About This Listing
If you are looking for an affordable yet comfortable stay while experiencing the Virgin Rainforest & natural beauty of Belize this is the place! A Full Kitchen, Solar Electricity & Flushing Toilet ensure comfort while stepping off the beaten track!
This is a home with a full kitchen and a spring fed shower house downstairs. Upstairs is a studio style sleeping accommodation with a Queen size bed and four twin beds. There is also a flushing toilet and spacious verandah upstairs. At the STAND Center everything is off grid and sustainable! Renewable solar and hydro electricity serves this permaculture farm and research Center. We can teach you all you need to know about native flora & fauna, organic permaculture, primitive skills and natural living! This is definately a one of a kind experience, not available anywhere else in Belize! We can set you up with local affordable tour guides and companies to visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, waterfalls, rivers for tubing or kayaking and more, all within a few miles of our location! If stunning views of pristine Rainforest, natural sights like sinkholes, caves, and waterfalls, and waking up to the sound of parrots, toucans and howler monkeys sounds like your cup of tea, we've got what you are looking for!
Full Kitchen, Flushing Toilet, Showers, Full Linen Service, Lockers, Safety Deposit Box, Wifi access available in separate building, Nature Trails, Natural Swimming Pool, Seasonal Waterfall, and more await!
Interaction with Guests
We have our own private home on the same property, about 1000 yards away ensuring privacy yet the security of knowing we are close-by to help you! We have 5 beautiful children and would be delighted to invite you for a dinner in our home if you like kids and family settings!
We must emphasize this is in a pristine remote location! It is not the place to go if you like hustle and bustle and a lot of night life. However, if a quiet place to retire to after a day of touring and an authentic glimpse at wildlife and the natural beauty of the Rainforest excite you it is the perfect place to get that without sacrificing your entire travel budget!!!!
We are happy to provide shuttle service for guests for $40 USD from the Belmopan Bus terminal. We provide free shuttle service both in and out for all reservations 1 week or longer. Alternatively, rent a vehicle or even a dirt bike (through Sidewalk Sage in San Ignacio) and drive yourself in if you plan to sightsee quite a bit while here. The bus system is fairly reliable in Belize, but it only travels the main highways, all the good stuff (ruins, caves, waterfalls, etc) takes getting off onto those back roads! We offer airport pickup for $100 USD which can be paid in advance via paypal.
Other Things to Note
We offer a wide range of workshops to teach you all you would like to know about the natural flora & fauna, organic permaculture, and sustainable living!
Just be respectful, what you do in your space is your business!
The Kitchen has a gorgeous tropical hardwood slab counter and a cooking island with 6 burners for all your food preparation needs!
Guests should take caution before signing up to stay here.
We were a group of 5 adults with our own car. The host provided us with very dubious instructions to get to her home, including landmarks such as a "pile of rocks" to mark turns. It took us several hours to find the house, and when we finally did, it was as if they were not expecting any guests at all. All of the lights were turned off and there was nobody to great us (despite the instructions of "Just honk! We will hear you no matter what!") We honked and searched the area for half an hour until we were forced to turn around and find new accommodations. I called the host several times with no answer. Furthermore, upon requesting a refund, we were denied because the host assumed that we left because we did not like the rough, off-beaten-path look of the home. I have traveled around the world, slept in jungles on dirt floors and bamboo huts. I am also an airbnb host, and have never considered giving impossible directions or not be there to greet a guest, or atleast leave a note on instructions to enter the house. This, in my opinion, is not fulfilling host obligations.
We were told by a local hotel owner that many guests end up turning around and leaving this place. Had I felt better informed about the house before pressing the "PAY IMMEDIATELY" button, I would have chosen something less isolated with options to be nearer to the many things to do in Cayo.
If you plan to bring your own car, don't. If you plan to not have a car, expect to be VERY isolated and not actually near any of the advertised places, and therefore expect your only experience in Cayo to be the STAND Center.
I am proud to say my only poor review as a host comes from guests who never met me!!!! Unfortunately I never got the chance to meet Alex and Jeff! As they showed up about 9 pm and left before I was able to meet them (our house is a 2 minute walk from the ETHO-House and I heard them honk upon arrival as I was outside in the pasture feeding a bottle lamb and walked down immediately after this.) They did honk but it must have been moments before they left as they were gone in the 5 minutes it took me to go inside and put away the lambs bottle and walk down the hill. Then wrote a very rude email explaining that they had a hard time finding the house and got some flat tires on the road and chose to leave after finding the accommodation because no one was there immediately to greet them at 9 pm, and the lights of the house were off (we have renewable energy systems and thus I turned the lights on at dark and off again at 8:00 when I was sure they must have had a cancelled flight and would surely arrive the next evening!) Alex felt this was all my fault and they deserved full refund. I replied very politely explaining that while I was very sorry they had a frustrating journey to find us neither the flat tires of their failure to show up at any normal hour (who checks in at 9pm!!!!) were my fault and that I had the accommodation ready and waiting for them, it was unlocked, all they needed to do was to go inside, and that further more I had two separate inquires for that same time slot they paid for and reserved and had to turn them down and one of them was for an entire week so I would have turned over almost twice the profit. I hoped they might understand this but instead they wrote this nasty review. I believe they made the irresponsible decision to try to find their accommodations after dark, since there are no road signs of street lights this was poor planning. It gets dark about 6 pm here and our home is about a 45 minute drive form the main highway. THere are only two turns, two turns ONLY so even if they had missed the first turn (over the bridge) there is only about 2 minutes more of road to go on before it end abruptly at a neighboring farm, and again, if they had missed the second turn, the parking lot for the ATM cave is only a bout 5 minutes past that, where the road also ends, so how on earth it could have taken them several hours to find us in beyond me, but even if it did take them 2 hours... that STILL means they left after dark to find us... poor choice. I believe they actually decided they did not want to stay in a remote ''isolated' location as they mentioned in the review and that they would have been better off in town not in a PRISTINE REMOTE LOCATION, OFF THE BEATEN PATH which is exactly what this listing describes!) Other accommodations in locations like ours cost hundreds of dollars a night, we are offerring a very affodable stay in a pristine Rainforest location!
Andrea was great--she was very responsive and picked us up from the airport, which was convenient and easy. She even had cold beers waiting for us!
The house was as described, off the grid and in a beautiful natural setting. Her family was wonderful, helping to prepare meals and delighting us with their precocious personalities and tree-climbing abilities.
The place was a 10 minute drive from the ATM cave, which was the reason we were staying in Teakettle. Andrea organized a guide for us for the cave, and we had a great time.
My stay with Andrea was outstanding. The hostel was clean and prepared for me when I arrived as well as the kitchen. I decided to go for the food plan which I highly recommend as it included mostly fresh veggies from their garden and plenty of eggs and other sustenance with protein. The cabin is exactly what it says "off the grid" and offered great seclusion.
One of the greatest parts about my stay though truly was the host. She shared plenty of great stories and her husband was also a standup gentleman. She went above and beyond to track down my vehicle renter to make sure I arrived safely as I had to leave early due to travel complications and the bridge connecting her property had caught fire that day. Truly a phenomenal experience.
I really can't say enough about Andrea and her family. They were warm, welcoming, and went so far out of their way to help us out and make our stay on their property the highlight of the trip to Belize so far.
The place was perfect, and yes, you definitely need a solid 4x4 to get around (water crossing to the ATM caves, mud, deeply rutted roads, etc.).
We had a great guide through the caves named Bainard who also set a up with a canoe tour of the rivers around San Ignacio.
Had we stayed longer a full tour of the lands the house is on was up next. I'll be back again and plan to stay longer on the property itself.
Thanks again Andrea!
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About the Host, Andrea Joy
We have lived in Belize for aver ten years now and have raised our five children here in the Rainforest on our Permaculture Farm @ THe STAND Center. We are committed to growign of own foods and over 90% of our diet is grown processed and prepared directly from our gardens! We also eat primarily wild caught fish or other meats as we believe in each being's right to a natural life and death. We do occasionally butcher problem roosters from our free range chicken flock as well. We offer guests the chance to participate in a variety of exciting workshops in the field of natural living, and run a volunteer program as well.
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