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Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita

Cecilia Behr

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps18
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Cecilia Behr

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015
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Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Montanita Estate Rental Photos and Description

3BR/2BA Main House, One 3BR Apartment, Two 1BR Apartments & Caretaker Residence

Welcome to paradise! *SMALL GROUP? We can customize your reservation! Please inquire for details...*

New Photo Gallery Added! All pictures taken in 2015: http://imgur.com/a/IGDgZ

Perfect location with 12 miles of beach, flourishing vegetation and surrounding mountain views. Upscale neighborhood. Unobstructed view of beach and sunsets. Beachfront location with direct access to the beach and water. Ideal for weddings, reunions and special events. Swimming is very easy, with no rocks to worry about, all sand. Surfing lessons can be taken right in front of the house. 24/7 access to caretaker and to maid/cook. World-class surfing in Montañita less than 10 minutes south, featuring dancing, restaurants and bars in the evening. Taxis are on-call anytime, day and night.

What makes 'La Dolce Vita' different from other properties in the region? Firstly, we are on a very large and private lot of 2,000 square meters - and the land is covered by mature plants, fruit trees and flowers. Many other properties are on smaller lots and lack our privacy... There are no vendors or buses full of tourists all over our beach. The beach feels as if it's all to yourself, but you're only 10 minutes from town. Our privacy, large lot and safety make this ideal for children to run free and play. Also, La Dolce Vita's construction is a combination of stone, brick and natural wood throughout the home, featuring striking wooden ceiling beams creating a rich, rustic and unique charm. The perfect home away from home.

30 minutes north is a town called Puerto Lopez, where tours can be taken to go snorkeling, fishing or to see the whales breaching. Also at Isla de la Plata there are sites for world-class birdwatching where half-day to full-day tours are offered!

Exquisitely landscaped property with coconut palms, fruit trees, flowers and a stunning, custom-built 8 foot brick privacy wall. Featuring gate for car entrance; Parking available for up to 10 vehicles.

Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, upstairs loft, living area, gourmet kitchen and vaulted ceilings throughout. Master bedroom upstairs has ocean view and hot tub which looks directly out to ocean. Also features fully renovated master bathroom. Queen-size bed.

2 Bedrooms downstairs share a full bath. One bedroom has a queen-size bed, the other has one full-size bed. **Special requests for an extra bed can be accommodated.**

Living area downstairs features beautiful stone fireplace and dining area off kitchen with seating for six. Kitchen also has bar with 4 stools and features stainless steel appliances.

In upstairs loft there is a flat-screen TV with DVD player with large movie selection, and DIRECT TV included with many channels including CNN, Fox News and other English channels. We now offer WiFi on property, accessible from every area including the beach.

Grill and barbecue on porch for family gatherings and meals outdoors. Apartments on estate also offer built-in grill and seating areas.

NEW, HIGH-EFFICIENCY CEILING FANS THROUGHOUT THE HOME & IN EVERY BEDROOM

FURNITURE IS OWNER'S OWN, NO HOTEL/HOSTEL FURNITURE. FULL OF DETAILS AND PAINTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HOME.

During your stay you will have 24/7 access to our caretaker, Catalino and his wife, Maria. Catalino is there to help you with groceries, special requests, taxis, transportation, parties, beach canopy setup, and anything else to make your stay comfortable. For an extra fee Maria can assist with cooking and cleaning.

The apartments are not attached to the house; each has separate entrance. Apartments can be rented with or without the house.

Contact the owner for more details on his wonderful property. ALL INQUIRIES WELCOME and prices negotiable.

**No refunds or cancellations, however we will work with you to reschedule if dates are available**

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Cecilia Behr (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015

About Cecilia Behr

Hello! We are brother and sister currently residing in Columbus, Ohio, USA. We have had strong ties to Ecuador since we were young and much of our family lives there. Our mother has managed the property since her retirement and lives in Ecuador full-time. We're very flexible and hands-off, and will do anything we can to accommodate your requests. Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns before making your reservation.

Cecilia Behr purchased this estate in 2002

Why Cecilia Behr chose Montanita

The beach frontage and quality of the beach at the property was unmatched. Most of the other homes have rocky beaches or shorelines. Also loved the rustic and warm feel of the home, it feels like a real residence and not like a hostel or motel. We have invested many tens of thousands of dollars in upgrades to the property and our goal is to make this a world-class vacation destination.

What makes this estate unique

Best value in the region. Perfect, unobstructed ocean view and access. Accommodation for large parties while keeping intimacy and privacy. Not a large, cold hostel environment. Full of details and intimacy. Stone fireplace in living room.

Paintings, furnishings, mirrors, rugs, etcetera are placed throughout the home and apartments as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The best experience at this property. My current husband and I opted to

celebrate our marriage at" La Dolce Vita", a beautiful property and we just fell in love with this place, the enviroment transmitting only peace and tranquility.

We lived a dream come true. Cecilia the owner took care of every detail

to make sure we had great accomodations, we had everything we needed

and everything was perfect, our guests were fascinated by the place, the

scenery, the ocean and even the weather. Cecilia once again Thank You

for sharing this little piece of paradise with us!!

Our family will cherish forever the moments we spent at La Dolce Vita.
Nov 2013
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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 20 traveler reviews

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Gorgeous Beachfront Estate, 'La Dolce Vita' (House + 3 Apts) Montañita
average rating of 4.95 based on 22 reviews
Washington DC
5

Low-key relaxing property

  • 5 of 5

Great place on the beach. Very close to Montanita. All the rooms were well maintained and very clean. The grounds looked fantastic. Maria and Catalino are awesome caretakers. Cecelia was great to work with as we had a large group and some last minute changes.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Arlington, VA/United States
5

Beautiful and Relaxing. Perfect Beachfront Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I planned quite a trip. Went down to Ecuador with the wife for 6 nights, and then had 7 buddies fly in for another 6 nights. Though it was complicated planning pick-ups and details, Cecelia, the owner of the house coordinated all details with me and was very responsive and everything went off perfectly. The house is on a bus route where rides are 50 cents each way to multiple towns and taxis are available for $3.50. Catalino and his wife Maria are there for any questions and provide option for 2 meals a day which we chose to do. Meals were awesome and everything was super laid back. Catalino will also run to town for groceries which is also nice. We had a great time. Beach was beautiful with some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen every single day. Ocean was super warm and right out front and we swam every day. We really couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks Cecelia, Catalino and Maria! We'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Milwaukee
5

Lovely, relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

In February we stayed in the main house, our second stay in two years. We were as happy with Cecelia's home the second time as on our first trip. There were five of us, and the house accommodated us very comfortably for sleeping and meals.

Cecelia, Catalino and Maria are all most helpful in assuring the stay is everything you expect. Although we did our own cooking and did not sample Maria's, we called on Catalino for help a few times and were never disappointed.

We had an electrical outage one night, and Cecelia even occupied herself getting through the bureaucracy to assure power was restored as promptly as possible.

Much of the charm of the house is in its superb location - quiet, with wonderful long beach walks a part of every day - and excursions up and down the coast and inland to Machalilla National Park part of the great attraction of this well-situated house. But it is ultimately the loving touches of the house that make it feel like home, and will keep us coming back!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Comfortable Beach Living

  • 5 of 5

We have been traveling in South America for two years. This has been my favorite place! We rented the main house for a little over 3 weeks. We walked the quiet beach most days and had bicycles provided for us daily. Even if Cecilia was not there, Catalino and Maria were there to take care of any requests. One day we had Catalino drive a couple hours to the closest town with a full selection of fresh seafood. What a treat. The kitchen was well set up with large refrig and stove and all the utensils needed. I cooked most of our meals, but enjoyed Maria's cooking one night. Our bedroom was large with a Jacuzzi tub that got used often. We loved listening to the surf at night; with screens on the windows, we could keep the windows open. We let Catalino know the hours we needed hot water. My only regret was that we could not stay longer.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Torrance, CA
5

Great place for a great family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky to stay at La Dolce Vita this past July for 5 days. We were a group of 17 altogether. We had a great time at this house. The house is very spacious and there were enough beds for everybody to be comfortable. We never felt crowded. The house and the apartments are beautiful and the location is great. Maria and her husband, the caretakers of the home, were very accommodating and helpful. Maria cooked for us every day we were there and it was great. She made us delicious fish, crab, ceviches, etc. They helped us with groceries too. The house is very close to Montañita so a couple of days we went there to have dinner and it was a lot of fun. All the time we were there it felt like we had our private beach. It was great! I would definitely return again and would recommend to anybody looking for a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

A lot of pleasant memories!

  • 5 of 5

Writing a review for La Dolce Vita is easy and brings back a lot of pleasant memories.

Our large group (17) stayed on the property for two weeks and we were looked after by Cecilia from the moment we arrived. She arranged for transportation to and from the airport and was always around when we had questions. The rooms were clean and everything was there in the kitchens if we wanted to do our own cooking. We arranged to have Maria, who lives on the premises with her husband (Catalino) and children, to cook for us. After consulting Cecilia and the internet, we prepared a meal plan and Maria cooked most lunches and dinners for us. Catalino did most of the shopping for fresh produce, fish, and meat. To write that Maria's cooking was delicious is an understatement; it was oftentimes the highlight of our day and even our picky children came back for seconds. Catalino also looked after the property and was always around to help, making us feel safe.

The beach is big and lovely and there is plenty to see and do within a short bus ride away. We really had no expectations of Ecuador, especially the area around the house. Being seasoned travelers, we ventured out almost every day and ended up falling in love with the country and it's people. We explored the nearby town of Montanita a few times, went whale watching, deep sea fishing, and hiked the dense jungle and cloud forest. The fishing town of Puerto Lopez, where we bought fresh sea food, was also a favorite. We took advantage of very accessible and cheap public transportation to get around and took cabs when it was more convenient.

I (we) highly recommend Ecuador as a travel destination, and if you're looking for accommodations on the coast, La Dolce Vita should be on top of your list.

(link to photos to come)

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Montanita
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Olon
Car: not necessary

10 mins from Montanita (40 cent bus ride/$3 by taxi)

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Rates & Availability

From $295 Per night

Montanita Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Holidays & High-Season 2015
Dec 1 2014 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$395
$2,450
$6,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Whale Watching Season
Jul 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$305
$1,800
$4,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$295
$1,800
$4,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Notes *SMALL GROUP? We can customize your reservation!

*Catalino's assistance is free-of-charge, however gratuities appreciated.

*A driver can be arranged to pick you up from the Guayaquil airport. Up to 11 people in newer, nice van with A/C. $150 USD flat fee each way, which covers the entire group


***No refunds for cancellations. However, we will reschedule you if dates are available***

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Montanita Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 full bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Queen size Beds, Double Beds, Twin/Single Beds; Sleep Sofa or Futons upon request
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Light cleaning services are provided every other day, including cleaning of bathrooms, kitchen, sweeping main areas, etc. 24/7 caretaker provided free-of-charge however gratuities are appreciated. For an additional fee cooking or additional services may be made available. Please inquire. Sleeps 6+ in main house and 10-12 more in additional apartments on estate. **Crib and high-chair are available** Less than 10 mins from Montanita, (40 cents bus, $3 USD taxi) for nightlife, bars, restaurants, shopping and conveniences. Canopy and chairs for beach provided. Fully furnished with owner's furniture. Pickup/dropoff service from Guayaquil airport can be arranged for $150 USD each way (for entire group), air-conditioned shuttle van fits 10-11 people. You will be held liable for any property missing or damaged

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