About this listing
Here is your home away from home: four roomy and comfortable bedrooms, three bathrooms, generous living areas and an equipped kitchen. Plus, two terraces where guests can enjoy the beautiful Baguio weather day and night.
This sizable 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 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 ample 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!
Guests are reminded that Baguio City employs a color-coding traffic scheme around Downtown, similar to Metro Manila's, from 7am to 7pm on weekdays. An exemption pass may be purchased at any Police Station around the city, for about P300.00.
Our property is right along the jeepney routes to and from Downtown Baguio. Taxis are also plentiful, except very late at night. A taxi ride to the Session Road area costs about 90 pesos.
Other Things to Note
We have cable and internet, but service in our area is not always strong nor reliable. Sometimes, we lose the service.
We have dogs in the property, although they are in the garden area and mostly caged. They can bark and make noise at night, like when they hear noises or when neighboring dogs start barking. Sometimes the barking is audible from the house.
There is a gated garage for one vehicle right outside the front door. Additional vehicles may be safely parked outside the gate. Alternatively, guests may opt to park in our garden area, which is accessed by driving down an inclined driveway.
For your most pleasant stay, kindly be mindful of the following:
1. We follow a 2pm check-in and 10am check-out schedule. Guests are strongly discouraged from asking to check in very late at night or very early in the morning. If considered, such requests may incur extra charges.
2. The number of persons advised by guests is fixed. Additional guests must be advised prior to checking in and acceptance is not guaranteed. Guests in excess of 20 persons, children included, (we can accept up to 2 more) will be provided with futon, beddings and towels, and will 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 responsibly. We especially request you not to throw cigarette butts just anywhere in the grounds or in our planters.
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.
Annie, from the time I inquired about her place was very accommodating. She replied fast and made sure I read through all the details of her home before I book. Of all the listings in Baguio, Annie had the most number of positive reviews so that actually made me decide to choose her place, and we weren't disappointed. You can add this review from a very satisfied and happy customer. After booking, she made sure we were ready with everything. She emailed me a map to get to the house and gave her mobile number just in case we needed it. When we were on our way to Baguio, she even texted her husband's number to me since she has a class until 6pm on the day we went (she teaches in UP Baguio).
We were 10 in all but we fit in very well and comfortably. The house had all the amenities we needed... clean linen, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, stove, ref, TV and more. It really felt like home away from home.... only a lot cooler.
We also love Annie's Guidebook. Everything she wrote there we tried and they were spot on!!! We've been going to Baguio before but this is the first time we really enjoyed thanks to Annie's recommendations.
Before we left, Annie told us she might turn her place into a real BnB and we're excited about that. We will definitely come back to Annie's place when we're in Baguio.
So happy you were happy, Jojo, thanks for your kind words! Rest assured we are working on more amenities for our guests, including our dreamed-of B&B upgrade! We hope you will be our guests again in the near future, and who knows, maybe then you can try my breakfasts already!
Miss annie and her husband were very kind and accomodating.. House was good enough for my family, we enjoyed our stay in their house, safe too and u cand find easily the sari sari stores very convenient, near to Mansion House,Wright park and Mines View, ill definitely recommend her house to my friends with big family!
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.
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