Finca La Corona's heated swimming pool

Finca La Corona's heated swimming pool

Finca La Corona's heated swimming pool Finca La Corona, with Mount Corona in background Vista Risco Vista Risco Vista Corona Vista Corona Vista Corona Vista Corona Amanecer Amanecer Amanecer Amanecer The communal hot-tub Finca La Corona Naciente Naciente Naciente Poniente Poniente Poniente Poniente La Trasera La Trasera La Trasera La Trasera Finca La Corona

Finca La Corona

The Canary IslandsLanzarote › Yé

A beautifully restored finca offering comfortable accommodation full of charm in an unspoilt setting ideal for walkers and those seeking a complete away-from-it-all break

Standing in the inland's unspoilt north corner, close to the imposing volcano from which it takes its name, this extraordinary farmhouse conversion will appeal equally to keen walkers and those simply seeking a comfortable retreat in which to completely unwind. Mount Corona last erupted approximately 4,000 years ago, and whilst its lava flows can still be clearly seen in the surrounding Malpais ("badlands") and the nearby caves Jameos del Agua and Cuevas de los Verdes, some vegetation has returned to the area, providing an interesting contrast to the Timanfaya National Park in the west of the island which was created by a much more recent eruption. Yé stands at the top of the mighty Famara cliffs, and there is a hiking path close by leading to some pristine beaches at the base of the cliffs; the descent takes around 45 minutes, and you should allow longer for the steep return, so this is one for seasoned hikers. Another fascinating walk is inside the crater of Mount Corona, whilst easier walks lead to the nearby Mirador del Rio, a César Manrique designed viewpoint café looking out over the small island of La Graciosa, to the small zoo and tropical park at Guinate, and to and the slightly larger villages of Maguez and Haría (approx. 4 km and 6 km away respectively), where you will find a selection of local shops and restaurants. The closest restaurant is 1.5 km away, so we consider a hire car essential and have included this in the cost of your holiday.

Finca La Corona is a handsome old property that was restored and converted with great panache by its owners Oda and Yayo into six highly individual dwellings. Naturally they vary in size and layout, but all are very spacious, and whilst rustic in style and bursting with character, they offer all the comforts of a real home from home. Each has a superbly equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, ceramic hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffeemaker and all the utensils you can think of. Other amenities provided in each apartment include satellite TV (limited English-language channels), DVD players, free WiFi, hairdryers and central heating, as this part of the island can be a little cooler in winter.

The main farmhouse has been converted into three apartments, which can be linked through connecting doors for larger party. Its most outstanding feature is the large wraparound sunroom (with glass partitions screened by curtains dividing the sections for each apartment), where you can enjoy the soothing rural views even on days when it may be too cool or too windy to sunbathe. Facing west is a single-storey apartment with one bedroom and a shower room, Vista Risco, which benefits from a particularly large sunroom. The central apartment, Vista Corona, has a smaller sunroom with direct views of the volcano, as its name implies, and has a second bedroom with its own little lounge area upstairs. Its bathroom has both a shower and a bathtub. Suitably names Amanecer (sunrise), the east-facing apartment also has two bedrooms (one reached by a flight of stairs), as well as two shower rooms.

Naciente and Poniente were converted from a U-shaped, single storey outbuilding opposite the main house. Mirrow images of each other, each has two double bedrooms, one of which has an open-plan en suite shower room, plus and additional separate shower room. Perhaps the most spectacular apartment is La Trasera, which was partially created from the inca's original water-storage cistern, so that one of its two bedrooms has a striking vaulted stone ceiling. La Trasera also has its own terrace, and is situated close to the pool area.

Finca La Corona boasts a good-size heated swimming pool, surrounded by a slightly sunken and therefore rather sheltered terrace for sunbathing. Next to this, there is a communal barbecue area with a covered terrace, and guests also have the use of a small fitness room and a covered hot-tub with panoramic views of the volcano.

Maid service is provided three times per week, whilst towels and linen are changed weekly. Beach/pool towels are provided.

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