PARTIDA DE LA MAR, ALMÀSSERA, VALENCIA
Our property in the region of Valencia is an alqueria – a typical Valencian farmstead on the agricultural flat plains (called la huerta) between Valencia city and the sea. Surrounded by fields of artichokes and chufa (used to make the local drink called horchata) and orchards of orange trees, our guests will be able to immerse themselves in this unique and important farming region and enjoy its rich culture and history.
Partida de la Mar in Almassera, is a traditional Valencian alqueria located in the centre of the huerta, the largest agricultural plain in Europe, and just five km from the centre of the historic city of Valencia. Valencia is situated on the east coast of Spain, known as the Costa del Azahar, or Orange Blossom coast.
The farmstead is only one km from the beach and the harbour of Port Saplaya, which has restaurants and bars and a shopping centre. A five minute walk takes you to a tram station in either the nearby town of Almassera or Meliana, with quick access to the city centre and between these runs a cycle and pedestrian track which spans the length of the huerta, for over 20 km. A bicycle ride away are several bars serving the local speciality drink called horchata, made from tiger nuts, unique to Valencia. Also nearby are several excellent restaurants serving local farmers’ breakfast and lunchtime tapas and of course paella, which originated in this area. In the nearby village of Roca, a short bicycle ride away, there is a station which offers direct access to Valencia, Sagunto and Castellón, then Barcelona.
The alquería is surrounded by agricultural land, growing oranges, artichokes, potatoes, onions and tiger nuts (or chufa) which, in the summer months sways in the breeze like a sea of green in front of the farmstead. It is important to note that this is an agricultural rather than a tourist area and guests can enjoy feeling part of the farmers’ everyday life.
The house has been tastefully restored with all modern conveniences including wifi and air-conditioning in the master bedroom and living area, yet has retained much of its original charm with open fires, a wood-burning stove and an authentic drying loft originally used to dry tobacco and silk, now the master suite. While keeping the stonework and original beams the bathrooms have been restored to the highest specifications with top of the range luxury fittings.
The sleeping accomodation comprises:
The main suite, with a queen size bed and ensuite bathroom with a beautiful copper and antique silver roll top bath and a state of the art La Cage shower. The room also offers two additional beds, built as nests within the wooden walls which housed the drying racks and could allow the suite to be used as a family room while also serving as large sofas for relaxing in front of the glass-doored wood-burning stove.
The second bedroom is small and cosy, with a double bed and furnished with traditional mahogany furniture and a pretty shuttered window. It has its own bathroom across the hallway with a top of the range antique roll top bath and shower.
The third bedroom offers a single option for a 5th guest or can be used for two children. It was originally the donkey’s stable and retains its wooden trough and many agricultural features, along with its own antique wood-burning stove, while having been totally refurbished with pretty floral prints and white wood cladding. It opens out onto an inner patio which leads into a shower and bathroom. This room is ideal for any guest with reduced mobility.
The living area has a large open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room with an open fire. The working kitchen includes an AGA cooker, induction hob, fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, tea, coffee maker and juicer and has been fully integrated into the original farmhouse kitchen. Throughout the property there is an eclectic mix of antique furniture and artefacts all helping to enhance the guests’ authentic farmhouse experience.
The outside area comprises 2500 square metres of seasonal agricultural crops with an area dedicated to a kitchen garden, with a range of vegetables and fruit for guests to pick as required. There is a small terrace with a table and benches and a traditional barbecue/paellero and an outside sink. An outhouse houses a washing machine for guests to use, although the cleaner, who visits daily, will happily take care of guest laundry. A natural dip pool, or alberca runs along the side of the house. This can be accessed through a gate in the fence however it is important to note that it is a natural freshwater pool rather than a swimming pool and is connected to the irrigation channels which regularly fill with fresh water on its way to irrigate the crops. Children must be supervised at all times when outside. Originally water for the farm was pulled from the irrigation channels by bucket and only recently has running water been installed. Many aspects of traditional farming techniques can be witnessed in the surrounding fields, which are still tended by horse drawn ploughs. Guests will enjoy complete immersion within the local farming community.
PARTIDA DE LA MAR, ALMÀSSERA
The area of Almàssera is a municipality which derives its names from an Arabic name for olive press or mill dating back to the olive mills that were established here. The alqueria is just a few minutes from the sea and the city of Valencia yet in the heart of this agricultural region so you can enjoy the best of all worlds.
There is much to do in la huerta and the surrounding area and it is easily accessible to Valencia city and the local region. Valencia has a mild climate, a rich and varied cuisine (the home of paella), 7kms of beaches, a vibrant lifestyle and a rich history with influences from Roman, Visigoth, Moorish and Medieval cultures. Rustic Escapes can introduce you to a side of Valencia that few tourists discover.