Buenavista Family Inn - First in Quality, Comfort, and Affordability
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Luzon cottage description
Offering two (2), separate, stand alone, fully furnished, air-conditioned, bamboo-cogoon grass built non-smoking cottages, BFI is the Jewel of Farola Beach.
Situated along the Farola Beach Road heading westward towards the shores of the South China Sea, the Buenavista Family Inn sits in the heart of Barangay Farola. This obscure, tiny fishing enclave, made famous by the small lighthouse 'Farola' that stands and looks out onto the sea to warn seafarers, mariners and small boaters of submerged rocks, shoals and dangerous rip currents, is also the landing site of The Belgian Missionaries who founded Saint Augustine's School (SAS).
The expansive grounds covering about 5,000 square meters sports Ponderosa Chico trees, giant Santol Bangkok trees, towering mahogany trees, willowy clumps of Panda Bear spiny bamboo, dwarf mango trees, bananas and various flowering plants. The thick green foliage canopy renders the entire facility very cool and airy, well ventilated, shady and breezy. The tranquil surroundings readily lend a feeling of calm and serenity, peace and quiet to your rest and relaxation sojourn, or group conferences-meetings-seminars, or your couple's weekend get-away from the humdrum of city life, or for just a night's stay from the rigors of traveling.
Buenavista Family Inn is the perfect choice for vacationers, travelers, and drop-in guests who are looking for quality, comfort and affordability.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Shared Kitchen:
- Catering Available:
- Parking Off Street:
- Farola is a fishing village. The fishermen in the tiny community live mostly close to the shoreline giving them a good visual of the sea conditions and the presence of schools of fish and their proximity to the shore. This is how they can launch their boats quickly and set their nets to fish. During their stay with BFI, we offer our guests an opportunity to experience participating in the HUKILAO, or Daklis (in the local vernacular)....moreless
Location & View
Within walking distance toward the South China Sea shoreline stands the lighthouse (FAROLA) after which the fishing village is named after. There is also a monument marking the landing site of the Belgian Missionaries who brought their Christian Catholic Faith to the local peoples and who erected, established, ran and managed Saint Augustine's School....moreless
- Surf Fishing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
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Farola Beach Weekend with Family at BFI
Farola Beach Weekend with Family at BFI
My family and I were traveling north to see Vigan City and going all the way up to Pagudpod in Ilocos Norte. On our way, we stopped by Tagudin, my hometown, to spend sometime with relatives. My mother's house wasn't big enough to accommodate all of us. Doing a last minute search for a place to stay we were fortunate to find BFI. What a weekend it turned out to be. I highly recommend this place. Do you need a comfy room to stay for the night? Room rates are affordable! You can hang out at this garden fronting your cottage and enjoy the sight of tall trees - mahogany and fruit bearing ones hovering all over the place. it's cool and breezy even on midday. There was old school halo-halo sans all the trimmings but so yummy like no other and only for Php15 pesos! i just love the design of the wall! Ilocano banig with smooth finish rendering a native but contemporary look. Mapple,(my daughter) thought this Inn was a Retreat House because it was so insanely quiet and no TV! There was this tini-wini-mini rocking chair cum celfone holder on the night table. so cute! The fully air-conditioned room has hotel amenities and is spacious enough to accommodate a family of four. Air beds are provided if you need one. It offers free wifi. The bathroom is also worth mentioning. I love its towel and tissue holders. it's even more relaxing at night. so calm and peaceful. did you hear the sound of a chameleon? haven't heard that for ages.I think since grade school. And the sweetest thing of all, I woke up in the morning to the sound of chirping, humming and singing birds!!! even kids appreciated the provincial serenity of it all! time to go to the beach. a stone's throw away. My daughter who attends St. Theresa's College in the city was ecstatic to find this marker. Her school foundress landed by boat here on Farola beach in 1910. Farola beach, South China Sea. As kids, we used to swim here and have family picnics. Try walking barefooted on these pebbles. Great foot massage! Too bad we missed the Daklis Experience (hukilao), another privilege you can avail courtesy of BFI. When you can't bear the scorching heat on your way back from the beach, it's more fun to ride this yellow tricycle. They are all over the place.
- Guest Melai (Manila, Philippines)
- Date of stay 04/20/12
- Review Submitted 07/28/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
FamilyCottage, 1 Queen Bed-Php1,000.00/night-Discount Rates may apply longer stays FamilyCottage, 2 Queen Beds-Php1,500.00/night-Discount Rates may apply longer stay Venue(Terrace+Function Room+Kitchen)-4Hrs Minimum Daytime Rate–Php2,000 First4hrs Venue(Terrace+Function Room+Kitchen)-4Hrs Minimum Night Rate–Php2,500 First4hrs Over the 4-hour Minimum Rates-Php450/Hr(Day), Php600/Hr(Night), Whole day Php3,500 FunctionRoom(SeatCap=36)4Hrs Minimum,Day-Php1,100.00 1st4hrs,Nite-Php1,400 1st4hrs Over the 4-hour Minimum Rates-Php250/Hr(Day), Php300/Hr(Night), Whole Day Php2,000 Kitchen4hrsMin,(D)–Php250 (N)–Php300 Over4hrs,(D)Php75,(N)Php100,PhP400AllDay
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Year Purchased: 1950
About: This property is owned, managed, and operated by the Buenavista Family. Settled and homesteaded long before World War II, the property was rebuilt, replanted with fruit trees, and re-settled by Mr Constante P Buenavista and Mrs Anastacia Lardizabal-Buenavista. Here, they built their first home and raised a family of seven children. All seven children grew up in this humble and happy home. We frolicked on the shores of the South China Sea (which is only a quick walk away from the property) and played 'Pirates of Farola,' a game we invented, in the small river delta tidepools and mangroves. We attended and graduated from Saint Augustine's School (SAS), a fine Catholic, Private school here in Tagudin and the pride of the province of Ilocos Sur. Although all of us now live, work, and/or have retired in the United States with our own families, children and grandchildren, we still go back annually to the old ancestral home in Farola to relive our youth, our growing-up years, to remember our roots and to lay our hands upon the Buenavista Family touchstone.
Our late parents, Mr Constante P Buenavista and Mrs Anastacia Lardizabal-Buenavista returned to and re-homesteaded this property after the devastation of World War II. This place was literally reduced to cinders, a veritable ash pile. This property originally belonged to our mother's great grandmother. In essence this property has been developed and lived on for close to a hundred years. Returning from the war refugee evacuation camps, our parents started all over again, building a modest home, replanting the property with fruit trees that live on, up to this day. When our entire family immigrated to America in the 80's, our parents willed the place to be preserved as our family's ancestral home. We therefore built and designed facilities, other than the main house, to accommodate guests, visitors, and vacationers to ensure the estate is always active with people breathing life into the immediate surroundings. Our family holds annual reunions with all the relatives and friends here in this ancestral home. We are very proud of the Buenavista Family Inn; it is well maintained, meticulously kept up, restful, very secure, and welcoming.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Within walking distance to the South China Sea beach, BFI is quiet, calm, and serene, well away from the humdrum of the city, the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, and the constant cacophony of gas-powered engines, equipment, vehicles, and of course transportation conveyances. BFI offers top quality facilities, comfortable surroundings, and is very affordable. Wake up refreshed in the morning, have breakfast in the courtyard underneath a canopy of mango and bamboo greenery, serenaded by songbirds. Or you could take a quick gander to the beach to develop an appetite. BFI is most restful and relaxing. You will want to come back to relive the same sweet memories that you had during your initial visit.
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The BFI cottages are spacious and handsomely decorated with native handicrafts.
Two queen beds with plenty of room left in the room.
The dining room building that houses the kitchen and meeting space.
Spacious grounds accommodate large group receptions and parties.
Have breakfast and/or dinner outdoors underneath a canopy of trees.
Dine under a canopy of stars, or dine in the glow of a silvery moonlit night.
Pavers cover the outdoor reception and party area.
Bamboo fencing matches the cottage bamboo sidings keeping to the native motif.
Grass in between the pavers keep the feet cool when guests walk around barefoot.
Gravel is used for the edge pavers. Grass grows timid under the shade.
Op-Manager's kiosk with view of accessible sanitary facilities in background.
Photo of the fenced in lanai belonging to the Buenavista Estate home.
Bamboo siding, buri-mat wall coverings and wood furniture.
Ample windows give subdued ambient light even when drapes are deployed.
Cogoon grass forms the thatched roof highly reminiscent of Irish cottages.
Guest and Visitor parking in front of Manager's Kiosk office by the cottages.
The planters are edged with stone retaining walls.
The lush greenery adds to the coolness and breeziness of the place.
Another view of the outdoor reception area showing huge chico and mango trees.
In between the pavers we have Bermuda grass that is kept manicured and trimmed.
BFI can accommodate weddings, aloha parties, dance-athons, and large crowds.
The cottages from the outdoor reception area. The bamboo fence provides privacy.
This same bamboo fence gives privacy to the Buenavista Estate home from BFI.
This same fenced in lanai view extends toward the Estate House Kitchen.
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