4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps up to 9, Off the Grid, Eco-Mountain Retreat
Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron
- English, Spanish
About Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron
We're a tri-cultural family, having lived in Chile, Ecuador, and the United States. Since 1998 we have been in love with Mindo and its surrounding area, and in 2007 were able to start our dreams of raising our family here. Our two children, ages 8 and 14, speak both English, Spanish, and Spanglish, and have the unique opportunity to adventure outside without worrying about cars or strangers, or take walks into town and enjoy the magnificent views, natural lifestyle, and slow pace of life.
Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2007
Why Marjorie & Fernando Salmeron chose Mindo
Mindo is neither too hot, too cold, nor too humid--it is perfect. It is located about 5,000 -6,500 feet above sea level, and as such is above the Ecuadorian malarial zone. Its seasons are divided into rainy and dry, with half the year (approximately June to December) being the dry season, and the other half (December to June), the rainy one. During that time it may rain all day, or just predominantly in the afternoon, leaving the mornings pleasant and sunny for outdoor activities. In this case, usually after such exercise, afternoon rains are a refreshing welcome, with the rhythmic sound calming you after a day of activities, or lulling you to sleep from so much fun. Wildlife, in both flora and fauna, is abundant here, and unique to this small corner of the world. Mindo is also primarily known for outdoor and adventure activities, all of which are in close range to our property at Posada La Lomita. Contrary to many other parts of Ecuador and South America, you will notice that the Mindo community has an appreciation and understanding of the importance of the biodiversity of this region, and as such provides resources and support for its continued existence.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
You will find perhaps other homes in Mindo, or lodges and cabins that offer your own private sleeping quarters, but what sets us apart is our closeness with nature, yet privacy and remoteness from the town, in which you can take advantage of the large house and expansive property for carrying on your own activities. We are self-sufficient and in control of our energy consumption; when Mindo is without electricity, we are not. Likewise, when Mindo is without water, we also are not. The house doesn't offer residence to multiple guests at once, but rather one family at a time--thus ensuring a complete private, family experience. We have no visible neighbors, yet we are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from town and all the much desired tourist activities. Depending on your mood and your longing for seclusion, you can all of it, none of it, or pick and choose your level of anonymity and socialization. Posada La Lomita is a paradise suitable for every kind of person, family, and personality!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Serene visit to paradise!
The owners, Nano and Marjorie, created a beautiful and unique property located in relative seclusion but close enough to town to walk (20 to 30 minutes). We stayed in the 3 bedroom, 2 bath eco house for only two nights and I wish our stay was longer. The house is roomy and comfortable. The sun room has ample windows that overlook a lush, tropical landscape, perfect for viewing birds and wildlife from the comfort of home. A covered wooden bridge winds through a wonderland of gorgeous plants and leads you to a large spring fed pool and fountain. This secluded pool area has a changing room, bathroom and sauna. In another area of the lush, expansive yard, there is a gazebo covered with colorful hanging vines. This secluded site is visited regularly by several species of hummingbirds, and overlooks tropical forest and mountain areas making for a magical feel to this incredibly relaxing area. Several hammocks are available at the gazebo. There are numerous activities that can be arranged in the nearby town that range from strenuous activities like waterfall hikes, gondola rides, white water tubing, and zip lining to more sedate and relaxing activities like visiting the butterfly garden and chocolate making tour. I can't say enough about this special place and the two special people who own the property. Nano and Marjorie are readily available for any questions and/or assistance and are two of the nicest people you will be lucky enough to meet when visiting Ecuador.
This property exceeded our expectations. Mindo is a beautiful area and staying in this environment-friendly house located away from the buzz of the town was just perfect.
The place is clean, welcoming and impeccably maintained. We were very comfortable and were able to make our meals (if you plan to cook your meals, it’s a good idea to do some shopping in Quito before heading to Mindo). There are also lots of restaurants in the area so food is not a problem.
The gazebo with numerous hammocks was the perfect place to rest and relax while enjoying nature!
The pool was wonderful - beautiful surroundings and chemical free! The sauna was quite enjoyable as well.
The owner, Fernando, provided us with a tour of the house when we arrived which was very useful. Fernando was a wonderful host and was always available and attentive to our needs.
Mindo is a birder’s paradise and as birders ourselves we appreciated the fabulous birding opportunities right in the property as well as in the surrounding areas.
An SUV is highly recommended for this area.
Thanks Fernando for hosting our family! It was wonderful. We all also loved Penny - the friendliest dog we’ve met in Ecuador!
We loved it!
This property is an absolute paradise. The pictures can not truly depict how beautifully constructed the house is or how luxurious the grounds are. Marjorie and Nano were extremely gracious hosts and their property reflects how much love and care they put into all of the details. Both were so friendly and very helpful setting up tours. They also make a fantastic breakfast. The guided waterfall tour with Luis was a one of a kind adventure, not to be missed. I would highly recommend!!!
Most unbelievable time in Mindo
There have already been so many great things said about this place and we agree with all of them. Nano and Marjorie use their gift of hospitality to the fullest. Thier love, joy and vision for this property shines through when they take the time to show you the entire grounds, including the pool area.
Although bird watching was not on our schedule you can't help but get into watching all the different kinds of birds right from the hammocks on the property.
Nano set up a wonderful chocolate tour with a friend of theirs. We actually made the chocolate from the cacoa bean to a delicious fondue in the end. That was a great experience.
Each morning Nano and Marjorie fixed a delicious spread for breakfast. It couldn't have been better. They were available when you need them whether it was needing a taxi or recommending a restaurant. We walked to town a couple times. Also walked to the butterfly sanctuary. Don't miss this!
The worst thing about this place is that we had to leave. I would recommend this property to anyone. Don't let living off the grid scare you, embrace it!!!
Thank you Candy and friends! You were lovely guests and we hope to see you again ;-)
Great week in Mindo...
We loved the house. We primarily visited Mindo during our Ecuador vacation to birdwatch. There were many new birds on the property, visible from the back room of the house. It was very peaceful and the breakfasts were delicious. Nano and Marjorie were delightful hosts.
Thank you Angie, Guy and family! We enjoyed your visit too and would love to have you back again anytime ;-)
Beautiful and peaceful place to stay!
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 ever 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
Mindo itself is a popular tourist destination in Ecuador, at 1.5 hours from Quito and 3 hours from the Ecuadorian coast. The Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve is located in what is known internationally as the Andean Choco Region--known worldwide as a biodiversity hotspot--that extends only from Panama to Peru, on the western side of the Andes Mountains. This region puts Mindo in the unique position, globally, of offering a biodiversity of flora and fauna that is like no other, worldwide.
The mentality of Mindo also reflects the appreciation of wildlife, as illustrated from the formation of the forest reserve, as well as an eco-friendly, recycling program to help protect our natural resources.
Fun and popular activities around La Lomita and the Mindo area include birding and adventure sports for all ages. Some examples are horseback riding, biking, mountain biking, hiking, trekking, tubing, zip-lining, birding, swimming, trips to the close by and wondrous butterfly farm, and a near nightly frog concert.
Most roads in and around Mindo are unpaved, dirt roads, that provide excellent conditions for either walking or biking around. This mode of transportation fits in perfectly with the ecological feel that the area offers, giving you the opportunity to appreciate in full the nature that surrounds you.
The town of Mindo itself also offers a playground for little ones, plus many cafes, cafe internets, varying restaurants, as well as a nightlife for those who desire.