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Fabulous 3 Bed Family Lake-Front Home on Quiet Bay, San Marcos

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 in 4 double beds

Relax like royalty in this large 3 bedroom, triple-terraced home with royal style panoramic views. See the photos and video to understand! Nicknamed 'El Castillo' or 'The Castle', this beautiful lake-front property is situated in a quiet cove just outside of San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, with a king's view of mountains, lake, villages and dormant volcanoes.

The location offers quick access to some of the best swimming, diving, fishing, a myriad of boating activities, hiking, trail running or more relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, healing spas or your best massage ever from around the Lake.

The property is very private without being isolated, with a private meditation area, and nearby access to a nature trail and with breathtaking views from every room, including from the jacuzzi on the lower terrace. The caretaker/guardian, Nicolas, is always discreetly present to assist - to take you by row boat to San Marcos, to arrange for a private launch trip to one or more of the indigenous villages that ring the lake, to prepare the fireplace, or even run into San Marcos for an errand.

NEW: We have just finished landscaping the side yard into a grassed and shaded meditation terrace that overlooks the lake and the villages of San Pedro La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna. The tranquility is magnificent.

SAN MARCOS - This small, Kakchiquel Mayan village is known as the Holistic center of Lake Atitlan and probably Guatemala! You can receive every alternative treatment under the sun here. Plus it is a great base from which to explore the 12 villages around the Lake, each one with its own very unique character and atmosphere.

Just ask the managers for information about hiking, village & kayak tours, days trips around the Lake and further afield and for your transport needs. The house has a file with information pertinent to the house and extensive Welcome Notes with information about the whole Lake area.

PLEASE NOTE:
If your party includes additional guests over the two covered by our nightly rate, any children who are 13 or over at the time of the stay will be charged at the adult rate for additional guests. This is $20pp per night. Children 12 and under will not be charged.

When making your reservation please do not enter any children in the children section if they are 12 or under. This will enable you to get an accurate quote. Thank you.


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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish, Tzutujil
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

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

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Guest: 2 queen

    View of lake, access to terrace, private bathroom...moreless

  • Eagle's Nest: 1 queen

    Private terrace looking directly on lake...moreless

  • Master: 1 king

    Bay window lake view & terrace & Private bath fireplace...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Canoe for 3-4 people or a dug-out kayak are available for touring the lake. Fishing and crabbing with caretaker can be arranged any day you would like. There is great cliff diving and sunbathing from the '"Trampoline"' located 5-10 minutes east along the shoreline. I suggest you check out the TzanK'ujil Nature Trail (5 min east) and hike to the top of the mountain to the sacred Mayan ceremonial area. There is also a wonderful little restaurant less than 100 yards west of the property. There are restaurants, massage spas, natural health centers in nearby San Marcos village and at most of the villages around the lake there are great opportunities for shopping, dining, tours, cultural experiences and socializing....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Stereo:

    CD player/radio provided, along with a few CDs. Best to bring your own favorite CDs....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

    House is right on the lake. We have our own dock for swimming and guest arrivals. Canoe available free for guest use. Power boat with operator is available for hourly rent....moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    floor to ceiling glassed Alcove on 3 sides for panoramic lake view. Some folks like to take lunch or breakfast on the front patio using movable end tables and chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Open the windows. Temperatures at Lake Atitlan are pleasant year around...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Sun dried on clothes line. Old fashioned but nice....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Fireplace:

    Two fireplaces - one in living room and one in master bedroom...moreless

  • Heating:

    Fireplace if needed. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    Yes, free wi-fi...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large, 35 sq mtrs, with bay window for lake view; also alcove seating w/ view of garden...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking available in guarded lot in Panajachel 40 min away by launch, or in San Marcos, 10 minutes away. The caretaker will gladly help with luggage transfer....moreless

  • Telephone:

    No land line but cell phone service is good in the area and a pre-pay 'house' cell phone is provided. Caretaker will assist in making prepayment....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    No washing machine, but hand laundry service is provided for a small extra charge. There is also a laundry in town....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Outside brick barbecue ...moreless

Kitchen

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony on each of the three levels. ...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    We have no bicycles on site but they can be rented in Panajechel and sometimes in San Marcos. Bike trips on the roads around the lake can be very enjoyable ...moreless

  • Boat:

    Row boat, oars and life jackets. Motor launch with operator for trips around north end of the lake and to go to and from San Marcos. ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Main patio or terrace is partially covered by the second terrace above, and the Eagle's Nest bedroom has a private terrace....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have our own Canadian style canoe. Other canoes and Kayak can be rented in San Marcos. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a terraced garden on the left of the house that is wonderful for meditiation or just a snooze under the trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 sets of snorkles and swim goggles....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The lake is right out the front door and the private dock is used as a sun deck and swimming platform. ...moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    Secluded private jacuzzi with lake view situated between terrace and garden. Cost of gas to heat the jacuzzi will be applied. Please do not attempt to use without the guardian's help....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    We call it the lake but there is also a Jacuzzi on the front deck....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season iii
Jan 2 - Apr 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$99
$623 $2,100

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Semana Santa
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$140

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Low Season
Apr 17 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$87
$553

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Summer Season
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$99
$623

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Low Season ii
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$87
$553

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$99
$623
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Check-Out Cleaning $20
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Notes:

1. STANDARD HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES PROVIDED EVERY THIRD DAY OF YOUR STAY (ADDITIONAL HOUSEKEEPING AND COOKING SERVICES CAN BE ARRANGED)

2. A one-time check-out cleaning fee of $20.00 per stay will be applied to all stays.

3. Transportation to and from the property by water taxi is not included. We can provide estimates at time of booking.

4.*** ASK US ABOUT OUR LONG STAY OR 6+ GROUP RATES ***

5. Power boat and operator available for trips to villages on our end of the lake


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

108.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Guatamala City
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blind Lemon, Fe, Jinava Bay Hotel, Paco Real, Fe.
0.8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
San Marcos taxi boats to anywhere on the lake
95 Miles
Nearest Golf
Antigua and Xela
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
CA 1 - InterAmericana Highway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel Jinava plus many more in San Marcos
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
Many on Pacific & Crystal beach on lake (1K)

Car: Not Necessary

The village of San Marcos La Laguna is famous for its holistic and meditation centers but even more so for its relaxed, low pressure atmosphere. It has a lovely shaded central park and a band shell for locally produced music and plays. Trails and a local lake along the lake are available. Our caretaker will arrange for a launch to pick you up at our dock and take you anywhere on the lake.

The entire lake and the villages around San Marcos are accessible via inexpensive 'bus launches' that run throughout the day every 20 minutes. A road north from the village leads to Quetzaltenango and the many historic archaeological sites of that region. Quetzaltenango is a university city and a historic gate way to Mexico.

The major town of Panajchel on the lake is loaded with quality restaurants, night life, grocery stores and other urban attractions, but San Marcos itself is a lovely, quiet family friendly town.

Across our end of the lake are the villages of San Pedro and San Juan which are delightful towns filled with interesting visitor attractions, casual sight seeing walks and good restaurants and cooperatives of artisans. Further away is the famous village of Santiago Atitlan which attracts visitors from around the world for its sights, arts, weaving, woodcarving and entertainment.

Finally, one can tour the highlands of Guatemala from the Lake and visit such exotic places as Solola, Chichicastenango and the ancient pre-classic and classic era Maya ruins of Ixchimche, Zacaleu, Takalik Abaj. To the northwest is the large hot springs of Fuentes Georginas which is open to the public and situated in a delightful cloud forest. It is quite a treat to float in the hot waters while watching clouds swirl through the trees above. In the nearby valley is the village of Zunil where shrines to Maximon can be visited. The vegetable market in Almalonga is one of the very best in all of the highlands.

Our local manager in Panajachel can arrange all travel and accommodations for you if you are interested in some side trips around or away from the lake. A new attraction is a butterfly arboretum has opened in Panajachel Dec 2013

NEWS! Feb 1, A new butterfly named Pan Ajachel was discovered by staff Atitlan Nature Reserve in Panajachel, Solola. that scientists believe could only have developed in the climate and ambience of Panajachel. The butterfly lays eggs in matasano plant, which each holds its metamorphosis.

Carlos Eduardo Paez, Reserve Entomologist said that identifying the new species took several years of study on wing and other characteristics such as flying habits, food and way of playing. Paez said that this lepidopteran belongs to the Papilionidae family, subfamily and Heraclides. The caterpillars of this butterfly feed on a fruit called matasano (ajachel Cakchiquel), whose scientific name is Casimiroa edulis, a tree well known in the Lake. The insects lay their eggs on this plant.

Paez said they will take their data to laboratories in England, Switzerland or the United States, where before accepting it as new, worldwide data bases will be checked.

A special treat coming up is to be at Lake Atitlan in the weeks and days leading up to Easter (Semana Santa) when street processions, art, religious ceremonies and music flower in extraordinary ways. Our house at San Marcos is within a short walk or boat ride to some of the most fascinating Maya towns in all of Guatemala such as San Marcos, San Pedro and San Juan.

We just purchased a new 15 foot canoe for guests.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2013

About: El Castillo Tzutujil is a vacation retreat for my husband and me. He is a poet and writer who at 72 thrives in the tranquility of the bay and the house. For me, the opportunity for long hikes and immersion in good books is a dream come true. After years in the business work-a-day world in Arizona, the lake house gives us many wonderful days throughout the year to relax and get in touch with ourselves. In addition, on the Pacific side of the mountains across the lake lies a small indigenous community called Chocolá where we have been working with a U.S. non-profit known as Seeds for a Future to help improve the health and economy of the community. Being close to our work in Chocolá and the people there whom we are lucky to know and be able to help is, an added bonus for us. 2013 will be our 36th year of visiting and living in Guatemala, but believe it or not, we only recently really discovered Lake Atitlan and its incredible beauty, lovely people and peaceful surroundings. We were lucky to find this lovely home which we use part of the year and make available to other vacationers when we need to be elsewhere. I am sure you will enjoy the “castle” as much as do we and we encourage you to take opportunities to visit the nearby pueblos around the lake and taste of the art, culture and wonderful food available. Or, if you would rather just kick back on the veranda, be prepared to be enchanted and sink into occasional naps of the best kind.

Why Pasajcap (San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala):
We bought this property for many reasons but primarily because it is near (yet apart from) one of the prettiest Maya lakeside communities on Lake Atitlan, called San Marcos La Laguna. San Marcos is a magnet for people from around the world seeking the spiritual energy that many believe is there and conducive to learning, meditation and holistic therapies such as massage, yoga, reiki and more. Happily, the village is within easy walking distance of our house or a short boat ride. San Marcos itself is around a point of land from our house. Near the shoreline are the dwelling of ex-pats and businesses which have established themselves over the years to serve visitors with restaurants, therapy, a holistic center known as the Pyramids Meditation Center and apartments and some retail stores. In addition, San Marcos and the villages across the lake offer excellent dining opportunities, not to mention their cultural attractions. San Marcos also has an active program for kids to get involved in theater and the arts. The Maya village itself is above the shore side part of the town and has a wonderful central plaza. Hiking in the forest above San Marcos is a treat. A most important appeal to us of this property is the fact that it is new, well constructed and situated on what may be the quietest bay of the entire lake. We can sit reading or just enjoying the views for hours with nary a power boat passing within ear shot. And that means being able to listening to nature, the sounds of the lake and birds. On the other side of our bay are majestic rock cliffs and quality homes built on the lower hills and near the water. On our side is a shore level trail that leads to the Village of San Marcos and along the way passes through a delightful water and diving park. The trail is a little challenging, but a wonderful experience. The lake water at San Marcos and in our bay is said to be the cleanest for swimming and kayaking in the entire lake region.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Aside from what we have said above, the house itself offers lake vistas from every room and magnificent privacy. Each bedroom has its own veranda on the lake side of the house and ceiling to floor windows. To the south side of the house is our pleasant grassy yard made into several terraces which are ideal for quiet relaxation and and meditation. Hammocks make for lazy afternoons and the Jacuzzi is an excellent experience at night while looking at the lights reflecting off the lake from San Pedro and San Juan. Now and then, firework displays are observed above the distant towns … (Guatemalans do love fireworks to celebrate national holidays, religious events, birthdays, weddings and maybe just because it seems like a good idea at the time). Another feature we particularly like is to watch cumulus storm clouds forming about 40 kilometers away above the Pacific but behind the mountains on the other side of the lake. And because the lake is at roughly 5,000 feet, the distant Pacific coastal storms sometimes provide some of the grandest displays of clouds and lightning. And for those of you who enjoy more active lifestyle, please see our 'amenities' page which lists all sorts of outdoor activities and night life around the lake. Our Managers in Panachel provides a constantly updated list of entertainment and recreation activities around the lake which are easy to access via public water taxis .


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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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Photos

  • El Castillo from the lake

    El Castillo from the lake

  • El Castillo private dock seen from the Hotel/Restaurant next door

    El Castillo private dock seen from the Hotel/Restaurant next door

  • From Living area through to dining area and Kitchen

    From Living area through to dining area and Kitchen

  • Large kitchen fully equipped. Cook available for any or all days.

    Large kitchen fully equipped. Cook available for any or all days.

  • Dining room view  of Florifundia bush just outside window.

    Dining room view of Florifundia bush just outside window.

  • Master Bathroom with hot water shower

    Master Bathroom with hot water shower

  • Front porch, jacuzzi and hammocks

    Front porch, jacuzzi and hammocks

  • The third terrace outside the 'eagle's nest' bedroom

    The third terrace outside the 'eagle's nest' bedroom

  • Fishermen in hand made boats fish for crabs, bass & other fish

    Fishermen in hand made boats fish for crabs, bass & other fish

  • Distant storm over the Pacific coast, as seen from the veranda

    Distant storm over the Pacific coast, as seen from the veranda

  • Owner Suzanne and property managers Rene and Francesca.

    Owner Suzanne and property managers Rene and Francesca.

  • View of San Pedro Volcano (inactive)  from the second terrace

    View of San Pedro Volcano (inactive) from the second terrace

  • Living room with fireplace and view of lake

    Living room with fireplace and view of lake

  • Cozy fire in the chimena while listening to music.

    Cozy fire in the chimena while listening to music.

  • Stairs lead to upstrairs bedrooms  Textiles from San Marcos on wall above stairs

    Stairs lead to upstrairs bedrooms Textiles from San Marcos on wall above stairs

  • Second bedroom with two queen beds and a private terrace facing on the lake

    Second bedroom with two queen beds and a private terrace facing on the lake

  • Past the jacuzzi are terraced meditation gardens overlooking the lake

    Past the jacuzzi are terraced meditation gardens overlooking the lake

  • The Castle's boat "Susana"

    The Castle's boat "Susana"

  • Sunrise light reflected on lake in front of house

    Sunrise light reflected on lake in front of house

  • Cliff face across the bay local folks call Bruce Lee

    Cliff face across the bay local folks call Bruce Lee

  • Caretaker Nicholas with wife  Rosa & daughter, Joanna who live in adjacent  home

    Caretaker Nicholas with wife Rosa & daughter, Joanna who live in adjacent home

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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