ENTREPRENEURS from Belgium have purchased one of Javea old town’s most palatial homes with the intention of turning it into a luxury hotel.
‘Casa Arnauda’ was built in the 1850s and belonged to a wealthy, upper-class family who found their fortune in the raisin industry.
The Gothic style property’s fanciest feature is its sizeable watchtower – a sign of supremacy that makes it one of the tallest buildings in the town, surpassed only by the Sant Bertomeu Church.
From the watchtower, the family would survey ships coming and going, exporting raisins to Europe and the Americas.
Casa Arnauda – declared a “Bien de Relevancia Local” (Site of Local Relevance) – has been empty for many decades.
The ground floor was once owned by CAM (now Banco Sabadell) but the Belgian entrepreneurs are said to have purchased the property in its entirety for an undisclosed amount – despite the fact it was not on the market.
They have already made enquiries with Javea’s Department of Urban Planning but as of yet, no licenses have been granted.
As a protected property, the purchasers can restore its exterior but not alter it.
Once complete, Casa Arnauda will be the first luxury hotel in Javea’s old town.