“Rural stone cottages hidden among Lanzarote's volcanic cones: stylish self-catering with personal touches (each sleeps 2-5)”
Each cottage has a different view over the vineyards, mountains or pool, and a different layout inside, but most are similar in terms of creature comforts and style.
We stayed in Papagayo, which has 2 double ensuite bedrooms, a huge living area with kitchenette, and a large, secluded patio. Its glazed terracotta floor tiles are dressed with shaggy rugs from Heal's, and the whitewashed rooms are broken up with volcanic stone walls illuminated by soft up-lighting. White-stone shelving houses a range of audio/visual equipment, and log-burning stoves make for cosy evenings if you’re here during winter. The bathrooms are a tad small, with walk-in showers (no bathtubs).
The bathroom in Timanfaya next door is much bigger, featuring a step-up bath and an indoor garden. La Geria has the most light and space due to its end position and extra windows. Both have a double bedroom and a twin room, making them perfect for families. La Bodega is the best cottage for romantic couples - it’s the only detached building, with a double bedroom and its own private garden away from the communal pool area.
Since our visit, the Main House has been made available as well. With homely decor and more comprehensive fittings (full kitchen, private pool and barbecue area), it would work particularly well for longer stays or those seeking a private family break.
All cottages have satellite TV (with English and children’s channels), plus DVD and CD players and a selection of films and music. Beds are made up with Egyptian cotton and snug waffle duvets, while bathrooms come with thick towels and robes.
The 4 smaller cottages have kitchenettes for DIY catering, plus indoor and outdoor dining areas. There are no ovens, but you get a hob, a microwave, a grill, and a blender (amongst others), plus crockery, cutlery and utensils; there's even a communal barbecue by the pool which you can use for free.
If you're after something more comprehensive, the Main House has a full kitchen (including oven), a private barbecue area and a 2 dining areas (indoor and outside). Perfect for longer stays or cookery fans.
Tea, coffee, water and milk are provided, and a breakfast hamper filled with mostly organic produce (locally baked breads, eggs, preserves and home-grown seasonal fruit) can be ordered. However, nip down to the farmers’ market in Tias (Saturday morning) and you can easily prepare your own; pick up local cheeses, fruit, vegetables and bread. Tarnya can also direct you to a good choice of small supermarkets (within 5km).
Several decent restaurants lie within a few minutes' drive if don’t feel like cooking. These include El Tenique (for grilled meats and fish), Las Cadenas and the funky El Chupadero tapas bar. Tarnya and Richard can also provide Canarian platters (veggie options are available) for your arrival or lunch.
Children are made very welcome at Finca Malvasia but there is a supplement for all ages if using additional beds or cots. Young children are heartily encouraged, with toys, games, kids' films and special events provided on request; there are even inflatable crocodiles, boogie boards and other bits of beach paraphernalia to borrow. Older children may find the pace a bit slow, however.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Main House has a bunk-bedroom for kids and lots of private living and outdoor space, perfect for longer stays. The 2-bedroom cottages - Timanfaya, Papagayo and La Geria - can sleep up to 5 people, and the large terraces are gated from the pool so children can run freely. Note that only Timanfaya has a bathtub.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The cottages have kitchenettes with microwaves and blenders; the Main House has a full kitchen. You can pre-order breakfast hampers and Canarian platters.
The mobile phone signal can be very patchy here. The Main House's pool is unfenced