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Hacienda Cusin

Location

near Otavalo (Mindo, Otavalo and surrounds, Ecuador)

Description

The hacienda is 70km north of Quito. Dating from 1602, with a cobbled courtyard, antique furniture and wonderful gardens, it is full of history.

Activities

Riding, walking, fishing (lake trout), mountain bikes, squash, reading, painting, writing, birdwatching. The famous market at Otavalo (Wednesday to Sunday) is nearby, as is the water-filled volcanic crater of Cuicocha.

Accommodation

Owner's suite, several cabañas in the lovely gardens, more rooms in the old hacienda and a separate 'Monastery' building mainly for groups. Many rooms have unique features and fireplaces.

Our comments

The hacienda was founded in 1602, and in 1990 its English owner converted it into a pleasant country inn, with a wonderful garden and grounds. In the surrounding areas it is possible to visit many types of craftsmen, from weavers to wood-carvers. Everything is well organised and there is a programme of walks and rides that should keep you occupied for several days.

When to go

Open all year round. The garden is at its best in November.

Client comments and reviews

Open QuoteWe were very comfortable at Hacienda Cusin in our cross between a Hobbit-house and a tandoori oven in the garden! We had a lovely 2-hour ride and we had a fascinating tour of Otavalo and the surrounding villages.Close Quote - RS (January 2017)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was a great way to end a wonderful holiday.Close Quote - IM (May 2016)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was fine, it?s just that we found the décor and atmosphere a bit creepy (lots of religious paintings with limbs missing etc!). The menu was a bit limited but the staff (except one receptionist ? maybe she had an off-day) were always smiley and charming. My wife enjoyed the riding and me the massages.Close Quote - DS (February 2016)
Open QuoteAt Hacienda Cusin I was given a choice between a garden cottage or a room in the main building (I opted for the latter for ease of getting to the restaurant in the evening). The staff gave me a map of hikes and recommended a flat one for new arrivals in Ecuador.Close Quote - DP (January 2014)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was really lovely with beautiful gardens and a very spacious and comfortable little garden cottage. Otavalo was busy and great fun rushing from one stall to the other. We arrived late in the day as we visited Mitad del Mundo on the way but we did pop back the following day to do a bit more 'touristy' shopping.Close Quote - CH (February 2013)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was good. We enjoyed trips around the area, plus use of the horses and games room. The accommodation and food were very good, and the staff were very friendly and helpful in procuring taxi services to take us to local sights and villages. The bikes need a bit of attention though - we gave up on them!Close Quote - CW (April 2009)
Open QuoteAt Cusin I stayed in a charming room in a little garden cottage overlooking a small pool. Although Cusin is now quite large and receives several groups, having the library and sitting areas, as well as the wonderful restored and newly constructed buildings help maintain a more intimate atmosphere. Also what a wonderful garden.Close Quote - JC (March 2009)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin we enjoyed a lot and was fun to see another side of the area. Horse riding was good for both of us, as was the mountain biking. We think the Hacienda needs some work to make it truly ?special? but is still a great place.Close Quote - MD (January 2009)
Open QuoteWe loved our garden cottage at Cusin, sitting on our front porch watching the birds and the flowers around the pond right in front of us was magical. Once the fire in the bedroom had been lit, it was very cosy. The rest of the hacienda is beautiful too - lots of care and personal attention had obviously gone into creating such an unusual but welcoming place to stay.Close Quote - JF (September 2008)
Open QuoteFinishing our trip at Hacienda Cusin was perfect, we were pretty exhausted after Peru and the Galapagos and here we were able to recover before returning home. It is so lovely, we could not fault anything - the highlight of Ecuador for us.Close Quote - DP (August 2008)
Open QuoteCusin is a facinating place and the food excellent, but colder than expected. We had a ride one morning which was good and did a couple of walks, but the hotel directions were not the best!Close Quote - IT (February 2008)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was delightful and a great place from which to visit the area and get a real feel for how people live. We had an excellent day's tour with Marco from Tours Unlimited. All the TU guides based in Quito were excellent - really well informed, enthusiastic and excellent English.Close Quote - JG (January 2008)
Open QuoteA beautiful estate, with fine interiors and well-kept gardens. It is advisable to stay at least 2 nights and enjoy the walks and horse rides, as we did, rather than visit for just one day.  We recommend the log fires and hot water bottles in the bedrooms on cool nights!Close Quote - AM (February 2007)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was an oasis of calm which we enjoyed to the hilt. What a lovely place. We had 2 hours on the horses on one day and enjoyed it so much (bum bones protesting) that we booked for the next day and were rewarded with an even better ride. Close Quote - MS (October 2005)
Open QuoteHacienda Cusin was very good. The place is full of character. Very comfortable with big log fires in the rooms. Food was excellent.Close Quote - CP (May 2005)

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