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Stuart White

Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish

Alpaca! Charming one-bedroom apartment

4 Reviews
People3
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this holiday studio in Cuenca - PumamaquiAccommodations-Alpaca

Ample bedroom w/ queen bed, 1 bathroom, sleeps 3, perfect downtown location.

We have reconstructed a traditional rural adobe home in downtown Cuenca, with all-new amenities. A peaceful garden and cobblestone courtyard comprise the centerpiece of Pumamaqui Accommodations. The studio apartment featured here, which we call 'Alpaca', has its own corridor facing the courtyard. The studio includes a queen-sized bed, two side tables with reading lamps, a desk with book shelves, sofa bed that could accommodate a third guest, ample closet space, reading lamps, a modern bathroom, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Recessed lighting and adobe style make the space both functional and pleasing. Ceilings have exposed beams and floors are artisan brick, made by Cuenca craftsmen.

Three features make Pumamaqui Accommodations extraordinary: A beautifully reconstituted building with all new amenities; the central courtyard that feels like a sanctuary in the bustle of the city; and proximity to all that that the two Cuencas--historic and modern--have to offer.

Rentals include broadband WiFi, satellite cable and flatscreen TV, abundant hot water, hair dryer, complete kitchen (including toaster, microwave, coffee maker, blender, refrigerator, stove, plates, pots and pans, cutlery, wine glasses), linens and towels, free on-site washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, and a round table, chairs and sun umbrella in the interior courtyard. All utilities are included.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Stuart White (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish

About Stuart White

My wife Patricia and I are dedicated to wild habitat conservation, in two ways: Since 2000 we support a dynamic local NGO, Fundacion Cordillera Tropical ( that does environmental research, environmental education, and biodiversity conservation in the Nudo del Azuay region of Ecuador's Cordillera Real; and we own and protect a large conservation area, the Mazar Wildlife Reserve, in Cañar Province, Ecuador. We have three young children who share these enthusiasms. On the reserve's pastures at lower elevation we maintain a herd of 500 alpacas. We recently restored a patrimonial building with four studio apartments in Cuenca's historic district that we hope will generate fond memories for our visitors from all quarters of the world.

Stuart White purchased this studio in 2006

Why Stuart White chose Ecuador

Cuenca's downtown is vibrant, and part of its energy comes from its architecture of old. We found a house-in-ruin in 2006 and decided to give the building a new lease on life. Once we got started, Pumamaqui took six years to complete--from the initial municipal permits, to a final design based on traditional rural Cuenca homes, and of course the construction itself. We finally finished Pumamaqui in August of 2013. The result since then has given our guests plenty of peace, they say, a sense of place, and fond memories of Cuenca.

What makes this studio unique

Many guests have enjoyed staying with us, and one point they very often make is this: "The location is perfect!" Indeed, we are within walking distance of most of the distinguished restaurants, cafés, museums, city parks and river walks, venues for theater and musical presentations, and shopping.

Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Alpaca! Charming one-bedroom apartment
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Miami, FL
5

Outstanding Rental in the Heart of Cuenca

  • 5 of 5

We spent a most wonderful time in Cuenca at Stuart and Patricia’s Pumamaqui apartment. We arrived from the airport by an easy and inexpensive taxi ride and were immediately welcomed by Patricia who has a gorgeous little alpaca shop right beside the apartments. Within minutes, Stuart appeared and gave us a complete rundown of all we would need to know for a great vacation in Cuenca, including not to be missed sights, restaurants, markets etc. There was a gorgeous bowl of fruit to welcome us including a delicious local fruit called granadilla and Ecuadorian bread. The fridge also had some essentials and yummy fresh cheese. We didn’t need to go anywhere to eat that day but did head right next door for a tasty Columbian supper (Moliendo Café)

The apartment complex is beautifully constructed in a traditional Ecuadorian style with balconies overlooking an open courtyard--every morning we woke up to a cornucopia of flowering bushes. The apartment has all the modern conveniences including wifi, flat-screen TV, granite countertops and an excellent bed! The location is perfect for walking to everything you want to see.

We had an odd experience where the airport temporarily closed down and we were stranded for three additional days. (This was right after the earthquake and the needed construction equipment was not available). Stuart saved the day and worked with us to move upstairs to one of his other apartments as ours was booked. That too was most comfortable. And then the piece de resistance: we couldn’t find out when the airport was going to open again and Stuart went above and beyond to determine this for us. He picked us up early on the third morning to drive us to the airport to make sure we got on a plane. All was well--we were the second plane out!

This was a fantastic place to vacation and we would return in a heartbeat. Thanks very much for a great experience. Hope we see you and your family in Miami.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Golden Valley, MN, USA
5

Best Kept Secret in Cuenca, Ecuador

  • 5 of 5

THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN CUENCA

There is not enough space on this site to express how much we enjoyed this stay at Pumamaqui Accommodations, located on Honorato Vazquez street in Cuenca. The unit is a dream. Having an architectural background, I appreciated all the special details the owner, Stuart White, put into this unit. It was conceived by Stuart and his wife Patricia and put into its elegant form by their architect, Boris Vélez. They did not spare any expense on the additional detailing and the layout in the traditional European/Spanish courtyard concept. You can catch a glimpse of that detailing in a video I have posted on You Tube at https://youtu.be/xxtnQvp1wKM as well as some of the photos the owner will post on his rental sites that further express the charm of this unit. The unit is completely furnished and well accessorized so that nothing is needed except your clothing and personal belongings. When we arrived, there was a vase of fresh flowers, bread, cheese and some fruit.

The owner, Mr. White, is very familiar with Cuenca and most of Ecuador. His family is very friendly and loving as is typical of Ecuadorians. I met them all. They are fluent in Spanish and English and my wife and I feel like we have made friends for life in the White family.

This unit is an ideal honeymoon haven. It has the openness with full view of the beautifully landscaped courtyard and yet can be visually private with room dividers and curtains. The location is one block from a very well known street, Calle Larga. There is much to see within walking distance from this unit. You can’t go one block without running into a restaurant of some sort. Taxi fares run about $2.50 to $3.50 to most anywhere. Bus fares once you learn the routes, 25 cents.

The uniqueness of this unit, the beautiful Ecuadorian people, the warm and friendly owners, the country itself made for one of the best vacations my wife and I have ever had. Truly, I can’t say enough about this vacation, starting with the unit we rented.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Loved, loved, loved this unit.

  • 5 of 5

THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN CUENCA

There is not enough space on this site to express how much we enjoyed this stay at Pumamaqui Accommodations, located on Honorato Vazquez Street in Cuenca. The unit is a dream. Having an architectural background, I appreciated all the special details the owner, Stuart White, put into this unit. It was conceived by Stuart and his wife Patricia and put into its elegant form by their architect, Boris Vélez. They did not spare any expense on the additional detailing and the layout in the traditional European/Spanish courtyard concept. You can catch a glimpse of that detailing in a video I have posted on You Tube at https://youtu.be/xxtnQvp1wKM as well as some of the photos Stuart will post on his rental sites that further express the charm of this unit. The unit is completely furnished and well accessorized so that nothing is needed except your clothing and personal belongings. When we arrived, there was a vase of fresh flowers, bread, cheese and some fruit.

The owner, Mr. White, is very familiar with Cuenca and most of Ecuador. His family is very friendly and loving as is typical of Ecuadorians. I met them all. They are fluent in Spanish and English and my wife and I feel like we have made friends for life in the White family.

This unit is an ideal honeymoon haven. It has the openness with full view of the beautifully landscaped courtyard and yet can be visually private with room dividers and curtains. The location is one block from a very well known street, Calle Larga. There is much to see within walking distance from this unit. You can’t go one block without running into a restaurant of some sort. Taxi fares run about $2.50 to $3.50 to most anywhere.

The uniqueness of this unit, the beautiful Ecuadorian people, the warm and friendly owners, the country itself made for one of the best vacations my wife and I have ever had. Truly, I can’t say enough about this vacation, starting with the unit we rented.

Sam Madrid

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A very good deal with many nice touches

  • 5 of 5

The location is very good -- about 3 to 4 blocks from the main Calderon park and all the main tourist areas. But the neighborhood itself is also sweet and charming -- close to the escalanitas leading to the river. Cuenca is a beautiful little town. Apartment is a very good deal -- He added nice touches -- a vase of fresh flowers, a nice loaf of bread from the bakery in the same complex, cheese, fresh fruits. HE took us to a supermarket to load up on food. We bought some staples and left them at the apartment for the next guests (extra toilet paper, olive oil, etc.) which we like to do. One downside is that the internet was often down and because the modem is not in our own apartment (but in some other apartment in the complex) all we could do was wait for someone who reboot it. The upside is when that happened we went out to a nearby coffeehouse and did our internet there, which was nice too (but not nice when it happens later at night).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lan, for staying with us at Pumamaqui Accommodations, and we sincerely appreciate your 5-star rating. Your frustration with the internet is shared by me. We upgraded to a corporate account a few months ago, and the connection has been generally stable and speedy, but not always...as you discovered. I have, however, signed up for downtown Cuenca's first optical fiber service, with 10Mbps and no sharing. It should be in place by September of 2015. Please come back to try it out!
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Location

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Mariscal Lamar Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Cuenca Golf and Tennis Club
Car: not necessary

From Pumamaqui Accommodations' location on Honorato Vazquez street, visitors can walk for miles along Cuenca's linear parks, which follow the course of its four rivers. Close-by large city parks, including Parque de la Madre and Parque el Paraiso, are actively used by local residents and visitors for exercise, relaxation and picnics. The main city plaza, Parque Calderón, is 5 blocks away. Leaving from the Parque Calderón are double-decker buses that tour the downtown and stop at Turi Hill, giving a bird's-eye view of the city.

Other attractions of our neighborhood include a great many quality restuarants, among them Moliendo Café (Colombian), HR-Hermanos de la Ruta (Spanish tapas), Bella Cuba, El Mediterráneo and La Viña (Italian), and Los Tiestos and El Monasterio (Ecuadorian and international). Museums include the Banco Central's cultural museum with Inca ruins, a botanical garden and zoo; the Museum of Aboriginal Culture, founded by the historian Juan Cordero Iñiguez; the Sagrario Religious Museum (once Cuenca's original cathedral) on Parque Calderón, dating from 1567; the Museum of Modern Art on San Sebastian park; and a great many private art galleries. Coffee shops, bread stores, bars, bookstores, hat stores and shopping are all available close-by.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday studio in Cuenca, Ecuador

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4 night minimum stay
£199
for 4 nights
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£314
£1,056
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £27
Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Sales tax (12%) is included in the published rate.
Smoking is prohibited on the premises of Pumamaqui Accommodations.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in Cuenca in Central & South America

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hot water is generated by an on-demand heater and is endless
  • Elegant tiled bathroom with shower. Includes large mirror, over-mirror lighting, and plenty of storage space.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • One-bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom has a view towards the garden and courtyard. Includes a queen-sized bed with two side tables and reading lamps. Hand-woven artisan rugs. Large closet with extra blanket and hangers.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

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