Casa Cueva

Casa Cueva

Casa Cueva View from Casa Cueva's garden The twin room The kitchen Casa Cueva Casa Cueva's terrace The living room The double room A corner in the mature garden The covered veranda runing the length of the house

Casa Cueva

The Canary IslandsGran Canaria › Barranco de Las Goteras

Partially created from an old cave, this rural house is a very comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area on foot or by car.

Peacefully situated beside an unmade country lane, this pretty cottage offers comfortable accommodation full of homely charm, a mature garden with lovely rural views, and a convenient location for walkers and those keen to explore the less touristy parts of the island by car.

As its name implies, Casa Cueva was partially created from a cave carved out from the rock. The cave part at the back of the house contains the two bedrooms, one of which has a double bed, the other has twin beds. Each bedroom has a door leading to the shared bathroom in the middle, which has a bathtub, twin sinks and a WC separated with a door. The remainder of the accommodation is more conventionally constructed but still has plenty of charm, and Casa Cueva feels very much like a proper family home rather than a purpose-built holiday cottage. The living room has exposed stone walls, three comfortable sofas, a large TV (limited English-language channels) and a music system, and the separate country-style kitchen is extremely well equipped, with a large fridge-freezer, ceramic hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, as well as a dining table and chairs. There is also a separate cloakroom.

A covered veranda runs along the side of the house and opens up to a larger terrace with a pair of sunloungers and a covered barbecue area with a table and chairs for eating al-fresco. Next to this, there is a pretty garden with a mixture of fruit trees and ornamental plants, and lovely views along the valley.

The nearest small supermarkets and local eateries can be found approximately 3 km away, in the little town of La Atalaya, close to which you will also find the Bandama golf course. The island's second-largest town, Telde, is a 10-km drive away in the opposite direction, heading back towards the airport, and whilst its outskirts are uninspiring with the usual retail parks and housing developments, the old town areas of San Juan and San Gregorio are worth a visit. On the east coast just beyond Telde there are several small beaches that only tend to be frequented by locals; including Playa del Hombre, La Garita, Melenara and Salinetas. These beaches can be reached in around half and hour using the hire car included in your holiday, or you can join the east coast motorway at Telde to easily head south to the main resort beaches, or north to the bustling island capital Las Palmas. Then again, we believe that Casa Cueva will particularly appeal to those who enjoy exploring on foot, with some excellent hiking terrain - through the valley of Barranco de Las Goteras or up towards the rim of the Bandama crater for instance - virtually on your doorstep.

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