When people say Tagaytay you would usually think of the following: Bulalo, Leslie’s, Antonio’s, Taal Volcano, “Malamig” (cold), and for the more mature generation, Casino Filipino. However more than the food, cold weather, and the scenic view of Taal Lake, Tagaytay is also the home of Puzzle Mansion, a Guinness World Record holding establishment that my wife and I accidentally visited last year.
We’ve made Tagaytay our staple getaway and refuge each time we’re burned out already from work in Manila there’s a need to have quick R&R away from everyone and everything. Most of the time we just eat in the different restaurants and finish the nights off with some coffee or wine in the different bars scattered all over the city. However in one of our more recent trips we caught a sign on the road saying “This Way to Puzzle Mansion”. Since we were so bored of going to Leslie’s already (really nice but expensive Bulalo place), we just followed all the signs!
After driving around and following the signs for half an hour we ended up getting to our destination. It was a tucked away bed and breakfast type of resort complete with a pool, lol. We parked, went down, paid the entrance fee of Php100, and made our way to the “Puzzle Mansion”. We were not prepared at all for the awesomeness that was waiting for us!
The Puzzle Mansion has the biggest collection of rare and popular puzzles in different sizes, genres, and forms! I don’t have an actual count but apparently they hold a Guinness World Record for having the most number of puzzles in one location. The puzzles came in a variety of forms from the simple picture types to 3D models.
Here are some photos:
We were so impressed that we ended up buying one as a souvenir for the house. We found the perfect puzzle portrait: two super cute cats playing in a field!
As we were about to leave though we had one last surprise. The owner, Gina Lacuna, came up to us and introduced herself. She was such a charming, nice, and welcoming host! My wife and I took advantage of the opportunity to have the puzzle we got signed and to have a photo taken as well. She kinda reminds me of Sonya from Sonya’s Garden (she goes around the restaurant often to meet customers).
We ended the visit by having some buko creme pie by the small cafe near the parking (super delicious, you guys must try it). We highly recommend that you guys visit Puzzle Mansion, especially if you have kids already! It’s also a bed and breakfast type of place so you can actually check in and sleep there if you’re going to spend a few days in Tagaytay.
For more information about Puzzle Mansion, check out their Facebook Page.