Escapes - A romantic escape, in Valencia, with Rustic Escapes

A romantic escape, in Valencia, with Rustic Escapes

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A ROMANTIC ESCAPE, IN VALENCIA, WITH RUSTIC ESCAPES

AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT BOOK NOW FOR Valentine´s night  – 13th/ 14th February 2021.

Valentine´s night,  with welcome hamper and cava  £300 for up to 4 people

VALENTINES IN VALENCIA OR ANY ROMANTIC SATURDAY WEEKEND SATURDAY TO SUNDAY

ENJOY A ROMANTIC WEEKEND IN A TYPICAL VALENCIAN FARMSTEAD .

WELCOME HAMPER WITH LOCAL SPARKLING CAVA

24 HRS SUPPORT LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE, OPTIONAL DROP OFF SERVICE AND VISITS TO THE BEACH AND BOATRIDE ON THE LAKE

SEE ITINERARY AND WHATS INCLUDED FOR DETAILS

Friday 14th February

Arrival .You will be welcomed by our local representative. An optional collection service from the airport can be provided

A welcome hamper will await you with local produce and a bottle of sparkling cava.

The farmstead is fully equipped with a Rustic ´honesty´ Bar and Larder and there are bars and restaurants nearby, a tram service to the centre of Valencia city and the use of complimentary bicycles to visit the nearby beach resort of Saplaya.

Saturday 15th February

Your local representative can offer an optional drop off service to Saler beach  for a romantic walk along the sands.. After this visit a village in the middle of the Albufera lake for lunch or enjoy a boat ride to see the hundreds of migratory birds that visit during the early spring.

If you are staying for one night please feel welcome to stay until 8 pm. We are happy to provide a drop off service to the local airport or station.

If you are staying for two nights,when you are ready simply contact our local representative and we shall take you back to the farmstead.

We can provide optional additional Drop off services into the city during the evening if you so wish.

Sunday 16th February

Enjoy a romantic day in and around the farmstead and depart at your leisure. Our local representative will collect you and take you to either the train station or airport.

Alquería Partida de la Mar

Alquería Partida de la Mar

 

 

 

Centro histórico de Valencia

Included

  • A welcome hamper with fresh local produce
  • Welcome by our Local Representative from Valencia or Castellon airport or the train station
  • 24 hour support from our local representative
  • Accomodation in the Rustic Escapes property, Partida de la Mar, Almassera, Valencia, Spain
  • Drop off service as detailed in the itinerary

  • wifi
  • alarm and safe deposit box
  • Rustic Bar and Larder
  • Unlimited water, gas and electricity; firewood and woodburning fires

 

Our alqueria is in Almàssera, 5 km from Valencia city centre. An alqueria is 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 for 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 , Almassera, is a traditional Valencian farmstead, located in the centre of the huerta, the largest agricultural plain in Europe, 5 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. This runs along the ancient Camino del Cid which, in Roman times, linked Valencia to Tarragona and on to Soria and Burgos. A bicycle ride away are several bars serving the local speciality drink  called horchata and made from tiger nuts. Also nearby are several excellent restaurants serving local farmers' breakfast and lunchtime tapas and 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 everyday life of the local farmers.

The house has been tastefully restored with all modern conveniences including air conditioning and wifi, yet has retained much of its original charm with open fires, wood burning stoves and an authentic drying loft originally used to dry tobacco and silk, now the master suite.  While leaving 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 five guests 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 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 the guests to pick as required.  There is a small terrace with a table and benches and a traditional barbecue/paellero with an outside sink. Between May and October a natural swimming pool/alberca runs along the side of the house and is filtered by a specialised pump and natural filter, without the need for chemicals.  The farmstead is surrounded by irrigation channels which regularly fill with fresh water on its way to irrigate the crops. Originally water for the farm was pulled from the irrigation channels by bucket and only recently has running water been installed.

All prices are for up to 4 guests. Prices are in pounds sterling.

Many of the experiences are included free within our escapes.

Our Reservations Team can help you to plan your escape and select experiences.

Contact us for any details.


City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences houses a lake, a Hemispheric cinema offering special effects nature films, a Science Museum, open air bars and restaurants, an Aquarium and an Opera house. From there the city centre can be easily visited. We offer a drop-off service, picking you up when you're ready (£50 for 1-4 guests) or wait for you and take you into the gothic centre for a city tour with a local expert concierge (£140 for 1-4 guests).

INCLUDED FREE in Escape to Valencia 3 night stay

El Bioparc

The Bioparc Zoo

The Bioparc is much more than a zoo. It was created with the animals' wellbeing in mind and is set in  beautiful surroundings . We can offer you a drop-off service, visiting first the City of Arts and Sciences followed by a drive along the river bank and around the city centre, dropping you straight into the zoo without need to park or queue. Admission to Bioparc included. (£240 for 1-4 guests)


The Aquarium

Aquarium

. The Aquarium is a fabulous park with an outstanding arctic area, underwater tunnel and dolphin show. We drop you at the gate so no need to queue. Combine this with a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences.We wait and then take you to El Saler beach, with its 20 km of golden sand dunes and seafood restaurants or take a picnic. Includes admission to the aquarium. (£240 for 1-4 guests)


Museum of Silk or Ceramics Museum

Museum of Silk or Ceramics Museum

The Museum of Silk and the Ceramics Museum are a fascinating insight into the history of Valencia. Combine either of these with a visit to the Central Market and city tour. Admission to museum included. (£140  for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Central Market and city tour

Central Market

Visit the renowned Central Market and let our concierge take home all the fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood while you enjoy wandering around the old gothic city centre. We come back for you when you are ready. (£60 for 1-4 guests)

Or enjoy a city tour with our local expert concierge. Call us when you are ready to leave. (£140  for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 3 night stay


El Rincón del Toro/Orange trees tour and paella workshop

Orange trees and paella workshop

.Visit the beautiful plains of Valencia (40 mins by car) and see mile upon mile of orange trees. Visit a picturesque valley, meet a local farmer and enjoy seeing the ancient irrigation channels  and the river Jucar which feed this fertile land, followed by a paella workshop amongst the orange trees in the Rincón del Toro. (£260 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Come & Cook in Valencia 3 night escape


Central Market, city tour and Paella Workshop

Central Market and paella workshop

.We take you to the renowned Central Market to buy fresh fruit and seafood and ingredients for the paella and drop them home for you while you wander around the old gothic city centre collecting you when you are ready. Enjoy an optional city tour with our local expert concierge - we collect you when you are ready. ( city tour an additional £50 for 1-4 guests) Enjoy a paella workshop on your terrace in the evening. (£260 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 3 night stay.


Tiger Nut Tour

Tiger Nut Tour

See how the tiger nuts are grown and take part in a hands-on workshop to learn how the local tiger nut milk (horchata) is made. Enjoy a farton (sweet pastry) and learn more about this fertile land in the company of a local expert farmer. (£200 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Beach and boat ride on the lake

Boat ride on the lake

.We take you to the City of Arts and Sciences then Saler beach and then to try a typical tapas in a village in the middle of the lake. Enjoy a boat ride in a traditional eel fisherman's boat, across the Albufera, the largest wetlands in Europe. See the fish jump and look for the herons standing majestically amongst the reeds. Tapas and boatride included. (£260 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 3 night stay

Garbí and Serra

Garbí and Serra

Visit the rocky hilltop of Garbí and enjoy the panoramic views across the Valencian plains to the sea.

Eat in a mountain restaurant and enjoy a stroll around the little village of Serra. (£140 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Where does the rice come from?

Where does the rice come from?

Drive to the Albufera lake to see the rice fields and beach, then a visit to the rice museum. Enjoy a stroll around Valencia's port, and either an horchata and farton on the way home (a locally made tiger nut milk and a delicious sweet pastry) or shopping and an aperitif in the Modernist Mercado de Colon. Admission to museum and drinks included. (£220 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Take your donkey for a stroll amongst the orange trees!

Take your donkey for a stroll amongst the orange trees!

.40 mins from the alquería you can visit the main orange growing are of Valencia in the company of a local farmer who will show you the ancient irrigation channels and the Jucar river which feed this fertile land and then cook you a paella in the open air while you stroll through the orange trees with a donkey for company. (£320 for 1-4 guests)


Paella workshop on the terrace

Paella workshop on the terrace

.Our local expert farmer joins you on your terrace to offer you a hands-on evening workshop, making your own traditional paella and teaching you the secrets of Valencian cuisine. Local wine tasting. (£200 for 1-4 guests)

The Miguelete

The Miguelete

Enjoy climbing up to the viewpoint of this historic tower and a stroll around the gothic area of Valencia to see the Cathedral, Virgin Square and famous Lonja. Enjoy hot chocolate and churros (a sweet pastry) in an ancient coffee bar. Admission, chocolate, churros, city tour included. (£140 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Horta de Soriano and farm visit

Horta de Soriano and farm visit

Visit the orange growing part of Valencia 40 minutes from the alqueria. Enjoy a morning snack in Rincón de Toro, an orange growing farm and then visit a typical farm belonging to the Datileros (local date farmers) to see how they prepare dates, palm decorations and olives. Learn how to make a paella on an open fire,  oven rice and puchero (traditional stew). Bring your swim suit! (£380 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Come & Cook in Valencia 5 night stay

The Saler beach

The Saler beach

To the south of the city there are kilometres of sandy beaches and sand dunes which are beautiful. Take a picnic or if you wish eat in the seafood restaurant on the beach. (£60 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay.

Market visit and tapas workshop

Market visit and tapas workshop

Go to the renowned Central Market with our expert concierge and choose fresh produce for your supper. We will take it home for you while you enjoy a day in the city and collect you when you're ready. Optional city tour (city tour an additional £50 for 1-4 guests). In the evening learn to cook a typical Spanish tapas meal and vegetable rice and then eat it! (£260 for 1-4 guests).

INCLUDED FREE in our Come & Cook in Valencia Escape 3 night stay

The Palmar

The Palmar

The Palmar is an island in the middle of a lake, called the Albufera, which are the largest wetlands in Europe. It is reached over narrow bridges and there are many restaurants serving typical food. You take a boatride across the lake and can look for the herons standing majestically amongst the reeds. (£220 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia

Tomatoes and Wine tasting

Tomatoes and Wine tasting

Enjoy a tomatoes and wine tasting experience with a local expert farmer. (£240 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Come & Cook in Valencia 5 night escape

Cycle the Camino del Cid

Cycle the Camino del Cid

100 metres from the farmstead is a cycle lane which spans the whole huerta, running for over 20 kilometres. This was built on the road which was used by El Cid and before him the Romans, to travel from Valencia to Sagunto and on to Tarragona, Burgos and Soria. It passes beautiful agricultural fields and you can walk or cycle along it.

The Modernist city

The Modernist city evening shopping tour

Visit Modernist Valencia with its Mercado de Colon, Mercado Central, Station and Ruzafa districts. Enjoy shopping along its main street and an evening drink and tapas in the open air market. Enjoy an aperitif and let our concierge reserve you a table in one of the excellent restaurants, collecting you at the end of the evening. (£80 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

Gastronomic Valencia

Gastronomic Valencia

We can reserve a table in one of the many restaurants for you and offer you a complete drop-off and collection service leaving you free to enjoy the experience to the full(£80 for 1-4 guests).   To reserve a 14 course meal in the Michelin starred Ricard Camarena restaurant ask us to book in advance and experience an incredible meal with a local expert passionate about local produce and the zero km carbon-free footprint.

Ca Xoret and Les Tendetes

Ca Xoret and Les Tendetes

Ca Xoret can be visited by bicycle and offers a typical insight into Valencian cooking alongside a selection of Valencian wines. The local farmers' restaurant, 1 km away, Les Tendetes is a fascinating and down to earth eatery offering large bocadillo breakfasts and delicious tapas and menus. If you prefer, our concierge can accompany you in a car, taking you first for a typical morning breakfast then lunch, with a stroll around the huerta and a visit to the local museum in between Meals not included. (£120 for 1-4 guests)

INCLUDED FREE in our Escape to Valencia 5 night stay

The Lonja

The Lonja

The Lonja is one of the emblematic sights of the Gothic area of Valencia alongside the Miguelete, Mercado Central, the Catedral and Plaza de la Virgen. Enjoy a city tour with our local expert concierge. (£80 for 1-4 guests)

Other areas to enjoy in the city are the river bank for walking or cycling, the Viveros and Bioparc parks, the IXth century Ruzafa area, the port area and the modern City of Arts and Sciences, two important art galleries. There is plenty to see and do.

Our concierge service offers a personal touch. The concierge will usually accompany you on your experiences or just drop you off and collect you later if you prefer. Of course they can also advise you where to eat, help you with shopping enquiries, assist in buying tickets etc and answer specific questions you may have about your stay - little touches that make your stay comfortable and personal to you. (Note the concierge does not stay overnight.)

For specialist programmes Rustic Escapes provides an expert concierge. The team includes an expert horticulturist and ornithologist. Specialist programmes are led by local experts eg cookery workshops, foraging, riding etc.

Our concierges in Spain speak both Spanish and English (and often French too).

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