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Retreat, Lakefront Cozy Home to Inspire Creativity!

(12 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-5 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Situated right on the shores of the world-famous Lake Atitlan, Casa Paxanax provides privacy and tranquility, along with unsurpassable views across to the lake’s three sentinel volcanoes. This lake-side property is on the small bay and community of Paxanax, nestled below the Mayan village of Santa Cruz on the north side of Lake Atitlan.

From the shore a pretty path leads to our charming two-story home with a large, covered terrace. The cozy open-plan living area and kitchen lead to a bathroom (with bath tub) and one double bedroom and one single bedroom. Via exterior stairs the master bedroom is accessed, and has an uninterrupted, tree-top view of the lake.

The large terrace, which doubles as an eating/recreational area, greatly enlarges the atmospheric property. It is the perfect spot for a family meal or to just laze in the hammock with a good book and soak up the atmosphere.

The small garden is full of beautiful flowers and fruit trees. Check out our picture of the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree! Or else fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available at the daily market in Panajachel (Pana). There also a couple of good supermarkets offering all other groceries.

The house also offers a private dock to sunbath on, or take long cool swims in the calm morning.

Accessible only by boat, it is just a 10 min lancha ride to the main hub of the lake Panajachel. Public lancha go back and forth every half hour or hour.

Lake Atitlan provides a multitude of interesting day trips to other Mayan villages around the lake e.g. Santiago Atitlan, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, San Pedro and San Marcos, as well as more adventurous activities like paragliding and kayaking. For those who wish to indulge and pamper themselves, the nearby Villa Sumaya boutique hotel offers yoga classes, massages and various therapies.
Although Aldous Huxley’s comment that Lake Atitlan is the “most beautiful lake in the world”, is in fact a misquote, it would be hard to dispute this statement.

His actually words were: “It is really too much of a good thing.' Come and judge for yourself, and see where nature and Mayan culture collide, creating an unforgettable experience.

Keywords: Casita, Lake Front Property, garden
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/17/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outside only...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Living Room: 1 twin/ single

    This bed can be moved into the 2nd bedroom...moreless

  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bath, Sink and Shower

Other Amenities

  • You will love this home, where I lived with my 2 children for 5 years. Secluded, and yet many fun places to visit (restaurants, bars, projects) within a few minutes walk. Great place to chill or become creative! ...moreless


  • Books:

    I left my ecclectic mix of books for you to read. A pretty good selection. Enjoy!...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Volcano and Lake front views. The most spectacular I have ever seen....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Located right on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan Views of the volcanoes to die for!...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    You are surrounded by Beautiful Mountains and Volcanoes....moreless

  • Village:

    You are about a 10 minute walk to the Village of Santa Cruz...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Right on the shores of Lake Atitlan...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet:

    For a minimal fee of usd1 per short term stay....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone:

    We provide you with a cel phone...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Great for the evenings. Very romantic too....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen for your enjoyment...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rent kayaks from a local business....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Apr 18 - Dec 21, 2017
2 night min stay
High Season
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
5 night min stay
Regular Season
Jan 2 - Mar 24, 2018
2 night min stay
High Season
Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2018
5 night min stay
Regular Season
Apr 2 - Dec 21, 2018
2 night min stay
High Season
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2019
5 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • CLEANING $40
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50


High season rates apply for Christmas and New Year and Easter week.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/17/2017
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113 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Guatemala City Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Villa Sumaya
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Villa Sumaya

Car: Not Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: From Britain, but spent my entire adult life in Guatemala, working in the tourism industry. I am now living in the Twin Cities, and trained as an addiction counselor. Very much miss Guatemala, but Paola, our lovely House manager is onsite to help you with one of our rentals. Do give me a call.... I appreciate any opportunity to be able to talk about Guatemala...the land of eternal Spring.

Why the Owner Chose Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala:
I bought this property in 2000, not expecting to live there, but to have the perfect retreat home for weekends. Circumstances changed, and we ended up living in this home for 5 years. Due to my studies, I rent the home out. If you love it half as much as we did living there, you will be happy!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The house is situated right on the shores of Lake Atitlan, and is really very peaceful. Nearby, you will enjoy the benefits of a few local restaurants, where it is fun to meet fellow travelers!

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/17/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Enjoy evenings snuggled up to the open fireplace

    Enjoy evenings snuggled up to the open fireplace

  • Enjoy cooking in this fully equipped modern kitchen

    Enjoy cooking in this fully equipped modern kitchen

  • Enjoy our cosy Fireplace!

    Enjoy our cosy Fireplace!

  • Beautiful bedroom with a cushioned bay window

    Beautiful bedroom with a cushioned bay window

  • Relax in our wonderful hammock on the front porch as you gaze over the Lake

    Relax in our wonderful hammock on the front porch as you gaze over the Lake

  • The magnificent view from our property

    The magnificent view from our property

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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