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Off-Grid Solar Eco-House in Mindo Countryside

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.

For a smaller accommodation, check out our country cottage which is located on the property of Posada La Lomita as well, at: vrbo.com/694350

Posada La Lomita offers 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 or swimming in our natural, chemical free pool. 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 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 (changing the trash and sweeping the floors).

Breakfast is also available for an additional cost, and consists of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, fresh juice, bread, eggs (usually free range from our chickens), cheese, fresh fruit, butter and jelly. If another kind of breakfast is desired, please discuss it with us beforehand, and if feasible, we would be more than happy to accommodate! Likewise, please give us a day's notice if you would like breakfast.

For a guest quantity of 7-10, we charge an additional $23/person, not including the 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!

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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • 1st bedroom: 2 twin/ single

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

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

    1 twin bed and 1 double bed sleeps a total of 3....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Attached to bathroom, sleeps 3 in 1 queen bed & 1 twin bed....moreless

  • 3rd bedroom: 1 double

    1 full size double bed, sleeps 2....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, 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

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining area consists of a rustic, handcrafted wooden table and chairs, seating a maximum of 10 . A bar/counter top is also available next to the table, seating an additional 4, with stools. ...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 from 8 am until 10 pm....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 provided 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

  • Deck / Patio:

    Front patio to entrance of house....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 & landscaping, suitable for playing soccer, croquet, badminton, and just running/walking around....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Please inquire and we will gladly bring you the outdoor grill!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    A natural, mountain spring sourced, continuously fed, chemical free pool is on the property for our guests to enjoy. No lifeguard is on duty however; therefore all responsibility lies with the guest....moreless

 

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Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

A 12% tax & a guided hike to a local waterfall are already included in the price.

Breakfast is available for an additional $5/person, and consists of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, fresh juice, bread, eggs (usually free range from our chickens), cheese, fresh fruit, butter and jelly. If another kind of breakfast is desired, please discuss it with us beforehand, and if feasible, we would be more than happy to accommodate!

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, organic ground coffee, 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!


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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 7 and 12, 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

  • Front view of eco-house with surrounding mountains,  countryside & garden.

    Front view of eco-house with surrounding mountains, countryside & garden.

  • 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.

  • Front corner bedroom with one twin bed and one double bed.

    Front corner bedroom with one twin bed and one double bed.

  • Back bedroom with one full size double bed, sleeps 2.

    Back bedroom with one full size double bed, sleeps 2.

  • Our Gazebo/Bird Lookout comes with hammocks, a table, and spectacular views!

    Our Gazebo/Bird Lookout comes with hammocks, a table, and spectacular views!

  • The bridge to the natural, spring-fed pool!

    The bridge to the natural, spring-fed pool!

  • This Bi-Coloured Hawk was kind enough to let us photograph him while in the tree

    This Bi-Coloured Hawk was kind enough to let us photograph him while in the tree

  • 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.

  • This footbridge crosses the creek that leads to our property at Posada La Lomita

    This footbridge crosses the creek that leads to our property at Posada La Lomita

  • The zipline is another alternative for adventure seekers.

    The zipline is another alternative for adventure seekers.

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

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

  • View of dining and living area with dual paned fireplace opening to TV room.

    View of dining and living area with dual paned fireplace opening to TV room.

  • TV room with collection of movies, dual paned fireplace, couch & bean bags.

    TV room with collection of movies, dual paned fireplace, couch & bean bags.

  • Front bedroom with two twin beds.

    Front bedroom with two twin beds.

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

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

  • Back corner bedroom connecting to bathroom with 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed.

    Back corner bedroom connecting to bathroom with 1 queen bed and 1 twin bed.

  • The hammocks and table in our Gazebo are a great place to relax and observe the

    The hammocks and table in our Gazebo are a great place to relax and observe the

  • Take a refreshing dip in our mountain spring sourced, chemical free pool!

    Take a refreshing dip in our mountain spring sourced, chemical free pool!

  • Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in a Guabilla Tree at Posada La Lomita.

    Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in a Guabilla Tree at Posada La Lomita.

  • Can you believe how beautiful and strange a caterpillar can be?

    Can you believe how beautiful and strange a caterpillar can be?

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

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

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