We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights in Fundo Los Guindos. The home is amazing, full of character, there is wood everywhere, and the rooms are big with high ceilings. We took one of the two large double bedrooms available in the main house. It had a beautiful sloping wooden floor and a vaulted ceiling. The owner, Gloria, proudly told us we had the biggest bed in Chile. It was dwarfed by the size of the room and was also extremely comfortable. We walked down the track to the lake and private beach and discovered a delightful cottage tucked away in the woods that Gloria occasionally lets out to guests. Gloria's 4 dogs accompanied us on the walk there and back. The lake itself is enormous. You can barely see from one side to the other, and such is its influence, that the region has its own micro-climate. It never snows here, and the average winter temperature is 9 degrees.
Gloria treats her guests like family. Breakfasts were delightful. Freshly squeezed fruit juice, home baked bread, eggs, cheese, ham, homemade jams and honey, real coffee and a range of teas. We were treated to an aperitif of pisco sour each night. Dinner was cooked on the large wood burning range that also supplies heat to the house. The first night we enjoyed a green salad with avocado and ingredients from the garden, local beef with ratatouille and new potatoes also from the garden, and Panna Cotta served with physalis (cape gooseberry) freshly picked from the greenhouse. On the second night we were served a creamy tomato soup followed by chicken in a white wine sauce with mushrooms and tagliatelle. On both occasions Gloria joined us and we shared conversation and laughter over a bottle of excellent Chilean wine.
If we ever return to this part of Chile we would certainly stay here again.