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Off-Grid Eco-Solar House in Mindo Countryside

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Front view of solar powered eco-house surrounded by mountain views, countryside & gardens!
View of kitchen & dining area with dual paned stone fireplace to the left & spectacular views.
View from kitchen of dining area, stone chimney & attached living area, all surrounded by nature!
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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
9 guests
2 nights minimum
Rental Home
Posada La Lomita is an eco-friendly country house in the outskirts of Mindo, nestled in the mountainous countryside of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest, at a leisurely 30 minute walk past the town of Mindo. We function off the electrical grid, and rely on solar panels for electricity and a local waterfall/mountain spring for water. For a smaller accommodation, check out our country cottage which is located on the property as well, and is also listed on FlipKey. At Posada La Lomita, we practice energy conservation, and are conscientious of not utilizing high voltage consuming products as well as turning off the lights and electrical appliances when not in use. Accommodations include an eco-friendly house off the electrical grid, with solar panels. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 8...Posada La Lomita is an eco-friendly country house in the outskirts of Mindo, nestled in the mountainous countryside of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest, at a leisurely 30 minute walk past the town of Mindo. We function off the electrical grid, and rely on solar panels for electricity and a local waterfall/mountain spring for water. For a smaller accommodation, check out our country cottage which is located on the property as well, and is also listed on FlipKey. At Posada La Lomita, we practice energy conservation, and are conscientious of not utilizing high voltage consuming products as well as turning off the lights and electrical appliances when not in use. Accommodations include an eco-friendly house off the electrical grid, with solar panels. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps up to 8. The home is custom built and constructed entirely of wood. Views are possible in every location throughout the house, and the scenery and nature is breathtaking and awe inspiring of the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest & forest reserve. A separate gazebo/lookout, complete with hammocks and an artisan crafted table is located down the hill from the house, also providing a relaxing escape into the fresh air, where you can get a closer, bird's eye view of the forest and its sounds.We sit on 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of nature filled land, with trees, fields, creeks, birds, armadillos, guatusas, and other abundant wildlife all around us. Outdoor, on-site athletic activities include badminton, soccer, croquet, nature walks, playing/wading in the creek or swimming in our outdoor, natural, chemical free pool! For the family or couple who enjoys nature, and the uncontaminated, pure environment that the Mindo countryside has to offer--and for those who are still looking for the luxury comforts of a home--this is the perfect getaway for some peace and quiet, filled only with the sounds of birds, insects and running water. We are completely secluded and offer privacy from the bustle and noise in the town of Mindo. Other small cottages are located on the property as well, making Posada La Lomita an excellent location for larger group gatherings in your own private hacienda. Due to the presence of other cabañas, other tourists might also be on the property, yet privacy is not an issue, as space is abundant. The owners are bilingual in English and Spanish and we raise our two children bilingually as well. The house and property are child and eco-friendly, using only non-toxic products, and offering entertainment for children such as games, art, and movies (in English and Spanish), plus badminton, soccer, croquet, and free range chickens to feed and collect eggs from.The light colored wood construction blends in naturally with the forested mountainous environment, emphasizing the oneness with your surroundings. Our water source comes from natural water spring & waterfall in the mountains above, thus supplying filtered (yet untreated) chemical and pollutant free water for the house. Though daytime can reach the 80's F, nighttime tends to be cool, for which one controls the temperature by simply closing the windows and using extra, supplied blankets if needed.The kitchen is built with socialization in mind, fostering openness to the dining and living area, thus making mealtime sociable and family friendly events. The living area is surrounded on 3 sides with floor to ceiling windows and screens, permitting a 270 degree view of the wildlife and forest scenery below. You can enjoy these views in the comfort of your own hammock, bean bag, or typical colonial chair.Nighttime at Posada La Lomita resembles a starry sky, except instead of stars, you will notice that they are lightning bugs, illuminating the darkness! Sometimes it's as if you were in your own private galaxy, surrounded by twinkling stars (flashing fireflies) as you walk the property in the dark. Paths are also automatically illuminated with solar lamps that turn on at dusk.Apart from the basic package, extra available services include a private chef, maid (basic housekeeping is already provided), chauffeur, guide, and babysitter. Please inquire if any of these interest you, as only a basic daily cleaning service is already included (changing the trash and sweeping the floors). Breakfast is also available at an additional cost, and consists of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, fresh juice, bread, eggs (usually free range from our chickens), cheese, fresh fruit, butter and jelly. If another kind of breakfast is desired, we would be more than happy to accommodate (if at all feasible), please just give us a day's notice!The owners live on the property as well, yet we are at a comfortable, private distance from the house, and are available to assist with any of your needs or arrange them entirely for you. Advance notice is kindly appreciated, however.As experienced travelers ourselves--and having our own small children--we realize that one's own accommodations and necessities might be unique from the next. We are more than flexible and happy to fulfill your desires; just tell us what you require, and we will present you with the best package and offer to ensure you have the most wonderful, at ease, & memorable vacation while here in Mindo & Ecuador!More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Please, no more guests are allowed than what has been stipulated in the reservation. If you believe your group will be larger than what has been reserved, we must know in advance and it must be OK'd with us prior to the group's arrival. This is out of respect for any guests who might also be staying in the cottage (which is also occasionally rented out to tourists), and for our family who lives on the property as well. Ayahuasca is not permitted.
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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Meet the host
Fernando S
Hosting since July 2014
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (6)
agathamark83
agathamark83
15 contributions
Very quiet idyllic location, very sweet little cottage with 2 bedrooms and everything on and in it to have a wonderful stay. Small swimming pool and a covered seating area with chairs and hammocks. SO many hummingbirds and many more sorts of birds.
Visited June 2017
Written July 8, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

FionaILC
FionaILC
Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
I had a fantastic stay at this beautiful property with my family. The house is incredibly confortable and well equipped with all you can need. the grounds are beautiful and Nano and his family very welcoming and available. Very much recommended!
Visited April 2018
Written April 16, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

pjd223
pjd223
Washington DC, DC42 contributions
This property is tranquil and very well maintained. The all wooden house is well designed, kitchen is well appointed for serious cooking if desired, screens fit well so you can wake to the birds in the morning. Hot water is plentiful and on demand, wifi works well. The furniture is comfortable and the hammock bird viewing room is wonderful - although you can view birds from every room! There is a separate gazebo cloaked in hanging orchids and a natural spring fed pool on the property but sufficiently apart for privacy. The owners are terrific and accommodating; Will return for much longer next time.
Visited February 2017
Written March 6, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Janeal1951
Janeal1951
Santa Fe, NM138 contributions
My husband and I had the great treat of spending a week at this very special property created by a very special family. Though it was just two of us, we opted to pay more and have the luxury of the absolute pleasure this house affords. Panoramic views across acres of thoughtfully landscaped gardens. A hamoc-filled gazebo where we enjoyed reading each day. Mindo is renowned for its birding and, though a guided birding tour is certainly recommended, an incredible array of bird life is enjoyed right from the windows of the living area or anywhere else on the property. After a couple of weeks in Quito and Cuenca, it was a huge relief and delight to ensconce ourselves here for a blessed week! Can't recommend enough! Just come prepared for mosquitos! Worth every bite I'm leaving with!
Visited November 2015
Written November 23, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Inspire540807
Inspire540807
Thank you for such kind words Janeal and Aaron! We enjoyed your stay as much as you did and hope to see you again in the future ;-) Happy travels!
Written November 24, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stephanie M
Stephanie M
5 contributions
There are many places to stay in Mindo but you would be missing out big time if you didn't stay here--it's the only place you should stay! This place is incredible! It is an absolutely breathtaking property and house. We were totally blown away--the house was even more amazing than the photos! The house and property are so peaceful and infused with love. It was spotless-extremely clean and they provided daily basic housekeeping (emptying trash and sweeping) which was very nice. Marjorie and Nano thought of every possible detail you can imagine in a house and went above and beyond to make our stay incredible. Here are just a few of the many details they thought of that made our stay special: - local coffee provided-a total bonus! - fully equipped kitchen with everything you can dream of-griddle for pancakes, blender, potato peeler, it was even stocked with some spices, sugar, and olive oil which we really appreciated. They provided all our water too. - a TV room with bean bags, games and more than enough DVDs. It was such a treat for my kids to get to watch a movie every night. They also played most of the games too! - shampoo, conditioner and soap in every bathroom. - all windows were screened which was great as it meant we could leave them open at night for the breeze. We've stayed in a number of places without screens which means you can't leave the windows open. - homemade mosquito repellant made from natural oils. (Seriously-they actually made it! We were so impressed!) We can't say enough about how beautiful the house is. We wanted to live there! We also loved that the house was solar and off the grid. Every aspect of the house and their grounds has a low environmental impact, which we found really inspiring. They have done a beautiful job with everything on their grounds--there is a gorgeous spring fed pool, a gazebo with hammocks and a table and chairs for eating or writing and even a badminton net! My girls had fun with that too. They also offered us fresh eggs from their hens and three types of fresh lettuce from their garden. We loved it so much we wish we had stayed more than 3 days. It's easy to get to from town and not too far (we had a car but we walked to the butterfly farm and could have walked into town if our kids had been more up for it but it would be a longer walk to town.) Marjorie and Nano are also happy to help direct you to whatever activities in town you ask about. We relied on them to tell us how to get to the things we wanted to do like the butterflies, waterfalls and gondola ride. The final bonus was their kids. We have 6 and 8 year olds and our kids made fast friends with their 7 year old. They were almost inseparable for our stay there and that made it super special for my girls, not to mention easier for us parents that they had a friend to play with. Seriously if you are going to Mindo, stay nowhere else but here!
Visited August 2015
Written August 9, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

powersurge11
powersurge11
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
This Mindo house was the BEST rental location we experienced after spending over a month in Ecuador, and out of a dozen other rentals. A few things that should be emphasized: Hot water! Most rentals in Ecuador and most hotels and hostals say they have 'agua caliente' but most mean water that is not cold, and some even mean during specific hours. This house has very hot water, and lots of it, and even enough to comfortably take a bath in the lovely tile tub in the master bathroom. Quality house construction in the wilderness. You will find lots of fantastic wildlife outside and on the property with the creek on the property, birds and even watusi. If you go out at night with flashlights you can find some great insect life. Somehow, we never had any of those insects get in the house, despite the eco-wood construction and the fact that the house feels very much integrated with the outside and wildlife. The viewpoint 'Mirador'. This gazebo on the property had six hammocks. Even better, when we hung out there in the early morning or evening, we had no problem seeing 50 different types of birds and hearing even more. We saw many more birds from the mirador steps away from the house than we did over a week in the Amazonia. Hike to the waterfalls. A true highlight is when we were lucky enough to get a guided hike by Fernando to the nearest couple waterfalls. It was truly a jungle trek with beautiful flora and fauna and refreshing waterfalls. We were a little worried on our first drive out to the property as it is truly off the beaten path. You cross Mindo river and the rocky road even crosses a stream of water running over the 'road'. Only on later trips did we realize that the rough and creek-crossed rocky road is really just a half-hour walk to town, and about as good as other roads outside of Mindo. I didn't like the town of Mindo that much, but this property was really nice, large, clean and close to the butterfly farm and rock wall, waterfalls, and Fernando and Marjorie were very high service hosts.
Visited August 2014
Written August 7, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Balcony
  • Grill
  • Deck
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Mountain Views
  • Patio
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Secure Parking
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Cycling Trips
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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Car not needed
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Off-Grid Eco-Solar House in Mindo Countryside

Off-Grid Eco-Solar House in Mindo Countryside is able to accommodate up to 9 guests. See all property details.

Off-Grid Eco-Solar House in Mindo Countryside has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

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