|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Casa Gallo is an owner-managed traditional colonial home 4.5 blocks from the Central Park, in a quiet area of large colonial homes. This 5,330 square foot house (8,500 sq. ft. including gardens), plus a 4500 square foot connecting Annex available at an additional cost, have all been restored and modernized to serve as a delightful vacation rental home. With the highest possible rating scores for 14 reviews Casa Gallo is the nuber one rental in Granada.
There are three bedrooms in the main home (including a 20' x 20' master bedroom with 15' ceilings), 3 bathrooms, dining area, kitchen, bar, a large living room, and a TV room, all fronting the large interior courtyard with its beautiful palm trees and garden open to the sky. A beautiful pool, gazebo with table and chairs, and a fountain complete this central area.
(The original connecting Annex has recently been lovingly restored to provide two additional queen-bedded, air-conditioned bedrooms with private baths available at an additional cost to those renting the main house who need more than 3 bedrooms--please inquire for rates.)
There are two distinct seating areas along the edge of the interior courtyard in addition to the dining area, kitchen, bar, and gazebo seating. The home is furnished in colonial style, with antiques and replicas. Stairs in the rear of the courtyard lead to a second level balcony with panoramic views of Granada rooftops and Mombacho Volcano. A beautiful secure private walled garden of 2,300 square feet with fruit trees, banana trees, bougainvillea and lawn is entered through a large covered patio from a secure door at the rear of this balcony.
All bedrooms have bathrooms with hot water showers, air conditioners with remote controls, and ceiling fans. Two bedrooms have queen beds and cable TV, the third has twin beds. (Additional extra-cost queen-bedded rooms are available in the Annex, please inquire.) There is a laundry room with washer & dryer, and a garage.
Casa Gallo has two private employees to serve you, José and his wife, Maria-Elena, both native Granadinos. José is the on-site manager, as well as gardener, handyman, and caretaker, who also knows where to buy all the best local food (e.g., nacatamales and vigoron). José works 9-4 Mon-Fri with an hour off for lunch, and 9-noon on Saturday, but lives just around the corner and is available 24/7 to handle any and all emergencies that may arise. Maria-Elena works half-days in the morning, cleaning, making beds, and doing the house laundry. She is also an excellent cook who will prepare tasty local dishes (comida typica) for you at a reasonable cost--when we are there we enjoy her food every day: Gallo Pinto, Indio Viejo, Carne Desmenusada, Salpicon, Guiso de Pipian, Costillas de Cerdo, and others too numerous to mention. (Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza are readily available in town of course, but it would be a shame to come to Granada and not sample the best of its traditional food.) Because Maria-Elena and José live just around the corner she can cook breakfast, lunch, or dinner for you and bring it over when you want it. Count on it: Although their English is rudimentary, José and Maria-Elena will take very good care of you indeed!
A Movistar cellular phone is available for guests' use--minutes may be purchased at the Movistar office Across the street. A broadband internet connection with WI-FI is installed that also allows you to use SKYPE on your laptop to make long-distance calls. For those who know how set up a VPN connection NetFlix can be streamed to laptops and iPads. A safe box is available in the Master Bedroom for guests' use; the special key requires a deposit that is 100% refundable when it is returned.
For transportation, tours and tourguide, and airport transfers just email the owner for links to the best contacts and the driver he always uses.
Casa Gallo has an automatic standby water system of 1500 liters, and two battery-backed standby electrical systems that provide essential 110 volt power for much of the house in the event of the occasional water and power outages that make life in Granada so interesting.
Standard rental rates are $200 per night, $1300 per week, and $4000 per month. High season rates are shown in RATES section. Casa Gallo sleeps a maximum of 6 including children--sorry, no cribs or cots available. (Extra queen-bedded bedrooms are available in the Annex at an additional cost--please inquire.) All rentals are charged a $20/day flat utility rate that is less than the average daily electricity cost for Casa Gallo--we make up the difference. There is a refundable $100 damage deposit. A 3-day minimum stay is required outside of High Season and a 25% deposit will hold the reservation until one month prior to occupancy when balance is due. No pets. Long-term rentals available by arrangement with the owner--please inquire.
Included in every rental at no charge is a welcome offering of a pound of our favorite coffee and a 6-pack of our favorite beer.
In his role as manager José will provide house keys and cellular phone on arrival and will assist you when you arrive at Casa Gallo to take care of any and all house-related problems (and many others as well) that may arise during your stay.
Payment of deposits and balances can be made by credit card via an invoice sent by the owner at your request. No checks please.
To see a map of Granada showing in red exactly where Casa Gallo is located use the arrow to scroll sideways through the photos to the last one and then tap on it. The map in the VRBO listing is accurate when the page is enlarged a few clicks.
Some Guest Book Comments: 2010-2015
-Casa Gallo has been the perfect place for us to stay during our visit. The house is truly a gem to be proud of. We felt like Spanish Royalty for a week. José and Maria Elena are very sweet and easy to talk to even if your Spanish is limited. Thank you, Richard and Trudy for sharing your gorgeous home with us.
-It is like being at home! Thanks to José and Maria Elena, moving around Granada was easy, and eating some nice homemade food with friends was a perfect way to get back in touch with them.
-We truly owe our sincere thanks to José and Maria Elena for guiding us, helping us, and for putting up with our Spanish conversations and charades. Maria Elena's cooking was wonderful. Richard and Trudy, thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
-What a wonderful peace and quiet pervades this amazing oasis that is Casa Gallo. Our stay here has been amazing--Granada is quite wonderful--still for the most part untouched.
-The house is so comfortable and well-appointed, and is a great spot from which to explore Granada.
-We love the ambiance and easy living; after a week we are just as relaxed as can be with not a pain anywhere in our bodies.
-I love it here its sooo awesome, I wish I could stay longer its soooo pretty (age 9)
-José has been extremely kind and showed us all around Granada and Masaya. This place is a jewel.
-We have thoroughly enjoyed our one-week stay. José was most helpful and walked with us to the grocery store when we failed to find it on our own.
-This home is beyond incredible. Pictures and descriptions could never do it justice. the housekeeper took care of the house impeccably, and José was our guide and “fixer” extraordinaire. I’m sorry we have to leave.
-Great vacation – the house has been wonderful. the housekeeper and José have been terrific. Spent every afternoon in pool! Hope your visit is as wonderful as ours!
-We loved your home, it was comfortable and José was very nice and made our stay feel like home. Casa Gallo is perfect and we will be back—hope it will be soon.
-Casa Gallo in one word? Paradise! We have fallen in love with the house and the area. Many thanks to the wonderful José.
-We can't say enough good things about Granada, and especially Casa Gallo, which is in a great location with the walk to the center of town being easy and safe. José was absolutely wonderful.
-Casa Gallo was a wonderful retreat! After a long day of travelling...Casa Gallo was like a little piece of paradise.
-As we entered Casa Gallo...we were awed by the majestic beauty inside...much better than any hotel we have ever stayed in.
-We had a fantastic time in Nicaragua...Casa Gallo is amazing! José was wonderful and will take great care of you.
-We spent the month of July in Nicaragua and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Casa Gallo was indeed a highlight...the staff, José and his assistant, were exceptionally gracious.
-Thank you for letting us stay and enjoy your beautiful home...it met every expectation!
-What a fabulous place--we thoroughly enjoyed our week here in Granada!
-Casa Gallo is fabulous and in a great location...it was large and luxurious...we walked into town almost every day.
Richard is a retired physician and Trudy a retired administrator and an author of a Nicaraguan cookbook and a book on Medical Spanish. They are based in Chicago and spend the summers in Montana and the winters in Granada.
Richard Abrams, M.D. purchased this villa in 2010
Trudy was born and raised in Granada until her teens, when she moved to the U.S. She and Richard have visited Granada often over the years and were enormously pleased to find a beautiful old colonial home available not far from Trudy's old neighborhood.
Owner-managed rather than managed by an impersonal property service, with a local husband and wife management team who live just around the block and are eager to serve your every need, including home-made meals on request; traditional take-out dishes (nacatamales, vigoron, fritanga) available only a block or two away; morning coffee on the balcony overlooking Granada and Volcan Mombacho; Calle la Calzada, a pedestrian mall a few blocks away with great food, bars, and music; taking a horse-drawn coach to the outstanding traditional market about 6 blocks away, offering every imaginable regional specialty and numerous small eating-places for sampling a variety of home-made dishes; two fully-stocked modern American-owned supermarkets only 3-4 blocks away.
Attention Bird-Lovers! Both gardens of Casa Gallo--and especially the giant tamarind tree in the secret Garden--are home to many different kinds of birds. Many others can bee seen in the sky above. The following is a partial list of the ones I have positively identified: Blue-grey tanager, Tropical kingbird, Rufous-necked wren, Mexican jay (blue), Scissortail flycatcher, Great-tailed grackle (aka Zanate), Rough-winged Swallow, Turkey vulture (soaring only!), Mourning dove,and last but not least, the beautiful little Ruddy ground dove.
Our family of 6 stayed at Casa Gallo for a short get-away. It was everything the pictures and reviews seem. Beautiful space and wonderful host (Jose and Maria Elena). Clean and quiet. We loved the city of Granada, but had trouble even leaving the paradise of the house because it was so relaxing and tranquil just to spend time in the open air kitchen/dining room, the open court yard, the balcony with the view and the wonderful pool. This is a great space for our family of teenage and adult children, but I think it would also make a great space for a friends get-away, or families with small children. Other details: WIFI was strong and reliable, air conditioning is perfect for the Granada heat and sun, and you are in walking distance of many delicious cafes, restaurants and shopping in Granada (although it's great to have the option to cook in the large kitchen at the house--stock up on supplies a La Colonial or Union right down the road. We didn't have Maria Elena cook for us, but after 6+ months of living here in Nicaragua I can tell you that Nica food is delicious and I am sure Maria Elena makes some great Gallo Pinto--so I would recommend that, as well, even though we didn't take advantage of that option).
Highly recommend this home. Richard is great at getting back to guests about questions before the trip (thanks!) and Jose is a great source of information at the house and in town. Thanks for a wonderful stay. We will definitely be back.
We spent 7 nights at Casa Gallo. We were visiting Granada for a friend’s wedding. The location was perfect, near the Park Central, restaurants, markets, groceries etc. The house was spacious and very clean. From the second floor, we had an amazing view on the volcano. Perfect spot to play cards around a cold beer :) The pool was very appreciated as Granada is very very hot during the day.
José and Marie-Elena, came every morning to take care of the house. They were very sweet and made sure we didn’t miss of anything. We kindly asked Marie-Elena to cook us some dinner at two occasions for a very reasonable price. The food was absolutely delicious!!!
Again thank you for this amazing week !
We recently spent six days at Casa Gallo and would happily have stayed longer. The house itself is just lovely - exactly what we were looking for. Our favorite time there was after dark, when we would turn on the nicely designed accent lighting all around the courtyard, have the fountain burbling and just enjoy the space. Mornings were perfect up on the balcony, looking out of the volcano and watching the bird life.
Jose and Maria-Elena were a delight. Without realizing it we visited during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which, we quickly learned, is a BIG deal, accompanied by daily parades and fireworks, and Jose made sense of it all for us. We highly recommend taking advantage of Maria-Elena's excellent cooking - we had her prepare a few meals for us and will do so more often when we visit in future. After discussing what we would have, she and Jose worked out the cost of the groceries, we gave her the money and she shopped, cooked and brought the food over at the appointed time. Sometimes stayed and then cleaned up, sometimes came back to clean up later (a service we were not expecting!) At the end of our stay, she summarized what all the groceries had come to, added the cost for her to do the shopping and cooking, and totaled it all up for us. The food was excellent, the portions large and the cost very low.
The location of the house was perfect. Almost complete silence though in the middle of the city, it was a few minutes' walk to a variety of shops and ATMs and maybe 5-8 minutes to the central park, which became our favorite spot to eat and people-watch. Everyone we encountered was helpful and friendly, and very patient with our essentially non-existent Spanish.
In short, we loved Granada and Casa Gallo, and will absolutely be back.
We had the pleasure of staying recently at Casa Gallo which has all the amenities that any traveler needs to fully enjoy leisure in the city of Granada and its surroundings.
Its strategic location in the center of the city, but no noise.
The house is completely cozy, spacious, fresh , safe and beautifully decorated with the style of colonial houses in the city. Its wide corridors surrounding the pool and garden that are the heart of the house. You do not need anything else to enjoy the warm weather . Especially when you add the attention of Jose and Maria Elena that make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable !!!
Thanks to the owners for sharing such nice house!!!
Traditional spanish style home with garden and small pool in
courtyard. Three bedrooms on one side. Kitchen and dining
area on the other. There's also a sitting room at front and room to
park one car inside. There are multiple sitting areas around
the courtyard and a small table beside pool. The hammock and rocking
chairs were very popular with the kids.
The house is a good choice when traveling with children but they need
to be watched closely around the pool, etc.
The kitchen was well furnished. A second elevated garden was behind
the house. The home was decorated with a
considerable amount of local folk art depicting festivals in Granada
and the surrounding area. There's a library with
information about Granada, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The house was clean and well maintained. We cooked breakfast and out
for lunch and dinner. Temperatures get high in Granada, and we loved coming back to the house in the afternoon and cooling off with a dip in the pool.
There's a good supermarket about four blocks from the house. It's
about a fifteen minute walk to the center of Granada.
The owner and house manager, Jose, can arrange transportation. We
were picked up at the Costa Rican border by
a van. One way cost was $125. From the border with Costa Rica, it's about one hour
and forty five minutes. We stopped for food and
drinks on the way.
The house manager, Jose, was very helpful. When we arrived, Jose
showed us around the house and took us to the
grocery store. He also arranged tours around town, to the volcanic
islands, the local markets in Masaya, and to Catarina (terrific view). He came with us on the tours and arranged
personal security when necessary. Although
Nicaragua appears to be developing rapidly, there is still a good
deal of poverty and one has to take care where one walks,
particularly after dark. Jose is a keen baseball fan!
We had great time at the house during our stay in Granada.
I stayed at Casa Gallo recently with two friends and a four-year old. The house is gorgeous with wonderful amenities.(books, music, hammocks, gardens, rocking chairs, AC's, phones, laundry room, chaise lounges, filtered water, etc.) Jose and Maria-Elena were so friendly and accommodating. The day we arrived they were at the house waiting to greet us. Every afternoon ,we used the pool which was wonderful especially with a youngster. One morning Maria-Elena made us a delicious breakfast that lasted several days. Jose took me to Mombacho Volcano and we even saw a sloth in the forest. The location is perfect and a short walk to the center of Granada. I would highly recommend this home for everyone. Don't miss a visit to the tortilla lady in Parque Central or a class at the Chocolate Museum down the street. The lady gets there around 5:00 and makes the most delicious tortillas with Nica cheese. It was our appetizer almost every night. The photos on the website is exactly what you get. Thank you Richard and Trudy for sharing your beautiful home!
Rona, Shana, Valerie and Isa
Rona, Shana, Valerie and Isa
Casa Gallo is located across the ravine bridge one block north of Calle Santa Lucia and 1/2 block west of the corner of Calle Atravesada and the Ixchen Clinic for Women. Just tell the taxi driver 'Calle Atravesada, de Ixchen media cuadra al oeste'
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
|Daiky electric surcharge||$20|
$20/day electricity surcharge
$100 refundable damage deposit
Annex bedrooms available at additional cost to those renting the main house.
Long-term rentals available, please contact owner for details.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.