Incredible friendly hosts, the whole family is doing everything to make you feel welcome, including picking you up from the airport, arranging fresh fruit from the beautiful orchard at the finca etc. ( we were welcomed to pick some fruit or herbs extra if desired) The owners speak English very well, but enjoy it when you make an effort in Spanish, even if just for fun.:)
The finca itself , although mildly old fashioned in decoration ,is very complete ; good sized rooms, big living room and kitchen with every thing you need (including dish towels, waste bin bags, herbs etc).
The private pool is enclosed for the wind, but has ways to open the roof so you can still enjoy the sunshine at the poolside : ) . As the whole area is fenced, it is ideal for kids , they cannot wander off to the street.
We loved our stay, and thank the family for the good care they took of us ( and calling us about the lost items so we could pick them up before leaving the island!)
Good location fro many field trips ,(.they might rend you their car cheap as well, so wonder if you need a rental... better discuss whit them first)
This was our first holiday abroad with 3 young children and it was fantastic. When we arrived at the airport Juan (Jesus's son) met us and helped us find our rental car. We followed Juan back to the farm, where we met the rest of the family and immediately felt at home.
The children loved the swimming pool, which was clean and warm. Eating organic mangos, figs and bananas from the farm was a real treat and it was very relaxing to walk around the large fruit greenhouses. The homemade guava jam and traditional Gran Canarian mojo sauces that were in the fridge were delicious and I enjoyed picking the herbs to drink as a tea.
The location of the farm was fantastic. You could travel easily on the motorway up to the north to visit Las Palmas or the beaches (good surfing). Or South to the tourist resorts and long warm sandy beaches. Jesus took us on a day trip to see the caves and Barranco de Guayadeque, a really beautiful valley with lots of history of the original people of Gran Canaria (Guanche's). We ended the afternoon driving high up into the mountains to see the views.
One of the highlights of the holiday was driving up to Pico de las Nieves to view a magical sunset behind the mountains of Tenerife. I took so many photographs and it was truly beautiful and fun evening. The next morning we climbed a mountain really close to the farm, viewing the sunrise and picking prickly pears to eat for lunch. Without help of the family we would never have known about or seen these beautiful experiences.
The food in Gran Canaria was delicious. Jesus and his family cooked a traditional meal for us and I really enjoyed the mojo sauce which I will be making again now I'm back home and have the recipe. We also cooked Paella together and under Jesus's guidance I learnt how to make it properly.
We had plenty of time exploring the island and relaxing around the farm by ourselves but we really enjoyed speaking to Jesus and his family when they popped by to look after the farm. We always knew we could ask them for advice on where to visit or if we needed anything. They made it clear from the start that nothing was too much trouble and we had great fun talking with them.
This was a really varied, relaxing and interesting holiday, where we got to know the real Gran Canaria and made some very good friends. We feel so lucky to have been on this holiday. We would definitely recommend staying at this farm!
located near the village of Ingenio. Very close to the airport 15minutes away. Hired car from Auto Reisen at the airport. Note car is picked up from car park located below the main car park and needs to be dropped off there as well. Entry for drop off is NOT through the public car park!!. Anyway farmhouse is very good clean and with good beds.
The hosts Snr Jesus and his wife speak good English. I have to make more of an effort to speak Spanish
Senor Jesus very helpful and sent his son Juan to the airport to guide us to the finca. Note that if you arrive at night time make sure you follow your GPS exactly. as roads are not lit and likely to miss the very narrow turns. Juan also guided us to the local super mercado and offered to take us to see the sunset. Sadly we always got back too late to the farmhouse to take him up on his offer
It is a working organic farm and both Senor Jesus and his wife Juana were around daily but not in an intrusive way. Brought us fresh mangoes, guavas, avocados, oranges, clementines and lemons daily as well as fresh herbs. Also left jar of his local honey and some jars of Guava jam in the fridge. Gave a jar to take home as well.
On one of the days Jesus guided us to the caves where the Guancha used to live. Showed us good photo points and treated us to coffee and a plate of ham for us. Absolutely refused to allow me to pay for it.
Also showed us around the village of Ingenio which is very charming and very traditional. Try and spend some time there as it has a nice church and village square. Also a small Italian restaurant. Ask Snr Jesus about him and his friend Paco at the coffee bar. They used to be competitive greco roman wrestlers.!! Very steep and narrow roads. Best to park near the square and walk around. Also treated us to a very good vegeterian lunch at the farmhouse.
The finca is gated so if you have children then it is very safe. Good swimming pool and also a full size table tennis table.the weather in England and also Spian had turned unuaslly cold for the time of the year and he weather was a bit cold so didn't use the pool although Snr Jesus said they normally heat the pool using solar panels March onward. When we mentioned that the rooms were cold Snr Jesus installed new heaters the next day!! Nothing was too much trouble
Outside seating area near a brick oven(use the dry olive wood) and a grill. Buy some fresh fish and meat and yo are away
Kitchen has everything you need and also had coffee, sugar and condiments left by previous holiday makers. Shampoo and shower gel also there in the bath rooms. Note that like all fincas the electricity supply is rated at 3kw. So you can't have all appliances on at the same time as the main fuse will trip. Will make you think about whether you need the hair dryer!!
Very cute terrier called mercedes and also his friend the cat Mellisa in the yard
Very nice uncrowded beach at Arinaga with good restaurants along the beach. Some parts are marked for nudists.
If you go to Tejeda don't park in the first car park which is at the top. Expensive restaurants and cafes. Go down to the village proper and that has very good cafes and restaurants and almond pastry shops
Definitely returning in the near future
The best thing about this holiday rental was its closeness to the airport, lovely and friendly owners. It was an amazing experience to walk unto the farm and pick fresh fruit every morning. In the evening the tranquility and peace of sitting outside the house near an open fire.
The walks into the country side was fantastic and the village of Ingenio is out of this world. The narrow cobbled lanes and the steep climb up to the village and its side streets would test even the best driver.
The owners were very helpful and made lunch for all of us one day. They also took our party to the nearby sights.
The location of the property is very convenient to all major tourist sights. If interested in enjoying a quite,peaceful and interesting holiday away from the normal tourist traffic this is the place to head for.
We will definitely be going back.
Fantastic place and people worth every penny.