GRACIAS A LA VIDA is a charming, one-of-a-kind, spectacular, custom-built home that dances with color and light. Please note that WE WILL ALSO HAVE A CABANA WITH A PANORAMIC LAKE VIEW soon, which sleeps 4 (one bedroom with one queen bed and the other with either two twins or one California king).
Our home is named after the famous song, 'Thanks to Life' written by the popular Chilean folksinger, Violeta Parra. 'Ayun Mapu' is the special name of our 9-acre property; it means 'Land of Love.'
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, or garden-picked organic vegetables. Sink into our comfy couches, enjoy great mattresses and soft sheets. You will enjoy an unforgettable stay.
Adventure, Romance, Comfort, Retreat, Rest: 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 architecturallly-designed and Feng Shui'd. 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 House and Amenities: Furnishings and art are indigenously-inspired. The fully-equipped kitchen is sunny, cheerful, with a peninsula for three, and dining table for eight in the spacious dining area. The sunlit, pumpkin-colored, Mapuche Master Bedroom suite, with a queen-size bed, with 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. The mattresses are super-comfortable, with high-thread-count bedding, and an optional aero-bed with memory-foam topper. Enjoy the rooftop deck with 360 view, hot tub & dining area.
Caretakers and Available Activities: Our friendly caretakers live in their own house across the road. Available to help you with whatever you need, they will allow you as much privacy as you wish. Play with our 3 goldens, and 4 cats if you like.
Gracias a la Vida is the perfect year-round getaway to enjoy the wide array of activities in the scenic Chilean Lake District. Enjoy hiking in the beautiful national parks, raft the Trancura River, climb the volcano, and soak in a local hot spring. Dine inf the fifty+ restaurants in Pucon or dine indoors or on our rooftop terrace while taking in the most panoramic view Pucon has to offer. After a magical sunset, view the entire Milky Way, and the Southern Cross. Listen to the sounds of nature. In the winter, snowboard, ski, get a massage, relax by the fire, take a yoga class, marvel at the snow-capped volcano & enjoy the tranquility and exquisite beauty of Pucon. Make Gracias a la Vida your most perfect memory of Chile, and your gateway to Patagonian adventure.