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Waterfront Beach Home on the Laguna De Apoyo Eco Reserve

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

There’s no need for a pool with the healing waters of the Laguna de Apoyo in your front yard.

To stay at Quinta Lee is to experience the richness of nature and the feel of Nicaragua.

Nicaragua's weather invites outdoor living. The open aired living space and and large covered terrace make this home a unique getaway. The beachfront patio will allow you to relax and dine in the shade as you take in the view of Volcan Mombacho. You can enjoy a hammock and nap to your heart’s content, or simply step into the warm waters of the Laguna for a swim. This beautiful paradise is surrounded by the lush Laguna de Apoyo Ecological Reserve. Don’t be surprised to hear the roar of a howler monkey or the sweet singing of a mot-mot.

This 4 bedroom and 5.5 bathroom home is made up of two separate buildings, both facing the pristine waters of the Laguna. Quinta Lee is constructed with local hardwoods and the locally hand made furniture gives it a true Nicaraguan flavour. The spacious main house has a fully equipped kitchen which looks upon the huge palm roof patio. This open concept kitchen is decorated with hand painted tiles, hardwood cabinets, and a large rustic wooden island. There is an outdoor barbecue, two dining areas, powder room, and a bedroom with private bath, all of which are equipped with fans to keep you cool and comfortable.

In the second house there are three bright bedrooms each with private tiled baths. All of the bedrooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans. The front two rooms open onto the stunning front garden and Laguna, and the rear room opens onto the back garden.

The well tended gardens are bursting with bouganvilla, gardenia and hibiscus flowers. Palm trees sway in the breeze, dappling the shade over the lake front patio. The large back yard is complete with organic mango, papaya, lime, orange and banana trees along with a small herb garden.

Everyone who stays at Quinta Lee falls in love with Wilmer & Estella, our delightful caretakers. Spanish speaking, they have a vast knowledge of the area and Nicaraguan culture. They are willing and very happy to help with anything you need. Wilmer and Estella live in their home at the rear of the property, out of sight of the main house. They are always close at hand, and always respectful of our guests’ privacy.

The Laguna de Apoyo is a perfect jumping off point for all sorts of activities. Granada is only a 25 minute drive away so it is easy to head into town for some fine dining or market shopping. Alternatively, there are some lovely local restaurants that surround the Laguna, or simply ask Estela to cook you up one of her deliciously authentic Nicaraguan meals.

You can also take a day trip to the Pacific coastal beaches, which are a 2-3 hour drive from the Laguna, go for nature walks up the Mombacho Volcano, or rent kayaks to explore the Laguna.

A note to the wise... as in much of Nicaragua, the last half km of road into Quinta Lee is a bit rough. Although a normal car is sufficient (a taxi will take you there), we prefer a 4WD vehicle.

Taken from Moon Handbook 2010 edition:

'You will find few places on earth quite like this charming, isolated community.'

Keywords: waterfront, Laguna de Apoyo, house, beach, home, view, open area, gardens, ecological reserve, birdwatching, Apoyo lake, Quinta, patios, hammock, tropical, paradise,

More Details

Owner
Lee Richmond (Ms.)
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Lee Richmond (Ms.)

We are a family from Vancouver, Canada who fell in love with Nicaragua in 2005. We were fortunate to have found our property with one of the buildings having been recently constructed. We completely rebuilt the main house and have loved every minute of adding to our beautiful Quinta Lee

Lee Richmond (Ms.) purchased this house in 2005

Why Lee Richmond (Ms.) chose Granada

We knew that the Laguna was the place for us after our first visit. It is located in the crater of an ancient volcano. The word Apoyo in Spanish means ‘support’. It’s meaning is clear as it is integral to the survival of the multitude of different species of plants and animals that thrive in and around it. The Laguna is an irresistible natural gem, unmatched in its beauty and serenity. With the breezes and the pristine warm water, that is ideal for swimming, we could not resist making the Laguna our home away from home.

What makes this house unique

The location is unbeatable, placing you close to the amenities of city life yet retaining the tranquility and peacefulness of a private beach get away. The open concept design is perfect for gatherings of family and friends. The daily maid service and 24 hour guard creates a safe and comfortable environment in which to fully enjoy your holiday. There truly is no other home in Nicaragua that captures the beauty and essence of this unbelievable country in such a relaxing and comfortable manner.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A letter from Nov. 2008 tenants



I don't know where to begin. These last few days at Casa Apoyo have to be at the top of my best vacations ever! I have copied this email to my family that stayed with us there in case they want to add something I missed. First of all, the property was absolutely gorgeous and extremely clean. What a gorgeous view to wake up to and go to bed to each day. I cannot describe to you how wonderful Wilmer and Estella were to us. They were extremely patient and accommodating with all our demands and requests - especially when it came to food! We really want the property owners to know how lucky they are to have them managing their home. It felt like we were leaving family when we had to say goodbye. We definitely plan on returning and could not see ourselves staying anywhere else. Of all the things I miss from Nicaragua, I would have to say Estella's cooking is at the top! .....we look forward to seeing Wilmer and his family during our next vacation rental.
Nov 2008
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Amenities

Granada House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom #1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom #2
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet and sink in main kitchen/living area
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom #3
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom #4.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Separate entrance, small deck and dressing room in rear.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Separate entrance and small deck in front.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Separate entrance, at rear of sleeping house.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , Separate entrance, rear of living area in main house.
  • Queen size Beds (2) The master bedroom also has a queen sized bed, ensuite bath, and private dressing room/closet. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and AC., Double Beds (3) There are 2 double beds in the large main house bedroom, and a double bed in the rear bedroom of the sleeping house. All bedrooms have private ensuite baths, ceiling fans and AC.
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes:
Swimming float in deep water; tropical fruit orchard; beautiful gardens; shaded waterfront terrace with tables and hammock; ipod player, peace and privacy.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Waterfront Beach Home on the Laguna De Apoyo Eco Reserve
average rating of 4.909091 based on 78 reviews
5

A private piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for 4 nights two weeks ago and it was the highlight of my time in Nicaragua. There were 6 of us but could have comfortably slept 10 (with 3 couples getting their own room with a private bathroom). The beautiful kitchen and living space is so open to the Laguna and their gorgeous landscaping. Pictures cannot do the beauty of this place justice or how large of a space you really get to call home during your stay.

Wilmer greeted us upon arrival but didn't really see much of him or Estella unless we had a question or they were tidying up in the morning. Their dogs visited us regularly during our stay. They also quickly did quite a few loads of laundry we needed done.

It's easy to see this place was made with love and is maintained with love. Would absolutely return here in the future for a longer time.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am happy that you enjoyed our house, and Nicaragua as well. You are right, we just love that place!
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5

Amazing location and beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Laguna de Apoyo. The lagoon is so peaceful and beautiful. The house has a beautiful view of the lagoon with easy access for swimming and lounging. It was such a relaxing and peaceful vacation. My favorite part was just laying in the hammock, looking over the water and just hearing the wind and the birds. The location is secluded. I swear at times it felt as though we were the only people on the lagoon.

The location is great. As I recall less than an hour drive from the airport, maybe 45 minutes to Granada. We also took a 2 1/2 hour drive to San Juan del Sur, a nice beach town.

I loved the outdoor kitchen and the many different spaces to relax that house offers.

I would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It is such a peaceful place!
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5

Perfect get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Quinta Lee and Laguna de Apoyo...beautiful views of the laguna, water was clean & perfect temperature! House was comfortable & livable. Gardens are amazingly well kept. Caretakers were very helpful! It was the perfect get-away for us!!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It was a beautiful sight to see! Quite impressive!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and peaceful place! I wish we would've stay there longer or spent more of our day there. Truly enjoyed it. The night we arrived Estela & Wilmer prepared us a wonderful dinner and were very attentive. The only downside was that I wish it would've been easier to arrive there.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves and the delicious food. Just to let you know, road paving is going on nearby. Bit by bit they keep on doing it. Eventually it will be all complete!
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5

Wonderful stay at Quinta Lee

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Quinta Lee this July for 8 nights. There were six adults and one 11 month old. We had an absolutely FABULOUS time. The property is gorgeous. There were a few days we never left and enjoyed swimming in the lagoon for hours--the water temperature is perfect! We all had our own rooms with great A/C. I do recommend bug spray! The community area was really pretty and they have a few puzzles and games you can enjoy there. We had Estelle cook for us on our last night. (We wish we would have had her do it a few more times, and earlier, since there were leftovers! Also recommend the pinto gallo)

Wilmer and Estelle checked on us each day, got us more water when we needed it and arranged for us to get a kayak and a kayak-bike that was hilarious to ride! We ate at La Marimba nearby (amazing!) and La Paradisio (also good!)

Lee was fabulous when organizing our trip. We had multiple emails with specific questions as we planned for our trip and he was always prompt and helpful. I highly recommend this beautiful location!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good visit! It's our home away from home. Sounds like you enjoyed everything we love about it.
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4

Beautiful setting with lots of room for the whole family!

  • 4 of 5

Very spacious and well stocked with everything needed for a great getaway. Next time we will stay longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Volcan Mombacho
Nearest Point of Interest
Masaya Mercado
Nearest Point of Interest
Pottery
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Pueblos Blancos
Nearest Point of Interest
road to Masatepe
Nearest Point of Interest
Bananas
Nearest Point of Interest
Pineapple Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
Lester's Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Bars
Nearest Point of Interest
Hike to the village at the top
Nearest Point of Interest
Pali
Nearest Point of Interest
La Colonia Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Pueblos Blancos

It is possible arrange to tour the Laguna in our neighbour's propane powered boat. The Laguna is well known for world class bird watching. There is a Spanish school a 20 minute walk along the Laguna road.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

$195/night up to 6 persons; $225/night 6 - 8 persons
Please note: CHECK IN TIME 2 PM; CHECK OUT TIME NOON

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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