Casa Sotea

Casa Sotea

Casa Sotea Casa Sotea (circled) The lounge area Double room Kitchen Terrace at the front of the house Twin room Bathroom Sun-room style living-dining area The dining area Path leading up to the house Casa Sotea

Casa Sotea

The Canary IslandsLa Gomera › Valle Gran Rey

A traditional cottage in the upper part of the valley, perfect for keen hikers and those seeking character accommodation within easy reach of the facilities of Valle Gran Rey

Fanning out from La Gomera's mountainous centre towards the west coast, Valle Gran Rey - the Valley of the Great King - is one of the island's most popular locations, boasting wonderful terrain for walkers, with spectacular views and lush scenery and a favourable microclimate. The steep sides of the valley were shaped into agricultural terraces by hard-working farmers over centuries, whilst in more recent years, the small fishing village at the base of the valley has grown into an attractive holiday resort, which offers a decent selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options whilst retaining its wonderfully laid-back charm.

For those seeking independent accommodation full of character, Casa Sotea is a detached house in the upper part of the valley, perched on the hillside at the rear of a small residential hamlet. This elevated setting grants the property panoramic views across the palm-studded valley, and there are outside sitting areas to both the front and the rear of the house amidst lime, medlar and mango trees. Please note that the house is accessed via a short but steep and uneven footpath, so we do not consider it suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or young children under the age of 4 years.

A sun-room style living-dining area spans the entire front of the house, allowing you to enjoy the appealing vistas through large picture windows. All the other rooms lead off this room: there are two bedrooms (one with a double bed, the other with twin beds), a bathroom and a kitchen complete with gas hob, oven, fridge-freezer and all the necessary utensils. Wooden ceilings, terracotta floor tiles and whitewashed walls with some exposed stonework lend the interiors their traditional character and the furnishings add to the rustic, homely charm. WiFi is available, and there is an electric back-up for the solar-powered hot water system.

The coastal districts of Playa and Vueltas, with their volcanic beaches and wide range of facilities, are 4 km away - approximately 10 minutes using the hire car included in your holiday, or an hour on foot for those fit enough not the be deterred by the uphill walk back. There is also a local bus service, but make sure you check the timetable as there are only a handful of buses each day. There is no need to get into the car for essential provisions, as there are two small mini-markets just 5 minutes' walk away from the house, and there are also a couple of simple local bar-restaurants within a 15-minute walk, although these tend to be open in the daytime only. Nearby attractions that hikers can easily reach on foot include the viewpoints of Curva del Queso, Cesar Manrique and Merica, the chapel Ermita de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe and the Cascada de Arure waterfall.

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