Retreat to a small and secluded island with a simple but comfortable bungalow, in a tranquil lake in the mountains around 3 hours from Manila. The house has one bedroom, a kitchen, a spacious living room--and stunning views of the lake!
We were lucky to have found this place and we’d like to share it with others. It is a small and secluded island in a tranquil lake in the Sierra Madre mountains, with a simple but comfortable bungalow on top of a grass-covered knoll that gently slopes down to the water. From the road, you can only reach our island by a ten-minute boat ride. When you get there, it becomes difficult to believe that you’re only three hours away from the big city.
Our island is an ideal destination for couples, families, or small groups of friends seeking to escape from the frenzied pace of the metropolis (or for that matter, of Tagaytay, Laiya, or Subic).
The 80-square meter house has one bedroom, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and spacious living room.
The bedroom includes a queen-size bed, a separate day bed (for reading, or for an extra guest), a closet, and a great view of the lake. There are comfortable sleeping mats for seven extra guests who can spread them out in the cool and spacious living room.
A separate study where you can relax, gather your thoughts, or shack up for a night of board games is close to the main house. You can choose to eat in the dining area in the kitchen, in a separate dining hall found farther down the way, past an outdoor kitchen and grill area—or al fresco, as we like to do, by taking our table and chairs to the grassy area by the water.
The dining hall can also double as a small function room for meetings or parties.
There is also a ‘dap-ay’ (a circle of stones surrounding a fire pit) at the head of the island where you can have bonfires.
The island isn’t connected to the grid, but since we come here to retreat from the city, we actually don’t mind. We only use a small and trusty generator from dusk til midnight, but if you’d like to have it on all day, we can adjust our fees.
With the isolation and quiet, clean mountain air, and the comfort of a rustic lake house all only a short distance from Manila, our island is a perfect venue for quick weekend getaways, family picnics, barkada outings, organizational meetings, or even a small garden wedding. It is also ideal for long-term stays for those who want to finish writing a play, thesis, or novel.
Have a look at the pictures and send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you. ☺
RESPECT FOR CARETAKER
Tony, our caretaker, is happy to assist you during your stay. He will operate the boat to take you to and from the island, help you set up house stuff (stove, grill, mats, games, etc), refill your drinking water supply, and otherwise leave you be. But please note that he is not there to wash your dishes, set up the table for you, or make your beds while you’re there. If you are unsure about what you can ask him to do, please ask us. Allow him to rest between 9 PM and 8 AM and unless absolutely necessary, avoid calling on him after or before those times. Tips to express your appreciation of his service are most welcome; you may give this directly to him.
- Never leave children unsupervised, especially in the water.
- Avoid making too much noise.
- Take care of the house stuff: don’t use pots and pans on the grill, be careful handling the plates, glasses, etc, make sure you don’t lose any game pieces—use whatever’s there as you would your friends’ or parents’ stuff when you stay with them.
- Please don’t take anything from the house so future guests can continue to enjoy them and we can keep our rates as low as possible. Tony will conduct a final check before you leave. Any missing or damaged property will be deducted from the deposit.
- Don’t ask Tony to do things he’s not expected to do. See “Respect for Caretaker” above.
- Respect nature: don’t cut down any trees, shrubs or plants and leave other living things in peace.
- No littering: throw your cigarette butts or any other trash in the trash bins.
- Segregate: we will provide one bin for biodegradable waste and another for everything else.
- There will be no other guests in the island but you and your group during your stay. Just the same, secure your valuables: we are not liable for any loss of personal belongings.
- Unless we’ve made a prior arrangement, be sure to check out at 11 AM. We need extra time to clean the premises for incoming guests.
WHAT YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW AHEAD OF TIME
Please tell us the following by text or email at least three days before arrival:
- estimated arrival time
- whether you want to turn on the generator beyond 6PM to 12MN and for how long
- whether you will be bringing pets
- anything else you think we should know
We allow cancellations with full refund of deposit at least one week prior to scheduled arrival. For cancellations within one week prior to arrival, however, we will only be able to refund 50% of deposit. No refund will be given for no-shows, except for reasons of force majeure.
We are committed to making your—and other guests’—future stay more enjoyable, so at the end of your stay we hope you will take time to answer a short survey about your experience. We hope you will take note of any comments or suggestions which you think we should hear so as to maintain or improve the satisfaction and well-being of our guests.
If you have any questions that Tony can’t answer, call/text us
Herbert: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Tony (caretaker): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Cavinti police station: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Hospital in Pagsanjan: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
If you have any other questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me before, during, or after your stay in our island.
We welcome you again and we hope you come to love the island as much as we do!
All the best,
(on behalf of Antares, Tony, Big Boy and Panda)
_ toiletries (we provide towels but not soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc)
_ ice (can be bought in Pagsanjan/Famy)
_ charcoal if grilling (can be bought in Pagsanjan/Famy)
_ ground coffee and/or tea
_ rice/ bread
_ cooking oil
_ all other ingredients for meals
_ extra provisions (canned goods, instant noodles, etc)
_ insect repellants
_ jackets (during the rainy season (May to Dec) or the “cold” season (Dec to early Feb)
_ chargers (phone, camera, computer etc)
_ your favorite board games