Renovated classic town house in Playa Santiago – the perfect setting for you
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We bought this property back in 2006 as we love La Gomera. Back then it was a different house but we did see the potential. We built the rooftop completely according to our wishes of making the most of the outdoor feel and the stunning views. As we have experience in renovating houses we took this task upon ourselves, spending a long time going through all the different options to make it exactly like we wanted. That process was long and at the same time very rewarding, as we ended up getting a very personal house - exactly as we had pictured it. Downstairs we renovated the rooms one by one - putting up paintings - and bringing some of our favorit furniture from Denmark to the house. We lived in the house a long period - and are currently living in Latvia - thus we can rent out the house. We love spending time in the house - and we prefer to do the cooking ourselves. Thus we have put a lot of effort into having not 1 but 2 kitchens in the house - both completely with all what you need to do your cooking - and having a good time doing it. In the rooftop kitchen we put up a small table called the bar/salat table - as we just enjoy making a salat - and at the same time taking in the magnific view of the town, harbour and the water. Once the cooking is done - or the barbeque is simmering - we often just relax here with a glass of wine, taking in the fact that we have this amazing option in our lives. Everything you need is here, from glasses for water, white- and red wine to pots and pans. So you can say we have made the property ready for use - just need to add you! One of the last additions is a hammock or actually 2, a double hammock from Nicaragua and a single hammock from Ecuador. Yes you gessed rigth - we love travelling and we also have quite a bit of travelling books in our living room here, if you need inspiration for you next trip.
Why Owner chose Playa de Santiago
If you want a truly different stay on a fantastic island, this is it. Here you do not get a typical house built for turists. You get an opportunity to live in the old town of Playa Santiago - amongst Spanish people living their everyday life. At the same time you have everything to yourself once you are inside the patio door. Everything is so close by - and at the same time you can do as you want, when you want - having the luxury of a unique house different from everything else. A ground floor in a "old but totally renovated" house - and an upstairs so different from everything else. Imagine being able to live on the top of a house - being able to watch the fishing boats coming or leaving while making your dinner - or just lazing around having a great time in the sun - still only 10 meters away from the kitchen and the fridge or the coffee pot - while working out how to use the rest of your precious day, like walking to the beach approx 225 meters, or the plaza a few meters shorter, the pier a bit longer or ?? just hanging out enjoying life. Everything is within walking distance from French bakery to German dentist (and they speak German, English and Spanish) You even get the opportunity to take a sower with your loved on - as we have installed double showers in both our bathrooms. We go by the Why not instead of the why. Anyway the real deal about the house is the it is unique - not just en the way that it has the "downstairs" and the "upstairs" - but the downstairs is in it self special with an open hallway in the middel of the house - so when going to the toilet at night you might enjoy a view of the stars. All rooms being different. Should you be a bit more adventures you might sleep in the double bed on tre roof beneath the tiled "pergola" - as we always do. Doing that you can surely feel and se the environment
What makes this House unique
You can live 100% on the roof top - meaning you live under a semi cover, where you have kitchen, bathroom, king size bed, as well as "living room" with table etc - and of course this is directly connected with the sun terrace. Here the tough decisions are: Shall we eat in the shade - or in the sun? In other words: You get 2 houses in one. The house comes with 2 mountain bikes. Furthermore this is not a typical "turist house" it is an old house in town - built so long ago that nobody knows when. We have renovated the house completely but kept an eye on keeping some of the original feel in the house. Furthermore you get to experience a house, where you can enter the house from above - descending one floor to access the roof - or you can enter the house at ground level from a pedestrian street - walking straigt into the patio where you find our avocado tree.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely roof terrace - we enjoyed eating there sometimes in the evening - no mosquitos!
A beautiful house with the opportunity to sleep outside on the terrace. The house is comfortable, welcoming and close to the sea front, with glorious views.
Very comfortable Spanish house with sea views
My wife and I have had several long stays at the house. It's a hop, skip and a jump from the port and convenient to everything in Santiago - the beach, shops, restaurants, bars, La Tecina hotel etc. It makes no pretence to be flashy which is what is so nice about it ....but it has absolutely everything you need - comfortable bedrooms, two excellently provided kitchens, two bathrooms, a fantastic inside and outside roof terrace for lounging, cooking and eating, even sleeping under the stars! It's very well maintained and clean. The owners have always been extremely kind and helpful. It's a highly recommendable property in La Gomera. In our view, Santiago is the nicest spot on the island, with by far the most reliable and consistent weather. You can walk, cycle and swim to your heart's content!
Dear Hanne and Jesper, if we could we would also award at least six stars! It's just a dream! In this beautiful house we missed nothing. Everything was more than generous. We had three wonderful weeks on this beautiful island. The house, the people, the nature ... We like to think back to this time! Since we liked it so much, we will definitely come again! Eva & Birgit
Dear Eva and Birgit. We are so happy to hear that you had a fine holiday on beautiful La Gomera. All the best to you from Hanne and Jesper
We are confirming all the good things which were already written about the place, the house and the hosts. It was a perfect stay for us and we would love to come back soon.
We surely enjoyed having you use our house - and you shall be most welcome back any time. Actually we are now considering spending Christmas and New Year with friends in Indonesia - so perhaps you are ready for La Gomera again from December 18 till January 4 - or something like that? Looking forward to hearing from you again, we wish you both all the best
Would give 6 stars if I could
Honestly, I would give 6 stars if I could. This is one of the nicest holiday homes we have been in so far. Not only is it spacious, very well equipped and spotlessly clean, but it is also very homely and decorated in a very nice Mediterranean style. The outdoor living room, kitchen, bed and bathroom on the roof are what make the house so special. We spent most of our time (when we weren't out and about) there: eating, drinking, relaxing, sunbathing... you can do it all their in the open air. Not to mention stargazing...
Playa de Santiago we found to be the perfect base to explore La Gomera: the beach is 5 minutes from the house and has life guards during the day. Within 40' by car you are in the middle of Garajonay National Park with all its beautiful hikes. There are also several trails going through Santiago. If you are interested in geology you should make sure to pack an extra bag...we found some of our best stones right there at the beach.
Santiago itself has all that you need: several supermarkets, great eating options (we recommend Bar La Chalana) and mostly locals and Spanish tourists around.
So all in all: we plan on coming back!
Our house is situated in the middle of the little fisherman's village, Playa Santiago on the south, sunny side of La Gomera . In Playa Santiago you can often watch the rainbow abow the mountains in Alajero - but not getting a single drop in Playa Santiago. As a matter of facts some years we do not get a single shower during the year - so when you want a sun secure holiday - Playa Santiago is the place. One year we experienced blue sky from mid December to mid March every single day not a cloud to cover just a bit of the blue -
At the same time if you want to see different scenery you can go to the rainforest on top of the island where it is cooler.
You can hike down from the rainforest in the national park to the beach in playa Santiago any day - thus normally going through a climate change from say 8 degrees and rain in the park to 25 degrees and sun on the beach where you stay in our house in some 4 hours.
(that is our favorite hike by the way!)
You can get to our house with the local ferry that goes directly to the harbour of Playa De Santiago - and you can get around in busses. Depending on what you want you can make this holiday without a car or rent a car - depending on what you like.
You can also take small trips on our mountain bikes (we have 2) or you can hire bikes or a car in Playa Santiago.
E-Bikes are getting very popular and make it a lot easier to bike here as the landscape is rather "up and down" - La Gomera is Hilly and you do not get to another town without getting a good sweat worked up as you have to go up to around a 1000 meters before the road goes down again or forks.
You can do hikes on your own or you can attend group hikes being picked up at the Hotel Tecina, you can go whale watching from Playa Santiago on a 4 hour trip that includes swimming and lunch - a great getaway for part of the day - so you can do a lot of things without having to arrange transportation yourself. Furthermore the golf course as well as the tennis/paddle/squash cords are also within walking distance - as it is situated at hotel Tecina - a nearby resort, just a bit up the hill.
La Gomera being one of the real pearls of the Canary Islands.
La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands. Although being small the island is extremely diverse, having a dry south side, where the sun always shines, and a north side where it's lush and green - and rainy. On the top of the island we have a National Park - where the only rain forest in Europe is located. The park and forest is a Unesco reserve. Up here it's always rather cold - so do bring a sweater when going. In the park you have the highest point of the island. From the top you can see La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife, and sometimes even Gran Canaria on a clear day. La Gomera is a perfect place for hiking. 'Little Nepal' hikers call La Gomera. Many of the hikes follow the ancient guanche paths, which the original population of the islands used as their 'highways' when walking from one place to the other.
La Gomera has a lot of deep ravines so you can stand in one point and look at another with a short distance between but walking that distance is a different matter - maybe therefore the silbo (whistling language) was invented here.
Other activities: La Gomera is famous for it's wonderful hikes!, you can hire a "u drive boat" or charter a boat, go scuba diving, snorkeling or explore nearby beaches - whatever you fancy….
Golf: We have a fine golf course approx 1.5 km from our house - with a great wiev to Tenerife and Teide - and the blue sea.
Diving: You can participate in diving and cayaking arranged by Hotel Tecina.
Swimming: You can swim in the ocean from all around the Island. We are only 250 meters form the beach and the port. On calm days swimming from the beach is great. On rough days swimming in the port, protected by the pier, is better. If you like swimming in a swimmingpool, Playa Santiago offers 3 different options. Hotel Tecina has a pool beside the beach and a pool up by the hotel. Also HPB at Santa Ana has really fine pool facilities.