Nov 2012: Our hostess was available when needed to give helpful tips & advice. Great place! Jim, PA, USA.
Built in 1897, the Quinta Escondida is a rare historic country house and orchard that has survived on the edge of Limache town, in central Chile. Access is easy, with or without a car. We are 1hr 40mins from the international airport of Santiago, and also just 45mins from the nearest Pacific Ocean beach at Vina del Mar, reached by road or metro train. The metro station is 10mins walk from the house and also has trains to the UNESCO listed port of Valparaiso (26m/43km). For more access info see here: http://quintaescondida.com/quinta-escondida-chile-vacation-rental/chile-vacation-rental-2/access-options/
The fully restored property is renowned for its fruit and something is always in season year round. To get an idea of the amazing variety, go to: http://quintaescondida.com/seasons-activities/seasons-at-the-quinta/autumn/ The park-like gardens are very spacious and contain a swimming pool, play ground, BBQ area, and many shady groves and secluded places to relax, read a book or enjoy a drink in peace.
The Quinta Escondida makes a wonderful base for exploring central Chile, and is also an excellent place to relax before and after more strenuous trips to the Atacama Desert or Patagonia. For those needing to improve their fitness prior to hiking the Andes, the nearby national park in the coastal range around La Campana Mountain (6,168ft/1,880m) is ideal: http://quintaescondida.com/seasons-activities/activities/the-mountains/
The Mediterranean climate of the Limache Valley has always been famous for its vegetables, but in recent times, it has also become known for its centres of yoga and meditation, dance and music, as well as a major anthroposophical venture based at the local Rudolf Steiner School.
Your host Natascha Scott-Stokes established herself as a pioneering traveller in 1989, when she became the first woman to travel the length of the Amazon River alone, from its headwaters in the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic off Brazil. She has spent most of her life travelling the world, but South America is her passion and she is an excellent source of information on all things touristic in Chile. The author of several guidebooks for tourists, you can trust her to know how to make you feel at home, and also to come up with just the right information for your needs.
Natascha speaks fluent English, German and Spanish and occasionally understands French. She also has a Masters in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey, rated no. 1 in the field in the UK.
All written content and pictures on this website by Natascha Scott-Stokes unless otherwise stated. Many thanks to Susaan and Ricardo for the rodeo shot. If you want to read the full versions of all the verified customer reviews quoted, you can find them here: www.vrbo.com/350506.