This is a self-contained apartment on the top floor of a unique charming three-story house built in 2005. There is also an adjoining tree house located in a mango tree and a middle bedroom is on the main floor. The property is 15 minutes from Puerto Galera and approx. 5 minutes by road to White beach. The 5000 sq meter property is a secluded jungle hideaway among the 2.2 hectare family property. The apartment enjoys marvelous panoramic views of the jungle below and the South China Sea beyond.
.....Firstly, to save any confusion, we wish to let you know that once you have made your booking, regardless if you are one guest or nine, the site is then closed for any other persons wishing to make another booking during that same time period that you have chosen to stay......Now.....The SPACE....The huge suite takes up the entire top floor of the house and has high ceilings made of sawali and hardwood floors. In the secluded bedroom near the upstairs enterance there is a double sized bed. The suite can also accommodate two more people on another double bed located on the far side of the living room. There is a moveable privacy partition located there also. An additional made up double and single mattress are also available if needed. There are plenty of cupboards and storage spaces for you to use for your belongings and there are closests with hangars and we have extra comforters for you to use if you so wish. The large bathroom contains a shower with hot and cold running water. Soap and towels are provided. It has two enterances= one to each sleeping area. The living room area is open and spacious with over 100 glass paned windows all around. There is a big terraced balcony with magnificent views overlooking the jungle below and the South China Sea beyond. The kitchen is fully equipped with a two burner gas stove and fridge/freezer and a coffee maker and a toaster oven and all cooking and eating utensils. The kitchen sink and washing up and prep area are situated on the terrace. There are 2 dining tables available=one inside and another on the terrace. There is also an outdoor cooking area=bbq, that the family use for cooking and that you are welcome to enjoy and make use of. Free breakfasts (eggs, toast, butter and jam, fruit/juice,coffee, tea with milk and sugar plus condiments) are also included during your stay. We also supply free bottled water. We are also connected to Wifi and you have free usage. The wifi is a pocket wifi and depending on the signal and time of day = weekends, the reception can vary.
There is a separate house built within a 100 year old mango tree with a double bed that can accommodate two additional people. It is connected to the main house by a safe and secure swinging rope bridge. We call it the Tree house and it is equipped with indoor and outdoor lighting.There is a very large additional bathroom with toilet and shower (cold water only) on the main floor that is made available for your own use. We have also created another secluded bedroom with a double bed on the main floor. There are fans and an automated cooling system is avaiable for upstairs and there is a fan for the tree house and a fan for the bedroom on the main floor. The upstairs suite is very airy with sliding and folding doorand folding windows. Being situated at a higher elevation we enjoy a steady flow of the cooler winds and breezes. All beds can be and are equipped with mosquito nets. On the main floor there is a television hooked up to a satellite dish that you are welcome to watch and enjoy. We have moveable music speakers that you can connect to if you wish to. In case of power outage we have a new backup generator that can be put into use..... IMPORTANT to note that this rental would not be suitable for people who have difficulty with walking. The path from the road to the house is 150 meters, and it is steep in some parts and can be slippery in the rain. Hand railings and steps have been constructed for your safety and use along the walkway. At night flash lights are needed and we do supply them...... It is important to note that children 5yrs of age and younger stay for free. Children 6 yrs to 12 years of age stay for 1 / 2 price. Therefore when making your booking, for example, if there is 1 child only between 6 yr and 12 years of age do not include them in the booking and you can just pay us the 1 / 2 price in cash when you arrive. For example, if there are 2 children between the ages of 6 yrs to 12 years then when making your booking do so for only 1 extra person. Just do the maths thanks....Also check out time is stipulated as 12 (noon). If there are no guests arriving on the day that you are checking out, then you are more then welcome to checkout at a later time. Likewise, if you happen to arrive before 12 (noon) and we have guests leaving that day, then you are more then welcome to leave your bags on the mainfloor and relax and enjoy a beverage and socialize with us and/or explore the property. When the guests do check out we will then have you wait a little longer while we will do a thorough cleanup of your accommodation. Salamat.
.....We the owners, live on the lower two floors. The main (middle) floor is an open living space that guests are welcome to enjoy. A private middle bedroom has been created on the main floor for our guests. There are three rooms on the lower floor that the family use for sleeping. The property is over 5000 square meters in size with paths and walkways present throughout the beautifully landscaped botanic gardens. These gardens are home to many varied kinds of flora, for eg....birds of paradise flowers, orchids, frangepannis, roses, bouganvillias, hibiscus, goomamellas along with many other local Filipino plants and flowers. There are 100 year-old mango trees and huge buri trees along with coco and other assorted palms scattered throughout the property. There are also many banana trees,papayas, casaba, kalamansi, guavas, jack fruit trees, large gabi plants and pineapples along with huge stands of bamboo growing on the property too....Necerita has also spent a lot of time and hard work creating her own large native vegetable garden of which she is very proud of...Also there are 3 ponds on our property. One small tropical fish pond and two large lily ponds that house tilapia fish, frogs, lizards,turtles and one large crocodile fish. Guests are encouraged to wander and enjoy the surroundings.
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....While we are happy to respect the privacy of our guests, we are also available to help out whenever guests have concerns or questions. Rod is more than happy to join and help guide you in activities and on excursions if you wish. Necerita was born and raised on the Ponderosa and has lived in the Puerto Galera area all of her life. We like to think that Necerita's Bed and Breakfast Tropical Retreat has much to offer for our guests. We can gladly organize outings such as a jungle walk from our property to a local waterfall=Aninuan falls and continuing river walk down to Anninuan beach or road trips to view other waterfalls= Tamaraw and Tokaran falls and also we can organize a jungle trek up the mountain to the Mangyan village at Baclayan and subsequent swim at a tropical swimming pool. The views on this walk are amazing. You can also take an easy 25 minute jungle path walk from our property through a Mangyan down to White Beach. Either Rod or one of the grandkids will be able to help guide you on your first trek.... Other activities that we can help organize for you include snorkeling trips, diving , picnics, tennis (we have extra rackets and balls and Rod is a member of the Moorings tennis club located behind the yacht club), also sailing (the Puerto Galera yacht club offers sailing), and zip lining and golfing up on the Ponderosa course. The Ponderosa golf course is a cute and memorable jungle course which sits at the top of the Ponderosa road and where one can marvel over panoramic vistas of Puerto Galera Bay and the surrounding landscape and of Verde Island and beyond to Batangas and the big island of Luzon. One can sit and enjoy a beverage and a light snack at the clubhouse. We are not far away=1 km and a visit to view is highly recommended.....There is also a local clay/dirt basketball court with night lights located just down the road from the entrance to the family property which you can enjoy by using or by simply watching the local men and boys play. Filipinos love their basketball. We do have a basketball and you are welcome to join in with the local Filipinos for a game if you wish..... We can also arrange for you an in house massage service. Necerita's long time friend, Tasing, is a well qualified masseuse and she will happily come visit on your request. For a 1 hour massage she will ask 400 pesos..... We also have art supplies which include watercolur paints/watercolour pencils and oil pastels and art paper that are availabke for you to use and enjoy.....Also we have binoculars available for your use.....We have games and cards available including Yhatzee, crib and chess......We also have a small library of paperbacks including Lonley Planet guide books on S.E. Asia and the Philippines and a Tagalog/English dictionary for your enjoyment and learning interest.....We have our own private banca-outrigger moored in Minolo Bay (it seats 6). Unfortunately as of 2017 the new rules by the mayor make it impossible for us to use our private banca to snorkel the Manila channel reef and to use it for other subsequent activities. However we can arrange another banca or two if needed, at a good price, for snorkelling the reef and other activities. We can supply our own masks and snorkels and fins. We can also arrange at the same time, if desired, a beach picnic on a secluded beach. Rod is happy to join in and guide also....We can arrange other services for our guests including meals. Dinners and BBQs can be arranged [ Necerita has a varied western and filipino menu set up for you which includes main meals and light snacks} and she is a wonderful cook. Guests are more than welcome to use our outdoor BBQ area for their cooking. Fallen coconuts are freely available for your drinking and eating..... Bedding,linens and towels are changed regularly and if you wish we can arrange for your personal laundering to be taken care of for a very reasonable price = we have an in house laundry service.... Transportation to and from Sabang for diving is readily available. We are patrons of a highly reputable and regarded dive outfit in Sabang, titled South Sea Divers, and they have offered to us special rates for our guests.... There are also dives oufits closer to us in White Beach that we can refer.....We have a new 125cc automatic Suzuki Sky Drive motorbike for hire at 400 pesos a day and we can arrange for others to be hired. Note: You are not required to have a motorbike license here in Puerto Galera, your personal drivers license from your home country is sufficient.... Dags, Necerita's son, is a tour guide and can also organize the hiring of a multicab for transport to the different waterfalls and other popular sites. Picnics can always be included, and packaged deals are available at a very reasonable price. ( our low prices are comparably lower than the locally asked prices for similar services)....Junior, Necerita's brother, also has his own tricycle service located on the Ponderosa road right near our driveway. He is available for local transport and package deal guided tours for our guests.His prices are lower than the other tricycle services and he is very dependable.....Also for guests with children we can organize a nanny/babysitter service when required..... We wish for your stay to be both enjoyable and memorable and we strive to help ensure this by giving you the best in services that we can offer. You are our valued guests.
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.... The entire family property is over 2.2 hectares in size,of which Necerita owns over 5000 sq meters. The property has been in the family name for over 4 generations. In 2005 the family made the decision to lease the entire jungle property out to a conglomerate = Herpa World Corp. for 25 years. This group had grand plans of creating a reptile zoo. They proceeded to spend a vast sum of money building a house/restaurant which we now call home and Necerita's bnb Tropical Retreat. They constructed an enormous breeding house along with many reptile enclosures. They also built many ponds . All of which are connected by pathways flanked by manicured tropical gardens and jungle. They built the treehouse also with plans of adding more treehouses. After the 4th year they stopped payment of the agreed upon yearly rent to the family. They continued to operate for a further year without paying this rent. As stipulated in the lease agreement if rental payment was not paid to the family for more than 12 months the family had the right to terminate the lease. Therefore we did so and they were obliged to leave. Which they then did. They removed ALL the reptiles to other Zoos and establishments in the Philippines. They left all of the structures standing. Sadly for them their enterprise had gone bankrupt. We then proceeded to move back onto the propery and created our own paradise. In July 2015 we created and incorporated Necerita's bnb Tropical Retreat. The rest is now history.....There are two neighbors to us, Gulal a Dutchman, who has created his own 500 sq. meter piece of paradise, and Renalte, Necerita's nephew who resides with his family on 2200 sq. meters of land located above our property. The remainder of the family property lies vacant. The adjoining jungle properties are vast and inhabited by small groups of local indigenous Mangyans..... We also have 2 cats=Betty and Boop and our well behaved smallish watchdog, Spot. We also have two white rabbits, Floppsy and Moppsy, living in an old reptile enclosure that you are welcome to socialize with and feed ( as of March 23rd we now have 6 baby bunnies) Floppsy and the bunnies are all doing well...Other points worth mentioning are, the spectacular sunsets and distant cloud to cloud lightning storms that can often be viewed from the balcony terrace and the tree house. There are also various types of butterflies, dragonflies and birds that can be viewed on the property and many gekkos and the occasional monitor lizard and monkey to be seen. In the evening one can enjoy the sights of bats swooping about in the distance and of fire flies that dance and flicker about in the night air.
We kindly expect our guest to be considerate of others staying here = ourselves and the grandchildren and our staff = helpers. If guests must smoke, we prefer if they do so out of doors or outside on the balcony. Salamat.
Necerita and I live in a beautiful part of the Philippines. I am originally from Victoria, BC, Canada, and have spent a lot of time travelling and working in Perth, Australia. Necerita has lived all her life in this region. We spend our time enjoying our grandchildren, looking after the property and having fun.