The garden and pool enjoy views of Mount Teide

The garden and pool enjoy views of Mount Teide

The garden and pool enjoy views of Mount Teide Casa Doña Herminda Lounge area The bedroom The shaded terrace Views towards Mount Teide

Casa Doña Herminda

The Canary IslandsTenerife › La Matanza

The ultimate rural hideaway for romantic couples on Tenerife: a wholly secluded, one-bedroom cottage with its own private swimming pool.

Properties with private swimming pools remain something of a rarity in the north of Tenerife, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover this couple-sized hideaway. Tucked away amidst vineyards on the steep hillsides of the island's prime wine-growing area, La Matanza, Casa Doña Herminda offers complete privacy. From its truly unspoilt setting at an altitude of approximately 650 metres, the views across the Orotava valley to Mount Teide and the sea are superb on a clear day, and the surrounding area offers rewarding terrain for walkers.

The house itself is around 200 years old and retains some charming features, such as the immensely thick stone walls and the characteristic Canarian window seats. It has, however, been completely renovated so that the accommodation meets present-day expectations of comfort and style. The interior comprises a homely living room with a comfy sofa, an open plan kitchen with ceramic hob and large fridge-freezer, a bedroom with a double bed and a prettily tiled bathroom. Outside, the small kidney-shaped swimming pool is surrounded by a lovely garden with a springy lawn and a paved terrace area with a built-in barbecue.

A hire car is included in your holiday at Casa Doña Herminda and is essential, as the nearest small grocery shop is approximately 2 km away. It should be noted that the local roads leading up towards this area are very steep in parts, so you may well get to practice your hill starts! Using your hire car, it is easy exploring some of the island's stunning landscapes, with both the Cañadas del Teide National Park and the mountainous Anaga peninsula within easy reach. The old university town of La Laguna, the bustling island capital Santa Cruz and the pretty town of La Orotava are also easily reached by car, whilst closer to home, the smaller communities of La Matanza and El Sauzal offer the opportunity to sample the regional cuisine and local wines.

That said, especially during the summer months, guests at Casa Doña Herminda may well choose to spend much of their time simply enjoying the scenic setting and glorious seclusion of this unique retreat.

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