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Casa Los Geranios

La Palma, Canary Islands

Gorgeous traditional Canarian house (sleeps 2-8) in La Palma's sunny south, with gob-stopping views over volcanoes to the shimmering Atlantic

It may be named after the geraniums which spill in shocking pinks and reds down the terraced garden; but it's the views out to sea which makes you catch your breath. Your eye tumbles over sun-warmed vineyards, bursting improbably from volcanic soil, to a coastal strip of banana plantations fully 500m below; and, beyond that, the shimmering Atlantic stretching away towards America. At sunset, the peachy hues, fronted by the silhouettes of cactus and aloes, are unpaintably beautiful.

Inside is a handsome traditional Canarian residence. Lofty pine-wood eaves and window frames, beautifully curved love-seats, vintage chests and mirrors are set off by sparkling chandeliers and coloured tilework in the bathrooms. To say it's restored with immense TLC is an understatement: when a 2009 forest fire ravaged the house, the indefatigable Lourdes and her professor-turned-carpenter husband recreated the house exactly as it was, and even improved on a couple of minor niggles. The main house (sleeps 4-6) now boasts 2 bathrooms, while the adjoining annex-for-2 got its own bougainvillea-fringed terrace with sunloungers and BBQ.

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Highs

  • The main house is perfect for an outdoorsy holiday with the kids; the annex for a romantic hideaway in the sun; or both together for an extended family group wanting a bit of separation
  • Astonishing value - a lovely 3-bedroom house for the same money as a standard hotel room
  • Lourdes - though she speaks little English - could not be kinder, offering homemade cake and wine, beach toys for our young son, restaurant and wine-tasting tips...
  • Though it's traditionally furnished, everything is actually new, from the dreamy mattresses to the power shower and snow-white bathrobes
  • It's in one of the sunniest spots on La Palma

Lows

  • No pool - and it can get very hot in summer
  • The beaches (5-10km away) are not always swimmable due to the swell, and most are gritty black sand or pebbles
  • The 2 parts of the house share a terrace (with a low dividing wall) - if you are a couple in the annex with a family next door, you might feel outnumbered
  • The neighbours' dogs set each other off on nocturnal barking competitions - but Lourdes told us (with a rather alarming glint) that she would sort it
  • You'll need a hire car for shopping and beach trips; and La Palma's roads are quite demanding (not least the steep access lane)

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Save to favouritesPrintMailCasa Los GeraniosIt may be named after the geraniums which spill in shocking pinks and reds down the terraced garden; but it's the views out to sea which makes you catch your breath. Your eye tumbles over sun-warmed vineyards, bursting improbably from volcanic soil, to a coastal strip of banana plantations fully 500m below; and, beyond that, the shimmering Atlantic stretching away towards America. At sunset, the peachy hues, fronted by the silhouettes of cactus and aloes, are unpaintably beautiful. Inside is a handsome traditional Canarian residence. Lofty pine-wood eaves and window frames, beautifully curved love-seats, vintage chests and mirrors are set off by sparkling chandeliers and coloured tilework in the bathrooms. To say it's restored with immense TLC is an understatement: when a 2009 forest fire ravaged the house, the indefatigable Lourdes and her professor-turned-carpenter husband recreated the house exactly as it was, and even improved on a couple of minor niggles. The [r:CI021:main house] (sleeps 4-6) now boasts 2 bathrooms, while the adjoining [i!http://www.i-escape.com/casa-los-geranios/rooms#annex!annex-for-2] got its own bougainvillea-fringed terrace with sunloungers and BBQ.

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