Casa Chueca is an semi-tropical peaceful oasis on 10 acres.
It's a great resting place for those relaxing after one of the multiple beach, mountain and lake excursions in the area.
It's a wonderful meeting point of travelers from all over the world (primarily Europe and US/Canada) - the optional delicious dinner at seven around a large table on the veranda glowing in the sunset keeps you there till long after dark drinking up great stories with new made friends.
The owners, Franz (originally from Austria) and Kathy (from Germany) traveled the world as trekking guides before finally settling down in the Talca area in the mid nineties. Casa Chueca is the results of their consistent efforts and high standards.
Their involvement in the community is commendable. They are part of a foundation that actively promotes the reforestation of native trees. They also started a project to help poor women whose were severely affected by the devastating earthquake that leveled 70% of the older adobe style houses in the area almost 2 years ago. Some of the women paint wine bottles from local vineyards - they get paid a decent fee and there is enough left over to plant a tree! Obviously we bought a couple of bottles.
The rooms are simple but roomy, clean and efficient. There is enough space to put all your belongings and not trip over them. The shower water is hot and pressure is good.
The included breakfast has tea, coffee, fresh fruit, juices, jams, cheese and breads - tasty and filling enough to get you off to a good start of the day. Then again, the place is so comfortable, you may just want to lounge around for a few more hours. (and yes, there is wifi - strongest around the eating and reception area).
There is a walking path, swimming pool, pool and ping pong table for those looking for an activity on grounds. Otherwise Franz and crew will take you on some amazing excursion in the area or anywhere around Chile.
Highly recommend staying here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodge in Talca, between the coast and the Andes Amidst the Chilean wine-growing district, looking towards the snow-covered Andes, is Casa Chueca Lodge. The nature reserves of the Altos de Lircay and the Siete Tazas are wonderful hiking destinations, mountain farmers accompany equestrians through the Melado Valley, and the surrounding vineyards welcome wine tasters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Chueca Talca