Beautifully presented 3 bedroom 3 bathroom townhouse in La Carroja with magnificent views of the Vall de Gallinera.
This stunning example of a townhouse is split across several floors and comprises a large, barrel-vaulted Cellar, a family bathroom with a full-size bath, a dining and sitting room, a fully fitted Winter kitchen, 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite, a single bedroom, a Summer kitchen with comfortable sitting area and finally a sunny roof terrace with magnificent mountain views.
You enter from the street, across from the church, passing through lockable double iron gates to a porch where there is a log store for the chimenea wood burner. There is a cold water tap and also an electrical socket. Here, you will find the original tall double doors with a small, inset door to let you in. In times past, this floor would have been used for agricultural machinery and possibly animals. It is now the sitting room and dining area (Floor 3) and is very cool in the Summer heat. In cooler times, a 10Kw wood burner stove plus electric under-floor heating keeps you warm.
The property has a 300mb fibre-optic internet connection and telephone landline. There is double-glazing throughout the house.
Walk up four steps to our fully-equipped Winter kitchen (Floor 4) where there are hand-built, wooden units with granite tops and a wall-mounted plate rack. There is a dresser that was made from one piece of English Elm! There is a four-hob gas cooker, dishwasher and a fridge freezer and all are included in the sale. There is also underfloor electric heating here too.
Return to the Sitting Room and descend through double-stained glass doors to the lower ground floor (Floor 2). This room lends itself to numerous possibilities, including a single bedroom, off this is a bathroom with a full-size bath. There is an electric radiator, also underfloor heating here.
Four steps down (Floor 1), through what has been described as a typical Moorish arch, is the barrel-vaulted cellar. Although the deeds are dated 1934, the arch would suggest the house has its origins in a much earlier time. The cellar floor is tiled and there is lighting and power. A 75-litre hot water boiler is plumbed in here for the bathtub and one-half of the house.
Return to the Sitting room and climb the stairs to a landing (Floor 5) where there is plenty of built-in cupboard space. At either end, you will find a double bedroom with en-suite facilities. Both bedrooms have double doors to outside Juliet balconies and have built-in wardrobe space.
From the landing, head up to the top floor (Floor 6). Here, there is a well-equipped summer kitchen, full of light. An original cupboard holds another 75-litre hot water boiler for the other half of the house.
There is a comfortable sitting area with double doors leading out onto a terrace with the most spectacular, uninterrupted, views! A watering system is in place.
A futon or similar settee would allow you to sleep with one or two guests or children for a short while. The current owners chose this particular layout but it would be a simple matter to change things and create a fourth bedroom on this floor. This is a special, cosy, house, probably the only one of its kind in the Valley.
La Carroja is about 350 metres above sea level and has good links to the towns of Oliva and Pego. It is one of eight villages that make up the valley of about six hundred people. After leaving Adsubia, the narrow entrance to the valley opens up as it starts to track the River Gallinera for about 14 kilometres. It is guarded at both ends by the Islamic Castles of Lord Al Azraq. Nothing prepares you in advance for the magnificent scenery, the quality of light or the vibrancy of the Valencian community here.
The valley is known for its early cherries and hosts a cherry festival in June each year. Farmers also grow olives, oranges and lemons, almonds, figs and other fruits. Many people come here for the clean air, great walking and other outdoor activities.
If you like to dip your feet in the Mediterranean sea from time to time, you can easily get to any number of pristine beaches in about thirty-five minutes and return home to this hidden gem at the end of the day. The pretty swimming pool for the valley is 300 metres away from our house and from mid-June to early September, Josep and his team will prepare tapas, Salads, Fideua and various Paellas at lunchtime.
Other places to eat very well include a high-end tapas restaurant in Benirrama; one that specialises in the cooking of their own local lamb over wood in Benitaia, as well as numerous others serving traditional Valencian food. There are two, excellent village shops, one above and one below us, less than five minutes away where village olive oil and honey, locally baked bread and fresh vegetables are sold, as well as practically everything else you need for daily life.
In the town of Pego, twenty minutes away, there are a number of supermarkets including an Aldi, and a Mercadona. We have excellent medical facilities here with a doctor and nurse on hand five days a week. In Pego, there is a health Centre with 24-hour service.
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