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Beautiful Lake Atitlan Retreat Home - Spectacular Views & Large Garden

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Last updated: 11/11/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Casa Grande, Santa Cruz, is a place for romantics and adventureers seeking rest, reflection and inspiration. Guatemala's famous Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three sentinel volcanos, is one of the natural wonders of the world. Hence why Aldus Huxley referred to it as "really too much of a good thing"! Be warned - once you arrive, you will never want to leave!

The Lake views, as well as, the mountain backdrop, are nothing short of spectacular. This is a home-from-home providing a great base from which to explore the wonders and magic of Lake Atitlan.

There is also a small studio casita, Casa Aguacatel, for rent on the property, but each house has their own privacy. The advantage is that if you have a group of 8, then both houses can be rented together. Please ask for more details about renting the casita as part of the package or on its own.

The comfortable home-from-home has 2 double bedrooms with queen size beds and a twin room, a beautiful stone bathroom, a modern, fully-equipped kitchen, cozy living room with a fireplace, and 3 amazing porches.

This house is situated in a large, well-maintained, oasis-like private fantasy garden just 5 minute’s walk to the lake shore and 15 minutes walk up the mountain to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna.

The house is accessed from a set of circular steps up to a large terrace with quiet seating area. French doors lead into the main open plan area. The living area with fireplace is two stories high with the fully-equipped kitchen and dining area off to the right. At the back of the room is a large bathroom with a shower, gas hot water and a washing machine. There is also the 3rd bedroom: a twin.

Up a wooden staircase is a second double bedroom with its own private patio facing the mountains. Then along the gallery is the beautiful and spacious Master Bedroom with French doors leading to another private patio with table and chairs.

The whole house is beautifully decorated and styled to make you feel like it is a home-away-from-home.

The only access to Santa Cruz is by boat. However in Santa Cruz all five, nearby hotels have restaurants and bars. You can also take advantage of, scuba diving, yoga, Spanish lessons, kayak rental and guided hikes and tours of the lake. For a writer or artist focusing on a project, for a spiritual retreat, or a family vacation in the heart of the Maya's Land of Eternal Spring, this house is ideal. Lake Atitlan has a temperate climate as situated at 1,500 meters or 5,000 feet above sea-level, hence, "the land of eternal spring"!

The area of Santa Cruz is among the quietest around the lake, and boasts the most spectacular views of the sun rise, sun set, AND all-day-long views of all three volcanoes across the lake!

Santa Cruz is only accessible by boat (10-20mins from Pana), but is still the closest village to the main transport hub and commercial center on the Lake: Panajachel (Pana to locals). Here is where you find banks, ATMs, grocery stores, delis, cafes, pharmacies, restaurants, bars, and the wonderful local market overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Every Saturday morning there is a small farmers market at the Hotel La Iguana Perdida, by the main public dock of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz is a Kakchiquel village of approx. 3,000, the village itself it set up a steep road accessible by tuk tuk, pick up, or on foot! Here you can visit CECAP, a vocational center for young people from around the lake, where they learn a multitude of things from cooking, sewing, computer skills, and carpentry. Be sure to check out their café/restaurant with quite possibly the best view of the Lake. The small catholic village church is one of the oldest around the lake.

The rest of Santa Cruz runs along the shore, where the five hotels are (Isla Verde, Arca de Noe, La Iguana Perdida, Villa Sumaya & Laguna Lodge), which all provide restaurant meals. Paxanax Bay lies about a 10 min walk to the east of the main public dock along a series of paths (some rocky) and boardwalks, and has its own public dock for access to properties in the quiet and tranquil bay.

Always bring a flashlight/torch for night time wanders as no street lights! But please be assured Santa Cruz is extremely safe and secure.

Prices are for 2 guests. Any additional guests from 3-6 will be charged at a rate of $20pp per night.
Min 3 night stay.
No Pets
Please ask about renting Casa Grande & Casita Aguacatel together.

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Owner

Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/11/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Please ask...moreless

  • Senior Adults Only Community:

    Please ask because of access...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Large Shower. Adjourning room has large sink and washing machine. Gas hot water....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    10 - 15 minute walk up the mountain...moreless

  • Water View:

    the most beautiful lake in the world!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Heating:

    Not necessary at this climate and altitude of 1,500 meters or 5,000 feet!...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully-equipped, modern kitchen with everything you may need...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Private 12 foot x 12 foot porch with cypress wood floor....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    12' foot x 24 foot porch with outdoor furniture and tile floor. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available to rent near by....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season ii
Nov 1 - Dec 23, 2016
3 night min stay
$80
$480 $1,200

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$120

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

High Season iii
Jan 2 - Apr 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$80
$480 $1,200

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

SEMANA SANTA 17
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$120
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$80
$480 $1,200

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 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:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $330
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

There is strictly no smoking

No pets

Min. is 3 nights

All payments made on-line via DepositGuard


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

150 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Car: Not Necessary

Local Farmers' Market every Sat am at the Hotel La Iguana, Sta Cruz.

Local Artisan Markets, Spanish Lessons, Massage, & Yoga.

Kayaking, boat tours, hiking tours, horseback riding.

An extensive Welcome Pack is given to all guests and a hard copy is available in the houses.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: My name is Richard, but at the lake mostly I am known as Rico. vMy partner, Rae, and I spend approximately 9 months a year living in Santa Fe, NM and the other 3 months in Guatemala. This is a house that I designed and built in 2003. Since then I have upgrades many things in the house and developed a large enclosed flower garden with fruit trees and a corner for organic vegetables. We also have a small casita (460 sq. ft) in the lower garden which we will be renting in the spring of 2016. The garden is a great place for bird watchers! A river is along the west side of the property. Everyone loves this place.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/11/2016

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Photos

  • Casa Grande and its oasis garden

    Casa Grande and its oasis garden

  • Living area with bathroom and twin room off it and fireplace

    Living area with bathroom and twin room off it and fireplace

  • Living area through to terrace outside and kitchen off to left

    Living area through to terrace outside and kitchen off to left

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master Bedroom patio

    Master Bedroom patio

  • view from the downstairs porch

    view from the downstairs porch

  • 2nd Bedroom patio

    2nd Bedroom patio

  • Stone shower

    Stone shower

  • Sunset view from Master Bedroom

    Sunset view from Master Bedroom

  • Front of the house, main terrace and master bedroom balcony

    Front of the house, main terrace and master bedroom balcony

  • Fully-equipped kitchen and dining area with French doors to terrace

    Fully-equipped kitchen and dining area with French doors to terrace

  • Terrace with wonderful Lake and volcano views

    Terrace with wonderful Lake and volcano views

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • View of House from Lower Garden

    View of House from Lower Garden

  • 2nd Double Bedroom

    2nd Double Bedroom

  • 2nd Bedroom with door to balcony with views of the mountain backdrop

    2nd Bedroom with door to balcony with views of the mountain backdrop

  • Bathroom detail

    Bathroom detail

  • Downstairs Porch. Hummingbirds love these flowers: tumbergia.

    Downstairs Porch. Hummingbirds love these flowers: tumbergia.

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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