Two of us stayed in the self-catering house in the grounds of the Refugio Marnes bed and breakfast in early July. It was very relaxing and completely quiet; surprising, given it's only about 20k from the high rise skyline of Benedorm. In the evening we sat out in the warmth and enjoyed the stars, free from street lights! The small house had everything we needed (everyday stuff such as salt, olive oil and washing up liquid was there in the store cupboard when we arrived) and well-furnished. Bed was very comfy and the shower was good. The swimming pool is beautiful. Closest restaurants are down the hill (5mins drive) or you can shop in nearby Benissa (20 mins) for fantastic food and cook it yourself. Market day is Saturday. Views from the house to the mountains around are stunning and there's a choice of challenging or gentle walks either from the house or a short drive away. The hosts, Richard and Willem were always helpful and friendly with suggestions about good beaches and other outings in the neighbourhood. A lovely place.
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- Guesthouse Refugio Marnes, your rural holiday haven on the Costa Blanca. Arriving at Eco Lodge Refugio Marnes in Alicante, Spain, means going back in time, back to the basics of life. Sun, peace, wild nature and the ancient history of the hard Spanish farmlife. Refugio Marnes consists of a centuries old rural finca (estate) spanning 50 acres of agricultural land, situated in a our own private valley. The finca is named after the hamlet of Marnes, at about 500 meters altitude on a small mountain, the Sierra de Bernia in the hinterland of the Costa Blanca. We focus on offering ecotourism /sustainable tourism in a form that is unique in terms of location and design. Peace, spaciousness and original holiday accommodations on this estate situated on the Costa Blanca, you will find the trees so typical for this area: carob, olive and almond. The terraced structure of the terrain dates from the time of the Phoenicians! Three buildings are located on the finca: the old farmhouse where the owners live, the B&B wing Los Establos and a cottage called La Ruina. In addition, beautifully hidden in the countryside, the luxurious tent La Jaima, that defines the new term "glamping", meaning glamourous camping.Ecolodge, Guesthouse, B&B or Camping?Refugio Marnes is difficult to catch in one phrase. Would you like to share this wonderful place with us, for a peaceful holiday? Ecolodge Refugio Marnes offers three types of accommodations. Bed and Breakfast Los Establos housed in the completely renovated stables, has three lovely rooms with a shared spacious living / dining room. The luxuriously decorated tent La Jaima, a huge and beautifully designed Bedouin tent. And the holiday cottage La Ruina is a restored sheepfold designed for a terrific and comfortable stay. For more information about these different but highly original accommodations please visit the corresponding pages on this site. Focus on sustainability in the operation of this beautiful finca (rural tourism and agriculture) environmental sustainability has top priority. For example: the electricity is entirely generated by a large solar installation. During your stay you are free to use the lovely pool of Refugio Marnes. This emerald green tiled pool has been desgined to fit in with its Mediterranean setting. The water of the (11x 4.5 meters) swimming pool is ready to be recycled in winter (after treatment). Again, attention is given to the responsible use of an increasingly scarce good: water. Through the menu choice Sustainable tourism you can find out more about our views on sustainable tourism.Ecolodge Refugio Marnes, enjoying nature in comfortwith a clear conscience. ... more less
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