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Bedrooms 1
Space 602 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sunset Retreat: The perfect place to relax. STUNNING views and serenity

Watch the dolphins on the ferry to La Gomera, then drive for 1 hr 10 mins through amazing woods and mountains, before arriving in Taguluche.

This picturesque village of 40 houses hidden away between the volcanic mountains, offers a quiet, beautiful escape for anyone wanting to relax.

At the end of the road, park the car and walk down a stone and grass footpath( uneven and not suitable for anyone who is not fit) that winds through the palm trees for 200 m before you reach SUNSET RETREAT. Enjoy the completely private terrace, with sunbeds and outdoor shower, a lovely garden with mango trees and banana trees and rose bushes. The evening are long and the sunsets into the sea are amazing. The night sky offers stunning views (no light pollution here) and the Milky Way is easily spotted.

This old tomato packing house, completely renovated, offers a kitchen, large bathroom and a bright living room. From the footpath you continue down to the coast with a great headland with views along the entire coast. The village has a church, BBQ area, bar/restaurant, another rocky beach and many walks.

If you want to get away from it all, this is for you!!!!

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Barbara shelley
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Barbara shelley

Both of Jose's parents are from La Gomera. The old tomato packing house belonged to Jose's Grandparents. and he dedicated many summers reforming the house . I am from England, and came to teach English in Tenerife about 20 years ago. The first time I visited Taguluche, I fell in love with the house and the village. The magic of Sunset Retreat has stayed with me ever since.

Barbara shelley purchased this cottage in 1980


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Valle Gran Rey in Isla de la Gomera

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 602 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • baño 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Outdoor Shower , sea views from the shower!
  • The bathroom is big and well lit, with spectacular views out to sea. It has a shower, hand basin, bidet, and toilet. There is also a shower outside on the terrace.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • dormitorio 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed
  • The house is open plan, and has a large living room and bedroom area.There is one large double bed (160cm) , two sofa beds and also a cot for small children.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
A large house, well lit with super views, surrounded by fruit trees, and palm trees. Amazing sea and mountain views, this house is comfortable and intimate, away from any urban noise. Nobody over looking the terrace, and no neighbours for 200m. In ten minutes you can walk down to the sea. The area is volcanic and the foot path down to the house is not a man made path, but a natural footpath with rocky steps ,earth and grass to walk along. The walk is about 300m and uneven under foot. You should wear good trainers or walking shoes,and go carefully if you are not used to walking. There is no wifi service in the house, but if you go to the Bar/Restaurant in the village there is wifi connection. You have to ask for the code at the bar.


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Lovely, remote, quiet

  • 4 of 5

The place is the most quiet place we have ever visitet. The view over the sea in the sunset is fantastic.

If you are looking for a place with no other sounds than natures, where the nights are dark and the stars bright, this is the right choice.

The house is small, but with everything you need.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice open plan bungalow in a quiet remote location

  • 5 of 5

The name Sunset retreat says it all really. The building was originally a tomato packing workshop located on the terraces leading down to the sea below the village. At that time it was owned by the current owner's (Jose) grandfather. Barbara and Jose have lovingly updated the building to modern standards whilst maintaining a degree of the original building's features in the sensitive way that a family heritage would. The sun terrace has a footprint as large as the house itself. 50% shaded and 50% open, it catches the sun from mid morning through to incredible sunsets out to sea.

Barbara is an excellent host and communicator and our whole booking process was very smooth. Take note of her advice for a trouble free stay especially with regard to travelling logistics (cars, ferries etc.) and travelling light with backpacks rather than heavy cases. The footpath down to the house is 400m long and classically Gomeran in it's steep rocky nature. You won't be able to wheel anything down. The house has a good washing machine, freezer, microwave, gas hob and refrigerator so you are really self contained. It is very comfortably furnished with a large double bed and two roll away single bed/sofas in an open plan bedsit area. Jose is an artist and art tutor and his work adorns the walls and sun terrace.

There is a restaurant in the village approximately 1km from the house. It carries very basic shop items as well. Jolimar is the lady in charge and is very helpful. I would highly recommend a hire car as a necessity as the village is very remote from the main larger villages which have supermarkets (45 minute drive). The roads are winding and narrow but are excellently maintained. Parking is very easy at the top of the footpath.

You need to be organised with shopping - but that process adds to the quiet solitude environment. We had no phone signal nor phone internet connection until driving 10 km out of the village although the village restaurant does have WiFi if you need it. 10 days without proved how intrusive those modern items are if you are looking to really get away from it.

In summary, the November weather was kind to us and we enjoyed our stay immensely. La Gomera is a beautiful island with wonderfully welcoming locals.

Thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you,. It is always very rewarding for us when we have guests who have obviously enjoyed Sunset Retreat as much as we do. It was a pleasure to have you both, and the roses definitely appreciated your kind attention. It is a "get away from it all" kind of holiday for sure. As for the mobil phone signal.....Vodaphone has coverage but Orange and Movistar do not..... well it seems to come and go with the wind!!
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Peaceful Christmas

  • 5 of 5

A perfect stay at Sunset Retreat! The information about Sunset Retreat we received before we left, was complete. It's a very well equiped home: nothing has been missed. Every day breakfast at the terrace with a beautiful view at the ocean: every day another view. We loved the silence of the environment and did some lovely hikings in the Taguluche barranco. The walk to Valle Gran Rey via Arure is recommended (long but, beautiful). The lady of the bar/restaurant in the village Tagaluche is very nice and helpful.

Normally we don't visit a holiday place twice, but this home could be an exeption, as we loved it toooooo much! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased to hear this positive feedback. The hiking routes around Taguluche are all well signed and the paths have recently been cleaned and repaired. The owners of the Bar/Restaurant our good friends and always try to look after our holiday makers. Jolimar is very kind and helpful, and Jose Antonio gives Whistling classes ( El Silbo) to anyone intersted!!
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Peaceful Christmas

  • 5 of 5

A perfect stay at Sunset Retreat! The information about Sunset Retreat we received before we left, was complete. It's a very well equiped home: nothing has been missed. Every day breakfast at the terrace with a beautiful view at the ocean: every day another view. We loved the silence of the environment and did some lovely hikings in the Taguluche barranco. The walk to Valle Gran Rey via Arure is recommended (long but, beautiful). The lady of the bar/restaurant in the village Tagaluche is very nice and helpful.

Normally we don't visit a holiday place twice, but this home could be an exeption, as we loved it toooooo much! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

Sunset Retreat was perfect for what my wife and I wanted--a quiet place, relatively private (only 2-14 hikers going by a day), a complete kitchen and a view of the ocean. Sunset Retreat had all these--and more including beautiful art on the walls, very clean when we arrived, and well maintained. It also had replacement light bulbs, toilet tissue, etc. Barbara answered all our questions quickly and gave us recommendations for restaurants in the area. It turned out we didn't go out for meals much, preferring to stay home, cook for ourselves and watch the sunsets. Be aware it is a long drive from the harbor--1.5 hours minimum and an hour from Valle Gran Rey--a great place to shop, visit and eat. Because of the narrow roads we wanted to be back to the Retreat before sunset. It is also a bit of a hike from the parking place to the house--something the owners let us know--so you will get your exercise! If you want to get away from "it all"--including not having internet service--I fully recommend Sunset Retreat. We have already booked two weeks for next year! There is lots of hiking available all over the island. The area around Sunset Retreat is particularly rough, but not far away in the park there are much easier trails. By the way, we fully enjoyed the sunsets--each day was different. We even had the pleasure of the full moon. Weather was cool in the mornings and lovely in the afternoons--plan to dress in layers during the "winter". The view of the ocean at the end of the path was magnificent. On the last day we had the pleasure of a big storm--heavy winds and rain. The house stood solid and safe. We used the patio a lot. It had an open area for sunning ourselves and a covered area for reading and staying cool. (Sorry for the late review!)

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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perfect place to calm down

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten 10 wundervolle Tage im Haus "Sunset Retreat" in Taguluche, einem verschwiegenen ursprünglichen kleinen Ort, abseits aller Touristenrouten á la valle gran rey. Das Haus ist sehr schön abseits gelegen, eingerahmt von Palmen, mit einem wunderschönen Garten mit Mango- Zitronen-, Orangen-, Manngo- und Feigenbäumen, einer Bananenstaude u.a., der Knaller ist die tolle Aussicht: einerseits auf´s Meer und eben auch auf die Namen-gebenden Sonnenuntergänge. Wir haben uns aber auch häufig genug den Blick auf die Palmen und Berglandschaft hinter uns gegönnt: das Haus ist total bequem, es hat alles, was man+frau so braucht, darüber hinaus mit netten Details: wir haben uns sofort wohlgefühlt. Wie schon andere Deutsche schrieben: "Ganz egal wieviel Streß und Hektik man mitbringt - die Stille und der Frieden des Ortes werden damit fertig. Die Natur dort ist so eindrucksvoll und überwältigend, dass man es erst nach ein paar Tagen wirklich erfassen kann. Sogar der Wind hat seinen eigenen Ton und erinnert daran, dass wir nur kleine und verletzliche Menschen sind". Genau! - Dann war Barbara wirklich supernett: empfing uns schon am Flughafen auf Teneriffa und machte uns mit den Einzelheiten vertraut. Sie hatte aber fast 1,5 Std. auf uns warten müssen: Negativ bei uns war nämlich der Anfang der Reise auf Teneriffa: wir hatten ein Auto gemietet: leider bei "Goldcar": von denen nun ist absolut abzuraten: unfreundlich, inkompetent, lange Warterei, Abzocke, Zusatzkosten: nehmt unbedingt "cicar", ok.? - aber diese schlechte Emotion war sofort wie weggeblasen, als wir in das Haus kamen... Auch wir werden wieder kommen, sobald das mal wieder möglich ist! - short in english: We have spent 10 wonderful days at Sunset Retreat in Taguluche: 5 stars at all! - could have been hardly better at all !! - important: don´t choose "GOLDCAR" if you´re going to rent a car: take "CICAR", ok? - but this negative emotion was soon blown away because of this house, this location, with this nice girl Barbara: thank you once again!-hope we come back! Barbara & Joachim

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. Yes. Anyone travelling to La Gomera from Tenerife should be careful when renting a car. Goldcar will give you a very good quote on internet, but when you arrive at the airport or the ferry terminal to collect your car , they will almost DOUBLE the quote if you say you are travelling to La Gomera. They say that the insurance is not covered. So use CICAR. Their prices are good and you are covered.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
La Gomera
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Restaurant and bar Taguluche
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
nearest golf course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Taguluche Village Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Los Corales
Car: recommended

Completely relax in the special atmosphere of Sunset Retreat. No cars or traffic, not even pavements or street lights, within 200m of this rural house. Once you arrive it doesn't take long to get into 'Taguluche Time'.

The days can be spent reading on the sunbeds in the completely private terrace, with outdoor shower to cool you down. You can buy basic groceries in the shop in Taguluche, but the supermarket is in the next village, so go prepared with plenty of food to last a few days.(spices, salt and pepper,oil, ,tea, coffee and toilet paper provided ) The beautiful sunsets and following night skies have to be seen to be believed. If you feel like exploring there are plenty of walks, of various levels of difficulty, but all have great views of the sea, volcanic barrancos and vegetation. There are 2 small rocky beaches,.

Any time of year is perfectly warm in the Canary Islands.

Sunset Retreat is waiting for you!!!!!

Other Activities: bring your walking boots and enjoy the hiking


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Valle Gran Rey, Canary Islands

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

These prices are for two people all included. There are no extra charges.

Every extra person is 10€ per night extra. Children under 18 months of age no charge

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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