|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
GRACIAS A LA VIDA is a charming, one-of-a-kind, spectacular, custom-built home that dances with color and light. Our home is named after the famous song, 'Thanks to Life' written by the popular Chilean folksinger, Violeta Parra. 'Ayun Mapu' is the Mapuche name of our 9-acre property. It means 'Land of Love.' Watch our YouTube video and click further down the listing on: 'LOTS MORE PHOTOS OF GRACIAS A LA VIDA.'
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The setting and scenery are spectacular. Relax on our 360-degree, panoramic rooftop terrace, either soaking in our jacuzzi, immersed in a great book, sipping a pisco sour or a wonderful, Chilean vino, or enjoying a delicious meal. Savor Patagonian lamb, freshly-caught seafood seasoned with freshly-picked rosemary, thyme, and sage from just outside the front door. Splurge on homemade, delicious ice cream to suit your fancy! Sink into our comfy couches, cuddle up on great mattresses with comfy pillows, and soft sheets. You will enjoy an unforgettable stay.
Ideal getaway for families with children, couples, multi-generational family gatherings, year-round outdoors enthusiasts, those who want to study Spanish, or nature lovers of all ages. Whether you are looking for adventure, romance, the comforts of a home way from home, a retreat and well-deserved rest, a cross-cultural experience, culinary enjoyment, or just a delight to your senses, you will find it here.
Our exceptional home is perched dramatically atop nine acres of verdant pasture land and oak forest just three miles outside of Pucon, in the foothills of the majestic Villarrica Volcano. Gaze to the north at sparkling 16-mile-long Lake Villarrica, end to end. Look south toward an immediate, unobstructed view of the volcano. Astounding views from every room. The grounds are professionally landscaped and the house architecturally-designed and energetically balanced with Feng Shui. High ceilings; faux-painted walls in bright, elemental colors; curved, sweeping ceilings; gleaming copper sinks; colorful indigenous art; comfortable and artistic furniture; and all of the modern conveniences of home. The furnishings and art are indigenously-inspired. The fully-equipped kitchen is sunny, cheerful, has a peninsula for three, and there is a dining table for eight in the spacious dining area.
The sunlit, pumpkin-colored, Mapuche Master Bedroom suite, with a queen-size bed, offers a dramatic lake view, sliding doors to a circular brick terrace, walk-in closet, stone double shower facing the volcano, with massage and rain-shower heads. The Sunflower Room, in a restful blue, has a queen-sized bed, an equally dramatic vista of the Lake and Mountain backdrop as well a desk and a sliding door to the terrace. The Poppy Room, with both lake and volcano views, is furnished with a twin bed and a desk. Soak in the indoor tub/shower of the guest bathroom (shared by the Sunflower and Poppy rooms), and enjoy a marvelous volcano view as you bathe. The mattresses in all three rooms are super-comfortable, with high-thread-count bedding. An optional, queen-sized, inflatable bed with a memory-foam mattress topper can also be set up in the living room for two additional guests. We have ceiling fans in every room.
Our friendly caretaker family lives in their own house across the road. They are available to help you with whatever you need, but will allow you as much privacy as you wish.
The perfect year-round getaway to enjoy the wide array of activities in the scenic Chilean Lake District. Enjoy hiking in the beautiful nearby national parks, rafting the Trancura River, climbing or skiing the volcano, and soaking in a local hot spring. Visit one of the fifty-plus of restaurants in Pucon or dine indoors or out while taking in the most panoramic view Pucon has to offer, right from our rooftop terrace. After a magical sunset, view the entire Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and other constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Listen to the sounds of the native bandurrias (geese). In the winter, get a massage, relax by the fire with your favorite book, take a yoga class ten minutes away, marvel at the snow-capped volcano just out the kitchen window, snowboard, snow ski, and enjoy the tranquility and exquisite beauty of off-season Pucon. Make Pucon the beginning or perfect ending of your Patagonian adventure.
Keywords: Pucon vacation rental, lake view, volcano view, Villarrica volcano, Villarrica lake, luxury villa
We are naturopathic/homeopathic doctors and authors, married for 28 years. In 2005 we embarked on a kayaking trip to Pumalin Park in the South of Chile, and fell in love with this part of the world. After our paddling adventure, we visited the lakes in Argentina, and ended our trip in Pucon. We had absolutely no intention of buying land in Chile, but we met friends at an eco-hostel who lived half the year in the Pacific Northwest and half in Chile...not a bad idea to enjoy two springs and two summers a year in gorgeous places! We ventured out with a realtor 'just out of curiosity' and found what we thought was our dream house. We returned to Whidbey Island, WA, where we live, and, try as we might, we just couldn't get that property out of our minds. We returned two months later, to either make an offer or chalk it up to a whim. We found a property next door, with an even more spectacular view of Villarrica Lake and the volcano. We purchased seven acres and built what really did turn out to be our dream house, in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots on earth. The owner of the house we so admired is now our best friend in Chile, as well as our neighbor. We built a lovely caretaker's home, continue to plant gorgeous flowers, native trees and bushes, fruit trees, and a steward a large organic garden.We have recently expanded our land, and added a small flock of sheep.
It helps that Judyth got a degree in Spanish literature and Bob is avidly improving his Spanish. Everyone who has stayed in our home has fallen in love with it, and it has been a joy to share our dream. When we are away from Gracias a La Vida, we miss it, as one misses a lover. Once you are there, you will understand what we mean.
Judyth Reichenberg purchased this house in 2005
We read in a sea kayaking magazine about a fabulous trip to the Chilean fiords. It was even more beautiful than we had imagined. We toured Chile a bit (Judyth was there in 1970, but it was Bob's first trip), traveled around the Argentine Lake District as well, then ended the southern portion of the trip in Pucon. Despite only being there for four days, everything happened so quickly that we couldn't even keep up with it. We found a sublime home with a dynamite view, then had to leave a day later. We halfway hoped the idea would fly out of our minds, but it didn't. So, we returned a couple of months later and, after searching from dawn to dusk for two weeks, were shown the property next door to the home we had considered. The moment was stepped on the land, we just knew!
It took us another couple of years to build the road, dig the well, and complete our house and our caretakers' home. All of this from 7000 miles away! There is so much to tell. We do plan to write a book about it one of these days.
The view, the view, the view!! The shimmering water of the huge lake, the smoldering, snow-capped volcano; the countless stars of the Milky Way from our rooftop deck and hot tub; the delicious grilled chicken, lamb, and veggies grilled in our 'pancho'; the riotous cosmos, dahlias, lilies, lavender; the dream kitchen alive with color; the great mattresses and soft sheets ; more hikes and hot springs and restaurants than we could name; the honking Chilean geese; the elusive, green lorakeets, who show up now and then. Inviting good friends over for delicious, home-cooked meals from the garden and wonderful Chilean wine; our golden retrievers romping around the property; the calves frolicking in the pasture next door. Showering with the most awesome view of a smoldering volcano. Buying delicious fresh or smoked salmon from the local fishmongers.Trying out new, gourmet pizza recipes in our brick, outdoor pizza oven. Attending top-notch yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes just ten minutes away. Strolling on the beach all by ourselves. Kayaking on Lake Villarrica with outrageous views everywhere, and no other paddlers in sight. Staying toasty with the Bosca woodstove or visiting one of the numerous local hot springs on a rainy day. Picking delicious, healthy, organic salads and fresh herbs right from our own garden and greenhouses. Eating the wonderful, fresh cheese that you can buy on practically every corner in Pucon. Greeting our cheerful cuidador (caretaker) each morning as he asks each of us, unfailingly, 'Como amanecio?'meaning 'How did you wake up?'
Our family stayed in this property over Christmas 2013. Pucon and the environs of Lake Villarica are wonderful - stunning lake / forest / mountain beauty with plenty of opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, geothermal pool visits, water sports etc. Gracias a la Vida is located on a hillside about 3 or 4 km outside Pucon up a little hidden gravel road. The views from the house are stunning - a 180 degree view of the lake from the front terrace and - as if that weren't enough - a magnificent view of the snow capped volcano out the back. To make this even more dramatic the roof of the house is a sun deck with spa with a 360 degree view of the whole lot! The house itself is very comfortable - three good sized bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a huge kitchen and living/dining room that make full use of the views. The garden is beautifully manicured by the on-site caretaker (very helpful guy) and the whole ambience is peace and relaxation. I cannot think of any negative points. Oh yes, the internet connection didn't work. Which was a blessing, because it meant that I got to play chess with my son every evening. You need a car to be able to access the property as it is too far to walk comfortably to Pucon. We hired a 4-wheel drive, which was necessary for the many places we visited, but the caretaker's "normal" car seemed to make it along the bumpy track without problems. Great place - the owners have done an excellent job!
A year ago my husband and I put a picture of Gracia a la Vida on our fridge with a dream to go there and explore the highly recommended area of Pucon. Having looked at the house for many months we finally made it! As we drove from Temuco we joked (somewhat anxiously) that of all the houses we had booked for our holiday we thought this one might be too good to be true. We were totally wrong!!! The house is AMAZING, the views of the lake and volcano just phenomenal (Judyth and Bob have done an incredible job making every room special), the garden is truly special with flowers of every colour and variety, and the lawns perfect for our 3 young children to play and run around on. It really is idyllic and we have very special memories from our time there! Picking plums from the orchard, playing with the kitten, Orso the dog, Nelson the caretaker, the rooftop view, are but just a few of them - not to mention meeting Judyth and Bob who are incredibly kind and welcoming. Our children are currently 3 years, 1 1/2 years and 5 months old. We would love to come back again sometime!!
This property was amazing. As soon as you arrive you can enjoy the beautiful views from everywhere in the house. The Volcano, the Lake, Gardens, Animals etc... The owners of Gracias a la Vida have gone to great lengths to make sure this house is a beautiful place to vacation and relax. The house is very well equipped with any thing you need. The caretaker of this paradise is always available. We used the wood burning pizza oven on New Years Eve and it worked wonderfully. I would defiantly go back to this property. You are 10 minutes from the center of Pucon.
Out of a four week holiday in Chile, staying here was the highlight for us. We have a two year old and four year old and the house was well suited for them after we moved some breakables out of the way. To sum it up: Incredible views, tons of outdoor space to explore and play, quiet, very well equipped kitchen, helpful and friendly hosts, and dogs who became our kids' best friends. It is closer to Pucon than we thought - less than 15 minutes to the center. Also, we managed with a small car, no 4-wheel drive.
Gracias a la Vida is comfortable, clean, beautifully decorated and situated in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. There's a volcano out the kitchen window and a beautiful lake and mountains out the (floor to ceiling) living room windows and bedroom windows/sliding glass doors onto the deck. The grounds are beautifully landscaped! Interesting birds to watch and listen to...There's a roof top deck with 360 degree view of all of this (plus hot tub) plus major star watching at night! Owners and caretakers were friendly and helpful. Hundreds of things to do nearby and great restaurants and shopping in Pucon! We didn't have a car, but Taxi driver Pablo was always on time and friendly. My husband had dental work done there and it was beautifully done. I can't imagine a better place to stay!
We were a family group of 7 people within the age group of 5 years to 80 years and we all loved our stay and had fun enjoying the area and the house. We were a bit unlucky with the weather, but that probably made us enjoy the house even more. Our kid played safely and freely outside in the garden and with the animals and the grandparents enjoyed the views, air and piece. The house is very well maintained and tastefully decorated and in a stunning location. The owners were very friendly and responsive to questions and the caretaker was very helpful and friendly too.
We could not get the internet to work, which might also have been a plus ;-)
In total, we had a great time in Pucon and fell in love with the area. We would love to come back (maybe in the season when the millions of raspberry bushes on the way to the house are having fruits)! Thank you very much!
After our stay in Pucon, ‘Gracias a la Vida' became a kind of refrain for the entire 5 weeks our family of five adults was in Chile and Brazil. So I guess you could say our week at Robert and Judyth's beautiful home was the defining time of this particular adventure. This is a fantastic spot from which to explore this heavenly little corner of Chile: close enough to Pucon to drop into town when you need to, far enough away to feel as if you are completely removed from the hustle of tourist activity. And then there is the remarkable view from the front of the house: down the slopes across to the lake…and always the beautiful vanellus chilensis wandering in pair on the front slope to remind us where we were. The house was everything we hoped for, the views and surrounds exceeded our expectations and the access to a variety of activities, walks, waterfalls, termas, and the touristic attractions of Pucon were superb. We enjoyed our time in Pucon immeasurably. Garcias a la Vida! Oh and did I mention the Volcan Villarica looms perfectly framed in every window at the back of the house? Gracias Judyth, Robert, Nelson & Maria who looked after us while we were there, dogs, cats and horses: we'd love to return.
Pucon is the considered the adventure capital of Chile. Visitors come from around the world to climb the Villarrica Volcano, river raft the Upper or Lower Trancura River, sea kayak, enjoy the 2.5-mile-long sandy beach, dine at over 30 Pucon restaurants, shop at the craft markets and boutique shops, enjoy the local casino, and visit Volcanic Caves. Day trips include several beautiful, forested National Parks, ten natural hot springs and spas, and vistas of other volcanos and glaciers. Pucon is two and a half hours from the Argentine border, two hours from the Pacific Ocean beaches, and a five-hour drive from Puerto Montt. Whether your passion is the wind in your face as you ski down a volcano, savoring Chilean delicacies or handmade chocolates, soaking in a hot spring, or stargazing at the expansive Southern Hemisphere sky, you will find Pucon and Gracias a La Vida enchanting and welcoming. You can even study Spanish in an adventure-filled, world-class setting!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 5 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Nov 15 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
A US$125 cleaning fee is paid in Chilean pesos to the caretakers on arrival.
Guests pay for WIFI usage days/GB.
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