Here is your home away from home: four roomy and comfortable bedrooms, three bathrooms, spacious living areas and an equipped kitchen. Plus, two terraces where guests can enjoy the beautiful Baguio weather day and night.
The roomy house is concrete, on street level with no stairs. The interior areas have wooden parquet floors, exterior floors are in marble. Two of the bedrooms are quite large, with ensuite bathrooms done in marble. The two smaller bedrooms share a common bathroom.
Up to twenty guests can enjoy a comfortable home, which will be completely, independently theirs for their stay. There is an enclosed garage for one vehicle and safe parking is available in other areas of the property.
Cable TV is available, and most times, wifi access.
Kitchen is equipped (ref, 2-burner cooker, rice cooker, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, water dispenser) and has cooking and dining utensils.
We provide drinking water, beddings and towels, but not personal toiletries.
Interaction with Guests
We like to give our guests as much privacy as they desire. Yet, we are available for tips and directions, and if you're lucky, even for steaming cups of our special mountain coffee blend!
Our country home is in beautiful Baguio, the Philippine Summer Capital 250 km north of Manila. It is located near enough to the city center - notably Session Road and the City Market - for convenient trips and yet far enough for a truly restful stay.
Other nearby attractions are: Mines View Park, Good Shepherd, Mansion House, Wright Park, Ketchup Food Community, St Joseph Church, Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, Teachers Camp and Baguio Botanical Garden.
There are sari-sari (convenience) stores right outside the house, so buying basic items guests might have forgotten is a cinch!
We are along the main road. Taxis abound - it costs roughly 90 pesos to get to Baguio's famed Session Road. We are along jeepney routes and it takes one ride to get to the city center.
Other Things to Note
Cable and internet service in Baguio is not always strong nor reliable. Sometimes, we lose the service.
We have dogs in the property (but nowhere near the house). They bark sometimes.
The garage has space for 1 vehicle. Other vehicles can park outside the gate, where it is also safe. Alternatively, guests might prefer to park in the garden area, which is accessed using another gate and by an inclined driveway.
For your most pleasant stay, kindly be mindful of the following:
1. We strongly discourage checking in very late at night or very early in the morning.
2. The agreed number of persons is fixed. Additional guests must be advised prior to checking in and will of course be charged accordingly.
3. We do not permit smoking anywhere inside the house. If you must smoke, please do so in the terraces or in the garage area. We do not provide ashtrays. Please throw your cigarette butts properly. We especially request you not to throw cigarette butts just anywhere on the ground.
4. We are trying to conserve water, which is delivered into our tanks. Please use it wisely, be alert for leaks and report any as soon as you can.
5. Kindly take reasonable care of the things inside the house. If there are any losses, damages and/or breakages, we will have to charge accordingly.
6. If you move the furniture or appliances, we would be grateful if you return them to their original places before you check out.
7. We try to provide you with what will be needed during your stay. kindly use our things for their intended purpose. For instance, please do not use dish towels for wiping floors, nor the dinnerware and planters as ashtrays.
8. Please take care to bring all your things with you when you check-out. We have no way of returning things left behind.
Your cooperation is genuinely appreciated.
It was a spur of the moment decision but despite the lateness of the hour, Annie responded to my queries and even reminded me to take a close look to the pictures and description of the house before she finalize the deal. she kept her lines open to help us find the place and welcome us herself.
We had a pleasant stay at Annie's place. The sheets and linens smelled good. The dining and kitchen offered complete necessities enough to provide for a large group of 17 people like ours. The coffee blend which Annie made herself was very good.
Annie was very gracious and accommodating. We greatly enjoy the cream puffs she baked. She had a caretaker attend to our need and was quick in providing our request for water and wine bottle opener. We went during the one of the busiest times for Baguio and didn't feel like going around. The house has a lot of areas for socialisation and quiet contemplation. You can still smell the pine from her house. Only hitch is that we were close to the road and you hear the few passing jeepneys at night, you get use to it on the 3rd night.
Thanks so much for your review, Sammy! Your mention of the cream puffs has generated some interest, and it's fun that guests are now asking about it!!
Thanks also for your suggestions for improvement. We always take those seriously and do all we can to make our listings more enjoyable for our guests.
The house is ideally located. It is very near Mines View Park, Wright Park, Mansion House, Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club. The house is a bit old but the rooms are clean, big and comfortable enough to accommodate a large group. One didn't feel cramped. An added bonus is that there are 3 sari-sari stores nearby where one can buy one's "emergency" supplies from.
Annie Salvador was very quick to respond to any requests and inquiries. Definitely a big plus!! We enjoyed our stay.
Thanks very much for your feedback, Winnie. Your suggestions for expansion are very interesting. We have in fact been thinking about relocating the kitchen! Perhaps, when you come to Baguio again, you will consider a return stay, and that the house will indeed have been improved!
Happy New Year!
Annie was very quick to respond to my booking request, despite the short notice. Upon arriving, she was very welcoming and clearly explained all we needed to know during our stay. She even encouraged us to try her homemade brewed coffee-- definitely a treat.
As it was the days before Christmas, my visit to Baguio ended up accounting for more family members than expected. 12 people more (not including three drivers who slept in their cars) than the 20 maximum stated in the house description. It was definitely my fault for not being more on top of capacity issues. With that said, we were able to fit 32 people in the house with some people sleeping on the floor. Not very comfortable, but we made do.
I should have been more clear on how many exactly were staying, but it gets so difficult with such a large family. Annie pro-rated our stay to account for the extra people-- an additional $200 or so. Very understandable.
We were careful to conserve water, constantly maintain cleanliness throughout the house, and minimized noise.
Now on to some issues:
1. I wish it would have been stated somewhere in the description that the owner lives downstairs in the same house (albeit separate quarters). If we had known this, honestly, we would have booked elsewhere.
2. Perhaps I didn't quite understand where the house was situated, but the pictures gave us the expectation that the house was secluded and tucked away from traffic and noise. But the truth was that the house was right on a busy road where Jeepneys and other loud vehicles (motorcycles, etc.) would constantly pass.
These two aforementioned points should be clearly and explicitly stated on the description.
John's review, for which I am grateful, led me to examining the details in my listing. First off, I see no reason why my own living arrangements should be disclosed, precisely since our quarters are separate from my rental properties. Secondly, my listing never hints at seclusion. This is what it says: "We are along the main road. Taxis abound - it costs roughly 90 pesos to get to Baguio's famed Session Road. We are along jeepney routes and it takes one ride to get to the city center." That seems clear and explicit enough.
I ask all guests to go over all the details in my listing before I confirm any booking request. It's expected that they do.
It would seem to me that as much as hosts had best describe their listings as accurately and thoroughly as possible to inform their guests' expectations, guests could be equally forthright in communicating their plans. Proper disclosure of material facts prior to confirmation is essential. If I know beforehand that a party is larger than what's allowed, for instance, I would not accept a booking. I'm not even going to elaborate on matters like bring pets in or blankets out anymore.
Annie did an excellent job of making us feel comfortable. I highly recommend her charming house to anyone who needs a second home in Baguio..
Had an opportunity to visit Baguio with our big family. I booked Annie's place through Airbnb and was so impressed of Annie's prompt and welcoming response. She's easy to deal with and very considerate. She did not mind us having 1 person in excess of the maximum headcount allowed :)
The house is a bit old but clean and neat. We were extra thankful for the blankets and towels provided, which were sufficient for all of us. Though the water supply (both drinking and faucet water) got exhausted at the middle of our stay, they were quickly replenished. The thing I like most about the house is the huge dining table where we can all gather, not just for dining but for chatting and for our elaborate meal preparations.
Also to mention....we were also fortunate to taste their very own coffee blend, which was really good!
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