PROPERTY AT A GLANCE If you crave the peace and quiet of a luxury country retreat with the most stunning views this truly special country estate near the pretty village of Tarbena is a tranquil oasis amidst dramatic mountain scenery in an area of rural paradise in one of Spain´s most picturesque Regions.
A spectacular location, fantastic views and only a short distance to the sea and blue flag sandy beaches this outstanding and exclusive country property where the current owners have respected its unique style which still reflects historic Moorish influences while renovating the existing building and adding extra structures. The result is a truly incomparable residential property that lies in an imposing idyllic environment, surrounded by greenery and pure air in the famously health enhancing climate and environment of the Marina Alta.
Seen as an attractive architectural ensemble that appeals to the senses and delights the eye of the beholder with an abundance of charm, the most beautiful, lush gardens and outside areas that include an outdoor pool, a spa area, tennis court, a 3D archery range with 42 stations, a golf practice course with putting green with the sunshine of the Mediterranean yours to enjoy fulfilling the highest standards of the designers art.
The estate includes a newly built, but stylistically historic, guest house offering 1,448m2 of usable floor space with eight residential suites, a reception area and bar. The original finca has been completely renovated and converted into the main house of 727m2. Plus, there is an attractively furnished house for owner or staff use 333m2 of usable floor space plus 250m2 of a ruin. In addition to the outside facilities the hotels leisure facilities include an indoor pool with counter-current exercise system.
Over the years the hotel has welcomed many a famous guest, Penelope Cruz among them, who revel in the privacy of this secret hideaway and take advantage of the 2 helipads that are available so that the estate can be approached by helicopter ensuring discretion and exclusivity.
Tàrbena is close to the sea and various sandy beaches and coves. Nearby Calpe with the iconic Peñon de Ifach is an ever evolving modern town with an abundance of Michelin recommended restaurants, yacht Marina and the historic old town where you can stroll around the small picturesque cobbled streets and enjoy local food in one of the many local tapas bars and restaurants. In Calpe you will find numerous coves and wonderful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, a paradise for lovers of snorkelling, diving and an array of water sports. For golf lovers there is the Ifach golf course situated on a country estate, a challenging nine-hole course with magnificent views of the sea and mountains. Altea is another town a short drive from Tarbena which has wonderful sandy beaches and is renowned for its upmarket designer shops and boutiques. The old town of Altea is perched on top a hill from where you find spectacular views. The Altea Golf Club Don Cayo is located in the Sierra de Altea, with nine holes and is located in the foothills of Sierra Bernia
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- South facing, panoramic stunning valley views & roman décor
- Whirlpool, Outdoor pool, Heated indoor pool, Sauna with shower, Finnish Sauna
- 3D archery, Golf practice & putting course, Tennis court, Outside Chess
- 2 Helipads, Spacious Barbecue, Various terraces & Restaurant
- Spa Area, Fitness room, Sherry bar, Stage & Piano area, Library
- Passenger lift, Goods lift, Owner/Staff house
- Air conditioning, Gas heating, 10 fireplaces
- 8 Guest Toilets, Various storage areas, Office, Technical rooms
- Alarm system, Fax, Internet (50Mbit)
- Car ports, Ample parking, 20km to the coast
PROPERTY DETAILS This incredible country estate covers an area of 140,000m2 (thirty four and a half acres) lies in the mountain valley of a nature conservation area close the the village of Tarbena. Currently used as a hotel the property whilst a hidden gem and secluded is easily accessible via the A7 Alicante-Valencia motorway and is only 20km (twelve miles) from the Mediterranean coast . The property is self-contained, spacious and amazingly decorated with Roman & Greek features, and it is versatile usable as a relaxation oasis/retreat, boutique hotel/wedding venue or accommodation for cyclists due its nearness to cycling routes.
On a plot of 60.000m2 this hotel is distributed in a mountainous setting close to nature and with a unique and splendid decoration based on the Roman and Andalusian period. Please note that a further 80.000m2 can be acquired from various sellers located nearby to create a golf course and increase profits.
The entrance to the estate is through an amazing space surrounded by nature. Once inside you have main hotel/guest house consisting of 8 beautifully presented ensuite bedrooms on the first floor, on the main floor you have the main reception area, bar, salon, 7 guest toilets and a sauna. The main house consists of 4 ensuite bedrooms on the first floor, on the main level you will find 2 additional bathrooms and a guest toilet, an open plan living and dining area with an open fireplace, Spanish-style kitchen with pizza oven, WC with ancient Greek tiles and another bathroom and toilet, sherry bar and library with open fireplace each, Finnish sauna, massage room, meditation room with open fireplace and music room with cabaret stage and open fireplace, wine cellar and indoor heated pool. The house for owners/staff accommodation consists of one bedroom and bathroom on the top level and on the main level a large open plan area with dining room and lounge. There is also a 250m2 ruin for owner/staff use.
The Moorish history of the area has been maintained and reflected in the exterior by the owners enhanced by a surrounding oasis of abundant some of them ancient over 400 years old, almond, olive, medlar, lemon and orange trees, all which when combined with the harmonious design elements creates a wonderful outdoor space that comes close to Paradise on Earth. Alfresco areas that include an outside bar currently used as a restaurant with 2 BBQ grills one large and one small, a barbecue house and a large pavilion for approximately 20 people. Additionally, there is a kitchen, 3 storage rooms and a toilet for staff.
Moreover, outside you can enjoy an infinite number of activities. The hotel has a mini golf course with only 1 hole which can be expanded to 9 or 18 holes if the purchase of the aforementioned plot is completed. An archery course with 42 stations, tennis court, cycling routes along which the Tour of Spain passes close by, paragliding from Coll de Rates and the hotel also has a meditation room to relax and connect with oneself. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and sun loungers to enjoy the sunny days and an outdoor chess set.
The top floor is where the hotel's accommodation area is located and currently consists of 8 double rooms, all with direct access to their own balcony. Specifically, 2 rooms of 40m2, 5 of 50m2 and 1 of 60m2. On this floor there is also a large sunny terrace, a small storage space and a cleaning room.
If desired, the number of rooms could be increased to 32 with an additional 8 cabins. If the additional 80,000m2 were to be acquired, it could be expanded to even more, 70 - 80 rooms and 36 cabins.
Also included is a 2-storey villa adjoining the hotel which is accessed via a spacious entrance, a living/dining area, kitchen, storage space and on the first floor a bedroom and bathroom.
This whole amazing space comes with high-quality features that includes:
Gas Central heating
Wood burning stoves
Partial Air conditioning
Modern water supply/waste disposal system
Connection to public water mains & electricity grid
Artesian well and storage cistern with capacity of 100,000 litres/22,000 gallons of drinking water
High capacity emergency generator set
Internet connection with upload/download capacity of 50 Mbit
Huge Mediterranean gardens with automatic irrigation
LOCATION In the Marina Baja region, the village of Tárbena perches high in the mountains, 560 metres above sea level with views of the coast line and the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Tàrbena is a little village of Arab origin that has been subjected to a religious de-population and later a re-population episode by an entirely different race of people. In 1609, at the time of the Inquisition, Tàrbena was abandoned, its crops unused and the town became pretty much deserted when the mostly Moorish population was expelled from the Iberian Peninsula.
The Viceroy of Palma de Mallorca sent 17 families from Santa Margalida to repopulate it, with which Tárbena acquired a new cultural identity. With homemade Majorcan sausages and pastries on offer the locals lead you to believe you have arrived in their “Little Majorca” in Tarbena.
This town’s charm is very unique and its location unbeatable. Situated in the interior of the country and slightly away from the coast, it has escaped the over-exploitation that many coastal places have suffered.
Tàrbena takes you back to a Spain that has sustained rural life for centuries; traverse ancient footpaths through the intricate terracing built by the Moors a thousand years ago while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and the coast. The rugged terrain and diversity of landscapes means that there is always something new just around the corner, an unexpected panorama or a refreshing spring bubbling from the mountainside. With more than ten routes of varying length to choose from Tarbena is a great way to experience the Mediterranean way-of-life, get a first-hand insight into the countryside, and enjoy some of the excellent walking and hiking that Spain has to offer.
The area is the area of choice for many pro cycling teams training camps. The region has earned itself the title of the ‘Healthiest Place to Live’ in Spain, mostly due to the climate, clean air and diet, sourced from the acres of fertile fields, vineyards and citrus groves. Combining the challenging terrain of the countryside with its healthy attributes and climate, makes it a win win for the pro teams. Tarbena itself is a very popular training area for professional cyclists, particularly in the winter, and is also a great area for cyclo-tourists. The fact that ten of the eighteen World Tour teams have chosen this area for their training camps this year speaks volumes for the region.
Tàrbena has plenty of bars and restaurants nearby so you can sample the excellent local cuisine, try some tapas and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of rural life in this interesting and picturesque village.
Olive and almond groves cover the terraces, oranges grow in abundance and each season produces something special to tempt the taste buds such as figs, avocados, grapes and pomegranites to name a few. And why not try the locally produced sausages and honey, all to be found in the village shop or at the weekly market held every Thursday in the town square.
Nearby you have the beautiful Algar Waterfalls and the historic village of Guadalest and only a A 30 minute drive from Tarbena you can various lively beach resorts with water parks, tourist attractions and several superb golf courses.
The location is close to international airports, travel time from Alicante airport is only 90 minutes and Valencia under 2 hrs-
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