeting her and I would also recommend reading her novels. I finished Jedder's Land when I was there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so enjoyed meeting you both at Casa Maja and the craic! Thank you for writing about your stay. I do love when visitors arrive from the rat race and are relaxed and happy within a couple of days as this beautiful, peaceful valley works its magic. Thank you also for recommending 'Jedder's Land'.
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A large well furnished house with a nice pool in lovely countryside with a charming host

  • 5 of 5

Casa Maja is well appointed and comfortable house in lovely countryside about 15 minutes drive from the pleasant small city of Xativa.The owner, Maureen O'Donoghue, is nearby and a hugely helpful presence with excellent suggestions about restaurants, secluded beaches, and in our case a local vet for the dog to have his pet passport stamped before returning, as well as stories of the area. The view from the terrace over orange and pomegranate groves with the hills beyond is fabulous and it was tempting often to just stay put and look at the changing play of light with an occasional dip in the pool. Nearby Xativa is a lovely small city with plane trees lining the streets of the newer section and a well preserved older section. A great place to wander, with some good restaurants but no mass tourism. There is also a frequent train to Valencia from there (about 1 hour away, as by car). Some good nearby wine growing areas, too. For those who want the coast, it is about 30 minutes by car, but this is a well developed coast whose resorts are lacking in much charm: though with few foreigner visitors. If you really want to take it easy, the next village (about 5 mins drive) has a fabulous butcher, a good fruit and veg shop and a small supermarket and really meets most needs. From the house, a 20 minute walk takes you down to the cafe and restaurant in the local village and it is nice place to linger over a coffee or beer before strolling back. There are some excellent walks on the long distance footpaths but we were not overly ambitious here. For adults (and their dog) who want to combine relaxation, a little gentle sightseeing, and a few walks in a place away from the hoards it would be difficult to imagine anywhere better- especially as we were blessed with glorious weather. I suspect teens would feel it too tranquil. We were made to feel extremely welcome and found the house had everything we wanted, including peace. You are not isolated but the loudest sound is the village dogs barking in the valley below.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday family villa

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Maja with our 3 children. Plenty of space and the pool and terrace were very enjoyable and relaxing. The view was wonderful and really felt like we'd 'got away'. Maureen was on hand to give good travel advice too.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you all enjoyed yourselves at Casa Maja. It is always lovely to see children having fun here. so thank you for your kind comments.
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Lovely villa with wonderful views and a great pool.

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay in a lovely villa with wonderful views and a great pool. Maureen was an amazing host and gave us very good advice on places to visit and which restaurants to go to.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure and great fun meeting you all and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your holiday here. Thank you for your happy review of Casa Maja and best of luck in your future studies, girls!
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Beautiful,peaceful and relaxed holiday

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night and Maureen was very helpful from the beginning. There was plenty of room in the villa for our family and the pool was great. The views from the villa are absolutely stunning and the smell of orange blossom in the morning made a great start to every day. You will need a hire car if staying here, if you want to explore and take a trip to the beach etc. We spent some days just lazing by the pool and reading which was lovely. The kitchen was small but had everything we needed for the cooking we did. The built in BBQ outside was amazing and there was plenty of firewood for the BBQ and also the indoor fire which was needed for a few of the cooler evenings.

Maureen was on hand when needed but left us to enjoy our holiday otherwise. She kept her dogs away and only brought them to meet us when we requested. The dogs were beautifully behaved and our daughters absolutely loved spending time with them. Maureen is a lovely lady with plenty of fascinating stories from her life. All in all we had a fantastic fortnight and would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a real pleasure getting to know you all and I'm delighted that you enjoyed yourselves - and didn't pack Chicle, the smallest dog, in a suitcase to take home!
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  • 5 of 5

After a 5 1/2 hour delay at Gatwick with BA due to engine failure we arrived at this very secluded and rural area around mid night. Maureen the owner was so kind to come out and meet us, guide us in and the villa was exactly what we wanted. We had a very quiet two weeks as requested with fantastic views of the Orange Groves, Olive Groves and Mountains. The Pool was large, clean and very welcoming. The Villa itself was very Spanish & comfortable and we had a lovely holiday

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Nearest beach, Tavernes - 20 minutes' drive.


Valencia, 35 kilometres - 45 minutes away. Alicante, 1.5 hours away.


Pla de Corrals, tiny village with 2 bar restaurants, half a kilometre away. Barxetta, village, small shops, bar/restaurants, bank, etc, 3 kilometres. Simat de la Valldigna, larger village, shops, post office, banks, 6 kilometres away. Xativa, town full range shops, banks, restaurants etc, 12 kilometres away. Gandia, town, full range shops, banks, restaurants, etc, beach, 15 kilometres away.

Further Details:

Whole area excellent for hiking, walking, riding, bird watching, natural history, picnics etc

Local shops in nearby villages. Full range of shops, restaurants, nightspots, banks in Xativa and Gandia. Casino, yacht club, beach in Gandia.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Simat de la Valldigna, Valencia - Costa del Azahar

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
26 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To confirm reservation of villa, a bank transfer of £100 upon reservation; with the balance, plus a returnable security deposit of £100, payable two months in advance. Cancellation; full refund 3 months' or more notice.

Changeover Day:
Villa rental changeover day, Saturday. Departure by 10.00 am. Arrival after 2.30 pm.

Notes on prices:
Villa rental:Prices from £595 to £1100 per week.
POA Easter, Christmas and New Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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