A charming 17th century farmhouse near the village of San Pablo de Lago, south of the Andean highland town of Otavalo, Hacienda Cusin is an enchanting restored estate furnished with antiques and local handicrafts. Overlooking 40 acres of farmland, ancient trees and distant snow-capped mountains, the charming hacienda features pretty cobblestone courtyards, stone towers and secret gardens festooned with foxgloves and hummingbirds.
Accommodations are scattered throughout the estate and are comprised of 25 classic rooms, suites and garden cottages, each with their own distinct character. Delicious Ecuadorean cuisine is served by candlelight in the main house against a backdrop of roaring log fires, glamorous chandeliers, Otavalan textiles and ancient family artefacts.
Why we like Hacienda Cusin
In the company of grazing llamas, horses, peacocks, rabbits, guinea pigs and turkeys, it is possible to devote a full day to wandering the gardens with a book in hand and snacking on the tasty Ecuadorean cuisine.
Entirely authentic in feeling and harbouring an enchanting spirit, shows through its incredibly eclectic décor, Hacienda Cusin offers a rejuvenating escape from the hubbub of routine and everyday life.
Aside from the on-site squash and basketball facilities, library and several acres of gardens, there are a plethora of other active options for exploring the surrounding landscape. Bespoke horseback riding tours are the hacienda’s speciality, but guests can also take advantage of the many thrilling mountain bike trails and walking routes that loop around farms, waterfalls and valleys.
Further afield, stroll in to San Pablo to visit the bakery, take the 20-minute journey to Otavalo to peruse their craft market or board an Andean train for a day trip to the Chota Desert.
- Book and DVD library
- Game room with billiards, darts, ping-pong and chess
- Four horses with Western saddles
- In-room massage
- Mountain bikes
- Spanish classes
- Basketball, squash and volleyball facilities
Hacienda Cusin can be found a little over 1.5 hours from the colonial capital city of Quito, close to the market town of Otavalo with its colourful textiles and handmade artefacts.