4 Bedroom home with three and 1/2 bathrooms with a swimming pool at the equator!
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About Pablo Alvarez
I grew up in Quito, but left Ecuador when I was a teenager. My studies took me to Germany, Kansas and California. The last fifteen years I made Texas my home, and the property in the pictures will most likely be the home for my retirement years.
Pablo Alvarez purchased this Villa in 1975
Why Pablo Alvarez chose San Antonio de Pichincha
This property was passed down to us as part of our parent's inheritance. The property was initially bought by them in the late seventies, when the valley was still a rural area. In the last forty five years Quito has grown, and the property that once served as a weekend home, has evolved into a great place to host family friends and guests.
What makes this Villa unique
All the wood works are custom made, which gives the place a unique touch! The balcony in the back of the house faces north, looking over where the equator line divides the globe into two hemispheres. I truly enjoyed the view from the kitchen bay window with the Casitagua in the horizon during the sunset. It is a property that enjoys a quiet and relaxed environment with a World Heritage city a few miles away.
Check-out: 12:00 pm
No more than 12 people
in gardens and balconies
Parents responsible for children safety
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Family reunions/ gatherings with no additional charge limited to no more than the amount of guests booked, example booked 6, then no more than 12
Family reunions/ gatherings guests can't stay overnight in the property premisses.
Events with more than 24 people are negotiated, handled and paid on site locally with the property manager not to exceed a party of 450 people event.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful Retreat in Quito
For our first trip to Ecuador, we were debating over whether to stay in the Quito or outside of Quito. After reading that the noise and traffic in Quito proper was a bit hectic, we--a family of four (but later three)--decided we prefer something a bit more serene. When we came across this listing, it seemed to be too good to be true, but it really was that good! The property is amazing, almost a tiny personal nature reserve. The hill behind the house can be hiked, but I only made it half way. There is plenty of open space to throw a football or frisbee. And you can just walk the grounds with a cup of coffee, like we did on several mornings.
As for the house itself, the photos are accurate. It was a pleasure to stay in a house that was built to be lived in, and not specifically as a rental. Having the master bedroom suite upstairs was wonderful. The bed was comfortable and master bath was spacious. I wish I had that bathroom in my house. The kitchen was also huge and very functional. A few more pots and pans would be needed if there was a very large family.
The owners were / are fantastic hosts. There was excellent communication before and during our stay. Using WhatsApp, we were able to easily communicate and ask questions. The internet speed was quite good at the house, BTW.
As for the down sides, it was sometimes difficult for Uber drivers to find the house. But once we found a good driver, that was no longer an issue. Also, being outside of the city, booking a tour would be a challenge because the pick up points are in the city. But the driver we found was a great tour guide as well. So the house being a bit outside of the city was not an issue for us. And from we saw of the city, we didn't mind being outside.
Overall, a great stay and we would stay there again!
Wonderful house in San Antonio de Pichincha
My family and I (3 adults and 4 kids) stayed in the villa for one full week and truly enjoyed our stay.
The owners were very helpful before, and during, our stay—they answered all of our questions, organized excursions and transportation for us.
The house is wonderful, spacious and clean
The location is splendid, safe and nicely located with easy access to stores and restaurants.
We had the pleasure to meet and discuss with the hosts which made our stay even more enjoyable. They were all very helpful and generous with their time.
After traveling non-stop throughout Ecuador, we stayed at the Villa for some relaxation and visiting with Ecuadorian relatives. The Villa was perfect, relaxing but with enough entertainment to keep everyone happy. Ernesto was great taking care of any of our needs while at the property as well as calling cabs, etc. Overall we had a great time at the Villa and would recommend it to anyone interested in this type of property.
We are glad you had a great time while staying with us and visiting with Ecuadorian relatives. We look forward to host you and your family next time you come back to Ecuador!
This is going to sound like a paid commercial but it is not . . .
This place is amazing! From the spacious floor plan (my extended family of 12 stayed comfortably here) to the beautiful grounds complete with pool, basketball, ping pong and soccer, this was paradise on earth. The owner, Pedro, lives on site and went out of his way to make our stay comfortable, interesting and memorable. This is a bit of a hike from the city life of Quito but well positoned for trips to Mindo, Otavalo, etc. I highly recommend!
Thank you for your kind words, we are very glad you enjoyed our property, and please help us spread the word, there is this little oasis in the Mitad del Mundo with your family and friends!
We would love to have your friends be as adventurous as you and come explore what Ecuador has to offer. Looking forward to have you back, and thanks for your input with the B&B you visited in Galapagos, I really want to help making it affordable to science teachers and educators to have the Galápagos experience!
What a wonderful home for a large family like ours. 9 of us stayed for 12 days and loved it. It is a very comfortabl, well equipped home with everything you need. The pool was nice to have but a little to chilly to enjoy for our stay on March. The hosts and the concierge, Ernesto, were lovely people and so helpful. Pablo and Pedro couldn’t have been more gracious. We had a few issues with the stove and one light in the kitchen that our son was shocked by when he tried screwing in the light bulb that was not working but after that, we just didn’t mess with it! It was awesome having a washer and dryer for our group as well. We highly recommend this home!
Thanks for your kind words in your review. Ernesto did take care of the issue with the stove and the light bulb in the kitchen.
It was a beautiful house and amazing service!
It was a beautiful hacienda more beautiful than the pictures! When we got there and Pablo and Ernesto were there to receive us, very nice people. The place is great for the large group, we were 8 adults and 3 children including little ones, it worked out perfect, there was plenty of space and of course the kids loved the playground! Beautiful sights every morning and so quiet as well, very relaxing. The place was very clean and comfortable. The group keeper, Ernesto was awesome! He helped us so much when it came to transportation, getting us a taxi every time we needed one! Totally recommend this hacienda, it exceeds the description, it is very well maintained, so close to the Mitad del Mundo and other attractions nearby, and the costumer service is definitely great! =)
Many thanks for your awesome review! Pedro and Ernesto take pride at making your stay with us a memorable moment in our beloved country. Please come visit us again in the near future and share with your family and friends about this little oasis in the Middle of the World.
Till next time,...
Two miles away from the equator in the Middle of the World!! By the monument the city has developed a complex with a variety of amenities for tourists to enjoy their visit.