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Friday, January 4th, 2013

Property of the month: Finca La Corona, Benissa

A crown in the jewel of properties in the Benissa area, Finca La Corona is a true country estate within sight of the Mediterranean Sea. Such a combination is extremely rare, and while Spain may be rich in authentic country homes and large estates, they are seldom to be found near towns and especially coastal areas.

This fine home in rustic Spanish style, however, is set on 49,000m2 of beautifully undulating green land near the picturesque hillside village of Benissa. Though part of the Northern Costa Blanca area, Benissa has the charm and ambience of a Spanish mountain village yet finds itself within four kilometres of glorious coastline, with spectacular coves, beaches and cliffs.

 

Nearby resort towns such as Altea, Moraira, Calpe, Jávea and Denia are close by, as are their golf courses, marinas, schools, shops and other amenities, but within this fine estate you can easily fancy yourself deep in the peaceful, verdant countryside – set within the privacy of a personal domain. An impressive drive leads through well-kept grounds to the main home, which sports the elegant solidity of Spanish country style.

The drive culminates in a spacious forecourt and imposing Andalusian fountain bordering the garages. Surrounded by greenery and tall trees, it also leads to the main entrance of this gracious home that looks like it has been in a family of country gentry for many generations but was actually built in 1993. The built area of the property totals no less than 1,000m2, surrounded by porches and terraces where you can alternate between enjoying cool relaxation or suntanning amid views of the sea in the distance.

As one would expect in a villa of this standing, the large and impressive entrance leads to a series of living spaces that are spacious and elegant. These include a large lounge, an intimate sitting room, formal dining room, family room with fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen and a beautiful library in classic style. Grand stairs lead to the private quarters upstairs, though you can also take the private lift to the luxurious master suite, with its smart bathroom and walk-in dressing room.

In addition there are a further four spacious bedroom suites, all with attractive sea and mountain views. Its southward facing orientation gives this villa a warm and sunny feel, but in spite of this it is also fitted with gas central heating and air conditioning, as well as other modern conveniences. A large terrace and swimming pool take pride of place in the neat garden, where there are also facilities such as BBQ, Jacuzzi, outdoor dining areas and an independent two-bedroom cottage for guests or staff.

Large, comfortable, stylish and well-facilitated, this is a grand home made for living and entertaining, combining privacy and country virtues such as space and tranquillity with a location close to pretty towns and the sea. The property has abundant room for additions such as tennis courts and is set amongst its own orchards and fruit groves in an attractive valley between mountain ranges and the Mediterranean.

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