Waterfront Beach Home on the Laguna De Apoyo Eco Reserve(67 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 4 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
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,
Member since: 2010
- Max. occupancy 8
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- 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....moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
The beach is small and private. Its size depends on whether it is the rainy or dry season, thus the level of the lake water can be higher or lower. There are cement steps to the water as well as a swimming float. An assortment of lifejackets are provided. (4 children's sizes and 2 adult's sizes). The Laguna gets deep quickly. Swimming without a lifejacket is for experienced swimmers....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine:
Estela & Wil are happy to cook their delicious traditional Nicaraguan meals. You must provide ALL your own food and pay them directly. Up to 4 persons $12 per meal and 5-10 persons is $15 for cooking and cleanup. Their cooking is fabulous and meat can be grilled on traditional Nicaraguan bbq...moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
Large rustic wooden counter with 7 stools. Large fridge, stove & oven, coffee grinder, blender etc. The dining room table seats 8 and a second level table can be added lengthwise to seat up to 12....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Huge shaded deck adjoins main living area. Main living area has decorative wrought iron doors which can be closed and locked. There is a lower shaded patio at the waterfront with table, hammock and deck chairs. There is a light for evening use....moreless
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Taxes Not included
$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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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.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: 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
Why the Owner Chose Granada, Nicaragua:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Enjoy eating and hanging out at our lakeside patio
Enjoy the open concept indoor/outdoor living space
The dining area in the morning sunlight
There are so many views of the laguna, but this is one of the best
From the front yard, the lower patio and the swimming dock
The kitchen and cooking island
From the stove looking back towards the front door, wrought iron gates closed
Looking towards the laguna from the front door, shade plants and a napping spot
Looking towards the sleeping building from the same spot as the last two photos
Master bedroom in sleeping building with lake view, terrace, and walk-in closet.
Main building bedroom off of the kitchen spacious with couch and private entrane
Our lovely and talented cuidadores / caretakers Wilmer and Estella
The view of Quinta Lee from the water
Welcome! This is the front door
The main building and sleeping building from the garden
The view from the master bedroom
The laguna offers the best swimming in Nicaragua. Relax or play on our dock
Looking back into the open concept living and cooking area
Standing at the front door looking into the kitchen
Our front yard from the steps in front of our sleeping building
Lakeview room in the sleeping building, comfortable and bright
The back room in the sleeping building, looking on to the back yard orchard
The main living space at night
The living space at night
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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