Welcome to Hotel Hacienda de Abajo
Located in the historic centre of Tazacorte, on the island of San Miguel de La Palma, in the heart of the most important agricultural area of the Canary Islands, Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is the result of the careful renovation of an ancient XVII century sugar estate and the first hotel built there, whose uniqueness is now officially recognized having been classified as Emblematic Hotel - the first of the Canary Islands - a category assigned by the Canarian Government only to those hotels whose construction constitutes an integral part of the Historic Heritage of the Canary Islands.
Surrounded by lush and rich vegetation, with a coast overlooking an ocean of pure and intense blue waters and a warm sunny climate with night skies scattered with stars, stands a group of buildings that used to be the residence of those who played a major part in a rich tradition of trade with Flanders, Andalusia and the West Indies. Today the traveller is warmly welcomed by a people and a family who are the result of the union between different nations and cultures, amidst their valuable art collections and splendid botanical garden full of rare species.
Ever since its construction in the seventeenth century up until today, the "Casa Principal de Tazacorte", as the main building of Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is known, has belonged to the Casa de Sotomayor Topete, a noble family from Galicia, that later settled in Extremadura and Andalusia, travelling to the Canaries in the early years of the seventeenth century, vaunting also, by matrimonial alliances, the manors of Lillo, Barendrecht and Zuidland in the States of Flanders. These ancient manors date back to medieval times and were ruled from La Palma until the late eighteenth century. It is yet another example of multiculturalism in a dynamic and educated society with people from different backgrounds who stayed in touch with their places of origin.
Doña María del Carmen del Castillo-Olivares y de Sotomayor and her nephews don Luis Ignacio López de Ayala y Aznar, 11th Marquis of Villafuerte and 3rd Count of Peromoro, and don Javier López de Ayala y Aznar, and her son don Enrique Luis Larroque del Castillo-Olivares, are the descendants of the builders and owners of the house. They ventured into this project of restoring the historic heritage, which represents the greatest contribution to La Palma's artistic heritage since the eighteenth century, partly coming from their own collections and partly from acquisitions intended to complete the collection of personal property that was listed as belonging to the estate in ancient inventories.
This is, in short, a family's commitment to preserve and share a refined lifestyle, hospitality being today, as always, an essential element and the traveller a welcome guest.