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Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Our travels in Chile took us up the Maule River and to Alto Vilches to hike. Chez L'habitant was our base and chosen by a travel agent, without a good look at the roads connecting us to our trekking destinations. It is along and circuitous route, since there is no bridge connecting the north and south sides of the Maule until Talco. However, the hotel is a delightful place and the Riquelme family are warm and welcoming. The lodge sits above Lago Colbun with amazing views and comfortable decks and lounging areas. The food is excellent; service quick and friendly and they will assist with any questions about the area or activities. The rooms are good - somewhat hot during high summer - but clean and comfortable. More facilities are being added to accommodate campers, along with the hotel facilities. We were helped immensely by the guidance of our hosts to show us a route across the river that passed through private property (a quarry) for a 2000 CP fee ($4.00) but that saved at least 100 km of driving on dusty gravel roads.
A delightful place to relax and worth a visit.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Chezlhabitant L, Gerente at Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Dear Hockleybe,

Thanks for your so nice comments in Trip Advisor. Actually this helps a lot for us to improve our services and we also thanks for your visit to our lodge. We are glad you were able to visit Maule Region and find it so beautiful as well as the lodge sits. Also thanks a lot for enjoying our food and our service. Every year we improve our services to satisfy the requirements of our hostess. Wish to have you again in our lodge.

Chez L´Habitant Team

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We went here for activities and eating and had a great time! The lodges were a little bit above our budget since we were backpacking, but everything looked amazing so it was a pity we couldn´t sleep there.. There were many activities like hiking and kayaking, you could use a hottub, get a massage and the food in the restaurant was AMAZING! Lovely place to stay if you´re willing to have a relaxed time at the beautifull Colbun lake and otherwise a great place to go if you want to do some activities or enjoy a really good dinner!
Try the local beer in their restaurant, it´s very tastefull!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Chezlhabitant L, Gerente at Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Dear Wimplon,

So nice of you to write about us and glad you like the place as well as the food and activities. And of course our local beer, thanks a lot. The good news is that we have now a place for camping and glamping and we are finishing our new web site with new pictures and better design.Thanks hoping to see you again.

Chez L´Habitant Team

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

We spent last weekend at Chez l'Habitant and we were thrilled with our choice. The rooms are cozy and very private, ideal if you want to sleep late without being bothered. We woke up to the sound of birds and after having a beautiful breakfast with home-made bread, cakes and jam, we headed to the swimming pool to enjoy the lovely weather. The place is very quiet, with unexpected hidden corners surrounded by trees and flowers, hammocks that invite you to catch up with a book or simply have a nap. We did kayaking in the lake, lingered for an hour in the hot tub with views to the lake and had exquisite meals cooked by the owner's wife. Most of their produce is local and even the ice cream was traditionally made. If you ever go there, make sure you taste the local dessert. The place used to be the family weekend-house, until the owners left Santiago to live there permanently. They extended the house, which became the living area of the lodge, where the reception and dining room are. I was amazed by the design, spontaneous, growing respectful to the surrounding nature, using mainly timber, with beautiful wall finishes. The cabins and rooms follow the same design concept, using natural wooden elements such as branches and sticks as balausters, handrails and hangers. They have other outdoor activities - mountain bike, trekking - but we didn't have much time. We would love to go back, the owners turned out to be very welcoming, the service was great.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vale C
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Chezlhabitant L, Gerente at Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Vale C,

We are so grateful for your comments, we really fill proud with such excellent words and of course encourage us to continue improving in our services being so important to us that you sow and perceive the work of ecotourism carried out by us. Happy to see you again. We will be having a new web site in a few days with more pictures and news.

Thank you very much,

Chez L´Habitant Team

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

In March 2012 we spent a weekend at Chez l"Habitant. We enjoyed the warm welcome and the trekkings our guide Jantine made with us. During the trekking she gave us a lot of information. After this we could rest at the swimmingpool or in the hottub, while enjoying a wonderful view over the lake. The day ended of course with a BBQ on the terrace. Jantine and Christian, thank you for your hospitality and the great weekend. Great price-performance ratio. Ed.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Chezlhabitant L, Gerente at Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Dear Ed K,

Thanks for your comments and happy you had enjoy in our place. Our philosophy is to give a service so you can fell at home, as well as in the activities you con know more of the sorroundings . As a guide we fell proud we are accomplishing with our promise of security, enjoying, learning and local contact.
Thank you for your nice words and remember you always are welcome.

Chez L´Habitant Team

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Reviewed January 9, 2012

A small oasis on the steep south bank of one of Chile's largest reservoirs supplying 1/3 of Santiago's electrical power.

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With temperatures soaring in the 90s F/ 30s C +, Chez l'Habitant had the perfect combination of shade from ample vegetation and slight breeze coming off the lake to feel super relaxed and in total vacation mode.

The food was exceptional. We ordered a pizza and it was far and away the best one we have had in Chile. Fresh ingredients plucked from the garden just for our meal - can't get any better than that!

The service was friendly and hospitable and made us feel at home, instantly.

They practice eco tourism much more consciously than most other Chilean outfits who think that using kayaks instead of fumes emitting jet skis.


A little more challenging is the 6 mile/ 10 k dirt road to get there. Doable in any vehicle but not the most comfortable ride.

The only downfall with being on a reservoir is the ever changing water level, depending on Santiago's energy demands. When the lake is full, it's gorgeous, when low, it takes some of the luster away.

Nevertheless, Chez l'Habitant also does trekking and excursions so you can check out other areas than just the lake.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Last month I visited this spot along with two friends. We were referred by a local, and yet again, the locals always know the best spots. We did have some trouble finding the spot--but our mistake led to a great story involving the words peligroso and dam. When we got back on the right road, we did have some questions about if this was indeed the right road--but luckily it was. Once we got to Chez l'Habitant, we were immediately welcomed and made to feel at home.

This was a great place to have a few days to relax, do some outdoor activities, and drink pisco sours in the hammocks. Also took a nice dip in the wood cask hot tub. The owners were very welcoming and even put together a trek for us when their nature guide was out of town. We got to walk to a beautiful water fall and talk to our guides--learning a lot about Chile.

Great place to kayak, trek, mountain bike......etc.....

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We spent a wonderful time at Chez L'Habitant. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature with family and friends. This cozy family-managed lodge offers a nice view to the Colbun lake, several outdoor activities and a restaurant with a wonderful menu. The short wine course and the paella are a must.

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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Camino Colbun Alto Km. 10.5 | Ribera Sur Lago Colbun, Colbun, Chile
Location: Chile > Maule Region > Colbun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Colbun
Price Range: $182 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chez L’Habitant Lodge & Ecoturism 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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