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Historic Canarian House With Private Heated Pool, BBQ + Dramatic Sea Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Unique villa in Tenerife, Near Pretty Town Of Arona, 15 Min Drive To Golf Courses, beaches, Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Commanding dramatic views down the valley of volcanoes to the sea and La Gomera, this historic property is perched above the hurly burly of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas (15 mins drive) and near the picturesque villages of Arona (3 minutes) and Vilaflor (10 minutes drive). Vilaflor is the gateway to dramatic Las Cañadas and Teide National Park.

Once a large, imposing nobles' strong-house, this is a rare Canarian architectural jewel in the south of the island. Part of this property has been renovated into a striking 4-bed home with beautiful old wooden floors and beams to a high standard so you can enjoy all modern amenities to hand.

We have acquired another portion of the house which we hope to renovate in future to further protect this, the oldest house in the south of Tenerife dating back to the earliest Spanish settlers.

This unique property is suitable for those who enjoy the dramatic, serene nature of the location. It is the perfect place to get away from it all, yet be close to all the big attractions of south Tenerife.

It has good WIFI and all the main UK TV channels, including BBC.

It is not suitable for those wanting guaranteed hot sun year round (Nov-March can be cooler up here, although lots of hot, sunny days too - pot luck in winter!) or lots of loud bars and restaurants on the doorstep.

The pool is treated with salt, not chlorine, which is much kinder to the skin (especially for children) and leaves no nasty residual smell. It is roughly 8mx5m, and almost 2m deep, and the pool is maintained twice-weekly by our team.

Although the pool is heated, it gets to around 22 degrees in winter, so if you want a guaranteed hot pool in winter months, you may prefer a house right by the coast.

This is a historic property in Canarian style, with thick stone walls and wooden floors. It is at 800m altitude, hence the spectacular views and peace and quiet. Please note we we only hire to mature adult or family groups.

We run a company called GeoTenerife ( and can organise intimate volcanic, geological, birding or astronomy tours for your family with local, bilingual guides while you stay at the house if you'd like something more than a bucket and spade holiday. It's a little known fact to most tourists that Tenerife is a hot spot of biodiversity - there is so much amazing nature and dramatic scenery to see here if you want to venture away from the bars and beaches.

GeoTenerife is ABTA registered, so your booking at the house or for a tour is fully protected.

The house's dramatic pool area and views were recently used as a location for Finisterre's Summer 2016 surf wear catalogue. See:

Please note there is a resident cat at the property called "Angelita", for whom we leave food in the cupboard. She is very tame and sweet! However, she can live out and is an excellent mouse hunter if you prefer not to have her live in during your stay.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

About Sharon

This property is run by GeoTenerife Ltd - a UK registered company that is fully ABTA registered, so you can book with confidence.

We organise exclusive tours and expeditions for our guests from the house - please contact for details.

Sharon purchased this house in 2009

Why Sharon chose Arona

This spectacular property is run for us by a local bilingual property manager, a housekeeper and a maintenance man. They are all on hand to ensure any issues that may arise are resolved quickly and efficiently. Our priority is to ensure your holiday runs smoothly! We are selective about who we let the house - no stag weekends, sorry! That's why we do not charge any hidden extras either - the price is as quoted, including pool heat, aircon, WIFI, UK TV channels and weekly cleans and linen changes for longer lets.

What makes this house unique

If you want loud bars and nightclubs on your doorstep, this is not for you. Our guests value the extraordinary location and views, the high quality accommodation and historic architecture. They also know we can help them put together a great programme of exclusive excursions and tours with our GeoTenerife bilingual experts picking them up from the front door. Our local knowledge means we can recommend great spots little known to the average tourist, to help you appreciate the real Tenerife we love so dearly - a volcanic island with more geological variety than Hawaii, a biodiversity hotspot with more endemic species than Europe, and a twitcher's paradise. Great beaches, restaurants and attractions? Of course! But so much more too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Sharon

Just wanted to say that we had a wonderful holiday and loved the house! It's such a beautiful home and such a wonderful spot.

Thanks again.

Feb 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Arona in Abona

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We only accept bookings from mature adult groups and families. Strictly no stag or hen parties
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Poolside bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with large shower, wc, sink. En-suite to bedroom 3 with shower, bath, bidet, wc, sink. Bathroom 3 with shower, sink, wc. Separate guest bathroom with wc and sink. Outdoor shower room by pool, with hot shower, sink, wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: 2-metre four poster double bed, en-suite. Bedroom 2: 2-metre four poster double bed, fold out bed for child. Bedroom 3: 2 bunks, pull out bed. Can be made into a double bed too. En-suite. Bedroom 4: 2 bunks
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: There are a total of two pull-out beds available and a travel cot for infants. All bedrooms have air-conditioning units that also work as heating fans on cooler winter nights, if required. GARDEN The garden has been lovingly designed, with an infinity-pool in brown to minimise environmental impact, a large barbecue area built from railway sleepers and wooden roof with a large round table that seats 16 and a large, central lazy Susan. There's also a cast iron wood burning oven to cook delicious home made pizzas and roasts. An array of outdoor kitchen cabinets house glasses, cutlery, crockery and accessories and a fridge/freezer and sink. The garden is fenced off from the house, but care must be taken by the pool as it has a drop to the terrace below, so parents must keep a watchful eye on young children. A separate gazebo with removable ceiling/walls provides additional protected seating. There is a pool table, and a separate stone-clad shower room with hot water and a wc. The house also has a typical Canarian closed "patio" or courtyard, with outdoor sofa and table under an open-sided roof, shaded by our beloved olive tree, with a water fountain and ping pong table. Utility Room: Oversize washing machine, oversize tumble dryer, sink and large chest freezer. 200-litre water tank connected to solar panel (with electric back-up), so plenty of hot water. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, beach towels and linen are included, as is a weekly clean and linen change. Other: The old chapel, with a hand carved, antique wooden ceiling lovingly restored. Large flat screen tv, dvd player with a huge collection of movies, 2 sofas and selection of board games.


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Historic Canarian House With Private Heated Pool, BBQ + Dramatic Sea Views
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Great house, wonderfully decorated

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property with 8 persons. We absolutely loved the house. It is spectacularly decorated and fully equipped. We would love to stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful house really well looked after and with all mod cons and Amazing view.

  • 5 of 5

8 of us stayed from 3 generations and all had the best time. The house is incredible, beautiful,comfortable and stunning location. while it was february and cooler than the seaside as it is over 800 meters up we loved the seclusion and managed to spend many fun hours using the great facilities, swimming pool, table tennis and great kitchen not to mention the wonderful poolside Asado. The beds were very comfy too.

The massive sitting room was very comfortable with a terrific wood burning stove and the gardener and family supplied us with wood and gave us some superb home made hot sauce from chillies grown in the garden (not for the faint hearted!!) We enjoyed driving up from the property to Teide the volcano peak and checked out a few of the local Botegas below Vilaflor.

The whole family agreed that we should return to the same location in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property is a credit to the owners.... everything was perfect from start to finish

  • 5 of 5

The entire holiday was fantastic... we visit this part of Tenerife a lot and this villa is by far the most enjoyable place we have stayed at... if you are looking for a villa then your missing a trick if you don’t stay here.... no complaints at all and we found it very easy to find.... after a day at the beach it was like coming home for an evening party .... thank you so much Sharon

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Andrew - so pleased you enjoyed it! All best, Sharon
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Great holiday, fantastic villa

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from such an enjoyable holiday in this amazing villa - the setting, the view and the décor are all excellent.

The villa is an interesting mix of historic and modern, and there is so much to do even around the villa to keep the children (both young and old) occupied, with table tennis, a pool table and the lovely swimming pool, which really is every bit as enticing as in the photos. BBQ’s and toasting marshmallows round the pool area were great, and we could never get tired of eating meals at the outside table with views like that.

Also, we enjoyed a particularly interesting day out with a local expert volcanologist, who showed us so much more of the island than we would ever have appreciated for ourselves, with three distinct areas being the South, the North and the volcano, and this was well worth the cost. The descent from Masca is another one not to be missed for any active families.

All in all, the holiday couldn’t have been better.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, authentic finca with spectacular views!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful holiday and a large part of that was due to the fantastic villa we stayed in. The villa itself has been lovingly restored and beautifully curated, it has all the mod cons you would want but is full of antiques with lovely wood floors, beams etc, really beautiful.

The view is out of this world, you really feel "on top of the world". The pool is kept at a nice temperature and the BBQ and seating area has everything you could ever want.

We had our 15 month old and the pool area is a bit hazardous, we could tell from the pictures but decided to book it anyway and we're glad we did. We just had to run around after him.

The evenings here are just as good as the day, it was lovely to return to Casa Altavista after a day at the beach and sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine and some cheese and ham.

Would thoroughly recommend the villa and we can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We will be back next year!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely house in November, and were delighted with its amazing location and historic features. It was such a relaxing spot to get away from the hurley burley of the coast, yet still easy to get to all the key tourist spots. We particularly enjoyed the exclusive day tour organised by GeoTenerife for our family, and learning all about the volcanic origins of the island. Thank you for such a great, relaxing break!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Tenerife South airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Arona town
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Playa las Americas or Los Palos
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Arona town
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Los Cristianos beach
Car: necessary


The lovely beaches of south Tenerife are within a 15 minute drive down the mountain. The award-winning long sandy beach of Las Vistas in Los Cristianos has a public car park so it is easy to park up and spend the day there. There's scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing and banana rides on offer in the area. The famous windsurfing beach at El Medano, with kite surfing and surfing classes, is a 20-minute drive. There's many golf courses within 20 minutes, from easy Los Palos or Playa de las Américas to championship standard Adeje or Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf. The stunning course at 5 star Abama is a bit further, a 25 minute drive.


The house is an 18-20 minute drive from the Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) airport, and a car is essential.


The house is next to the pretty town of Arona with its delicious bakery (open 7 days a week), historic church, chemist, medical centre, petrol station, supermarkets and bars. Ten minutes up the mountain is Vilafor, with its award-winning local restaurants, pretty flowers and the doorway to the walking, hiking and biking areas in Las Cañadas and the Teide National Park.

Further Details:

The house is ideally located to be close to the big tourist attractions in the area (golf courses, beaches, two water parks, Jungle Park) and equally close to the rural delights Tenerife has to offer, with local restaurants, beautiful volcanic landscapes to walk through and climb and dramatic vistas to drink in. For those that like to walk, the house is near three lovely hiking routes, Roque Imoque, Roque del Conde and Roque de Jama. We have prepared a comprehensive house "guidebook" to let you in on all our local secrets of where to visit, walk, wine, dine and shop.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Arona, Tenerife

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Low season
29 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Peak dates (eg school holidays) will attract higher rates than the standard rate.

Booking Notes:
A deposit is required to secure your booking, and the balance is due 8 weeks before you arrive.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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