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Spacious family home in the countryside with mountain views and private pool

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,444 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

House near Xativa, Valencia, Spain - Very private rural location but close to village. Beach 35 minutes. 100% positive reviews.

Under an hour from Valencia, and only slightly further from Alicante, lies Finca Casablanca, a large family home in its own securely-fenced grounds with a large private swimming pool. The area is generally agricultural, principal crops being oranges, lemons, walnuts, almonds, plums, apples, pears, and some rice. It is fertile and well-supplied with water. The nearest village to Finca Casablanca is Barxeta, with a population of 1,600 and a number of bars, restaurants, and shops including three bakeries, two butchers and mini-supermarkets. Barxeta is about a ten-minute walk. The nearest beaches to Finca Casablanca are 35 minutes away at Tavernes de Valldigna. Xátiva is 7 miles away along a road which winds through orange groves, a prosperous “county town” with a population of around 30,000, dominated by the castle which dates back to before Roman times.

David Millen
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

About David Millen

Retired early while I still had my sanity and could enjoy good food, sunshine and a less regimented existence.

David Millen purchased this villa in 2003

Why David Millen chose Xàtiva

Easy access by motorway and train to two international airports doesn't often come together with an "away from it all" feeling, but that's what we found here.

It took a while to realise that we also had a generous helping of the great outdoors, excellent restaurants, shopping and Mediterranean beaches, even closer than the two airports.

A mixture of careful research and just plain luck, but no complaints!

What makes this villa unique

A lot of large rental properties consist of a big house on a postage-stamp garden. Not this one - you can't see into the house or garden from any other property, and the pool area can't be seen even from the house itself. You can park a fleet of cars here if you're so minded.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The house is very comfortable and ideal for a family holiday. We have had an amazing time." A.L., Surrey

"We have all had a fantastic time here - the villa, the pool, the gardens are amazing. Our three boys have enjoyed all the facilities. We have felt extremely comfortable, relaxed, and at home here!" D.W., Worcs

"We've had a wonderful time; the villa is marvellously well-appointed and a real retreat. Xativa is a lovely town, too. Thank you for being such a charming host and all your support. We'll be back for a bit more Valencia sunshine next time!" S.P., Herts
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Xàtiva in Costera

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3444 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • En-suite to double bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Main bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Wet room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: large bathroom with bath (shower over, shower screen), bidet, WC, washbasin Bathroom 2: wet room with shower, WC, washbasin Bathroom 3: en suite to bedroom 1
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , twin room, built-in wardrobe
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , Huge room with separate satellite TV, DVD, 2 bunk beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , with en-suite shower room, built-in wardrobe
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: 150cm double bed, 2 windows facing north and west, en-suite shower/WC/basin Bedroom 2: Twin 90cm single beds, window facing east Bedroom 3: Twin 90cm single beds, window facing east Bedroom 4: 150cm double bed, two bunks, 8 windows
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Notes on accommodation: All rooms except bathrooms have ceiling fans or room fans. A car is essential - this is a rural environment. There is parking for (at least) half a dozen cars, visitors with motor homes, etc. Access is over a short section of unmade track. Wifi is available throughout the house and much of the grounds at no additional cost - this is a proper 10Mb/s fixed line connection with 802.11n access points, most unusual in rural Spain! Guests have free access to the home server with hundreds of movies and thousands of music tracks. Outside: The grounds extend to approximately 2 acres. The pool is 11m x 6m and is completely private and not overlooked - not even from the house, so if you have small children they MUST be supervised. The pool area has sun loungers and a pergola with table and chairs. There is a barbecue area (a "paella house") with its own terrace, marble dining table for eight, electric light, and its own fridge. The main south terrace runs the full width of the house (50 ft) and has a swing settee, armchairs, breakfast/dining table and chairs. Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom and pool towels are included, as is all bedlinen. Both are changed weekly. Other: Three downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms are arranged around an internal patio. There is a single step up from the living room to the rest of the house. The family bedroom (bedroom 4) upstairs is also 500 sq ft, and has TV, stereo, sofas, table and chairs.


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Spacious family home in the countryside with mountain views and private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Lovely villa with beautiful pool

  • 5 of 5

We hace just returned from a fabulous holiday in Xativa. We arrived quite late but David was there to meet us and show us round. Throughout the holiday if we needed anything, David was more than happy to offer help or advice, whether it be booking tickets or directions into Valencia. Although there is only air conditioning in the upstairs room, the villa is very cool and there was plenty of space for both families (we were 4 adults and 4 children). We visited the castle in Xativa, which is well worth a visit, and David's recommendation for lunch in the restaurant Terassa Sant Josep went down a treat, the food was delicious and the view of the castle is fabulous! The villa itself is quirky but comfortable. The children loved the resident terrapin and David's dogs who are very friendly! We found driving around Xativa very easy and shopped at the Mercadona supermarket (and validated the parking ticket for free parking) and Aldi. Both were very reasonable and had everything we needed. The Bioparc and the aquarium in Valencia are definitely worth a visit, as is the Cathedral. We also visited the shopping centre Plaza Major which was good for the children as there was a little play area right next to some bars cafes and restaurants. We felt very comfortable and well looked after for the entire trip and can't thank David enough for his hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolute pleasure to have you all here at Finca Casablanca - "quirky" in the sense that it's not a mass-produced hotel or apartment complex, it's just a large family home and I'm glad it felt like that for you. The dogs, by the way, seemed to think the kids were great, though I should point out that they (the dogs) are not in residence while the villa is rented, they just sometimes visit dog-friendly families! You're welcome back any time you like.
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Large, spacious and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Expansive, well-equipped family-friendly villa in lovely surroundings. Plenty of space, good-sized pool and "away from it all" feeling, despite being under an hour to Valencia and 20 minutes from Xativa.

David was a generous host- with advice and guidance on the local sites, things to do and restaurant recommendations.

Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words, John. You and the family are welcome back whenever you wish. I'm delighted you had a great time.
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Great house, great hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay with the family. The mature gardens are beautiful and peaceful and we were made especially welcome by David with comprehensive restaurant recommendations and advice about Spain. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful. Private. Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a wonderful week at Finca Casablanca, which is a well-hidden gem! It matched its photos and description on the website perfectly but was even more charming. Its lovely garden, with lots of outdoor seating, made it easy to relax immediately into the holiday spirit and indoors the house felt really welcoming; more like staying in the house of a friend than in a holiday home. What made it such a success for our family was that there was plenty of space, both indoors and out, for everyone to spread out and 'do there own thing' (important when your children are in their late teens) while the large living room, shady terrace and well-equipped, practical kitchen made it easy to get together in comfort as well. The owner, David, was extremely helpful and steered us towards local sights and eateries that we would certainly not have found for ourselves. This was an ideal holiday base for us and we're looking forward to returning very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive comments. This is exactly the idea - that guests should feel as though they'd moved into their *own* holiday home. I'm glad you had a great time, and you're welcome back whenever you wish.
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Fantastic family villa in quiet surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Family friendly villa in amazing setting. Very private and quiet with superb facilities. The owner is extremely helpful and friendly. Very close to the town of Xativa with many bars, restaurants and amenities. The beach is only 25 minutes away and plenty of places to explore. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive comments, and I'm delighted that you had a relaxing and enjoyable time at Finca Casablanca!
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Very nice family stay thanks to David, the large house and the great pool

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a very relaxing area, in the mountains but you get easy access to local shops and supermarkets. Thanks to David you will get to know the best places where to eat, shop and go. Also the house is only 30 to 50 minutes away from the sea and Valencia. The house in itself is beautiful with a lovely terrace and patio. It's large enough for a family of 8 members. The pool is another highlight: large, clean and with wifi coverage. There's an outside barbecue too where to cook your fresh meat and fish from the local shops. Last but not least David is a very nice host who will give you great advice about your stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: They say before you can be a good guest you have to be a great host. Raphael's family group were model guests, and that may be,at least in part, a reflection on his profession in the hospitality industry. For that reason, Raphael, your positive comments are all the more welcome, and we'd be delighted to see you again in the future.
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Special interest holidays:

GPS tracks of local walking and 4x4 routes are available at no additional cost.


The nearest beaches to Finca Casablanca are 35 minutes away at Tavernes de Valldigna. On the way, the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de la Valldigna in Simat de Valldigna is a rewarding detour. Gandía is about 45 minutes away, and the resort towns of Denia and Jávea around one hour. However, the entire coast both north and south from Tavernes is essentially one long beach, except for the breaks caused by ports or marinas, so there's a spot to suit everyone's personal tastes.


Valencia airport is closest, at around 45 minutes. Alicante airport is around 75 minutes. There are frequent and inexpensive trains from Valencia to Xátiva, so if your hire car (essential) won't accommodate both luggage and all guests, just drive ahead while the others make their way from the airport. Detailed instructions available and possible pick-up from Xátiva. If bringing your own car from the UK, Santander is 8 hours, Bilbao 7 hours, the French border at La Jonquera 6 hours.


Barxeta 1 km

Xátiva 11 km

Tavernes de la Valldigna beach 25 km

Valencia 70 km (airport, city slightly closer)

Alicante 130 km (airport, city slightly closer)

Further Details:

Basic shopping can be done in the village of Barxeta. The nearest proper town is Xátiva, where a modern shopping area with international and local names adjoins the old quarter of the town where street markets are to be found in the market square and the narrow streets around it. There is also an out-of-town shopping centre. The town’s numerous bars and restaurants are complemented by a surprisingly frantic night-life, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, when the sun is often well up before the last revellers make their way home. Xátiva is known as the “City of a Thousand Fountains” and although there is no record of any serious attempt to count them, there is certainly ample evidence of the ready availability of water in the area. One of Xátiva’s other claims to fame is that it is unique in having been the birthplace of two Popes – Calixtus III and Alexander VI, the "Borgia Pope" – who are commemorated in the square adjacent to the cathedral.

For some years, many would-be Costa Blanca holidaymakers have been starting to turn their attention inland, benefiting in the process from lower prices, fewer tourists and a more Spanish feel to the area than the coastal resorts. Join them!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
We accept payment in pounds sterling to a UK bank account, or in Euros to a Spanish bank account, whichever you prefer.
A security deposit of 250GBP is payable when the booking is confirmed. This is refunded within 14 days after departure from the property subject to deductions for any damage etc. 50% of the rental is due at time of booking with the balance being due 60 days prior to arrival. The second and subsequent weeks of any booking are discounted by 50GBP.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day by arrangement, but normally Saturday. Arrival after 4pm preferred, departure by 11 am so that we have time to ensure that everything is as it should be for the next guests.

Notes on prices:
The second and subsequent weeks of any booking are discounted by 50GBP. Minimum rental one week, extra days pro rata to first week's rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.