Testimonials / Comments
Airbnb commentary, july 2018. For me, this was an unforgettable experience in a beautiful, remote part of Ecuador. Ned, Patricia, and little Andy are a wonderful family, and they welcomed me warmly. Yes, this is a farm, which means mud, chickens running around, and all kinds of farm wonders, so if you're not up to that, then maybe this isn't for you. It was exactly what I was looking for: an authentic experience with an Ecuadorian family. I got to meet extended family members, go to the town market on Sunday, and best of all, volunteer at the local elementary school, where one amazing teacher works with seven different groups of students ages 7-12 in one room. As a teacher myself, I know how challenging this is. The kids were absolutely wonderful, and I loved my time there. I also appreciated Patricia's cooking! She is an amazing cook, and I loved the farm-fresh organic meals she prepared daily. I also want to mention my best amigo, Benji, who walked with me to school every day, waited patiently for me (after getting his water and snacks) and then walked me back every afternoon. Without him, who knows where I might have ended up, as my sense of direction is not the best. For those of us who live in hectic places, the solitude and beauty of the farm does wonders. I loved it! Gracias Ned, Patricia, and little Andy!” Tracy, USA.
The farm is very cool and the food is delicious! It was very nice that we were able to make the outside playfield for the guinea-pigs. Hugo was a super-friendly horse and Benjy (the dog) aswell. Ned and Patricia and Andy were very welcoming and helpful. I really enjoyed to help and would love to come back. Kiera (aged 11), Schwarz family, Germany, June/July 2018From Airbnb Ned, a very gentle man and his lovely wife Patricia with their little devil Andy (18 month old son) run an (organic) homestead like Patrica’s parents have done for many years. Whereas ‘sustainable living’ has become a fashionable term used in the Western world, Ned’s family practices it every day. Therefore, if you want to experience truly sustainable living book your stay with them. Their place is in the local community of San Antonio, the last but one place (El Rosario) before you enter the untouched part of the ‘Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi Cayapas’ with cloud forest and paramo. The area and views are fantastic and Ned is more than keen to take you on hikes. If you decide to stay at home, Patricia will be keen to demonstrate her fantastic cooking skills or teach you how to ‘weave’ baskets. Andy makes sure he gets sufficient attention whereas the two ‘pensionados’ Hugo (horse) and Benji (dog) don’t mind a bit of attention too. Check out this place if you are truly interested in the experience. Jan, Canada/Holland june/July 2018
I loved every moment we have spent in your beautiful home, thank you for showing us exceptional kindness and warmth. We have learnt so much and have so many new and wonderful experiences to carry forwards with us. I am leaving your place with a heart full of happiness and contentment. Kerri, UK, may 2018
This is unlike any other AirBnB I've come across. If you're in for an adventure, I definitely recommend you to go! It's more than worth the long travel, and one of the best experiences we've had in Ecuador. Ned, his wife and son live on a remote farm in a beautiful area, surrounded by hills and cloud forests. What wasn't clear from the description is that Ned and his wife are open to teaching about the things they know: roasting coffee, making cheese, making baskets, fermenting vegetables... There are so many things we've done here for the first time! The 5 hour hike through the cloud forest, crawling through tunnels of ancient roots and jumping stepping stones was an adventure we will never forget. Go here! Benjamin and Isabel, Holland, May 2018
We were glad to have been part of this lovely family, even it was only for a few days. This was by far the best experience on our whole trip to Latin America. It was the great nature, the good food, the beautiful hikes, the work with the animals and of course Eduardo, Patricia and Andi that made us feel home from the very first beginning. We can highly recommend to spend time at this nice place! Nico and Rick, Germany, april 2018
We had the most wonderful time here. Never been to a more beautiful place with more beautiful people. We were welcomed with open arms, and couldn't have asked for a more lovely weekend. We had a fantastic time and herding cows was super fun, waterfall hike, basket-making and birthday cake! The animals are cute and Andy is hilarious. Amanda and friends, USA, march 2018
This is a magical place - beautiful views, new and fun experiences, wonderful people, delicious food and baby Andy is so much fun. Lucas, Kim, Iris, Everett, Susan, Steve. USA Feb 2018
We felt so at home at this wonderful place. We were amazed by the nature, the excursions and the friendliness. The food was the best in Ecuador and a real good deed after all those wonderful hikes. We also loved the animals, especially the cuyes, Hugo (pony) and Benjy (dog). Jana and Juri, Germany, Feb 2018
The Orange Tree. "The path wriggles through the uneven landscape, coloured in a marvellous variety of green. Chasing our fellows in front of us, we stumble through the countryside. The unusual sight of Benji, the family's dog, a horse, and a child carried by him mom's love, struggle for our attention. Disappearing behind a hillock we lose view of them, just to encounter our fellows in a blink of an eye later standing beside an orange tree. Full of fruit, its branches are trying to reach the never-ending blue sky. Climbing up high and shaking the old wood, we let the orange rain fill our baskets and stomachs." Just a small glimpse on the myriad of memories we will take home from this place... Marc, Michael, Stefan - Germany november 2017.
Our daughter (14 months) loved loved loved your farm, the animals, the open spaces to doddle and eventually your son! We'll all miss your little piece of tranquility... Catherine, Daniel, Valerie, Emily - Canada, Nov. 2017
Our stay was an experience we will remember forever. From the people we encountered, to what we learned in the fields with Patty and Ned. Every day was a little adventure in the paradise valley. The sun either greeted us in the morning, or the clouds, and as always the life sounds of the farm. The energy ran deep throughout the farm, with the abundance of food and water springs. Thank you Ned and Patricia for such memorable moments, hours and days. Jimmy and Amy, USA, november 2017.
Thanks so much to you both for allowing us into your home. It's been a great experience to see how you work your land and how you live up in the clouds. The area is so nice, with stunning views. Glad I had a chance to help herd the cattle, and I hope they stop chewing through the water pipe. Patricia is a wonderful cook, and it's by far the best I have eaten since arriving in Ecuador a week ago. Paul and Maria, UK and Spain, oct 2017.
We've had a marvellous stay on your beautiful farm! Thank you so much for your open hospitality. The kids have really enjoyed all the animals and we will all remember our time here with you in Ecuador! Julia, Mark, Frankie and Arlo, Australia, September 2017.
It was a fantastic stay with Ned and his family at this amazing place. We are very sad that we have only 2 days to spend here. We felt welcome from the first emails we exchanged. Ned was so helpful and explained everything to us. And Patricia cooked the best food we had until now in Ecuador. We will really miss their hospitality back in Germany. Claudia and Denny, Germany, Sept 2017.
This place has been a real eye-opener for me, though our stay was really too short. The way you live in accordance with nature is beautiful beyond words. Thank you Patricia and Ned, you probably do not realize how much this resembles heaven on earth. Marie and Paul, Belgium, July 2017
Well! What an amazing experience! Lovely family that hosted. Patricia's food was heavenly. I am very grateful that I stumbled upon Ned's website and decided to come. I wish I have the chance to come back one day. Ashwin, India, june 2017
What about this could be more perfect? A true ecuadorean experience with a lovely family. Phillip and Heather, (USA/Ecuador), May 2017.
I told you I'd be back! Intag has held a very special place in my heart since I was first here two and a bit years ago. Everything is as good, if not better, than my last visit, and I leave with a very happy heart, soul and belly! Lily, UK, April 2017
On this farm, I had an experience like no other. The family was very welcoming and kind, just like all the other animals. I have to say, Patricia made some of the best food I have ever tasted, and Eduardo (Ned) was a very helpful guide on the long walks we took, and sometimes even let me lead the way to find a trail. Juguete was a gentle horse whom I always brought up to a field at night to sleep. This place definitely deserves a 5-star rating! There was so much nature and great views, and that made it so that we could never forget this. Thank you! Gabe (aged 13), and Ethan (aged 11), USA, April 2017
If you are wanting to get a true taste of Ecuadorian culture, then look no further! Ned and his wife Patricia have a beautiful home tucked away in a remote area called Intag. From the moment I had arrived I felt an incredibly warm sense of welcome. Ned and Patricia are unlike any people I have ever met, they are carefree, full of love and passionate about the land that they own. Their son, Andy, is also very joyful and fun to be around. When you stay with Ned and Patricia you have the freedom to ultimately do whatever you like. I had the chance to help out with organic farming, explore the nature reserve and physically observe what true peace looks like. Their mission and fight for the rights of the land in Ecuador is phenomenal. Yes I enjoyed myself, but I also felt that I was making an impact for the better in Intag. I have been forever impacted by them and their home. Aaron, USA, march 2017
We have enjoyed every minute of our stay - where else can you hike up waterfalls and weave baskets all in one day (not to mention the stellar company and one adorable baby)... we are far better equipped for the rest of our journey thanks to Ned's spanish tutelage - and thanks to Patricia for feeding us like kings. Kathleen and David, Canada, Feb 2017
Thank you Ned and Patricia for an incredible week at CFA. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I experienced so many new things and feel that I learnt an amazing amount during my time here. I loved getting such a genuine introduction to life in Ecuador, and waking up each morning in the cloud forest was incredible. Peter, USA, Dec 2016
Such an incredible life you have created here! We can't thank you enough for hosting us. Your farm and focus on balance with nature is inspiring and beautiful. The food was delicious, filled with love and every new creation from Patricia was a delight! We wish we could stay longer and hope we can return one day. We will cherish our memories (and our baskets!) forever!!Maria, Arturo, Jaime, Lucy - USA October 2016
It has been a true gift to share these brief few days with you and the beautiful people that you attract to this absolutely magnifcent piaece of earth. Thank you, I look forward to the next time.Shannon and Ngoc, USA, August 2016
Great Family Experience! I visited Ned and Patricia's farm with my sister-in-law, adult niece, and my two children, ages 10 and 11. The stay was perfect and allowed us to participate in farm life however we chose. It was such fun to see the farm through the eyes of my children. They got to experience milking cows, moving cows to different areas of the farm, feeding and caring for bunnies and guinea pigs, riding and leading a horse, cooking traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, making baskets, picking fruits and vegetables, and learning about the region on hikes around the property. Ned and Patricia were gracious hosts and made our family feel welcome the minute we met them. The food was the best I ate in Ecuador. Patricia is a marvelous cook (and Ned's fermented cabbage was a treat as well). The cabins were extremely clean and comfortable! Getting to the farm was a great experience including the scenic bus ride (along winding dirt roads), truck taxi, and 20 minute walk to their farm. Such a fun place!Amy, USA, June 2016
Thank you for your patience and kindness in taking care of us these past days. It has been a wonderful expeience in so many ways. We enjoyed the variety and richness of the meals, the many different work experiences, taking care of the animals, making humitas, and much more. The cabin was comfortable and relaxing and the many dfferent walks and excursions were extremely interesting. The views in all directions are stunning and each day brought a new view and different weather. We especially enjoyed our last day of beautiful weather and finishing our baskets with Patricia. We are both inspired by what you are doing here. Thank you for your contribution to keeping a small part of Ecuador beautiful and sustainable.
Fran and Spence USA April 2016
Wonderful place to take a break and discover a peaceful atmosphere. Warm welcoming, good food and interesting visits. This kind of project gives us some ideas, let's see what will come out of it.
Tanguy, Belgium, May 2016
I would just like to thank Ned and Patricia - more than being the friendliest hosts, always ready and helpful, they created with their joyful and peaceful personalities a place and an atmosphere where I felt really happy and had the best of times. Suggestion: boost the birdwatching tourism. Alex, Belgium, Dec 2015.
My time spent here is the highlight of my trip to Ecuador! Your kindness and generosity and your open hearts has meant a great deal to me and I will always treasure having met and learned from you both. Suggestion: You have an excellent location, that rivals Mindo - need listings in travel guides. Dallas, Canada, Jan 2016.
Thank you so much for an amazing experience! I felt like I got to experience the real Ecuador. The accomodation and food were more than I could ask for - and to have a hot shower here is amazing! I think that what you are doing here is very important. I will remember my time spent in Intag always. Larissa, USA, Jan 2016.
Had a wonderful stay with Ned and Patricia. Yesterday's long hike in the forest was incredible - something I'll remember for a long time. I like Benji (the dog) a lot too and will miss his warm greetings in the morning. The food was delicious and plentiful. Enjoyed myself a lot. Thanks for the generous hospitality. Mark, Canada, Nov 2015
Most excellent hiking and food and basketmaking. I had a wonderful time and loved every second! Your land/farm is beautiful! Kristin, USA Oct 2015
Thank you so much Patricia and Ned for including me in your lives and sharing the experience of living in Ecuador and in your special valley. You have been not only grand hosts but also trusting friends. I will remember this experience the rest of my life and share it with friends at home. Paula, USA, Sept 2015
The internet information on Finca San Antonio is very clear and appropriate. I am grateful for all the wonderful people and systems that have smoothed this journey and made it so educational and memorable. An extraordinary experience in every way. Phyllis, USA, Sept 2015.
Ha sido un placer pasar el finde con vosotros. Nos ha encantado los paisajes, las comidas, y sobre todo, la hospitalidad y la calidez que nos habeis brindado. Suri, espana, Sept 2015
Tras 2 meses viajando por Ecuador, hemos encontrado con Eduardo y Patricia el autentico ambiente acogedor de una familia ecuatoriana. Unas maravillosas comidas y unas aun mas, maravillosas sonrisas nos han hecho sentir como en nuestra propia casa.. Una pareja maravillosa a la que de Corazon les deseo toda la suerte en su vida porque, sin duda, se lo merecen. Una suerte encontrar gente como ellos para terminar nuestro viaje. Daniel, espana, Aug 2015.
I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be lots of hard work. Actually it was the most pleasant 4 days I've had in a long time. This place is very beautiful, speaking Spanish helps to bring the culture and perspective of this place. These memories will make me happy for a long time. Adam, USA, march 2015.
We found this place on the internet and with very little research and not knowing why, I knew we had to come here. After meeting Patricia and Ned, we immediately knew why we had come here! The land, silence, birds, hospitality all blend together to an incredible stay. Michael says after eating Patricia's meals, he'll never eat out again!! Thank you so very much. With love and Alohe, Michael and Debora, Hawaii, feb 2015.