Casa Bella Mia is an inviting space to call your own while exploring Cuenca, or looking for a permanent home. Close to Old Town where you can enjoy the crowds, architecture, dining and bars, yet able to leave it all behind for a good night's sleep!
You can enjoy El Centro and get a good night's sleep in this flat! Located minutes from Old Town Cuenca via a short taxi ride ($2.00), or a bus ride(25c) where you can enjoy the old architecture, great dining and bars that is offered downtown. After the fun, you can come home to a safe, quiet, relaxing space. No loud bar noises until two in the morning here, just a good night's sleep!
Your flat is the ground level of a private Ecuadorian duplex located one block from the 7 kilometers of walkways beside the river Yanuncay. There are three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a queen orthopedic bed with an en suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms have full 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. If you have children (or easily entertained adults) have them shower in the small bath. We won't spoil the surprise!
The flat looks directly out to a lush garden filled with many varieties of flowers and succulents and your own avocado and lime tree. 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 counter lighting provides plenty of task lighting. We stock the basics and give you the makings for your first breakfast so you can enjoy your morning without having to rush to the store. We provide a stainless steel coffee pot, local coffee, toaster oven, blender, artisan dishes and quality spices. A neighborhood tienda is half a block away, to your right exiting the house. If cooking is not your thing, walk across the river to Guayoyo Cafe for a quick Breakfast, Lunch or dinner or jump in a cab and head downtown for your choice of restaurants. Starving? Just over a block away is one of those wonderful hole-in-the-wall lunch places where you can get a full Ecuadorian meal for $ 2.50, just ask for directions.
In the living room we provide a 42" flat screen TV with a Roku 3, DVD player, and a selection of DVDs. You can watch your favorite streaming provider (Netflix) over WIFI on the Roku 3 or on a laptop, if you bring one. There are limited Spanish channels available over the air (remember rabbit ears? They are alive and well here). We do not provide cable or satellite TV, since most of the channels are in Spanish.
Perhaps you are here to find your new home or visit relatives; Casa Bella Mia is the perfect home away from home! A private English speaking driver can be arranged to pick you up at the airport and for other transportation needs, just ask. Cleaning services can be provided for longer stays. If you are interested in special trips (fly fishing, guided hikes in the Cajas Park, we can arrange English speaking guides and drivers.
Cuenca is a lovely town and it is a fun place to explore, so come enjoy all it has to offer! We will do our best to meet your expectations at Casa Bella Mia.
You have the complete ground floor apartment with separate entrance and shared access (with your hosts) to the garden and off street parking. The property is accessed by a locked gate. The back garden also can be shut so dogs (and children) cannot access the street.
Interaction with guests
Your hosts live upstairs and while we also value our privacy, are available to address any problems with the rental as well as assisting you in planning and executing your visit. A quick check with your hosts is all it takes to get our help, in person if we are home or by telephone if not. Challenged linguistically? My husband speaks Spanish and can make some arrangements for you, as well as direct you to facilitators who can walk you through more complex issues, such as visas, driver licenses and rentals. We are here to provide you with suggestions and recommendations, please ask.
Other things to note
Cuenca water is drinkable and we use it exclusively. If you would like bottled water to be super safe, we can arrange to have bottled water available.
We can provide a cell phone with pre-programmed emergency numbers including ours.
A private, English speaking driver is available, if requested.
We do not charge extra for children under 18 unless the third bed is required.
Please check with us about special requirements.
A complete house guest book will be emailed to you two weeks prior to your visit. If you need it sooner, let us know. The guest book has house rules and hints, as well as a wealth of information about Cuenca and the surrounding areas
For Pet Owners:
We have two dogs. When they are not in our apartment they are always supervised. As you know, many units do not allow pets. There are indeed reasons for their policy. We accept only responsible pet owners and up to 2 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 owners are absent. You can arrange for your pet to stay with us, for a small fee; or provide your own supervision. We can provide you with two large crates. Crate trained dogs that do not bark may be left unsupervised, with the proviso that we will take them in if a problem occurs.
Please do not put suitcase on the beds. We have had sheets torn from suitcases. Replacements are very expensive.
We retired and moved to Cuenca 3 years ago with our two dogs. 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 apartment 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 AirBNB 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.