The SpaceHello future guests and Welcome to our most historical property thus far, Hacienda Bona Vista.
This beautiful piece of history takes you back over a Century ago, and is located in the high mountains of a lovely town called Castaner, approx. 2,000 ft. above sea level.
It's hard to describe how captivating the views are from up here, simply majestic!!!
Come join us on a journey back to 1878, when Salvador Oliver Castaner purchased this amazing Hacienda.
Back then the Hacienda produced & processed coffee for local consumption and also for export. In addition to the home, there was a store where farmhands could purchase food,clothing and other items as well as a storeroom/almacen. You can still see parts of the almacen, as well as the front and back glacis, where the coffee was laid out to dry in the sun.
The huge tanks where rainwater was collected for household & coffee processing use, also remain, as well as the old fire wood oven.
After a couple bad hurricanes like “San Ciprian" in 1932 & “George" in 1998 hit the Island, the home was heavily damaged and had to be rebuilt using the original materials & layout.
Bathrooms were added & the kitchen was modernized, but the rest of home is very much like it was originally, including some furniture: Don Salvador's iron bed, his son's bedroom set and over 200 antique pieces that you can find around the house. Today the property still produces coffee, plantains,bananas, and oranges.
We invite you to be a part of this unique historical experience and enjoy a taste of the wonder years!!! Guest AccessMany of our homes have hammocks, a grill, and all have basic cookware for you to use. We do need to know the exact amount of people and rooms you will use during your time with us as we lock rooms that are not in use. Since our prices are very modest, if your home has a washer and dryer we do not allow the use of these for stays under 7 days. Many of the homes have fruit trees and you are welcome to pick the fruit but be courteous to future guests. Interaction with GuestsWe have many family and friends helping us to make your stay a memorable one. They clean the homes before you arrive, cook meals when requested, and truly help create the “culture" of your home when you need something. Adam and I (Cathy) are not usually in town, but we'd love meeting and spending time with you when we are. We are always a text or call away! The NeighborhoodOur neighborhood is just that; A community of people coming together looking out for one another, and very open to welcoming travelers from all around the world. Many of the locals that you'll meet in this this area don't travel much, so it is just as exciting for them to meet you as it is for you to meet them. Everyone I know is very giving, loving, genuine and humble, which is one of the many things that makes you fall in love with our beautiful island. I grew up in these lovely mountains with these amazing people, and It's an honor and a privilege for us to share this part of the Island with you. Getting AroundYou will need to rent a car as there is no public transit up in the mountains. Once you book with us, Katryel sends you a welcome letter w/ written directions, GPS coordinates and extras. The extras is a long list of many things to do in and around the area including local spots to enjoy. All of the roads are paved so any car is fine. The most you'll find is some pot holes but you can drive through or around them slowly and be ok. We usually suggest renting for Dollar Car Rental (Verdanza Hotel Branch) or any other MAJOR car rental company. If you are on an unpaved road, you are lost! :) Other Things to Note1. A care taker lives down below the property but you may never see him. He leaves to work the farm at 5 am and gets back around 4pm and stays in his space down stairs without leaving. If you see him coming back from work and choose to engage him, he is a very nice and respectful country guy that will smile but he only speaks Spanish. He does maintenance to the home and area between guests only.
2. There are two dogs that roam the outside of the property. They are kind and harmless but we ask that guests only allow their children to use the beautiful back yard since it's a different elevation than the front yard where they hang out the most.