Look what we found!

I promise you…I have never found such a strange and portentous artefact! I have been busy, the last two weeks; restoring and re-designing our most recent Rustic Escape, in Moraira. It is a magnificent example of a farmstead, typical of those found throughout the province of Alicante.  It is made of local stone and is a lovely solid house, set in the rolling countryside near the lovely seaside town of Moraira, a five-minute walk from Teulada, yet ´deep´in the countryside, [...]

Spain is full of contrasts. I love it!

The rain in Spain is lovely! It never rains in Spain. It pours!. It´s either beautifully sunny, with iridescent blue skies and bright, warm light or dark and windy with torrential rain. Never in between. I love it! None of that grey, drizzly nothingness you get for days on end in other places. It makes its mind up. It´s decisive. A day of pouring rain, the roads rivers; then you wake to bright sunshine and fresh blue skies. Perfect. Here, in [...]

the Grand Rustic Escapes Spring Clean!

I love cleaning! The Grand Spring Clean in Rustic Escapes Every year, at about this time all the local representatives (and most of my family!) join in to help do a Grand Spring Clean all of the Rustic Escapes´properties in Spain and England; making sure they are tip top and ready for our guests this year. I love cleaning. I don´t have a cleaner in my own home and am always ready to roll up my sleeves  and clean other [...]

Join us in creating the perfect Rustic Escape!

Busy finding our next Rustic Escape. Watch this space! How busy I´ve been these last two weeks; travelling up and down the Costa Blanca looking for beautiful rural locations near the sea where we can create our next Rustic Escape. I´ve struggled up a number of very bumpy lanes, emerged through thickets deep in the countryside and wandered through quiet and peaceful rural villages in search of  distinctive rural properties for our guests to enjoy. Rustic Escapes. Comfort and style in [...]

Daffodils in January in our Rustic Escape in Valencia

Look at those beautiful daffodils! January in Partida de la Mar Valencia Aren´t they lovely? Personally I never pick flowers, preferring to enjoy them in the lovely gardens we have in all our Rustic Escapes properties; these were picked for me and were a lovely surprise. Can you believe it is January and they are already in flower? Beautiful yellow beacons of hope and good luck for the coming year. Here they sit lit by my lamp and illuminating the [...]

Spanish markets…Joy on earth!

If you´re a Rustic Escapes sort of person, as I am, you will, I know, be feeling increasingly aghast at the advertising on television. as Christmas time approaches, by the large supermarkets; earnest in their drive to make us believe Joy at Christmas will be found down their aisles, with rows and rows of packaged, mass produced, highly processed  Christmas fare. I went to the market and I just had to share with you real Joy. Food markets in [...]

Come for Christmas!

Wow what weather! And how beautiful it is here in Finestrat! I popped down to La Casa de la Campana, our Rustic Escapes´ property in the little mountain village of Finestrat, Alicante, yet only 7 km from the beautiful seafront of Villajoyosa and the bustling metropolis of Benidorm; and it was glorious weather-mid-November and yet like summer! You have just got to come here this Christmas or New Year! Look how sunny and lovely La Casa de la Campana [...]

No more dates for the parrots!

I can´t believe it! Fifteen years watching while squawking green parrots decimate my date tree; feasting every autumn on my dates. Days and days of nibbled yellow dates lying on my lawn, attracting all sorts of other nasty nibblers! I was always told that the dates in my tree were not the edible kind; the wrong kind; the yellow kind…all manner of reasons (was it me?!!) why my dates were just not good enough. Somehow defective. Story of my [...]

A lovely weekend in Finestrat

What a lovely weekend with Rustic Escapes! Naturally I was on the hunt for witnessing more countryside traditions and enjoyed watching a local harvesting his olive crop, in traditional fashion; with a long stick and a net below the beautiful olive green tree. However, the highspot of the weekend, some will be interested to know, was a sunset walk in Benidorm. It does have the most amazingly long beach and by this time of the year is beautifully peaceful; [...]