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. Alternatively guests can order fast food to be delivered. Shakeys, Jollibee, McDonalds and Greenwich do deliveries to Timberland up until 6pm.
For guests with their own car, we will provide directions upon booking. From SM City San Mateo it takes about 15 minutes to drive to our place. For guests without a car, Grab is the best option because few taxi drivers know the way to Timberland Heights. There are no other public transport options to Timberland (i.e. no UV Express or jeepneys). Tricycles are not permitted inside Timberland. For guests arriving by Grab, we will take them down (free of charge) to Ayala Malls Marikina Heights on the morning of their departure as it is very difficult to book Grab from Timberland.
Travelling time to Timberland is normally around 12-15 mins from San Mateo City Hall or SM City San Mateo, 20-25 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.