Our family party (aged 5 – 80) found Las Longueras a delightful place to stay . The attractive house was built in 1895 on an extensive finca .The rooms are of good size, there are two pleasant sitting rooms and a dining room, and all is furnished in period style with interesting photos and bibelots from the owners’ extensive travels. There are gardens full of exotic plants all round the house, a pleasant swimming pool, distant sounds of cockerels, birdsong, dogs and goats. An excellent breakfast of fresh (homegrown) orange juice, fruit salad, eggs, ham, cheese, yogurt, rolls and home made cakes is served on a sunny terrace. The staff are charming . The finca is extensive and is worked as a commercial orchard growing oranges and avocados. The estate lies at the bottom of Le Valle, a deep baranca with steep sides covered in fascinating flora. Old paved mule tracks running up the south side of the valley to the pines of the Tamadaba National Park, and from the top of the road to el Hornillo provide steep but excellent walking. There are other walks in the area but, due to the nature of the volcanic terrain, access involves long drives up steep twisty roads. There are beaches a few kms away at el Risquo and Sardina with volcanic sand and lively waves.
A home cooked set meal is available in the evening, or there are fish restaurants in Puerto de las Nieves (about 5 km away) or La Suerte in the nearest village – both need a car.
1. Road Access. It is difficult to find, especially if you first arrive after dark. Some signs from the end of the GC2 to guide you through the labyrinth of one way streets in Agaete would be helpful. (A kindly local led us through in his car, and we sent the GPS coordinates of Las Longueras to our sons, who used their satnavs to good effect!)
2 .Access on site. There are many slopes and stairs and it is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems
3. Hot water. The system cannot cope with high demand, so the hot water runs out at peak times. We learnt to shower ‘off peak’, but it needs a more permanent solution.
4. The weather: we have learnt over several visits that the Canary Islands are not warm in February. It is often sunny and the flowers are out, it’s great for walking, but you need warm clothing for cloudy days and evenings. Heating is not provided routinely.
We had rather an active holiday, but one could be pleasurably lazy there too –we would be happy to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Known as "La Casa Roja" or Red House, this mansion was built as an autumnal residence in the centre of agricultural land growing oranges, avocados, mangos and papayas. This surprising Hotel oozes harmony from all four walls. In its exquisite decoration the clean lines stand out, along with the wood harmoniously blended with bright fabrics, the colour range and the collection of photographs, paintings and antiques lining the corridors and rooms. The garden captivates visitors due to its centuries-old trees, fruit trees and the care with which it is looked after, perfumed in spring by the delicate smell of saffron. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rural Las Longueras Agaete, Gran Canaria, Spain