Summer is coming … Fiesta Season!

Are you ready? … June , July and August in the Hondóns are for parades, dancing, puppets, firework mayhem, medieval markets, water fights, “Moors & Christians”, fairgrounds, bike rides, treasure hunts, concerts, street parties …. and much more!

Summer Fiestas in Hondón

The summer is here, after what was not such a good winter or spring in the Hondón areas (for a change). And summer means “more life” in this sleepy rural community. It’s time the Spanish shine with lots of family get-togethers, celebrations and the inevitable fireworks…. smell the gunpowder!

Well the municipal garden flowers and surrounding mountains are full of growth and beauty, the farmer’s crops look great after more rain than normal and there is a buzz that summer is going to be good. The children are away from school now so there is much more family activity in the villages.

Of course it’s not Spain without the summer Fiestas and community events. The local Town Halls are sprucing up the streets and municipal venues for these fun events. The plazas of Nieves and Frailes are gearing up for the parties, even more “al fresco” dining and the throng of visiting family & tourists. It’s great so find out when they are and if you can GO!

» Euro Tour Guide have a Events Calendar here.
» Ayuntimiento Nieves / Ayuntimiento Frailes / Ayuntimiento Aspe

Over the years the town halls are not so good at the P.R. of these events but are now taking to websites and social media to get the word out. So details are usually sketchy or hard to find. There is no one online resource to get a timetable but programmes are available from the respective town halls or their websites / Facebook Pages.

There are events for all ages during the day but mainly in the evenings. The larger ones tend to be evenings when it is cooler, more people can attend and often start very late… so have a siesta before the fiesta!

We would strongly recommend you look the events up, book a table early if needs be as they are generally very good, lots of fun and you are seeing that the Spanish love life and a family get-together. Join in!

Video: Hondon TV produced this if the very popular CorreFocs…

AIPP: Association of International Property Professionals

Real Estate Code of Conduct

Hondon Villas are proud to be a member (5 years running) of the AIPP, an established organisation aiming to improve the standards of Real Estate services across the globe.

Our service is based on the AIPP’s code of conduct for Realtors. 

In fact we believe we always aim to go beyond every other agent’s service standard! Maureen Cook, the director of Hondon Villas is passionate about making buyers and sellers happy WITH NO PRESSURE and her amiable and honest approach to real estate services. (Read the testimonials here)

Buyers & property owners using an AIPP trade member benefit from unique assurances not available through non-AIPP members or far too many car-only based agents.

AIPP is registered at UK Companies House No. 5677417

AIPP is a bona-fida trade non-profit members organisation of over 350 global paying members, including A Place In the Sun & Right Move Overseas. The membership fee ensures proper accountability and systems are used and scrutinised by its members. The AIPP membership agree, publish and oversee professional standards in the international property market.

Members include estate agents, property developers, lawyers, financial services, media & others. All have signed-up to the AIPP code of conduct and clients of Business Members are covered by the leading UK Property Ombudsman service.

Based in London since 2006, AIPP has over 350 company members in 30+ countries. Find your AIPP property professional by searching members on the AIPP website via the link at the bottom of this page.
> https://www.aipp.org.uk/

A Place in the Sun … in the area again

As featured on TV!

Like many British Expats we came to live in Spain over 12 years ago after being seduced by those dreamy TV property programs showing a more relaxed and sunny lifestyle. Well, it is and can still be like that. These type of TV progs are still popular and thankfully for us, they still work!  Such that “APITS” is a now national gem, a staple of daytime viewing being repeated on UK Tele most days. Long may it promote a new life abroad.

Hondon Villas have been asked quite a few times to help TV property searchers over the years. One of the most recent being to help Jane and Nigel find their fab “Casa Blanca” house in Barbarroja on the “New Life In The Sun” series (Channel 4)… they are loving it!

Jane de Longa : You’re so right we are loving it !!! Nigel and I are so very glad we found the Hondon Valley to live in . . it’s been nearly a year since we first came to the valley and it was love at first sight with the valley and our lovely home!!

Well Maureen reports to the TV producers again this week (May 2018) in the La Romana & Hondon areas… It’s great these TV progs want to film here and more importantly that buyers still wish to move to this fab part of rural Spain.

We’ll let you know how it goes … fingers crossed the potential buyers find something they like to make their dreams come true!

Your Online Privacy is Important

GDPR, Privacy and Cookies: (May 2018)

We take your data privacy very seriously. And so should you. In May 2018 the E.U. passed new privacy and data laws : collectively known as the General Data Protection Regulation.

Cookie anyone?

It affects us all and it is in your own interest to understand how your data is harvested and used across the Internet. Importantly, also what you can do about it. The policies and information below should help you. There are other resources online by regional Governments also.

» You can read our updated GDPR Privacy & Cookie Policy on our main website. Be assured we NEVER SPAM or distribute your personal data without consent. We need and only use your data to service your business with us, namely to buy, sell or rent Spanish property.

Once we have completed our relationship we periodically delete your details. Be careful, we know of other agents that are very flimsy with your data and have never had a privacy or cookie policy (which is unlawful since 2011). Ask if you need further clarification but our online policy should answer any fears.

 

I like the Hondon Area because…

We asked our Facebook Group “What’s On Hondon” why they liked to live or visit the Hondon Valley… here are some of the answers. ©Hondon Villas 2018

Kathryn says … “I love the laid back attitude along with the peace and quiet of a small Spanish village. Being surrounded by mountains is my favourite thing, it is so relaxing :)”  ||| read more below …

Hondon: Tranquility, Beauty and Warmth

Joan : It’s our little piece of Heaven on Earth – our little bit of Paradise ❤❤❤

Mia : Nice people, nice places around, good entertainment. I hope to live there soon.

Pamela : I luv living there. No regrets!

Janni : The weather is sublime. The Spanish are so welcoming and kind. The mountains are stunning and we have Hondon de los Frailes nearby with fab restaurants and a wonderful community of Brits, Dutch and other nationalities. There are many social activities and the coast is not far away. We feel lucky to have found the Hondon Valley.

Christopher : Yes a nice place with nice people. But the Indians in the hill are a pain when coming over the mountains, their arrows took out 2 of my tyres last week lol !!

Toni : It’s my little piece of paradise!

Sabrina : I love living in Hondon because it’s a tight community, friendly and beautiful. I am so glad I get to raise my children here! (And that’s from someone who didn’t want to move here! )

Helen : I love living here, who wouldn’t? It is one of the healthiest places around. It’s a laid back friendly area and ideally situated to visit the coast 😃

Duncan : I love it here. We have great friends. The panoramic views of the mountain’s never let you down, it’s a delight to get up in a morning!

Adele : Travelled around a lot and this is our 36th house! We have lived here 12 years…. so far so good.

Percy : It has been said Paradise! In seventeen years we have watched this beautiful place grow from an old Spanish village to an old Spanish village with modern amenities. There are good eateries and friendly people with a weather which is also friendly…most of the time!

Andre : It’s my paradise with nice warm people living here. English Dutch & Belguique and Spanish

Irene : When ever I am there I look at the views and never fail to be impressed. All my visitors from London adore the time they spend in Hondon. It is a little bit of paradise.

Roy : We just love it here! We are living the dream, second best to paradise x

»  JOIN IN ON FACEBOOK : TWITTER : BLOG

WOW! Aerial Videos for the Hondón Property Market

Hondón Villas are excited to announce that we are the first local Hondón agent to offer stunning & legal drone videography* to our exclusive vendors.

You can see our first batch of aerial videos on our YouTube channel which are already receiving positive reviews.
» Watch Hondon Drone Videos on YouTube … read more below!

If you have seen any aerial videos you will understand that showcasing a property from the air can look stunning and show off not only the house and land from a different perspective but also the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Buyer’s love them and it can be another tool to help sell your house!

SO AN EXCLUSIVE SALES OPPORTUNITY for motivated sellers!

After about three years of researching the possibility and understanding the impact of using this exciting drove technology we think the time is right to offer it to suitable vendors and properties (it’s not for everyone and is subject to stringent AESA / EU flying laws). But the recent changes in Spanish drone laws and that our house photography has passed & registered his Drone Certificate, now allows us to offer a legal and insured aerial photography service to the Hondon Valley property vendors.

It’s early days with this area of photography and video but for sure some properties are ripe for aerials. We look forward to helping you sell your house.

» Contact our Office in Hondon de los Frailes if you are interested and motivated to sell your house with the No.1 agent in the area.

*Commercial drone flights are subject to a some flight restrictions, a safety audit, insurance, the property location and suitable sales conditions – ask us for details.  Commercial Drones Pilots need a licence to fly, 4 days minimum training, a medical certificate and liability insurance.

 

#563 Large 5 Bed Country Villa, La Canalosa [Drone Footage]

Large 5 Bedroom country villa for sale, near La Canalosa, Hondon Valley, Spain. Inland Alicante Region 03688.
++++ NEW DRONE FOOTAGE INCLUDED ++++

 

» Watch the video on YouTube:

GUIDE PRICE and MORE DETAILS
» http://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=563

KEY POINTS:
Detached Country Villa • Tranquil Area • 5 minutes to Villages & Shops • Large Private Pool  • Large Fitted Kitchen • Open Plan Lounge/Dining Room • 5 Spacious Bedrooms (2 floors) • 3 Bath/Shower Rooms • Outside BBQ Terrace and Kitchen • Mature Gardens and Land • 360 Mountain Views

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
Hondon Villas offer this Exclusive Listing and are delighted to bring onto the market this stunning individually designed detached double storey villa. We strongly recommend viewings on this property. The villa offers a good living space with an open plan lounge / dining room with a large log burner and a very large fully fitted quality kitchen. The villa is designed to a high standard. There are a total of 4 bedrooms on the ground floor. The master bedroom has en suite and a dressing area. The bedroom in the upper floor has an amazing mountain view balcony. The property also benefits from central heating, security shutters and ceiling fans. Outside is a private pool, an outside kitchen and shower room. With ample outdoor space for entertaining.

DRONE VIDEO:
Aerial Videos* by a registered & qualified AESA legal with insured Drone Pilot.
*Hondon Villas are the first local agent to use aerial videography to promote our property portfolio. Contact our office if you are interested in an exclusive sales contract to include aerial video.

INTERESTED? Please Contact:
Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
Tel: OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357

WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA:
UK Site: http://www.hondonvillas.net
NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

#478 Luxury 2 Storey Villa for Sale [Drone Footage]

Excellent property, exclusive to Hondon Villas… A 4 Bedroom, 2 storey country villa close to the village of Hondon de los Frailes (Alicante Region, Spain)
++++ NEW DRONE FOOTAGE INCLUDED ++++

GUIDE PRICE & DETAILS
> http://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=478

KEY PROPERTY POINTS:
Close to Hondon de los Frailes • Detached Villa • Double Storey • Designer Pool • Jacuzzi • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 2 Lounge/Dining Rooms • Integral Garage • Pizza Oven in its own house • Very Private Plot PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Award Winning Private Pool with integrated bar and Jacuzzi. Large Plot with 360 Views of the Hondon Valley Hondon Villas says this has the wow factor. A credit to the present owners and only by viewing can the property be fully appreciated.

DRONE VIDEO:
Aerial Videos* by a registered & qualified AESA legal with insured Drone Pilot.
*Hondon Villas are the first local agent to use aerial videography to promote our property portfolio. Contact our office if you are interested in an exclusive sales contract to include aerial video.

INTERESTED? Please Contact:
Email: property @ hondonvillas.net
Tel: OFFICE: (0034) 965 075 357

WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA:
UK Site: http://www.hondonvillas.net
NL/BE: http://www.hondonvillas.nl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hondonvillas/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hondonagent
Blog: http://www.villasinhondon.net/

#332 Villa in Hondon Frailes [Drone Footage]

#332 : EXCLUSIVE! Immaculate Villa for Sale in Frailes, Spain
+++++ with NEW LEGAL DRONE FOOTAGE +++++

Watch Video on You Tube* > https://youtu.be/K1j48ktXOAM
Guide Price & More Details:
http://www.hondonvillas.net/property-details.php?pRef=332

3 bedroom 3 bathroom Villa – Walking Distance From Village

An immaculate detached 3 bed, 3 bathroom villa with swimming pool and outside kitchen, set in well maintained private gardens within walking distance from the delightful village of Hondón de los Frailes. This villa also includes many extras such as gas central heating, A/C, alarm, electric gates, pergola, shed, and many more.

Key Property Points

Detached Villa • Private swimming pool • Fully fitted modern kitchen • 3 double bedrooms • 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) • Outside fully fitted kitchen • Outside bathroom • Gas central heating • Alarm • A/C • Easy maintenance gardens • Solar heated water • Fly nets at all windows • Ceiling fans • Carport • Electric gates •

*Hondon Villas are the first local agent to use legally registered, insured and approved Drone Pilots in the Hondon Valley.

Semana Santa 2018 Elche

Easter in Spain is a very special time.  Your local city or town will have some kind of festival, mostly religious. The parades are amazing, some solemn and very serious but others colourful and joyous. You should see them. YouTube has many Semana Santa videos to watch, including Elche and Alicante, the nearest cities to the Hondon Valley.

Over the Easter period, thirty one brotherhoods made up of about 7,000 devotees participate in Elche’s Holy Week processions. They organise and enact 33 processions starting on the morning of Palm Sunday and concluding on Resurrection Sunday. There are parades, beautiful floats, ceremonies, drum bands, music and food. Many many children dress up and march too. 100,000’s of people attend to make a great atmosphere.

» Check the Elche Tourist website.

The procession of Palm Sunday was declared of International Tourist Interest on July 22, 1997.

Palm Sunday and dates back to 15th century with the foundation of the religious brotherhood known as La Cofradía de la Sangre de Cristo. The Municipal Council of Elche agreed to allocate the celebration to include processions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following. It’s a long one!

Elche Semana Santa
Elche Semana Santa Procession (Costa Blanca Org)

Cristo Nazareno (Christ of Nazareth) can be seen carried in the “Passion of Christ” parade on Good Friday. Also the festival goers will see images of Our Lady known as the La Virgen de la Soledad. Elche’s main cathedral of Santa Maria is a focal point of course. The city looks great and welcomes tourists.

The white palms procession on Palm Sunday has its origins in Jerusalem, where it was celebrated as a reminder of the triumphal entry of The Lord into the Holy City.  During the Middle Ages this procession acquired great importance occupying the centre of the celebration with white palm also introduced into the procession of bouquets. it is also the custom to hang blessed palms on people’s balconies of  Elche. This custom is a symbol of protection of the house, as the palm has been blessed.

Also, you can visit the “Mercado de Palma Blanca”, and other attractions, bars, restaurants in the week before and after Palm Sunday. Enjoy a day in Elche over Easter… it’s a real treat into Spanish culture and family life.