What started out as a dream has now become a reality! A medieval townhouse nestled in the shade of the Castillo de Bolbaite and actually forming part of the castle structure has been lovingly restored to create an ideal holiday home in Bolbaite in the Canal de Navarrés in Valencia.
The house is let on a self catering basis with a two night minimum stay. It has a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and bedrooms. A terrace area to the front of the house provides the perfect spot for breakfast or a late afternoon glass of cava. Limited parking is available close to the property and traditional winding streets lead down into the village to local restaurants, cafes and small supermarkets. The natural swimming area in Bolbaite is also only steps away, or the municipal pool is a short driving distance away, offering a 30 metre swimming pool, with sun loungers and changing rooms.
Small and perfectly formed, a traditionallly built house with a magnificent fortified front door, this bijou property can comfortably cater to the needs of 6 guests at any one time, offering two double bedrooms and one bedroom with two single beds.
Bolbaite is within easy distance of Alicante Airport (ALC), 128 km via the AP7, and Valencia Airport (VLC), 80 km via the A7, trains from Valencia, Alicante arrive in Xativa train station, (21 km) .
Gandia beach is 76km away, Denia beach is 104 km away, Oliva beach is 103 km away but local natural swimming areas and municipal pools in Bolbaite, Chella, Anna and Navarrés are within easy driving distances!
Casa Dulce has now received both it´s Tourist Licence and approval from the Valencian Historical Society to proceed with all external works.
Casa Dulce is open for bookings!
Casa Dulce offers accommodation for up to 6 guests, in two double bedrooms and one which has two single beds. The Master Bedroom has its own ensuite, and the other two bedrooms share a fully equipped shower room.
A number of restaurants and cafes in Bolbaite and the neighbouring villages offer many opportunities for a gastronomical dining experience, from local pastries and strong, steaming coffee for breakfast, to light tasty lunches or splendid evening meals.
All bed linen and towels are provided with our compliments for your stay at Casa Dulce. If you require a change of linen during your stay, please get in touch, however there will be an extra charge. Swimming Towels are not provided unfortunately.
A small terrace leading from the first floor landing is the ideal spot for breakfast in the morning sun, or an early evening glass of cava. There is also a shaded terrace at the entrance for your morning coffee.
Casa Dulce is a self catering holiday rental, with a fully equipped kitchen and a small outdoor barbecue area.
There are local shops within walking distance and a lovely large supermarket 15 minutes drive away.
A natural swimming pool in Bolbaite is an attraction used by locals and tourists alike. It is accessible by just minutes from Casa Dulce. A municipal swimming pool is also available for use by guests and located within a short drive of the house. There are also many other natural pools to be explored in the area.
Casa Dulce is on a narrow, pedestrianised street, minutes walk from the Village Centre. There are free parking areas very close by.
THINGS TO DO
Places of interest
A stroll through this small, pretty village will take the visitor through different historical periods:
The ruins of Bolbaite Castle, located in the highest part of the village date from the Muslim period and are Arabic in origin. It dates from the IIth century and was reformed in the 16th century as the residence-palace of the Pardo de la Casta family, the local feudal lords. It has been declared a site of Cultural Interest.
The baroque Church of Saint Francis of Paola was originally built in 1521 and was reconstructed in 1780.
Beyond the village centre, and located 300m above sea-level on a small hill, we find the hermitage of Saint Barbara. From this vantage point we are able to contemplate a large part of the surrounding region.
The municipality includes natural area of great scenic and ecological interest. Mention may be made of the landscape surrounding the Hermitage of Saint Barbara, the River Sallent, the Pedra bridge and the Cadena gorge.
Bolbaite conserves its traditional wickerwork and esparto crafts, as well as the manufacture of “caliquenyos” (small cigars).
For some, a holiday means do as little as you can manage to get away with, and for others, it´s an opportunity to get involved in more of those activities you can only dream about whilst in work! Whether it´s a round of golf, horse riding, canoeing, mountain climbing, walking, cycling, dirt bike riding, swimming, people watching from a cafe terassa, or enjoying a tasty, healthy meal at your leisure, it´s all waiting for you either in, or very close to Bolbaite.
Local gastronomy includes broth with meatballs, rice with herbs, brothy rice, black paella (with artichokes), “bridesmaid’s” rice and, as in the rest of the nearby region, gazpacho and gachamiga. Other savoury dishes include “coques” (baked rice with toppings) with different ingredients: sausages, bacon and pork ribs, peppers, tomato, egg and tuna.
Local sweet dishes include peanut and sweet potato cakes, biscuit torticas, Swiss roll, peanut nougat, coconut sweets and almond pastries.
As a general rule, weekly markets in the eight villages in La Canal de Navarrés are open on alternate days from 9.00 am until 2.00 pm in the afternoon. Open air markets are always noisy, vibrant events and offer stalls carrying everything from locally produced vegetables, cheese and freshly cooked ´pollo asado´(roast chicken!), to shoes, clothing, frying pans and clocks. The market in Bolbaite is on every Friday, in Chella (2.5 km away), every Tuesday and the largest one in the area, in Enguera, every Saturday. The bigger the market, the more stalls, and nothing better than a wander around, followed by a coffee or a beer in one of the nearby cafes.
Festivities and Fiestas
Following Holy Week, Bolbaite becomes immersed in its festivities in honour of its patron Saint Francis of Paola and Christ the Protector. The village’s neighbours, together with those of the surrounding areas, come together to watch the procession of Moors and Christians which also forms part of the festivities. They are accompanied by a range of civic and religious acts: dances, fireworks, parades and processions. There is also a week of cultural festivities. It takes place between 6th and 13th August and includes a wide range of cultural and sporting activities (theatre, concerts, the presentation of the festivities’ queen and organizers, etc.). The 14th, 15th and 16th August are given over to celebrations in honour of Saint Roche, with dances and festivities in Calle Calvario. The patron saint of Bolbaite, Saint Barbara, is honoured on 4th December. The festivities include a traditional “despertà”, during which the village’s neighbours are woken in the early morning by a band of musicians and singers in the streets, accompanied by fireworks, and the processions to and from the Hermitage with an effigy of the Saint. On 6th January (Epiphany), the Three Kings deliver presents to all the doorways of all the village’s neighbours. During the festivities in honour of Saint Anthony, which take place on 15th, 16th and 17th of January, festival lights are installed, bread and animals are blessed in the Church Square and, at night, fire is made to create embers on which to cook meat. There are peanuts and wine for all those present