Our house is located in the colonial neighborhood of calle del Espiritu Santo, six blocks from the central park of Antigua and five minutes walk of the colorful bounty of the town’s produce and artisan market. It is a gracious, corner house on a tranquil cul-de-sac, with views of the stupendous volcanoes and the enjoyment of flowering gardens, fruit trees, herbs and birdsong. (Sorry that the VRBO map function is not working to correctly locate the house; use Google Maps!)
Our four-bedroom, family-style house is a relaxed blend of Guatemalan and American styles, with modern conveniences, and a delightful a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. The house is a recent purchase for us and we have enjoyed some stunning renovations and adding photographs and local color. The house sleeps 6 people; an extra fee is charged for up 2 additional people to cover utilities and service.
First floor: A welcoming entrance hall opens into a large living room with glassed doors to outdoor veranda, formal dining room seating eight, and fully equipped modern kitchen, and bathroom with shower. From the kitchen, access to laundry and dryer, outdoor traditional “pila” or washing room, and outside kitchen garden. Gracious shaded veranda with relaxing chairs and hammock leads into gardens with lion’s-head fountain and to the two additional gardens beyond.
Second floor: Off an upstairs landing are the master bedroom with king-sized bed and private bath (tub and shower), two bedrooms with twin beds, and a third bedroom with queen-sized bed; the latter share a bathroom with shower. An all-weather, glassed-in sunroom leads off the fourth bedroom. Both the master bedroom and fourth bedroom open onto the outdoor upstairs patio for morning coffee, sunning, and evening cocktails. All rooms are all spacious and sunny, with high ceilings and tiled floors.
Gardens/outdoor spaces: Within the walled compound are easy spaces for reading in the hammock, sculpting or painting in the garden, hanging laundry in the sun, a game of basketball or croquet, as well as ample garage space for one car or van. The house veranda leads directly onto a formal garden with fountain (lit at night) and a small kitchen garden near the back/kitchen door to the house. Through a lovely garden gate is a basketball court, ping pong table and a back garden where we are nurturing fruit trees, more flowers and birds.
Other Conveniences: Wireless Internet, fully equipped kitchen, gas stove, washer and dryer, DVD player, house phone. The house has its own water cistern and filter. Part-time services of talented housekeeper for general cleaning and enthusiastic gardener are included. Our house manager is fastidious about welcoming and orienting guests and taking care of guests questions or needs as they arise. We couldn't be luckier to have such a great team.