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Casa Bella Mia. This Inviting, Spacious Flat With Lush Garden Awaits You!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

You can enjoy El Centro and get a good night's sleep in this flat! Located minutes from Old Town via a short taxi ride (roughly $2), or a bus ride (25c), where you can enjoy old architecture, great dining and bars that is offered downtown. After the fun, you can come home to a safe, quiet and relaxing space. No loud bar noise until two in the morning here, just a good night's sleep!

Your flat is the ground floor of an Ecuadorian duplex located in a small Ciudadela one block from 7 kilometers of walkways beside the river Yanuncay. There are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a queen size orthopedic bed with an en suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen size bed next to the half bath. The third bedroom has a double bed and is next to the second full bath (with shower). All beds have Egyptian cotton bedding, down comforters, and lots of soft pillows for your comfort.

The bathrooms have quality towels, rain shower head ( master bath) and soft rugs. Some bath essentials and amenities are provided.

The flat looks directly out to a lush garden filled with many varieties of flowers and succulents, your own avocado and lime trees. If in season, you are welcome to the bounty. Song birds, hummingbirds and butterflies make their home here too.

The kitchen will not disappoint. It is bright and colorful! Under-cabinet lighting provides plenty of task lighting. We stock the basics and give you the makings for your first cup of coffee or tea to get your morning started. The corner market is one half block away. We provide a stainless steel coffee pot, local coffee, toaster oven, blender, artisan dishes, quality spices. If cooking is not your thing, jump in a cab and be in old town in 10 minutes ($2) for a variety of breakfast options.

A private English speaking driver can be arranged for any transportation needs, and cleaning services can be arranged for longer stays. On request, we provide a cell phone with minutes and pre-programmed numbers (you only pay for the minutes).

My husband and I are retired and live in the upstairs flat. Your privacy is guaranteed , but we are available as needed. When we travel, our expectations for cleanliness and comfort are paramount. We will do our best to translate our expectations into your stay at Casa Bella Mia.

For pet owners:

As you know, many units will not allow pets. There are indeed reasons for their policy. We accept only responsible pet owners and up to two trained dogs! We cannot accept other pets due to allergy issues. A safe, fully enclosed backyard is right out the patio door for night trips and a park, one block away, for walks and off leash runs. Keep in mind, when looking at other properties, that Cuenca is an urban town with lots of concrete and very little green space. We do not allow pets to be left alone! Many dogs will bark and get on the furniture when their owner is absent. You can arrange for your pet to stay with us, for a small fee; or provide your own supervision. We can provide you a large crate. (Exceptions are made for crate trained dogs who do not bark). Our dogs are not aggressive but we make sure they are always supervised when they are in the yard or other common areas.

Cuenca is a lovely town and it is a fun place to explore, so enjoy all it has to offer!

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Cheryl

We retired from Colorado and moved to Cuenca over 5 years ago with our two dogs, Mia (our standard poodle) and Bella (our yellow lab). We are still working on our Ecuador bucket list, the Galapagos is the next big checkoff. We love walking along the Yanuncay river (one block away) with the dogs, gardening in our beautiful back yard (everything grows here), binge watching Masterpiece Theatre, Netflix originals and sharing dinners with good friends at the great restaurants here in Cuenca.

We remodeled the ground level apartment in the duplex we rent for friends and family. We would very much like to include you in that group. We chose to live in our current location because it provides the proximity to the old town (El Centro, 10 minutes) with the quiet of a small Ecuadorian barrio (neighborhood), close to miles of parks.

As VRBO/Homeaway guests, we like to leave our lodging immaculate, so like good guests, we are welcome back. As hosts, we provide comfort in a home environment, help when requested and privacy for our guests. My husband lived in South America growing up and speaks Spanish, so we are able to assist you during your visit with us.

Cheryl purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Cheryl chose Cuenca

Our quiet neighborhood, a small Ciudadela, is almost exclusively Ecuadorian. It is off the beaten path, with very little traffic, but close to Avenida Las Americas and Primero de Mayo, major thoroughfares to get you around town. We are a 5 minute walk from Avenida Las Americas, which has buses that take you around the city for $.25 ($.12 if you are over 65). A ride to the steps leading up to the Old Town (El Centro) takes about 15-20 minutes. A taxi (we can call for you or you can flag one down, will take you to old town in about 10-15 minutes for $3.00 or less, depending on your destination. As is true in most cities, times dramatically increase during rush hours. Getting a taxi during rush hours and when raining can be challenging.

What makes this apartment unique

We provide WIFI, a 42" Sony TV and Roku with VPN access for the greatest selection of Netflix and Amazon Prime movies and TV shows. You have unlimited access to a covered patio as well as a shared beautiful back yard for dogs and people, outdoor dining and a grill. In season, you are welcome to avocados and limes from our trees You are one block from 7 kilometers of riverside walks.The apartment is located in a relatively quiet, almost exclusively Ecuadorian neighborhood.

Be aware that Ecuador in general is MUCH noisier than your home environment even in a quiet neighborhood. Car and house alarms, roosters who crow in the middle of the night, a cacophony of dogs barking, fireworks going off for some unknown holiday and the occasional late night party are all part of the ambiance of Ecuador.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cuenca in Azuay Province

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please turn off light when leaving for the day, or in rooms not in use.
  • Please tell us if something is broken. We seldom charge for damage unless major.
  • We Only allow a dog. No cats under any circumstances. The dog must be in crate when left alone and supervised at all other times. Crate available.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Casa Bella Mia. This Inviting, Spacious Flat With Lush Garden Awaits You!
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Amazing hosts

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just recently finished a week staying with our gracious hosts Rex and Cheryl. We can’t say enough positive about it. First the apartment was spacious, comfortable, fully eqiuipped and excellently stocked with basic food supplies. Everything worked perfectly from the WiFi to the Roku TV, to the washer and drier. The outdoor garden was beautiful and the house was easy to get to via inexpensive taxi or walking. I was easily able to safely walk to the downtown center or to the fully equipped Supermaxi supermarket. Our hosts were always nearby and available to answer any questions.

Finally, unfortunately we both became ill with a cold during our stay which seemed not to be improving. By then we had moved to another apartment with friends. We asked Rex for advice to see a doctor. Within a few of minutes of sending that email he sent back the name and address of an English speaking physician and HAD ALREADY MADE US AN APPOINTMENT WITH HIM! Wow. Such service and extra kindness deserves the highest recognition. Thank you again Rex and Cheryl.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! You guys are so nice. Just hope you feel better and can enjoy Cuenca and the surrounding areas. Lots to see! Best, Cheryl & Rex
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week in Cuenca, staying at Casa Bella MIa.

_Immaculately clean

_Spectacular beds and bedding

_Safe and quit location

_Rex and Cheryl are wonderful hosts with a wealth of knowledge of the culture and area.

_The only down side was the on-demand hot water system. It gives unlimited hot water but only to one outlet at a time. So you can take as long a shower as you like but everyone else has to refrain from using the water until you're finish.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Rex and Cheryl were most gracious. They were very helpful with directions and suggestions.

The house was very comfortable, with beautiful garden and convenient location, very easy to catch a bus in to town.

We would definitely come back again, and highly recommend Casa Bella Mia

Sharon, Martin, Shap

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, CO

Once again, great stay...as comfortable as being at home.

  • 5 of 5

Rex and Cheryl were wonderful hosts, second time around. Highly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahhh, thanks!
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Bonita Springs Florida

No surprises. Casa Bella Mia is exactly as presented!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time in this lovely home with the beautiful garden! Cheryl & Rex could not have been more hospitable or helpful. The bed was super comfortable and towels & linens were of high quality. We will definitely stay with them again.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Susan, you guys were great and left the apartment sparking clean. You went above and beyond! Cheryl & Rex
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Colorado Springs, CO

Can't imagine a better place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 5 weeks at Casa Bella Mia. It had everything we needed and more...very comfortable bed, luxurious sheets and towels, well-appointed kitchen...even a barbecue! Cheryl maintains a stunning garden which lends itself to the peace and tranquility of the place. She and Rex are super hosts - always willing to help with any problem or question you may have...even showed us the ropes of the local bus system and took us on a personal tour of the market and downtown Cuenca. The house is very secure in a nice safe neighborhood.

To the hosts with the most!...Thanks for everything Rex and Cheryl!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are the best, Of the best. Thank you so much for your kind review. Keep in touch! Cheryl & Rex
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Mariscal Lamar Cuenca
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Salinas, Ecuador
Car: not necessary

Many private drivers can be hired to take you to near by towns and attractions. Their prices vary, but you can expect $10.00 an hour for a private car and driver. Often they act as tour guides and are a good option for seeing Ecuador. Ask us for recommendations..


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Cuenca, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
8 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £142.86

Weekly rate is $350 and Monthly rate is $1250. enter dates to get these rates.
Check in time is 4:00 p.m.
Check out time, no later than 10:00
We are a no smoking facility

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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