One of my most unforgettable travels for 2012 was our family trip to San Pablo, Laguna. It was through an invitation from my mom’s friend that we were able to visit what I would consider Laguna’s best.
Last May 5, 2012, we were able to visit Miss Aquino’s vacation house in San Pablo, Laguna. It was in a subdivision called Lakeside Farms. When I first heard the name I thought why would they call it Lakeside Farms if it is just a typical village in Laguna? My parents, who have already been there previously said that it was a very nice house with a lot of interesting furniture and a nice swimming pool. Need I hear more? No. So I did not ask any more questions.
It turns out though, that the house is actually a sprawling property inside an expansive fishing resort village. The village did not look like the usual subdivisions in Laguna as you will see dirt road rather than cemented walkways, a few cows in the roads, and all houses like the ones in haciendas. Miss Aquino’s property boasts of a total of 3 houses all separate from each other, a tree house, a separate quarters for the caretakers, a lush garden, a pond, Balinese furniture everywhere, and yes, a swimming pool. I guess I do not need to say that the place is huge and picturesque.
We were only given full access to one of the houses which has 2 floors. The second floor is where we all decided to stay and sleep since it is open air. Yes, there are no walls. We did not worry because it was surrounded by plants and vines then covered with large strips of plastic. The second floor has a canopy bed, dining table, living area, area for washing plates, and a very nice comfort room. The furniture is all made of wood and bamboo and are all Asian-inspired. You can either reach the place through a bamboo walkway from the garden or by climbing up a stairs from the other side of the property.
There are also some paintings made by the owner herself! Miss Aquino is quite the artist.
The comfort room is just small but unique. The floor is filled with pebbles and wood to step on and you would not see where the water flows to. It also has a shower and a sink in subdued colors.
Below our cottage is a pond, which you can see from the bamboo walkway.
After taking in the breath-taking scenery of the property, we had lunch at the open air cottage. We brought all our food for Day 1 which comprises of lunch and dinner, all cooked already. The caretaker of the house helped us set up and clean the place a bit. Since the cottage is open, there were a few insect droppings and fallen leaves. Good thing we brought wipe wipes, tissue and alcohol so cleaning was a breeze. We also had dishwashing liquid and sponge for the dishes. We came prepared!
After a hearty lunch of Sinigang na Baka, rice , mangoes and bananas, we set out to see more of the place. We went downstairs and saw the main house. It was closed that time but even from outside you can see the beauty of the house. The door is Balinese-inspired as well, and there were chairs and a hammock. It was perfect for picture-taking!
We saw another walkway leading to a bigger garden. There was an area where you can sit and take pictures. I love the hanging vines and flowers that serves as an arc. I think this will look great for prenup pictorial!
The walkway led to another house with two floors, an eating area and the first floor of our cottage.
The first floor of our cottage has walls. It also has a very nice door and a comfort room on the side. The inside also features a canopy bed, bamboo ceilings, day beds, and a separate room for the housekeeper! Wow.
The third house is a modern one–with white walls and modern minimalist furniture. It has a second floor as well with stairs outside of the house that is also open air. The second floor is only for dining as it only has wooden tables and chairs.
The second floor has a nice view of the outside world, haha. You can see a portion of the other properties in the village.
Once done taking so many more pictures that I will no longer post here, we got ready to test the swimming pool! We all took a bath first, changed into our swimsuits, and headed for a swim.
The swimming pool is located near their main house and is not too big nor too small. It was very basic and I think it will be better if it followed the theme of the whole property. Although there were wooden chairs for you to lounge as well, the pool itself is the normal squarish type with white tiles. Of course, I would not complain since we are not paying for our stay here but I guess if they turn the pool into a batis-inspired one maybe, everything will be PERFECT!
The water is not warm like some pools in the other parts of Laguna but still great nonetheless. The entire family had a great time swimming and relaxing after a long drive from Cavite. My dad was the one who drove the entire time and we only had a jeepney this time so I knew he was really tired.
We ate dinner after a good hour or two of swimming time and washed up. It became very cold when night-time came and we all had a little difficulty sleeping. Well, THEY had a difficulty sleeping as I immediately fell asleep after I took a bath. I left everyone to prepare the food and my boyfriend only woke me up when they were all done eating. Haha.
Since I was no longer sleepy after eating, my sister, aka Micanonymous, who is by the way a more famous (naks) blogger than I, decided to make Swiss Miss chocolate drinks for everyone and take it to the tree house for us to drink! Perfection.
It was a great way to end the day (night) as we sip our hot chocolate while feeling the cold breeze in the tree house. Please do not mind the picture above as I cannot find other photos of the tree house itself.
Staying at Miss Aquino’s property was such a great family experience. How I wish I could own a place like this in the future so my family can have a place to go every weekend whenever we need rest and relaxation. Well, a girl can dream. For now, I can just hope that we will be invited to this place again this summer and maybe be allowed to have our prenup shoot here for free? 🙂
The place is not for rent yet at this time, and is only open by invitation to family and friends. I was able to find a resort inside the village though that you can go to if you wish to pay: Lakeside Farms Resort. If you have more money and you wish to buy a property in the village, you may check the website of the developer of the village, Imperial Homes.
For our interesting Day 2 activities in the beautiful and serene Lake Pandin, San Pablo, check my post here.
Lakeside Farms is located at San Buenaventura, San Pablo City, Laguna.
Until the next trip,