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Luxury Home with Panoramic 360 View of Lake and Volcano in Park-Like Setting

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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

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

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    We have had many families stay in our home, to the delight of all....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking anywhere on the property, please....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, but you can enjoy our dogs, if you wish (otherwise they will not bother you), and admire our sheep and chickens....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 1-7

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (2) Beautiful, high-thread-count sheets, extremely comfortable Rosen mattress, colorful quilts, Twin or Single Beds (1) Beautiful, high-thread-count sheets, extremely comfortable Rosen mattress, colorful quilts, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Optional queen-size, inflatable bed with thick, memory foam topper, high-thread-count linens, comfy wool blanket...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Where to begin? Everything is special at Gracias a la Vida. Our rooftop terrace, with views straight out of a magazine, is complete with a dining table and chairs for six, fabulous VitaSpa big enough for 6-8 spa with incredible jets and symphonic wave seat. Our outdoor, brick pizza oven turns out delicious restaurant-quality pizzas. Savor a gourmet pizza party with fresh pesto from our garden, Chilean & Argentine cheeses, and your favorite toppings. In the summer, there are direct Santiago-Pucon flights. Our decor is artistic and celebratory with Mexican copper sinks, faucets, and farmhouse copper kitchen sink. Indigenous art brought from our international travels. The view is spectacular from every room in the house. Our home is sophisticated and upscale, set on nine acres of prime-view Pucon land. Breathe in the delightful air and views, admire a rainbow of flowers, native and ornamental trees, poppies, wisteria and passion flower vines, fuschias and hummingbirds. Truly a paradise!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    You can read our books. Please leave them when you go....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    We do not have cable TV, but do have an HDMI cable to connect to your computer to watch DVDs or we have a DVD player....moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Privileges Optional
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Room

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    A modem is now available for your computer but broadcasting to other devices is not always possible. If you would like to use this, you can purchase enough minutes in Pucon for $20/week....moreless

  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    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

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    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

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Super-quiet, efficient dishwasher....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave:

    Convection optional....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    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

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gazebo:

    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

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    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

  • Outdoor Hot Tub

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall, Winter
May 5 - Oct 31, 2015
4 night min stay
$350
$2,400
Spring, Summer
Nov 15 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,800

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

A US$125 cleaning fee is paid in Chilean pesos to the caretakers on arrival.

Guests pay for WIFI usage days/GB.

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Location

74 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Pucon
70 Miles
Nearest Train
Temuco
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Pucon Villarrica Road
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
Volcan Villarrica
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Villarrica, Playa Carmelita

Car: Recommended

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!

 

Owner info

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?'


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Photos

  • Luxury Home with Panoramic 360 View of Lake and Volcano in Park-Like Setting

    Luxury Home with Panoramic 360 View of Lake and Volcano in Park-Like Setting

  • Welcome to Your Luxurious Chilean View Home Away From Home !

    Welcome to Your Luxurious Chilean View Home Away From Home !

  • Dramatic Alpenglow On Volcan Villarrica- View from Our Front Door

    Dramatic Alpenglow On Volcan Villarrica- View from Our Front Door

  • Luxurious Lounging, Amazing Art, Cornucopia of Colors in the Living/Dining Room.

    Luxurious Lounging, Amazing Art, Cornucopia of Colors in the Living/Dining Room.

  • Locally Handicrafted Araucaria Tree Table With Volcanic Roots & Lake View Behind

    Locally Handicrafted Araucaria Tree Table With Volcanic Roots & Lake View Behind

  • Fabulous, Fully-Equipped Kitchen Overlooking the Volcano

    Fabulous, Fully-Equipped Kitchen Overlooking the Volcano

  • Master Bathroom: Shiny Mexican Copper Sinks, Custom Mirrors, Ecuadorian Folk Art

    Master Bathroom: Shiny Mexican Copper Sinks, Custom Mirrors, Ecuadorian Folk Art

  • Sunflower Bedroom with Fabulous Lake View, Queen Bed, Shared Bath

    Sunflower Bedroom with Fabulous Lake View, Queen Bed, Shared Bath

  • Glorious, Verdant Wisteria Arbor Overlooking Lake Villarrica

    Glorious, Verdant Wisteria Arbor Overlooking Lake Villarrica

  • If We Made It to the Top of Volcan Villarrica in 2014, So Can You!

    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

    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!

    Create Your Own Favorite Pizza and Bake in Our Wood-Fired, Brick Pizza Oven!

  • Ethereal Clouds Late Spring From Our Terrace

    Ethereal Clouds Late Spring From Our Terrace

  • Panoramic Lake and Mountain View from Our Brick Terrace

    Panoramic Lake and Mountain View from Our Brick Terrace

  • Unobstructed Up-Close and Personal View of Villarrica Volcano

    Unobstructed Up-Close and Personal View of Villarrica Volcano

  • Custom Volcano Entertainment Center, Toasty Wood Stove

    Custom Volcano Entertainment Center, Toasty Wood Stove

  • Elegant View Dining Room for Eight with Indigenous Art

    Elegant View Dining Room for Eight with Indigenous Art

  • Mapuche Master Bedroom Suite with
Sweeping Lake & Mountain View, Great Bedding!

    Mapuche Master Bedroom Suite with Sweeping Lake & Mountain View, Great Bedding!

  • Luxurious & Spacious Double Master Slate Shower with Massage and Rain Heads

    Luxurious & Spacious Double Master Slate Shower with Massage and Rain Heads

  • Sunny Poppy Bedroom: Stunning Lake, Volcano & Sunset Views

    Sunny Poppy Bedroom: Stunning Lake, Volcano & Sunset Views

  • This Could Be You In Our Amazing 360-Degree View Rooftop Spa!

    This Could Be You In Our Amazing 360-Degree View Rooftop Spa!

  • Breathtaking Snowy, Winter Wonderland! Ski, snowboard, cuddle, soak in our spa.

    Breathtaking Snowy, Winter Wonderland! Ski, snowboard, cuddle, soak in our spa.

  • Scrumptious Salad from Our Organic Garden

    Scrumptious Salad from Our Organic Garden

  • Enjoy A Spectacular Sunset Over Lake Villarrica from Our Rooftop Terrace!

    Enjoy A Spectacular Sunset Over Lake Villarrica from Our Rooftop Terrace!

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