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The garden has many mature tropical plants.
The house is almost hidden by trees.
The sea forms a lovely backdrop for the garden.
Outdoor living at Eco Finca Natura in Arrieta
The finca seen from a distance.
The beach at Arrieta is only 1km away.
There are many paths and seating areas around the garden.
The pool and sunbathing deck.
View of the deck from the upper level of the garden.
A shady spot to take in the view.
View towards the village of Tabayesco.
The view towards the mountains at the back of the valley.
The barbecue and seating area by the kitchen.
Front terrace, pergola and outdoor lounge
Shady spot under the trees
View of the sea from the back of the garden
Chill out area, ideal for winter sun
Outdoor dining area, just by the barbecue and kitchen
Sitting room
The kitchen, with wonderful sea views
Dining area in the spacious kitchen
View to en-suite from master bedroom
Walk-in shower in the en-suite bathroom
Frangipani, coconut palm, bananas - there are many tropical species.
The mature tropical garden
The beach at Arrieta, only a couple of minutes away
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Arrieta, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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ajcloudle...
London
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“Ms”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This is a truly wonderful place to stay! A beautiful 'home from home' in a stunning location that is perfect for exploring the less touristy parts of the island. The finca was very well equipped both for cooking and entertainment (there are loads of great books & DVDs to get stuck into on cooler evenings). The lounge and bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, and careful consideration has been given to make the outside seating areas as comfortable as possible for relaxing and soaking up the lovely views.

We wouldn't hesitate to book again, this is really one of the loveliest rentals we have stayed in - thank you Gaby!

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Management Response
28 Apr 2016
Thank you for such a great review - I'm delighted that you had such an enjoyable time. Hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future.
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Charles21...
England
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“More 'off grid' than 'eco'”
Reviewed 29 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Looks great on the website and, to be fair, the location is fantastic and the gardens very pleasant. Lots of sitting areas and good views if you can get out of the wind - but to be fair that's not their fault. It's just the weather.

Met on arrival by the owner. Were shown where the cushions were for the seats but disappointed she couldn't be bothered to put them put them out for us. Greeting consisted of a bottle of wine left on the worktop. Website shows a welcoming bowl of flowers but these were nowhere to be seen. A bit slapdash and not too welcoming. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. More effort is required.

First impressions were that the place was photographed when it was just completed and that very little maintenance has been done since. Were warned to turn the gas off after using the cooker by way of the tap under the sink because 'previous clients had broken the switch for the oven'. That’s a serious maintenance issue and maybe dangerous?

There was plenty of crockery and utensils but these seems to be in odd numbers where things had got broken and not replaced. Not really a problem but a bit ‘eclectic’.

Not sure what the owner does on changeover days as there was little evidence of anything. Three large candle vases were left all burnt down and we cleaned them out and replaced the candles ourselves. Oven and cooking pots needed a good clean. Barbecue caked in grease so we didn't use it.

Cracked tiles on the bath front panel. Poor old rubber plant in the bathroom was caked with dust. None of the wardrobe doors would shut. Safe electrics broken so we were given a key to use. Surrounds for the wall sockets fell off in several places during our stay. Sheets and pillowcases showing their age. Pillows disappear into nothing when you put your head on them and were stained.

The website says there is a washing machine, but this had been removed and a hole left where it used to stand.

When you arrive, there is a big book on the table with ‘useful info’ and lots of rules. The lighting is 12 volt. You are told to use a car charger to top up your phone or kindle because it runs down the batteries on the solar panel system. You are told there is a standby generator but warned that ‘excessive use’ will result in an additional charge. We ignored that as it’s not in the contract!

We were told in advance that there is no microwave as this is an ‘eco house’ which is fair enough. There is however an electric toaster which seems contradictory. If you are really an eco house then I would humbly suggest that you double glaze the windows because any heat in the house goes straight out through the kitchen and lounge windows. Clearly this has been a problem in the past as they supply a propane gas heater - but no replacement cylinder if it runs out.

I’d also suggest that the water system needs improving - especially on an island where water is a precious resource. You had to run the tap for ages to get hot water. And when washing up it was next to impossible to get the sink to stay full of water as the plug leaked. Use the washing up bowl to get round this problem. And don’t expect hot water the day after a rain storm.

The lighting could be described as romantic if you were a romantic sort of person. I’d describe it as gloomy. The best light was in the second bedroom which was ironically the one we didn’t use.

In summary the place is showing lack of maintenance, evidence of penny pinching, overly full of rules and regulations, and not very eco friendly. Off grid certainly and in a marvellous spot but showing it’s age - which is odd as it’s not actually that old.

We did a week and it was fine but we wouldn't have wanted to stay a fortnight as the house was permanently cold

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Liked best: The location and the views
Liked least: Being cold indoors in the evening
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Management Response
4 Apr 2016
Hi Charles

Firstly, many thanks for choosing to stay in our home. I’m obviously disappointed that your experience did not match your expectations. It’s also a shame that you didn’t raise any of these issues with me during your stay, I’d have been happy to address them for you in person.

As your review is in such sharp contrast to all of the other positive feedback that we have had from guests to date I thought I’d better read all of your other accommodation reviews on Trip Advisor to gain some perspective before responding.

With the greatest respect, on doing so a pattern soon emerges. Nowhere ever gets a good review. Everywhere is traduced and dismissed. And of the 16 hotels you’ve reviewed to date, which includes some of the world’s most luxurious and highly rated establishments, you have awarded 14 of them a poor or average rating.

This is your first and only review to date of a privately owned holiday home. I would like to highlight the fact that we are not a 5 star hotel and do not bill ourselves as such.

Prior to your stay we had received 10 Excellent and 1 Very Good reviews on this site, as well as solely positive reviews on other holiday rental sites such as HomeAway. And from these you can see that none of the points that you raise have cropped up in any of their comments.

I of course take all guest feedback very seriously and do not in any way wish to appear dismissive, defensive or complacent. So I have responded to all of the issues that you have raised in detail below. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us.

WARMTH

The ambient daytime temperature on Lanzarote during March and the winter in general is usually 18 to 20C. However your stay coincided with an unusually cold period and it was chilly everywhere on the island, down at times to just 12 to 13C.

As the temperatures are usually so clement here nobody has central heating or double glazing, you just don’t need it.

But our house is equipped with both a wood burner and a gas fire for guest comfort during these occasional colder spells. Both work fine and we replace the gas canister for free, on request. There is no reason for any guest to feel cold when staying with us.

GLOOMY

As above, it was cloudy during your stay. But with respect it is inaccurate to suggest that the house is gloomy. Most of the rooms have large picture windows so that guests can enjoy the great views, both to the sea and mountains.

These windows obviously also provide a generous amount of natural light. The kitchen in particular is very bright. And when it gets dark there is a wide array of different light sources for guests to use, wall, light and table lamps etc. We do, of course, use LED bulbs to conserve energy.

MAINTENANCE

The property and one acre of garden are maintained on an ongoing basis at considerable expense. In the week prior to your stay alone we installed a new fridge, repainted various rooms and invested a substantial amount of money upgrading our solar system. Gardeners visit weekly. It’s all an ongoing process.

Sure there is sometimes a little wear and tear, but no more than in any other popular holiday property and certainly nothing on the scale of the near total dilapidation that you infer.

COOKER

As I explained on your arrival there was a broken knob on the cooker. We’ve been waiting for a replacement. It has now been replaced.

CROCKERY AND UTENSILS

As a self catering property we try to provide a wide array of different utensils for guests and their families to use. That way they have everything they need to hand and don’t have to waste their time and money shopping for anything.

I guess that an uneven number of plates could be described as ‘eclectic’, or just an uneven number of plates. It all depends on the kind of picture you’re trying to paint really…

CANDLES

We don’t throw away candles that still have at least a third of their lives left, as was the case in this instance. We provide lots of different size candles for the various lanterns both inside and outside the house for guests to use, all free of charge.

CUSHIONS

It rained on the morning of your arrival. And as I explained to you at the time if we had put the cushions out, as we normally do, they would have been soaking wet on your arrival.

BBQ

I think you’re referring to the BBQ base outside? The grill which sits on top of that is cleaned thoroughly before every arrival and stored in the kitchen.

CRACKED TILES

Many thanks for bringing this to my attention. I found three and they have all been replaced.

WARDROBE DOORS

I have checked these and they all close and open just fine.

SAFE

The safe is not broken, just badly designed. Sometimes when you slam the safe door the batteries on the other side fall out.

So we give guests a key as well, in case the batteries have fallen out. Either way they can store valuables and open and close the safe just fine.

As the safe has been concreted into the wall for additional security it would be tricky to just remove and replace it.

WALL SOCKETS

I found one loose light switch fascia. This has now been replaced.

SHEETS AND PILLOWCASES

I checked these and agree with you. I have now replaced them so many thanks for raising that.

WASHING MACHINE

We removed this from the house back in July 2015. Washing machines are a real drain on solar systems, so we offer a free laundry service instead.

Our home hasn’t been advertised as having a washing machine since that date. My apologies if you booked before that date.

POWER & ELECTRICITY

Guests are obviously welcome to recharge phones, cameras etc and they do so. We simply provide a car charger as we have lots of ecologically aware guests who prefer to try and conserve energy.

The solar system has the capacity to cope with all guest needs and has also recently been upgraded.

TOASTER

We provide one as most of our guests are British and they like having toast. And it’s quicker and easier than using the oven grill.

WASHING UP

We provide a washing up bowl for guest safety, as they quite understandably tend to break glasses and plates when washing up in the double porcelain sink. A bowl is obviously the safer if less aesthetically pleasing option.

HOT WATER

Our hot water is heated by gas. The only time when the water takes time to heat up is when the canister needs changing, as was the case in this instance.

Gaby Ball, Co Owner, Eco Finca Natura, Lanzarote
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MUALanark...
Lanarkshire
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Peace and tranquility to unwind.”
Reviewed 29 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

This was our first visit to Lanzarote and Eco Finca Narura is the perfect spot for a relaxing away from it all break.
We prefer staying in more secluded places rather than the larger resorts such as Playa Blanca or Puerto Del Carmen and this was a lovely find.

As it is more secluded there are no bars or restaurants within a short walking distance so it’s something to consider if this is what you like. Personally we prefer the peace and quiet.
(We did like the marina at Puerto Calero which we would recommend if you like a good choice of restaurants and boats.)

Gaby the owner was waiting to welcome us and was very attentive throughout our stay if we needed anything. Her directions were easy to follow and the roads in Lanzarote are on the whole very good. The only thing to look out for are the cyclists - lots of them - some using the road wisely and with courtesy while others keep traffic backed up by cycling 3 or even 4 abreast.

As the house uses solar panels for electricity Gaby came by a couple of times to check the batteries but these are outside and she texted beforehand so the visits were not intrusive (we were out exploring the island when she came anyway).

The well maintained garden and sun deck was perfect for relaxing in either sunbathing or reading a book or just looking at the view.

Inside, the finca is very spacious. The large dining kitchen is well equipped with oven and hob, kettle, toaster and fridge freezer. There is a good selection of cutlery, crockery and utensils.
The one let-down here is there is no washing machine although it is advertised as having one on the website. We usually book accommodation that has a washing machine so we can cut down on luggage and towels so it was a big miss. Luckily we did have extra towels with us and Gaby kindly gave us a couple of extra for our stay.

We shopped at the Euro Spar in Costa Teguise which has a good selection of fresh produce, even British pasteurised milk and of course inexpensive wine. Washing up liquid is provided but I would buy some extra washing sponges and kitchen roll.

The living room is comfortable. The TV only shows one english speaking channel but there is a DVD player and a selection of DVDs to watch. The WiFi has a good reception and we were able to download some films to watch in the evening.
The master bedroom is large and airy and the bed was very comfortable. Extra blankets are provided for chillier nights.
The master bedroom also has a large modern ensuite with a bath just right for a candlelit soak but for us there is one major flaw - there is no door. I don’t mind watching my husband shower while I’m in bed but - maybe we’re old fashioned here - there are some things that deserve some privacy behind closed doors.
Luckily there are two shower rooms.
The only other thing I would mention about the bathrooms is the height of the basins, it was even too high for my husband at 6ft 1.

Overall it’s a lovely villa and the “negatives” are a consideration of our personal preferences and only mentioned to make people aware. I do read reviews as a guide before booking and didn’t see mention of the semi open plan bathroom. No problem if it doesn’t bother you but it’s something I would like to have been aware of and obviously the lack of washing machine might have influenced our choice.

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Liked best: The seclusion
Liked least: Semi open plan bathroom and no washing machine
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Management Response
1 Mar 2016
Thanks for taking the time and trouble to review our Finca Valerie. I would just like to respond to the point about the washing machine - we haven´t advertised this as a facility since last July (as an eco property it really drains energy) and provide guests with both bath and beach towels. We also provide a guest laundry service.
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twisty31
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“Unwind in complete peace and tranquility”
Reviewed 5 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Finca Natura is the perfect retreat to escape to for unwinding and relaxing in a beautiful environment. It is not for you if you like nightlife and lots of people. Gaby is lovely and always quick to respond to emails before and after the booking process and her directions from the airport were spot on. The house has no immediate neighbours so you can really feel the space around you and has fantastic views up the valley to the back and down to the sea from the front. Would recommend the welcome pack especially if you arrive in the evening, means you don't need to get supplies in immediately and can just get settled in.

The garden is huge and has many unusual plants as well as lots of places to sit and relax. We spent a lot of time on the pool deck and the area just outside the kitchen which has comfy furniture (fab views from both spots too). A gardener came on Wednesday mornings but is not at all intrusive. The wifi connection is very good if you need to stay connected for work as we did - though we imposed a ban on ourselves from using it by the pool, it was a holiday after all!

As for the facilities in the house, again everything you need. No washing machine or dishwasher but it's no biggie to wash a few things by hand - it is an eco house after all. Very comfy bed, great shower (didn't use the small bathroom's shower so can't comment). Lots of books plus information about the island. I would suggest a couple of things - a sun umbrella by the pool as there's no shade until early afternoon (in Oct). And some more fly screens on windows so windows can be left open in the evening and overnight. Both easily fixed and not deal breakers.

There are some great restaurants in Arrieta, can recommend the little pizzeria - it may not look much but give it a go - the pizzas and crepes are excellent! Also Casa de la Playa, El Lago and El Marinero (which was unfortunately closed for their holiday). Amenacer was OK, not a great atmosphere inside, bright and noisy - probably better if you can get a table on the outside terrace but as they don't take bookings you have to chance it.

If I had to choose only 3 places to visit they would be Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio and Cesar Manrique's casa in Haria. We also went to Volcán El Cuervo a volcano that you can walk right into - I don't think many people know about this, it isn't on the tourist trail and is free to visit. Can highly recommend it if you are interested in seeing the landscape really close up. There is a map in the house.

I know how easy and time-consuming it can be to research and research and research online to find the perfect holiday. If you are reading this you don't need to research anymore, just book it and save yourself a lot of time!

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Liked best: Peace and pool
Liked least: Nothing
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Steve W
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed 27 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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We had an amazing 5 nights here in March. It was our 4th visit to Lanzarote, the 3 previous times were also at private houses/villas, and this was by far the best. The location is amazing - sea views at the front and surrounded by mountains behind. The grounds are very large and private. there are about 6 outside areas where you can sunbathe/relax, our favourites were by the pool during the day, and round the back of the house in the evening to watch the sunset behind the mountains. and the house itself is lovely, especially the master bedroom with its large en-suite. The Cesar Manrique influences are everywhere, which is a huge bonus for us as we're big fans of his

Its about a 15 minute walk down to the amazing beach restaurants of Arrieta, or a 10 min drive to Haria. The north of the island is so much less touristy than the 3 main resorts, and the tourists it does attract seem to be much more interested in the amazing culture of Lanzarote (Cesar Manrique's houses, Cactus Gardens, Jameos Del Aqua, Mirador Del Rio, Haria market etc), rather than where they can get cheap pints and a british fry up etc. Arrieta and Haria and definitely my 2 favourite places, and as this villa is in between both of them it is absolutely perfect.

Plus Gaby was a superb host, we couldn't have asked for anything more. We will definitely be coming back here next time we come to Lanzarote, I just hope that its available as its always so booked out!

Loved it!

ps if youre a cyclist it is at the foot of the amazing Tabayesco climb, which I did on 3 of the days

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