“Stylish self-catering cottage and apartments (sleeping 2-6) with a shared pool, in the heart of rural Lanzarote - a great base for active group holidays”
The 2 apartments, located in the main building, are each named after a different Canarian wine, synonymous with the region. Set around a central atrium with a large communal seating area, they would work well for groups looking to book multiple rooms and spend the evenings together, as well as couples seeking a self-catering base.
Both are stylishly decorated - think white-washed walls, exposed beams, coffee tables made from the original doors, crisp white bedding, fluffy towels and geometric print throws - with simple kitchenettes, double or twin beds, comfy seating areas and modern shower rooms.
There is a compact, ground-floor Moraga Studio Apartment whose bedroom area is curtained off from the living area. We stayed in split-level Bermejo, the only 1-Bedroom Apartment, and we definitely feel it has the edge on the others. Although the wooden staircase steals a little of the kitchen space, the 2 floors make it feel much larger, and the airy first-floor bedroom has French windows leading onto a traditional Canarian balcony overlooking the pool and volcanic hills beyond. A word of warning though: the shower room is only separated from the bedroom by a frosted glass wall, so it’s perhaps not ideal for the more bashful amongst us.
For families, the 2-Bedroom Cottage (Rubicon) is the perfect option. The apartments cannot host children under 12 unless you're booking the whole property, but Rubicon welcomes all ages. Set across the courtyard from the main building, it has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, 2 shower rooms and more privacy thanks to its terrace with sunloungers and a dining table.
Each apartment has a modern, well-equipped kitchenette and a simple indoor dining area, but you’re more likely to head outside to the communal poolside table and BBQ - perfect for those warm Lanzarotian evenings. The cottage has the added bonus of a private dining terrace. If it’s a particularly blustery night, the sofa-filled internal courtyard is a welcoming spot for tapas and wine.
Although the kitchenettes are compact and lack ovens, they have everything you need to prepare light summer meals - salad bowls, bread boards and plenty of wine glasses. Each has a microwave, a 2-ring induction hob, a fridge (no freezer), a toaster and a kettle, as well as crockery, cutlery and utensils. Tea, coffee, water, milk and a bottle of local wine are provided to help you settle in.
The village supermarket has a great selection of fresh fruit and veg, cheeses, and a bakery for fresh bread; we were really tempted by the impressive butcher’s counter, which got our minds racing with BBQ ideas. There were also plenty of home-grown products on offer. On Sundays there is a small but popular farmers’ market in Mancha Blanca (a 10-minute drive), selling fruit, veg, bread and cheese; wander from stall to stall and, if you’re feeling indecisive, sample the local wines, liquors and chutneys before you buy!
If you would prefer to eat out, take a look at the extensive list of recommendations provided, covering the length and breadth of the island. The village has a traditional Canarian restaurant, but other than that you’ll need to head a little further afield. Tiagua 81 has links with popular La Cantina in the old capital Teguise, which has a great selection of sharing plates and salads.
Children of all ages are welcome in the 2-bedroom cottage. In the other apartments, the owners prefer children aged 12+, so as not to disturb other guests; however, if you book exclusive use of Tiagua 81, they are happy to waive this policy.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
With a master bedroom, a twin room, a sofabed and its own terrace, the cottage, Rubicon, is well suited to families with children of all ages. If you were to book the entire property, the Studio Apartments would be great for older children wanting their own space and privacy. Bermejo can hold an extra bed.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There are no toys or games for children and it might be a bit too quite for teenagers looking to make new friends. The lower-ground-floor snug is accessed via an uneven stone staircase - not ideal for kids.