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Spectacular waterfront,ecological house,private yet close to beach

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


INVE House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms 4 full bathrooms, sleeps 8 adults and 5 kids

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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
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January 21, 2016


based on 6 traveler reviews

Spectacular waterfront,ecological house,private yet close to beach
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Incredibly relaxing and beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and family had an incredible stay here and a great visit to Uruguay. This estate had everything we were looking for - country, lots of privacy, beautiful home, great pool, incredible views and really close access to the beach and nearby Jose Ignacio.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well beyond expectations!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A dream come true.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great retreat! Absolutely recommend.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

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 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 pick another place, any place.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have never had a problem with a guest at my property, on the contrary I have previous renters wanting to come back every year. My house is an cozy, ecological house in a sublime property in one of the most exclusive areas of Uruguay. The renter asked me to send more pictures in addition to those that are on the website and I sent every single picture I have of my house and property to give him a better idea. He loved it and asked to rent my house during the winter months on a long term basis. He told me had lived in Uruguay before and knew the area. He then asked that we sign a contract for one month just in case the house didn't work out for them and then do something for longer time and I agreed. He changed the arrival date at the property at least 3 times and I was very flexible and understanding emailing contracts back and forth to Guatemala to accommodate him. He finally arrived at the property at the crack of dawn. My employees told me he arrived and did not even take the suitcases out of the car. He parked and went in to see the house. Then he left and called me from a hotel saying the house was not what he imagined. I said that was fine and that I would return the rental money, but it was very clear in the contract that the deposit would not be returned. Otherwise everyone would do this: arrive somewhere and then take off, if it is not what they expect because they would get all of their money back, meanwhile the owner has lost out on a month or more of rental. He claims the house is not fit for a small baby but both of my children lived in that house since they were born and we lived very comfortably because it is not a summer home but one equipped for winter as well, with central heating and fire places in the living room and bedrooms. This renter had probably seen something else he preferred after he signed the contract with me and was trying to find an excuse to get out of the deal. I wish I would have asked for his references as he had suggested when I agreed to rent to him, after seeing the way he behaved with me, I am sure they are not good.
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

INVE House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
low season
Jun 5 2016 - Nov 13 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 14 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
mid season
Jan 9 2017 - Jan 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
February and March
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

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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.

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INVE House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 -
  • One of the bathrooms has an antique claw foot tub, the other a shower. All have plenty of cabinet space.all furniture was custom made. One bathroom has a wooden floor. There is an outdoor shower with hot water by the pool.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Beautiful en suite bedroom with stunning views of the lake and ocean beautiful old wooden floors. Adobe fireplace, rustic silk curtains and bed cover. Bathroom has a fully adapted shower, vintage cabinets and sinks. Upstairs is a loft space for lounging with a chaise long a book cabinet and a desk. Enjoy the views and compete peace in this space from inside or from the balcony.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The swimming pool can be heated with solar panels. Everything in the house is made from recycled or sustainable forest wood, most doors and windows and ceramic tiles come from from antique villas in Montevideo. All walls are adobe, some are painted with natural mineral paints, some have been colored with earth tones of pink and terracotta.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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