History, Romance and Adventure
We’re on The Via Verde, disused railway (warranting a mention in the Lonely Planet Guide under Gandia), the eco-tourist route from the port of Gandia to Alcoy.
Raco Del Duc is thirteen kilometres of unsurpassed limestone crags and Moorish terraces, punctuated by five exciting tunnels hugging the river Serpis gorge to Lorcha. We’re in the Cirque de La Safor… a huge crater said to be an ‘energy door’ like ‘Machu Picchu’.
We are half an hour from the vibrant city of Gandia with medieval markets, theatre, cinema, great shopping and restaurants; also amazing beaches and chiringuitos (beach bars with sunbeds), there, at Oliva and all along the coast.
Our house is wheelchair and eco-friendly (we only have solar panels) and we have a broadband internet connection from a satellite dish on the roof; Wi-Fi is always available. Our organic garden is on the terraces down to the river. It has vegetables, flowers and fruit trees, all watered with waste water from the house and pool. A separate entrance, downstairs leads down to the river… great for wild swimming, body surfing and gorge walking.
Allan Taylor was an adventure teacher and loved mountaineering, climbing, running, cycling, swimming, sailing, kayaking and theatre. In 1986 he had a heart transplant. Following this he worked as a volunteer with the less able in all of the above, including running the sailing at the Calvert Trust holiday centre for the disabled at Keilder Water in Northumberland, England. He’s a champion swimmer in the Transplant Games.
The Fiesta of the Heart
At the end of February each year we hold our open day to celebrate Allan's Heart Transplant in 1986. On the twenty fifth anniversary we planted a mimosa tree in the pool garden to honour the unknown donor.... Every flower represents a donor.
Trixie Rosanna Taylor ran a vegetarian whole-food restaurant and worked for the National Trust. She has worked with adults with learning and physical disabilities and autism and taught in a Steiner/Waldorf school. She spins wool, knits (Fair Isle and Arran) and sews and was trained as a graphic artist. She likes to share these skills and loves nutritional therapy, cooking, baking, making bread, walking, wild swimming in the river, meditation and yoga.
We came here in 2005, looking for romance and adventure; we found so much more. From our windows we can see amazing birds - golden orioles with their polyphonic mating calls, purple herons, egrets, hoopoes and various birds of prey - even wild boar.
Listen to the music of the river with a chorus of frogs and cicadas. Discover the night sky as you've never seen it before, filled with the song of the nightingale.
Bienvenido to our wild river gorge and our open home.
Trixie and Allan