Pros: lots of well-kept grass, well-placed big trees, quiet because the house is far from the road, it’s a new and nice house, simple and spare as befits a vacation house, ample storage (drawers, shelves, and closet) in the bedrooms, hanging area outside for wet items, screens on the windows (mosquitos are a problem without them), lots of “extras” like table linens, plenty of plates, glasses, and serving dishes.
Cons: The oven and the sofa not currently working, but probably will be remedied soon. House is so new that it’s not quite finished (some bare lightbulbs in places and wires sticking out of the wall in one place) as of this writing. The neighboring property has lots of bright lights which is a bit annoying when you’re out on the pier at night trying to enjoy the stars.
More info about the house and property:
The location shown here on the listing is far off the mark, showing it being at the north end of Las Balsas. The property is actually very near the south end of the nearly straight coastline section of Las Balsas. In this area, there is about 2km of water between you and the opposite shore (when the lake is full).
No TV as of our visit, but unfortunately it appears they plan to add one soonish.
If you’re bringing young children, be aware that there is barbed wire in various places along the water’s edge, and there are significant hazards like broken glass below the water. So bring along the water shoes and please be like us and remove all the hazards you find. Thanks!
More info about the lake Rapel area:
It seems that the water level in the lake is allowed to begin dropping around March 1st. The water level was already down about 3 feet as of our visit in early March, but I saw that it was full only two weeks earlier, even though it had been a dry, hot summer. This limits the range of recreation options on the lake. (The sailboats and motorized watercraft were almost completely absent from the lake as of this visit.) It also means that the nice beaches along the shore no longer have the water coming up to them. How far will the water fall in the dry season? One clue is the water line shown on the (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps view, which I estimate to correlate with a 10 foot drop from the full level.
Best to come by car as public transportation seems spotty. (Except perhaps in Jan/Feb)