What is(are) your name(s)?
Sue and Tim Horton
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
We wanted to do this for many years, but we needed to find the right property in the right location. We found it here in La Nucia. We came to Spain from Bristol in the south west of the UK, where we brought up our children and looked after our parents, then suddenly we were without either to look after and it was time for us. The house was built as a guest house and has been run as a guest house mainly by German owners. We came here in December 2005 and completely renovated the property - installing new bathrooms, air conditioning and outside areas. We have 360 degree views, from the front the view is to the sea and Altea, to the right the view is to Albir a small seaside area, to the left the view is to the Penon Ifach Rock and the sea and the mountain Sierra Bernia. At the back of the property from the pool terrace the view is to La Nucia and Callosa Den Sarria and the mountains Poniog (the sleeping lion). We are on a small peaceful urbanization at the very top of the hill, we have a cooling breeze in the very hot summer months.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Based on our guests comments it is "Us" and the extra mile we are prepared to go for our guests. The beautiful, tranquil location. They also comment on our food, the breakfast, my Paella is excellent as is the BBQ that we cook by request. Cleanliness and value for money (often told we are too cheap).
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
5 en-suite guest rooms, 2 Twin Rooms, 3 Double Rooms all rooms have en-suite shower rooms with wash basin and toilet. All rooms have a Fridge, Hair Dryer, TV, Tea and Coffee making facilities and Air Conditioning. We supply large white fluffy towels, Shower Gel and Shampoo. We also supply Beach/Pool towels. We are a No Smoking establishment, guests are welcome to smoke outside. The outside area just outside the door to the guest rooms has a swinging sofa and table and chairs and sun shade. The pool terrace is equipped with sun loungers and sun shade's and tables and chairs. There is also a large Fridge that is our "Honesty Bar" which has a supply of soft drinks, beer and wine, there are also snacks. Under the Jacaranda tree is small seating area with chairs and table. Free Wi-Fi is available and we also have a computer that clients can use. Upstairs in the dining room you will have an even better view of the sea and panorama. In the dining room you will find games and books for guests. The atmosphere of Los Rayos Del Sol is in general quiet, relaxing and laid back.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
3 Double Rooms, room numbers 1, 2 & 5; 2 Twin Rooms room numbers 3 & 4; Can add a bed to either of the Twin Rooms; Total of 5 rooms, maximum capacity 12.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
Room 1; Orange Room, Double, large room with a small bathroom, sea view. Light and airy with a special glow from the morning sun. Room 2; Burgundy Room, Double room with a pool terrace view, cool and airy in the afternoon. Room 3; Lilac and Cerise Room. Twin Room good size, good size bathroom, quiet with a view to the pool and terrace, cool and airy. Room 4; Yellow room. Twin Room, Bright and Sunny good size room, good size bathroom very quiet. Room 5; Gold Room; Double room has a nice feel light airy and sunny, large bathroom, view to the sea and guest terrace.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
All rooms have en-suite shower rooms, air conditioning (hot/cold), TV (Spanish & English free view) tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryers and fridges. Ironing Board and Iron available.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Room 5; Gold Room. largest of the rooms with a good size bathroom. View to the sea and the guest terrace, just has a nice feel to it.
What do the room rates include?
Breakfast, tax, parking, wi-fi.
Do you offer any special packages?
No Special Packages.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Fresh baked bread and croissants, homemade preserve, local honey, local free range eggs, ham, cheese, Fresh fruit, home made muffins and cakes. We also include Boiled, Scrambled, Fried or Poached Eggs. Full English Breakfast - 2 eggs, 2 Bacon, 1 Sausage, Toast, Mushrooms, Tomato and Beans previous arrangement and additional payment. Celebratory/Special Breakfast - Creamy Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon, Buck Fizz. Previous arrangement and additional cost.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served from 8.30 to 10.30am upstairs in our bright and airy dining room.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
We are happy to cater to most dietary needs. No extra payment required.
Do you serve other meals?
Lunch can be ordered and eaten by the pool or in the dining room - menu available. We can cook a Paella or a BBQ by prior request, price to be agreed. Evening meals by arrangement.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
Tea and Coffee making facilities in the rooms. Fridge in the rooms. DIY BBQ on one of the terraces - small charge per person (covers cleaning up, condiments and crockery and cutlery).
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
We are suitable for well behaved, supervised children, there are lots of steps. The pool is unsupervised and has a ladder for entry and exit.
Do you accept pets?
We will consider any pets, we love animals and have 2 dogs of our own. Owners need to keep the animal under control and on a leash.
What is your smoking policy?
No smoking in the rooms and common areas. Outside smoking is permitted but please consider fellow guests.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Free parking for 5 vehicles.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
No, I am afraid not. Narrow doors and lots of steps
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Smoke alarms in all rooms. Emergency lighting and sign posting.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
We try to be flexible and can accommodate most people. If yo have a late flight home we can store your luggage for you and possibly arrange for shower facilities to be available. If you have a long delay, please try and inform us, so that arrangements can be made
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Email, phone, or skype.On website, www.alteabedandbreakfast.com; go to rooms page click on the room you like and you will be taken to a calendar which will show availability.
What is you cancellation policy?
For short stays of 1 week or less no deposit required for longer stays please call and we can take a 10% deposit over the phone.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash - Euro's, Credit Cards - Visa, MasterCard NOT American Express or Diners Club, Debit Cards.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No Dress Code - just please consider other guests and children.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
There are so many things to do on the Costa Blanca. Please see my page of "things to do" on my website. We are also an excellent base for Walkers, Climbers and Bikers.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
4.5kms away from Altea and 4kms awat from La Nucia, we are in a semi rural location on the CV760 which runs between Altea and La Nucia. On the website - go to "How to find us" page you will find a local map supplied by Google and a hand drawn map of our urbanisation. You will also see a drop down menu where you can enter you Airport of arrival in Spain and you will then be able to get a route by car to us. Google will bring you in on the CV751. If you have a map you can also come into Altea on the N332 and follow signs for La Nucia. OR I will happily email our own directions to you.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
B&B's are usually more than "just a room" You will feel like you are home, but better, you become an honoured guest and will be treated as such - but NO washing up. You will be helped and assisted to the degree you want, if you want. We have a good local knowledge which we are happy to share with you, we want you to enjoy your stay. Just ask and we will do our best to help.