An eco-nature lodge 2.5 hours from Makati that offers a chance to tune in with nature, reset your circadian rhythm or bond with friends or family.
You will enjoy:
-exclusive use of kitchen, lounge & recreation facilities
-daily breakfast, all-day coffee, tea & fruit juice
-marshmallows with hot chocolate around the bonfire
-use of water sports equipment & life vests
-boat transfers upon check-in and check-out only
We are not open for day trips but offer weekday rates for groups of 6 or less.
The Lake House is our private home nestled on a mountain lake 300 meters above sea level and spread out over an area of 5,000 square meters. It is surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery which have become a safe sanctuary for many species of birds and butterflies. It is perfect for small groups of friends to recharge from a busy work week or families who would like to spend a quiet and relaxing weekend away from the city.
We are proud to be living ‘off-grid’ – meaning, there is no connection to the national power grid so our facilities run entirely on solar power. This has taught our family be more mindful of our energy and water consumption and to respect nature and its resources.
Our Hillside Villa and swimming pool are located 72 steps up a hillside. It has 6 bedrooms and 2 indoor toilet/shower rooms with another one accessible from the pool area. Our pool is filled with fresh mineralized water which we sourced from a natural underground spring. If you are an early riser, you might hear many birds singing or see them swoop down to dip in the pool.
Since we run on solar energy, our bedrooms are fan-cooled and not air-conditioned. Living by a mountain lakeside has given us the best opportunity to take in as much fresh clean air as possible from the surrounding forests, as well as, enjoy the cool sea breeze from the Pacific Ocean only 22 kms. away.
Cooking is a big part of our family. Our kitchen is equipped with everything you'll need to cook a lovely meal, and includes an outdoor area with a large gas grill and pizza oven. We have both indoor and outdoor dining areas, and enough plates, cutlery and glasses for groups of up to 12 persons.
Our Lakeside Lounge features a spacious area overlooking Lake Caliraya with the imposing Mount Banahaw in the background. The adjacent room has a large table and TV, and is suitable for holding meetings, watching a DVD or Netflix, or playing cards and board games. During sunny days, this is the only room that may be air-conditioned to allow you some respite from the summer heat.
By the lawn is an outdoor activity area where we have a bonfire pit, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, fishing gear, life-vests and other outdoor sports equipment. You may want to try the water trampoline for a fun and challenging work-out!
Serveis i zones comuns
Our guests will have exclusive access to all our facilities which includes the hillside villa bedrooms, toilets and showers, swimming pool, kitchen, dining, lakeside lounge and recreational areas. Each of these areas have a sound system with a tablet and a Spotify subscription. You are welcome to plug in your own handheld device if you prefer.
Interacció amb els hostes
The hosts, Simonette or Mike, will be available from time to time to ensure that the amenities are complete and working properly. If you have any questions regarding your stay or need help, please relay these directly to your host.
We have 1-2 wonderful housekeepers to help keep the kitchen, dining and lounge areas clean but will stay out of your way unless needed. They will need their rest from 9 pm in the evening to 7 am in the morning so please refrain from disturbing them during these times unless absolutely necessary. If you are unsure about what to ask them to do, please contact your host.
We have two resident dogs named, Scooby and Beedo who are free to roam around the property and interact with guests. Please consider this when bringing your pets or if anyone in your group is uncomfortable around dogs.
Altres aspectes destacables
The Lake House is NOT a resort or a hotel. It is our home, so please be guided with our simple family rules:
-If you OPEN it, CLOSE it.
-If you TURN it ON, TURN it OFF.
-If you USE it, TAKE CARE of it.
-If you MAKE a MESS, CLEAN it UP.
-If you MOVE it, PUT it BACK.
-If you BREAK it, ADMIT it.
-If you DON'T KNOW how to operate it, ASK someone who does.
Since we use the sun to generate electricity and heat water for your showers, run the pumps to fill the water reservoirs and filter our swimming pool, kindly be extra mindful of your power and water consumption, especially during rainy or cloudy days so as not to inconvenience yourselves during your stay.
While we will provide your breakfast, you will need to bring and cook your own food for your other meals. The nearest supermarket is 30 minutes away (10 minutes by boat and 20 minutes by car.) You may make your own arrangements with the boatman if you wish to have food supplies bought from the sari-sari stores across the lake or in Lumban supermarket but please be wary of the costs as we do not have control or influence over these. Any unpaid boat trips and credit from third parties will be deducted from your security deposit.
We can provide you with a cooler box and cooler packs to keep your food and drinks cold but the ice cubes are limited and used to cool the water and juices that we provide for our guests. Please bring your own cooler boxes and ice cubes if you anticipate the need to do so.
We do our best to help mother nature in our own little way by recycling and composting our waste so kindly participate by using the proper bins when discarding your wastes and help in our efforts to minimize the impact of pollution on the environment so we can maintain the beauty of the the lake and the nature around it.
THE LAKE HOUSE RULES
The Lake House is intended to be used as a quiet retreat for families or small groups of friends. If you have ANY other purpose in mind, you must let us know and obtain permission before booking.
If you are interested in using The Lake House for a photo shoot, ceremony, event, or any other purpose that cannot be characterized as personal use, you must give us an explicit description of your concept before booking. Please be aware that such purposes are subject to different rules and rates, and must be approved by us in advance.
Guests and Visitors:
One person in the group should be designated as the responsible contact person. This person must be at least 25 years old, and must be present at The Lake House for the duration of the rental period.
You may add persons to your group if you notify us at least 7 days prior to your visit, and pay the extra per person fees. Under no circumstances can the total number of guests exceed 12 at any given time. No visitors on day trips are allowed unless previously approved by us.
Solar powered home:
While there is plenty of power during the day, it is limited at night when the entire place runs on solar batteries instead. To manage the consumption of electricity and water especially at night, please follow the guidelines below:
- Turn off all lights and fans, TV, video and audio equipment when not in use.
- Take short showers and make sure the water is not running through faucets and toilet tanks. Inform us of leaks immediately.
- We do not allow bringing in of hair dryers or irons, rice cookers, electric kettles and other household appliances.
Check-in and check-out:
Check-out time is 11 am while check-in time is at 1pm at the resort. To maximize your stay, we suggest you arrive at the parking area 20 minutes early as it takes time to load the boat and cross the lake. Be sure to inform us of your time of arrival so we can ensure the boat is ready to pick you up.
Late check-out and early check-in:
If there are no other guests checking out on the day that you are checking in, we allow requests for an early check-in of up to 4 hours, for an additional fee of PHP 1.000 per hour - plus Airbnb fees.
Under no circumstances will we approve late check-outs if there are new guests arriving on your day of departure. Guests staying beyond the agreed check-out time of 1 PM, will forfeit their security deposit.
If there are no other guests checking in on the day that you are checking out, we allow requests for a late check-out of up to 4 hours, for an additional fee of PHP 1.000 per hour - plus Airbnb fees.
Smoking and fires:
We have a strict NO SMOKING POLICY. It is absolutely prohibited to smoke inside our property. Any guest found smoking will forfeit their security deposit.
No open fires are allowed anywhere on the property except in the bonfire pit on the lakeside lawn. Fire crackers and areal fire works are not allowed anywhere on the property.
Living with nature:
You have chosen to experience living in a home surrounded by nature. To minimize the presence of stray animals, insects, flies and ants, do not leave food and drinks lying around and clean up or store away food and beverage containers immediately.
Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner meals and drinking beverages is not allowed in the Villas, Media Room and in the Lounge Areas. Please use the indoor or outdoor dining areas or the recreation area by the lake for this.
Property damage and losses:
Guests will be accountable for loss and damage to our property due to reckless or irresponsible behavior. We reserve the right to claim the cost of replacement or major repairs against your Security Deposit for kitchen equipment and appliances, leisure and sports equipment, bedsheets and towels that have been lost or damaged within 72 hours from your check-out time.
If you have lost or forgotten any of your personal belongings, please inform the host immediately. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of 14 days after your check-out.
Guests are responsible for their own safety, and an adult must always supervise children when using the swimming pool or swimming in the lake. We strongly encourage the use of life vests during all water related activities in the lake, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.
Please observe person and weight limits for the kayaks and paddleboards, and the ‘only one jumper at a time’ rule for the water trampoline.
Inclement weather and natural calamities:
The Philippines is prone to natural disasters. If you are prevented from travelling to The Lake House due to a typhoon, earthquake or other natural calamity directly affecting the area, you shall be entitled to either a rescheduling under the same terms and conditions of your previous reservation or a refund of 50% of payments made. This does not apply to heavy rain or bad weather in general where no public storm warning has been issued by the Philippine government for the Caliraya area.
Note that any rebooking shall be subject to availability, and must be at the same price level as the original booking. If your new preferred dates are more expensive than the original dates, then you must pay the difference. Likewise, if the price isless, we will send you a refund on the difference.
We reserve the right to cancel your booking on short notice or evacuate the premises, if we gauge that weather or any other natural phenomenon, untoward event or circumstances, may endanger you and our staff or cause you inconvenience during your stay.
Tipping is not necessary, but if you wish to show your appreciation, please drop your tips in the tip box located in the kitchen. Tips are shared equally among our housekeeping staff.
Images and social media:
If you would like to use any of our images, please credit the appropriate photographers if their names appear on the images or the image metadata. If you would like to post them on social media, please tag them with our (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) @thelakehousecaliraya.