Hotel Hacienda de Abajo raises inside a walled enclosure of four buildings distributed around an interior garden, where formerly the orchard of the estate was located.
The old “Casa Principal de Tazacorte” was subjected to an attentive restoration from 2010 to 2012 by the architect Mrs. María del Carmen Alemañ García, who, after the excision of unfortunate architectural additions, has allowed it to regain its original appearance. This two-floors rectangular house, includes two roofs of arabic tile and an exceptional stove for drying cochineal, and, as well as the other stately homes of the old hacienda, presents a balcony-corridor open to the West, while from the opposite façade the garden of the farm could be contemplated. A body of two floors with balconies and two towers were added to it, which – with magnificent view of the sea and crops. We can highlight the estately and almost militar character of these ancient residences, where, as the traditional canarian architecture goes, new needs are satisfied by adding to the primitive construction, usually arranged in linear, successive bodies making such edifications L or U-shaped.
At the same time, the buildings of new construction surrounding the House respected the original layout of the sugar estate and the building typology in the area, where domestic architecture is harmoniously integrated in a landscape where the dominance of the sugar cane had been replaced with the banana since the end of the 19th century. One of them is a two-floored housing covered of arabic tiles and open balconies, while the other two are one floor buildings, also with covers of arabic tiles. One of them hosts a small chapel that recreates the chapels in the old estates and the other, a luxurious bath house.
Doors, windows and other architectural elements used in the façades and interiors of these buildings are, to a great extent, copies from the 17th to the 19th century saved from destruction, and they represent the best collection formed in the Canary Islands in recent years. This reflects a very common practice in the Canary Islands architecture, as it was the reuse of woods, stones and ashlars of demolished buildings to use in new constructions. This is just another proof of sustainable architecture that knows the value of scarce – and therefore valuable – natural resources.
In fact, having the best collection of tapestries of the Canary Islands, French and Flemish pieces from the 16th to the 18th centuries; a valuable picture gallery with works from the 15th to the 20th centuries; sculptures, furniture and Chinese porcelain from the Tang to the Qing dynasty; European furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries; delicate religious carvings from the 16th to the 19th centuries and all sorts of other sumptuary items make this hotel a reference in the artistic panorama of the islands, where every corner becomes a gratifying surprise for any lover of art and evokes a bygone era in which the inhabitants of this estate were surrounded of the most exquisite art objects, thanks to the trade, from Europe, America and, coming through the Philipines, Asia.