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Off-Grid Solar Eco-Cottage in Mindo Countryside

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Front view of solar powered, off grid eco-cottage, surrounded by forest & garden

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Last updated: 04/11/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 4 Sleeps

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 cottage off the electrical grid, with solar panels. 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps up to 4.

For a larger accommodation, check out our country house listing which is located on the property of Posada La Lomita as well, at: vrbo 467511

Posada La Lomita offers an eco-friendly country cottage 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.

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

For the small 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. A larger house and smaller cabins 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 dwellings, 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 cottage 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 kitchen 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 or bean bag.

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 2-4, we charge an additional $25/person, not including the breakfast.

The owners live on the property as well, yet we are at a comfortable, private distance from the cottage, 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!

Owner

Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 450 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

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

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Spacioius bathroom with on demand hot water....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 the cottage and on the 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
  • Games:

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

  • Television
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining area is open to kitchen and consists of a large counter top with stools....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 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

  • Internet:

    Wifi available from 8 am until 10 pm....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Surrounded on 3 sides by floor to ceiling windows, it also consists of a hammock and bean bag seating for comfortable, nature-filled views!...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 available for use....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough dishes & utensils provided to accommodate up to 4 guests....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is open to dining area with a counter top serving as the eating area with stools. Equipped with mini-fridge & stove, though high voltage electronics not permitted due to solar panels....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

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

  • Refrigerator:

    Propane powered mini-fridge....moreless

  • Stove
  • 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:

    Though separate from the cottage, our Wildlife/Gazebo Lookout serves as a spectacular outdoor patio space!...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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1 night min stay
$75

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest


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Notes:

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

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 for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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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 13, 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, 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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/11/2017

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Photos

  • Front view of solar powered, off grid eco-cottage, surrounded by forest & garden

    Front view of solar powered, off grid eco-cottage, surrounded by forest & garden

  • Fully equipped kitchen with stool seating, garbage, recycling & compost bins!

    Fully equipped kitchen with stool seating, garbage, recycling & compost bins!

  • Comfy living area with 270 degrees of forest views, hammock,  couch & bean bag!

    Comfy living area with 270 degrees of forest views, hammock, couch & bean bag!

  • 2nd bedroom with full size double bed, sleeps 2.

    2nd bedroom with full size double bed, sleeps 2.

  • Wildlife/Gazebo Lookout, perfect for birdwatching, relaxation, yoga, etc.!

    Wildlife/Gazebo Lookout, perfect for birdwatching, relaxation, yoga, etc.!

  • Bridge crossing the creek that feeds our natural, spring-fed pool.

    Bridge crossing the creek that feeds our natural, spring-fed pool.

  • Take a dip in our natural, mountain spring-fed, chemical free , natural pool.

    Take a dip in our natural, mountain spring-fed, chemical free , natural pool.

  • Adorable tree frogs taking a nap on the property!

    Adorable tree frogs taking a nap on the property!

  • Our friendly neighbor the Guatusa is frequently seen eating guayaba!

    Our friendly neighbor the Guatusa is frequently seen eating guayaba!

  • The Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in a Guabilla tree located on the property.

    The Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in a Guabilla tree located on the property.

  • The footbridge crossing the creek that leads to Posada La Lomita.

    The footbridge crossing the creek that leads to Posada La Lomita.

  • One of the local waterfalls in the area near the cottage.

    One of the local waterfalls in the area near the cottage.

  • View of fully recycled glass kitchen counter top, living area & bathroom.

    View of fully recycled glass kitchen counter top, living area & bathroom.

  • View of stove, mini-fridge & stool seating surrounded by lots of natural light!

    View of stove, mini-fridge & stool seating surrounded by lots of natural light!

  • Master bedroom with full size double bed, opens to bathroom & living area.

    Master bedroom with full size double bed, opens to bathroom & living area.

  • Spacious bathroom with on demand hot water, bathtub and shower.

    Spacious bathroom with on demand hot water, bathtub and shower.

  • Our hammocks and table in the Wildlife/Gazebo Lookout are perfect for relaxation

    Our hammocks and table in the Wildlife/Gazebo Lookout are perfect for relaxation

  • Path after the bridge, to the natural, chemical free pool.

    Path after the bridge, to the natural, chemical free pool.

  • A female cock of the rock spotted by our natural pool! Photo taken by guest Roy.

    A female cock of the rock spotted by our natural pool! Photo taken by guest Roy.

  • The beautiful, yet wickedly venomous Monturita caterpillar is quite a sight!

    The beautiful, yet wickedly venomous Monturita caterpillar is quite a sight!

  • The Bi-Coloured Hawk was kind enough to let us photograph him on the property!

    The Bi-Coloured Hawk was kind enough to let us photograph him on the property!

  • Over 70 species of birds have been spotted on our property, where nests abound!

    Over 70 species of birds have been spotted on our property, where nests abound!

  • The Butterfly Farm is at a 10 minute, pleasant walk from the cottage!

    The Butterfly Farm is at a 10 minute, pleasant walk from the cottage!

  • Like to fly with the birds? The zip lines are located across the river from us!

    Like to fly with the birds? The zip lines are located across the river from us!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, April 14, 2017

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