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Off-Grid Solar Eco-House in Mindo Countryside

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Country house at Posada La Lomita with surrounding cloud forest views.

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Last updated: 11/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Mindo chateau / country house description

Location: Mindo, Ecuador, South America (3 hours from Quito airport). We are nestled in the mountainous countryside of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest, at a leisurely 30 minute walk past the town of Mindo (towards the butterfly farm), and a 10 minute walk before the butterfly farm (Mariposario).

Accommodations: Eco-friendly house off the electrical grid, with solar panels. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 10.

Posada La Lomita is an eco-friendly country house in the outskirts of Mindo, functioning off the electrical grid, and relying on solar panels for electricity and 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 practice not only emphasizes the importance of energy conservation within all of our cultural visits, but it also allows us the opportunity to remind and reinforce resource conservation to our children, fellow guests and future generations.

Our home is custom built and constructed entirely of wood. Views are possible in every location throughout the house, and the scenery and nature is breathtaking and awe inspiring of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest & forest reserve.

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 Posada 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 include badminton, soccer, croquet, nature walks, and playing/wading in the creek. We also have an indoor ping pong table on the property, for a fun indoor game when it's raining outside!

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 are completely secluded and offer privacy from the bustle and noise in the town of Mindo. Other small cottages are located on the property as well, making Posada La Lomita an excellent location for larger group gatherings in your own private hacienda. Due to the presence of other cabañas, other tourists might also be on the property, yet privacy is not an issue, as space is abundant.

The 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 games, art, and movies (in English and Spanish), plus badminton, soccer, croquet, ping pong, 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, 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, bean bag, or typical colonial chair.

Nighttime at Posada 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. Breakfast is also provided as part of the rental cost, up to 6. For a guest quantity of 7-10, we charge an additional $20/person, which also includes a daily breakfast.

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!

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Included In Price
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Car Available
      • Chauffeur
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Events Allowed
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome
      • Non Smoking Only
      • Pets Considered:

        We love pets, but due to unforeseeable guest allergies, they are only allowed outside. Thank you for understanding!...moreless

      • Wheelchair Inaccessible

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

      • 1st bedroom: 1 double

        Located in front of house, sleeps 2....moreless

      • 2nd bedroom: 1 double, 2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

        1 twin bed, 1 bottom bunk double bed, 1 top bunk twin bed....moreless

      • 3rd bedroom: 1 double

        Located in back of house....moreless

      • Master bedroom: 1 queen

        Located in back of house, bathroom attached....moreless

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

      • 2nd bathroom: toilet, tub

        Soaking tub with on demand water heater, attaches to master....moreless

      • 1st bathroom: toilet, shower

        Opens to hall and TV room, on demand water heater....moreless

      Other Amenities

          • Posada La Lomita is named so because we are located up the climb of one of the many mountains surrounding the valley and town of Mindo. Lomita means 'little hill'. Cloud forest mountains surround us on all four sides, and you can hear the Mindo River not far below. Parrots flock across our property every morning and afternoon, and toucans and other brilliantly colored, various birds are a common site from the multitude of windows in our house and property. Many times you will also see guatusas and armadillos wandering the property (armadillos are visible during night walks), and even freshwater crabs from the nearby creek! A hike to the nearby waterfall is always a favorite guest attraction & provided complete with a guide, courtesy of us!...moreless

          Entertainment

          • Books:

            A handful of Ecuadorian and regional books related to the birds & flora of Mindo....moreless

          • DVD Player
          • Game Room:

            Separate outbuilding with a ping pong table. The TV and DVD player can be moved from room to room to accommodate your viewing pleasure....moreless

          • Games:

            Board games, puzzles, cards, arts and crafts, etc., for adults and kids....moreless

          • Ping Pong Table
          • Television:

            Flat screen, low energy TV....moreless

          • Video Library:

            Large collection of DVDs available in English and Spanish....moreless

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Laundromat
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Rural

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cycling
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountaineering
          • Swimming
          • Water Tubing

          Dining

          • Dining:

            The dining area consists of a rustic, handcrafted wooden table and chairs. A bar/counter top is also available seating 4 with stools. Openness to the kitchen & breathtaking views all around....moreless

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 10 people

          General

          • Clothes Dryer:

            We will gladly dry your clothes, but please notify us, as the generator must be turned on for this service, given we function entirely off of solar panels. Thank you for understanding!...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Dual paned stone fireplace opens to both the dining area and TV room, which is located on the opposite side & wall of the dining area. Ideal for wintery, chilly nights!...moreless

          • Internet:

            Wifi available at all hours....moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room:

            Surrounded on 3 sides by floor to ceiling windows, with hammocks, bean bags & colonial chairs. Discreetly & comfortably enjoy nature-filled views of the surrounding forest, birds, and animals!...moreless

          • Parking:

            Parking available on site....moreless

          • Telephone:

            Cell phones provided if guests are without....moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine:

            We will gladly wash your clothes, but please notify us, as the generator must be turned on for this service, given we function entirely off of solar panels. Thank you for understanding!...moreless

          Kitchen

          • Coffee Maker:

            French press coffee maker & stove espresso maker available for use....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Enough dishes & utensils provides to accommodate up to 10 guests....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Kitchen is open to dining & living area, with a bar/counter top, stove/oven, refrigerator & on demand water heater. Fully equipped, though high voltage electronics not permitted due to solar panels....moreless

          • Oven:

            Propane powered oven....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Seasonings & basic pantry products (rice, noodles, oil, tea, coffee) available for use....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Propane powered refrigerator....moreless

          • Stove:

            Propane powered stove....moreless

          • Toaster:

            In an effort to minimize energy consumption, bread is toasted over the stove on a flat pan....moreless

          Outside

          • Bicycles:

            Bicycles available within the town of Mindo for rent....moreless

          • Lanai / Gazebo:

            A gazebo type lookout is available on the property & just downhill from the house, open to air & complete with 6 hammocks & table for 4. Great for enjoying nature's views while outdoors!...moreless

          • Lawn / Garden:

            Approximately 6 acres of forest and 1 acre of lawn, suitable for playing soccer, croquet, badminton, and just running around....moreless

          House Cleaning

              • Housekeeper Included
               

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              Last updated: 11/10/2014
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              Location

              Car: Not Necessary

              Mindo itself is a popular tourist destination in Ecuador, at 1.5 hours from Quito and 3 hours from the Ecuadorian coast. The Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve is located in what is known internationally as the Andean Choco Region--known worldwide as a biodiversity hotspot--that extends only from Panama to Peru, on the western side of the Andes Mountains. This region puts Mindo in the unique position, globally, of offering a biodiversity of flora and fauna that is like no other, worldwide.

              The mentality of Mindo also reflects the appreciation of wildlife, as illustrated from the formation of the forest reserve, as well as an eco-friendly, recycling program to help protect our natural resources.

              Fun and popular activities around La Lomita and the Mindo area include birding and adventure sports for all ages. Some examples are horseback riding, biking, mountain biking, hiking, trekking, tubing, zip-lining, birding, swimming, trips to the close by and wondrous butterfly farm, and a near nightly frog concert.

              Most roads in and around Mindo are unpaved, dirt roads, that provide excellent conditions for either walking or biking around. This mode of transportation fits in perfectly with the ecological feel that the area offers, giving you the opportunity to appreciate in full the nature that surrounds you.

              The town of Mindo itself also offers a playground for little ones, plus many cafes, cafe internets, varying restaurants, as well as a nightlife for those who desire.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2007

              About the owner: We're a tri-cultural family, having lived in Chile, Ecuador, and the United States. Since 1998 we have been in love with Mindo and its surrounding area, and in 2007 were able to start our dreams of raising our family here. Our two children, ages 6 and 11, speak both English, Spanish, and Spanglish, and have the unique opportunity to adventure outside without worrying about cars or strangers, or take walks into town and enjoy the magnificent views, natural lifestyle, and slow pace of life.

              Why the Owner Chose Mindo:
              Mindo is neither too hot, too cold, nor too humid--it is perfect. It is located about 5,000 -6,500 feet above sea level, and as such is above the Ecuadorian malarial zone. Its seasons are divided into rainy and dry, with half the year (approximately June to December) being the dry season, and the other half (December to June), the rainy one. During that time it may rain all day, or just predominantly in the afternoon, leaving the mornings pleasant and sunny for outdoor activities. In this case, usually after such exercise, afternoon rains are a refreshing welcome, with the rhythmic sound calming you after a day of activities, or lulling you to sleep from so much fun. Wildlife, in both flora and fauna, is abundant here, and unique to this small corner of the world. Mindo is also primarily known for outdoor and adventure activities, all of which are in close range to our property at Posada La Lomita. Contrary to many other parts of Ecuador and South America, you will notice that the Mindo community has an appreciation and understanding of the importance of the biodiversity of this region, and as such provides resources and support for its continued existence.

              The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
              You will find perhaps other homes in Mindo, or lodges and cabins that offer your own private sleeping quarters, but what sets us apart is our closeness with nature, yet privacy and remoteness from the town, in which you can take advantage of the large house and expansive property for carrying on your own activities. We are self-sufficient and in control of our energy consumption; when Mindo is without electricity, we are not. Likewise, when Mindo is without water, we also are not. The house doesn't offer residence to multiple guests at once, but rather one family at a time--thus ensuring a complete private, family experience. We have no visible neighbors, yet we are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from town and all the much desired tourist activities. Depending on your mood and your longing for seclusion, you can all of it, none of it, or pick and choose your level of anonymity and socialization. Posada La Lomita is a paradise suitable for every kind of person, family, and personality!


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              Speaks: english, spanish
               

              Photos

              • Country house at Posada La Lomita with surrounding cloud forest views.

                Country house at Posada La Lomita with surrounding cloud forest views.

              • View of Dining Area, Bar/Counter Top & Kitchen.  Hot water, stove/oven & fridge.

                View of Dining Area, Bar/Counter Top & Kitchen. Hot water, stove/oven & fridge.

              • Living Area with 270 degrees of breathtaking, comfortable views!

                Living Area with 270 degrees of breathtaking, comfortable views!

              • 1st full bathroom with shower, skylight & on demand water heater.

                1st full bathroom with shower, skylight & on demand water heater.

              • 2nd bedroom with twin bed, bottom bunk full size double bed & top bunk twin bed.

                2nd bedroom with twin bed, bottom bunk full size double bed & top bunk twin bed.

              • 3rd bedroom with full size double bed located in the back of the house.

                3rd bedroom with full size double bed located in the back of the house.

              • Our comfy Look Out provides constant fresh air & beautiful views for relaxation.

                Our comfy Look Out provides constant fresh air & beautiful views for relaxation.

              • Amazing mountain view & bonfire area from the recreation field.

                Amazing mountain view & bonfire area from the recreation field.

              • A Pale Mandibled Aracari, endemic to Mindo, is visible at Posada La Lomita.

                A Pale Mandibled Aracari, endemic to Mindo, is visible at Posada La Lomita.

              • This is one of the paths that takes you to the many waterfalls around the area.

                This is one of the paths that takes you to the many waterfalls around the area.

              • The zipline is another alternative for adventure seekers.

                The zipline is another alternative for adventure seekers.

              • In and around Posada La Lomita, you can find flora and fauna unique to the area.

                In and around Posada La Lomita, you can find flora and fauna unique to the area.

              • View of fully equipped kitchen, fresh drinking water always supplied.

                View of fully equipped kitchen, fresh drinking water always supplied.

              • View of Dining & Living Area from Kitchen. Dual paned fireplace opens to TV room

                View of Dining & Living Area from Kitchen. Dual paned fireplace opens to TV room

              • TV room for movies & dual paned fireplace opening to dining area on other side.

                TV room for movies & dual paned fireplace opening to dining area on other side.

              • 1st bedroom with full size double bed, located in front of house.

                1st bedroom with full size double bed, located in front of house.

              • 2nd full bathroom with large soaking tub & on demand water heater.

                2nd full bathroom with large soaking tub & on demand water heater.

              • Master bedroom with queen size bed located in the back of the house.

                Master bedroom with queen size bed located in the back of the house.

              • A fun game of badminton with an amazing view!

                A fun game of badminton with an amazing view!

              • One of the daily visits from our friendly neighbor, the guayaba eating Guatusa.

                One of the daily visits from our friendly neighbor, the guayaba eating Guatusa.

              • You can enjoy peaceful, nature-filled walks on the periphery of Posada La Lomita

                You can enjoy peaceful, nature-filled walks on the periphery of Posada La Lomita

              • One of the waterfalls at a 20 minute walk from La Lomita.

                One of the waterfalls at a 20 minute walk from La Lomita.

              • The nearby butterfly farm is a neat & educational experience for all ages.

                The nearby butterfly farm is a neat & educational experience for all ages.

              • Enjoy horseback riding through the many nature-filled trails throughout Mindo!

                Enjoy horseback riding through the many nature-filled trails throughout Mindo!

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