Your Home Away From Home
Dalvaro Art painting venue
Benigánim, Valencia, Spain
8 Rms, maximum 14 Guests
In-house chef. Using locally grown fresh produce
About the Art Retreat “Las Orchideas”
A Colonial style villa overlooking
the town of Benigánim
and the Valle D’Albaida
A place for you to call your “Home from Home”.
Your private haven for relaxation, inspiration and artistic invigoration.
Las Orquideas, the hillside villa which overlooks the town of Benigánim and the Valle D’Albaida in Valencia, Spain.
The home of Loli and Harold and the venue for Dalvaro Art painting workshop vacations.
Situated mid-way between the popular airports of Valencia to the east and Alicante to the west, the villa was purchased in 2007 above all to transform into a residential art school and painting vacation venue.
It has been well restored, to high standards and now consists of the main four bedroomed villa with two twin and two double en-suite bedrooms on the first floor. A newly built annex with ground floor rooms, one double and two twin en-suite bedrooms, plus a further twin and double en-suite bedroomed extension, each room has its own separate air con unit.
Located in the beautiful picturesque Spanish Valencian countryside. Dalvaro Art offers creative painting vacations in tranquil and inspirational surroundings for all lovers of art and Spanish rural life.
Las Orquideas, the home of Dalvaro Art, is a beautifully restored villa with a large, purpose built, fully equipped, air conditioned studio, positioned in the gardens of Las Orquideas.
Our painting courses, art workshops and non-painting holidays include a wide range of inclusive itineraries which include all meals with drinks, professional art tuition, trips out, and of course, very comfortable, clean and inspirational accommodation.
We have a passion for art, for meeting people and making them welcome.
Your visit to us will one you will never forget.
Your very own “Home from Home”
Loli & Harold, Your Hosts
Art retreat venue hire
We now offer the opportunity for private groups to hire the venue.
This is suitable for tutors to organise their own timetable with their own students. Particularly useful if a tutor wishes to control the level of their group.
Or if a group of art loving friends are looking for somewhere to come to relax and paint at their leisure with no fixed itinerary or structured course to follow.
For art clubs or societies, why not bring your own tutor or choose one of ours for a date to suit your own requirements?
A slow walk through of our lovely gardens at Dalvaro Art
Follow the winding path towards the main villa
The path forks to the right towards the villa frontage
left or right?
We will take the route to the right
Now we can see the villa. Mind the step.
Th eenclosed dinning area to the right but we will continue left.
Up to the villa entrance.
Straught ahead is the three bedroomed annex. We will go to the left .
This is the view from the steps.
Across the rooftops and the valley to the mountain of Benicadel.
We will now go to the right
to the right and the swimming pool, but first look to the left back towards the main entrance and the town of Quatratonda in the distance.
This way to the pool
walk between the Daturas, Philadelphus and the Bottle Brush
walk to the right through the arch
Stay in the shade. It is very cool here.
Look through the arches
The pool area and the views
The pool and the views
Just look at that view
A sunset view to the right
To the studio
Pass the kiwis and up the steps
All our rooms are private, en-suite and air conditioned.
We have 3 en-suite rooms with double beds.
We have 5 twin bedded, en-suite rooms.
All our rooms are available for single occupation with no supplement.
Food & Drink
Meals at “Las Orquideas”
Daily Seasonal Breakfast
Buffet style, from the breakfast kitchenette in main villa, this is available from 8.30. (Earlier when going out painting on location and an earlier start is required)
With a wide choice of fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, a variety of cereals, (including, cornflakes, Weetabix, muesli etc.).
Yoghurt, ham, cheese, toast, a selection of breads, croissants, cakes, fruit juices, (fresh when in season), tea, coffee (instant, ground, decaf, etc.) a selection of homemade jams and marmalade’s.
Coffee, Tea, Water, & Assorted Beverages
These are all freely available throughout the day .
Lunch is usually from about two o’clock and can be taken at Las Orquideas. Created by our in-house professional chef from fresh local products or in a local restaurant or occasionally, if painting out on location we have a picnic style lunch with homemade sandwiches, made exclusively for individual tastes.
We cater for a variety of differing diets, (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.
Please remember that this is rural Spain and not every diet can be easily provided, therefore, please inform us in advance for any special requirements).
Peoples various allergies and dislikes are always recognized, therefore the menus are far ranging, to include or exclude meat, fish, shellfish, pasta and a range of our own home grown or locally grown organic vegetables.
Drinks, soft and alcoholic, (beer or wine) are included with all meals taken at Las Orquideas.
Evening meals are taken from about 8.00.
These usually consist of three courses and can be at Las Orquideas (prepared by our own in-house professional chef) or in a local restaurant.
A variety of differing diets, (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.) is always catered for.
This is rural Spain, therefore not all diets can easily be supplied, therefore, it is important to inform us in advance for any special requirements.
Allergies and dislikes are always recognised, therefore the menus reflect this, we do our best to include or exclude meat, fish, shellfish, pasta and a range of our own home grown or locally grown organic vegetables. It must be remembered though, that we are not a restaurant with unlimited supplies, but we promise to oblige and do our best whenever we can.
Soft and alcoholic drinks, (beer or wine) are included with all evening meals, other after dinner drinks are included when meals are taken at Las Orquideas.
Please feel free to ask for any further information you may require. Loli and Harold
Arrivals and departures
p.m. arrival please. Lunch is not included on arrival day.
a.m. departure. Breakfast is provided on departure day.
We offer complimentary airport transfers from Valencia and Alicante.
We like to be as flexible as possible on these, while understanding that flight arrival times are in the hands of the airlines and not the artists coming to us. At the same time we have to consider the journey times between the airports and our venue, not forgetting, of course, our driver’s hours on the road.
Therefore we cannot give precise timings, as we have no way of telling far in advance the arrival times or the chosen airport of our art course participants.
We will do our best to meet you as near to your arrival time as possible.
The absolute maximum waiting time would be under 4 hours. Usually this would be much less, average time is 30 minutes, most of the time we are there waiting for you.
Obviously this is not always within our control, due to flight delays etc.
For departures, our aim is for two morning departures from the venue. The first would be early and the second before midday.
Visit Dalvaro Art
We Have Vacancy!
Choose your tutor, your media or just pick the week that suits your dates. Just start packing, we guarantee that you will not regret it.
We would love to see you as soon as you can make it.