“A very pretty 18th-century country house in a quiet village in Lanzarote’s rural heart, with a great restaurant and fantastic prices”
No designer interiors here; rather, a glimpse into how well-off islanders lived a century ago. This was a family home before Maria Luisa turned it into a small hotel, and much of the furniture is original to the house. Beds are either cast-iron or wooden, set against whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Oil paintings adorn the walls, and small tables hold pot plants. Open the shutters and flood the rooms with light; close them up and keep the heat at bay.
Rooms that open onto the courtyard have rocking chairs and sofas beyond the bedroom door. Those at the back of the house open onto a small garden, where a hammock hangs from a shady tree, loungers wait on the black sand and desert plants flourish (cacti, palms, a dragon tree). Some of the brightest rooms are housed in what was the farm’s old stone warehouse, with outside steps leading up to those on the first floor. Inside, you get a similar rustic style: old beds, rugs on wooden floors, a marble dressing table, ancient beams, and a sofa if there’s room.
The 2 suites have their own sitting rooms. One has an old wall hanging and a huge window that frames views of distant mountains. Its bathroom is contemporary with big mirrors, fluffy towels, cymbal-sized shower heads and modern mosaic-tiled walls. Other rooms have more traditional bathrooms, one done out in 1960s style.
All rooms have flat-screen TVs but only Spanish channels. You also get hairdryers and (in all but one room) free WiFi; beach towels are available on request.
Don't miss the restaurant; it’s one of the best places to eat in the area and has reasonable prices. It’s open for dinner every evening except Tuesday, although lunch is rarely available. You eat in a converted barn, where the style is comfortably elegant: starched tablecloths, individual table lamps, exposed stone, whitewashed walls. A couple of private dining areas (former camel stables) are located through arched doorways, and there’s a small gallery for pre-dinner drinks. Best of all is the 3m-high wall of glass that looks out across lava fields to distant mountains; four-fifths of the view is sky.
As for the food, flavours are kept simple and succulent, without complication. Starters might include cold melon soup with a julienne of Guijelo ham, chicken liver parfait served with homemade apple and mint chutney, and fried green peppers. For the main course, there are meaty delights such as entrecote steak with red peppers and fried new potatoes, baby lamb chops, and confit of duck in a membrillo sauce. There’s also a choice of fish and seafood - perhaps Teriyaki tuna or grilled fish of the day. Puddings are similarly tasty - a walnut parfait from an 1890 family recipe, a light chocolate mousse with Bailey’s sauce, and warm apple tartlets served with vanilla ice cream. There’s an assortment of smaller portions if you want to try them all.
Breakfast is a simpler, low-key spread, taken in the main house's old dining room. Hanging ferns cascade from the ceiling, copper basins hang from hooks, and a huge tapestry covers one wall. Expect freshly-squeezed OJ, bowls of fruit, croissants, toast, cold meats and cheeses, plates of tomatoes, and coffee and tea.
Children are welcome in the suites, although without a pool there's little for them to do. Cots are available free of charge, and extra beds can be provided for a supplement.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking