“Rustic self-catering suites and cottages plus a yurt near pretty villages, offering a laid-back base for island exploration (sleeping 2-5)”
At Casa El Morro, the seven self-contained suites are spread between the main house and separate cottages in the grounds. All are furnished with pieces from Arabia, the Orient and Indonesia, fused with original Canarian dark wood trimmings. Each is unique in layout and decoration, but all have the same amenities including a fully equipped kitchen, multi-lingual satellite channels, a DVD and CD player, and some form of outside space for dining and relaxing.
Our favourite couples hideaway is El Aljibe (sleeps 2-4). It has 1 double bed, though the sofa can provide sleeping for 2 more, within a narrow whitewashed cave - although not for the claustrophobic, it gave us a sound silent night's sleep. The earthenware tiling, washed salmon walls and ceiling beams is distinctly rustic, and the large bathroom features hand-painted tiles and an ornate bathtub. The covered terrace is shielded by bougainvilleas, banana palms and hibiscus, with a grand Balinese bed for alfresco siestas.
Similar in size are Uga and Isidora, which also sleep 2-4 in a bedroom (twin beds in the former, a double four-poster in the latter) and a lounge with a sofabed. La Troja and El Alpende sleep 2-3 in a double or twin bedroom and a sofabed, while Leo sleeps 2 and has a garden plus a large terrace with a carved Javanese daybed.
Large families should book the 2-storey Raquel (sleeps 4-5), with its wood-burning stove and jaw-dropping volcano views, and two each of bedroom, bathroom, lounge and terrace. Or sleep Mongolian-style in the princely yurt, which houses 2 double beds and a sofabed covered in sumptuous silks, as well as a bathroom with a shower. Its kitchen sits in a little stone building next door.
The largest accommodations at restored finca La Casa de la Caldera are the three cottages (El Patio, Casita Jardin, and La Puesta del Sol) which sleep up to 4 apiece in a double and a twin, and have great views across the Fermes valley. The former opens onto the secluded inner courtyard, the latter has a private sun terrace.
Couples can choose either rustic cottage La Valle de Fermes which has high beams, an open plan kitchen/dining/living area and its own garden, or across the courtyard in the more private rock-lined two-roomed El Aljibe Chico apartment whose bedroom is in a former water tank. All have well-equipped kitchens, the four cottages have Canarian fireplaces. Book separately or in various combinations including all together for larger parties up to 18.
At the Casa El Morro property, breakfast is the only meal provided, served under a communal wooden pagoda in the garden. It consists of the usual suspects - fresh bread, cold cuts, cereals, tasty organic jams - and you might also be treated to fresh melon grown on site or delicious cakes baked by Raquel.
For other meals, and if staying in La Casa de la Caldera, you’ll have to self-cater or head out. Every unit has their own kitchen, all with ovens, kettles, crockery, cutlery, utensils and juicers, and some complete with antique furniture and fine china. Raquel is the only suite with its own microwave, but they’re available on request if you really need one. There's a dining table indoors at El Morro, or you can eat alfresco if you prefer; you’ll also find a BBQ on your terrace in all except El Aljibe.
For stocking up on supplies, don't miss the farmers’ market in Tias on Saturday mornings; it’s great for local cheeses, fruit, vegetables and bread. Failing that, there’s a supermarket less than 1km away in Femes village. There are several simple eateries a stroll away in Uga village and a 5-minute drive in Las Casitas village, and some good restaurants within a short drive, too.
Children of all ages are welcome, though we feel the properties are best suited to younger children as the atmosphere might be too quiet for older kids and teens.
Baby cots are available free of charge and babysitting can be arranged on request. The 2 house cats in Casa El Morro, Pedro and Jack Sparrow, are particularly fond of children.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
At El Morro: the Raquel suite has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5, while the yurt sleeps up to 6 in 2 double beds and a sofabed. Most of the other suites have a double or twin bedroom plus a single or double sofabed, making them suitable for families of 3-4 people.
At Caldera: El Patio and La Puesta del Sol both have 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin) so can host a family of 4, while La Valle des Fermes works for a family of 3 as it can take an additional baby cot or extra bed
Babysitting can be arranged
Baby monitors are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pools are unfenced