5-bedroom home near city center with 4 Toilets and Baths, 2 kitchens, 2 terraces, 2-car garage, airconditioned bedrooms and living areas. Fully furnished. Accommodates 8 to 10 persons. Flood-free and typhoon-free area.
The house is situated on a 450 square-meter lot. It has a large garden area where guests can set up barbecues or just lounge about under the sun. The lawn and the house are also great for parties. Guests can cook in the house's two fully equipped kitchens.
Guests will have access to the following:
1 Personal Computer with internet access
Airconditioning in all bedrooms, living and dining areas.
All bathrooms/toilets are equipped with lavatories and shower heaters.
Dining and Kitchen amenities include complete dining sets (plates, spoons, forks, knives, drinking glasses, cups and saucers, mugs), a refrigerator, hot and cold water dispenser, gas stove, and cooking utensils.
Interaction with Guests
The owner and caretaker will be available on your call. Fresh linens are provided weekly.
Located in one of the most well known Residential Subdivisions in the City, the house is only minutes away from the nearest Mall--SM City Davao. It is also a walking distance away from the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal, which connects the city with the entire archipelago via a bus transport network. Notable landmarks which are also just a walking distance away are the Regional Trial Court of Davao (Davao City Hall of Justice) and the Traffic Management Group, an arm of the Davao City Police Office.
Nearby is a market where guests can purchase fresh meats and produce.
Not far away are the campuses of three of Davao's most prestigious educational institutions: Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, and the Philippine Women's College. Another nearby school is the John Paul II College of Davao.
To say the location is strategic is an understatement. It is only 10 minutes away from the city center. The place also abounds with public transport; but the house is far enough away from the busiest areas that residents and guests at the house are spared from the noise produced by vehicles and people.
The neighborhood is also secure because of a nearby police station just beside the Regional Trial Court.
The house is accessible to public transit. Going out of the gate of the house, one can easily hail "trisikads" or "tricycles" (the Filipino version of the Thai "tuk-tuk") to take you to the bus terminal or the jeepney and taxi stops. The nearby Davao City Overland Transport Terminal provides access to buses that take you anywhere in Mindanao and beyond. Taxis and jeepneys take you to various points in the City.
Other Things to Note
We can provide you with a personal cook for an additional daily fee. She can also do your grocery shopping, just provide for transportation or fare.
Housekeeping/Maid service is also available for a daily fee.
During your stay, be sure not to miss the many treasures that abound in Davao's highlands and islands. You may rent a 10-seater van for your tours.
Please book these additional services in advance.
There are no stringent house rules. Just don't mess up the place or destroy any furniture, appliances or decors. It would be also nice to keep noise levels down so as not to inconvenience the neighbors.
Please keep the house in pristine condition during your stay. And please conserve electricity and water.
A couple of days before arrival, Brian sent me an email to let me know that AJ was to welcome us at the house. He also indicated that he was going to see us the day after we checked in. He didn't make it then and we didn't get to meet him at all. We pointed out to AJ that the upstairs shower door was not in good repair (stuck in an open position). Instead of repairing the door, he hung a shower curtain (which served the purpose at the time). The day before we left, the shower door was fixed. We didn't really benefit much from it since we were on our way out and they were getting ready for the next guests, who are checking in the next day. A portable wifi was provided but didn't really work for us ~ it was so slow it took half a night to open a page. We called about it but nothing was done to improve it. The upstairs shower had a working water heater but one of the downstairs shower did not have a working water heater. We were provided a flat sheet on our beds, no blankets. The first night was not restful at all. AJ stated that the last renters took their blankets/comforters and they don't have anything to give us but flat sheets. My sister who lives in Davao City ended up providing us with blankets/comforters. We utilized their cook. She was wonderful!
Thanks for your review, Ofelia! I would like to point out, however, that there are inaccuracies in your review. I was extremely busy during your stay and since the last part of 2014 owing to my Photography business, for which reason I have assigned AJ to manage the property in my behalf and to atttend to your needs and concerns. We hope that you were able to appreciate the fact that we did our best to meet your demands, including buying you a brand new shower heater for the downstairs bathroom which was done ASAP, and also making repairs on the shower doors in the upstairs bathroom. Regarding the blankets, we always provide blankets to all our guests, but they are not the comforter type, because these are costly and unnecessary, especially in the tropics. Were the airconditioning units too cold? They were refurbished and maintained a few days before you arrived. As for the internet, the device description said that it can accommodate up to 10 devices within range (unfortunately, the signal will be slow in the bedrooms which have concrete walls, which may explain the slow internet). There may also have been problems with the network during your stay, which was beyond our control (but we have already signed up with another network, hoping the next guests won't suffer slow speeds). I agree with the cook, Neneng, she has been with my family since I was young, and I can vouch that she is amazing. I hope you enjoyed your stay, and hope that your missionary work in the remote areas of Davao was a success. I wish you well on all your future travels and missions.
When we saw the pictures of the house on Airbnb and read that it is located in a "village," we thought we found a gem. Unfortunately, while the house in the pictures looked bright and luxurious, we found a house that felt old and gloomy. I'm guessing the pictures were either photoshopped or were taken when the house was brand new. The yard is definitely not as large as it looks in the picture. The environment is not typical for a village home where the street outside would be relatively quiet. The house looks like it's on the edge of the village, facing a unpaved road with lots of people walking to and fro. The kids, who were on their first visit to the Philippines and were very excited about the house, were very disappointed.
We booked this house almost a year in advance, paid for 9 days and we were glad to check out a few hours after we checked in. I didn't even care about getting a refund. It pains me to write a negative review, but we hope Brian would take these criticisms to improve accommodations for future guests.
1. We were at least an hour late in checking in due to heavy traffic from the airport but the housekeeper (Neneng) was still cleaning and the AC units were still off when we arrived.
2. We waited for almost an hour for the person who was supposed to check us in (Brian's partner Ajing). He was apparently retrieving the wireless router and buying supplies (like toilet paper). These should have been done ahead of time. We had to leave to visit with relatives before he came back and never met him.
3. While waiting for Ajing, my daughter was bitten by mosquitos at least five times while sitting next to the AC unit and the temperature in the living room did not significantly improve during that time.
4. Before we left, Neneng (who was very nice) gave us the key to the backdoor and a key to open the padlock for the side gate. A few hours later, we returned but were unable to open the padlock. My son cut himself climbing over the side gate so he could open the front gate from inside. To his credit, Brian responded to my text about the problem by sending someone (Bangbang) to let us in; we were already in by the time she arrived. At least it gave me the opportunity to check out that night.
I have to admit that, if you're an average Filipino who grew up in the Philippines, you would probably consider this house to be above average. Still, given the price, we expected more; the house needs major upgrades. Considering all of the above and the aggravating traffic in Davao that we would have to go through to meet up with relatives, we deemed it better to just stay with them instead.
Hi Glenn. Thank you for your review and for giving me a heads up on what to improve with the house. And sorry, too, if the house does not meet your standard for value. True, ordinary Filipinos find the house luxurious, but I guess that's not true to more discriminating tastes. We are not a 5-star accommodation, hence the low price we offer to guests. We have done our best to maintain the house--the old house where I grew up--to make it suitable for guest accommodation. I admit there have been delays, worsened by the really bad traffic situation during the holidays. While so far none of the guests in my over 1 year of hosting here have given me negative review, I take your criticisms well and apologize for any inconveniences we have caused you.
I would like to say Thank You Brian and Aj for the
Wonderful accommodations. I appreciate the warmth
The place was perfect for my family reunion event !
Me and my family had a great time and awesome memories...
I'm just glad I brought plenty of bed sheets for extra comfort :)
It has been a long week and it was all good .
I'll recommend to everyone to check out this place .
It's awesome for a family vacation :)
Thank you !
Brian was a great host and a very clear communicator. The provided cook and cleaner were also a great help while we stayed at the home. I would recommend this home to anyone with a large family staying in Davao. Thank you so much Brian!
We were definitely satisfied with our accommodations. The house was big and the rooms had AC units that we were all comfortable (10 adults + 2 infants). We used the outside kitchen to cook so the house would not smell after. Although we rented vans during our stay, public transportation is accessible. You only need to walk a block to get a cab or jeepney or you can wait outside the house to ride the tricycle. There were two ladies that came over once a week to change the sheets. I would recommend this vacation house to anyone.
My family sends their many thanks to you, Brian, for letting us stay at your house.
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