|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
This 11 hect.(27 acre) property next to the exclusive resort of Jose Ignacio has stunning views of lake & ocean and is both an Arabian Horse Stud and a beautiful, ecological summer home. Only non-toxic materials were used to build it, its green roof is full of flowers and a big attraction for all kinds of birds. The 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathroom adobe house has two living rooms, one with a big cast iron fireplace, one with sliding doors that open up directly onto the deck and swimming pool. There are 4 dinning areas, two inside that seat 8 people and 2 outside by the barbecue which each sit 14. Partially powered by solar panels it has all the amenities of modern house: fully equipped kitchen + TV, a projector, a stereo system, ipod dock, and wireless Internet. There is central heating, fireplaces in each bedroom there are ceiling fans in every living room. The park has a 200 year old forest with intertwining paths and a play area for children with slides, bunnies and ponies.
My fiance and I recently had the opportunity to stay at Casa Gaia. Even though we were technically in the off season, it was truly a magical place. We arrived quite late in the evening (10:30pm) and were greeted by Walter and Graciella (the property managers). With a smile on their face they happily got fires going for us, put away groceries and generally made us feel very welcome.
The property itself is very private but only a 10 minute drive (if that) to the town of Jose Ignacio. Between the view of the water, the arabian horses, the beautiful architecture (the pictures don't do it justice), daily assistance from Walter and Graciella, we'd give this property more than 5 stars if we could.
Casa Gaia is great for both families or for a romantic vacation. If you're planning on going to this area of Uruguay, do yourself a favor and keep on driving past Punta Del Este (30 minutes) to Jose Ignacio. You wont regret it
Casa Gaia is a magical place. Our stay here changed our lives. After many many visits to José Ignacio, this was definitely the most beautiful and special. We have two children, aged 3 and I, they enjoyed searching for eggs from the chicken coop, playing on the swings, and riding ´vecino´. Thank you always from the bottom of our hearts.
Early in the year we were fortunate enough to stumble on this little paradise. We arrived in the evening to the most glorious sunset. Gaia, the house, is set into a slightly undulating landscape. The grass roof melds into the environment, and the pool, likewise, was part of the vista. In all a feast for our eyes! The house interior has a bohemian rustic charm and my wife,son and I found all necessary comforts. Coming from NYC and looking for space and peace we were pleasantly surprised. We appreciated our stay so much that we re-visited in early April. I would not hesitate to recommend Gaia. Our son was totally engrossed with the farm animals and horses. I do not usually pen reviews but as I went back onto the site to see whether a November break was possible I found myself so shocked by a review that I read, that I felt it necessary to give an account of my family's experience.
RENTER BEWARE. Reserved this place from the owner and were gravely disappointed upon our morning arrival. After a full inspection of the home, we were so disappointed that we left immediately and asked for a refund. The pictures look nice but the place unfortunately doesn't live up to them. After seeing the place in person it seemed clear to us that the photos were taken intentionally to leave out the areas they didn't want shown.
This beach area is filled with fabulous houses and is known for its amazing chacras. However, this house looks and feels very old and if memory serves is made up of parts of other houses or something to that effect. We found it quite drafty as well. This was a problem because we have a baby...so in addition to this, when we noticed dead flies on the seating areas, that pretty much sealed the deal that we wouldn't be staying there. The owner had assured me prior that the place was not drafty and would be ideal for a baby but unfortunately that was definitely not the case. The land is amazing so I would say that the place might work for college kids or for those who enjoy camping, but families or those looking for a nice vacation during any time of the year will be surprised and disappointed to say the least.
As a side-note, when I asked for the rent and deposit back the owner returned the rent but kept quite a hefty deposit and told me that, and I quote "You must have had a plan B which is understandable when you arrive at a place you have never been to before and rent it online based on pictures." Shame on me I suppose for being trusting. Just wanted to pass this experience on to anyone looking for a place in an amazing part of Uruguay. Which there are many...so pick another place, any place.
We stayed in the house in March 2011, and absolutely loved it! The house itself and the views are breathtakingly beautiful. We stayed there with young children, who loved the pool, the playground, and the horses very much. The caretakers on the property were extremely helpful and kind, always available to prepare an asado or lend a helping hand. If you're looking for a lovely place to go to have a restful vacation and be within easy driving distance (10-15 mins) of a very nice beach, this is the place.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Mar 1 2015 - May 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
Contact owner for rental rates
Included in the rental price is a daily cleaning service and the caretaker who is in charge of the upkeep of the property and of the animals.
The only extra costs will be electricity, telephone and gas. These will be deduced at the end from the deposit once the charges have been pro-rated for the specified time of your stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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