La Hacienda de San Juan de Taco, in the municipality of Buenavista, in the northwest of the island of Tenerife, is considered to be one of the finest examples of traditional Canarian architecture in rural areas.
This is a fantastic mansion, a farm or ranch, which certainly has its roots in the sixteenth century, and is documented from 1654. People claim that this is the third oldest manor house in the Canaries.
In the XVIII century, this fantastic mansion in Tenerife, became the property of the Monteverde family, an important family of Flemish merchants who settled in Tenerife in the sixteenth century. They were attracted by the intense trade between the port of Antwerp (now Belgium) and the Canary Islands and Madeira, due to the first sugar cane plantations in the isles.
The Monteverde family, initially Groenenberg (Green Mountain), Castilianized their surname for better assimilation into the emerging society of Tenerife at the time. They formed a mainstay of the local aristocracy over the years. However, as time went by, this Tenerife mansion became the property of the Valcárcel family and eventually it passed to other owners.
The Estate of San Juan de Taco, is a rural mansion in Tenerife which currently consists of 1.106m2 of built surface and more than 13.500m2 of fields. It has an L -shaped plan with an open courtyard, a portico on basalt (black volcanic stone) with carved and wooden columns, on which there is a closed gallery of sash windows.
It has magnificent tea (Old Canarian pine) wood ceilings, coffered ceilings, and a fabulous main staircase, the entrance, majestically carved in basalt, following the best traditional standards.
Alongside this Tenerife mansion, within the courtyard, there grows an imposing and centennial araucaria (Monkey Puzzle Tree) which reminds us of the great history that these walls enclose.
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