The pool a Casa Lola y Juan

The pool a Casa Lola y Juan

The pool a Casa Lola y Juan Standard room with double bed Standard room with twin beds Each room has a terrace Typical shower room Casa Lola y Juan looks inconspicuous from the street The Junior Suite Bathroom of the Junior Suite The Junior Suite Casa Lola y Juan 1-bedroom Apartment Troja 1-bedroom Apartment Troja 1-bedroom Apartment Troja Relaxing by the pool 2-bedroom Apartment Atelier 2-bedroom Apartment Atelier 2-bedroom Apartment Atelier Casa Lola y Juan The breakfast area Communal lounge area Communal lounge area Village and countryside views from the pool area

Casa Lola y Juan

The Canary IslandsLanzarote › Haria

A delightful small guest house full of charm and character with a heated swimming pool in one of the prettiest villages in northern Lanzarote.

The moment you first glimpse the Haría valley as the serpentine road winds its way down from Lanzarote's highest point, it becomes obvious why it as become known as the "valley of 10,000 palm trees". In contrast to the almost treeless remainder of the island, Haría appears like a green oasis, and the whitewashed village itself must rank as one of the prettiest in the archipelago. It boasts a lovely square, several charming restaurants, some interesting craft shops and even a couple of small museums - one dedicated to religious art, the other an eclectic collection of miniatures.

Built in the early 1900s by the current owner's ancestors, Villa Lola y Juan is like a secret treasure chest. Tucked away in a quiet side street, the single-storey house appears completely unremarkable from the outside, but inside it bursts with period charm, and the garden at the rear is truly delightful. Although the family moved to Gran Canaria in the 1940s, they kept the house as their holiday retreat, and the owner's happiest childhood memories are of the summers she spent here, picking sun-ripened fruit from the citrus, mango, guava, papaya, quince, pear and almond trees in the orchard, and helping with the grape harvest in the adjacent vineyard. The desire to enable others to enjoy equally relaxing, carefree holidays was behind her decision to return and convert the house into a small and rather special rural hotel.

With just six guestrooms, Villa Lola y Juan still feels like a private home rather than a hotel, and this is certainly the ambience the owner is aiming for. The interiors are full of charming personal touches and the rooms are all individually furnished and decorated. There are three standard rooms, a junior suite and two apartments. All have pretty en suite bath or shower rooms, satellite TV (limited English-language channels), telephones, hairdryers and bathrobes, and each has its own terrace. The Junior Suite consists of a bedroom with double bed and a living room, divided from each other by a wide archway with a curtain. The smaller of the two apartments, "Troja", consists of a living-dining room with an open-plan kitchen (with fridge, two-ring hob and microwave), a bathroom and an open-plan bedroom with twin beds on a raised gallery reached by stairs. The larger apartment, "Atelier" is similar but has a double bed on the open gallery and a separate twin room, and its kitchen also includes an oven.

A cosy communal lounge and a conservatory-style breakfast room complete the interiors, whilst out in the garden there is an enticing swimming pool (heated in winter), surrounded by a sun terrace with glorious village and country views. Although Villa Lola y Juan does not serve evening meals, there are a handful of local restaurants within easy walking distance, and using your hire car you can easily reach the fishing villages of Orzola and Arrieta, renowned for their fish restaurants, in 10-15 minutes. Equally close are some of the island's top attractions, including the Cuevas de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, and some pleasantly uncommercialised beaches. The area around Haría also offers the most appealing terrain for walkers on Lanzarote, especially in spring, when the surrounding countryside is bursting with wildflowers.

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