Opened in 2002, the Almàssera Vella was designed as a home and as a centre for retreats and courses in Creative Writing, Art, Photography and Walking.
The Almàssera Vella
The Old Olive Press, is located on the lip of a ravine on the edge of an ancient village in the Marina Baja mountains north of Alicante. The main house was for a hundred years or so an olive press serving three villages but it’s now converted into a large village house with copious space – designed to accommodate residential creative courses in creative writing, painting, cookery, yoga and mountain walking. Additional accommodation is provided by an annexe divided into a three room flat and a five roomed cottage all converted from a traditional village house.
On retreat, taking part in a course, or as B&B guests… there are a number of ways to visit the Almàssera. All in all there are ten bedrooms, eight bath or shower rooms, and copious living space with snug, dining room, country kitchen, library, living room plus study and two cloakrooms to the main house, and five bedrooms, four shower rooms, two kitchens, two living-rooms and a study to the annexe (number 69), which is quite literally just a few steps away, across the road.
The grounds include a sweeping terrace with palms, pepper and citrus trees , a swimming-pool, a terraced garden with steps winding down to an almond grove. On the other side of the ravine there is a small ‘Cottage Ornée’ ripe for conversion and the ruins of a Moorish farmhouse ready for redevelopment. There is a grove of 80 or so olive trees, and a lemon and an orange grove. Last year’s harvest produced 200 litres of Extra Virgin Olive oil, most of the crop sold to a local restaurant. We had daily fresh orange juice all Spring and lemons all year.
The Aurora Club in Relleu started some six years ago prompted by a desire to explore the history and culture of our village. Talks, visiting lecturers and trips have taken place monthly – always followed by lunch often at our local Bar Cazador…
After the storms and cold of January, Spring very much underway here. Today stocked up on oranges and mandarins from our Valero grove. The January rain has brought the oranges on nicely – now need to organise clearing the dense wild flowers…
We gathered little later than usual this year – about half the trees were producing following the odd weather – but we harvested sufficient for 72 litres of extra virgin – a 80/20 mix of Manzanilla and Blanqueta olives. The oil smooth,…
The Aurora Club in Relleu started some six years ago prompted by a desire to explore the history and culture of our village. Talks, visiting lecturers and trips have taken place monthly – always followed by lunch often at our local Bar Cazador – where Luis and Paloma serve local cuisine and wines. It is […]
On 24th May we took a ferry over to Tabarca, an island off Cabo Santa Pola, Alicante. We can just see it on the horizon driving from Relleu to Alicante via Aguas de Busot. Formerly a roost for the aggressive Barbary pirates, the island has the remnants of a fortress citadel built in 1770 with […]
Inspired by Stephen Moss, the broadcaster, author and ornithologist who gave a talk in our village on ‘Mrs Moreau’s Warbler – How Birds Got their Names’, Terry Gifford and I drove an hour North to visit the 1290 hectare Bird Sanctuary at Pego. This has a remarkable list of specialities including 3 types of Heron, […]
Old Olive Press
Carrer de la Mare de Deu del Miracle 56
Relleu 03578 Alicante, Spain
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