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CASA PALOMA--A

Lake Atitlan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Featured in the New York Times “Escapes” column, in 2007 as the retreat of a well-known American writer, Casa Paloma is the ideal getaway or honeymoon spot for a couple, a family with children looking for adventure, Spanish school and an introduction to Mayan culture, or two families or a group of friends vacationing together, in a place of virtually unparalleled natural beauty, rich in indigenous culture. The weather is never uncomfortably hot or humid, and the stars over the lake (or if you time your visit right, the moon) as clear as you have ever seen.

Located on the shore of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, with great swimming , and spectacular views of three volcanoes and its own private dock, Casa Paloma offers a rare combination of first -world comfort with the charm and beauty of an unspoiled spot where your first experience every morning—as you sip your organically-grown Guatemalan coffee on the patio and slice a fresh mango or pineapple-- will be the sound of tropical birds on the balcony and the sight of fishermen in wooden canoes. The gardener brings fresh tortillas (made from blue corn, if you’re lucky) .

Our English-speaking property manager, Helmut, will arrange for your private transportation to the lake, stock the house with the basics, meet you on arrival, give you a cell phone to use while at the lake, and of course orient you to interesting things to do, restaurants, hikes and activities.

Situated on its own bay, a five minute walk to the charming Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna --famed as a center for natural healing, yoga and massage—this home combines the pleasures of a peaceful getaway with easy access to the diverse culture of the lake and its markets, towns, indigenous weavers and painters, and hiking through spots of extraordinary natural beauty. You can choose to prepare meals at home or dine in any of a half dozen charming and unpretentious local restaurants, where a meal is likely to cost under $10.

The house—newly renovated and expanded by a prominent Guatemalan architect—is decorated with traditional textiles , a great library and local art and features spectacular lake views from every room: For a full description of rooms, email the owner. Home features a cathedral ceiling living room with fireplace, cathedral ceiling master bedroom with fireplace, opening onto balcony and a terrace with outdoor fireplace and outdoor shower, and master bath with huge tub. Sleeping/meditation loft; large kitchen equipped with modern appliances, guest room with private guest bath and separate patio. The kitchen opens onto a large dining room for cooler evenings, though you are likely to eat most meals on the large terrace with table that can seat ten—lined with roses , flowering vines and herb garden—overlooking the lake.

The house sits on an acre of landscaped gardens, featuring two waterfalls, fruit trees, an organic vegetable garden and dozens of rare exotic flowering plants and orchids, with a wood-fired pizza oven and outdoor fire pit.

Also on the property: a separate one-room thatch-roof ranchero, with double bed and meditation/sleeping loft, for watching the sunset, reading, or housing additional friends or family. Property comes with two gardeners, on duty daily, who will assist guests with bringing the kayak down to the water, fire up the sauna or pizza oven, or replace the bottled water from town. For those planning a longer stay, a once-a-week visit from a housekeeper is included in the rental . There is a third treehouse/guest house also available for a very large group for an additional fee.

Also available on occasion: Private catering of meals , who can also assist in locating a babysitter, private driver for excursions (if you can bear to tear yourself away) and answer questions about arranging for yoga or spanish classes, massage, guides, visits to local markets or Chichicastenango, volcano hike.

Home features satellite wireless internet, a washer and dryer, a safe to lock up valuables, and of course sheets, towels, and all the basics. Visits are one-week minimum, though guests have been known to stay as long as six weeks, and it is interesting to note that several former guests have subsequently purchased property in San Marcos.

PLEASE NOTE WHEN READING COMMENTS BY PAST GUESTS THAT CASA PALOMA WAS TOTALLY RENOVATED IN 2009, WITH A MAJOR ADDITION ADDED AND UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE HOME. THE HOUSE NOW COMFORTABLY ACCOMODATES UP TO TEN GUESTS.

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  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
It's been several weeks since I left Lake Atitlan, and there is still not a day

that I don't think about it with longing. My husband and I stayed in Joyce's

treehouse, and eventually, her home, in late January and early February and it

was a trip that will stay with us the rest of our lives. It gave us a time to

breathe, and remember things long forgotten in the course of our busy lives -

the feel of gentle breezes off a lake, the sound of the birds at sunrise, the

simple joy of eating fresh food while sitting in the sun with friends. We

experienced new things as well. We were struck by the sheer physical beauty

of the Mayan people, with their dark eyes and wide smiles and gracious ways.

In our visits to their villages, we learned a little about their rich and glorious

culture. We ate fresh tortillas and bought fresh crabs from the fisherman, Mr.

Domingo, off Joyce's dock. We napped in hammocks and swam in cool blue

water.

Visit Shangrila. It is not to be missed.-- Lori Brasier and Mike Bencsik,

Waterford, Michigan
Apr 2007
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I first travelled to Lake Atitlan in 1973, at age 20, and fell in love with the lake then, vowing to return, though another twenty eight years passed before I made my way back. In 2001, I travelled to San Marcos for what was meant to be a two day vacation, fell in love with the town , and decided to rent a house there for the next eight months. I wrote a novel there (The Usual Rules, published in 2003) and decided to buy a house. Since then I've returned multiple times a year--sometimes for no more than a week or two, often for months at a stretch. It is the place I feel most at home in the world, in many ways.

I established a writing workshop there in 2002. This winter (2010) will mark the eighth year I've been helping American travellers discover Lake Atitlan.

Over my years in San Marcos, and running the workshop, I have learned a lot about how to make the experience of spending time there as magical as possible. Coming to Guatemala is definitely not the same as travelling to a place like Hawaii or Florida. One thing that helps a lot: having someone help you settle in and point you in the right direction . For this reason, I am very happy to have enlisted the assistance of a wonderful couple, Niels and Lily, who live very close by and manage the property while I'm away. Because they are in the hotel business (running my favorite San Marcos hotel, Aaculaax), they are enormously experienced in helping travellers explore the area and pointing out little known treasures of the lake. Lily's an American (who first travelled to the lake as a tourist, and like so many of us, fell in love with the place.) She'll be meeting you on arrival, and assisting in your arrangements. You could not be in better hands.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Lake Atitlan is my favorite place on earth. The same aspects of live at the lake that can be challenging for some of us first-world types (how slowly things move, how un-modern it is) are the reasons why the experience is so precious. There is no television at my house, for a reason. (though there are many wonderful books ). I come to the lake to get away from all of that....and I do.

I will add that every time I return from the lake, friends say I look ten years younger. I know I feel that way.

Swimming, health treatments, swimming, gardens, fresh fruits and vegetables, swimming, saunas, markets, swimming....

Can you tell I love to swim? (Night swims under the stars, best of all. followed by a sauna.)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Chicago, IL
5

Great trip, family with kids

  • 5 of 5
Joyce,
Just wanted to send an overdue note of thanks. My family of 6 (4 kids age range 6-10), accompanied by in-laws who hand carried their own pizza dough across the border, had an amazing time at your place on the lake. It was everything we'd hoped for and more, a genuine treat. Perhaps more than anything else, we were struck by the friendliness and warmth of the people we met, and just how relatively intact the indigenous cultures are. My 6 year old had broken her leg less than 2 weeks before our trip, and you probably aren't surprised to hear how helpful the locals were, whether it was hoisting her into a boat or just striking up conversation in the towns (no doubt we'd have missed a lot without my wife's spanish). Tim was great and I'm still grinding his coffee every morning back home. Miguel was also great, and brought his son to play soccer with ours. And of course those dogs, especially Pedro, he is one funny dog and the perfect companion when our 6 yr old had to miss things because of her broken leg. I could go on and on, but it hopefully suffices to say that the style, warmth and beautiful layout of your place was fully appreciated by our group! Thank you again, and we hope to visit again if the stars align in the future.
Chicago, IL
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
5

A Perfect and Beautiful Escape

  • 5 of 5
I spent 8 glorious days at Casa Paloma with two friends, during which time we swam and floated in the lake (easily accessible from the property), dined under the stars while keeping our bare feet warm by the chiminea, had a good sweat after a long day visiting the towns around the lake in the sauna on the property, and, of course, enjoyed the gorgeous scenery of Lake Atitlan.

The property on which Joyce's home sits is magnificent. It sits below the main road to town and is quite private -- though also easily accessible for when it's time to explore. Flagging down the public boats at the dock to get around the lake was so easy. We felt incredibly safe at the house, with the lovely Miguel and Matteo on the property during the daytime (I recommend you request their wives' fresh tortillas in the morning to enjoy with breakfast!), and the very funny and loyal dogs, Pedro and Maya, guarding the property at night.

Joyce was so helpful in the time leading up to the trip, offering her advice and recommendations. Tim, her property manager, was very accessible, friendly, and helpful during our stay. (And you must request his fresh-baked bread and freshly roasted coffee beans.) The only thing I'd change about my stay is to extend it a little longer; I wasn't quite ready to leave.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Merced, California
5

An unforgettable Christmas!

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from a magical week at Casa De Joyce! We arrived after dark to a glorious home that was beautiful and welcoming. Our whole family, 3 married children with their spouses and one unmarried plus a 4 mo old grand baby spent a wonderful Christmas week at this beautiful property.
We had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Giovanni, our driver who picked us up in Guatamala City who we also used during the week to go to Xela. He is a delightful man who was very helpful and was a great, safe driver. Tim met us upon arrival at the house and was available any time for questions and help with transportation and activities.
The house and property far exceeded our expectations! We enjoyed using the pizza oven and sauna. The kayak was great fun and useful for going to San Marcos. Miguel and Mateo, the gardeners, were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the dogs on the property, they were friendly and added a feeling of safety.
The gardens are spectacular, every morning it was great to wander and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers. The views overlooking the lake are beautiful and swimming in December was a treat! The weather was perfect all week even though in the cities away from the lake it was colder. Joyce has a lovely home and the extra touches such as fresh flowers in the rooms and lots of great books for reading made our stay more enjoyable.
The villages around the lake were fun to visit and the market in ChiChi was an adventure. Some of our group did zip lining in Pana and enjoyed the market there. We had two delightful ladies in to cook Guatamalan food for us a couple of times and it was wonderful! They were fun to get to know a little.
Our whole experience in this beautiful country at this exquisite property surpassed our expectations and we will be returning!
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
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5

Magical

  • 5 of 5
Casa de Joyce, as everyone in San Marcos refers to the house, is Casa de Joyous.

My wife and I stayed with our 3 children (sons, 10 and 13, and 23-year-old daughter) for two weeks and we each had a tremendous time. There was ample space for everyone and we felt warmly welcomed from the moment we arrived. We studied Spanish each morning with the extraordinary Juan Manuel, and then spent our afternoons kayaking, swimming, taking saunas, exploring San Marcos and other villages, playing soccer with kids in town, shopping for food in the local markets, and cooking grand dinners in the well equipped kitchen. The groundskeepers became part of our extended family, even giving soccer lessons to our two boys. We made friends in town with both Guatemaltecos and ex-pats, and everywhere we visited people went out of their way to help us enjoy our visit. The outside deck is enchanting at night, especially with the canopy lights and many candles.

The dock at the house makes it convenient to visit other villages: You can wave down public boats that operate from about 6am to 5pm. (As we had 5 people, we also found that it sometimes made sense to hire a private boat back to the house, as it cost about the same and allowed us to stay out later.) We often kayaked to San Marcos to shop for groceries, which was fun and easier than walking to town.

As another visitor wrote, we felt safe at all times. We took standard precautions, like not walking on the road at night (we used tuk-tuks for travel after dark). The house dogs are charming, but they have loud barks and add to the security. San Marcos also is a small town, and everyone soon recognized us and made us feel like we were part of the community.

For side trips, we shopped at Chichicastenango's marketplace, took the dramatic hike from San Marcos to Jaibalito, went ziplining in Panajachel, and visited the deliciously kitschy Maximon in Santiago. We cliff dove both on the flat rock around the corner from the house and in town at the "trampolina." Though we didn't eat out often in San Marcos, we liked the restaurants when we did, and highly recommend Paco Real (and movie/pizza night).

The lake was warm and the weather ideal, with a few glorious, heavy downpours in the afternoons. Bug bites were a nuisance, but nothing serious, and wearing pants/long sleeves at dusk prevented most of them. The house had ample pure water, replaced daily. There also was a diverse library that kept all of our noses in books each day.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Phoenix, Arizona
5

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls"

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls"
  • 5 of 5
I can honestly say that I have spent three of the most wonderful weeks of my life in San Marcos La Laguna. If you are considering visiting Guatemala, this town is a must. You will not find a more beautiful setting then Lake Atitlán in all of Central America, and the people you meet will be warm and inviting.

Casa Paloma "Casa De Joyce" only serves to enhance the overall experience: it is the preverbal "icing on the cake". Pictures do not do this place justice, and it is truly spectacular. The landscaping and attached gardens might as well be called botanic gardens. During our stay, there was always someone there working to enhance the beauty of the gardens, and keep everything in perfect order. I cannot say enough positive things about all of the house staff, from the property manager down to the grounds and house keepers. Additionally, there are two of the sweetest dogs that live on the property, and add to the over all safety of the place. My family and I joked about how we could sneak these guys back into The States and back home with us.

I would also like to say a word about Joyce, the owner. Joyce was so wonderful in helping make our trip one of those memories that will always be treasured. She answered after question that we could throw at her, provided information about the lake, restaurants, everything. She helped to set us up with transportation, and even made recommendations about where to stay while we were in Antigua (which we also loved). When researching Guatemala, you will inevitably breach the topic of "safety". Guatemala seems to have a bad reputation in the eyes of the many that have never been. Joyce was wonderful in helping us to frame the real picture of the situation as it related to safety around the lake and in Antigua. I will state that not once did I ever feel uncomfortable, but rather always at ease and welcomed.

I had a goal of working on my Spanish while I was staying at the house, and I was able to find a wonderful woman who would come to the house and work with me for 3 hours a day. If this is also of interest to you, there are many hostels in town where you can take lessons or find a qualified teacher to work with your schedule.

If you are reading this, know that this is an experience that you cannot say no to. Stay here, and have one of the best vacations of your life. This is not hyperbole, this is honest truth.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
5

Unequivocally Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented Casa Paloma for two weeks in mid-April. Words cannot begin to express the beauty, comfort, and allure of such an idyllic location. We followed Joyce’s guidance which eliminated all the typical stress which frequently occurs during travel.

Each morning we were greeted by one of her gardeners with a friendly inquiry of our previous evening. Then each afternoon prior to departure, they checked in again. They were never intrusive, and it allowed us to make any inquiries regarding our rental. We truly enjoyed their visits, whether brief or prolonged from our invitation to join us. We do not speak Spanish; Miguel and Mateo do not speak English, but we could always communicate…actually we learned some Spanish from Miguel. An English speaking property manager is readily available for your rental questions, tours, village descriptions, and other inquiries you may have.

The internet and phone service provided with the rental were exemplary.

The spacious rental has numerous gathering/socialization areas with beautiful vistas of the lake and gardens. Whether you are a party of 10 or 2, you will have ample options for privacy or large group gatherings. We wandered around the property daily to appreciate the variety of vistas and flora.

The rental is tastefully decorated with art, furnishings, pottery, and linens indicative of the region. Wood was amply provided for the fireplaces, chiminea, pizza oven, and sauna. The kitchen has all the modern conveniences and associated appliances that most would require for meal prep and clean-up.

The village is a short walk away. There’s a variety of small markets, local vendors, and numerous dining options. Locals always had a friendly greeting, broad smile, and a willingness to assist with your request. Ex-pats were also helpful, especially with our language barrier.

If you are a flower and tropical plant lover, you will be treated to a personal botanical garden. Almost every square inch is beautifully terraced and landscaped with a variety of plantings, arches, lighting effects, and waterfall fountains. Daily we would walk the grounds taking in the most recent blossoms, fragrances, and birds while enjoying the garden symphony.

We are worldwide travelers of 25 years, and this has been our best private rental. Joyce calls this her “magical” place. It is apparent why she has this nomenclature for her for her rental….it truly exemplifies a private paradise.
  • Submitted: May 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mayan Ruins, Visiting Local Artisan Markets, Spanish Lessons, Yoga and Massage, bike rentals, horsebackriding, local women will cater pizza night on great outdoor pizza oven (or cook it yourself)

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Lake Atitlan House Rental Rates

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  • From $1000/wk
  • US Dollars
  • 1-4 guests ................. $ 1000/week.
  • 5-7 guests ................. $1400/week
  • 8-10 guests ................. $1850/week
  • Holiday rates apply Christmas, New Year's , and Semana Santa (Easter)$2000-2400

Amenities

Amenities

Lake Atitlan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Catering Available ...
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2) Top quality mattress. Custom made bed in master bedroom is unusually high (to afford best volcano views) and features built-in steps, Double Beds (1) double bed in separate cabin/rancho overlooking the water, great for add, Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Gazebo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • parasailing
  • fishing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Wood-Fired Lakefront Sauna, Private Dock, two person kayak, outdoor wood fired pizza oven, wireless internet, detached guesthouse/treehouse and ranchero with daybed, waterfalls, gardens, fruit trees

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