Our home is a mediterranean villa, located on the edge of a protected pine forest on the outskirting hills of Valencia. It is a three story large and comfortable home with 3 bedrooms, a library, a studio (both usable as bedrooms) and a grand living/dining room. The walls either have massive windows onto the surrounding forest or paintings. It has a dine-in kitchen which leads on to an alfresco terrace covered in wisteria with views of the pool and forest. The home is originally from 1930 and its latest restorations were carried out 4 years ago. The historical mediterranean garden has parterres and river stone paths, and is quiet and peaceful, with squirrels, hedgehogs, birds and a cat or two.
Close to Valencia, which was originally a Roman town, it boasts an enormous Gothic centre and also some of Spains most avante guarde architecture. Valencia is culturally rich with lots of museums, concert halls, Formula One racing and golf or boat clubs. It abunds with restaurants of all types and bars, from gormet tapas to all night dancing. There are lots of local fiestas and interesting inland towns to do day trips. It is right near the Costa d'Azahar which has beautiful beaches, and lots of coastal towns to visit. The international airport has all day lowcost flights to most european destinations, and anywhere is no further than 2 hours away and often for under 20 euros!
The inmediate surroundings are very peaceful for quiet strolls in the forest. It is extremely peaceful for a writer, painter, composer, scholar or for someone who likes their day to day life to be quiet. There are schools, shopping centres and restaurants nearby, also water sports, gyms, horse riding, etc.
I am a painting conservator, artist and writer and have lived in Spain for over 20 years. I adore cooking, travelling and people! I have 3 semi grown up children, although am presently seeking the swap with my 18 year old, who is quiet and polite. My two other children may like to visit me at the house swap. I am of australian origin and would like to swap only with Sydney as I wish to be close to my family. I speak english, spanish, french, italian. We are non-smokers and like animals, also happy to attend a garden.