Per weekfrom 1400.00 to 1400.00 EUR
'Boutique Hotel Spanish Family Robinson-Style’ is perhaps the best description of the experience at the beautiful Caserío del Mirador. The elegant pool and stylish Moroccan influenced interiors give it all the hallmarks of an exclusive retreat, but the warm hospitality of owners, Sarah and Johnny Robinson, and the presence of their three gorgeous children, create a laid back atmosphere that easily has parents relaxing – no need for toddler-induced tenterhooks here!
Nestled in a fragrant valley and in sight of the sea, its breathtaking views might be its greatest asset but the fact that guests at Caserío del Mirador can be as sociable or self-contained as they wish, comes a close second. This 27 foot American style Airstream offers single parents or couples with a babe in arms the perfect relaxing holiday experience! Complete with fold out double bed, basic kitchenettes enabling guests to self-cater or sample Sarah’s delicious rustic Spanish cuisine. Lunches and evening meals are on offer at least five days a week and can be delivered to your private terrace set in a pretty olive grove or enjoyed as sociable communal suppers, overlooking the beautifully lit pool and valley below. The daily kids supper times are a big draw for both mini and grown-up guests since Sarah produces popular meals for little ones and cracks open a few bottles for the grown-ups who generally bond over tips and advice on where to go and what to do with tots in tow.
Days are blissful with plenty of beaches and scenic towns to visit within 30-60mins drive and plenty to keep little ones occupied on site of opting for a chilled day by the pool. There are animal friends to visit including pigs, goats, ponies, chickens, rabbits and cats, a toy-filled terrace and numerous play areas - including possibly the World's best located sandpit! All-that combined with daily breakfast pastry deliveries, twice weekly visits from a massage and beauty therapist and Sarah's amazing suppers and it is easy to see why a stay at Caserio del Mirador is so often considered to be hefty dose of family rejuvenation. In fact, a number of parents have even credit it with 'saving their marriage' although we do think that might have been meant slightly tongue in cheek!
Airstream is a one bedroom holiday caravan with kitchenette with sink and fridge, lounge, shower and an outside stove, set in your own private terrace complete with hammock and Adarondack chairs. It is set in its own olive grove within a couple of minute's walk from the main pool terrace making it convenient, yet private, with a real feeling of being at one with nature. The setting allows for amazing, panoramic views across the valley from mountain peaks and down to the coast. The space is best suited to either a couple with a small baby or a single parent and child. The oak floor and open plan maximize the interior space which houses comfortable 140cm wide bed, oak and stainless steel kitchenette with sink and fridge, and full sized shower with plumbed in bathroom. Outside, the extensive decking is both shady and sunny with a retractable awning. Perfect for lazy breakfasts, snoozes in the hammock or evening drinks watching the sun go down. There is an outside shower for cooling off and camp stove for aspiring chefs, although breakfasts can be delivered each morning and its less than two minutes' walk to the poolside drinks fridge and evening dinners at the house - The Airstream puts the glamour into glamping!
Caserío del Mirador enjoys a peaceful setting amongst almond trees and olive groves with a stunning far reaching view down the valley to the Mediterranean coast that makes a fantastic first impression. The terraces, gardens and grounds offer a wonderful sense of space and tranquillity that has guests slipping into relaxed holiday mode from the moment they arrive.
Although scenically set amongst rural splendour, it’s only a short walk to the nearest restaurant and the 10minutes drive to the closest town.
Jalon, with its blue glazed terracotta dome above the main square visible for miles around, comes alive on its market days and is famous for its bodegas, or wine cellars. It also boasts a small assortment of restaurants, cafes and specialist shops selling everything from cured meats to Moroccan curiosities, and even wine made from vines next to the Caserío. There are also two kids play areas in the town with climbing frames and swings, these are Plaza Las Ocas and next to the riverbed.
Away from the coast, the town retains much of its authentic feel but also manages to cater well for visitors, so issues with language and finding the basics for children aren’t a problem.
Jalon is the principal town in the Val de Pop, a traditional agricultural area famous for wine, almonds and olives. Surrounding the valley are dramatic mountains, giving plenty of scope for walking and panoramic views down to the sea. Terrace walls built by the Moors characterise the landscape across the whole area
The coast is only a short drive away too. From its setting, in the middle of a peninsular, the house has good access to a variety of beaches and resorts within half an hour. Several nearby beaches have good family facilities with play areas, restaurants and easy parking, some also have little streams that toddlers can paddle in safely.
A little further afield, Valencia, is one of the most exciting cities in Europe and well worth a visit. Host to the recent America’s Cup and the European Grand Prix, Valencia boasts a contemporary Arts and Sciences complex, art museums, a well preserved medieval quarter with World Heritage recognition, covered markets, the cathedral famous for keeping the Holy Grail, wonderful architecture and a lifestyle that embraces partying and eating well. Little ones love the (free) giant Gulliver play park, Aquarium and Bio Park (animal conservation park).
Getting There: Caserio del Mirador is set midway between the airports or Valencia and Alicante, being approx. 70 mins from Alicante and 80 from Valencia. www.skyscanner.net allows for general Spain searches, so the most suitable flights from your local airport can be identified easily. Car rental is essential.
Check-in time: 12:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 50%
Balance: 14 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 12:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 50%
Balance: 14 days prior to arrival
Arrival: , Departure:
Sarah and Johnny Robinson and their three children - Poppy, Florence and Charlie. Caserío del Mirador was inspired and influenced by Sarah and Johnny's experience of their travels with and without children. The house is an environment where people can relax and be together, a home that is shared to give a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The people, the food, the landscape, the Mediterranean
and of course the beautiful weather. We live in a wonderfully dramatic setting surrounded by ancient almond and olive groves with views down to the coast. The terraces, gardens and grounds give a wonderful sense of space, and we love the peace and tranquility - hearing birds sing or a distant dog bark.
The rhythm of Spanish life suits us well, nothing is rushed, people have time for each other, meals times are savoured and enjoyed.
Spending time together as a family is central to our lives, and the good weather gives us many options whether we want to enjoy being at the house or go out for the day.
SaveKids love going away, the adventure, the new experiences, making new friends and getting Mum and Dad to themselves.
Kids love jumping in the pool, meeting the animals and playing with newly discovered toys.
They love the stable block, home to Archy and Benjy the stable cats.
There are usually rabbits bouncing around somewhere, and if you are
lucky there might be a litter of baby rabbits.
Kids love the climbing frames, sand pit, slides, swings, trampoline and space to run around safely.
There are plenty of toys and books for inside activities and usually a group of kids will find something that they want to do together.
A favourite day out is a visit to the beach, playing in the sand and paddling in the sea.
Best of all is Kid's Tea, yummy food while Mum and Dad relax with a cool drink and chat to the other parents.
Sleeps 2 + baby.
Caserio del Mirador approx. 60 mins from Alicante and 70 from Valencia airports.
Several beaches within 30-40mins drive
There's a basic local restuarant a few minutes walk up the hill
There is a lovely outdoor pool (unfenced) with stunning views. Little ones are encouraged to use it with adult supervision. It is now solar heated
Pre-bookable babysitting is available, although the nightly dinner parties within monitor range of bedrooms means guests hardly need it. Daytime child-minding is also available.
As well as cots, highchairs, baby tubs, baby bouncers. bed guards, bibs, blenders, baby gyms, baby crockery and cutlery, toy baskets and books, the Robinsons also have sun umbrellas available for use at the beach, and a number of 3-wheel buggies/backpack carriers for country walks.
There are baskets of toys and books provided in the common areas and little ones are welcome to adopt them for the duration of their stay.
Sarah's fabulous cooking can be enjoyed communally or delivered to the apartments for private dining.
Theres a large sand pit and various swing sets, slides and a trampoline scattered around the grounds.
In room treatments by mobile beauty and massage therapist available on request.
Breakfast is available daily, a basket of fresh baked bread and croissants delivered to your windowsill at 8am each morning (approx. 12 Euros per family). Although, Weetabix, coffee, milk etc is all in the apartment on arrival. Other meals are served sociably on the kitchen terrace or can be brought to the apartment most days. Prices approx. 20 Euros for lunches, approx. 30-50 for dinners with wine, 8 Euros for kids tea time including wine for parents. Don't miss the Sunday Paella - Top US parenting mag 'Cookie' called it the best in Spain!
The Airstream has a private terrace with stunning views and a hammock
Free Wi-Fi available
There are animal friends in the form of rabbits, chickens, pet cats, goats and beautiful, gentle, Shetland ponies.
10 cots and highchairs available
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