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Beautiful 16th-Century Colonial House in Central Antigua

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, (Sleeps 7), 3 Baths, 4.5 blocks from parque central

Our family bought this colonial house in 1965 and has restored it over the last 50 years. The house, built in 1568, retains old world charm... The house is simply decorated in a Spanish/Guatemalan style.

La Casa del Sol is the former residence of the 16th century Governor of Guatemala. Built around a central courtyard garden, the house has the original cupola, dome ceiling and four foot wide stone walls.

Master bedroom has a three twin beds, skylight and Colonial window. Second bedroom is equipped with 2 twin beds, sleeping loft for a child/young adult and fireplace. Third bedroom has a double bed and bathroom.

There are three bathrooms with hot showers. Small living room has local cable TV, and there is a large formal dining room. The house has wifi internet.

Self-catering with complete kitchen: gas stove, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, bottled water (included), dishes and cooking utensils. Eat breakfast outside under veranda in full sunlight.

Housekeeper and family on premises available for cooking, laundry, housekeeping at additional cost. Nearby bakery for fresh sweet bread and hot hand made tortillas can be delivered daily. Practice your Spanish with friendly local family.

Relax in a comfortable yet simple home. Tranquil, picturesque neighborhood, yet in center of colonial Antigua. No need for a car, everything within walking distance. Beautiful sunsets from rooftop terrace. Tropical plants and exotic bird watching from a sunny seat in the patio. Cozy fireplace for cool evenings. Restaurants of all categories nearby.

Keywords: Antigua, house, historic,

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About The Owner

We are a family of three generations, spread over the USA who travel to Antigua as often as possible to enjoy the perfect climate and friendly local Guatemalan people and to relax in our simple, comfortable home.

The Owner purchased this house in 1965

Why The Owner chose Antigua Guatemala

Antigua has a perfect climate, historic and ancient interests, a friendly diverse population of artists, expats, native Mayan people and young travelers.

What makes this house unique

Hearing 16th century churchbells chiming the hours through the night, watching flocks of parrots squawking overhead, feeling the warm tropical sun and watching the dramatic sunset over three volcanoes.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well I guess this place is named "Casa del Sol" for a reason! Not only did it warm our hearts and spirits to be in such an incredible house, but seeing little Ignacio's face everyday was like being showered in sunbeams!

When you first walk into the house and are welcomed by a garden and a precious family... along with little artifacts from history, it makes you feel like you are a part of something very special.

We are so blessed to have come and stayed in such an amazing home! ...



Copied by owner from Guest book from August 2015
Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Central Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Antigua Market

Visiting colonial ruins, museums, handicraft markets, Spanish classes, hand weaving classes, jade factory, exceptional restaurants, gift stores, day trips to ancient Mayan archaeological sites, volcano climbs, native Mayan villages

Amenities

Antigua Guatemala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Bathroom not attached to this bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bathroom inroom front patio bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to rear patio bedroom
  • 3 bathrooms with hot showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Front patio bedroom - 1 double , own bathroom with shower in room
    Fireplace Colonial Bedroom: front patio - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , Additional Loft bed for child
    Colonial Bedroom; second patio - 3 twin/ single
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5), loft sleeping mat.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Fountain, garden courtyard, outside eating area, veranda, terrace, bottled water included,

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Beautiful 16th-Century Colonial House in Central Antigua
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 30 reviews
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4

Old world charm with the comforts of today!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Casa Del Sol was not only a perfect location to walk to sites in Antigua but also a delightful residence to return to at the end of the day. Rooms open onto the large central courtyard offering the life style of a colonial residence. We cooked many meals in the very serviceable kitchen, loved coffee on the veranda and the fresh air at night. The wonderful caretaker family sharing the location is available but not intrusive. We love them and this charming historical house. Casa del Sol is our choice for visiting Antigua! Scheduling and arrangements were reliable and efficient.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice comments. its always a pleasure to have you at Casa del Sol. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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5

BEST VRBO EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Casa del Sol was such a special experience for my family. The house was large enough that we each had our own bedrooms and bathrooms and never felt crowded. It was close enough to everything in town that we could walk anywhere we needed to go. Maria, Victor and the kids living in the back were extremely helpful around the house and when we had questions about Antigua in general.

If I ever return to Antigua, I would definitely choose to stay in this house again! Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this fantastic home for a week in June and had a wonderful experience in Antigua. It was a perfect fit for my husband, our 3 kids and my parents. It was great to have all of the outdoor space within the home. We loved having coffee in the morning looking out at the garden. It was also nice to have the space for the kids to run around and play in the courtyard. The kitchen was fully equipped and it was handy to have the option to have some meals at the house. The owners even thoughtfully left coffee and fruit which was so nice to have on hand the morning after we arrived. We couldn't ask for a more convenient location. It was easy to walk everywhere we wanted to go and if the kids got tired we could take an inexpensive tuk tuk or taxi ride home.

We loved our time in Antigua and would definitely stay in this house again if we ever get the change to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that your family enjoyed casa del sol. We hope you and your family come back real soon.
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5

Absolutely perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is one of those reviews I hesitate to write because I want to keep this place a secret so it won't be booked forever. Casa del Sol was perfect for me, my 14 year old daughter and her friend. We stayed for a week and wished to stay longer. It is beautiful, comfortable, and safe. I will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Becky, We hope you will return to Casa del Sol soon! Warm regards, Jon and Lucy
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Not great for my family

  • 1 of 5

I regret to give this house a negative review but I feel it would have been helpful to know this before we stayed at the house. My family stayed at this house for 1 full week and it did not go well.

- Pro: The house is a historical gem and a good location.

- Con: The homes furnishings are like living in a museum, however the basics likes beds, blankets and sofas are old and worn down. The white pillow cases had stains and the sofa in the living room is old and not comfortable at all. Also the street outside is busy so the front bedroom has the sound of traffic all evening.

- Pro: The caretakers Maria and Victor are nice. Anita the house manager is nice but has little knowledge of the details you may have made with the home owners.

- Con: This is NOT a private house. The property is shared with the caretakers, their visitors, and the property manager walking through the central garden all day. The house is open concept to the garden so you have to be exposed to the people walking through if you are getting coffee, going to the bathroom or just moving from room to room. We had major issues with people walking through the property. They seem to have many visitors or movement in the morning between 7am and 9 am with people coming and going. Our major issue was when a gardener we did not know or know was coming came into the garden area and proceeded to change his clothing in front of my two small children and myself. We had no clue he was the gardener so this completely freaked me out and violated our scene of safety or security in the home. He fully exposed himself to my kids and when I talked to Maria she seemed to act like that is normal behavior but she did ask him to leave and come back in an hour. I got a response from one of the home owners but never from the homeowner I had made the reservation with, and this was only after emailing them the two previous days about all the visitors and disruptions to our stay.

* Overall I feel this house it is not suited for families with kids under 12 or women traveling alone.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Molly, We are sorry that you had an unfavorable experience in our house. We are quite surprised since our other guests have never raised comments or concerns about visitors or traffic in the house. It is usually very quiet. Our caretaker Victor and his two young girls go off to work/school every morning between 6:50 and 7:10. We know they do this quietly and with respect for our guests privacy. Any noise from the street in the front bedroom can be significantly reduced by closing the shutters at night. We are sorry that we did not let you know about our gardener who comes by early once or twice a month to keep the garden pretty. We didn't know that he changed clothes in the patio but we will make sure it doesn't happen again. We appreciate your feedback as we try to make improvements at every opportunity. Sincerely, Jon and Lucy
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5

Wonderful House in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 5 (kids 16, 14, 12) and we loved our 7 week stay in Antigua at Casa de Sol. The family that looked after the house (Maria, Victor and kids) was one of our highlights and was a great surprise to the house. They are very friendly and Maria was always there to help with anything that we needed. Eight months later and we still are in touch with them. We loved the courtyard and veranda area for eating and just hanging out. The house had everything we needed and was like living in a bit of history (but still having modern amenities). We could walk to the downtown area and the market/grocery store without a problem. There are also multiple bakeries around which we could walk and get fresh bread for the day. Would definitely recommend this house if you are staying in Antigua and hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your great family at Casa del Sol. We hope to see you again very soon!
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Damage Deposit $200

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