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Country Villa With Large Private Pool And Large Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Lovely views over orange groves to pine woods and 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 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.

Maureen O'Donoghue
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Maureen O'Donoghue

Maureen O'Donoghue has lived in Spain for sixteen years. She is an Irish author with books published worldwide and on 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 Valencia Province

'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 throughout the year. 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 splendid 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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Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)



  • 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: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic pool, great views and helpful owner.

  • 4 of 5

Great stay at Casa Maja. Large pool with fantastic views across the countryside. Villa was spacious and very well equipped. Maureen was on hand with advice about the local area but never to intrusive. We all had an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was fun meeting you and your lovely family and I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Maureen O'D
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Peaceful, relaxing getaway.

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a quiet/private villa with great outdoor space to relax and enjoy the Spain sun. We definitely found it at this villa. Lovely big pool, sun lounge areas, and outside dining. Could not get enough of the stunning view. The villa itself is very spacious. Had a wonderful family holiday. Thanks Maureen!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you loved 'Casa Maja' and the family enjoyed their holiday here. Thank you very much for this review.
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Casa Maja Simat de la Valldigna

Perfect relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Maja Valencia in April was an absolute retreat for peace and tranquillity.

Set in a lush valley amongst orange and olive groves, breath-taking views, where-else would the Spanish people come to relax away from it all.

The villa is a typical older Spanish style villa, very spacious beautiful, atmospheric and romantic. Tasteful, elegant furnishings and even a four poster bed, a honeymooners delight! Well equipped kitchen and ample towels, sheets, videos, dvds.

The pool, patios and gardens are spacious and private with astounding views to drift away the day or watch the sun set over the valley with a bottle of red wine. There are private gardens to explore on a higher level so you are certainly not on top of each other here.

We mostly visited beautiful Xativa, Eroski supermarket has everything you need. Valencia is about 45mins and well worth a few trips for culture, shopping and nightlife. Tavernes is a gorgeous beach and the closest too.

You do need a car as nothing is really within walking distance. Due to its peaceful location we feel it isn't suitable if you want nightlife, excitement or be on top of Valencia. Our teenagers were bored here and there but what teenagers aren't! This is the perfect location and villa for pure relaxation.

Maureen was always most helpful and on hand for advice but has separate, private accommodation at the end of the drive and will not bother you.

We arrived dishevelled and burnt out from the joys of being self-employed. We left two weeks later rejuvenated, relaxed and very happy.

Thank you Maureen for sharing your beautiful home with us and we look forward to our return very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week break at Casa Maja.

You could not wish for a better location than this one if it is peace and relaxation you are after.

Set amongst the mountains the villa is perfect for children and families

We actually found ourselves wanting to stay in rather than go out, day times were spent around and in the pool and evenings around the

bar b q.

Maureen was friendly and able to advise whenever asked.

"Thank you Maureen for a fantastic break."

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday, a few niggles

  • 3 of 5

Fabulous rural location, good villa in need of some TLC. Owner lives in the grounds with 4 dogs, which is not everyone's cup of tea if you want solitude. That said, our boys loved the dogs, and the pool! WiFi a great help, and Maureen a font of knowledge on all things local. Real Spain!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am surprised by this misleading review. ‘Casa Maja’ is set in 1200 square metres of private grounds and garden. I live next door on a separate 500 square metre plot completely enclosed by a high fence. This is not visible from the villa, nor vice versa. My dogs do not have free access to the villa grounds and would not be allowed near the villa unless ‘invited’ - as was the case here by the children. Had their parents indicated at any time that they were not happy about this, the dogs would have been removed immediately. Guests’ privacy is strictly respected. However, as with all villas, the swimming pool has to be chemically maintained every couple of days and cleaned at least twice a week in hot weather and the plants and garden are maintained as necessary. The gardener and I try to do these tasks when guests are out, although that is not always possible. I am delighted that the boys enjoyed their holiday here and their parents’ comment “A lovely villa in an idyllic setting”, in my ‘Visitors’ Book’ is much appreciated, so I can only imagine that the afterthought review for Owners Direct was perhaps down to the ‘unkind weather’ the family unfortunately experienced during their stay.
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Prices & Availability

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7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
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8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
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22 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
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15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Simat de la Valldigna in Valencia - Costa del Azahar

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 230 m²
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 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , air conditioning and anti-mosquito window screens
    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
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • 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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