|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The Pool House is set in the grounds of a restored finca in the rural village of Mala. The village is open and well-spread with a wonderful sense of space and quiet. It is surrounded by cactus fields for as far as the eye can see, and hawks, hoopoes, swifts and herons can be spotted regularly. It is like taking a step back in time, the greatest source of noise is the rustling of palm trees - or maybe the village cockerel! The terraces at the Pool House have panoramic sea and mountain views. Enjoy superb sunrises, or, perhaps watch the mountains change colour at sunset, with a chilled sundowner in hand. The Pool House favours couples who appreciate peaceful surroundings, space, nature and the outdoor life. The house garden always has something to offer - tomatoes, peppers, herbs, lemons, passionfruit - depending on the season, and visitors are welcome to help themselves to whatever is available.
A very unique property that we were lucky enough to stumble across on the Internet. Any future trip to Lanzarote will certainly see us back here. We have been spoiled now for accommodation as we will always expect this standard (and that’s coming from seasoned travellers). We thought we’d found Paradise.
A clean, attractive, solar heated pool, lovely views either side, all set in a nice quiet, Canarian village (but with excellent eateries). Plenty to see in the region (including great markets) but travelling further afield is no problem either as the island isn’t that big. It was perfect for us as we really do not like the tourist towns.
We had the use of two bikes that took us to local villages and beaches which was enjoyable and good exercise (the roads mostly have cycle lanes).
The quality of the accommodation is second to none, so clean, with comfy beds, great cooking facilities and range of pots and utensils plus a full size fridge! Nice sitting area with an endless supply of DVDs/books for evenings in (we were here in winter). Lots of outdoor facilities with chairs, sunloungers, tables, plus a BBQ and a sheltered area with further seating around the side of the poolhouse.
I would mention though that outside of winter you may be wakened rather early by the light streaming in so bring an eye mask! It wasn’t a problem for us in winter as it didn’t become light until 7:30am.
Even though the owners, Julie and Rich, are in their house 30 metres away you are not overlooked and feel as though you are here on your own. However, if you need them they are there and always more than helpful with advice or any practical matters. They have struck the balance perfectly between being attentive and allowing you your privacy.
Julie and Rich have rescue dogs that are adorable, friendly and well-behaved. If you like dogs then you’re in for a treat and if you don’t like dogs you will find they won’t trouble you.
The Poolhouse has a guest book which is crammed full of positive comments. I can’t understand why there are so few reviews on the Owners Direct website as everyone who comes here enthuses about it (apart from one couple out of dozens).
We highly recommend the Poolhouse, it has to be seen to be believed.
The property was spotless, well-maintained and thoughtfully equipped. Julie was very helpful and provided a welcome pack of food to settle us in. The pool area was super, sun all day long, and the pool temperature ideal. Bars and decent food within walking distance, (take a torch), 15 minutes cycle on the very good bikes provided to Arrieta with a lovely beach, more bars and restaurants, including a tiny pizza place worth a visit. Walks from the house. No traffic noise, just the sounds of the countryside. We won't look elsewhere in The Canaries. Recommended for peace and quiet
Had the best holiday ever. So good i want to move out there. Julie and sid are fantastic, friendly and very welcoming and the area is amazing. Booked again for this year and next Christmas, sorry haha..
What can I say.... we booked this last minute....a break away from "the norm" for us. Although quiet it was relaxing and had everything you need. WOW ...Julie and Sid made us feel so welcome. The Pool House was just amazing. .. the whole holiday exceeded our expectations. The girls (dogs) came to see us every day, Ruby and Sooky, not forgetting the boys, Freddie and Morro ...so loving.
Two more visits already booked in .... definitely recommend. .. if you have doubts ...dont ..you will love it.
I reserved the Pool House on the basis that it would be ideal for my first visit to Lanzarote to do some road cycling and have some where to relax and recover after the exertion. A warm welcome from Julie awaited as I arrived slightly later than intended due to a delayed flight and car hire queue.
I made use of the self-catering facilities but evening meals were mainly taken in the wonderful local bar/restaurant Arepera. I was made so welcome and as Julie advised, the quality of the food is superb and the portions are large.
It was too early in the year to have a dip in the very inviting pool so I'll have to get plans in place for a return visit.
I can only but highly recommend a visit to the Pool House.
We have just returned from two relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable weeks at the Pool House and can recommend it highly for anyone who wants a quiet holiday in an authentic, unspoiled village. The accommodation is comfortable, well-equipped and surprisingly warm.
Arriving at 9pm, we were warmly greeted by Julie who had left us an extremely generous welcome pack of food and drink. Fortunately this meant that we had something for breakfast the next day. Although we ate out 8 times, the kitchen has everything one needs to prepare full meals, and the hob was to my wife’s liking as she is used to cooking with gas. The fridge/freezer is a full-size one, which is often not the case in holiday accommodation.
The hot water tank is very small so the shower soon runs cold. However, given the island’s water shortage, this is environmentally a good thing. We soon learned to moderate the flow a little so that it remained hot for long enough. On the plus side, the tank heats up quickly and piping hot water is always available.
The single beds are comfortable, though we would have preferred a double. It was nice to have the use of the dressing gowns provided.
WiFi worked well most of the time and, occasionally when a connection couldn’t be made, the problem was quickly solved by Julie rebooting the router. The network speed was sufficient to run live radio on the BBC iPlayer without stutter.
As the weather was always a little cool, we never tried the pool but it must be great in hotter weather. However, I used one of the provided mountain bikes nearly every day and explored the area thoroughly. It was excellent to have this mode of transport in addition to our hire car.
The 2 local restaurants, Arepera and Don Quijote, are an easy walk (12/15 minutes) and both are excellent. We ate 3 times at the former and the food was superb, especially the grilled fish platter; the portions are enormous so very good value. It’s a friendly place with a nice atmosphere. The Sociedad, which is not open every evening, also does nice food and is very cheap.
It was an easy walk to Charco de Palo (35 minutes) and Arrieta (45 minutes), both of which have small supermarkets. We had lunch twice at La Nasa in Arrieta and their Menu del Día (€10) is very good value and the location, overlooking the jetty and rocky beach, is lovely.
Given that the island is small, the location of the Pool House is fine for visiting all over the island (by hire car). Mala itself is extremely quiet.
The nearest sandy beaches are at Arrieta, a 5 minute drive away. Arrieta is a charming little village with numerous small restaurants overlooking the sea. There is a small sheltered harbour beach at one end of the village and the main, blue flag beach with an excellent, informal beach restaurant and public toilet facilities at the other. Sea swimming is also available in the rock pools of Charco Del Palo, a noted naturalist resort 3 kms away, with a further choice of bars and restaurants.
The main Arrecife airport is 25 minutes drive from the village. A car is essential.
Many tourist attractions are within a 20 minute drive: the aqua park and golf course at Costa Teguise; the Caesar Manrique Foundation, Jameos del Agua (the green caves), the Mirador del Rio and the cactus gardens; the ferry to the Island of La Graciosa; Teguise with its famous Sunday market; the weekly craft market in Haria: Costa Teguise with its shops, restaurants, bars and night clubs and Arrecife, with banks, shops and restaurants.
There is a small supermarkets in the village within walking distance which sells anything and everything. Two English speaking bar/restaurants are within walking distance, and are open daily. There is a Pharmacy in the village and a Bank/cash point in Guatiza, the next village 5 min drive away. There are small surf breaks locally and a scuba diving school in Arrieta, a 10 min drive away. We supply 2 bicycles, (there is also secure storage for visitors who bring their own bikes), body boards and even a fishing rod. A boules pitch is marked out in the garden. The area is perfect for walking, birdwatching, cycling and any one who enjoys space and tranquillity. We provide a welcome pack for your convenience.
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24 Dec 2016 - 1 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance is due 4 weeks before your holiday date, and can be paid by cheque or bank transfer. We accept sterling or euros.
We are flexible about change-over days, but most UK flights are on Thurs and Sunday. We will always try to accommodate early or late arrivals/departures, but where this is not possible we ask that guests leave by 10am, and the casita is available at 4pm.