Cottage with wooden floors and ceilings and stunning sea view from every room
- english, spanish
About David Carney
One rainy day in January 2002, David and I left York, North Yorkshire for the Canary Islands in search of 'somewhere special.' With a one-way flight ticket from Manchester to Tenerife, we had sold our home, put our furniture into storage and set off clutching our suitcases and aspirations. Little did we know that it would take 6 months of searching! Needless to say, it was a somewhat longer adventure than we had planned ... ... as a result of which we travelled to each and every one of the Canary Islands in our quest. But we met many lovely people along the way and learnt a lot about the Islands and renting houses and apartments. On La Palma we stayed in both the east and the west for six weeks at a time, but still couldn't find exactly what we were looking for. In our spare time we walked many routes on the island and we also joined a local walking group who took us on great adventures such as the natural springs of los Tilos, the GR130 and GR131. However, although it was an interesting learning curve, we did start to wonder just when we could unpack our suitcases for the last time. And then someone mentioned a house in the north for sale. 'Not the north!' we cried. Whilst the north had long held a place in our hearts as being the most beautiful part of the island with incredibly dramatic scenery at every turn, it wasn't a place we had considered to live. We would see neither a sunrise nor sunset, there would be nothing to do and with more goats than people, we held out little hope for scintillating conversations with neighbours. Hardly a dream come true. But the owners of the finca were very sensible people. They didn't extol the virtues of the sweet little Canarian house already beautifully restored, or the large farmhouse ready and waiting for us to put our imprint on it with our own restoration, or the stone-built bodega perfect for candlelit evenings, or the lovely old stable buildings or two acres of land. No, they just showed us the view.
David Carney purchased this House in 2002
Why David Carney chose Garafía
It wasn't too long before we discovered the great benefits of living in the north. Here, we can really enjoy being surrounded by nature and listening to the birds sing without the background of car engine noise. We feel privileged to live among our Palmeran neighbours who treat us as family (and ensure we non-farming types don't expire from a shortage of potatoes!) A lack of something to do has not of course been a problem and luckily we brought some skills with us. David is not only a mechanical engineer but had already restored a country cottage in the UK and a farmhouse in France. As for me, well I was brought up on a poultry farm with a large chicken hatchery and used to work in hotel management .... mmm, that might come in handy somewhere ... We added a few extra touches to the already restored casita (little house) such as hot water and two patios, restored the farmhouse, cultivated the land ... went walking ... went swimming and snorkeling lots and lots at the nearby beach and sea pools and got chickens. And then ducks.
What makes this House unique
In 2010, we walked the whole of the GR130 El Camino Real route around La Palma. And then started to offer walking holidays on La Palma. At the end of 2019, we hope to launch our book, 'Is it Always Like This?' about our travels around the Canary Islands and life here on the finca in Garafia. And, the icing on the cake is that during four months of the year, we have both the sun rise and the sunset. I have to say - it was well worth the wait!
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Children not allowed
Babies/toddlers under the age of 2 are very welcom
Smoking is allowed outside only Please, no cigarette ends in the house.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Just perfect. Peaceful and quiet and an ideal base for exploring the island. Beautiful location with crystal clear starry nights. We spent most mornings at La Casita relaxing and afternoons out and about exploring. We self catered all week and had everything we needed for cooking within the accommodation. Ann and David are the perfect hosts, and readily available with help and useful information. We hope to be back sometime soon.
Les & Heddle
Hello Les and Heddle, it's good to hear from you and many thanks for your lovely review.
We are so pleased that La Casita is just what you were looking for and, as you're keen on astronomy, you were able to really appreciate the starry nights. We are still amazed by the night skies here although we know very little about astronomy!
And it's good that you were able to not only relax but also to explore by car and on foot and even get to use the two bikes. It's not an easy landscape for bikes, but you did just great!!
We too hope to see you back at La Casita again so hopefully one day ....
Meanwhile, thank you so much for being here.
All the very best, David and Ann
Very quiet place, nice vieuw, central place for al rhe walkings in the northern part of the island.
Friendly people, beautiful casita. The place to stay when you visit the nort of la Palma.
I'm so glad you had a wonderful time at La Casita and enjoyed the peace and walking so much. It is a special place to take a holiday with such a panoramic view of the sea and the quiet, not so often found these days.
And also great that you were able to enjoy breakfast and dinner on the patio every day of your holiday.
We look forward to having you return one day!
We stayed for 6 days at this beautiful Casita, it was exactly as described, the owners were welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about the whole island, indeed , very helpful about everything one would want and need to know on a self catering break,we had a wonderful stay and wouldnt hesitate to go again, thankyou to Ann and David !!
So lovely to hear from you and know how much you enjoyed La Casita! It was certainly our pleasure to help with any suggestions or information about the island. We are glad also that you thought the Casita was just as portrayed - and of course we would love to welcome you back one day. Our very best wishes for happy holidays for the future! Ann and David.
A beautiful cottage to enjoy the peace and quiet
We stayed at the Casita for a week towards the end of September, and our experiences matched very closely the great description of the house on the website. Everything was very clean and well maintained, and David and Ann are excellent hosts who can offer you plenty of local advice if you need, while also respecting your privacy when you need that :-) The accommodation is best suited to couples who want to "get away from it all" and enjoy a secluded location and want to do some self-catering.
The location at the north of La Palma is best suited for those who want to focus on walking and enjoying the outdoors. It is not very close to the beaches or larger towns, but is convenient for accessing many of the walking trails. Renting a car for your stay is definitely recommended for getting around.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Casita. We are always happy to help with information on walking and restaurants etc when asked but respecting the privacy of guests is high on our agenda!
Getting away from it all certainly sums it up and for those seeking a little peace and tranquillity, La Casita certainly provides it.
Happy holidays for the future and we wish you all the best.
Excellent place to stay!
This guesthouse is a wonderful place to get away from it all in a beautiful, peaceful location and with stunning views of the coastline. Ann and Dave are highly knowledgable about the island and advised us on all the activities and places to go. We were made to feel extremely welcome from the outset, and they really went out of their way to make our stay particularly enjoybale. The guest house itself is clean, cosy and well decorated with nice touches. A lot of effort has clearly gone into it, There can be no better place to have breakfast than in the garden outside with views over the ocean. All in all, we highly recomend this place to those wanting a peaceful and remote holiday.
We're really glad you had such a good stay at La Casita. As you discovered, it's a tranquil place to unwind and get away from it all - and with pretty good views too! And an 'al fresco' breakfast overlooking the Ocean is an excellent way to start the day.
If guests are looking for either general information or something more specific such as easy/hard walks, where to go for swimming or diving, the nearby archaeological park, about the Observatories, etc., we are always more than happy to help.
Wishing you all the best for future holidays.
Ann and Dave.
étape de charme parfaite pour un couple
Jolie maison canarienne ancienne, restaurée avec soin. Située dans un des plus beaux endroits de la Palma, la vue sur la côte est superbe, c'est un des motifs pour venir ici ! Quand la météo le permet, on prend plaisir à profiter dans l'agréable petit jardin du calme absolu de l'endroit.
La maison est bien équipée, extrêmement bien entretenue et très propre. Contrairement aux habitudes françaises, les draps et serviettes de toilette sont fournis et les propriétaires ne vous demandent pas de faire le ménage à la fin de votre séjour ... Seul manque peut-être un lave-linge en libre accès pour que ce soit parfait.
Ann et David, les hôtes anglais, sont charmants, discrets et serviables. Ann vous parlera éloquemment de l'histoire de sa maison et de l'l'île de la Palma. Ils parlent anglais et espagnol, pas français ...
L'endroit est parfait pour deux, y compris pour une escale romantique.
Les bons marcheurs peuvent rayonner quelques jours autour de la maison, des sentiers de randonnée passent à son pied. Un bus passe dans le village pour vous amener dans les villes principales de l'île, mais il est toutefois très souhaitable d'avoir une voiture pour en visiter les autres attraits. De même, si vous restez plusieurs jours, faites vos courses avant d'arriver ! Pour les allergiques à la voiture de location, David assure un service - payant - de transport pour l'aéroport (ou ailleurs).
La maison n'est pas adaptée aux personnes à mobilité réduite.
En conclusion, une étape de charme parfaite pour un couple aimant la nature.
My apologies for not responding in French but I do thank you for taking the time to give a review of La Casita and for writing in French for the benefit of our future guests.
It was a real pleasure to have you stay here in Franceses and glad that you enjoyed it. La Casita is certainly a place for nature lovers as the sights and sounds of nature surround you here and yet, with various options for transport such as the frequent bus service, a hired car or Land Rover tours, you are not cut off from the rest of the island.
We wish you all the very best for your future holidays, wherever they may be!
Ann and David.
La Palma is famous for walking and la casita is situated just off the GR130 walking route around La Palma. This is the 'Walk of Kings,' an ancient path used by the muleteers which links the hidden villages of the north.
Nearby you can discover the wooded paths and tracks, walk down to the sea and beach directly from the door of the casita and also spend a quiet time relaxing on the patios of the casita, drinking in the tranquility, allowing you to relax and unwind.
Nearby is the Archaelogical museum where you can see pre-hispanic rock engravings and caves plus walk through the gorge with its little wooden bridges and hanging vines.
The large sea pools are also a must do! The water is always super-clear and there are plenty of fish to see. If you are into snorkeller then you have a treat in store, but the pools are also suitable for the less confident swimmer. In summer, you can swim in the open sea where the underwater topography is amazing.
If you like cycling, then we have free of charge for guests two mountain/tourer bikes. There is a great 6km circuit which takes in the old village of Franceses with its caves and wooden-roofed dwellings, plus of course you can go further afield if you have the legs for it! The 6km circuit is also great for those that like running/jogging and other paths are ideal for fell-running.
Nearby is the Hotel Romantica with its tennis court, covered and open swimming pools, gymnasium and jacuzzi.