3 bedroom,2 bathroom (sleeps 6), Single Level, Pool, Hot Tub, WiFi, BBQ room
- english, spanish
About John Gelder
Marie has an MA in Fine Arts and Ceramics and has her studio here in La Palma. The house reflects many touches of her passion. John is a retired Consulting Engineer and, together with Maries design experience, created this beautiful home.
John Gelder purchased this Villa in 1996
Why John Gelder chose Breña Alta
When my wife, Marie and I arrived on La Palma in 1988 we had a warm and instant craving to stay here. Originally we lived in Cancajos but in 1996 decided to seek the peace and tranquility of the Brenas. We designed and built this house to an exacting specification and included many little touches creating a home from home. Comfort and practicality are the order of the day, an example of this is the BBQ table where all guests can sit in comfort whilst cooking their own meals.
What makes this Villa unique
Unlike the majority of properties on La Palma, Casa Feliz accommodation is on a single level with plenty of space for both indoor and outdoor living. Also the house has full Double Glazing.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great villa - with excellent pool and hot tub
One of the best and biggest pools at any villa we've stayed at - a great size to actually swim rather than just dip. Good water temperature, even in February. The hot tub was great too - not new (not all jets working), but good temperature and loads of bubbles - a really nice place to relax in the evening, after hard days' hiking.
The villa is very spacious - there were only two of us so we didn't need to use the second and third bedrooms.
Minor feedback on a few items that I'm sure John will sort out, but overall it's a great villa and we're very glad we chose to stay there.
A wonderful villa! (stay 26/10/19 - 2/11/19)
This is a truly exceptional villa. We have rented many private villas as over the years and this is the best yet. From our first contact with John up to our departure, everything ran smoothly.
We had a very small problem with the electricity (a circuit breaker had tripped for the laundry room power which required a key to access to reset) however John reponded to my message within seconds and the problem was fixed very quickly indeed.
The villa is huge and very comfortable, with more than ample space for our family to enjoy the peace and relaxation the location offers. The kitchen was very well equipped with every utensil or kitchen gadget you could possibly need. The beds were very comfortable too and what a pleasure to open the blinds in the morning to see blazing, warm sunshine at the end of October (I live in the UK so this is a novelty for us).
Outside, the pool is also huge for a private villa. I estimated it to be 12m / 40 feet but I may be wrong. It was also heated to a perfect temperature for us. The terrace is extensive, wrapping around most of the house and there are wonderful views across the island and out to sea side. The terraced garden is also very extensive with many exotic varities of fruit tree (avocado, mango, persimmon, guavasteen (I had to look that one up as I had no idea what it was - really delicious though) orange, lemon, and many more I most likely missed. It was great experience to climb an avocado tree to pick them fresh.
There is a small but well stocked supermarket within walking distance (about 10-15 mins). There is plenty of fresh food available within. Not just cans / frozen. There are a couple of bigger supermarkets within a 10-15 minute drive (Mercadona seems to be brand new and is right next to a large Lidl). Also - and this is important - you can buy really good Rioja or Ribera del Duero for around €5 a bottle, or around €10 for a vintage reserva.
Overall, it's a superb villa with too many plus points to list in this review. As with all holidays you really enjoy, it's so hard to leave and this is exactly how we felt last weekend. We will definitely return and I can in all sincerity highly recommend Casa Feliz to anybody looking for a perfect villa experience in La Palma.
We have visited a number of the Canary islands and this villa is the best so far. Spacious, clean and comfortable with a fantastic pool set in lovely grounds. John has been great and responded to messages very quickly. As advised by others we used a hire car from Pili. She was also very helpful and following her to the villa after a late flight made the trip so much easier.
We would heartily recommend Casa Feliz - we'll be returning next year!
What a great Family Holiday, Fantastic Villa, Great Island
First of all John made the organisation of the holiday so easy, with recommendations on travelling to the villa, car hire and lots of communication in plenty of time. Then Pilar on the island was very helpful throughout the holiday and actually took time to check everything was well as we enjoyed the relaxing surroundings of La Palma.
The property was exactly as described, actually, large villa probably undersells it, there were five of us on holiday and we could all be in different parts of the villa and not hear from anyone. The location twenty minute drive from Santa Cruz in the quiet neighbourhood of Brena Alta meant you were close enough to go to a restaurant but you felt in a rural area.
The pool was great, lots of fun and you could actually swim in it due to its size and what's not to like about finishing the day off in the Hot Tub.
Lots to do on the island, from Vineyard visits, to the salt planes and for those more adventurous I would strongly recommend a visit to the observatory 8000 feet above see level and first hand see the milky way without the need for a telescope.
Thinking of a holiday to La Palma, I would book this villa without a thought if I were to go back.
ABSOLUTELY SUPERB VILLA
I can not fault this villa. From the friendliness of the owners John and Marie, right up to our last day. The villa is very, very large, much larger than it appears in the photos, the photos do not do it any justice. All I can say it is like an oasis of tropical flowers and huge palm trees surrounding the extremely large pool. Upon opening the gate and the entering inside the villa it is clear to see that a lot of love, hard work and expense has gone into this beautiful place. It is just perfect.
The large gardens are beautiful, with a waterfall and wooden bridges over pools and little steams. They even had a large area of fruit trees and avacado trees. We were greeted with a welcome bowl of freshly picked fruit and avacado s, which was a lovely surprise. We also had a large welcome basket of essentials and lots of treats like chocolates.
The airport is just a short drive away. We hired a car to see the whole the island, I am so pleased we did as it is stunning. There is large book in the villa created by the owners and past guests of the best places to visit. So we went to them all. We have never been anywhere like la Palma, natural beauty at its best.
Our only negative was leaving the villa
Excellent hiking trails, well laid out and signposted.
Horse riding school nearby.
PADI diving school for novice and experienced divers.