Welcome to Angel Caves.

I’m Miguel Angel and just a few months ago my wife Rachael and I decided to change our lives completely by moving from busy South West London to the beautiful and peaceful Vega de San Mateo in the mountain regions of Gran Canaria.

We had recently found out that Rachael was expecting our first child, a long-awaited and already much loved baby to join our family, Team Angel. After hours of discussions about how we would fit a baby into our currently hectic work schedules we got into a discussion about moving to Gran Canaria. It was certainly not the first time we had thought about leaving our lives in London and moving to one of our favourite Canary islands but with a baby on the way and the ever-mounting pressures of work and bills it suddenly seemed like a real option. Yes, Rachael could return to work part time within a few months of giving birth; I could look after our baby on those days and Rachael would look after him while I worked, it seemed like we had it all sorted out; but when would we see each other? We’d be like ships passing in the night, Rachael working while I stayed home and vice versa. This was surely not the only solution and so once again the topic of moving to Gran Canaria came up.

This time it seemed much more appealing, we have both lived in London for well over a decade, together for almost 7 and we have made the most of what this vibrant city has to offer. It felt like the right time to move on and so a search for our perfect home began… With close friends living in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, Rachael and I visited as often as we could. I’d lived and worked in Las Palmas in the past, tattooing at my best friend’s studio and so I was familiar with the capital and the beaches that lined the coast but none of these areas seemed quite right for us and our search extended into the mountains and central regions of the island.

It didn’t take long until we found the cave house in Vega de San Mateo; with it’s stunning views, orchards and vineyard we fell in love immediately and knew that we had to put an offer in. Things started to move pretty fast and two months later we’re the proud new owners of our very own home. We’ve still got lots of loose ends to tie up here in London with work, not to mention the great feat of shipping our worldly possessions over to the island, and welcoming the newest addition to Team Angel in April!

We look forward to sharing our journey with you…

Miguel Angel x

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Miguel Angel

Miguel is the handy man of the team and he is pretty great at turning his hand to almost any job! Plumbing, electrics, carpentry, bricklaying, you name it, there is nothing Miguel hasn’t tried, and he’s always got Google or YouTube open to help him learn a new skill when it’s something he hasn’t attempted before. Miguel loves drinking wine and rum! He also loves collecting antiques and curiosities, especially bones and skulls and terrorising Rachael by having his collections in every room of the house! He hates being lazy, Miguel is always on the go, and he is particularly terrible at being ill, although thankfully this doesn’t happen often as he has the immune system of a shark! (Apparently sharks have excellent immune systems!)


Miguel Angel

Miguel is the handy man of the team and he is pretty great at turning his hand to almost any job! Plumbing, electrics, carpentry, bricklaying, you name it, there is nothing Miguel hasn’t tried, and he’s always got Google or YouTube open to help him learn a new skill when it’s something he hasn’t attempted before. Miguel loves drinking wine and rum! He also loves collecting antiques and curiosities, especially bones and skulls and terrorising Rachael by having his collections in every room of the house! He hates being lazy, Miguel is always on the go, and he is particularly terrible at being ill, although thankfully this doesn’t happen often as he has the immune system of a shark! (Apparently sharks have excellent immune systems!)

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Rachael ‘Ginger’


Rachael is the creative brain behind Team Angel and the only member of the clan not to share the Angel name. Rachael is to crafting what Miguel is to DIY and she will literally turn her hand to any crafty pursuit with just a quick YouTube tutorial beforehand. She particularly enjoys sewing and is excited to start adding mosaic to every blank surface outside the house! Rachael loves all things vintage and her favourite era for fashion and styling is the 1950s. She’s also quite partial to a gin and tonic! Rachael dislikes sweetcorn, this is not something she plans on growing at the house, and she wishes that suncream was free for people with a pale complexion as it will probably bankrupt her living in sunny Gran Canaria!


Rachael ‘Ginger’

Rachael is the creative brain behind Team Angel and the only member of the clan not to share the Angel name. Rachael is to crafting what Miguel is to DIY and she will literally turn her hand to any crafty pursuit with just a quick YouTube tutorial beforehand. She particularly enjoys sewing and is excited to start adding mosaic to every blank surface outside the house! Rachael loves all things vintage and her favourite era for fashion and styling is the 1950s. She’s also quite partial to a gin and tonic! Rachael dislikes sweetcorn, this is not something she plans on growing at the house, and she wishes that suncream was free for people with a pale complexion as it will probably bankrupt her living in sunny Gran Canaria!

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Leon Angel

Leon is the newest member of Team Angel and is the driving force behind our move to Gran Canaria. He is loving his new outdoor lifestyle and in only a few short months has become a beach baby who loves to play in the sand (when he’s not eating it!) and paddle in the sea. Leon’s favourite food is spaghetti Bolognese which he eats by the handful, and his favourite story book is ‘The Groovicorn’. Leon hates drinking water and being told not to do something, this only makes him want to do it more!

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Leon Angel


Leon is the newest member of Team Angel and is the driving force behind our move to Gran Canaria. He is loving his new outdoor lifestyle and in only a few short months has become a beach baby who loves to play in the sand (when he’s not eating it!) and paddle in the sea. Leon’s favourite food is spaghetti Bolognese which he eats by the handful, and his favourite story book is ‘The Groovicorn’. Leon hates drinking water and being told not to do something, this only makes him want to do it more!