This is one of my very favourite properties because it is built like a fortress and sits, proudly, in a superb location with outstanding views of Sax and the iconic 13th-century castle.
There is a lovely garden area around the property that is easily maintained and has many different fruit trees and a vegetable patch with six or seven types of plants growing. There is also a quaint outhouse for summer with sides that open out where the children and grandchildren used to play for hours. As well as all this there are kennels and a chicken coop and another storage shed. Oh, I nearly forgot, there is a two-car carport as well and loads of space for more cars or a Motorhome.
The swimming pool is above ground and comes with a pump and filter and it can be replaced if it is not your style.
A lovely, cute, covered terrace is at the front of the property which leads to the entrance and, in turn, to a long lounge/diner that has loads of natural light. It all has a traditional Spanish rustic feel and there is a beautiful wooden staircase leading up to the upper level. Naturally, there is a big log-burning fireplace for those winter nights.
Downstairs are two well-sized bedrooms and a big family bathroom. The kitchen is entered from the end of the lounge/diner and there is another bathroom off here but the best part is opening the back door to the kitchen that reveals a small but beautiful walled patio with BBQ and two storage rooms, one of which lends itself to a workshop. I can wax lyrical about the patio as it is a complete surprise and is so traditionally Spanish, what a fabulous place to eat out but if you want even more space to eat out or sit and relax there is a further covered terrace with fabulous views just behind the patio. The house does seem to go on forever, it really is a big house with so much potential yet it is ready to move into.
Upstairs are three bedrooms all with great views.
It is easy to feel miles away from anywhere yet it is four minutes drive to the town and there are a small number of neighbours although the house is quite private.
I absolutely love it and hope you will too.
There are no traffic lights, you can get the keys to the castle for your private viewing and there are no parking meters or paying car parks. What? That isn´t enough?
Sax is so popular because it is far enough inland to be “inland” yet it is only 30 minutes to Alicante Airport and 35 minutes to the beach. Access is by the A31 Dual Carriageway Alicante to Madrid road which runs just outside of the town, by rail and coach from Alicante so you can go to the beach and not have to take your car, and now we are only five minutes away from the AVE station at Villena. The AVE is the high-speed train from Alicante to Madrid which has only four stops and we are five minutes away from a station where onboarding will you have you in Madrid in 2hrs 9mins for as little as 23€.
Let us stick with the town of Sax for now rather than escape to the beach or the capital city of Spain. Sax is dominated by its 13th-century castle known as the Headlight And Guardian Of The Border a landscape of history and rock. When driving back home to Sax after daylight the sight of the castle, fully lit, and seemingly floating in the air is one of the most welcoming sights I have ever experienced.
Commercially, Sax was only affected in a minor way by the economic crash as it is the home of three major international businesses selling “persianas y toldos”, window blinds and sun canopies and a shoe industry that means if you recently bought a pair of shoes in Debenhams, for example, the chances are they could have been made in Sax or nearby Elda. Recently we have seen the opening of a Consum supermarket, the equivalent of a Waitrose or Marks & Spencer Food Hall whilst there has been a Hiperber and Mas y Mas, both excellent supermarkets for as long as I can remember, and if that isn´t enough there is a Carrefour (Think Tesco) eight minutes’ drive away within a shopping mall complex that has two cinemas one of which is showing films in English with Spanish subtitles.
Sax is served wonderfully well with schools, our son was eight when we moved here and reluctantly we put him into a state school, he always went to a private school in Manchester, and within six months he was fluent in two languages, and following five years in a secondary school went on to study Pharmacy at Complutense in Madrid one of Spain´s most famous and prestigious universities.
For health, Sax and Spain, in general, are far superior to the UK. In the town, we have a brand new Health Centre with eight doctors, two nurses, diabetes clinics and a 24/7 Emergency Walk-In centre. Ten minutes away in Elda is the remarkable award-winning University Hospital El Virgen De Salud where the surgeons are second to none and the food is atrocious, well it can’t all be good!! Newly opened is the Fibromyalgia centre offering support and therapies for those suffering from acute pain.
There are now four Language Schools in the town and the town hall ran a scheme for language swapping that will perhaps begin again. Learning Spanish is a lot less difficult than it may seem and there are new ways of learning that concentrate on conversational Spanish rather than focusing on grammatically correct Spanish.
There are restaurants and bars aplenty with prices that are at first beyond belief and a three or four-course lunch of good quality can easily be found for 12€ or less. For a special occasion, there is Casa Mami and La Torreta which are a little more expensive but great food experiences can be had. Nearby Villena, ten minutes or so up the A31, has some excellent restaurants including the very fashionable Tita´s Gastronimo. Coffee and toast for breakfast will cost no more than 2€ and the coffee is possibly the best in Europe.
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