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LAKE ATITLAN RETREAT - SPECTACULAR VIEW & LARGE PRIVATE GARDEN

Richard (Rico) Johnson

Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Speaks: english
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LAKE ATITLAN RETREAT - SPECTACULAR VIEW & LARGE PRIVATE GARDEN

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Lake Atitlan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is a place for romantics and adventures seeking rest, reflection and inspiration. Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes, is often called the most beautiful lake in the world. The lake views as well as the mountain views from this 2-story house are nothing short of spectacular. There are 3 bedrooms, a beautiful stone bathroom, a modern kitchen, living room with a fireplace and 2 amazing porches.

This house is situated in a large, well-maintained, private fantasy garden just 5 minute’s walk to the lakeshore and 15 minutes walk up the mountain to the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna. The only access to this property is by boat. There are restaurants, bars & hotels nearby. We have good internet access. Take advantage of, scuba diving, yoga, Spanish lessons, kayak rental and guided hikes and tours of the lake. For a writer or artist focusing on a project or for a spiritual retreat or a family vacation in the heart of Maya country, this house is ideal.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Richard (Rico) Johnson (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Richard (Rico) Johnson

My girlfriend and I spend approximately 9 months a year living in Santa Fe, NM and the other 3 months in Guatemala. This is a house that I designed and built. We have a large enclosed private garden with numerous flowers, fruits and organic vegetables. In 2013 we built a small (460 sq. ft) casita which will be furnishing during the winter months (2014-2015). The garden is a great place for bird watchers! A river is along the west side of the property. Everyone loves this place.

Richard (Rico) Johnson purchased this house in 2003

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p137826vb
-(505) 438-4696 (New Mexico, USA)
Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Guatemala
5

Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I just spent another lovely week at Rico's house. This is the second time we've stayed there, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Rico, as always, was extremely attentive and helpful, as was his caretaker, Carlos. The house is cozy and well equipped and the gardens are lush – it is a little piece of paradise. We hope to be returning soon!
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
business
Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p137826vb
-(505) 438-4696 (New Mexico, USA)
Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Philadelphia, Pa
5

Dont hesitate to rent this house

  • 5 of 5
The house did not disappoint. Everything was as promised. Fully operational and clean. The gardens are beautiful. Richard was most helpful in setting up transportation and in anticipating our needs. The house is very private, but you are a ten minute walk from the boat launch dock, and three excellant restaurants/bars/internet cafe and a small tienda that sells fruit and soft drinks. The people at these establishments are very helpful. Best advice was that each person bring a flashlight (for the walk back to the house at night). Alicia is a very good cook and baker. Her mango pie is the best we've ever had. Best house feature is the shower. We would have liked to have had a microwave oven and a CD boombox. Overall, we were very impressed with the rental and cannot say enough about Richard's attention to detail. Thank you Richard for everything.
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p137826vb
-(505) 438-4696 (New Mexico, USA)
Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Guatemala
5

Beautiful house in a beautiful town...

  • 5 of 5
My friends and I enjoyed our stay at Rico's house immensely. The master bedroom has a balcony with a spectacular view of the lake... What a sight to wake up to every morning! :) The garden is lush and well kept, and the town is peaceful and quiet... Great for a fun and relaxing getaway.

The house was impeccable, and very well equipped: the kitchen has every cooking utensil one could want, and there are sheets, towels, blankets, etc. The caretaker was very helpful and friendly as well.

We will certainly be coming back soon for another visit!!
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p137826vb
-(505) 438-4696 (New Mexico, USA)
Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Arizona USA
5

Muy tranquilo!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a most restful, peaceful week at Rico's casa at the magnifico Lake Atitlán. The lake of course is awesome, the area is so quiet, since Santa Cruz is the quietest of the villages I have tried (now my third time staying in this village). The boat ride is only 15-20 minutes. The walk will take 10-15 minutes from the dock. Arriving at the casa, the surrounding gardens with flowers of every color and type greeted us. (Read: The Language of Flowers by Diffenbaugh!) There's a wonderful porch to sit outside (we had our coffee out here every morning), then the beautiful house with tile floors, wooden vaulted ceilings. The bathroom is downstairs and has a beautiful stone shower. One bedroom is downstairs, with twin beds. The master bedroom is upstairs with a beautiful view of the lake and volcanoes and small patio outside the sliding patio door. The other bedroom has a queen bed, is a beautiful room, with views of the gardens.

I used the kitchen a lot and it had everything I needed, except spices, so bring your spices as I had some difficulty finding everything I wanted, but I was able to improvise quite well. You can find garlic (ajo), onions (cebollas), and tomatoes, and sometimes different squashes uphill in the pueblo, though you may need to go to several tiendas, but that is part of the fun! . For the best choice take the lancha (boat) back to Pana, shop the mercado first, then the supermarket. There is also a small mercado near the dock, at the Iguana, on Saturday a.m., where you can also buy the best coffee, sold by Hans from Jaibalito. There's a little tienda upstairs near the tuktuks that has some staples like rice, black beans, avena (oatmeal),

Carlos, the gardener/caretaker, is precious and very helpful. I think he understands a little English, but since I speak Spanish I never had a problem. He was very responsive to our every need and I feel is very trustworthy. He also put me in contact with a tailor (sastre) who hemmed my pants for really cheap, so I took the other pair! The walk up to the pueblo is very steep but good exerercise. CECAP up there has a great little café, a good place to try typical Guatemalan food. Beautiful views. We also hiked over to Jaibalito, a hike I highly recommend. Somewhat difficult, but not nearly as strenuous as I was told. Weather was perfect. There is a lot more to do here, birding, climbing, kayaking, but relaxing & reading won out! Can't wait to go back
  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
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Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Palmyra, Va. USA
5

Mike L.

  • 5 of 5
Excellent accommodations, Excellent local persons, Excellent expats!!! Exceptionally friendly all around. The villa was amazing!!!! Spacious, all amenities included and the fantasy garden was exquisite. Carlos is the man!!!!!
  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Lake Atitlan Retreat - Spectacular View & Large Private Garden
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p137826vb
-(505) 438-4696 (New Mexico, USA)
Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Arbovale, WV, USA
5

Extremely satisfied customer

  • 5 of 5
"We absolutely loved your house! It was like being in Paradise. The gardens were beautiful and the view of the lake and volcanoes were fantastic! We loved Carlos and Alicia, the caretakers of the house, and their children. Such hard working sweet people!! Thank you so much for sharing your house with us!!"
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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Rates & Availability

From $450 Per week

Lake Atitlan House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Dry Season
Nov 4 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Rainy Season
May 1 2015 - Nov 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Each Addl. Person $100
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Amenities

Lake Atitlan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large Shower. Adjourning room has large sink and washing machine
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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