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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

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 other two bedrooms have full (double) size beds. 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

Owner
Cheryl0
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2017

About Cheryl0

We retired from Colorado and moved to Cuenca 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.

Cheryl0 purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Cheryl0 chose Ecuador

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 5-10 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 great back yard for dogs and people, outdoor dining and a grill. You are one block from 7 kilometers of riverside walks.The apartment is located in a quiet, almost exclusively Ecuadorian neighborhood.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cuenca in Azuay

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • 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
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please turn off light when leaving for the day, or in rooms not in use.
  • animals allowed only if they are in a crate when unattended.
  • Please tell us if something is broken. We seldom charge for damage unless major.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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Casa Bella Mia. This Inviting, Spacious Flat With Lush Garden Awaits You!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Colorado Springs, CO
5

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: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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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Pensacola Fl
5

"My Beautiful Home"; the name says it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed here for several days at the end of a two week tour of Ecuador. It was like coming home. Everything about this apartment was comfortable and convenient! It was very spacious, and the beds and linens were so comfortable! The kitchen was extremely well equipped, lacking nothing. The beautiful back yard was a welcome respite after long days of touring the city and the surrounding area. We were able to have our coffee in the morning among greenery and flowers and to unwind in the evening watching the hummingbirds. The owners, Rex an Cheryl, were very gracious and helpful hosts, providing all the information we needed to make the most of our stay. When our flight was delayed for several hours, they allowed us to 'hang out' at the apartment and then arranged comfortable and very affordable transportation to the airport in Guayaquil. I would unreservedly recommend this beautiful apartment for your next stay in Cuenca!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Spacious, quiet, very well appointed!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 12 days here and had everything we needed, and more! Very clean and comfortable. Our hosts were super helpful in every way. Cabs/buses were convenient. If you need a driver/tour guide ask for Pedro, he was great!! Great bargain and highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas
5

Comfort, location, price amd owners!

  • 5 of 5

we loved this house in Los Cantones Cuenca! completely self sufficient house, comfortable beds, clean, very safe and friendly neighborhood, on the bus route (25cents) to downtown, modern kitchen, beautiful backyard full of flowers trees and hummingbirds. Rex and Cheryl are a couple of jewels providing info packets and directions to fully complete your vacation experience in the Cuenca area and checking in on you for question answered or needs. they set us up with a wonderful English speaking driver, orlando who took us on a 7 hour trip thru the countryside. To top it all off, i forgot my iphone at the house and Rex immediately called a friend/driver and got my phone delivered to the airport where i was waiting behind customs! Folks you just do not need a house other than this one! Next year I know where i'm staying. thank you so much Rex and Cheryl!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego , California
5

Fabulous Place ❤

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived at our place we felt welcomed & right at home by Rex and Cheryl our hosts ! We got so much good info about the house, Cuenca etc way before our trip ! ! We felt so ready to go explore ! We loved the location in a nice neighborhood by the most beautiful river , one of four in Cuenca ! Catch the bus up the street & Rex always helped us with taxis ! The house is close enough to go into Centro Cuenca , but so nice to get away from the city & come back home ! The house has EVERYTHING you could possibly need or want ! Absolutely immaculate and well maintained! As wonderful as the house is , the best part was working with Rex & Cheryl ! They are absolutely the BEST ! We were here for 30 amazing days ! Muchas Gracias for everything , enjoyed your beautiful yard & of course Bella & Mia your sweet dogs ❤Hasta Luego , Pat

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

three days at a lovely apartment in Cuenca, Ecuador

  • 4 of 5

We would recommend this apartment to anyone who wants to be a bit outside of the central city in a quiet and leafy neighborhood. The unit is very spacious and comfortable. Also, the owner, Rex, is amazingly helpful and a terrific person. He can set you up with guides for various trips you might want to take, and they too are knowledgeable and super-competent. The only trouble we had was with the wireless internet, which stopped working after one day. I assume this was a fixable glitsch in the local service, and should not affect other guests. By the way, note where you are at the apartment, because it is not that easy to find again unless your cabbie knows just where it is.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am a bit surprised by the markdown for internet service. When Lew mentioned that he could not get on the internet I came down and established that the internet was working and that the issue was with his laptop. At no point did he request assistance troubleshooting the issue on his laptop. The internet was working on all other devices, including the Roku where he was watching news while we were discussing his internet issues. We try to provide exceptional service and I do have the technical background to diagnose and correct the connectivity problems he was encountering. For future guests, please ask. We will go out of our way to address any problem you might have.
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Location

Tiesto's
"High end dining. expensive, but well worth the price. figure $40-$50 per person. the langust..."
Museo del Banco Central
"Museum with displays of Ecuadorian cultures"
Pumapungo Gardens
"These gardens, directly behind the Museum, (Banco Central) don't be fooled, are accessible f..."
Abdon Calderon Park
"The Parque Calderon is the heart of the old (El Centro) city. One of the tourist offices is ..."
Old Cathedral
"Now a museum and location of free concerts (in season) the old cathedral is well worth a vis..."
Fabianos Pizzeria
"Great pizza and other Italian resaonably priced food, as well as a meeting place (Friday aft..."
El Cajas National Park
"Cuenca (8,200 feet) is 1/2 hour from the continental divide. The Cajas park at the divide pr..."
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Mariscal Lamar Cuenca
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Guayoyo
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 means for adventure.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
October
25 Sep 2017 - 24 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£144
for 5 nights
From
£29
£185
£703
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£131
for 3 nights
From
£44
£259
£926
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £7.4 per person per night
Damage Deposit £148.1

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.
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