If you are looking to really escape from it all and be in a spectacular ocean front location, Casa El Refugio is the getaway spot for you. Only a short 7 mile oceanside drive north from the services and amentities of Los Barriles, Casa El Refugio is in a very unique setting all by itself right on the Sea of Cortez. This a great spot for snorkeling, SUP, kayaking, fishing, and even whale spotting all from the front porch. You can choose to be as connected to modern technology as you want to be. High speed Wi-Fi, great cellular reception, and HD television programming all at your disposal.
Casa El Refugio is a new construction completed in 2013. The construction technique was created with the concept of using as many sustainable and locally produced building materials as possible. The primary building material is COB. COB is a mix of clay, sand, straw, and water. COB is very much like adobe but instead of forming the clay mixture into bricks, the mixture is shaped and compacted on site to directly form the walls. This creates a large monolithic structure that has incredible strength and insulation characteristics. All exterior walls are at least 2 feet thick of solid material. Other local materials of note include the gorgeous solid rock foundation and bricks which were individually hand shaped and fired. All doors, cabinets, and drawers are made from a beautiful local mountain hardwood called Palo Chino. The beams in the fully enclosed courtyard are another type of local mountain hardwood.
The house design was developed from the concept of the Hacienda. It has a fortress type appearance from the exterior but when the threshold is passed, the feeling becomes warm and inviting. All rooms are accessed from the central, fully enclosed courtyard. The courtyard has beautiful iron work trellis and columns that support a shade covering of wooden beams. A wall fountain adds a feeling of vitality to the courtyard. When passing from the courtyard into the main part of the house a panorama of the Sea of Cortez takes over. The large central room contains the entertainment area, dining area, and kitchen. The ocean side is constructed using Nana Walls which are glass wall panels that fold out so the entire front of the house is open for inside/outside living. The master suite is to the right of the main room and fronts the Sea of Cortez as well.
The kitchen is very large and done with rustic brick work and red granite counters. A large pantry is attached to the kitchen. It is a function first kitchen that is very easy to work in.
The entertainment area has a 60 inch flat screen HD plasma TV, a BlueRay DVD player, surround sound home theater system, and Dish Network HD programming packages. The sound system also has remote speakers and controls located in each room, the courtyard, and the front patio.
The dining area has a 9' solid mesquite dining table with 8 matching chairs
The front patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez has ample seating, a propane BBQ, a wood BBQ/fire box, and a hot tub/spa capable of holding up to 6 people
The master suite has a large walk in closet and shower with two onyx sinks set in the granite counter.
The two guest bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom with a large shower and a travertine sink set in a granite counter. Solid mesquite armoires are in each of the guest bedrooms.
The house is air conditioned throughout.
There is a 10KW solar panel array on the roof that is connected to the local power grid. Using this grid tie back system means virtually all the electricity used is generated on site using solar technology.
High Speed Wi-Fi internet and excellent cellular phone service are also present.
My wife Kim and I have lived in Los Barriles for 13 years and absolutely love it here. We are both Kite Boarders and I also enjoy the great fishing we have here. Kim is very active in the local community and is the acupuncturist at the Spa de Cortez
Rick Tyrer purchased this house in 2013
We purchased the lot the house sits on in 2007 because it is in such a beautiful and unique setting. We decided to start building in 2011. We broke ground late that year and have just finished construction in March of 2013
The peaceful isolation says it all. No other houses around, just the beautiful Sea of Cortez as far as you can see.
The house and location are excellent. The house includes every convenience to make your stay fun and comfortable - kitchen, laundry, WI-FI, satellite TV. The house is a beautiful hacienda-style. The master bedroom is set off from the other two, making for excellent privacy. The location is secluded and tranquil. There is good snorkeling right out front. I would definitely return and recommend the place to others.
However, there are two things that renters must know prior to renting this place. First, as noted in prior reviews, the beach immediately in front is rock. Water socks (or the like) are absolutely essential if you wish to walk the beach, or swim out front. There is a beautiful sandy beach around the point just to the north. While it may seem like a bit of a trek, it takes less than 10 minutes to walk over, but it does include a semi-precarious scramble down the bluff.
Secondly, the road out to the house is, in my opinion, just passable in a sedan. I recommend either renting an SUV or taking a bus/shuttle/cab from the airport to Los Barriles and renting a Honda Pioneer ATV (or the like). Half way through the trip we rented an ATV to ease the process of going in and out of town. The ATV was also a ton of fun. Also, be warned that if you have never been there and are arriving at night, getting out to the house is no fun in the dark. Since I happened upon the correct road, I would have made it, but driving out in the dark, with my family (including a 1 year old) after 18 hours of travel (from Alaska) was nerve wracking. I bottomed out 2-3 times and was dreading that I would blow a tire and be stuck miles from anywhere, at night on a road that I wasn't even positive was the correct one. I don't mean to be overly negative, but suffice to say, the first time drive out at night is a challenge. On a positive note, secluded location and road make for a very tranquil home base for a vacation.
Extremely restful, comfortable, beautiful, etc. Just bring your water socks and rent an ATV or an SUV!
Our stay at the house was awesome!! The house is beautiful, spacious, and open. We had everything we needed to cook with, do laundry and stay very comfortable. The power went out one night for three hours, and then sporadically throughout our stay. We stayed for two weeks. We could time it because it usually happened around 9 pm.
We had two paddle boards, two kayaks to use whenever we wanted. However the back of the house leading to the water is solid river rock and it is difficult to walk anything down to the water without shoes. Flip flops will not do. So you definitely need water shoes to go to the water for anything. You can get int the water at the house but the rocks hit you if the waves are up and getting out can also be a challenge. It can be done though.
There is a private beach to the north of the house, over the land and down to the water. That beach is perfect for the paddle boards, boogie board and kayaks. We drove our Rhinos to the point and walked down. It was beautiful to lay out at and spend time with the family. There are several other small beaches you can go to also to the south of the house.
My husband spearfished in the water and he got several different types of fish. All good to eat. They also fished at the points near the house and were very successful.
I think overall our stay was great and I loved the house. It is a trip into town if you have a car, very bumpy and dusty. We used our Rhinos a lot which made it more enjoyable to go to town. The house is very private and secluded which was a plus.
The house cameras in the back and front, which I wasn't totally comfortable with. I am not sure if they work or not, it was very disconcerting to think someone was watching you.
But all and all, I loved my vacation there and we had a good time.
we arrived by noon, first thing you see when we open the front gate door is the ocean, you pass , the guest rooms, living room, kitchen and dining room , finally you get to the back porch were the master bedroom is located and you can enjoy the ocean view. we liked the kitchen, it is very well supplied. The shower in the master room do not have any door for privacy. it is the same in the guest rooms there is one bathroom for both rooms. the toylett in the master room was liking , I called Rick he offered to send a repair man. One night we were in the eating dinner and saw something flying, it look like a bat, when went to the bathroom that is located in the living room and the bat was hanging in the fan. he left , however he came back next night to the same bathroom, my nephew was there and he started running and screaming it was funny, however not for him he was scared. I would not recommend the area between the house and the ocean, especially for older people for long walks because the rocks are too big it gets tired if you want to go swimming, you have to climb a mountain or drive to a sand beach. it could be good for snorkeling and kayaking. We like the house however not the rocks that are by the beach are to big, they are beautiful, do not get me wrong however it gets tired when you want to walk. it is a very nice house.
What a beautiful and relaxing get away. We snorkelled and paddled every day. The sunrises were spectacular.
Rick & Kim were very helpful with connections to local services and advice.
The house is well supplied and has a great kitchen for social and festive meal making.
Plan your shopping trips well, to spend as much time as possible right out front of Casa Refugio.
We are already planning our next season's trip.
Kiting and fishing is a short drive south.
We stayed for 9 days the first part of Feb. The house is beautiful and very comfortable. The photos are very accurate. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and has a dishwasher. The wood grill on the back porch is a nice touch. There is a washer in the house and a drying line outside. FYI neither Pandora nor Netflix work in Mexico, but the house has dish network with XM channels. During the trip we only saw 1 small group of people on the beach in front of the house. The owner was very helpful in our pre-trip planning and in recommending places to shop/eat. The water in front of the house has some rocks which hold fish and other marine life so bring snorkel gear if you like to snorkel. The beach is a river rock beach (not sand) and is fairly steep. We would recommend bringing some substantial sandals/shoes that are made for water use (we had chacos). It makes getting into and out of the water much more comfortable when using the kayaks or paddle boards. If you fly fish you'll want to get in touch with Josh at www.pursuitanglers.com he was a great guide. Also try the little taco stand south of Los Barriles north of Buena Vista just north of the Pemex station on highway 1 on the west side of the road (there's a surfboard sign in front of it that says "Open" and "Seafood"). She has wonderful ceviche and tacos and the prices are more than fair. For groceries try the small market on the west side of highway 1 in Buena Vista called "Tienda Popular Buena Vista". Both places are visible on google earth street view. The prices were *much* better than the prices at Chapitos in Los Barriles. All in all it was a great trip and we look forward to going back.
This is a rare home in a rare location...close enough to town for dinner and provisions, but once there, you will never want to leave! The style is unique, elegant and oh so comfortable for couples or families. The fabulous kitchen/family/dining room brings everyone together, but the well-designed floorplan allows for private moments throughout. The elevated jacuzzi allows unobstructed views up and down the beach where you will rarely see a soul.....ahhhhhhh, the quiet. Oh so beautiful!!
Located 7 miles north of Los Barriles is Casa Concha. It is 1 mile south of Punta Pescadero and has its own very private and quiet setting. The spectacular ocean front location is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, SUP, and fishing from the beach
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|Notes||Cleaning fee of $40 USD for stays of three nights or less. Additional cleaning services available during stay at cost of $40 USD per cleaning.|
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