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Off-Grid Solar Eco-House in Mindo Countryside

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 8, Off the Grid, Eco-Mountain Retreat

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. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 7.

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

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, 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.

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!

More Details

Owner
Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2017

About Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron

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 8 and 14, 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.

Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron purchased this chateau / country house in 2007

Why Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron chose Ecuador

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.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

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!

Map

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.

Amenities

Mindo Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2nd bathroom - toilet , tub , Soaking tub with on demand water heater, attaches to master.
    1st bathroom - toilet , shower , Opens to hall and TV room, on demand water heater.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Located in front of house, sleeps 2.
    2nd bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 twin bed and 1 double bed sleeps a total of 3.
    3rd bedroom - 1 queen , 1 full size queen bed, sleeps 2.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 7 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
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!

Reviews

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(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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5

Most unbelievable time in Mindo

  • 5 of 5

There have already been so many great things said about this place and we agree with all of them. Nano and Marjorie use their gift of hospitality to the fullest. Thier love, joy and vision for this property shines through when they take the time to show you the entire grounds, including the pool area.

Although bird watching was not on our schedule you can't help but get into watching all the different kinds of birds right from the hammocks on the property.

Nano set up a wonderful chocolate tour with a friend of theirs. We actually made the chocolate from the cacoa bean to a delicious fondue in the end. That was a great experience.

Each morning Nano and Marjorie fixed a delicious spread for breakfast. It couldn't have been better. They were available when you need them whether it was needing a taxi or recommending a restaurant. We walked to town a couple times. Also walked to the butterfly sanctuary. Don't miss this!

The worst thing about this place is that we had to leave. I would recommend this property to anyone. Don't let living off the grid scare you, embrace it!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Candy and friends! You were lovely guests and we hope to see you again ;-)
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5

Great week in Mindo...

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. We primarily visited Mindo during our Ecuador vacation to birdwatch. There were many new birds on the property, visible from the back room of the house. It was very peaceful and the breakfasts were delicious. Nano and Marjorie were delightful hosts.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Angie, Guy and family! We enjoyed your visit too and would love to have you back again anytime ;-)
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5

Beautiful and peaceful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

There are many places to stay in Mindo but you would be missing out big time if you didn't stay here--it's the only place you should stay! This place is incredible! It is an absolutely breathtaking property and house. We were totally blown away--the house was even more amazing than the photos! The house and property are so peaceful and infused with love. It was spotless-extremely clean and they provided daily basic housekeeping (emptying trash and sweeping) which was very nice.

Marjorie and Nano thought of every possible detail you can imagine in a house and went above and beyond to make our stay incredible.

Here are just a few of the many details they thought of that made our stay special:

- local coffee provided-a total bonus!

- fully equipped kitchen with everything you can dream of-griddle for pancakes, blender, potato peeler, it was even stocked with some spices, sugar, and olive oil which we really appreciated. They provided all our water too.

- a TV room with bean bags, games and more than enough DVDs. It was such a treat for my kids to get to watch a movie every night. They also played most of the games too!

- shampoo, conditioner and soap in ever bathroom.

- all windows were screened which was great as it meant we could leave them open at night for the breeze. We've stayed in a number of places without screens which means you can't leave the windows open.

- homemade mosquito repellant made from natural oils. (Seriously-they actually made it! We were so impressed!)

We can't say enough about how beautiful the house is. We wanted to live there!

We also loved that the house was solar and off the grid. Every aspect of the house and their grounds has a low environmental impact, which we found really inspiring. They have done a beautiful job with everything on their grounds--there is a gorgeous spring fed pool, a gazebo with hammocks and a table and chairs for eating or writing and even a badminton net! My girls had fun with that too.

They also offered us fresh eggs from their hens and three types of fresh lettuce from their garden.

We loved it so much we wish we had stayed more than 3 days.

It's easy to get to from town and not too far (we had a car but we walked to the butterfly farm and could have walked into town if our kids had been more up for it but it would be a longer walk to town.)

Marjorie and Nano are also happy to help direct you to whatever activities in town you ask about. We relied on them to tell us how to get to the things

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, FL, USA
5

Felt like home...with an upgrade!

  • 5 of 5

We had only two nights at Posada La Lomita and we all wish we had many more! The house, grounds, and views were all lovely and Marjorie and Nano immediately made us feel at home. We scheduled breakfast and dinner each day there and there are no words to really tell you how wonderful the meals were...sincerely, the best we had in Ecuador!! Fresh eggs from the chickens in the front yard, freshly harvested lemongrass for our tea, organic coffee, piles of delicious fruit, and even some caramel spread for the bread when we felt like indulging a bit :) The shower was hot and water pressure excellent, the hammocks in the sun room and the gazebo were superb, and the pool area was soooo serene. What else......we practiced yoga every morning and evening in the gazebo with the sounds of the cloud forest to accompany our breath. Nano took care of every request with abundant energy and even took time out of his day to take most of the group out to the waterfall. Waking up to the birds in the morning and falling asleep to frog concerts at night will never be forgotten. I will absolutely be back with future yoga groups and cannot wait!!!! Thank you Marjorie and Nano!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nicole! What great feedback ;-) We're so pleased you had such a wonderful experience and really appreciate all your kind words. We'd love to host you and your groups again! Please come back any time--we look forward to it, and hope that each visit exceeds the previous ;-) Nano and Marjorie
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5

Fantastic cloud forest getaway for a family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful house in the cloud forest. The house is well-stocked. The bedrooms were comfortable. The kitchen big enough to cook week for a large family. And the views of the surrounding grounds were lovely. Fernando and Margorie were extremely helpful throughout our stay. The grounds are perfect for kids, with interesting places to see, and good activities (like badminton and the spring-fed pool). It was really nice to be out of the town of Mindo, but within a 20 minute pretty walk.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary, Markus and family! We had a great time getting to know you and are happy that you were able to enjoy the place as much as we do ;-) Anytime you'd like to come back, we would love to have you! Thanks again, Nano, Marjorie and family
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Joanie

  • 5 of 5

This was the highlight of our 3 weeks in Ecuador. Even if you don't need all 4 bedrooms it is so reasonable it is still a great deal. WITH breakfast. We were spoiled by this place. Even nicer than pictures show. Super clean. Great to just relax. Easy to get a taxi to explore. Loved going to see the hummingbirds and butterflies. Instead of chocolate factory hosts set us up with a hands on experience of making chocolate. Marjorie & Nano treated us like family from when we were planning the trip (so helpful) even to after we left helping us with lost item. They will give you your space. Or be there if you need them...or want them. We had a blast our last night playing music and singing together.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joanie for such wonderful comments! We definitely enjoyed connecting and are so glad you all had such a great time with us ;-) It was our pleasure to be around and help out in whatever you needed--our goal is that your stay is memorable and delightful--and we are glad that it was! Best wishes to you, your family & your friends! Nano and Marjorie
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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!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.