The casitas are perched on the crest of a hill

The casitas are perched on the crest of a hill

The casitas are perched on the crest of a hill Bedroom in "Mirador del Valle" View from "Mirador del Valle" There are several terraces with extensive views Lounge and bedroom in "Mirador del Sur" The finca's entrance The conservatory-style sitting area in "Mirador del Valle" Well-equipped kitchens One of the terraces The open gallery in "Mirador del Sur" Views over the east coast from one of the terraces

Casitas Mirador de Bandama

The Canary IslandsGran Canaria › Near Santa Brigida

Offering character accommodation and panoramic views, these charming cottages are also well placed for exploring the island

Standing on the crest of a hill within the boundaries of the Bandama nature reserve in the north-east of the island, these two semi-detached cottages are certainly deserving of their name, Mirador meaning "viewpoint". As well as looking across the valleys of Los Hoyos and Mondalón towards the distinctive Bandama volcano, they also boast panoramic views down to the east coast from their various terraces. The bustling island capital, Las Palmas, with its fine sandy beach of Las Canteras, is just 12 km away, but all your day-to-day needs can be catered for less than 5 km away in the little town of Santa Brigida, which boasts some excellent restaurants, as it is one of the preferred neighbourhoods of the city's more affluent inhabitants. One of Spain's oldest golf courses is just 2 km from the houses, making this an ideal base for keen golfers, and the area is also known for its small vineyards. In fact, the property's owners make their own wine, which guests are sometimes invited to sample in the small cellar close to the casitas.

Built in the mid-19th century, these former farm buildings were lovingly restored and converted into holiday accommodation in 2002. Whilst a good degree of comfort and convenience has been added, great care was taken to preserve their original character, so the internal layouts are a little idiosyncratic, but lent immense charm by a wealth of traditional features such as sturdy wooden beams and partially exposed stone walls.

The front door of the smaller cottage, "Mirador del Valle", leads straight into a conservatory-style sitting area with uninterrupted views across the valley. From here, you pass through the rustic-styled but fully-equipped kitchen (with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, toaster and coffeemaker) to the spacious main room, which has a double bed and another small sofa, strategically placed in front of a large panorama window. A few steps lead up to the shower room.

The second casita, "Mirador del Sur", is slightly larger, comprising a bedroom with a double bed and a separate, split-level living-dining room with a raised open gallery with a single bed for a third person, as well as a kitchen and shower room both accessed via a small lobby off the bedroom.

WiFi is available free of charge in both houses, and there is also a Jacuzzi in a separate small building for the shared use of guests from either cottage.

There is some interesting terrain for walking right on your doorstep; the hike up to the Bandama crater - some 800 metres in diameter and 200 metres deep - is particularly rewarding due to the magnificent views enjoyed from its rim. Using the hire car that is included in your holiday, you can easily access the attractions of Las Palmas, one of Spain's largest and most vibrant cities, as well as explore the rest of the island at your own pace. Just remember to leave some time for simply relaxing at base, enjoying the tranquil setting and marvelling at the sweeping views.

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