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Modern Beach Cottage with private yard, Open concept 2 br/1 ba- Montanita/Olon

Bedrooms 2
Space 980 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Close to the beach, within a newer private community, with pool for lounging.

This modern beach cottage is located just as you enter the quaint village of Olon, just a 3 minute ride by taxi to Montanita. Located within Cabanas de Olon, a private gated community 2 blocks from the beach, this serene location is a wonderful getaway close to it all. Just cross the road and head down the path two blocks to get to this amazing uncrowded palm lined surf beach.

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The open concept cottage features two airy guest rooms, each with new split air conditioner to keep you sleeping comfortably after your day exploring the beach. Each bedroom is appointed with a queen size bed, bedside tables, and table lamps. A hallway features an extra closet for additional storage. The living area has high bamboo clad ceilings, skylight, sectional sofa, a media center with tv and dvd player, and great views out to the garden and front terrace. The open window filled kitchen features and all the tools to prepare your feast, including a prep and dining island, sink, refrigerator, stove, microwave, and of course a coffeemaker!

Outdoors, enjoy a dining patio on the from terrace with views as you eat towards the ocean sunsets. Alongside the cottage and overlooking your private yard, a full lounge patio with hammocks await you under a shaded canopy with views of bamboo, blossoms, fruit trees and palms. On the back side of the property lies ample space for parking. On the community grounds enjoy a private pool and community area, assistance of the guardian/groundskeeper, and lots of peace and quiet.

Just off the Ruta del Sol, stroll out in the mornings to the bakery for some fresh pastries, or simply cross the street for the grocer. Do note - this cottage is NOT in the center of Montanita, but just a couple (3) minutes by cab if desired. This makes it its the perfect spot to have privacy and your own beach to enjoy when you want to chill out, plus a little cute village of shops an eateries close - by - and the great bonus of being able to experience the variety of food, boutiques, bars and amenities Montanita has as well. Fresh vegetables and market goods are available at the localk market across the street and down a block. As well and can also be purchased directly from the back o farmers pick-ups as they roll through town in the mornings. Mid morning - find the daily catch on the beach - or grab what looks best as fisherman ride by on their bicycle - ready to filet as desired. Surfiing, lounging, dining, hiking, shopping, massage,swimming, horse-back riding.... its all here and waiting to be discovered.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, we can assist with booking your transportation to Olon as well.

More Details

Alyson and Gustavo Blum
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2018

About Alyson and Gustavo Blum

Hi, We are the Blum family! My husband Gustavo is from Ecuador and Costa Rica, and I am from San Diego. We met in California and then spent two years living in Costa Rica and Ecuador. We loved our time at the beach in the Olon area most of all, and decided that we really wanted a place to call our own and to return to with our young kids when we visit family in Gauyaquil. we have many friends in the complex, we love our neighbors, and the many kind families living in Olon. Above all, we adore the beach and the food.

Alyson and Gustavo Blum purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Alyson and Gustavo Blum chose Don Pancho

We wanted a spot where we could easily walk to the beach, but that was still surrounded by nature and open space. we purchased two lots so we could have a yard that was our own for spending lots of time outdoors. We have also enjoyed the peace of mind that comes with having a caretakers family always onsite, and we appreciate the shared community atmosphere of our international neighbors. Some of the cabanas are owned by folks from Chile, Canada, Ecuador, Switzerland, and the United States.

What makes this cottage unique

We were able to design the home as we built it from scratch, so we chose higher ceilings and more open spaces than is traditional in Ecuador. The windows are absurdly large for Ecuador, but since I am from California I love the sunlight. The onsite pool is really divine after a nice adventure or a long day at the beach. We usually stay in the pool until the sun goes down.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Don Pancho in Santa Elena

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Modern Beach Cottage with private yard, Open concept 2 br/1 ba- Montanita/Olon
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 6 reviews

Loved this house and pool!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had an amazing stay here, the cottage was extremely clean, super stylish, quiet and comfy. The pool was our kids favorite- we stayed in the pool in the evenings, and sometimes used a smaller individual pool that's at the house and you can fill with the hose in the yard. The ac in the bedrooms was great and powerful enough to cool the whole cottage when we wanted to.The kitchen was a huge plus for us, and it was very clean and even the dishes were nice-everything we needed was there- even a blender to make smoothies. The sofa is super long with lots of pillows and there was plenty of space for us to lounge and watch movies on the dvd player in the evenings- you can buy movies in town for $2 in English. We picked passion fruit that had fallen from the vine each morning to make fresh juice, and walked to the bakery in the mornings to buy fresh bread. ( there are some chickens and a rooster that come to forage for bugs in the yard in the morning.. My kids loved that) . Urbano helped us when we had to re-light the gas for hot water, and it was nice to have someone on the property and made us very comfortable. We will definitely be back, for this cottage in particular. Not crowded at the beach, town, or in this little group of cottages.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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There's Better

  • 1 of 5

I really can’t say anything good about this rental. The house has been neglected for years. Two large sofas are unusable being the frames are broken. All the cushion fabric is splitting and the foam is what you have left. The windows will not lock. Glassware is really minimal, no hammocks, no water dispenser, AC non functional due to missing batteries, broken lamps, missing bulbs, broken blender container (with tape on it). I could go on. Along with the years of neglect, there has been no needed improvements. It is really not that comfortable to hang out during the day. You use it to sleep, not to party, not to relax, not to socialize. Sitting arrangements are at a minimum. Oh, and they will tell you they will get things handled immediately – which never happens. Then they go into excuse mode. You can do better in Olon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location, but needs some attention!

  • 3 of 5

We very much enjoyed our visit to Olon. Lovely little community. We got to know several of the restaurant owners and bakers. The beach is clean and not very busy while we were there. However, our accommodation left something to be desired. This unit needs some major cleaning, and lots of TLC. The screen doors don't work. The blinds in the kitchen don't roll up. Several of the windows either didn't open or the screen didn't fit. Yes, you have a coffee pot - but no toaster, no cork screw and no jug - in Ecuador, where milk is sold in plastic bags! There is no stand for the large blue water jugs, and the blender leaks and is unusable. The kitchen is very basic. The burners on the stove don't always work, and we had to unplug it when not using it, as the ignitor kept clicking, which was a little unnerving. 2 out of 4 pieces of patio furniture were broken. Light bulbs missing, the lamps were pretty scary to use, and fortunately we only used one bedroom cause the batteries for the air conditioner remote in the other room were dead. We were there in the rainy season, but good for us that they haven't been getting much rain because the roof leaks in both the bedroom and the living room. Urbano, the caretaker, is very friendly and as helpful as he can be without speaking any English. We found a local restaurant owner who would call Urbano and explain what was needed when we couldn't figure things out without language. And don't blame the caretaker for the state of the unit - this place needs the owner's care and attention. This was our last stop in Ecuador, and maybe because the rest of our accommodations were great, we expected things to at least be in working order and clean. Water is an issue in many of the communities along the coast. Olon responds to the lack of water by turning the water off from 1-6pm and 1-6am. Manage this by saving water in pails to use for washing and toilets.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Spent 5 nights at the house with 2 kids. The house is in a gated community and a 10 minute walk to the beach and central Olon. It was a great, relaxing, getaway for my family. Everything was a short walking distance, Montanitas a 5 minute cab ride, and the beach in Olon is far superior than the one in Montanitas - more family orientated and far more restaurants to chose from. Beds were great, house very clean, outside hangout adequate, very quiet and secure, pool area nice. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a nice, affordable place to hang out on the beach without the cacophony of Montanitas.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is one of the in total 12 cottages in this small gated community. It lies just outside the small town of Olon and 5 min by car ir bus from Montañita. Olon's beach is one of the prettiest of this area and Montañita is the busiest town (many Bart, restaurants, etc.).

The gated community is tranquil and has a small but nice swimming pool.

The cottage is confortable, 2 very nice bedrooms with A/C, an adequete bathroom, hot water wasn't available but you won't miss that during this time of the year, kitchen had all supplies needed, like described. There is no cable tv or internet, just a television with a dvd player. The breakfasts and drinks on the deck we liked very much.

The owners don't live in the area, but the guard is friendly and able to help if you ask him. Alyson is quick in answering, and very helpful. We liked our stay, and could recommend this place to couples or small families.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Will stay here again!!!

  • 4 of 5

The property was very nice and we felt secure with it being in a gated community. We met a few of the people living there permanently and they were also very nice. The house was spacious, the beds were comfortable. The ceiling fans and air-conditioning units were very nice to have since the temperatures did rise considerably while we were there. The outdoor living area was a nice bonus. The owners quick response and attention to our needs was wonderful. It is a great location for a beautiful more private beach than Montanita, yet close enough (taxi ride only $1.50) to go there for dining out and shopping as well as the night life. Thank you Alyson and Gustavo!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £37.68

Rates are for occupancy up to 4. Additional guests incur a nightly rate of $10 each.. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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