|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Built around 150 years ago, La Casita is one of the oldest cottages in the French Quarter of La Palma. If you are looking for a rural cottage on La Palma, Canary Islands offering peace and tranquility but by the beach and with a small town nearby - that little piece of magic - then here you will find something simply special.
With a view over the whole of the north coast of La Palma and a backdrop of lush green mountains to the rear, la Casita truly is a home from home in a stunning location.
Comprising fully equipped kitchen, lounge/dining area, large and romantic bedroom with wooded ceiling and bathroom en-suite with Victorian-style cast iron bath (a bath for two!).
There are two terraces/patios at the front of the house with various seating including loungers and deck chairs so you can soak up the sun or sit and read in the shade. There is also bench seating around a table so that you can enjoy meals outside, all with a panoramic view.
It is said that La Palma is one of the last places in Europe with a wonderful climate and little tourism. It is true that here, you can slip back in time and rediscover simplicity and beauty. The tranquil atmosphere of your traditional cottage will allow you to relax, enjoy the pure air and admire the incredible sea view.
La Casita was the original cottage built on the land of Finca Franceses. Later, a traditional farmhouse was built alongside it. Thus, La Casita, is now attached to the farmhouse.
The finca nestles in the fantastic scenery typical of the North Both La Casita and the farmhouse were built in the traditional style of the time with resources available nearby such as stone and pine. They are now completely restored, whilst retaining original and very special Canarian features.
La Casita has a wonderfully rich feeling of the past and yet happily benefits from selected modern conveniences.
La Palma is walking country - historically because of necessity and latterly because walkers appreciate its stunning and vastly contrasting landscapes. From the highest point of 2426m at Roque de Muchachos, swooping down to azure blue seas you will encounter pine forests, lava fields, banana plantations, almond groves and much, much more.
Discover hidden settlements of the north like Franceses, linked by ancient donkey tracks.
There is also a separate bodega (stone-built dwelling, traditionally a wine cellar) close to the casita. Guests are welcome to enjoy this special place which is cozy and enchanting and will enthrall you with its magical and calming atmosphere. Enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight, or perhaps a game of cards, together with a glass of local red wine to make an evening to remember.
One rainy day in January 2002, David and I left York, North Yorkshire for the Canary Islands in search of 'somewhere special.'
With a one-way flight ticket from Manchester to Tenerife, we had sold our home, put our furniture into storage and set off clutching our suitcases and aspirations. Little did we know that it would take 6 months of searching! Needless to say, it was a somewhat longer adventure than we had planned ...
... as a result of which we travelled to each and every one of the Canary Islands in our quest. But we met many lovely people along the way and learnt a lot about the Islands and renting houses and apartments.
On La Palma we stayed in both the east and the west for six weeks at a time, but still couldn't find exactly what we were looking for. In our spare time we walked many routes on the island and we also joined a local walking group who took us on great adventures such as the natural springs of los Tilos, the GR130 and GR131. However, although it was an interesting learning curve, we did start to wonder just when we could unpack our suitcases for the last time. And then someone mentioned a house in the north for sale.
'Not the north!' we cried. Whilst the north had long held a place in our hearts as being the most beautiful part of the island with incredibly dramatic scenery at every turn, it wasn't a place we had considered to live. We would see neither a sunrise nor sunset, there would be nothing to do and with more goats than people, we held out little hope for scintillating conversations with neighbours. Hardly a dream come true.
But the owners of the finca were very sensible people. They didn't extol the virtues of the sweet little Canarian house already beautifully restored, or the large farmhouse ready and waiting for us to put our imprint on it with our own restoration, or the stone-built bodega perfect for candlelit evenings, or the lovely old stable buildings or two acres of land. No, they just showed us the view.
Ann Easterbrook purchased this cottage in 2002
It wasn't too long before we discovered the great benefits of living in the north. Here, we can really enjoy being surrounded by nature and listening to the birds sing without the background of car engine noise. We feel privileged to live among our Palmeran neighbours who treat us as family (and ensure we non-farming types don't expire from a shortage of potatoes!)
A lack of something to do has not of course been a problem and luckily we brought some skills with us. David is not only a mechanical engineer but had already restored a country cottage in the UK and a farmhouse in France. As for me, well I was brought up on a poultry farm with a large chicken hatchery and used to work in hotel management .... mmm, that might come in handy somewhere ...
We added a few extra touches to the already restored casita (little house) such as hot water and two patios, restored the farmhouse, cultivated the land ... went walking ... went swimming and snorkeling lots and lots at the nearby beach and sea pools and got chickens. And then ducks.
In 2010, we walked the whole of the GR130 El Camino Real route around La Palma. And then started to offer walking holidays on La Palma.
At the end of 2015, we hope to launch our book, 'Is it Always Like This?' about our travels around the Canary Islands and life here on the finca in Garafia.
And, the icing on the cake is that during four months of the year, we have both the sun rise and the sunset.
I have to say - it was well worth the wait!
We had such a wonderful time at La Casita and I really didnt want to leave.
You have got it absolutely right, it is a very special place run by very special people and we both wish you a successful year ahead with lots of nice guests.
La Palma is famous for walking and la casita is situated just off the GR130 walking route around La Palma. This is the 'Walk of Kings,' an ancient path used by the muleteers which links the hidden villages of the north. Guided walks are also available.
Nearby you can discover the wooded paths and tracks, walk down to the sea and beach directly from the door of the casita and also spend a quiet time relaxing on the patios of the casita, drinking in the tranquility, allowing you to relax and unwind.
Nearby is the Archaelogical museum where you can see pre-hispanic rock engravings and caves plus walk through the gorge with its little wooden bridges and hanging vines.
The large sea pools are also a must do! The water is always super-clear and there are plenty of fish to see. If you are into snorkeller then you have a treat in store, but the pools are also suitable for the less confident swimmer. In summer, you can swim in the open sea where the underwater topography is amazing.
If you like cycling, then we have free of charge for guests two mountain/tourer bikes. There is a great 6km circuit which takes in the old village of Franceses with its caves and wooden-roofed dwellings, plus of course you can go further afield if you have the legs for it! The 6km circuit is also great for those that like running/jogging and other paths are ideal for fell-running.
Nearby is the Hotel Romantica with its tennis court, covered and open swimming pools, gymnasium and jacuzzi.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 2 2014 - Mar 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The price includes: -
Free Wifi access
Use of 2 x Trek 200 mountain bikes.
Fresh eggs from our own happy chickens
All towels and bed linen
Tea, coffee and biscuits
For weekly rents, a fruit bowl and bottle of good quality La Palma wine to help you settle in.
Shorter lets than one week may be available.
Also two-center holiday and bed and breakfast option available.
Pay pal accepted at 5% extra
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.