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Breathtaking Lakefront Property in Semi-Private Cove

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View of the Castle Xetujil from the cove

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
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San Marcos La Laguna chateau / country house description

You'll relax like royalty in this large triple-terraced home with royal style panoramic views. See the photos and video to understand! Nicknamed 'El Castillo' or 'The Castle', this beautiful lakefront property is situated in a quiet cove with a king's view of mountains, lake, pueblos and volcanoes. The location offers quick access to best swimming, diving, fishing, a myriad of boating activities, hiking, trail running or more relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, healing spas or your best massage ever. The property is very private without being isolated, with a private meditation area, and nearby access to a nature trail and tree swing into the lake. There are breathtaking views from every room, including from the jacuzzi. The caretaker is always discreetly present to assist -- to take you by row boat to San Marcos, to arrange for a private launch trip to one or more of the indigenous villages that ring the lake, to prepare the fireplace.
NEW: We have just finished landscaping the side yard into a grassed and shaded meditation terrace that overlooks the lake and the villages of San Pedro La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna. The tranquility is magnificent.

New Local Events: Lake Atitlan Guatemala: Painters and weavers in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, directly across the lake fro El Castillo have organized from the collective HEART OF THE LAKE exhibition of painters and weavers for tourists from around the world. Maria Francisca Hernandez, a member of the group, said the exhibition takes account all the inhabitants of the municipality that like and practice the arts, so they formed the organization and opened galleries and schools of painting and weaving. The group is comprised of 33 women who create, exhibit and sell paintings and elaborate gender primitivist -naíf- typical region tissues. The women have received expert advice to improve colors and painting techniques, as well as dyes and quality yarn for fabrics. adding that as well as costumes, draw bags, purses, shoes, bracelets and other accessories.

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Property Type

      • Chateau / Country House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

          • Catering Available
          • Breakfast - Booking Possible
          • Lunch - Booking Possible
          • Dinner - Booking Possible

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Staff

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            only outside the house...moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          • Master: 1 king

            panoramic bay window view of lake and access to terrace...moreless

          • Guest: 2 queen

            View of lake, access to terrace, private bathroom...moreless

          • Eagle's Nest: 1 queen

            Private terrace looking directly on lake...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Canoe for 3-4 people or a dug-out kayak are available for touring the lake. Fishing and crabbing with caretaker can be arranged any day you would like. There is great cliff diving and sunbathing from the 'Trampoline' located 5-10 minutes east along the shoreline. I suggest you check out the TzanK'ujil Nature Trail (5 min east) and hike to the top of the mountain to the sacred Mayan ceremonial area. There is also a wonderful little restaurant less than 100 yards west of the property. There are restaurants, massage spas, natural health centers in nearby San Marcos village and at most of the villages around the lake there are great opportunities for shopping, dining, tours, cultural experiences and socializing....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Stereo:

                CD player/radio provided, along with a few CDs. Best to bring your own favorite CDs....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Water Parks
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lake View
              • Lakefront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Paragliding
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Rock Climbing
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing
              • Water Tubing

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Alcove w/ windows on 3 sides for panoramic lake view...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people

              General

              • Fireplace:

                Two fireplaces - one in living room and one in master bedroom...moreless

              • Internet:

                Yes, excellent service via 2 pre-pay USB modems. Caretaker will assist in making prepayment, Q75 will buy a week of broadband connection. ...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Large, 35 sq mtrs, with bay window for lake view; also alcove seating w/ view of garden...moreless

              • Parking:

                Parking available in guarded lot in Panajachel 40 min away by launch, or in San Marcos, 10 minutes away. The caretaker will gladly help with luggage transfer....moreless

              • Telephone:

                No land line but cell phone service is good in the area and a pre-pay 'house' cell phone is provided. Caretaker will assist in making prepayment....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                No washing machine, but hand laundry service is provided for a small extra charge....moreless

              • Wood Stove:

                Outside brick barbecue ...moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker:

                Brand new in August 2013...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Everything needed provided...moreless

              • Kitchen

              Outside

              • Balcony:

                Balcony on each of the three levels. ...moreless

              • Bicycles:

                We have no bicycles on site but they can be rented in Panajechel. Bike truips on the roads around the lake can be very enjoyables ...moreless

              • Boat:

                Row boat, oars and life jackets...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Main patio or terrace is partially covered by the second terrace above, and the Eagle's Nest bedroom has a private terrace....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Canoe/ row boat for 3 comfortably, up to 4 people....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                There is a terraced garden on the left of the house that is wonderful for meditiation or just a snooze under the trees....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Water Sports Gear:

                2 sets of snorkles and swim goggles....moreless

              Pool / Spa

              • Communal Pool:

                The lake is right out the front door and the private dock is used as a sun deck and swimming platform. ...moreless

              • Hot Tub:

                Secluded private jacuzzi with lake view situated between terrace and garden. Cost of gas to heat the jacuzzi will be applied....moreless

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Included
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Christmas & Year-End
                  Dec 12 - Jan 19, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $99 $108
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $680 $1,600

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  Easter Month
                  Mar 16 - Apr 20, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  $99 $108
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  $680 $1,600

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $79 $85
                  Fri, Sat
                  $545 $1,400

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Check-Out Cleaning $20
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                  • Taxes Included

                  Notes:

                  1. STANDARD HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES PROVIDED EVERY THIRD DAY OF YOUR STAY (ADDITIONAL HOUSEKEEPING AND COOKING SERVICES CAN BE ARRANGED)

                  2. A one-time check-out cleaning fee of $20.00 per stay will be applied to all stays.

                  3. Transportation to and from the property by water taxi is not included. We can provide estimates at time of booking.

                  4.*** ASK US ABOUT OUR LONG STAY OR 6+ GROUP RATES ***


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                  Last updated: 12/28/2014
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                  Location

                  108.5 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Guatamala City (plus regional in Quetzaltenango)
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Blind Lemon, Fe, Jinava Bay Hotel, Paco Real
                  0.8 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  San Marcos to anywhere on the lake
                  95 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Antigua
                  10 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  CA 1
                  0.1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Jinava plus many more in San Marcos
                  50 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Many on Pacific & Crystal beach on lake (1K)

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  The village of San Marcos La Laguna is famous for its holistic and meditation centers but even more so for its relaxed, low pressure atmosphere. It has a lovely shaded central park and a band shell for locally produced music and plays. Trails and a local lake along the lake are available. Our caretaker will arrange for a launch to pick you up at our dock and take you anywhere on the lake.

                  The entire lake and the villages around San Marcos are accessible via inexpensive 'bus launches' that run throughout the day every 20 minutes. A road north from the village leads to Quetzaltenango and the many historic archaeological sites of that region. Quetzaltenango is a university city and a historic gate way to Mexico.

                  The major town of Panajchel on the lake is loaded with quality restaurants, night life, grocery stores and other urban attractions, but San Marcos itself is a lovely, quiet family friendly town.

                  Across our end of the lake are the villages of San Pedro and San Juan which are delightful towns filled with interesting visitor attractions, casual sight seeing walks and good restaurants and cooperatives of artisans. Further away is the famous village of Santiago Atitlan which attracts visitors from around the world for its sights, arts, weaving, woodcarving and entertainment.

                  Finally, one can tour the highlands of Guatemala from the Lake and visit such exotic places as Solola, Chichicastenango and the ancient pre-classic and classic era Maya ruins of Ixchimche, Zacaleu, Takalik Abaj. To the northwest is the large hot springs of Fuentes Georginas which is open to the public and situated in a delightful cloud forest. It is quite a treat to float in the hot waters while watching clouds swirl through the trees above. In the nearby valley is the village of Zunil where shrines to Maximon can be visited. The vegetable market in Almalonga is one of the very best in all of the highlands.

                  Our local manager in Panajachel can arrange all travel and accommodations for you if you are interested in some side trips around or away from the lake. A new attraction is a butterfly arboretum has opened in Panajachel Dec 2013

                  NEWS! Feb 1, A new butterfly named Pan Ajachel was discovered by staff Atitlan Nature Reserve in Panajachel, Solola. that scientists believe could only have developed in the climate and ambience of Panajachel. The butterfly lays eggs in matasano plant, which each holds its metamorphosis.

                  Carlos Eduardo Paez, Reserve Entomologist said that identifying the new species took several years of study on wing and other characteristics such as flying habits, food and way of playing. Paez said that this lepidopteran belongs to the Papilionidae family, subfamily and Heraclides. The caterpillars of this butterfly feed on a fruit called matasano (ajachel Cakchiquel), whose scientific name is Casimiroa edulis, a tree well known in the Lake. The insects lay their eggs on this plant.

                  Paez said they will take their data to laboratories in England, Switzerland or the United States, where before accepting it as new, worldwide data bases will be checked.

                  A special treat coming up is to be at Lake Atitlan in the weeks and days leading up to Easter (Semana Santa) when street processions, art, religious ceremonies and music flower in extraordinary ways. Our house at San Marcos is within a short walk or boat ride to some of the most fascinating Maya towns in all of Guatemala such as San Marcos, San Pedro and San Juan.

                   

                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2013

                  About: El Castillo Tzutujil is a vacation retreat for my husband and me. He is a poet and writer who at 72 thrives in the tranquility of the bay and the house. For me, the opportunity for long hikes and immersion in good books is a dream come true. After years in the business work-a-day world in Arizona, the lake house gives us many wonderful days throughout the year to relax and get in touch with ourselves. In addition, on the Pacific side of the mountains across the lake lies a small indigenous community called Chocolá where we have been working with a U.S. non-profit known as Seeds for a Future to help improve the health and economy of the community. Being close to our work in Chocolá and the people there whom we are lucky to know and be able to help is, an added bonus for us. 2013 will be our 36th year of visiting and living in Guatemala but believe it or not, we only recently really discovered Lake Atitlan and its incredible beauty, lovely people and peaceful surroundings. We were lucky to find this lovely home which we use part of the year and make available to other vacationers when we need to be elsewhere. I am sure you will enjoy the “castle” as much as do we and we encourage you to take opportunities to visit the nearby pueblos around the lake and taste of the art, culture and wonderful food available. Or, if you would rather just kick back on the veranda, be prepared to be enchanted and sink into occasional naps of the best kind. And please excuse me for tooting the horn of Seeds for the Future, but if you are so inclined you can see what we are doing at www.seedsforafuture.org or at www.facebook.com/seedsforafuture

                  Why San Marcos La Laguna:
                  We bought this property for many reasons but primarily because it is near (yet apart from) one of the prettiest Maya lakeside communities on Lake Atitlan called San Marcos La Laguna. San Marcos is a magnet for people from around the world seeking the spiritual energy that many believe is there and conducive to learning, meditation and holistic therapies such as massage, yoga, reiki and more. Happily, the village is within easy walking distance of our house or a short boat ride. San Marcos itself is around a point of land from our house. Near the shoreline are the dwelling of ex-pats and businesses which have established themselves over the years to serve visitors with restaurants, therapy, a holistic center known as the Pyramids Meditation Center and apartments and some retail stores. In addition, San Marcos and the villages across the lake offer excellent dining opportunities not to mention their cultural attractions. San Marcos also has an active program for kids to get involved in theater and the arts. The Maya village itself is above the shore side part of the town and has a wonderful central plaza. Hiking in the forest above San Marcos is a treat. A most important appeal to us of this property is the fact that it is new, well constructed and situated on what may be the quietist bay of the entire lake. We can sit reading or just enjoying the views for hours with nary a power boat passing within ear shot. And that means being able to listening to nature, the sounds of the lake and birds. On the other side of our bay are majestic rock cliffs and quality homes built on the lower hills and near the water. On our side is a shore level trail that leads to the Village of San Marcos and along the way passes through a delightful water and diving park. The trail is a little challenging, but a wonderful experience. The lake water at San Marcos and in our bay is said to be the cleanest for swimming and kayaking in the entire lake region.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                  Aside from what we have said above, the house itself offers lake vistas from every room and magnificent privacy. Each bedroom has its own veranda on the lake side of the house and ceiling to floor windows. To the south side of the house is our pleasant grassy yard made into several terraces which are ideal for quiet afternoons and meditation. Hammocks make for lazy afternoons and the Jacuzzi is an excellent experience at night while looking at the lights reflecting off the lake from San Pedro and San Juan. Now and then, pyrotechnical displays are observed above the distant towns … (Guatemalans do love fireworks to celebrate national holidays, religious events, birthdays, weddings and maybe just because it seems like a good idea at the time). Another feature we particularly like is the fact that we can watch cumulous storm clouds forming about 40 kilometers away above the Pacific but behind the mountains on the other side of the lake. And because the lake is at roughly 5,000 feet, the distant Pacific coastal storms sometimes provide some of the grandest displays of clouds and lightning. And for those of you who enjoy more active lifestyle, please see our 'amenities' page which lists all sorts of outdoor activities and night life around the lake. Our concierge in Panachel provdes a constantly updated list of entertainment and recreation activities around the lake.


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                  Photos

                  • View of the Castle Xetujil from the cove

                    View of the Castle Xetujil from the cove

                  • Master bedroom with king bed, fireplace, bath and shower and lake vista.

                    Master bedroom with king bed, fireplace, bath and shower and lake vista.

                  • Second bedroom with two queen beds and a private terrace facing on the lake

                    Second bedroom with two queen beds and a private terrace facing on the lake

                  • Second bedroom has terrace and lake views

                    Second bedroom has terrace and lake views

                  • Looking down from inside balcony to the living room

                    Looking down from inside balcony to the living room

                  • Cozy fire in the chimena while listening to music.

                    Cozy fire in the chimena while listening to music.

                  • Dining area from kitchen

                    Dining area from kitchen

                  • The third terrace outside the 'eagle's nest' bedroom

                    The third terrace outside the 'eagle's nest' bedroom

                  • Distant storm over the Pacific coast line as seen from the veranda

                    Distant storm over the Pacific coast line as seen from the veranda

                  • Looking to the west across the lake from the second terrace.

                    Looking to the west across the lake from the second terrace.

                  • Our private boat dock and boat

                    Our private boat dock and boat

                  • Main porch looking toward dining nook

                    Main porch looking toward dining nook

                  • Tranquility and sunset from the middle terrace

                    Tranquility and sunset from the middle terrace

                  • Master bedroom with fireplace, desk &  panoramic bay window view of the lake

                    Master bedroom with fireplace, desk & panoramic bay window view of the lake

                  • Stairs leadto upstrairs bedrooms. San Marcos Textiles on the wall above stairs

                    Stairs leadto upstrairs bedrooms. San Marcos Textiles on the wall above stairs

                  • Living Room looking toward the dining nook, front door and kitchen

                    Living Room looking toward the dining nook, front door and kitchen

                  • Living room with view of side terrace and meditation lawn

                    Living room with view of side terrace and meditation lawn

                  • Large kitchen fully equipped. Cook available for any or all days.

                    Large kitchen fully equipped. Cook available for any or all days.

                  • Front porch, jacuzzi and hammocks

                    Front porch, jacuzzi and hammocks

                  • SW vew of Mount San Pedro & the village of San Pedro, accessible by launch

                    SW vew of Mount San Pedro & the village of San Pedro, accessible by launch

                  • From the second terrace, looking north across the cove

                    From the second terrace, looking north across the cove

                  • The second and third terraces with traditional wrought iron gateways

                    The second and third terraces with traditional wrought iron gateways

                  • From the main terrace, the private boat dock.

                    From the main terrace, the private boat dock.

                  • Fishermen in hand made boats fish for crabs, bass & other fish

                    Fishermen in hand made boats fish for crabs, bass & other fish

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                  3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
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