11.27.2014

Retreat to Wilson's Place Bed and Breakfast in Tagaytay

Rest and relaxation. That's our main objective for our weekend stay at Wilson's Place Bed and Breakfast early this month. It's our first time to visit this side of Tagaytay, which is more tranquil and with a provincial setting in a residential community. From the outside, you wouldn't think there's a modern bed and breakfast in this quiet village. It used to be an old resort which was bought by the current owners and transformed into this completely modern structure that welcomes city dwellers in their cozy suites amidst contemporary interiors and beautiful works of art.



Consider this a sequel to my previous post about our exciting day tours at Yoki's Farm and Balay Indang, which are also owned and managed by the same family who invited us to Wilson's Place for a weekend stay.

Though we are not familiar with the area, we did not have a hard time finding the place since it's near a main road, and thanks to Waze too, heeheehee. Anyhow, from the main gate, you might mistake it for a modern mansion if not for the sign by the tree. In fact, it is one, and it's open for the public to discover and enjoy.


By definition, a "bed and breakfast" or "B&B" is a guest house / inn, or small lodging establishment that offers a room for overnight accommodations, and breakfast/morning meal; usually no other meals. Wilson's Place actually offers dinner, bed, breakfast, and more! Since it sits on a secluded part of a residential village, you won't find any dining establishments nearby. So, they made it more convenient for guests to relax upon check-in and be served a special meal come dinner time.

The owners don't advertise their B&B, not even a website, so you'll notice that everything still looks new and clean. It's really their intention to keep a more private feel for Wilson's Place, and only depend on referrals from friends, word of mouth promotion by satisfied guests, and recently, among bloggers.

Just like in my previous post, I have too many pictures to share with you here, so let's start the photo essay.

What to expect from Wilson's Place:

Beautiful architecture and interior design, furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces, large mirrors and glass walls.  I noticed a number of colorful Baldemor paintings waiting to be hung. This is one side of the dining area, with a stairway leading to the rooms upstairs.



Asian and European accent pieces brighten up the living and dining areas, complemented by bold paintings, a piano, and tasteful d├ęcor. Signature pieces like these bright red Yoda chairs by Kenneth Cobonpue anchors the airy and spacious living area.

Lots of magazines and reading materials, as well as board games available for guests. But go ahead and bring your books or projects and let your creativity flow, 'coz you'll find several cozy nooks, open spaces, and lounge areas around the house.


Large metal sculptures from the owner's private collections stand proud around the pool area and near the family rooms across the main house.


Unique installations like these add charm and whimsy to the place, which fascinated the kids as well.


The owners shared many plans for improvements in the coming months. I also think more attractions should be added to entertain guests.  This lawn and garden near the parking area could use more lights at night, can be converted to a playground, used as camp site, or feature an outdoor grill area. For now, guests can enjoy the swings from morning 'til night.


Wilson's Place have a total of 13 rooms - 9 standard rooms in the main house, and 4 family rooms near the pool area. All rooms have different color schemes and sizes. Choose one that suits your fancy.

We stayed in the Aqua Room that can accommodate 4.

The air-conditioned family room features simple furnishings:
  • Queen-size bed, and 2 single beds
  • Toilet and shower
  • Complimentary(4) bottled water
  • Living area with LCD TV -- I did not notice if they have cable TV coz the signal was not clear in our room
  • Free wi-fi for guests -- but the connection was inconsistent when we were there

I hope they can get better internet signal and speed in their area soon.  You can also request for extra pillows.

Their T&B is clean and spacious enough. They provide heated water, modern bathroom fixtures, and comes with complete sets of toiletries and towels, good for 4 occupants.


After our tour of Yoki's farm that afternoon, the kids can't wait to jump in the pool. Cai and her kids were also with us that weekend.

The main attraction of Wilson's Place is their very inviting pool in the center of the property. Some rooms on the second floor of the main house overlook the pool, while the family rooms are conveniently a few steps away.


If I remember correctly, the pool is 4 (or 5) feet deep. They provided inflatable lifesavers if kids want to borrow. 

Despite the chilly water, the kids couldn't care less and dived in! They also offer massage and spa services in a room behind the lounge area --simply book in advance.



After resting from their cool swim, we got ready for dinner. Aside from the swimming pool and modern setting, the deliciously cooked food is one of their main draws.


I am not exaggerating when I say that Wilson's Place serves some of the best tasting "hotel" food this side of town. It's no wonder since the same culinary geniuses prepare the menu at Balay Indang. Nothing fancy here, but theirs are home-style dishes all are cooked and seasoned really well, prepared fresh daily. Our sumptuous dinner includes:

Tuna Pate on Melba toast
Smoked Chicken Ceasar Salad (fresh greens from Yoki's hydroponic farm) 
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Rice with corn


Shrimp Frito
Fish Pasta
Grilled Pork chop with Peaches and Apples
Chicken Roulade
Vanilla ice cream (dessert)
Calamansi Juice with mint



Before retiring to our suites, we toured the second floor and peeked at some of the regular and petite rooms. I really like the high ceiling design and zen feel of the interiors. 

Red room, regular size with oriental touches.

They call this the Queen room, usually reserved for the owners when they stay over.

Wood elements add a warm touch to this petite room. Shot of the bed as reflected on the mirror.

The Classic, my favorite among the regular rooms mainly because I like the crisp and elegant white-gray colors and tufted headboards.


The kids entertained themselves with the piano the following morning. It was a cool, sunny Sunday and the girl has other plans.

The night before, we were asked what time we would like breakfast to be served. This was a very thoughtful gesture.

Our morning made even brighter with a hearty breakfast:

Assortment of Fruits with yogurt and Feta Cheese
Scrumptious Mini Tuna Sandwiches
Fried Eggs
Beef Tapa, tasty and tender
Gourmet Tuyo/ Ensalada
Sinangag
Pot of Coffee and Hot Chocolate


We were so full from breakfast and still, the kids bugged us for a final swim. Ok, done.


Before we left, we also checked out the function room behind the fountain area near the family rooms.

If you are a big group, Wilson's Place can close the whole B&B and you can stay for a night, or longer, and have programs or meetings in this cheery function room.

Wilson's Place is a quiet respite from our busy and stressful city life. Ideal for retreats, company business planning sessions, family reunions, social parties, and a couple's secret hideaway. If you want to "unplug" / go offline, or hold book club sessions, this is a good venue too.

While staying at Wilson's, I highly recommend you book a farm tour at Yoki's, and reserve a table for a sumptuous lunch at Balay Indang after checking out. The whole experience complemented our family retreat to Wilson's Place, making it more memorable.

For inquiries and reservations:
Wilson's Place 
Maglabe Drive, Tagaytay

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