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Luxury Villa, Mountain Views- Metropolitan Quito

Overview

When we saw the spectacular views that the property offered, we fell in love with it. We then noticed all the rural activity that our neighbors do: tending their agro fields and herding sheep, cows, goats, pigs, and occasionally ducks, and we smiled, for our grandchildren would look forward to experience this very rural paradise. We took walks, we drove around, we visited the nearby hot spings and decided, this is the place to come to for a weekend getaway! It turned out to be great for families with or without children and to invite friends.

We decided to have it built environmentally friendly, so we used tapial which is made of soil as the main material. As a result, the house has the same 75 degree temperature day and night…We also used design stucco for the ceilings, an artesanal product made by our people.

The property is at the end of a road, thus there is hardly any traffic. There is a bus lane that ends there as well and departs to Quito via San Rafael and Sangolquí on the hour. If you want to tour around, however, you may need a car.

Quinta La Solana, is a kilometer away from the charming and friendly little town of La Merced where there are small food stores and other supplies. It is also where the Hot Springs are located.

For a more sophisticated shopping, movies, restaurants, and megasupermarket, we go to San Rafael (San Luis Mall), 15 minutes away.

This is a non-smoking villa, however, you may smoke outside the villa.

Location
Located in the friendly little village of La Merced on the outskirts of Quito where forever families have used their villas as weekend getaways. La Merced, a 10 minute walk from our place is famed for its volcanic hot springs, and their wonderful religious celebrations where masked dancers take over the town. Its town square with a quaint church, small shops and internet services get busy on weekends. Nearby is Alangasí (10 min drive), a town known for their Holy Week and Corpus Christi celebrations which are amongst the countrys most traditional and colorful. Great shopping, restaurants and movies are in San Rafael (10 min.drive) and a bit further is historic Sangolqui, (15 mins.) known for its great wet and animal market on Thursdays and Sundays. Mountain excursions include Ilaló, (10 min.drive) and the Western Hemisphers highest active volcano, snow-capped Cotopaxi (about an hour drive) Also, the wonderful hot springs of Papallacta (also an hour drive car) that sits on a volcano crater!

The property includes the main house and a caretakers cottage.It is sourrended by trees and flowers all year. It has a fireplace-oven in the living-dining area, a fireplace in the master bedroom, brathtaking views of the mountains, a path built within the property to reach the river or just to stroll, a terrace, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a barbecue area. The river at the base of the property is lined with 150 foot tall giant eucalytus trees and makes a lovely spot for a picnic. The small cottage is rented to a very nice young lady.

First Floor
An ample sitting area with exit and view to the garden and mountains, integrates to the dining and kitchen areas. There is a very cozy fireplace-oven that gives you a warm, seductive atmosphere. The kitchen is equipped with modern appliances & an island with 4 stools and a good size pantry.
The second bedroom has two bunker beds, ample storage space and window views to the garden. A good size bathroom with a shower complements this bedroom.

Second Floor
Glass double doors lead to the terrace from which you see 350 degrees of spectacular mountain view. This level includes an wide open master suite with sitting area in front of the cozy fireplace and a balcony. The windows have spectacular views of the mountains and gardens as well. The tastefully decorated master bathroom has an antique soaking tub, and his and hers sinks.

This is a fully fenced property, 9000 meters in total,


OWNER GUIDED TOURS available UNLIMITED GOLF IN OUR COUNTRY CLUB AVAILABLE
We have created special owner guided tours for our guests exclusively. Ken is a former US diplomat who has worked and traveled in country for the past 20 years. We tailor tours for each group according to their wishes.

Golfers: We are members of a country club and our guests can take up a short term membership for unlimited GOLFING FOR ONLY $100 A WEEK.

Summary:

Fully furnished villa, NATURE, GOLFING IN OUR COUNTRY CLUB, Local hot springs, 24h security, OWNER GUIDED PRIVATE TOURS FOR OUR GUESTS

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 7

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
Seats:
Room for 5 in the dining area
Room for 7 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
Radio
Telephone
TV Languages in Local
Leisure:
Jacuzzi
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Balcony or terrace
Barbecue
Garage
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (Outdoor jacuzzi, river in property, when in season, home grown vegetables available. If requested, we can provide a childs crib . A HEAVEN FOR CHILDREN who like nature and animals. we have a cat, rabbits, chicken in the grounds and cows, pigs, goats, sheep, horses that pass in front of the villa. Maid cleaning once a week included if stay is longer than one week and she has been hired to do cooking, washing and ironing at extra cost. SAFETY BOX included for your convenience.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Climbing
Golf
Horse Riding
Mountain Biking
Tennis

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Shopping
Theatre
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 29.05.2012


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Discounts and extras

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Discounts

Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 6 Weeks 20%
1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 10%

Extras

Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Final cleaning fee All year N/A £16.22 per booking

Paid with booking

Extra guest per week, over five guests All year N/A £22.71 per week

Paid with booking

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest bar: 15km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Colonial Quito: 25km
  • Otavalo: 120km
  • Hot Springs Pools: 3km
  • Papallacta Hot Springs and Spa: 60km

Reviews

2 out of 2 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Thursday 10 January 2008
Quinta La Solana is a beautiful villa situated in a quiet, lush green valley outside of the hustle and bustle, pollution, and noise of Quito but close enough to be anywhere in town in 30-50 minutes. It is easy to visit areas like Otovalo, Maquipucuna Biological Reserve or Mitad del Mundo and return the same day. And, if you have never been to this area be sure to visit Sangolqui on market day; it is an experience you will never forget. The villa has a nice hot tub which provided a pleasant, relaxing soak after a long day of sightseeing. And, the flower gardens on the villa property are simply magnificent and well cared for. Security is provided by an on grounds caretaker, and walls so I never was concerned about safety. The caretaker and owner were both very helpful in taking care of my needs and recommending sights to visit which were not listed in my guidebook.
Beautiful house, nice little town, great experience Guest: Tom (Madison, Wisconsin USA) Date of Stay: 06/22/11 Review Submitted: 07/24/11 My wife, two teenage children and I spent a week in June at villa la Solana and had a very memorable time. The house has a lot of character and is very comfortable. There is a large, terraced garden with stone steps descending to a little stream. The town of La Merced is friendly and the surrounding houses are a mix of large gated homes and small family farms. (The cobblestone road in front of the villa has a daily parade of cows or goats being herded past). Ken was very helpful and went out of his way on many occasions to make sure that our plans worked out. (He met us at the airport to make certain our ride was waiting when we flew in from another part of the country). He is a great guide and took us through historic Quito and Otavalo. We really enjoyed the time we spent with Ken. To get around, a local driver, Carlos, took us wherever we wanted to go. He was very friendly and very dependable. Getting a more real feel for Ecuador than can be obtained in a hotel or downtown condo was our goal and this location was perfect. The views are very nice and it was a great home base for our many trips to other area locations (Banos, Otavalo, Quito, Mindo, etc.). There is a very nice shopping mall with a big grocery store close to La Merced. Overall, highly recommended for anyone wanting a memorable experience in Ecuador and not wanting to stay in large, congested downtown Quito. Owner response:Thank you so much Peggy! It was certainly a pleasure to have you as guests, Ken loves to show around and we like to make sure our guests are comfortable and enjoy the country as much as we do.
Guest: JandJB (Creemore Onterio Canada) Date of Stay: 02/22/12 Review Submitted: 04/11/12 My husband and I ( plus friends from time to time ) spent 5 weeks at La Solana, a beautiful little villa, near the village of La Merced, approximately 45 minutes from central Quito. It is the home of an artist, and the attention to detail is evident throughout. The villa, with its 2 fireplaces, large stone terrace,and charming garden ablaze with colour, sits on 2 acres with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains on a clear day you could not have a better view of Volcan Cotopaxi! It is a tranquil retreat after a hectic day in Quito - the only sounds are the contented moos of a few cows grazing nearby. The villa too was a great base for visiting other locations nearby towns such as Sangolqui with its great Saturday market, Cotopaxi National Park, and Volcan Antisana. Our hosts, Maria and Ken , now good friends, went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable - in all our travels in many countries, their kindness was the best.There is very good grocery shopping at the SuperMaxi 20 minutes away, and the internet service is excellent. The pebbled road to La Solana, though a little rough, keeps unwanted visitors away.A great spot for a family vacation!
Exquisite location, thoughtful hosts! Guest: Nicole and Robert (Milwaukee) Date of Stay: 08/09/10 Review Submitted: 08/09/11 We couldnt have asked for a lovelier home or more thoughtful hosts! The house is stunning beautifully decorated, a fantastic view of Cotopaxi and the Ilinizas (on a clear morning) from the upstairs rooms, gardens carefully tended by Luis...we enjoyed every minute of our stay there. Kens guided tours were both engaging and informative my daughters loved the trip to Antisana! It was pleasant to be close enough to Quito for a day trip, yet far enough in the countryside to enjoy fresh air and relative quiet. Thanks, Maria and Ken, for a wonderful week! Recommended for:Sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway. Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0 5/5 Beautiful house, nice little town, great experience Guest: Tom (Madison, Wisconsin USA) Date of Stay: 06/22/11 Review Submitted: 07/24/11 My wife, two teenage children and I spent a week in June at villa la Solana and had a very memorable time. The house has a lot of character and is very comfortable. There is a large, terraced garden with stone steps descending to a little stream. The town of La Merced is friendly and the surrounding houses are a mix of large gated homes and small family farms. (The cobblestone road in front of the villa has a daily parade of cows or goats being herded past). Ken was very helpful and went out of his way on many occasions to make sure that our plans worked out. (He met us at the airport to make certain our ride was waiting when we flew in from another part of the country). He is a great guide and took us through historic Quito and Otavalo. We really enjoyed the time we spent with Ken. To get around, a local driver, Carlos, took us wherever we wanted to go. He was very friendly and very dependable. Getting a more real feel for Ecuador than can be obtained in a hotel or downtown condo was our goal and this location was perfect. The views are very nice and it was a great home base for our many trips to other area locations (Banos, Otavalo, Quito, Mindo, etc.). There is a very nice shopping mall with a big grocery store close to La Merced. Overall, highly recommended for anyone wanting a memorable experience in Ecuador and not wanting to stay in large, congested downtown Quito. Owner response:Thank you so much Peggy! It was certainly a pleasure to have you as guests, Ken loves to show around and we like to make sure our guests are comfortable and enjoy the country as much as we do. Recommended for:Age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, families with teenagers, families with young children. Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0 4/5
Should have stayed longer!!Guest: jakelevi (Phoenix, Arizona USA)&#8232Date of Stay: 03/12/10 Review Submitted: 04/11/10Our visit to Equador and the Galapagod islands would only have been better had we stayed longer here at Maria and Ken's villa. It was clean, spacious, private and very beautifully done. It was such a tranquil setting with gorgeous gardens and walking distance to the stream and town where we sampled various local foods. We were fortunate enough to have Maria offer to pick us up some groceries since our stay there was short and thank goodness Ken was flexible in picking us up at the airport as our incoming flight was delayed 4 hrs! We were also able to use them as our tour guides which was great as they know the area so well and just being our family, they were exceptionally accomodating. The market where Maria grew up was a fantastic experience and the kids tell anyone who will listen about it. Should we get back there again we would stay much longer and stay here as our home base, doing day trips from there. I can't imagine who I wouldn't recommend this place for. THANKS SO MUCH!!!
Guest: Lorelei Burns(-)Date of Stay: 04/17/09 Review Submitted: 04/17/09We spent a glorious vacation at La Solana. The pleasure comes in layers: the house is magnificent, the home of an artist, I craved every detail. The gardens are remarkable - the short walk down the hill to the river like a private park. The neighborhood is always alive with people, voices and music, animals, buses right outside. I attended soccer games half a block away - my team won! The mountains are everywhere. La Merced is tiny, El Tingo a little bigger, Sangolqui is a dream, Quito a magnificent sprawl. There is a tremendous amount to do in Ecuador - the guidebooks will fill you in. The secret pleasure is La Solana.
Should have stayed longer!!Guest: jakelevi(Phoenix, Arizona USA)Date of Stay: 03/12/10 Review Submitted: 04/11/10Our visit to Equador and the Galapagod islands would only have been better had we stayed longer here at Maria and Ken's villa. It was clean, spacious, private and very beautifully done. It was such a tranquil setting with gorgeous gardens and walking distance to the stream and town where we sampled various local foods. We were fortunate enough to have Maria offer to pick us up some groceries since our stay there was short and thank goodness Ken was flexible in picking us up at the airport as our incoming flight was delayed 4 hrs! We were also able to use them as our tour guides which was great as they know the area so well and just being our family, they were exceptionally accomodating. The market where Maria grew up was a fantastic experience and the kids tell anyone who will listen about it. Should we get back there again we would stay much longer and stay here as our home base, doing day trips from there. I can't imagine who I wouldn't recommend this place for. THANKS SO MUCH!!!
La Solana is a good break and a good adventureGuest: writar(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)Date of Stay: 03/27/10 Review Submitted: 05/18/10Our trip to La Solana was probably our last spring break as a family, just the four of us (my wife and I and two daughters 16 and 20). We have a good history of fun and interesting trips—Vietnam, Thailand, Puerto Progreso (Yucatan)—and we have always had good experiences renting vacation homes from owners. But La Solana is the best yet! This is a wonderful host/hostess team, a very helpful blend of experienced expats and travelers, as well as Maria Teresa’s renewed status as a local after years living abroad. As usual, the villa was nothing like we imagined, even though the photos posted above are perfectly accurate. And, as usual, the reality was even better than our imagination. This is a very beautiful home, spacious, integrated well into its setting, and with well-chosen design elements—thick walls, recessed windows, carefully placed barriers and plantings—that optimize the sun and the rain in a way that some now call “green” building but in Ecuador is traditional. Plus, the “Valley of Eternal Spring “ is exactly that. The setting was also a pleasant surprise. We were prepared for something, say, semi-rural, but we found ourselves perched among and above a mix of small houses, a little village, and tiny farmsteads, with pastures and small pathways and a small creek woven in. Now, I have to admit the road up to Solana is pretty bumpy in places we should have followed Maria Teresa’s advice to rent a 4WD or used public transport, which is literally right outside the gate. But considering how reasonably close we were to Quito, to say nothing of several other very interesting cities and the beauty and novelty of the northern end of the highlands, the stones and potholes are a small thing to endure to have the flexibility of a rented vehicle. Luis (the on-site manager) and his family are truly on-site: their home is inside the gated compound, right nearby for any assistance you might need but mostly unobtrusive, going about their daily business. A little Spanish will come in handy, and you probably should hire a car and guide if you have never driven in a country where traffic laws are treated like suggestions, not rules. Wandering, like driving a steep road up a narrow valley to its very end, passing tiny fields of corn clinging to the slopes, served us very well. It’s a good break and a good adventur
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The glory of this home and the peaceful atmosphere should truely be realized by your own eyes! The setting is idyllic with lush gardens and rolling hills, lit with early sun and sprakling dew. Upon our arrival, which was much later then expected (We had a run around with our rental car) Luis, the caretaker, was there to greet us with warmth and understanding. Walking through the doors of this impecible home we were thrilled. Maria Teresa is an amazing host, a beautiful woman, and a treasure to know. Her world travels and aritistic aestheticism welcomed us into a space where we could thoroughly relax and enjoy eachother as a family. We cooked wonderful food in a thorough and inviting kitchen. We sat on the patio and enjoyed coffee, conversation, and quite meditaions. We reveled in hot showers and hikes down the hills to the river. This was OUR home for the week and for this we are all thankful. Ecuador is an amazing country with open and kind people. I loved La Merced and this home specifically for its tranqility and pueblo atmosphere to really know a different side of this beautiful country. P.S A car here is a necessity in my opinion to see the beautiful surrounding city and pueblos, markets and amazing natural wonders. Ask Maria Teresa...you will be guided well.

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About the owner
We are an american-ecuadorean couple. Ken has worked in Ecuador, for the last 16 years and nine years in The Philippines and Indonesia managing development projects for the US Foreign Aid Programs. Maria is a photographer whos web page is www.mariateresagarcia.com Ken retired recently and he is settling in Quito. Maria was born in Ecuador though she has spent many years abroad along with Ken. We have two children and one grandchild who live in the US.
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