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Hotel Rural Las Longueras
Ranked #1 of 5 Agaete B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Memorable family holiday”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

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.

Small problems:
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.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

just returned from a week at Las Longueras, The house was impressive from the outside the suite we were in was lovely, not good for anyone not good on their legs. the view from the junior suite was impressive.the only snag was that there was very little hot water, was only able to get about an inch each bath. On our first night we were late but dinner had been pre arranged, I was expecting traditional gran canarian food but got curry and rice. nice but not right. the dining room was tired and was screeming out for candles and a little light music. there was no atmosphere, just a few little touches would have probably made people eat in there more than once and to make a night of it. the staff were lovely nothing too much trouble but staff limited. I knew this place was rural, but no places to eat in the nearest village The nearest village to eat was in Las nieves near the harbour, stay clear of cas nassas not good food. the bar at the front with a car park was lovely. good tapas. The ride around the mountains was nice but a bit scarey if you are scared of heights, Nice little bistro near the cemetary. at the side of the hotel, taxi servise very good, not able to walk to a bar so a car was needed so 1 person could not have a drink, dont get me wrong if you like to do nothing dont drink and dont want a bit of romance in the dining room then this is the place for you, the house is just in need of a little tlc.Breakfast was served on the terrace and was a bit cold on cloudy days, the breakfasts were cheeses breads and meats and lovely fresh oranges from the trees. nice to see an honesty bar that was a nice touch, fitness centre very limited.

Room Tip: needs a car, try to arrive in the light of day a bit hard to find. room 1 very small, got changed in...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, UK
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

The photos of this rural retreat give one high expectations of tranquility and beauty. They were surpassed. I have never stayed in such a peaceful environment - and by that I don't mean dull. There is lots to do in the vicinity: hikes, beaches, fishing ports etc. and you can be as active as you like. But every moment you spend in the hotel's extensive grounds, and the house itself, is as relaxing as it is possible to imagine. There were never more than half a dozen people in the pool area and we were usually the only guests in the extensive first-floor living-room where we went to read most evenings. With its eclectic collection of pictures, photographs and bibelots, it was the antithesis of formal 5-star hotels which in fact hardly ever have a nice sitting-room. The staff were all friendly and helpful; the bedroom was large and the bed comfortable. If I had to find a fault, the only one I can come up with is that clear and accurate directions from Agaete would make finding it on the first night less stressful!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

This Hotel is situated at the end of a dirt track across the Barranco from the main road. But what a delight in store! Set in large grounds of fruit trees with an attractive dining area inside and interesting rooms with exceptional views. The food was simple but excellent.
The reception is very welcoming and the peace of the place is tangible.
It has good access to the coast but any drive into the interior of Gran Canaria needs at least one to two hours if you are going for walks.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Stayed at Las Longueras for four nights in November and this is a very charming hotel. True, it doesn't offer the full service of some hotels (eg very limited lunch/ dinner menu), but they don't claim they would. Hotel itself is very pretty with a lot of attention to detail, e.g. old photographs. The library is in a corner of the building with view towards the sea. also worth noting that it is possible to work the plantation. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

We had a good time here, a very relaxing place. The Finca and the surroundings looks great, very authentic. The breakfast and dinner are good, as is the pool. We stayed with our 8-month-old daughter and the staff was very nice and accommodating.

Room Tip: You might hear the chatter of other guests if you stay in room 10, because the window somewhat overl...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

Having read the reviews on the hotel on Trip Advisor, we decided it sounded just what we wanted for our Easter break. After the 1 hour drive from the airport, negotiating the narrow streets of Agaete, we forked off the road that runs through the Valle de Agaete onto a dirt track that zigzags its way down the hill. There is a sign to the hotel to help you pick the correct track too. The hotel is about 1/2 mile from the road and the track is a bit bumpy in places. The hotel has a spacious car park, so no parking worries. A short up hill walk brings you to the steps leading into the red painted hotel. The reception is usually manned, but, as in our case, if the receptionist isn't around, a ring of the bell on the wall outside soon attracts attention! We were given room 2 on the ground floor, which is accessed via the cobbled courtyard and veranda. Like the rest of the house, it retains it original features. These are best described as functional, rather than luxurious, but the en-suite had everything you would expect from any modern hotel.
I was rather worried about noise from the local animals and birds and made a point of bringing ear plugs just to be on the safe side, but I didn't bother with them after the first night. OK you do hear the occasional dog and the cockerels are early risers, but they weren't really intrusive.
The hotel has extensive land and is surrounded by orange groves. To the rear of the house is a cactus garden, where the inhabitants grow to truly gigantic proportions. It was a nice quiet spot to escape from the afternoon sun, with a book.
Meals at the hotel consist of a breakfast of cold meats, cheese, bread rolls, or fruit and yoghurt. It was a self service affair, with coffee in a thermos with a plunger. While you work through the fare, you will discover Emma, the hotel's cat! She really likes the cheese! Lunch and dinner are available on request. We sampled both on a few occasions and were pleased that we had. The dinner was normally set and varied from day to day. Everything was home made and delicious. A couple of days we were the only guests for dinner, so the cook asked us what we would like, and she did mean anything! It was like being Lord of the Manor, especially as the dinner was served at on of 2 huge round tables in the dining room on the first floor.
Down the valley is Puerto de las Nieves, with its small harbour, used mainly by the large Fred Olsen Speedcat ferries that link Gran Canaria with Teneriffe several times a day. Dotted around the port are many bars and restaurants, some cheaper than others. One tip though. If you can, try to park in the car park by the windmill. If you go for the one by the church and pharmacy, you will be accosted by a chap wearing a high-vis jacket. He will find somewhere for you to park, but...he will also demand 2 Euros which makes sure your car doesn't get scratched...
The roads to the south meander around the mountains and signs prohibit using them if it's raining. The cloud can blanket the road, making them like driving blind on a rollercoaster. Oh yes, although the roads are narrow and winding, you still get buses and large articulated lorries using them. If you hear a horn, stop and let whatever is coming get past, if there is space...
Finally, don't forget your Spanish dictionary as no one speaks any English, except the hotel receptionist. Gesturing and pointing is sometimes effective!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Rural Las Longueras
Address: Carretera del Valle s/n, 35489 Agaete, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Agaete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Agaete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rural Las Longueras 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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