5 Reasons Why The Overlooking Chalet is The Best Vacation House in Tagaytay

Have you ever felt a need to be on a vacation like you're just at home but away from home? I mean, a homey place with a holiday at...




Have you ever felt a need to be on a vacation like you're just at home but away from home? I mean, a homey place with a holiday atmosphere but no pressure of having a scheduled itinerary - when to get up, eat breakfast, take shower, best time to take a selfie without the chaos of other vacationers crowding the view?  Gahhh, that vacation that you'd like to have another vacation after.

So, I'd figure I want that one with me free of eating/staying on my bed all day but with the luxury of having a grand view when I changed my mind and decided to peep out from my window that is wide-open with cold breeze coming in and cooling off my whole system. 

Well, one certain ice cream day, me and the hubs did just that! We escaped the oven-riffic city heat for 48 hours and relaxed in Tagaytay.


My eager search to experience just that kind of vacation got me into a hidden vacation house in Tagaytay with all the elements to make it the best overlooking chalet I've ever stayed in (yes, put those exact three words in highlight on google and you'll get the same result as this one I'm going to share). 





It's practically hidden, and my descriptive narration were buried for quite awhile, too. 

My momentary ineptitude got me into thinking why I have that big word on my title, ie. BEST. So, this an attempt to write an honest review about a vacation house I've borrowed from its good owners and why I'm five times so impressed. First of all, my big thanks to Ian of AirBnB for trusting us and sharing the house like our own. 





LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What I'd like best about it is probably where its windows and double-wide door leading to its balcony is facing. The chalet is perched on a steep cliff overlooking to a magnificent view of Taal Lake with all the hills and trees that can give crisp air to breath in. I felt that I've totally clean my lungs by just staying on the airy balcony. I'm missing it already. 



Without any qualms on getting down the 160 steps (or less) leading to the first landing of the house, I hold my breath with excitement while mind had swirled to collect a hundred many memories where I can compare this one with and finally sifted to the thought of how far from the usual this house and the experience will be. It made me so happy!



UNIQUE LAYOUT


The first landing of the house are the bedrooms. Kinda weird but as I've said, this one is quite unique. 

Comprising of three King-sized beds and are separated by curtains, the bedroom is the entire second level of the house. Oversized sliding window-capiz walled the second level. Every corner is trying to compete with my attention as each one is boasting its own uniqueness.  


Wash table beside the bed is one of my fav photo booth. ;-)


Richly served, my craving for a change in scenery which I specifically categorized when I was searching for this vacation house was met BIG time! My creativity wheel was oiled enough. 



Just look at the interior which boast a grand character of its own. 


Steps outside the house leading further down to the next level is the living room. It's perfect for lounging.


Its rustic interior is complemented with splashes of vibrant colors provided by paintings on the wall and coordinated with throw pillows.


While we're treated with serenity as neighbourhood is peaceful here, we can still connect with the rest of the world thru their pocket wifi. Which we may not need to. Because all we need is our playlist from our phone ready, turned the blue tooth speaker on and buried ourselves to a book or some magazines before we dozed off. Chill!

Further steps down leads to another lounge area. Don't miss to see the sunset at this spot!



THE FIREPLACE

It's a surprise for us to find a house with a fireplace. 


Being on the edge of the hill where deep water runs below, a cold windy night in Tagaytay warrants this place to burn up some logs and feel cozy woozy with soft music playing on the background. 


Add with some good food and wine, too. I'll leave it up to you to imagine how romantic it is!



THE MODERN KITCHEN

Serious searching is a skill and hitting booking button with excitement is an art for a wanderlust like me. That is the exact opposite of my skills and talent in the kitchen, however. 





But having a kitchen with something like they do in this vacation house, I forgot my lackluster skills in food preparation. I'm so inspired to cook here!  Definitely another reason why I'm so in love with this vacation house.



I tried some easy recipes hacked from the web. And I'll share it on a separate post coz I know how trying-hard, non-chef, busy mommies/career-women like me are but are still wanting to deliver something on the dinner table that their hubs can be proud of. Yes, I really know how to cook...rice and scrambled egg. *smirk

But it's just too comfortable to do my non-cheffy moves in a kitchen like theirs. It's a modern kitchen with all the cooking utensils and equipment ready. Just the skills and the food we need to cook are what's expected from me. Malalim na #hugot ito but I'd like to think I'm a fast learner, naman. LOL. The kind caretaker "Ate Fely" is also ready to help out, if you need it.

So, the cooking happened. And it's yummy! My proof though was gone with snapchat! I just didn't know how to cook and be techy-ready always to brag my momentary victory.


Medyo busy ako na tama ba tong ginagawa ko pose. ;-)



THE VIBES


And of course, it's this positive energy and serenity at the same time that has made me rave about this house. There were moments when I need to slow down, reflect and recharge my creativity. And the overlooking chalet in Tagaytay has provided me the ambiance to achieve them.



It's safe to say, I'm one very grateful vacationer to find this place and spend one awesome weekend with my favorite travel buddy, the hubs. 

Direction to get here: Tagaytay-Talisay Road, Tagaytay, Cavite



And that's why I love this vacation house. If I can magically add something here to make it even better - it's a vintage tub where I can soothe my self over a lavander bath while overlooking the majestic view at sunset/sunrise. Heavenly! 

How about you? What's your idea of a best vacation home away from home? Share it! ;-)


Check Latest Rate: AirBnB

'Til my next wanderlust post,





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41 comments

  1. Love everything about this post. It seems your trip was what you exactly needed. It did look serene and peaceful. I'd like to bring my Mom there.

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  2. A very nice place! Loving destination with fantastic views! They make me feel so relaxed and they set me in a reflecting mood :)

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    1. This is quite a place to reflect. Can be a group planning venue,too.

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  3. I can live here forever!!!! Everything is just fantastic. I'd love to read a book right there in that lounge area with an umbrella. How I wish I can have a chalet like this haha

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  4. This place is full of art and great scenery. Haven't tried to have an overnight stay there coz it is near my place :(

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    1. Wow, you're sharing the same scenery everyday! Jealous me. ;-)

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  5. I've always wanted to go to Tagaytay for a weekend escapade. Last year I was always in Tagaytay but not for vacation but for work purposes. Now I'm really looking forward to spend a weekend in Tagaytay for relaxation. Will add this place to my accommodation choices. More or less how much will a weekend escapade in overlooking Chalet cost?

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    1. Hope you'll have a memorable weekend in Tagaytay!

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  6. Fantastic place! Hope you don't mind, how much would it cost to stay here? Planning to bring my family to relax. The view is stunning!

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    1. It's a good place to relax, indeed!

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  7. The place looks cozy and very private. I checked their FB but it's not updated. Did you book through AirBnb or TripAdvisor for your stay here?

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    1. Thru AirBnB. You can use the link on this post. It's current. ;-)

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  8. Chalet will always be my perfect vacation stay dream. Glad to know that Tagaytay is offering such accommodation. Loving the designs of every corner. :)

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    1. Hope there's more like it at different places, right? 😉

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  9. This is a great place from the unique bedroom,the cozy lounge area and the modern kitchen. By just looking at the pictures I already feel the need to relax at that place. I love the photo when you were trying to cook. I will recommend this for our next tagaytay trip.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! It's something new to me. Haha!

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  10. What a beautiful place indeed. Andaming hidden hotels and houses talaga in Tagaytay that's why I love going there. Question though how much was the rate per night?

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  11. For most of you who are asking for the rate, it's around Php 5-6K coz there's added tax and cleaning charges. It may be different from time to time if they have low season promo. I've checked now, its Php 4270++. Use the AirBnB link up there on my post, if you must. It's current. Btw, that's good for 2 persons. Additional per head is around 800. Max of 10. 😊

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  12. The interiors looks like from a setting in the 80s. I dont think I can ever be comfy there because I'm into modern interiors. haha! IT's quite a good staycation but it would be better if there's a pool too, right? :)

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  13. The place looks nice and cozy. Definitely separates you from stress in the city. Want to visit this place too. How much should I prepare when visiting this place? :)

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    1. Yes, a laid back experience out from a typical busy weekend vibes of Tagaytay. About Php 5-6K for 2 persons on an overnight stay will do. 😊

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    2. Just wondering Adel, is the accommodation just good for 2 people? Or will there be additional rate for more than 2 people? :)

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  14. IMG! Did you see that view? Of course, you saw that view. That is a place I could spend countless moments at and it still wouldn't be long enough. Thanks a ton for sharing such a beautiful hideout.

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  15. I'm such an old soul so this accommodation would be perfect for me! Everything is beautiful on its own. I can't get over the gorgeous living room and the overlooking space! I wouldn't need a wifi for that. A book, a camera, some nice music and a good company would be more than enough.

    Louise | Tales & Escapades

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  16. Wow, just wow! The interior just made me remember my mom's ancestral house back in the province. It totally gave me that time travel vibe. This is really a great place to stay for a break from the city. I just wish I could go here too and just lounge and relax without thinking any stress! It's just breathtaking. I think I could live in this place for good! <3

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    1. Thank you, Kristine. It's really a lovely place to stay at.

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  17. Tagaytay is one of our favorite places. There is something in Tagaytay that makes it so romantic. This post is just perfect for the Love month. Will add this to our list of places to visit.

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  18. The place is simply beautiful! The rustic charm of the place and the colors that the owners used add to its appeal. I love how everything is well thought-out to complement the area's natural setting. This definitely makes a perfect place to getaway from the city.

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  19. That vacation house is amazing! What a spectacular view! I can see why you felt inspired there. And plus it has an amazing kitchen!

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  20. Whoa! The place is incredible. I agree at times we need a break without stressing on a proper itinerary, and just relax in the resort for a couple days! Somehow I never get to go it, though! Lolz!!!

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  21. I haven't been to tagaytay in such a long time! Your post reminded me of how much I loved going there. We used to go fairly regularly but then we moved to subic so those trips stopped. We're back in manila now so i can't wait to do an impromptu visit soon! The overlooking chalet looks so comfy and cozy- will definitely check it out:)

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  22. THe place indeed has a lovely view. I think it would be a wonderful place to do some writing. I would love to check this out. How much is the rent?

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    1. For 2, it was around 5K+. For updated rate, kindly click the link at the bottom of this post. Thanks.

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  23. what a gorgeous house! Definitely my style of house. I just love the different levels and gardens and the kitchen looks incredible. I would love to spend a weekend of a lifetime there. Such a special spot.

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  24. Never been to Tagaytay but as an outdoor loving person, the place seems a perfect getaway. Manila and Luzon is on top of my list this year, I hope I could visit any Tagaytay spot this year. This is such a good reference.

    Thank you

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  25. The capiz shell windows reminds me so much of my great grandmothers house. It was my childhood playground if I remember it correctly. I wished they preserved it like this house in Tagaytay. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. Maybe we could check it out when we go to Tagaytay.

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  26. I can completely understand why you say this is the best chalet - it's absolutely breath-taking (or is that because of your amazing photographs?)

    It kind of makes me want to jet set away to Tagaytay!

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  27. I haven heard so many things about Tagaytay and that's one of the places I'll surely hit when I get to go to Manila. And those 5 reasons you have, I couldn't agree more of it most especially the kitchen area also the unique layout of the place, ooooh it's something hitting me that I should go there one day!

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