“The ultimate hideaway cottage tucked away high up in the Andes - a haven for fly fishermen and escapists (sleeps 2-4)”
Walking through the door of the Ranchito, it doesn’t take too long to get your bearings. There's only 1 bedroom - indeed, in reality the whole house is only 1 room, simply furnished in native wood and very cosy. One half forms the sitting area for daytime relaxation, complete with a sofa bed, a small table and cowhide chairs; the other half is partitioned off into a kitchen on one side and a bedroom on the other. In the latter a double bed is tucked in cosily behind a bamboo screen, with traditional coverings thrown over it, wool rugs on the floor and a small chest of drawers. There's an adjacent cabin which can sleep a further couple in a double bed (note: the cabin will not be used by anyone else unless they're part of your group).
The interiors are light and airy, thanks to the expansive windows, all the better to enjoy the scenery. Days begin pretty memorably up here, stepping out of bed to the best wake-up view imaginable, as the soft light of morning casts its glow on the towering granite peaks of Tres Monjas. Enjoy a cup of tea in bed followed by an invigorating shower in a tree (towels are provided, but bring your favourite toiletries), with 24-hour hot water recycled from the wood-burning stove.
And after a day spent up the mountain, there's no better place to be than on the veranda’s reclining chairs, as the sun sets over the mountain-tops and finally gives way to those stars. Throw in the requisite candlelight, turn up the heat with another log in the fire and snuggle up under the blankets - you probably couldn’t get much more romantic.
It’s not often that you can say your dinner has been delivered by ox-cart - but it is here. Or at least all of your pre-selected ingredients are (deliveries are made upon arrival for the entire week, to ensure no interruptions), and it's difficult not to be enchanted by such a novel start to your stay. From here on, it's up to you. With the Ranchito’s fully-equipped kitchen (wood burning oven, copper hot water heater and full set of crockery and cooking utensils etc) those who wish not to be disturbed can comfortably opt for self-service. However, in the spirit of catering to every requirement, those who prefer the luxury of not having to lift a finger whilst away from home can enjoy the benefits of a personal chef, who makes the climb as and when required, to prepare everything and cook.
There's an Eco-camp at the base of the mountain, Campo Tres Monjas, an overnight stop for kayakers - you can choose to dine with the group if you wish. Meals are delicious home-cooked fare, supplemented by organic vegetables from the greenhouse across the valley. And despite the location, any special requests made before arrival are met as far as is physically possible; now that's service for you.
Children are welcome, though it might feel a little cramped with more than one child. There's an extra bed in the Ranchito, and the adjacent cabin has a further double bed. Although there are activities down the hill, this place is really about escapism and solitude, so it's probably not the ideal family holiday.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement