The land was bought in 1987 as derelict land and unfortunately had not been cultivated for the past 15 years. For the past 23 years our family have been working to recover the once fertile soil and have been accomplishing this by applying traditional farming methods. On our organic farm we use mulching, compost and the dung from our animals as our only source of fertilizer.
The land has been terraced and the old irrigation system restored allowing us to plant a very large variety of endemic plants, including endangered species of Avocado trees, Macadamia Nut trees, oranges, grapefruit, many species of Bananas, Pomegranate etc. The water to irrigate the land comes from recycling the grey water accumulated from all houses and we are very lucky to have our own water gallery (recovered after cleaning and supporting the walls over a period of 2 years).
The properties on the Finca have all been built using traditional building materials recovered from demolished houses this includes all wood work and roofing tiles. Built to fit in with its surrounding we believe that all houses have a very unique and welcoming feel allowing our guests to feel right at home.
We work very closely with the University of La Laguna in projects analysing bird behaviour and have been building nest facilities in order to encourage a large variety of bird species to nest on our land. Other projects include the recovery of the traditional black Canarian pig, which has nearly been driven to extinction by cross breeding. In exchange for the meat we are able to collect the fruit left overs from the local shops and do not use powdered food sources.
Other environmental practices we follow are:
- We encourage recycling and have bins locally. Any organic waste can be given to our chickens, pigs or compost
- Conserving water - We ask client to be use water sparingly. Our own water spring is used to water the crops and also for the swimming pools. All grey water is recycled and even the house has its individual water tanks which gather the rainwater.
The local stone and trades men we use have helped turn the retreat to a beautifully finished paradise.
We promote rural tourism to our guests and encourage them to eat out locally and use local amenities such as shops, sports facilities, restaurants, farmers markets etc..
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