We’ve just posted a review of Quincho Country Home, an intimate, high-service inn just outside of Puerto Varas, Chile. If you’re planning to spend some time in this lake district of Patagonia, we’d recommend this one over our only other featured hotel there, Hotel Patagonico.

Our reviewer just stayed in both and found that Patagonico has declined a bit since Melia management pulled out and there were lapses in maintenance and service. We see this time and again in areas where tour groups seldom stay for more than a night and the front desk checks people in by the busload.

For a more personal and attentive experience, Quincho Country Home will set you up right. You’ll talk with the chef who is going to prepare your meal, with the guide who will lead your excursion, and with the manager who will see what special requests you may have for your room. And they’ll all communicate with each other, not in silos. If you’re a foodie, this is your spot:

If you have a passion for cooking, you will be interested in knowing that you are welcome in the kitchen at any time. If you want, you are invited to go along with the chef as he does his shopping at the markets in the morning, and you can the work alongside him as much or as little as you like preparing the food. As many ingredients as possible are sourced locally, including free range eggs, veggies from the on-site garden, and fish from the local fisherman. Only the top Chilean wines are served.

Sure, this place is a little further out, but you have eight acres for roaming. They’ll pick you up from Puerto Montt airport and see to it that your wishes are granted in terms of activities and sightseeing while you’re there. See our detailed review of Quincho Country Home.