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Off Grid Solar Cottage with Natural Pool & Sauna

SuperhostMindo, Pichincha, Ecuador
Entire cottage hosted by Fernando
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
Entire home
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11 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
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Off grid, 2 bed, 1 bath solar powered cottage in Mindo countryside, close to all tourist activities, yet secluded enough for privacy, relaxation & an uninterrupted, cloud forest experience. The cottage is rented in its entirety & not in a per bedroom basis. A larger vacation country house & owners are located on the property as well. Shoes are not permitted inside the cottage.

The space
We are nestled in the mountainous countryside of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest, at a 30 minute walk past the town of Mindo (1.5 miles or 2.4 km), and just a 10 minute walk to the Butterfly Farm.

Our house is eco-friendly and functions off the electrical grid, using solar panels for energy. It consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 full bath, and sleeps up to 4. We are completely secluded and offer privacy from the bustle and noise in the town of Mindo. A larger house and other small cabins are located on the property as well (one of which we, the owners, live in), making La Lomita an excellent location for larger group gatherings in your own private hacienda. These other cabañas might also possibly be housing other tourists, yet due to the expansiveness of our property, privacy is not an issue, as space is abundant.

In addition to the solar panels for electricity, we also rely on a local waterfall/mountain spring for water. We practice energy conservation, and are conscientious of not utilizing high voltage consuming products, as well as turning off the lights and electrical appliances when not in use. This habit not only emphasizes the importance of energy conservation within all of our cultural visits, it also allows us the opportunity to remind and reinforce resource conservation to our children, fellow guests and future generations.

Our cottage at La Lomita is custom built and constructed entirely of wood. Views are possible in every location throughout, offering a scenery and nature of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest that is breathtaking and awe inspiring.

For the family or couple who enjoys nature, and the uncontaminated, pure environment that the Mindo countryside has to offer--and for those who are still looking for the luxury comforts of a home--this is the perfect getaway for some peace and quiet, filled only with the sounds of birds, insects and running water.

Here at La Lomita, we sit on 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of nature filled land, with trees, fields, creeks, birds, armadillos, guatusas, and other abundant wildlife all around us. Outdoor, on-site athletic activities nature walks, playing/wading in the creek or swimming in our outdoor, natural, chemical free pool!

There is nothing more relaxing, gratifying, and peaceful, then to have your own private haven amidst the birds and animals chirping and moseying outside. You can discreetly watch them through the limitless windows, or from the hammocks of our outdoor lookout! Come enjoy your family meals, relaxing reads, and gatherings with your loved ones in your own private paradise!

We owners are bilingual in English and Spanish and we raise our two children bilingually as well. The house and property are child and eco-friendly, using only non-toxic products, and offering entertainment for children such as movies (in English and Spanish), plus croquet, and free range chickens to feed and collect eggs from.

The light colored wood construction blends in naturally with the forested mountainous environment, emphasizing the oneness with your surroundings. Our water source comes from natural water spring & waterfall in the mountains above, thus supplying filtered (yet untreated) chemical and pollutant free water for the house.

Though daytime can reach the 80's F, nighttime tends to be cool (down to the 50s or 60's), for which one controls the temperature by simply closing the windows and using extra, supplied blankets if needed.

The kitchen is built with socialization in mind, fostering openness to the dining and living area, thus making mealtime sociable and family friendly events.

The living area is surrounded on 3 sides with floor to ceiling windows and screens, permitting a 270 degree view of the wildlife and forest scenery below. You can enjoy these views in the comfort of your own hammock or super cozy bean bag!

Nighttime at La Lomita resembles a starry sky, except instead of stars, you will notice that they are lightning bugs, illuminating the darkness! Sometimes it's as if you were in your own private galaxy, surrounded by twinkling stars (flashing fireflies) as you walk the property in the dark. Paths are also automatically illuminated with solar lamps that turn on at dusk.

Apart from the basic package, extra available services include a private chef, maid (basic housekeeping is already provided), chauffeur, guide, and babysitter. Please inquire if any of these interest you, as only a basic daily cleaning service is already included (changing the trash).

The owners live on the property as well, yet we are at a comfortable, private distance from the house, and are available to assist with any of your needs or arrange them entirely for you. Advance notice is kindly appreciated, however.

As experienced travelers ourselves--and having our own small children--we realize that one's own accommodations and necessities might be unique from the next. We are more than flexible and happy to fulfill your desires; just tell us what it is you require, and we will present you with the best package and offer to ensure you have the most wonderful, at ease, and memorable vacation while here in Mindo and Ecuador!

Guest access
Within the country cottage and grounds of La Lomita, guests have access to hot water at all times, a refrigerator, stove, basic pantry items such as tea, salt, sugar, cooking oil, etc., kitchenware, a TV for movie viewing purposes (a large movie collection is provided), regional books, daily breakfast (at an additional price), basic housekeeping, linens and towels, plenty of indoor & outdoor hammocks, trails, croquet, an outdoor, natural, chemical free pool, a Finnish sauna, a bonfire pit, and lastly, seclusion, peace of mind, and breathtaking views throughout!

Other things to note
It is important to note that we are completely off the grid and rely on solar panels for electricity. As such, high watt electronics such as hair dryers, clothes irons, curling irons, blenders, electric coffee makers, etc., are strictly prohibited because of their potential to fry our battery supply. The guest is able to charge low watt items such as cell phones, computers, and other small, electronic gadgets without issue. To compensate, a hand-cranked blender, and a french press are provided as off-grid replacements. By accepting these terms and conditions, the guest agrees to not use such high watt items (no greater than 60-80 watts/hour, maximum), and if in doubt, will ask the owner before their use. Upon reservation, the guest accepts full responsibility for any battery damage that might result from the use of high watt items that have not been previously approved by the owner. We thank you sincerely for understanding!
Off grid, 2 bed, 1 bath solar powered cottage in Mindo countryside, close to all tourist activities, yet secluded enough for privacy, relaxation & an uninterrupted, cloud forest experience. The cottage is rented in its entirety & not in a per bedroom basis. A larger vacation country house & owners are located on the property as well. Shoes are not permitted inside the cottage.

The space
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

Amenities

Laptop-friendly workspace
Washer
Essentials
First aid kit
Bathtub
Wifi
Pool
Kitchen
Dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador

Because La Lomita is located in the countryside, up a mountain slope, it's not a typical neighborhood, per se. We are surrounded by forest on all 4 sides, with no visible dwellings around us. The closest house (which also functions off of solar panels) is located at a 2-3 minute walk down the dirt road and across the stream, and is passed by before arriving to our property. Farther down the hill, at about a 3-4 minute walk are other haciendas, with the main dirt road that follows the Mindo River at a 5 minute walk down the hill. We are just 10 minutes walking distance from the Butterfly Farm and the starting place for Tubing in the Mindo River.
Because La Lomita is located in the countryside, up a mountain slope, it's not a typical neighborhood, per se. We are surrounded by forest on all 4 sides, with no visible dwellings around us. The closest hous…

Hosted by Fernando

Joined in July 2014
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I am an Ecuadorian/Chilean national bilingual in Spanish and English, and I live here on the property in Mindo with my wife and two children. We are available to assist in anything that you might need, and are as present or absent as you desire. Feel free to send us an email or shoot us a call with any questions or concerns!
I am an Ecuadorian/Chilean national bilingual in Spanish and English, and I live here on the property in Mindo with my wife and two children. We are available to assist in anything…
During your stay
As experienced travelers ourselves--and having our own small children--we realize that one's own accommodations and necessities might be unique from the next. We are more than flexible and happy to fulfill your needs; just tell us what it is you require, and we will present you with the best package and offer to ensure you have the most wonderful, at ease, and memorable vacation while here in Mindo and Ecuador!

Likewise, we are as present or invisible as you wish. We live on the property ourselves, in a smaller house over the hill from the country cottage offered here. Rest assured that you're not alone on the property and that we are there to assist you in anything you might need during your stay ;-)
As experienced travelers ourselves--and having our own small children--we realize that one's own accommodations and necessities might be unique from the next. We are more than fle…
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House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
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