Finca Taro de Chimida

Finca Taro de Chimida

Finca Taro de Chimida Casa El Cactus Living-dining area in El Cactus Dining area and open-plan kitchen in El Cactus Double room in El Cactus The shared pool at Taro de Chimida Shower room in El Cactus Twin room in El Cactus El Cactus living area and steep steps to open sleeping gallery The open sleeping gallery for 5th/6th person in El Cactus El Cactus's terrace The sunken garden is surrounded by dwarf palms La Cueva's living room Bedroom in La Cueva Kitchen-dining area in La Cueva Casa La Cueva La Cueva's terrace Taro de Chimida's driveway with the main house on the right Steps leading from the parking area to the guest cottages Finca Taro de Chimida Finca Taro de Chimida

Finca Taro de Chimida

The Canary IslandsLanzarote › Teguise

Stunning accommodation with a distinct Lanzarotean flavour set in landscaped grounds within walking distance of the former island capital Teguise with its charming restaurants

Peacefully tucked away in the grounds of a rather grand private residence, Taro de Chimida comprises two cottages of immense character and charm. "El Cactus" and "La Cueva" were created from old water-storage cisterns, used to capture the precious rainfalls in the days when the main house was still a working farm. Expert restoration has ensured that they have kept their distinctive architectural features, most notably the tall, vaulted ceilings with their impressive stone arches, but thanks to large glass doors, carefully placed skylights and the clever use of colours and indirect lighting, the interiors feel wonderfully bright and airy. The furnishings are an intriguing mix of modern and traditional style, complemented further by an eclectic selection of artworks and ornaments.

The two guest cottages form an L-shape on two sides of a walled, sunken garden, which provides a sheltered haven on windy days, as well as a feeling of privacy and seclusion. In addition to the artistic feel of the accommodation itself, the design of the garden, with its varieties of cacti and dwarf palms growing from lava beds cut through by gleaming white footpaths, is a further clue that the original conversion was carried out by a close friend of the island's famous artist, César Manrique. There is a small circular swimming pool in the far corner of the garden as well as a pool shower and a barbecue area shared between the two houses.

On the left-hand side of the Garden, "El Cactus" is the larger of the two houses. At its centre is an impressive living-dining room, with a comfortable sitting area, a dining table and chairs and an open-plan kitchen with a fridge, a two-ring ceramic hob, a microwave oven, a coffeemaker and a toaster. To one side of the lounge is a bedroom with twin beds, which leads through to a rather striking shower room with a small indoor garden. At the opposite end of the house is a bedroom with a double bed, and a separate bathroom with bathtub. There is also an open gallery with a double bed for a 5th and 6th person, but as this has limited headroom and is accessed by a steep flight of stairs from the living area, we do not consider this suitable for young children or the infirm.

With just the one bedroom (with a double bed), "La Cueva" is ideal for a couple. There is a real wow-factor when you enter the cottage and first spot the massive slab of rock that forms part of the open-plan kitchen's ceiling, and the little indoor garden tucked away behind the kitchen units. The kitchen equipment is similar to that in El Cactus, and this cottage also has a comfortable sitting area and a shower room.
Satellite TV (with limited English-language channels), DVD players and music systems are provided in both cottages. Each cottage also has its own large terrace area with teak furniture for al-fresco dining, loungers for soaking up the Canarian sun and large parasols in case you prefer snoozing in the shade.

Although Taro de Chimida feels wonderfully secluded and peaceful, it is just an easy 10-minute stroll from the historic centre of Teguise with its authentic local restaurants and atmospheric wine bars, so whilst a hire car is included in your holiday here to help you explore the island and visit some of its beaches, it is always an advantage to be able to dine out without having to worry about driving home afterwards. In Teguise you will also find a bakery, pharmacy and grocery shops for your day-to-day needs, as well as a few interesting craft shops, and on Sundays the town plays host to a lively and colourful street market. By car, it takes just 15 minutes to reach the sandy coves in the east-coast resort of Costa Teguise, or the long, unspoilt surfers beach of Famara on the north coast.

From couples looking for a romantic hideaway, to extended families renting both cottages together, Taro de Chimida will appeal to anyone seeking stylish accommodation in an authentic and convenient location, so early booking is highly recommended.

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