Submitted: May 31, 2011
Stayed: April 2011
There were 5 of us - work-friends. We rented the large as well as small house. The property is beautifully maintained, both inside and the landscaping. We each had our own room, and we would get up in the morning, have breakfast and leave for a new destination, then come back in the evening for a restful night's sleep. The living room has a huge fire place, and the caretaker, who was special - kind, helpful, and happy, would make a huge fire for us to come home to. The pool was a fun way to relax and get in some exercise. The caretaker's wife picked up groceries we asked for, then for $25 per morning, made fabulous breakfasts for us - fresh squeezed juices and delicious, hearty meals. From the house, we visited Quito (half hour away) Otovalo (3 hour drive), Mindo (3 hour drive), and Cotopaxi (1 hour drive) - all day trips.
Both the inside and outside of the house have been well maintained, with elegance and great attention to detail. The house was not only pretty, but really comfortable (except for moth-ball smells in the bedrooms. Hopefully the owners will do something about that - we just tried to air the rooms out before bedtime).
I can't say enough about the caretaker and housekeeper. They both made us all feel so welcome and cared for. They made us feel right at home and were very caring and genuine people. The place was perfect for our needs and gave us a memorable experience in Quito. We felt like we were experiencing the real Quito, versus a hotel. I highly recommend this place to anybody wanting a great landing pad in Quito. We had a wonderful experience in Ecuador - it's beautiful!
(We recommend that you are very clear about days agreed to before going. Misunderstandings can crop up and put a damper on the experience. We had a misunderstanding about our deposit, but we found that this home-owner honored the days agreed upon ahead of time when it was re-clarified at the end. So, all was well and we got back our entire deposit.). Otherwise, it was a lovely house and perfect for our first visit to Ecuador. It was really clean, the amenities were all in good order, and I am telling friends and business associates about it. Good luck and have lots of fun!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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