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GRACIAS A LA VIDA is a charming, one-of-a-kind, spectacular, custom-built home that dances with color and light. Our home is named after the famous song, 'Thanks to Life' written by the popular Chilean folksinger, Violeta Parra. 'Ayun Mapu' is the Mapuche name of our 9-acre property. It means 'Land of Love.' Watch our YouTube video and click further down the listing on: 'LOTS MORE PHOTOS OF GRACIAS A LA VIDA.'
SEE ALSO vrbo 440129, AMOR DEL LAGO, on our same property.
The setting and scenery are spectacular. Relax on our 360-degree, panoramic rooftop terrace, either soaking in our jacuzzi, immersed in a great book, sipping a pisco sour or a wonderful, Chilean vino, or enjoying a delicious meal. Savor Patagonian lamb, freshly-caught seafood seasoned with freshly-picked rosemary, thyme, and sage from just outside the front door. Splurge on homemade, delicious ice cream to suit your fancy! Sink into our comfy couches, cuddle up on great mattresses with comfy pillows, and soft sheets. You will enjoy an unforgettable stay.
Ideal getaway for families with children, couples, multi-generational family gatherings, year-round outdoors enthusiasts, those who want to study Spanish, or nature lovers of all ages. Whether you are looking for adventure, romance, the comforts of a home way from home, a retreat and well-deserved rest, a cross-cultural experience, culinary enjoyment, or just a delight to your senses, you will find it here.
Our exceptional home is perched dramatically atop nine acres of verdant pasture land and oak forest just three miles outside of Pucon, in the foothills of the majestic Villarrica Volcano. Gaze to the north at sparkling 16-mile-long Lake Villarrica, end to end. Look south toward an immediate, unobstructed view of the volcano. Astounding views from every room. The grounds are professionally landscaped and the house architecturally-designed and energetically balanced with Feng Shui. High ceilings; faux-painted walls in bright, elemental colors; curved, sweeping ceilings; gleaming copper sinks; colorful indigenous art; comfortable and artistic furniture; and all of the modern conveniences of home. The furnishings and art are indigenously-inspired. The fully-equipped kitchen is sunny, cheerful, has a peninsula for three, and there is a dining table for eight in the spacious dining area.
The sunlit, pumpkin-colored, Mapuche Master Bedroom suite, with a queen-size bed, offers a dramatic lake view, sliding doors to a circular brick terrace, walk-in closet, stone double shower facing the volcano, with massage and rain-shower heads. The Sunflower Room, in a restful blue, has a queen-sized bed, an equally dramatic vista of the Lake and Mountain backdrop as well a desk and a sliding door to the terrace. The Poppy Room, with both lake and volcano views, is furnished with a twin bed and a desk. Soak in the indoor tub/shower of the guest bathroom (shared by the Sunflower and Poppy rooms), and enjoy a marvelous volcano view as you bathe. The mattresses in all three rooms are super-comfortable, with high-thread-count bedding. An optional, queen-sized, inflatable bed with a memory-foam mattress topper can also be set up in the living room for two additional guests. We have ceiling fans in every room.
Our friendly caretaker family lives in their own house across the road. They are available to help you with whatever you need, but will allow you as much privacy as you wish.
The perfect year-round getaway to enjoy the wide array of activities in the scenic Chilean Lake District. Enjoy hiking in the beautiful nearby national parks, rafting the Trancura River, climbing or skiing the volcano, and soaking in a local hot spring. Visit one of the fifty-plus of restaurants in Pucon or dine indoors or out while taking in the most panoramic view Pucon has to offer, right from our rooftop terrace. After a magical sunset, view the entire Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and other constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Listen to the sounds of the native bandurrias (geese). In the winter, get a massage, relax by the fire with your favorite book, take a yoga class ten minutes away, marvel at the snow-capped volcano just out the kitchen window, snowboard, snow ski, and enjoy the tranquility and exquisite beauty of off-season Pucon. Make Pucon the beginning or perfect ending of your Patagonian adventure.
Keywords: Pucon vacation rental, lake view, volcano view, Villarrica volcano, Villarrica lake, luxury villa
Our caretaker family can prepare for you traditional Chilean dishes such as 'porotos granados,' 'pebre,' 'pastel de choclo,' and other 'comida del campo.' Or we can recommend carry-out options from ma...moreless
Our kitchen is stocked with all of the utensils that you have at home, brought down from the U.S. Vibrantly colored table linens, place mats, glasses and dishes, silverware. A feast to behold!...moreless
All the comforts of your fully-equipped kitchen at home for your cooking, baking, grilling needs. Four beautiful dining areas, inside and out, depending on your pleasure. Wood-fired, outdoor pizza oven, traditional Chilean 'pancho' charcoal grill. Enjoy fresh, organic greens from our huge organic garden and greenhouses and, yummy raspberries and blueberries from our garden, and, soon, fresh fruit from our orchard. (Drool over the photo of the salad fresh from our garden!)....moreless
You will marvel at the breathtaking view from our semi-circular brick terrace in front of the house, the 360° rooftop terrace with the best view in Pucon (so we have been told by many visitors who know the area). Don't miss the professionally-designed planters on the roof!...moreless
Our covered, brick gazebo with the most riotous flowers to tickle your fancy, picnic table, Adirondack chairs. You will not believe that the mature succulent garden just in front was planted only a ye...moreless
The spa is incredible. Great jets including the Symphonic Wave seat. Luxuriate atop the roof terrace with the most amazing 360° view of Volcan Villarrica up close and personal, Lake Villarrica end to end, picturesque mountains and forest all around, pasture land with horses, cows, sheep below...moreless
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May 5 - Oct 31, 2015
4 night min stay
Nov 15 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay
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Pucon is the considered the adventure capital of Chile. Visitors come from around the world to climb the Villarrica Volcano, river raft the Upper or Lower Trancura River, sea kayak, enjoy the 2.5-mile-long sandy beach, dine at over 30 Pucon restaurants, shop at the craft markets and boutique shops, enjoy the local casino, and visit Volcanic Caves. Day trips include several beautiful, forested National Parks, ten natural hot springs and spas, and vistas of other volcanos and glaciers. Pucon is two and a half hours from the Argentine border, two hours from the Pacific Ocean beaches, and a five-hour drive from Puerto Montt. Whether your passion is the wind in your face as you ski down a volcano, savoring Chilean delicacies or handmade chocolates, soaking in a hot spring, or stargazing at the expansive Southern Hemisphere sky, you will find Pucon and Gracias a La Vida enchanting and welcoming. You can even study Spanish in an adventure-filled, world-class setting!
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We are naturopathic/homeopathic doctors and authors, married for 28 years. In 2005 we embarked on a kayaking trip to Pumalin Park in the South of Chile, and fell in love with this part of the world. After our paddling adventure, we visited the lakes in Argentina, and ended our trip in Pucon. We had absolutely no intention of buying land in Chile, but we met friends at an eco-hostel who lived half the year in the Pacific Northwest and half in Chile...not a bad idea to enjoy two springs and two summers a year in gorgeous places! We ventured out with a realtor 'just out of curiosity' and found what we thought was our dream house. We returned to Whidbey Island, WA, where we live, and, try as we might, we just couldn't get that property out of our minds. We returned two months later, to either make an offer or chalk it up to a whim. We found a property next door, with an even more spectacular view of Villarrica Lake and the volcano. We purchased seven acres and built what really did turn out to be our dream house, in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots on earth. The owner of the house we so admired is now our best friend in Chile, as well as our neighbor. We built a lovely caretaker's home, continue to plant gorgeous flowers, native trees and bushes, fruit trees, and a steward a large organic garden.We have recently expanded our land, and added a small flock of sheep. It helps that Judyth got a degree in Spanish literature and Bob is avidly improving his Spanish. Everyone who has stayed in our home has fallen in love with it, and it has been a joy to share our dream. When we are away from Gracias a La Vida, we miss it, as one misses a lover. Once you are there, you will understand what we mean.
Why the Owner Chose Pucon:
We read in a sea kayaking magazine about a fabulous trip to the Chilean fiords. It was even more beautiful than we had imagined. We toured Chile a bit (Judyth was there in 1970, but it was Bob's first trip), traveled around the Argentine Lake District as well, then ended the southern portion of the trip in Pucon. Despite only being there for four days, everything happened so quickly that we couldn't even keep up with it. We found a sublime home with a dynamite view, then had to leave a day later. We halfway hoped the idea would fly out of our minds, but it didn't. So, we returned a couple of months later and, after searching from dawn to dusk for two weeks, were shown the property next door to the home we had considered. The moment was stepped on the land, we just knew! It took us another couple of years to build the road, dig the well, and complete our house and our caretakers' home. All of this from 7000 miles away! There is so much to tell. We do plan to write a book about it one of these days.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The view, the view, the view!! The shimmering water of the huge lake, the smoldering, snow-capped volcano; the countless stars of the Milky Way from our rooftop deck and hot tub; the delicious grilled chicken, lamb, and veggies grilled in our 'pancho'; the riotous cosmos, dahlias, lilies, lavender; the dream kitchen alive with color; the great mattresses and soft sheets ; more hikes and hot springs and restaurants than we could name; the honking Chilean geese; the elusive, green lorakeets, who show up now and then. Inviting good friends over for delicious, home-cooked meals from the garden and wonderful Chilean wine; our golden retrievers romping around the property; the calves frolicking in the pasture next door. Showering with the most awesome view of a smoldering volcano. Buying delicious fresh or smoked salmon from the local fishmongers.Trying out new, gourmet pizza recipes in our brick, outdoor pizza oven. Attending top-notch yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes just ten minutes away. Strolling on the beach all by ourselves. Kayaking on Lake Villarrica with outrageous views everywhere, and no other paddlers in sight. Staying toasty with the Bosca woodstove or visiting one of the numerous local hot springs on a rainy day. Picking delicious, healthy, organic salads and fresh herbs right from our own garden and greenhouses. Eating the wonderful, fresh cheese that you can buy on practically every corner in Pucon. Greeting our cheerful cuidador (caretaker) each morning as he asks each of us, unfailingly, 'Como amanecio?'meaning 'How did you wake up?'
Luxury Home with Panoramic 360 View of Lake and Volcano in Park-Like Setting
Welcome to Your Luxurious Chilean View Home Away From Home !
Dramatic Alpenglow On Volcan Villarrica- View from Our Front Door
Luxurious Lounging, Amazing Art, Cornucopia of Colors in the Living/Dining Room.
Locally Handicrafted Araucaria Tree Table With Volcanic Roots & Lake View Behind
Fabulous, Fully-Equipped Kitchen Overlooking the Volcano
Master Bathroom: Shiny Mexican Copper Sinks, Custom Mirrors, Ecuadorian Folk Art
Sunflower Bedroom with Fabulous Lake View, Queen Bed, Shared Bath
Glorious, Verdant Wisteria Arbor Overlooking Lake Villarrica
If We Made It to the Top of Volcan Villarrica in 2014, So Can You!
Our Friendly Caretakers, Nelson & Ana Maria Will Take Care of You
Create Your Own Favorite Pizza and Bake in Our Wood-Fired, Brick Pizza Oven!
Ethereal Clouds Late Spring From Our Terrace
Panoramic Lake and Mountain View from Our Brick Terrace
Unobstructed Up-Close and Personal View of Villarrica Volcano
Custom Volcano Entertainment Center, Toasty Wood Stove
Elegant View Dining Room for Eight with Indigenous Art
Mapuche Master Bedroom Suite with Sweeping Lake & Mountain View, Great Bedding!
Luxurious & Spacious Double Master Slate Shower with Massage and Rain Heads
Sunny Poppy Bedroom: Stunning Lake, Volcano & Sunset Views
This Could Be You In Our Amazing 360-Degree View Rooftop Spa!
Breathtaking Snowy, Winter Wonderland! Ski, snowboard, cuddle, soak in our spa.
Scrumptious Salad from Our Organic Garden
Enjoy A Spectacular Sunset Over Lake Villarrica from Our Rooftop Terrace!
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