Villa in Macher, Nr. Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands - Quiet Peaceful Location, 10 Minutes Drive To Beach, 5 Mins To PDC & Puerto Calero, Sky TV & Wifi
Villa Estrellada was purchased back in November 2011 and is now owned by Barry & Eibhlin Thorpe-Smith. Since taking over the villa Barry & Eibhlin have made many updated improvements to the property adding new outside furniture plus updating some fixture & fittings inside the villa. The projects are ongoing although this will have NO impact on the guests.
Tricia purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Tricia chose Tías
We have been lucky enough to travel to many places in the world but have always had a soft spot for the Canary Islands and Lanzarote in particular. It is a beautiful spot and we were enchanted when we saw Villa Estrellada in Macher. The views are just amazing.
What makes this Villa unique
We enjoy the stunning views, the privacy, alfresco dining and the swimming pool. The Jacuzzi adds that little touch of luxury.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Outside areas only
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Had a wonderful stay
Just back from a week's stay and had a wonderful time.
No issues with the villa at all and communication was no issue with the owner and manager.
The villa itself was comfortable and clean. We loved the pool and the jacuzzi.
The villa is set in a lovely quiet location. We didn't hire a car but there is a local taxi service. On the first day we stocked up on food at Lidle which is a 10 minute drive.
There is also a small shop nearby and two restaurants.
The security of the villa is also very good.
We'll definitely be coming back.
Thanks Jessica for taking out your valuable time to pass on your review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and the villa met all your expectations especially after all the 'stress' you had with your flights being cancelled in the Thomas Cook saga. It would be our pleasure to have you stay again. Kind regards Tricia
Grubby & Tired
We had so many issues with this property.
• When we arrived, we could not enter the property as we had been given the wrong key code.
• The Villa was not clean and felt very unkept.
• The safe is only big enough for passports.
• The Villa has a mice problem and we had to use traps to remove them.
• We had a constant struggle with Sugar Ants.
• The bathroom is very grubby with mould on the ceiling.
• The back bathroom and kitchen had no hot water at all.
• One day we had no water in the villa as the water pump packed in.
• The outside area is very unkept and it was dirty.
• We had several issues with the pool; with the pump not working on several occasions, grease scum around the water line, paint is peeling off of the pool surround so this always ends up in the pool and an unsafe looking electrical light (cable visible in the pool).
• The BBQ was filthy and took hours to clean.
• The sun canopy above the outside table is broken so there is no shade.
• The pool table is so badly damaged it is unusable.
• The feedback book in the villa has had numerous pages ripped out, was this other bad feedback? We did leave feedback in the book so it would be interesting to know if this has also been ripped out.
• We were even expected to depart before the specified time.
This is not an all-inclusive list of our issues and I know that some of the points are only minor however these points have all added up to manifest our disappointment, it also led to our 11 year old daughter asking if it was a different Villa to the one we chose or if the photos of the villa had been photo-shopped.
We were in contact with the agent to try to resolve some of the issues to make our stay bearable and to keep her updated, however it soon became apparent that she did not want us contacting her directly. This was surprising as if we were the agent, we would want to know everything first-hand, this also confirmed to us that we made the correct decision to not deal with her directly as she suggested after we had made the initial contact through HomeAway.
To summarise the Villa feels like it needs some of the profits from the rental to be re-invested in a none rental period so that all of the maintenance tasks can be completed and a deep clean to be carried out throughout the property so that it can again fulfil all of its potential.
Firstly I take full responsibility that a 'typo' error was sent regarding access code & when called was rectified BUT check out time clearly stated so NOT requested to depart earlier. As I was in UK it was for their benefit I suggested they dealt directly with my property mgr as he was on the island so able to meet their needs more efficiently/effectively & able to address concerns earliest & I responded to any contact from them within 24 hours of receipt & was in constant contact with my PM. Cleanliness has NEVER been questioned with any guest/s. Safe meets the regulated requirements & complies with licence. However, fully aware guests did experience random/freak occurrences during stay i.e. water pump failure/hot water issue resulted in no water whilst new pump installed on same day + sugar ants which are indigenous to island but usually appear outside & mouse which was attracted inside by an open packet of biscuits later discovered in store cupboard! Traps immediately provided & spray both resolved issue; villa does NOT have mice problem! Villa is not a new build & thought comments regarding this harsh I cannot be responsible or do anything regarding age of villa just make every effort possible to keep an acceptable standard. Funding constantly injected into property & several major improvements made inside & out. Recently had fresh coat of paint, inside doors changed & in process of adding en-suite to master bedroom. Jacuzzi replaced new Jan'19 & ALL mattresses/beds replaced 5 months ago also security gates/grills + more! Photos taken approx 2.5 yrs ago by professional photographer & aware require updating but in my opinion still reflective of villa albeit minus improvements: will be addressed asap. Pool needed some extra treatment due to extreme hot weather &/or pool cover left off when not in use as heat can burn off chemicals provided by the auto chlorinator unit: resolved same day. Sun canopy was broken by previous guests but reasons why could not fix requested PM tie up for safety reasons: explained & was informed guests understood situation? I NEVER tear pages sometimes guests tear out to use as no paper handy. I feel saddened their holiday was tainted by events unlike 98% of guests. Normally would have offered discount off next stay BUT knew would be unacceptable to us both & stated had an 'open case' via HomeAway so suggested best wait for their consideration before I contacted again? I heard no more until this review!
Great place to stay.
We had a lovely week staying here in Villa Estrellada. The Villa had everything we needed. It was very clean and well looked after in a very peaceful, quiet and convenient location to everything with great views down to the sea. We met Alan the manager on the first morning and had a nice chat with him when he explained everything to us. As we had no problems at all during the week we didnt need to contact him again. The pool and jacuzzi were great and the sun beams onto them all day. We didnt use the BBQ as we like to eat out on holiday but it looked great as well. You probably would need to hire a car but we had done that anyway because we wanted to explore the Island which is stunning. Although a taxi to Puerto Del Carmen or Puerto Calero wouldn't be that much I'm sure. We loved Puerto Calero so quiet and relaxed. Definitely planning on returning to Villa Estellada in the future.
Hi Andrew thank you so much for your valuable time in writing this review and so glad the villa met all your expectations and that you had a great time on Lanzarote it always makes the holiday experience better if the accomodation & location comes together! Appreciate your respect that you afforded our property as well. See you again soon? Cheers tricia
July 19 stay
lovely spacious villa , great for families , Due to the location of the villa you do require a car to get about and to the supermarket. peaceful location but nothing around you withi n walking distance . Amazing sea views.
Thanks Emma for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. I agree with your comments although there is a Eurospar and local tapas bar within walking distance however, this villa offers the traveller a tranquil loation away from the tourist area for a relaxing holiday.. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Tricia
The property was situated outside of the busy areas and because of this was very quiet ! Excellent for a good nights rest.
We rented a car which was necessary as we had a very elderly gentleman with us who was unable to walk too far .
We had friends and family for a barbecue and there was plenty of room to accommodate them all .
Pool was great as was the hot tub and Alan and Sandra greeted us and explained the use of everything . Thank you both .
Thank you for your review I am delighted you had a great stay with us. See you soon? Tricia
Villa Estrellada, Macher, a lovely peaceful place
This is our 2nd visit to Lanzarote. We had a lovely stay at Villa Estrellada.
We decided on the location as there are many points of interest within 20 minutes in any direction.
The villa has good amenities, all in working order. Good supply of kitchen utensils etc...and a lovely welcome pack.
The heated pool was definitely AMAZING and the kids loved it. The Jacuzzi was great too. We didnt use the BBQ area as it was extremely windy but it would be lovely on a hot summer evening. If you fancy a quiet/calm holiday then I would recommend this villa.
As Macher is a bit isolated, a hired car is a must, we used AUTOREISEN and there are an excellent company. Puerto del Carmen is about 10 minutes taxi ride (approx. 12 euros) and it is absolutely lovely.
Things to do;
* Los Hervidores
On our last day, we met Alan who manages the property and we had a lovely chat. As our stay was great we didnt need to contact him but if you need anything he will be there on hand to help.
Hi Rosie Thank you for taking the time to give us a lovely review of my villa makes all our efforts worth while. Hope to see you again soon Tricia
Special interest holidays:
Many cyclists, surfers, walkers and golfers enjoy Lanzarote. There are many attractions on the island which are listed in our information booklet inside the villa.
Beaches - Puerto Del Carmen 10 mins drive - long stretches of white sandy beaches, whilst Papagayo is for the beach connoisseurs as unspoilt - 40 mins drive. Watersports, diving and aquapark - Costa Teguise 20mins drive.
Arrecife airport - 10 mins drive to villa. Car Hire is recommended especially if you wish to explore the island however, we can provide a private hire transfer on any bookings to & from airport which can be arranged at a nominal fee, details on request. Also 2 x Pay as you Go spanish mobile phones are supplied free to avoid expensive roaming charges.
5 mins drive to Tias. 5 mins drive to Puerto Calero and 10 mins drive to Puerto Del Carmen plus 5 mins drive to local supermarket.
At the top of the road you will also find public transport, restaurant and petrol station with mini supermarket.
Submarine Safaris and Tours - Puerto Calero 5 mins drive.
Markets - Teguise 10-2 on Sunday's (one of the Canaries largest) 20 min drive.
Shopping Plaza - Puerto Del Carmen 10 mins drive.
Go Karting 10 mins drive.
Timanfaya National Park - see the Volcanoes.
There is an information book located in the villa that outlines all the attractions available on the island.