THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER (UK)

The Travel Section of The Guardian features Finca de Arrieta.

“A luxury yurt in an off-grid finca set amid the stark beauty of Lanzarote’s north coast gives Alice Fisher new hope that family holidays can (and should) be fun. Lanzarote may not seem the obvious choice, but flee its flop-and-drop resorts for the north and this Canary Island comes into its own. We stayed near Arrieta, a crisp, white fishing village crisscrossed with cobbled alleyways next to the clean sand of La Garita beach. While Arrieta felt traditional, a throwback to pre-package-holiday days, the retreat where we stayed was unique. Finca de Arrieta started as a tumbledown farm and grew with its owners, Michelle and Tila Braddock. They renovated the farmhouse and barns, moving from one to the other as their family expanded, letting the properties they’d outgrown. A guest suggested that a yurt would make a useful extra bedroom and that really set the ball rolling. The property now comprises 11 self-catering properties, a mix of buildings and luxury yurts, all off-grid, with a communal veranda and two large sunken water tanks serving as splash pools. The yurts come with kitchens and bathrooms so you can pretend to impressionable children that you’re camping yet still enjoy a massive double bed and cook with a fully fitted oven. You won’t know how great the Finca is unless you have kids. My daughter thinks 6am is a lie-in. That’s at least four hours to fill before any shop, café or tourist attraction opens. I don’t know what I’d have done without Molly the donkey, the clutch of chickens and the children’s playground at the Finca. No one wants to be on a trampoline as the sun rises but as the alternative was staring into her adorable, shouting, bored face, most mornings I could have kissed its coiled steel springs”.

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