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Nourish your Soul - Baraka Antigua Guatemala - Five Bedroom House, Sleeps 11

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Five Bedroom House, Sleeps 11

We invite you to call this special place your home.

Definition of baraka

plural -s

: a blessing that is regarded in various Eastern religions as an indwelling spiritual force and divine gift inhering in saints, charismatic leaders, and natural objects.

Become immersed in a creative and inspiring space that will touch your soul.

Emblematic of Antigua's historic style & Betraying of world travel influences.

Take time for yourself!

The Space:

Why come to Baraka Antigua?

A getaway from Antigua's charming buzz. Looking for serenity whilst maintaining easy access to the colonial city? Baraka Antigua is minutes away. Jardines de Antigua is our neighborhood - peaceful, beautiful, safe.

Choose from numerous intimate spaces to occupy - both indoors and outdoors with over a dozen shared spaces: informal kitchen gathering space, panoramic rooftop terrace, fireside lounge sofas, formal dining table, library reading corner, yoga&meditation room, relaxing front porch rocking chairs, garden coffee table corners, traditional Guatemalan sauna, garden dining room, outdoor lounge & sweetheart coffee table.

- Garden: aesthetic, colorful, tropical, fish pond, plants, mural, green bamboo wall, jasmine.

- Yoga&Meditation room: symbolism, colors, chakras, energy, 5 elements, peacefulness, light & darkness, candles & incense.

- Library corner: inspiring, fiction, healing, reality, beauty, humanity, living, serenity.

- Moroccan lounge: travel, exotic, romanticism, music, informal connections, bohemian, evenings in good company, escape to another world.

- Front porch rocking chairs: candles, garden views, sheltered, outside, glass of wine, conversations, scents of the night, read a book.

- Kitchen: heart of the house, social hub, home grown organic coffee, cook at home.

Each room is unique. All rooms are calm and comfortable, most with en-suite facilities.

On our Rooftop Terrace: watch erupting volcanoes from the best vantage point! Savour mesmerizing scenery over your breakfast while sitting with your morning coffee soaking in the view of the volcanoes and dissipating mists as the sun rises above the hills.

We love the social buzz - inviting you to connect with some new friends:

- cute (yet discreet) garden hens,

- tropical bees: reassuringly they are stingless! They are much smaller than regular bees, often mistaken for funny flies. See if you can find the different beehives and let use know!

- our garden cat: Indie! She talks a lot and is rather social. She lives outside, but will come inside if invited.

Nowadays with our often complicated lives, luxury lies in simplicity.

After you complete your reservation with us, we will offer logistical services for booking:

- private transportation/taxi

- private tours

- at home massage

- at home sauna experience

- at home Guatemalan Cooking classes

- home-cooked breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

- pre-arrival shopping

- at home spanish classes

- Guatemalan organic coffee grown by the property owner

- any other private service you may require

More than a building - where the sum of the parts deliver so much more! Nourish yourself from the wholeness of the spaces here. Please visit our other magical rentals on Lake Atitlán.

We also offer retreat hosting facilities on Lake Atitlán: teachers/facilitators please inquire.

Guest Access:

All parts of house. Some cupboard spaces have been locked with owners private belongings.

Interaction with Guests:

On occasions we will have the opportunity to meet. You will otherwise be greeted by JB, the house manager. Nancy our housekeeper will come to the house multiple times per week to assume her duties of cleaning and putting order around the house. Gerwin, our garden and handyman, will also be present during week week days

The Neighborhood:

The neighborhood is Antigua-like (cobbled stone street) yet 1.5 miles out of town center (less than 1 mile from the edge of town). It is very quiet around here - hearing countryside like night critters, roosters, different owls sometimes. No main road pass within hearing distance.

I would definitely encourage you to visit some of the neighboring colonial village around Antigua. Maybe we'll take a trip there together. They are so much more low key than Antigua... One almost gets a feeling of a forgotten era of Spanish colonialism when walking around some of the old main squares with pristine churches [... well sometimes crumbling... But still...]

Getting Around:

I offer use of a vehicle. You can also walk to/from town (25mins) or take a tuktuk back (a few minutes).

House Rules:

• Not suitable for pets

• Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

• Check-in is anytime after 4PM

More Details

Amenities

Antigua Guatemala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Ample bathrooms allow for house guests to feel the privacy of their rooms - most benefiting from en-suite bathrooms. Recently added is a garden cold shower for use with sauna sessions - a very welcome and refreshing splash to cool off from hot sauna sessions.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Five bedrooms yielding sleeping for 9 (1 king bed, 3 queen beds & 1 single short bed). There is overflow capacity in the Moroccan lounge (king size) to accommodate another 2 people. Three of the five bedrooms are located on the first floor of the house, whilst the other two are on the ground floor. Three of the five rooms have en-suite bathroom, including the master bedroom with a very ample and comfortable bathtub. The disposition of the bedrooms makes the house very private for guests. Many common areas also allows for each person to find their private space during daytime.
Notes:
The house is strictly a smoke-free environment. Smoking permitted in the garden.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9534883 based on 46 reviews
5

Beautiful place to relax.

  • 5 of 5

There are so many interesting features and spaces in this beautiful house. It feels secluded, but it is very easy to get into Antigua. Nancy was very helpful when we checked in. She expained how things work in the house and made sure we had what we needed. The view from the rooftop deck was great when the weather was clear.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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5

Yup...a do it again trip

  • 5 of 5

Property sooo comfortable. I wanted more time alone quietly enjoying every nook. And I wanted more time with my fiance enjoying the bath tub and the temazcal as well as the local activities. The procession the 5th sunday of lent was impressive. JB was a wonderful help and made sure we were comfortable. The jeep was great for getting around in the town. I hope we can visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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5

Secure, Private, Quiet, we felt like at home

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of six with two couples and two singles. We used four of the five bedrooms in Greg’s house. Each one of our rooms had its own bathroom for personal privacy. The master bathroom was as modern as I have seen anywhere. The whole house deserves to be in a house beautiful magazine. The attention to details makes this house feel like your home. Greg has decorated it tastefully with the details of his life. There are several gathering areas for socializing. The roof deck is challenging to get up to but it is well worth it for the views and ambiance. The house is surrounded by beautiful, well-kept gardens (both visual beauty and you can eat some of the growing herbs). The whole compound is surrounded by high walls to keep you feeling very safe and with ultimate privacy. The kitchen is well stocked and a crowd gathered when any meal was cooking. The neighborhood was very quiet but close enough to walk to dine or find entertainment. The house manager, JB, was always available, for a fee, to provide transportation and a personal guide to the major attractions around Antigua. He speaks excellent English. He also runs a shuttle business that will provide transportation to and from the airport. I highly recommend Greg’s house and JB’s services. If you have a group like ours, it is the perfect place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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5

A Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

Upon arriving to the home I could not believe how mesmerizing the house looked. Pictures give it no justice when it comes to the nature surrounding the home and how wonderfully decorated the house is. You must use the entertainment/projector room; Greg has a huge selection of DVD's to choose from. The fully equipped kitchen is absolutely stunning with beautiful window views of foliage and we even had some friendly bees collecting nectar outside the window. The master bedroom was perfect for us and the energy in the entire home was very welcoming. From the Terrace you are able to see all 4 volcanoes (Agua, what the locals call Gemelos because there are two side by side, and Fuego) and the Fuego volcano, which means fire, was erupting during our entire stay! Take binoculars to get a closer look. The only downside to the home are the mosquitoes that live in the cute little pond outside (which needs to be cleaned). We were getting bit every night, so try not to leave any windows open after sunset. Also, JB the keeper was nice but a bit pushy about hiring him to take us on tours but we had already booked with other companies. Nancy the house maid was very friendly and kept the house extremely clean during our entire stay and kept to herself to allow us to have our own space. Other than the annoying mosquitoes, we had a wonderful time enjoying the house. If I could give this home more than 5 stars I would! If you love nature, waking up to birds chirping, stunning views, peaceful surroundings, and a safe neighborhood, this house is perfect for you!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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5

Cozy Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 3 kids stayed here in May. Everything about our stay was lovely. JB ended up being our tour guide for much of our stay and he was great! He picked us up at the bus station in Guatemala City and brought us to Pacaya Volcano (where we road on horseback and roasted marshmallows in the heat vents) and Chichicastenango market. On the way, he brought us to some fabulous local restaurants, and told us lots of great stories. The house itself was roomy and decorated with all kinds of eclectic furnishings. We loved the little rooftop area, and one of our favorite memories was sitting up there with a bottle of wine on the hammocks watching a pink sunset over the volcanoes and rooftops and pink lightning from faraway storms all around us. The house was very close to Antigua and the neighborhood was quaint and felt very safe. We'd love to go back again someday!!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Great place!

  • 4 of 5

Such a lovely house. It's just outside the city center but the car provided allows to go to town in a few minutes. We never had any issues finding a place to park. It is in a safe neighborhood, not as quiet as expected but very good overall. The property manager JB was a great help, came to pick us up at the airport (and back), took us to the Pacaya volcano and Lake Atitlan, it was nice talking to him and learning more about the country. You can not beat the views from the roof top! We were lucky enough that Fuego was erupting when we were there, what a night show!! Antigua is an awesome place!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
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Property Manager

Greg Clough
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Greg Clough

Journeying with creating experiences, this theme energizes the creativity that nourishes the making of the endeavors I take part in. I spend approximately half the year in Guatemala (part in this property in Antigua, part in San Marcos La Laguna on Lake Atitlán). The rest of my time is dedicated to spending time with my daughter who lives in Europe, visiting family/friends and, taking part in AcroYoga encounters and workshops around the world.

Why Greg Clough chose Antigua Guatemala

So close to town (Antigua) yet a world away! It is important for me to live in a space and neighborhood that is quiet and peaceful with access to trees, plants, natural beauty.

This house is situated in a neighborhood that is already built, which will and has not yielded any architectural surprises. The vast majority of houses are of great taste and pleasing to see. The view of rooftops is mostly tile and spires, when seen from our rooftop terrace.

Over the ten years of owning this property, I have given it textures, colors and features that makes every space a feeling it has reached its full potential. All spaces feel comfortable - granted improvements can always happen!

What makes this house unique

- Cosy

- Peaceful

- Comfortable

- Serene

- Multiple spaces creates intimacy for dwellers despite all bedrooms being fully inhabited

- Sauna & outdoor shower

- Happy lively garden with chickens and a cat

- Ample street parking

- Cool & fresh inside throughout the year

- Garden is warmer, yet fresher than Antigua town center

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear future guests, we had a great time in Guatemala. We stayed one week at the house with a two day trip to Lake Atitlan. staying at the house was a perfect base. It's literally a five minute drive to the center of Antigua and in a very nice residential area. We travelled with two infants and one toddler and it was great. The house wa perfectly set up and cozy with a nice garden out front for the little ones to run around in and a nice place for tea or sunset cocktails. It was great to be so close to the center but be far enough away to have some privacy and quiet. We loved the security of it as well and became friends with the 24 hour guards. Everyone was so nice and helpful with the children. The house had three double rooms so we all fit comfortably. We used the fireplace every night, and some mornings, as it tends to be a bit nippy at nights. The tv room was perfect for our toddler with the selection of films one can stay a year and do nothing else! The car is a rustic older model Jeep perfect for all of us to fit snuggly for the ride to town. 5 days in Antigua was perfect.. Only wish we had more time to shop! The restaurant selection Greg recommends is excellent except not all great for children. Tartine's especially with its small upstairs terrace. I would recommend staying at the Atitlan Nature reserve. Amazing! We also used Greg's great va service to and from the airport and to the lake. Our driver, Carlos, was there whenever we called him. The house has a lot of charm and lived-in character which we chose over the newly built, more modern villas in the gated communities and I'm very happy about our decission. Thanks to you Greg and your family for our wonderful stay!
Jun 2009
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The house is located within minutes of the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala. Surrounded by breathtaking views of volcanoes, hillsides and coffee 'fincas' (farms), you will find yourself in a serene neighborhood. Antigua is located in the Guatemalan highlands that form part of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Beautiful lake Atitlan is only 2.5 hours drive away. If you fancied a getaway to the ocean it stands barely 1 hour away (puerto San Jose) or 2.5 hours to Salvador beaches or Monterrico. This truely is a perfect 'base' for exploring Guatemala, and a starting point for traveling in Central America.

Other Activities: Mayan Sauna (Temascale), Hiking, Sight Seeing, Archeological Ruins

Golf: The Santa Maria Country Club is a nearby 9 hole golf course on the slopes of Agua Volcano. Breathtaking views. Makes for a fun time out in the Guatemalan countryside. Caddies and golf clubs available at the club.

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