Casonas de Marengo, with Mount Teide in the background

Casonas de Marengo, with Mount Teide in the background

Casonas de Marengo, with Mount Teide in the background The swimming pool at Casonas de Marengo Living-dining room in La Era Bedroom in La Era Terrace of San Marcos Bedroom in San Marcos Living area in El Teide Bedroom in El Teide The swimming pool Shared terrace for La Era, La Bodega and Cuarto de Aperos La Cuadra La Cuadra Cuarto de Aperos The whirlpool La Bodega Bedroom in La Bodega The swimming pool

Casonas de Marengo

The Canary IslandsTenerife › Near Icod de los Vinos

A cluster of charming apartments created from a restored manor house in a picturesque rural setting.

Set amidst wonderfully verdant and gloriously unspoilt countryside, Casonas de Marengo is a beautifully retored 18th-century manor house that has recently been converted into six charming and comfortable apartments. Nestling against the hillside above the town of Icod de los Vinos, the property affords lovely views down to the ocean and up to Mount Teide, and is an ideal location for walkers, nature-lovers and romantic couples simply wishing to escape the pressures of modern-day life for a week or two.

As you would expend from a restored building, each apartment is different, but all have been comfortably furnished and prettily decorated. The furnishings have been carefully chosen to complement the building's historic fabric with its wooden ceilings, polished floor boards and traditional Canarian windows, but that is not to say that contemporary comforts have been eschewed. All are equipped with electric heaters for the cooler season, satellite TV (limited English-language channels) and safety deposit boxes. The open-plan kitchenettes have a fridge, two-ring hob, microwave, kettle and toaster, and each apartment also has an attractive bathroom. WiFi is available free of charge but the signal may be a little patchy depending on where you are in the complex.

Five of the apartments are in the main manor house, each with its own external entrance. El Teide and San Marcos are on the upper floor, each comprising a bedroom and a separate living room, and have their own individual terraces facing towards Mount Teide. The other three apartments share a large communal terrace looking down towards the sea. Of these, Señorial La Era is the largest and arranged on two levels, with the living room on the ground floor and the bedroom with four-poster bed upstairs. La Bodega also has a separate living room and bedroom, whilst Cuarto de Aperos is a open-plan studio suitable for two people only (the other apartments have sofa beds for up to two children). Finally, La Cuadra is a separate detached stone cottage with its own terrace.

Casonas de Marengo stands in 30,000 m2 of grounds, with some lovely country walks right on your door step. On sunny days, you can relax by the lovely freeform swimming pool, which is heated by solar energy, unwind in the large outdoor Jacuzzi or get stuck into a book in one of the quiet corners of the gardens. But it would be a shame not to explore the surrounding area, Isla Baja, which boasts some of Tenerife's most charming towns and most unspoilt landscapes. The centre of Icod de los Vinos is 8 km away and is famed for its millennial dragon tree, whilst the picturesque harbour of San Marcos and the historic town of Garachico lie just a little further. Between them, these towns offer a good selection of restaurants and shops, but there are also a couple of charmingly unpretentious local eateries within a 10-15 minute walk from the cottages, so you can enjoy the odd evening meal in authentic surroundings without necessarily having to drive. Another attraction just down the road from here natural underground tunnels of Cueva del Viento, part of Europe's longest volcanic tube. Visits are only conducted in small groups, so reserving in advance is advisable.

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