“A beautifully restored 2/3-bedroom farmhouse - complete with a pool and sauna - offering an impressive hybrid of mod cons and traditional tastes”
The villa is packed full of character; real thought has gone into every detail. Windows have been strategically positioned to make the most of the natural light, and the open-plan kitchen-dining room merges with the lounge to create an expansive central space.
In the master bedroom, artisan wooden furniture (custom made and shipped in from Morocco) and dark shutters contrast beautifully with whitewashed walls and crisp bed linen. The spacious ensuite has monochrome mosaic tiling, a power shower, twin basins, an exposed volcanic stone wall and, most unusually, a built-in planter next to the shower - home to a pair of local palms (and, when we arrived, a friendly little lizard!).
Although slightly smaller, the second bedroom is no less appealing. There's a fun hand-painted mural above the bed, and it also has its own sleek ensuite shower bathroom. Blissfully devoid of any technology, both bedrooms are perfect for well-deserved holiday lie-ins. There's also a sofabed in the study (just off the lounge), which is best suited to children.
Throwing open the double doors in the bedrooms reveals a large veranda and a lush lava-pebbled garden, adding a real sense of space. It's the ideal spot for admiring the volcanic views and enjoying a sunset G&T. And just off the main house is a collection of rooms dedicated to the more active among us, should you wish to take a break from total relaxation on the sunloungers! You’ll find a small but well-equipped gym, a sauna, and a garage bursting with bikes, surfboards, buckets and spades - there's even a set of golf clubs!
Designed to be used for more than just light lunches, the kitchen is comprehensively equipped with a 6-ring burner, a 3-compartment oven, a large fridge-freezer, a toaster, a kettle, and a Nespresso coffee machine with a generous supply of pods. A rummage through the cupboards revealed even more handy appliances (a steamer, a food processor and a blender), plenty of pots and pans, crockery, a very useful plastic picnic set for use by the pool, and a beautiful collection of glasses. We also discovered spices, condiments and other store-cupboard essentials.
The huge wooden dining table, with a beautiful candle-filled Moroccan lamp suspended overhead, got us dreaming of hosting convivial dinner parties, and the poolside dining area comes with a gas barbecue for alfresco meals in the late afternoon sun.
The local supermarket is just a 5-minute walk away and is surprisingly well supplied for such a sleepy village. We stocked up on fresh fruit and veg, cured meats and some delectable (and reasonably priced) local wine. We were impressed by the meat counter and could’ve bought more, but the welcome hamper (wine, beer, milk, water, bread, cheese, fresh fruit) provided by the owners is incredibly generous and almost proved too much to get through during our short stay.
If you don’t fancy cooking there is plenty on offer in the fishing village of Arrieta, just a 10-minute drive away. Enjoy the catch of the day in one of the unassuming fish restaurants with hidden terraces overlooking the waves, or head down the track to the local beach bar for great tapas and a more laid-back vibe.
The villa is suited to kids of all ages and it would be perfect for taking grandparents along with a young family.
There are 2 ensuite double bedrooms, and a third room with a sofabed which could sleep 2 children.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a well-equipped kitchen complete with oven, food processor, blender and a plastic picnic set, plus guests receive an excellent welcome hamper on arrival.
The pool area is enclosed, although the pool itself is not fenced.