Cradled in an Andean valley this intriguing 17th-century hacienda was restored by owner Nicholas Millhouse who came from England and fell in love with Ecuador during a visit more than 30 years ago. He bought Cusin in 1990 and immediately began conserving and restoring its salas, salones, guestrooms and landscape. Located high in the Ecuadorian Andes at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano about 50 miles north of Quito, less than 10 miles from Otavalo, one of the most popular indigenous markets, this hacienda is a magical spot offering comfort and a friendly atmosphere while you explore this area full of culture, tradition and great food.
As part of an original colonial building and one of the oldest properties in Ecuador, the hacienda is a protected site where each room has its own unique size, shape and individual charm. Junior Suites, Deluxe and Standard rooms offer plenty of choice in this small, quaint home away from home. There are 25 guestrooms within the main building, a couple of secluded garden cottages within the grounds and 15 rooms within the Monasterio complex, next to the estate’s chapel. Guest rooms garden cottages, suites and salons have been furnished with antiques and select Andean craft, most fitted with log-burning fireplaces and beamed-ceilings, all overlooking several acres of landscaped perennial gardens, ancient trees, and often snow-capped mountains.
A stay at Hacienda Cusin isn’t just about the hacienda, with the farm situated in the most beautiful area of the country, guests can embark on many mini adventures in true Ecuadorian style. Within a few miles from the hacienda there is a condor preserve; 1,200-year-old pyramids; artisan villages and a historic, rooftop railroad ride into the Chota desert. From great horseback riding along the attractive mountain setting, to afternoon strolls among lush colorful gardens and shopping ventures at the world-famous Otavalo artisan market for its handicrafts, carpets, jewelry and painting; there is truly an experience for every taste at this well preserved hacienda.