|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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,
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 purchased this house in 2005
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 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.
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.
We always enjoy our time at Quinta Lee and last weekend was no exception! Lee and Wilbur were accommodating before and during our stay, respectively. One of my favorite aspects of this house is the open layout and massive kitchen area. The garden area beautiful and well taken care of.
We really enjoyed Quinta Lee. In addition to the fantastic setting at the Laguna, the gardens on the property were beautiful. The open layout was great, and we loved that there weren't too many steep steps down to the water as there are at other locations at the Laguna. The rooms were all very comfortable. This was ideal for spending a few days with family and friends, we wish we had stayed longer! We will definitely be back.
Note that on the directions to the house, it is past Punta El Cacique Restaurant.
We enjoyed every moment we spent at this property. Photos do not do this house justice. The location is perfect, and the views are spectacular. All rooms were spotless, the property is well-kept, and the private beach is just steps away. Could not have imagined a more perfect weekend. The groundskeeper was extremely friendly and helpful. Check in and out was a breeze, and he made sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely be returning. Thanks!
Laguna de apoyo is definitely our Favorite place in Nicaragua and Quinta Lee is the best house to rent!!
I brought my two teenage children and two of their friends with us, and we all had an amazing stay. Wilmer and Estela made us feel at home, and Estela prepared delicious Nicaraguan meals for us everyday. Quinta Lee is in the perfect location because we had our privacy while still being close to the cities. We went and explored Nicaragua most days, but on days when we didn't feel like going anywhere, the Laguna was a great place to relax and swim. Quinta Lee has fans and air conditioning, but we rarely needed it because the weather was perfect. The open kitchen and living area are comfortable and spacious, and fully let us enjoy the view of Laguna de Apoyo. This has been one of our best vacations.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|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