Inside La Dacha – a rustic Chilean mountain retreat

Built in the foothills of the Andes

Architect Nicolas del Rio has put a South American twist on the Alpine chalet for his retreat in the foothills of the Andes in Chile.

La Dacha – available to rent via Off Grid Hideaways from $450 per night – unfurls across 1,500 sq ft, and the mountain retreat sits between ancient oak trees and lava rocks in Valle Las Trancas. Del Rio built the three-bedroom Chilean holiday home using passive techniques and has wrapped it in charred pine cladding to protect it from the harshest elements.

Photography: Felipe Camus

Huge picture windows offer vistas across the frozen landscape, while interiors hone a rustic vibe via timber-panelled walls and furnishings sourced from around the architect’s travels.

Shared living spaces are sandwiched in the middle of the three-storey cabin, which is a launchpad for mountain biking trails, riding, hiking and skiing. Warm up around the tiled masonry stove after a day on the slopes.

Photography by Felipe Camus
Photography by Felipe Camus

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