Almond Grove is the collective name for the cluster of three stunning properties that can be found on the beautiful Costa Blanca, Spain.
British hosts, Andy & Nikki along with their two children have spent the past eight years creating a relaxing haven for families to enjoy wonderful holidays together. Every single one of the beautiful, comfortable properties has been designed with your children in mind, which means parents can rest-assured their special break here will be relaxing and stress-free as all the important details have already been taken care of.
We’ve quizzed Andy and Nikki about what makes Almond Grove and the surrounding area so special:
Olive – Sleeps 6
Almond – Sleeps 4
Vine – Sleeps 6
How long have you owned Almond Grove?
What first attracted you to the properties?
We had a long list of requirements and Almond Grove ticked every box! We travelled around Southern Spain over a ten day holiday and had appointments booked with several estate agents each day in different towns. We saw Almond Grove on the 3rd day and cancelled all the other appointments. We did a 2nd viewing in the rain and still loved it so we knew it must be the one. We fell in love with the history, the location and especially the peace and tranquillity of the area.
What do you love most about the properties?
The fact that they are 100 years old and have a lot of original features, yet have been refurbished to provide all modern comforts. Each property has a unique feel as they have been individually designed with all local Spanish materials and they stay cool all year round even without air conditioning. The best endorsement we could have had, has been the numerous local Spanish families who have come to “inspect” what we have done. Everyone for miles around seems to be connected to Almond Grove somehow, either was born here, lived here, worked here or has family that did! And every single “inspection” has been a massive success with more than a few tears (of joy!) being shed from the old Spanish ladies.
What do you love most about the location?
The peace and quiet is lovely, but what never ceases to amaze us are the views. Whether you’re doing lengths of the pool, eating dinner or just having a drink at the bar, every now and then, you notice the views and they take your breath away. Being halfway up a mountain, we enjoy 360 degree views and we never tire of looking at them.
What’s the name of the best local bakery?
Panaderia Paco. A local Spanish bakers that has a great selection of breads, beautiful cakes and local Spanish delicacies. Try a Coca Longaniza (Flat bread with sausage) as an great snack – our kids love it. Paco’s is located in the town square opposite Bar Victor’s so you can pop in for a drink after buying your bread while the children play in the square!
Where is the best place to eat with the kids?
For Spanish “menu del dia” or tapas, head to Bar Victor’s. It is a lovely friendly bar/café/restaurant serving typical Spanish tapas and meals along with a huge choice of bocadillos (filled baguettes). It is also located on the town square so there’s outside space for the kids to run off a bit of energy or make room for the next ice cream! They also speak a little bit of English. However if you want something English, Route 66 is a lovely new café in town. Owned by an English couple, it’s a great place for a morning bacon sandwich or a midday home made burger. They even do a mini burger for the little ones. They also have a deli counter if you’re missing any English staples such as a sausage roll or Cornish pastie! Terry the owner also makes wonderful milkshakes for the kids (or adults!).
You have an hour to spare before dinner – what would you recommend doing within the resort to pass the time and keep the kids entertained?
We would recommend a game of petanca (boule) while enjoying a pre dinner drink or if you’ve had enough sun for the day, maybe a game of pool in the bar area while the kids watch a DVD in their own special area alongside.
Best place for a stroll with the pushchair?
The esplanade in Alicante is beautiful, packed with market stalls, entertainers, artists and numerous bars. But don’t stop there. Carry on around the old town then down to the port to show the kids the amazing pirate ship before watching the sun go down in one of the many port side bars. Beautiful!
Best place to take a picnic?
You can’t do better than to take any of the tracks leading away from our property and wind your way up the mountain. Within 5 minutes you will be fully secluded and able to lay out your picnic blanket and enjoy the amazing views while the kids explore. If you fancy something more sociable, in July and August you could head into our local town and use the municipal pool. It is set in parkland with mature trees providing shade, loads of open space for picnics and some picnic tables for anyone who wants them.
Best beach for sandcastles?
Santa Pola is a gorgeous long, flat, safe, sandy beach ideal for sunbathing, swimming and most importantly, making sandcastles! It is 40 minutes away from Almond Grove and is a really lovely, clean beach favored by the local Spanish population. There are also a number of restaurants on the beach or a short walk away is the local port with the fresh fish market and a wide variety of restaurants.
Best ice-creams can be found…
If you get bored of the free ice pops at Almond Grove and when the wide variety stocked in the local bars won’t suffice, head to Pinoso. Pinoso is a Spanish town fifteen minutes from Almond Grove with a number of really nice bars and restaurants and a brand new ice cream parlour!
Why should people with young children chose Almond Grove for their holidays?
Everything we have done over the last 8 years of work has been with families in mind. Our first thought is always the safety of the children and hence the contentment of the parents. We constantly put ourselves in the guests’ shoes and imagine what we would want from a holiday. We believe we have provided a location where parents can relax knowing their children have loads to keep them occupied, all in a safe environment.
Tell us one secret about the property that no-one else knows.
The location of the property was determined over 100 years ago by the Almorós family looking for a place to build a new almond farm. They toured the countryside searching for the ideal location, taking all their possessions with them along with a train of donkeys pulling carts laden with the rocks to be used to lay the foundations of their new home. Legend has it that as they passed the location of the Almond Grove a wheel broke on the lead wagon causing chaos amongst the donkeys. The head of the family took this as a sign (or had just had enough touring!) and decided this was the place! So fate had a massive hand to play and if it wasn’t for that broken wheel, we wouldn’t be here today!
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