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Barx and La Drova are situated in the high valley of La Safor, between the mountain ranges of Buixcarro and Monduver, at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level, and enjoys a pleasant climate. Barx forms part of the community of the Validigna Mancomunidad de la Validigna made up of the villages of Tavernes, Simat, Benifairo and Barx. A territory with its own identity, united by common history.
The apartment is situated in the centre of La Drova approx. 4 min drive (20min walk) from the village of Barx with its many bars and shops including two small supermarkets, butchers, bakers, tobacconist, bank, chemist etc.

The Villa
La Drova must rank as one of the most beautiful, secluded and convenient urbanisations in Spain. Set some 1,500’ up in the mountains, La Drova rests within a lush valley bounded by mountains on two sides. Monduber, the highest mountain at 847m (2,500’+), dominates the area with its sharp summit clearly visible from all directions.
Five minutes drive takes one to the charming and ancient village of Barx where a traditional and vibrant Spanish life continues, as it has for generations. La Drova itself has a bar/restaurant and an excellent and well run sports center which has a large swimming pool, tennis court and a games facility. Wonderful walking,

The village of Barx is a 20 minute walk from the villa (not to be recommended in the middle of summer). Gandia and the nearest big supermarket are a 20 minute drive away . It is essential to hire a car for your stay as the local public transport is erratic. The train service from Gandia is excellent and Valencia City centre takes less than an hour. Benidorm is only a 45min. drive with its theme parks (Terra Mitica) and water parks. Other places of interest are Xativa 30mins, Simat monastery 20mins and Guadalest 50mins.


New fully fitted, self contained 1 bedroom apartment for 2 people only, with private pool. Mountain views, Beautiful walks.
Near to Gandia and its Blue Flag beaches


Property type: Apartment

Room details


1 bedroom, sleeps 2

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in 1 single bed for single sex guests
Room for 2 in the dining area
Room for 3 in the living area
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden
Extra information (Although the bedroom has a double bed, an extra single bed is available, if preferred, for single sex couples etc. Beautiful mountain views from terrace and pool area. Welcome pack provided. DVD,s available from owners. High speed Wi Fi internet connection.)


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Sports Center

Sights and attractions

Historic Site

Prices and availability

Last updated 21.06.2013

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If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st August to 31st August 75 Days 20%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 21 Days 10%


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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 15km
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest supermarket: 2km
  • Alicante Airport: 120km
  • Alicante: 135km
  • Beach: 15km
  • Gandia: 12km
  • Shops: 2km


37 out of 37 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Sunday 16 June 2013
Very nice villa & pool in beautiful setting - gorgeous mountain views. Well-stocked kitchen for self-catering and owners very helpful & accommodating. Sole use of the pool was fantastic. Not advertised as suitable for disabled, but other than a high step up to the pool area and no handrail to get in and out of the pool, there are no other issues as everything is on the same level, with a tiny step up/down to property and garden. If renting a car, would recommend a small one as the driveway is a bit narrow and turning around is needed for exiting. We had difficulty finding the address, so nearest turning off the main road is Carrer Cap del Moro. Lovely quaint town of Barx nearby for grocery shopping and restaurants.
Stayed Wednesday 06 August 2008
This place is absolutely excellent. The hosts, Ian & Jackie are some of the kindest people my wife & I have met - And not to forget - the dog Sky. The apartment & the surrondings are perfect, and you feel you self like home from the moment you arrive. If you just want to do nothing, and enjoy the sun by the pool, or drive around in the surrounding mountains, we will recomment this place. Anne & Frank Copenhagen Denmark
Stayed Tuesday 15 April 2008
Stayed Sunday 12 August 2007
Excellent property with lovely pool and garden in quiet location. Beds were a little uncomfortable.
Stayed Monday 02 April 2007
This is a wonderful property in a beautiful location. The property is of a very high specification and has everything you could possibly require whilst on holiday. The personal touches are first class and Ian & Jackie made us very welcome and willing to help with anything we required. The information on the surrounding area was very good and made it easy for us to choose where to visit. We would recommend this property to anyone visiting this area of Spain at any time of year.
Stayed Tuesday 26 September 2006
very nice accommodation, very helpful owners. i would recommend this apartment to friends
Stayed Sunday 02 July 2006
Wow, What a villa, what a View & what great Hosts including Sky the dog. This was the 1st time i have ever booked a villa and what a 1st time experience, the photos do no justice, the villa is so much more spacious compared to the view of the photos. I really could keep on writing so much more but i will leave the rest to you. All in all a fantastic holiday Ian and Jackie will make sure that your holiday is perfect right down to the last details. Fiona and I will definitely be going back next year. Rich
Stayed Sunday 09 October 2005
Angie and Peter wholeheartedly agree with all the previous reviews, Muchisimos Gracias to Jackie & Ian (& Sky) for a wonderful two weeks.
Stayed Sunday 18 September 2005
Lovely apartment with all needs catered for, well furnished and accessorised. This apartment is set in a beautiful area surrounded by spectacular views and run by Ian and Jackie with great care.
Stayed Friday 09 September 2005
The villa was immaculate and well furnished. The location was superb, with amazing mountain views all around. Jackie and Ian were the perfect hosts and went over any above to make out holiday an enjoyable one. I would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone just wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the real Spain.
Stayed Monday 17 January 2005
A comfortable, well equipped property. A great place to relax and unwind. Owners very friendly and helpful. Hope to visit again next year. Thoroughly recommended.
This property really made our summer holiday. It had everthing we wanted and more! It is a private idaho among the mountains but with all the summer sun you could wish for. Only a 10 min hop to Gandia and the beaches. We loved the nearby town of Barx with its supermarkets and freindly restaurants. We wiled away the evenings eating there and watching life go by-slowly! Ian and Jackie are great hosts and we hope to go back with more of the family. Sky stopped me getiing home sick for my dogs! Sorry we couldnt find pen on last day to fill in guest book!
The apartment was excellent - very well kitted out , with a pool and a barbeque, and in a lovely location . Ian and Jackie were extremely welcoming and always on hand if we needed to ask them anything. We went for a week and there was plenty to do. Alicante is about an hour and halfs drive away, but there are loads of nice little towns within a much shorter drive. The beach is 20 mins drive away too.
The property was excellent. Everything you needed was included. Even all kitchen tools you could imagine were there. The property is located perfectly for a relaxing holiday. 20 minutes driving from the beach and in the middle of the mountains. A very nice garden with a big swimming pool and sunbeds and terraces everywhere surrounded by mountains and the nice weather in the summer is enough to enjoy a very nice holiday. The hosts Ian and Jackie and their dog Skye are lovely. They live above, but you barely notice their presence. When you need them for something, they are always available. Skye is always available for a small hug :) Shortly, Our vacation in El Nido Apartment was GREAT!!
Beautiful place, quiet in mid summer time! 15 minutes from various beaches with no (foreign) tourists. We enjoyed our stay very very much. A hidden treasure!
The owners were very welcoming. The property was beautiful. Great value for money, made our honeymoon perfect!
We have just returned from El Nido and had a beautiful week in the most scenic location with amazing weather and an apartment which completely exceeded our expectations! The apartment itself has everything you could want and more - from towels and an umbrella to take to the beach, to a BBQ, picnic set and cool box! It was excellent value for money, would goes as far as to say cheap! In an amazing location in the valley with mountains on either side but only about an hour from Valencia Aiport and less than 5 minutes from the local village. If anything, the description under sold the apartment but it would be impossible to do it justice without actually seeing it! The owners were great, really friendly - we hardly saw them but they are on hand if you need anything e.g. help with the gas BBQ, restaurant recommendations, directions etc. They also provided a welcome pack of food which was really appreciated since we arrived on a Sunday when most of the shops were closed. There are lots of things to see and do in the area as long as you are comfortable with driving around a bit, we particularly enjoyed Xativa Castle and Santa Maria Monastery. We would definately recommend El Nido to anyone looking for a relaxing and scenic holiday. We cannot fault anyhting about it and hope to return in the near future.
Superb spacious apartment, beautiful location, teriffic value, youll want for nothing aside from the very thoughtful welcome pack in the fridge, theres a very well equipped kitchen/lounge area, board games, dvds and a folder of local info. Owners (lovely people, both) live in adjoining property with their friendly dog, near & willing if help is required but very respectful of their tenants privacy. No kidding about the car essential part if you want to get out of the very pleasant pool/village, and youll need to be a confident but careful driver to negotiate the approaching twisty mountain roads. Whether its a peaceful day by the pool youre after, or a base that youll actually look forward to returning to after a days exploring, this fits both purposes.
The apartemnt was very good located and also excellent equipped. The landlords were very kindly. It was unforgettable holidays.
When we arrived we were surprised by the big beautiful garden with view upon the mountains. In the apartment was a welcome package (bread, milk, juice, eggs, ham and cheese), for us very useful because we arrived on a sunday. The apartment had also all the other things you could wish for. Although the owners lived above us, weve hardly seen them. But if help was required they were always there. We definitely recommend this apartment to everybody!
We were unable to enjoy the full benifit of this excellent apartment due to the weather, this is something you have no control over and did not make our stay disappointing.We were able to go back to my mothers who lives near Murcia due to the poor weather.The way that my wife and myself were looked after by Ian was so laid back and honest made our stay feel as we were part of his family. If this is how you want to run this buisness you will go far. Thank you. Regards Jerry and sam
El Nido exceeded our expectations, so well equiped, and so peaceful, very relaxing holiday in comfortable surroundings. Will return again I am sure. Our hosts were available if needed, but never intrusive, would recommend to anyone. Sky is a chilled dog too!
A real home from home, everything you needed and more. Ian and Jackie were great hosts and very helpful. Views from propertry were breathtaking and local bars and restaurants were real value for money. Already looking at dates to book again for next year. Highly recommended.
The property is very well equipped with everything you require. The location is good, within easy reach by car of a number of good beaches and in the peacefulness of the mountains. The owners (including Sky the dog)are welcoming, and helpful without being intrusive. The pool and garden areas and outside equipment are excellent. We would certainly recommend to friends and return ourselves for another stay. A very enjoyable holiday.
The apartment was spotlessy clean, had everything you could possibly need, was bigger than expected. The setting was beautiful and a wonderful place to have a nice relaxing holiday. Ian and Jackie were great hosts and very helpful with lots of local knowledge.
Have just returned from El Nido and have had one of our best holidays ever. The area is beautiful and the setting of the apartment is stunning - swam every morning in the pool with a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Ian and Jackie, as everyone else says, are perfect hosts. They totally respect their guests privacy but are always happy to help if needed. The apartment was spotless and extremely well equipped. The outside areas offer both sun and shade and are very private. Finally, Sky/e the dog IS great - she'll soon have her own fan club at this rate!
Looked after with love and care. The whole place was incredibly clean and tidy. The facilities are magnificent and the views stunning. The owners of the villa 'El Nido' Ian & Jackie, were wonderful hosts and were always happy to have a chat and extremely friendly and easy going. We are definately going back next year.
What an excellent apartment in a wonderful, peaceful area. Ian and Jackie are first rate hosts who provide very good facilities and value for money. What more can I say? Fantastic!
Like a home from home!! Comfortable, spacious, welcoming. We couldn't have wished for better hosts than Ian, Jackie and Sky(e).
A lovely apartment, spacious and well equipped. We were grateful for the central heating as the weather was not at its best for the time of year. Easy access to Gandia - 15 mins by car (the mountain road isn't that bad!) and some lovely walks from Barx and La Drova. Not a great selection of restaurants in the area out of season (except in Gandia town) but you can get everything you need in Barx if you're eating in. Ian and Jackie were the best of hosts and Skye (their dog) was an inquisitive, lovable character.
we booked this property in aug 2006,for almost 6 weeks,we were sorry to say farewell to ian and jackie and sky(the dog),were great unobtrusive hosts,the apartment was spacious and well equipped,and it did really feel the closest to having our own villa for two without the cost of hiring a 3 bedder when their was only two of us anyway.There is a real gap in the market for this sort of thing,and ian and jackie hane filled this niche have the best of everything here,proper spanish village,reasonable prices,close to beaches,great hosts.and lovely pool and gardens and mountain views,you will need a car,the bed is a twin,not a double(may bother honeymooners!!)We never got bored,although night life its fair to say is quite,although GANDIA,is not far away for clubs ect.We will hopefully return one day and will keep in touch with Jackie and ian,we recommend this little oasis ,book and enjoy,regards james and april adios.
We had a wonderful time here. The villa is spacious and was very clean in a beautiful environment. The surrounding area is very quiet with a few places to eat in. The drive down to Gandia is about 20 mins and there are some good places to eat and drink as well as a lovely big beach which is a bit further out of town but worth it. Beware, it seemed that most of the waiters/waitresses didnt speak english so we should have taken our phrase book! A great holiday all in all.
Absolutely fabulous holiday apartment. Ian and Jacqui made our stay extremely comfortable. Beautiful setting and plenty to see in the surrounding areas.
Very welcoming and brilliantly well equiped. A lovely location - convenient but really in the countryside
This is the best holiday home we've had. Ian and Jacqui were fantastic and made us feel at home, as did their scamp of a dog Sky. It's a beatutiful setting, peaceful and relaxing, with dramatic hills either side. The apartment really is first rate, and excellent value for money and very comfortable. Wish them all the best for the future.
A very comfortable and well-equipped apartment attached to a beautiful villa, with a lovely pool area. The village location was quiet with spectacular scenery all around. Ian and Jackie were perfect hosts, helpful and attentive, but, not intrusive.
We had such a wonderful time, the apartment has eveyrthing you can think of. The villages of La Drova and Barx are beautiful and the apartment is a great base for exploring the area. The apartment is well looked after, as is the pool, we will hopefully return in the very near future!!
Thank you for the time we spent in your apartment whilst looking to purchase our own property.The location of your villa and pool set in one of the most beautiful areas of spain was a dream. The apartment is tastefully funished and well equipped we wanted for nothing.Our heartfelt thanks and we wish you all the best in the future.
Fantastic first visit to the best apartment that we have used, not wanting for anything. Jackie and Ian made our stay most welcome and hopefully we will be back in the very near future, if they will have us.
Fantastic first visit to the best apartment ever, not wanting for anything. Jackie and Ian made our stay most welcome and hopefully we will be back in the very near future, if they will have us.


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