La Hacienda San Nicolás is a distinguished Tenerife seventeenth century mansion, historically linked to the Valcárcel family, as can be seen by viewing the coat of arms in the estate chapel.
Located in what was once a clearing in the middle of the famous Orotava Valley, it stands dignified and harmonious, in what today is the municipality of Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island of Tenerife.
Its chapel, dedicated to St. Nicholas of Tolentino, occupies an area of approximately 74m2, characterized by its coffered ceiling and its unique Seville seventeenth century imported brick.
Like any self-respecting stately chapel, it is connected to the mansion, so that mass can be attended from the house through an interior door.
The main façade of this historic Tenerife mansion is characterized by its simplicity and symmetry, being composed of three linearly arranged windows on the second floor and a small Canarian balcony over the entrance gate.
The inner courtyard, L-shaped and porticoed on wooden pillars of tea (Old Canarian pine), has in its second floor, a closed gallery of traditional Canarian sash windows.
The access to the courtyard is via a rustic porch with a pebble beach floor, everywhere oozing the rural villa aspect that typifies this beautiful property.
Beside the house, there are many outbuildings that were added over the centuries and among which is a beautiful nineteenth century winery.
In the centre of the courtyard, among lush vegetation, there is a beautiful stone fountain that adds to the setting; a fantastic haven of peace.
The Hacienda San Nicolás is now a popular family restaurant with long opening hours. It is worth remembering whilst enjoying your meal, the historical background to the villa in that it was once one of the solar houses of the lineage of the Valcárcel family. This family was dignified with the honorific title of “Alféreces Mayores” of the island of Tenerife.