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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
Breathtaking views-Beautiful Architecture-Great for nature photography
"Majestic. Artistic. Beautiful. Relaxing. Wildlife sanctuary. These are some of the words that come to mind after spending a week at Gracias a la Vida. I will review the (1) grounds,
(2) the house, (3) and conclude with four helpful recommendations.
-GROUNDS: The house is in a large property with beautiful gardens and hills, placed strategically to provide breathtaking views of the Villarica Volcano and the Lake. The gardens have been carefully designed with colorful flowers that attract bees, hummingbirds, and a variety of beautiful birds. Our kids loved playing with the cats. You will see Hindu and Buddhist statues that add an Asian flavor to the gardens. The caretaker’s house and the other rental cabin are far enough as not to affect privacy or the view. It is very peaceful and pleasant to the eye, and also a dream location for nature photographers!
-HOUSE: The house was carefully and beautifully designed with open spaces, large windows, and glass doors. When we woke up the first morning and saw the lake and volcano views, we could not avoid saying repeatedly “wow, how beautiful!” We loved waking up in the morning with a full view of the lake and wildlife. We loved taking showers while seeing the volcano as if it was perfectly placed centered in the window for our enjoyment. We also loved using the washer and dryer to do laundry while still having a nice view of the volcano. The wall colors and the art displayed in each room created an atmosphere that celebrated beauty. We even enjoyed small details like the handles of the glass doors and windows, the beautiful copper sinks, the double shower heads, and the wooden ceiling. The spacious deck on the flat roof provided amazing views, so we could have dinner while enjoying the sunset or relax in the Jacuzzi while enjoying the night sky. The house is in itself a piece of art. Indeed, an unforgettable experience!
-RECOMMENDATIONS: (1) If you plan to do face time, skype calls, synchronize files through dropbox, or watch Netflix, plan to double or triple the internet package. The internet access is not unlimited; rather, you have to buy a package that allows you to only use the amount of data you paid for. (2) Take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper like me. Windy nights can wake you up. (3) Bring extra toilet paper if staying for several days. The rental only includes initial supply. (4) Spend some days just enjoying Gracias a la Vida without having to go out. You’ll love it."
Guest: Pablo M.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: June 5, 2015
"Our week at the condo was very pleasant. The condo itself has everything you need, fully-equipped kitchen and many spots for sitting and relaxing and enjoying the view. A highlight for us were the 2 clay tennis courts just across the parking lot from the condo. Really convenient that the condo has 4 rackets since we aren't traveling with any. We also enjoyed the pools which (though unheated) were well-maintained. The landscaping of the condo area is very attractive, lush with bougainvilleas and hydrangeas with hummingbirds buzzing everywhere. The condo itself was spacious for a family of 4 and a larger group could easily fit there. The condo is an easy drive to and from Valpo and Vina del Mar but much more relaxing place to stay. Scott is a very pleasant host and went out of his way to make our stay amenable. I highly recommend the place!"
Guest: kristina t.Date of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: April 22, 2015
"After three very busy days in Buenos Aires, Gloria & Hector picked us up at the airport for a much needed country time retreat! From the moment we met them we could sense their thoughtfullness and generosity. Our first day consisted of a wine tour of Casablanca Valley, a tasty picnic lunch and ended with a delicous dinner in their wonderful home (make sure to try their incredible salsa!!). The next day the fun continued and they took us on a tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar and made sure to give us the true local experience, which ended over amazing empanadas!
Gloria & Hector are incredible people and open their home to people willing to experience it! Our stay with them will be an experience we will never forget! They are great for people of all ages (we are in our older 20's) and we hope to keep in touch with them!
Don't hesitate booking with them. You will not regret it!!"
Guest: Rachel M.Date of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: June 2, 2015
"Estuvo todo muy bien y de acuerdo a lo especificado en la descripcion del apartamento. La recepcion por parte del responsable de la entrega del departamento fue muy calida y hospitalaria. Excelente relación de precio con el producto. Excelente ubicación."
Guest: danielDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: February 24, 2015