Our modern residence at Timberland Heights was designed by one of the Philippines’ National Artists for Architecture, Francisco Mañosa. It is situated on a ridge with 270-degree views of the whole of Metro Manila and the adjacent Sierra Madre foothills.
On clear days the view is as far south as the Tagaytay Highlands, and as far west as Mt Mariveles on the other side of Manila Bay.
The sunsets are spectacular throughout much of the year, and the temperature at Timberland Heights is two degrees cooler than in the city. A gentle breeze on most days can make it feel even cooler, and a jacket or sweater is often required outside on evenings in December and January.
At night, the lights of the city’s 12 million inhabitants extend as far as the eye can see. We have had many guests stay with us who have described the evening and night-time vistas as “magical”.
Our house is located well above the level of the city’s air pollution. The prevailing winds come from the Sierra Madre ranges behind us, so we have a constant supply of fresh, unpolluted air from the Pacific Ocean to the east of the Philippines.
Check-out time is 12 noon but if the room is not booked for the night of the day you leave, guests can check-out as late as 3pm for no additional charge. Check-in time is 2pm, but if the room has not been booked the previous night, guests can check in any time after 11 am.
Please note that due to our elevated location and unfenced steep slopes close to the guest rooms, our house is not suitable for families with children under 10 years of age. We can accommodate one teenage child or an additional adult per room on a floor mattress.
For dinner we recommend Estancia de Lorenzo at the bottom of the hill (there are no restaurants at Timberland) or you can bring your own food and reheat in our microwave. Guests can use our refrigerator in the upstairs kitchen next to the view deck.
We regret we can only accept bookings from guests with their own transport because there is no public transport to Timberland. Also it is not possible to get Grab or taxis from Timberland as we are too far away from San Mateo proper for booking apps to reach drivers.
Travelling time to Timberland is normally around 15 mins from San Mateo City Hall or SM City San Mateo, 25 mins from Batasang Pambansa (House of Representatives) in Quezon City, 40-45 minutes from TriNoma and SM North, or 50-55 mins from Eastwood City. We are less than 3 km outside the boundary of Metro Manila, but when you stay with us you will feel like you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING COVID-10 SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
*****Rizal Province is currently under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) for Covid-19. Therefore we are only able to operate at 50% capacity (unless it is a family booking both rooms). As Timberland Heights is currently a Covid-free zone, and is a private sub-division, the township administration requires that all guests have barangay health certificates and provide a waiver letter absolving Timberland and Filinvest Land Inc from any responsibility should a guest contract Covid-19 whilst staying at Timberland (we will provide a draft upon booking). Further, we can also only accept bookings from guests with their own transport because Grab and taxis are not available from Timberland, and there is no alternative public transport. In order to comply with health and safety regulations, our helpers will wear masks when checking you in and when serving breakfast. We would request guests to also wear masks when checking in and checking out, but they can removed for the rest of the stay. As we have to deep clean the whole house between bookings, and can only operate at 50% capacity, we regret that we have to limit bookings during MGCQ to a minimum of two nights. However, during MGCQ you will be the only guests at The Astley Residence so will have the house to yourself. We will revert to single night bookings when quarantine restrictions are lifted. Also, we are not able to accept same-day bookings because under the new safety protocols, we are required to register incoming guests with Timberland Admin and lodge their health certificates and waiver letter at least 24 hours prior to their arrival.*****