Monday, January 2, 2012

Sonya's Garden

Sonya's Garden has been around for quite some time now, and many beautiful things have already been written about the place, the food, and the owner herself. I've attended a number of weddings here, but I fell in love with the place all over again during our family's recent two-day stay. Even my parents, who are both city slickers, didn't want to leave the comfort and tranquility that this bed&breakfast provides.  
The B&B House
The dining area for guests who check-in.
The kitchen. Later, you will understand the need for all these ramekins.
One of the many gardens
Looks like blowfish. They call this 'Itlog ni San Pedro'.
The greenhouse, where they grow the food served on your table.
These red berries are fed to organically-grown chicken.
Red ginger and Lemon tree.

Nooks where you can sit and relax are located all over the estate.
There is also a greenhouse right next to the public dining hall.
 Dinner is make-your-own Salad, Bread and Pasta
Tita Sonya says hello to the family at dinner.
Tarragon tea.
We all went to the spa after and got Sonya's Signature Massage, a combination of Swedish and Shiatsu styles. I have to say, this is one of the best massages I've ever experienced in my life. They also mix their own massage oils using flowers and herbs from the garden.
Now, allow me to take you on a tour inside the beautiful home of Tita Sonya.
The staggered wooden panels on the floor is consistent in and outside the house.
I think the bathroom is my favorite part of the house. The top part is open, and there are windows on two sides, so it can get pretty chilly in there (especially with the Tagaytay breeze), but to shower with an open window (facing the hills) can be quite liberating. The rain shower is above stones and pebbles, and their Gugo shampoo smells so good. We bought about 4 huge bottles from the store.
Perfect roses from the garden and a quirky chest of drawers.
I could live on their dalandan juice.
Mom and my sister Aia.
Our breakfast table. Organic tomatoes filled with cheese, topped with sweet basil.
Hot chocolate in floral china.
The Country Store is where you can get massage oils and the Gugo shampoo.
The Panaderia is where you MUST buy these: Chocolate cupcakes and Spanish Bread. Buy for yourself, and buy for some for pasalubong. The person you will give this to will love you forever.
Thank you, Tita Sonya, for so generously sharing your home with our family!

Sonya's Garden
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines
(near Tagaytay City)
For reservations, call or text: +63-9175329097 / +63-9175335140 / +63-9175231080